Sunday, October 31, 2010

20 Questions with Margie Gelbwasser

Photo taken by Sam Peltz

Margie Gelbwasser was born in Minsk, Belarus. She came to the United States in 1979 and then moved to thesuburbs of New Jersey (to a town very much like Alyssa's Glenfair) in 1984. She is a freelance writer who has written for Self, Ladies Home Journal, and Girl's Life. Her essays on growing up Russian and Jewish have appeared in Waking Up American: Coming of Age Biculturally. Inconvenient is her debut novel. Visit her online at

1. Tea, Coffee or Neither?

Coffee, definitely coffee.

2. Your favourite/dream vacation spot?

We went to Italy for our honeymoon, and I would love to go back there one day. Venice and Capri were our favorites. It would be amazing to take our son there when he's old enough to appreciate it too.

3. Cats or Dogs?

Confession time. When I met my now husband, I didn't like cats, especially not his mean black and white one that could purr one second and leave your ankles bloody the next. But one day she ran away and I missed her. Claws and all. We now have two adorable kitties who purr and lick and are awesome with our toddler. Wait, what was the question? Oh yeah. I guess cats but I have nothing against dogs. As long as they're sweet and friendly.

4. You can't live without...?


5. What was your favourite book as a child?

If we're talking really little, I had a thing for Sesame Street books about Grover. My favorite was about his first day of school. He was very nervous and had a rough day. I cried every time I read that book. I loved Babar, Amelia Bedelia and Little House on the Prairie books too.

6. Who is your favourite author?

There are so many authors I admire. As far as classics go, I LOVE Edith Wharton. Her ability to immerse me in the old New York setting is remarkable. I love how she developed her characters as well. I was also a very big fan of Norma Klein and Norma Fox Mazer. Both of these women were my inspiration for writing books for young adults.

7. If you could have dinner with any book character in history who would it be and why?

I LOVED The Time Traveler's Wife, so I would pick Henry. Granted, it would most likely be difficult to have a full dinner with him because he may pop out of it in the middle to another decade. However, it would be so intriguing to hear about his life and romance with Clare. And, if he can give me some future lottery results, that would be fantastic too. :-)

8. E-readers or the real deal?

Definitely the real deal. Forget about the fact that I'm not computer savvy at all. There's nothing that can replace the feel of a real book, the pages beneath my fingers, the giddy feeling I get when I buy a new bookmark.

9. What is one little fact that we don't know about you?

Uh, how deep are you looking for here? How about, in high school I was super shy but now being around people and meeting new ones totally fuels me.

10. When I write I like to have a little slice of cake(or some cookies) with a glass of milk- Do you have a 'Writing Food'?

Does coffee count as a food? I guess I'm always tired with a three-year-old. :-) I do like your idea of cake or cookies and milk when writing. Can I steal it? :-)

11. The summary of your book sounds unique and wonderfully deep, is there a specific message you want your readers to grasp?

Thank you so much. I don't know if there is a message per se, but I would like readers to connect with the characters and for those struggling with a loved one (parent, friend, etc.) who is an alcoholic to find comfort and know there are places to seek help and know they are not alone. While my parents were not alcoholics, I did have friends whose parents were and when I was older dated someone who had struggles with alcohol (but this didn't click with me at the time). One of the things Inconvenient explores is the impact the Russian culture has on the mother's alcoholism, and I feel there is a myth that women, especially Jewish women, are not alcoholics. Obviously, that's not true. I hope this brings some of that to light too and helps break down those walls. Staying true to yourself and your own beliefs and finding strength within is another theme and something else I hope that resonates with teens. When I was in high school, I certainly had NOTHING close to the confidence I have now. It took me close to my thirtieth birthday to begin to develop a belief in my abilities.

12. Describe the feeling you got when you first found out your book was getting published?

When I got an e-mail from my agent that said Flux was interested in publishing my book, I was in the library working on a writing project. One of my good friends was there writing too. I squealed, jumped out of my seat, and bounced up and down---for exactly two minutes. Then the worry wart in me started thinking of a billion and one things that could go wrong. Gotta love us neurotic writers. LOL

13. What advice would you give someone that would like to write a novel?

Just write. Don't tell yourself you can't or "What's the point since no one will publish me anyway." I know a lot of people who think like this and it's not because they really believe it; the defeatist attitude just makes it easier not to try and, therefore, not to deal with rejection. Get a critique partner or group who will be kind but honest about your work. Listen to their suggestions, revise, send out a query. Just keep going and keep believing.

