Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"The Hunger Games," by way of "24"

"The Hunger Games," by way of "24"

click the link above to read an article from LATimes online about plans for The Hunger Games movie,
and below is the Mockingjay book trailer.  Less than 1 month to go people!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

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On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where you list all the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here!

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (November 30, 2010)

ISBN-10: 0525423648
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.
The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
(product details & summary via

I tried so hard to get this book at ALA but they ran out :(
YA dystopic fiction is pretty much my favorite genre ever, and I can't wait to read this one.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Twitter, Books, & Publishers

Having trouble navigating the ever-changing and quirky twitter-verse? I have too. I've had my account since about 2008 (I think) but didn't really use it very often until about the end of 2009. I started the account in order to follow my favorite authors, to enter and re-tweet their contests, "listen in" on publisher chats, and of course learn about new books. It's been the best experience ever and I've learned so much! It's the perfect format for me to learn because I'm a naturally shy person and tend to shy away from asking questions to someone I don't know. But with twitter (as well as blogs) I can read what others are saying and figure things out.

Hashtags in tweets were one of those mystifying doo-dads I figured out, but I still didn't always get what specific phrases meant or were used for addressing. Well the link below is to a Shelf Awareness article about some of the common publisher phrases, and how hashtags could make a huge difference in the reader-bookseller-publisher gaps in communication. Very cool indeed :)

Hashtags Could Save Publishing

Sunday, July 11, 2010

"Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father's passin'." --Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird

There are few things I love more than books and films that are so good they become a part of our society's collective memory. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one such book, and it turns 50 today.

I saw the movie as a kid (before I ever knew there was a book) on a Saturday morning TV run. I remember my mother exclaiming, "Oh, this a gooood movie. You should watch it." And so we did. I saw the film again in the 8th grade after reading the book as assigned. And here's the thing: I didn't really get it as a kid, but I'm so glad for the exposure back then anyway. It has allowed me this really exceptional look at the story. I can look back at it as I saw it as a child, sort of like Scout herself. And I can also see it now, as an adult. The combination of the two permeates me in a way that makes the book even more special to my understanding of the heart and soul of the book. To my mind, Gregory Peck is the perfect embodiment of Atticus and I recall wishing my dad were like him. As for the book itself, there is nothing better than actually reading the author's words; I love Harper's descriptions, and of course the films always abridge for time. I always recalled the line about it being a sin to kill a mockingbird and like Scout asked about it. It's funny how many lines have stuck with me from this story, both book & film. So Happy 50th To Kill a Mockingbird! And many more :)

Summer Romance Challenge: so far...

I've read only 2 off my list but that's pretty good considering how little time I've had to myself lately *sigh*    Hopefully I get through my other 6.

Masked by Moonlight by Nancy Gideon (Paranormal)

Kiss Me if You Can by Carly Phillips (Contemporary)

Sinful by Charlotte Featherstone (Historical)

A Secret Affair by Mary Bologh (Historical)

Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery (Contemporary)

The Demon in Me by Michelle Rowan (Paranormal)

Dark Lover by J. R. Ward (Paranormal)

Into the Dark by Gena Showalter (Paranormal)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

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On My Wishlist is a fun weekly event hosted by Book Chick City and runs every Saturday. It's where you list all the books you desperately want but haven't actually bought yet. They can be old, new or forthcoming. It's also an event that you can join in with too - Mr Linky is always at the ready for you to link your own 'On My Wishlist' post. If you want to know more click here!

Cold Sight (Extra Sensory Agents, #1) by Leslie Parrish
published: July 6th 2010 by Signet
details: Paperback, 368 pages 
genre: Romance--Suspense, Paranormal
 After being made a scapegoat in a botched investigation that led to a child's death, Aidan McConnell became a recluse. Still, as a favor to an old friend, Aidan will help on the occasional XI case. But under his handsome, rugged facade, he keeps his emotions in check—for fear of being burned again.

