Sunday, September 30, 2012

SOUND Group Read Week!

SOUND (Solid #3) hits the shelves in just one short month!

For everyone who's eager for a taste to what's to come, the previewers are sharing their thoughts on the ARC across the blogosphere this week; scroll down for all the bloggers who're weighing in!

And, if you haven't visited this month, you might not have seen the teaser pieces I've posted, so I've also pasted the inside-cover description and the book's opening segment below.

Finally, remember to check back on OCTOBER 25th, when I'll begin the main SOUND launch event, which is a week-long giveaway game!


 Clio Kaid's had one crazy summer.

After learning she was one of a hundred teens who
were genetically modified before birth, she and the
others departed for "camp" at a classified military site.

Besides discovering her own special ability, uncovering
a conspiracy, and capturing a killer, she's also forged
new friendships, found love, and managed to lose them both.

With no answers and the end of summer closing in,
Clio's terrified of going home more lost than when she arrived.

Will she finally find everything she's been looking for?

Find out in this exciting conclusion to the Solid trilogy.

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“Never thought it’d be you,” I growled, pushing back against her with all my strength.

“I’m sorry; I can’t understand you with all that grunting,” Rae responded dismissively.

“I said,” I got out, then had to catch another breath before continuing, “I always knew they might try to kill me” – another pause, another breath – “but I never thought you would.”

“Aw, now you know what whining does,” she chided with a click of her tongue.

I mumbled the routine response in synch with her triumphant, “Makes it worse.”

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And now to see what the early readers think!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

FOODFIC: Please Welcome RaShelle Workman, Author of Sleeping Roses

Everything goes with food. We celebrate birthdays, promotions, engagements, weddings, breakups, death, and everything in between with some sort of refreshment. It's the glue that makes a gathering, big or small, work. 

In "Sleeping Roses" Sophie Berkeley is a woman on the edge. The edge of life, love, and possibly death. The pivotal moments always seem to happen to her around food.

She spills her secrets to her best friend over a Cobb Salad “...her heart torn to shreds like the lettuce leaves in her salad.”

Her best friend tells her to talk to a divorce attorney over chicken marsala “...I haven’t been this full in a long time.”
She hears a funny childhood memory about the man she's falling for over soda at the food court “...I'm talking foundation, eye shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick. The whole nine yards.”
Over a dinner of garlic chicken, Sophie's best friend drunkenly confesses. “...Lookgirlie. I'mthemotherlyone, notyou. Stopbugginme anlet's eat.”

Life wouldn't be the same without food. If you'd like to read more about Sophie, and her life, click HERE, and check it out.

Thanks for sharing your food for thought, RaShelle!

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Toastworthy Teens - Julien Leitner

Julien Leitner, Archimedes Alliance

Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the Earth.

This Archimedes quote, delivered by Julien Leitner’s 5th grade science teacher, is what led to the now 14-year-old launching his own charity. That one notion made Julien, who accompanied his parents on volunteer outings even as an infant, realize that “there [have] to be a billion other people like me who want to make a difference, but feel they can’t…what if everyone just pooled their resources?”

His goal for Archimedes Alliance is to get 1 million people to donate $2 each and then to donate the proceeds to “a small charity with visible impact on the local community.”

I have a feeling Julien himself is going to have a visible impact…on the world. 

Learn more about Archimedes Alliance here:

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Friday, September 21, 2012

FOODFIC: Cell - Stephen King

Tom wakes up to find a guy in mechanic’s coveralls sitting in his back yard eating a pumpkin – as in using his teeth to consume a straight-out-of-the-garden raw orange gourd – and making soft smooching sounds every time his face dives back in. 

Refugees Tom, Clay, and Alice witness the scene through the window with a mixture of curiosity, concern…and a sort of relief, because yesterday the mobs of crazies like this one were using their teeth to rip out people’s throats, and the guts they’d eaten had been of the seedless human variety.