14. Where did the inspiration for INCONVENIENT come from?

I had had a story in my head about a Russian-Jewish girl for quite some time, but it was a very different story--multigenerational and for adults. After writing the teenager's POV in that story, I kept thinking about her. The things she experienced, what her life was like. I started getting her voice in my head and began to write sentences down. When the multigenerational novel didn't work, I looked at Alyssa's story (but her name was Gabby then). As for subject matter, in the Russian culture, drinking accompanies every holiday, party, success. Many people drink responsibly. Many don't. I began thinking about how much drinking was a part of the culture and how normal it was and how would one recognize an individual who had a problem. And so began the story of Alyssa and her mom.

15. If you weren't writing what would you be doing for a living?

I always thought it would be fun to try event planning. Maybe one day I'll do both. I also ALWAYS wanted to do stand-up, but not as a career. One day, I'll try it.

16. What was the hardest and/or best part of having your first book published?

This is hard to answer as it's just reaching people's hands now. Predictions? Hardest will be how little control I have over the whole thing and negative reviews. If people feel they connected to the characters and story and that it made an impact on them--this will be the best.

17. What are you reading now?

I just finished Ellen Hopkins's Fallout. I'm a big fan of her writing, characterization, and tackling of real issues.

18. Do you have a favourite writing place?

I write where I can, but my couch is super comfy.

19. On your website you mention that your currently working on your second novel, can you share a little teaser? deals with relationships and is told in multiple points of view. It's also edgier and darker than Inconvenient and there are chicken carcasses in it.

20. You currently reside in New Jersey so I have to ask...If you had to pick one:

a) Jersey Shore

b) Real housewives of New Jersey

c) The Sopranos

Oh man. I refuse to watch Jersey Shore because I feel New Jersey has already been stereotyped enough so why add more insult. I love RHNJ as a guilty pleasure to watch, but I am super thankful my life does not have that kind of drama in it. For quality story, acting, and creativity, definitely The Sopranos.

Thanks again for taking the time to answer my questions! You are welcome back at The Crazy Bookworm anytime!

Thank you so much for having me!

Margie Gelbwasser's debut novel is released Nov 1st!
In fifteen-year-old Alyssa Bondar's Russian-Jewish culture, having a few drinks is as traditional asblinchiki and piroshki. So when her mom's midday cocktails turn into an all-day happy hour, it seems like Alyssa's the only one who notices—or cares. Her dad is steeped in the nightly news—and denial—and her best friend Lana is too busy trashing their shared Russian heritage so she can be popular.

Alyssa would rather focus on cross-country meets and her first kiss with her running partner, Keith, but someone has to clean up her mom's mess. But who will be there to catch Alyssa when her mom's next fall off the wagon threatens to drag her down, too?

If you would like to purchase a copy of Inconvenient
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Halloween Wrap Up!

Well October has come to an end. The little ghouls and goblins will make their rounds tonight and then it is farewell until next year. I want to thank everyone that was a part of The Crazy Bookworm Halloween countdown. It was my first year doing that here on the blog and I can't wait to kick it off again next year. Here is a wrap up of all the haunting things that took place this month.

Paranormal Activity 2
The Runes by Em Petrova

Spooky Guest Posts

I want to thank all the authors that took part in the Halloween Countdown!

Happy Halloween!!

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

 Hardcover: 352 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

Published: Sep 14 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0446547598

My Rating: Photobucket

When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.

But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her . . . a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards . . . and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.(Summary from Amazon)

" Joy was as fleeting as a shooting star that crossed the evening sky, ready to blink out any moment."

My Thoughts: Nicholas Sparks has done it again with this beautifully written, bittersweet story.

Safe Haven is packed with suspense, tragedy, hope and romance. It will have you flying through the pages because the suspense is almost unbearable. Nicholas Sparks always puts so much into the characters he creates. He makes them so real that you can't help but love and care for them too. BUT he can also create a character that you despise. I haven't disliked a character like Kevin so much since Richard in The Guardian. I know that was sparks' intent, he certainly didn't intend to make Kevin a likable character. I like when a character can affect me like that, the author did his job well. He succeeded in making me hate someone FICTIONAL. The rest of the characters are wonderful, you'll fall in love not only with the main characters but with the secondary ones as well.