Reporter Lexie Nolan has a nose for news—and she believes a serial killer has been targeting teen girls around Savannah. But no one believes her. So she turns to the new paranormal detective agency and the sexy, mysterious Aidan for help.
But just as the two begin forging a relationship, the case turns eerily personal for Lexie—and Aidan discovers that maybe he hasn't lost the ability to feel after all...
(summary via
I haven't read any of Leslie's books before but this new series sounds awesome.
A Devil in the Details (Jesse James Dawson, #1) by K. A. Stewart
  published: July 6th 2010 by Roc   
details: Paperback, 368 pages
genre: Science Fiction/Urban Fantasy
Every lost soul needs a champion.
Jesse James Dawson was an ordinary guy (well, an ordinary guy with a black belt in karate), until the day he learned his brother had made a bargain with a demon. Jesse discovered there was only one way to save his brother: put up his own soul as collateral, and fight the demon to the death.

Jesse lived to free his brother--and became part of a loose organization of Champions who put their own souls on the line to help those who get in over their heads with demons. But now experienced Champions are losing battles at a much higher rate than usual. Someone has changed the game. And if Jesse can't figure out the new rules, his next battle may be his last...

After reading a funny interview with the author on The Oddshots, I 'm looking forward to reading this one. K.A. says :

"To me, Jesse is the sexiest of the male species. He is a devoted, monogamous, loving husband and father. I find fidelity and loyalty to be an amazing turn on. Watching Jesse try to balance his very great love for his family with what he feels is his inescapable call to duty is both heart-warming, and heart-wrenching. (And, you also get to see his equally loving and unbelievably patient wife, Mira, knock some sense into him when he desperately needs it. Strong women are sexy too.)"
Yup, there's nothing sexier than a man who knows how to love!
And last but not least....
Bonds of Justice (Psy-Changeling, #8) by Nalini Singh
published: July 6th 2010 by Berkley

details: Mass Market Paperback, 348 pages
genre: Romance--Paranormal

Max Shannon is a good cop, one of the best in New York Enforcement. Born with a natural shield that protects him against Psy mental invasions, he knows he has little chance of advancement within the Psy-dominated power structure. The last case he expects to be assigned to is that of a murderer targeting a Psy Councilor's closest advisors. And the last woman he expects to compel him in the most sensual of ways is a Psy on the verge of catastrophic mental fracture.

I've become addicted to this sinful little series, lol! My fave so far is Branded by Fire but I've really been excited about Indigo's upcoming story too in Play of Passion  :)

Review: Kiss Me If You Can by Carly Phillips

Published: HQN Books July 27th 2010
ISBN: 978-0-373-77454-8
384 pages, Mass Market Paperback
Contemporary Romance
Bachelor Blogs Series, Book #1

Kiss Me If You Can is a perfect summer read, great for those lazy beach days. It’s the first in a series featuring eligible bachelors and all their drama as The Bachelor Blogs, a feature of a NYC newspaper’s online blog, follows them and posts about their every possible romantic move.

Sam Cooper aka “Coop” is a failed cop turned beat reporter but he’s become the hottest bachelor in town thanks to an antique jewelry store robbery he helps thwart. Rewarded with a ring from the store, The Bachelor Blogs takes his story and runs with it. Coop is bombarded with crazy propositions from women and hesitant when Lexie Davis walks up to him asking to chat, even if he does think she’s hot. Lexie is NOT a girl desperate for a date. She just wants to know more about that old ring, because it looks like an exact match for her grandmother’s beloved necklace. When she and Coop start discussing the ring, a past crazier than either of them ever could have imagined emerges!

Kiss Me If You Can releases July 27th 2010! And book 2, Love Me If You Dare, comes on its heels August 31st :)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

Linger ARC Winner!!

...and the winner is Okapi!!  Congratulations Okapi, I'll be emailing you in a few minutes :)

(you have 48 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be drawn)