Now the day before that, the crazies were normal folk; George the pumpkin-muncher here, for instance, was still George the mechanic down at Sonny’s Texaco. But at 3:03 pm, he had the bad luck to be on his cell phone when WHORLM (that’s the sound my imagination attributes to the pulse) he and thousands of others had their brains turned to pulp. Kinda like pumpkin guts.

Because isn’t horror always about the guts? 

Well, if you’ve got ‘em, read Cell and find out if Alice, the newly-orphaned teenager, Clay, the finally-successful graphic novelist, and Tom, the quietly strong, bespectacled man, can save the world. 

But if you’re hungry for ‘em, wait until October 1st…and start dialing. ;)

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Toastworthy Teens - Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy, Cansculptor

New Jersey teen Monica Murphy knew that if she built it, they would eat.

“They” meaning all those served by the Monmouth and Ocean County food banks, and “it” being a replica of her school built entirely out of canned goods.

Completed in the spring, Monica’s cansculpture incorporating 2,500 cans brought public awareness to a cause that’s been dear to Monica since she was in the 5th grade and first discovered that food bank shelves, which are usually well-stocked for the holidays, are often empty during the “off season.”

Monica’s also been mentoring a sixth grader from her school district to ensure her project continues – and those shelves stay full – after she graduates.

Guess you’d say this 17-year-old has a CAN-do attitude. :)

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

FOODFIC: Please Welcome Christy Dorrity, Author of The Book Blogger's Cookbooks

*After you read Christy's post below,
click on the 2011 cover above to get your FREE copy of the first cookbook!

There’s only one thing I love more than eating delicious food, and that is reading amazing books.  I love it when characters enjoy good food in their adventuring. I love it so much that I created a set of cookbooks that combine my loves of reading and eating. 

Each year I review the books that I am reading (mostly YA, but a smattering of all genres), including in the review a recipe that complements the book in some way.  For example, in The 2012 Book Blogger’s Cookbook, there are delectable recipes like “Caramel Crack” from Shatter Me, by Tahereh Mafi, "Everliving Soup" from Brodi Ashton's Everneath, and "Jagged Ham" from Elana Johnson's Possession.

To pick the recipes, I will often get my inspiration from something the characters eat, or a smell, or food mentioned. But I will also create recipes based on the theme, or tone of the book, or find some creative twist to play off of the title. After cooking the recipe for my family, I photograph it and post it on my blog. Every spring I compile a list of books and recipes and walla! A cookbook for book lovers.

The 2013 Book Blogger’s Cookbook is slated to release in May of 2013.

If you love food and books as much as I do, you probably like “reating” What is reating?  Read on.

5 Tips for “Reating”-the Fusion of Books and Food.

One of the greatest pleasures in life is the combination of good food and good books. When all of the kids are in bed and the lights in the kitchen are off, get ready for some “me” time. Snuggle up with a good book and something yummy! Some people say that it is unhealthy to eat while you are reading, but if you follow these helpful tips, you can give yourself permission to enjoy the fusion of great reads and great eats. 

5 “Reating Fusion” Tips

1.     Choose a Great Book—one that you can’t wait to get into. If you need help choosing a read, there are loads of great book bloggers out there that give honest reports about what’s great and what’s not.

2.     Pick a food that is a treat for you. My favorite reading treats are chocolate if I’m craving sweets, or chips and salsa when I want something salty. My husband prefers to have seconds of dinner for his dessert—especially when we have tacos. 

3.     Portion out your treat into a serving size that makes sense for you. If you are going to have a treat that comes in a large container, such as a bag of potato chips or a box of malt balls, take out a sensible amount and put away the extra. That way you won’t mindlessly munch during the intense action scene in your novel. 

4.     Find a comfortable place to snuggle up. Some of my favorite spots include my bed, a cozy couch with a soft-glow lamp, the back deck, a bench in the forest or park, and a hammock on the beach (I wish!).

5.     Relax and enjoy yourself. Immerse yourself in the experience of a tasty read and adventurous foods.  

          What’s your favorite Reating Fusion blend?

Share your thoughts with Christy in the comments below,
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Thanks for stopping by to share your 
food for thought, Christy!