The plot was intense! Of course the book has the trait Nicholas Sparks is best known for, romance, but there is also a great amount of suspense. The draw out is fantastic, it doesn't drag on, it's just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. You have to fight the urge to flip to the end and find out what awaits the characters that you've fallen in love with.  Overall this was a fantastic book, I love when Nicholas Sparks delves into the suspense and thriller side. He balances out the thrill and the romance wonderfully. I have read all of Sparks' books and have yet to find one I don't like. I also believe that a lot of women will be able to relate to Katie. She is a powerful character and will stick with you.

Final Thought: Safe Haven was a beautifully crafted story. A story about love, second chances and miracles. Don't pass this one up!

If you want to purchase a copy of Safe Haven please consider supporting The Crazy Bookworm by purchasing from this amazon link. Thank you!

Top 5 Sundays

Top 5 Sundays is hosted by Larissa over at Larissa's Life

To join in on the fun check out Larissa's blog.
Here is my Top 5(in no order)



Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Runes by Em Petrova

Genre: Erotica

Pages: 171

Publisher: eRedSage Publishing

Released: October 1, 2010

My Rating: Photobucket

When immortals Will Cochran and Evangeline Mayer are thrown together by a phenomenon known as The Calling, they breech the barriers of a conventional relationship. By sharing their blood and bodies, their minds and souls are also entwined. But Evangeline has been yanked from the arms of her mortal love, Sean Livingston, and the echo of his touch never leaves her.

When she’s kidnapped by a sadistic immortal seeking revenge for the loss of his own mate, Sean is summoned as a means to torture her. Their reunion both titillates and torments her new mate, Will. He and Sean make a pact to share the woman they both love, and find new desires arising in the arms of each other.

My Thoughts: I've never read an Erotica book, but when I came across 'Runes' and read the summary I couldn't stop thinking about it. Finally I decided to step out of my comfort zone and give it a try and boy am I glad I did! This book has everything I love about paranormal books, romance, action, suspense all mixed in with a sexy twist. 'Runes' is more than just an Erotica book, it is full of passion and love. The author did more than just create a cast of characters, Evangeline, Will and Sean were crafted beautifully. They had so much life and heart, they jumped from the pages. Evangeline was an incredible character, she was so full of life and she loved with her whole heart. The plot hooks you from the very beginning, it is strong and delivers right from the first page. The author did a great job creating the setting, it was very realistic and visual. I could imagine myself right there with them. This book was a guilty pleasure of mine. After a long stressful day, I looked forward to relaxing on the couch and diving into the erotic lives of these wonderful characters. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys erotica and if your still debating the genre, this is a great book to start with.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Teresa Joyce-There's a fine Line Author Show Interview

Teresa Joyce is the author of the memoir 'There's a fine line'. She is a friend of The Crazy Bookworm and we enjoy having her here. She recently just did a radio interview on 'The Author Show' and she was kind enough to send me the audio so I can post it here. Enjoy!

View my interview with Teresa Joyce Here
Teresa Joyce Guest post Here
There's a Fine Line Book Review Here

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Book Hop and Follow Friday!

It's that time of the week again! Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy For Books

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Week: "What is the one bookish thing you would love to have, no matter the cost?"

An easy question for me. MY OWN LIBRARY!! I would love to have an entire floor devoted to my precious books. Wall to wall white bookshelves housing my little friends and nice big windows to provide great reading light(maybe a skylight or two). Big comfy bean bag chairs to house my 3 dogs while I'm reading so we are not all crammed on the same couch anymore. What wouldn't I do? the ideas are endless. Maybe a cast iron spiral staircase to lead to more books...Ok ok, I'm getting ahead of myself here, but it would be a wonderful place *sigh*

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Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list

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Paranormal Activity 2 Review

Directed by: Tod Williams

Running Time: 91 Minutes

My Rating: Photobucket

About the movie: After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.(IMDB)

My Thoughts: Being a fan of the first Paranormal Activity I was really looking forward to seeing this one. This movie didn't disappoint when it came to the cheap thrills and jumps but it took a little while to get to that. Like the first, this one concentrated a lot on character development but there was a good 30 minutes or so of no action what so ever, just mindless conversation. I liked how they tied in the storyline from the first one into this one, instead of being a sequel it is a prequel. You learn a little more back story of the history between this 'Demon' that haunted Katie as a child and then continues to haunt her and her family. It is a slow-paced film but that parts that are supposed to scare, really did their job! I jumped a lot throughout the movie and may have cursed once or twice. What made this movie scary(for me) was the draw out, we all know something is going to happen when all is quiet and still but we don't know when or where its going to happen and then when you begin to relax just a little, BANG it happens! This was a nail biting, sit on the edge of your seat kind of movie, and all though there were some parts that could have been done without, I enjoyed it. It gave me the cheap thrill I was looking for.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Building Magic Giveaway Winner!

I would like to thank author Lilly Cain for giving away a copy of her book 'Building Magic' on the Crazy Bookworm.

The Winner is....

Lucy @ lucybeugelingramos@...

Congrats Lucy!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted by The Story Siren.

I didn't purchase any books over the past 2 weeks but this is what I got for review:

Discovering she is a Tuatha Dé Danann straight from Irish Mythology, turns Megan’s life upside down. As if that was not enough, an arrogant, drop-dead gorgeous man tells her she is his mate.

Seamus escaped his mysterious captors seventeen years earlier, taking a little girl with him and returning her to her home. Returning to the one location he considers his safe haven, he recognizes Megan as the young child he rescued. Only now, she is stunning enough to make him forget, almost, just how treacherous his life is.

Megan soon realizes fighting her attraction for Seamus is a losing battle. But when the people hunting Seamus track them down, Megan and Seamus are faced with a much more immediate and deadly threat—a struggle for the lives of all the Tuatha Dé Danann. Can they overcome their pursuers and win?
In this extraordinary true story, parapsychology expert Nancy Lee Canfield reveals how her early years shaped and prepared her for a lifetime of studying the paranormal. A Rose for My Mother chronicles Canfield's turbulent childhood in and out of foster homes and orphanages before the age of thirteen, her early marriage at seventeen, and her awakening to paranormal phenomena. A Rose for My Mother is an intriguing blend of memoir and the study of parapsychology. "Learning only occurs in response to challenges, and Nancy has written an absorbing account of how, in her case, overcoming incredible challenges has led to the emergence of a higher intelligence. It is not only a tale of triumph over adversity, but of the certainty of rescue from hopelessness." Edward Green,PhD, Emeritus, Guerry Professor of Psychology "Against the backdrop of her family's heartbreaking difficulties during the Great Depression, this story begins with a little girl who tries valiantly to understand the meaning of grown-ups' rather confusing words and silences. Her intuitive successes told the adults that she managed well and was self-confident, but they left her feeling isolated and unloved. Does everyone have higher sensory perception? Nancy shows us that with focused work and discipline, we can nurture that infant part of us so that it can help us enjoy life to the fullest
In 1990, a young woman was strangled on a jogging path near the home of Pat Brown and her family. Brown suspected the young man who was renting a room in her house, and quickly uncovered strong evidence that pointed to him--but the police dismissed her as merely a housewife with an overactive imagination. It would be six years before her former boarder would be brought in for questioning, but the night Brown took action to solve the murder was the beginning of her life's work.

Pat Brown is now one of the nation's few female criminal profilers--a sleuth who assists police departments and victims' families by analyzing both physical and behavioral evidence to make the most scientific determination possible about who committed a crime. Brown has analyzed many dozens of seemingly hopeless cases and brought new investigative avenues to light.

In The Profiler, Brown opens her case files to take readers behind the scenes of bizarre sex crimes, domestic murders, and mysterious deaths, going face-to-face with killers, rapists, and brutalized victims. It's a rare, up-close, first-person look at the real world of police and profilers as they investigate crimes--the good and bad, the cover-ups and the successes.

A preacher's son, a father in hiding, a guilty heart filled with secrets: When Jesse Barlow escaped to Hollywood, he hungered for fame--but eleven years of failure result in a drug-induced suicide attempt. Revived at death's doorstep, Jesse returns to his Ohio hometown to make amends with his preacher father, a former love, and Jesse's own secret son. But Jesse's renewed commitment becomes a baptism by fire when his son's advanced illness calls for a sacrifice--one that could cost Jesse the very life he regained. A story of mercy, hope, and second chances, From The Dead captures the human spirit with tragedy and joy.

Dear Ethan:

Like the rest of us, you didn't come with an owner's manual. You'll probably wonder – more than once – why you're here. What is your life's purpose? How will you face the adversity your life will surely bring?

Despite appearances, no one's life is ever simple. We have our parents and our friends to learn from; they have much to teach us. And you'll hear a lot from, and about, public figures – athletes, newscasters, actors, politicians, artists…celebrities of every kind.

But making sense of the world we live in is something each one of us struggles with. The truth is, life is complicated. It's wonderful; it's awful; it's a thrill; it's a bore. And it can feel almost unbearable at times. Almost.

Fortunately, you're blessed with a family that loves you. Your grandfather, Tom McQueen, wrote you this book. No one has all the answers, but he's already faced many of the challenges you'll encounter.

Even those of us who've been around awhile can learn a thing or twelve from your grandpa. He's helped a lot of folks as a therapist; he's inspired audiences with his seminars; and he's shared his thoughts in several other books.

In these letters to you, Ethan, your grandpa reveals the mistakes and miracles that have shaped his life. Anyone can give advice, but true wisdom is hard-won. And the book you're holding contains plenty of it.

Coach Lou Holtz

"...It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother's life...."

Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brother's killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt....a hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.

"Kill her. I don't care how, and I don't care where, but I want her dead now!"

Someone was trying to kill his dead partner's sister. FBI agen, Jordan Reiley, will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.

Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?

When we are young, we all hope that even if we are not totally hip, we are not completely unhip.

With age, we begin to realise that we have had more than a few embarrassing moments and tastes and, maybe more to our surprise, we don't really care.

There are days when we are unhip and proud of it.

Part social commentary, part autobiography, here are some of KJ Rigby's confessions of some of her less hip moments.

And what about you?

That's it for this weeks IMM. What did you get in your mailbox?

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Giveaway Winner!!

Thank you to everyone who entered!! selected number 14 which is...


Enjoy the book Lu!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Cheryl Rainfield speaks out on Bullying!

Cheryl Rainfield author of the incredible book 'Scars' speaks out on bullying and her own experiences.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hoppin' to Follow Friday

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books

Question of the Week: "Where is your favorite place to read? Curled up on the sofa, in bed, in the garden?"

In the summertime I read outside on my deck. I could spend hours out here. The rest of the time I curl up on my big comfy couch and drift away in the book. I have a wood burning fireplace and I love curling up on the couch in the winter with the fire place going, the smell of wood filling the air and a good book in hand. I don't love winter but I love spending those snowy nights reading by the fire.

Follow Friday is hosted by Parajunkee over at Parajunkee's View

To join the fun and make now book blogger friends, just follow these simple rules:

Follow the Follow My Book Blog Friday Host { } and any one else you want to follow on the list

Follow our Featured Bloggers -

Put your Blog name & URL in the Linky thing.

Grab the button up there and place it in a post, this post is for people to find a place to say hi in your comments

Follow Follow Follow as many as you can

If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love...and the followers

If you want to show the link list, just follow the link below the entries and copy and paste it within your post!

If your new to the follow friday hop, comment and let me know, so I can stop by and check out your blog!

Happy Hoping friends! You know I love comments, so keem 'em coming!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Author Spolight: Lilly Cain and GIVEAWAY!!

The Crazy bookworm is happy to welcome author Lilly Cain. Today she talks to us about her third book 'Building Magic' and she is kind enough to offer a giveaway. Be sure to enter your e-mail address in the comments to enter yourself in the giveaway!


The Thousand Word Hook – Lilly Cain

Thank you for having me here at The Crazy Bookworm! I’m so happy to be celebrating the release of my third book, my novella BUILDING MAGIC from Red Sage Publishing.

All of my stories begin with a germ of an idea which I write down in the form of a loose synopsis or plot plan. I use this to tell me if I am going in the right direction when I am writing. But with Building Magic I had a bit more of an impetus to getting the first chapter down. I intended to enter the Chase the Dream contest. Hosted by Rachelle Chase and Leigh Michaels, the main point of the contest is to achieve a hook within the first thousand words, leaving the reader – be it general reader, agent or editor – wanting more.

Having a hook isn’t a new idea. In fact it is a common property that each author aspires to achieve. But the contest really drove the idea home for me. Despite the fact that BUILDING MAGIC is the third story I have released, it was the first story I sold and I think that it was my new understanding of the importance of those first thousand words that has enabled me to sell more books.

Here is the last part of that original contest entry. What do you think?

“Yer minutes are up, Tina-Tom. Get back to work.” The smoke-roughened voice of her supervisor cut into her wet daydreams. She lowered the binoculars and closed her eyes for a minute. Why again did I take this job? Oh, yeah, the dream of building something spectacular, from design to nails to sliding glass doors. She sighed and gathered her lunch before standing up on the platform. Regulations said she should be having her lunch on the ground, but she, like most of the Irondogs, occasionally ignored the rules for expedience and love of the heights.

She made her way to the corner of the platform and stepped onto the bare rail. She would have to re-secure her safety straps here, no one avoided that rule for long. For the Hell of it, she raised her binoculars to have another look at the studly bean-counter before she had to stash her stuff and get back to welding on the seventh level. By now he’ll be stretching out his glorious muscles, or perhaps, just perhaps today he’ll give in to a little hedonism and stroke his majestic cock for me.

Instead, she frowned as she focused on something strange. It took her a moment to recognize it. Fire! The man’s office is on fire! Then she realized that wasn’t quite what she was seeing. It wasn’t natural. The fire seemed to be following his gestures, moving with him, no, she realized, it was flowing from his fingertips. He was drawing a rectangle in the air with flames. He finished the last corner. She couldn’t help it. She couldn’t look away. Inside the rectangle a picture was forming.

“Holy shit!” she said aloud. Her mind reeled. As she watched, he reached into the burning picture and pulled…something…through. “What is that?” she breathed. All awareness of where she was and what she was doing fled from her mind. He’s a fucking Harry Potter. She leaned forward, tried to focus, and finally took a step closer. Unfortunately, there was nothing to step on.

So, did it hook you? :)
Thanks again for having me here, and in the spirit of the season (yes I am on a Halloween candy high) I’m going to give away a copy of BUILDING MAGIC to a commenter to this post! Don’t forget to leave your email address to be included in the draw!

To read more about Lilly check out her website at Or follow her on Twitter at

To purchase a copy of her book Building Magic or find out about other fantastic authors, check out

Character Profile

Many of you know that I am writing my own Young Adult novel. I have posted 2 sneek peeks that I will link to at the end of this post. I thought I would post one of the main characters character profile. Just the basics, I want some to be left for surprise ;-)

Name: Alex Austin Marshall

Age: 22

Nationality: American

Hometown: Spring Hill, Tennessee

Birth order: December 12, 1988

Height: 6'2

Weight: 190-200

Race: White/Tan

Eye Color: Almost Aqua green

Hair Color: Brown but premanently highlighted blond from the sun.

Glasses or contact lenses? No

Skin color: Tan

Shape of Face: Oval. Strong facial features

Style (Elegant, shabby etc.): Casual

Greatest flaw: to protective at times. Sometimes emotions get the best of him

Best quality: Kind
Alex is a very strong and passionate character. I fell in love with him the moment he appeared in my mind. I couldn't wait to tell his story on paper and share it with all of you. I hope that when my book makes it out that you will welcome him in your hearts like I did.
If my book ever made it to the big screen I would like either of these actors to play him:
Hayden Christensen

Kellan Lutz

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Author Spotlight: Sandra Edwards

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to welcome back author Sandra Edwards! Today she stopped by to tell us what inspired her beautiful book 'Incredible Dreams'. Enjoy!

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that Cathy’s invited me back to talk about my time travel romance Incredible Dreams. Thanks. :-)

Anyone who’s familiar with my writing knows that my muse sets her sights in whatever direction she pleases. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my eclectic tastes it’s not to limit my storylines. Therefore, I don’t concentrate so much on being genre specific as trying to tell a unique story.

Many of the books I write come from my fascination with a variety of topics. If I can merge a couple of them into what I think might turn into a decent storyline, I turn my muse loose and see where she takes me.

It was from a love of ghost stories, a fascination with the 1940s, and the concept of time travel that led me to an idea that eventually became the book Incredible Dreams.

I’m sure many of you know about the Freddy Jackson photo that floats around the Internet. For those who don’t...Freddy Jackson was an airplane mechanic who served in the RAF during WWI. Two days before the Squadron’s photograph was taken in 1919, Freddy died in a freak accident involving an airplane’s propellers. His funeral was held the same day as the Squadron gathered for their portrait. Stories say that Squadron members identified the mysterious face behind the fellow in the back row as Freddy Jackson.

Now, I’m not here to debate the validity of the photograph...I’m just here to let you know how the infamous image fueled my imagination.

My first thought after seeing the picture and reading the story for the first time was how sad that he’d passed away in such an untimely and devastating manner. And—if the image in the photograph was indeed Freddy’s face—the thought that he might have felt so strongly about participating in the squadron’s portrait that he’d show up, even though he was dead, was sadder still.

The next thing that breezed through my thoughts’s too bad someone can’t go back in time and save his life.

After tweaking a few details, the story began to take shape. I adapted my storyline to the 1940s (because of my fascination with the era). And I adjusted my hero’s occupation (the sad fact is that in the world of publishing a pilot is a preferred hero to an airplane mechanic).

The reason Jack (my hero) is an American is because I’m an American, and therefore, I know a little more about the US Military than the RAF. And since I was a kid during the 60s and 70s I figured I’d have enough research to do without adding the RAF to the mix. And that is how my hero came to be an American WWII fighter pilot.

Originally, my hero’s name was Jack Bauer. I was one of probably ten people who hadn’t seen the television show 24. Someone (a contest judge somewhere along the way) suggested that I change his name to “John Bauer”. No way. His name is Jack. So I changed Bauer to Baker.

I set the book in early 1946, less than six months after the Japanese had formally surrendered aboard the USS MISSOURI in Tokyo Bay. The main reason I did this is because I needed the War to be over, but not so far off that the country wasn’t still on edge. I figured the expected method for Jack’s death would have been during an aerial battle, but it would’ve been pretty near impossible for my heroine to save him from that fate. And, I like to surprise people, so I came up with another method.

Everything pretty much evolved from there. The more I researched 1940s America, the more the story came together. I so enjoyed writing Incredible Dreams and I’m thrilled with the great reception it’s receiving.

If you’re intrigued by my very outside the box time travel romance, you can get the first 100 pages as a printable PDF download at my website. And for the month of October, Incredible Dreams is on sale for just $0.99 on Kindle and at Smashwords. Use coupon code MT27W to receive Kindle price at Smashwords.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Reading level: Young Adult

Hardcover: 496 pages

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Published: October 12, 2010

My Rating

 BROOKLYN: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And she’s about to be expelled from Brooklyn Heights’ most prestigious private school when her father intervenes. Now Andi must accompany him to Paris for winter break.

PARIS: Alexandrine Paradis lived over two centuries ago. She dreamed of making her mark on the Paris stage, but a fateful encounter with a doomed prince of France cast her in a tragic role she didn’t want—and couldn’t escape.

Two girls, two centuries apart. One never knowing the other. But when Andi finds Alexandrine’s diary, she recognizes something in her words and is moved to the point of obsession. There’s comfort and distraction for Andi in the journal’s antique pages—until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs of Paris, Alexandrine’s words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes suddenly, terrifyingly present. (Goodreads)

"I don't like hope very much. In fact, I hate it. It's the crystal meth of emotions. It hooks you fast and kills you hard. It's bad news. The Worst. It's sharp sticks and cherry bombs"- Andi Alpers

My Thoughts: Revolution is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. It is hard to put words to how lovely and gripping I thought this book was. Once you start you will not be able to put it down, all though I must admit when I was reaching the end, reading the last few pages I stopped, and I put the book down because I didn't want to finish it, I did not want the story to end. Senior Editor, Krista Marino explained it best when she wrote the 'Dear Reader' "Revolution' is a one-of-a-kind reading experience". The character development was so well done, you really learn who each character is and what type of person they are.  Alex is a character that I will never forget, she pushed herself into my heart and will remain there. Every time a diary entry would end, my heart would sink. I was desperately seeking her fate just as much as Andi was. Alex will capture the heart of all her readers. It will be impossible not to love and care for her. Reading Revolution was like being transported back and forth through time, to modern day Paris and Brooklyn to Eighteenth Century Paris during the brutality of the French Revolution,. The author draws you into the book so much you feel as if you are living the life of Alex and Andi right there with them. On a lighter side the book was very funny, Andi has an incredible quick-witted humour, there was never a dull moment while reading this book. Her best friend Vijay Gupta had a hilarious sense of humour as well and his many nicknames for his mother always made me laugh. Revolution brings music, art and history together in a beautiful harmony. It brings love, hope, tragedy and self-growth. This book will have something for everyone and I strongly recommend it. People will definitely miss out if they don't read Revolution.

After reading the book I was very curious to learn more about the characters mentioned in this book. Robespierre, King Louis XVI and especially Louis Charles. Thanks to Wikipedia, I found this angelic portrait of Louis Charles and wanted to share it in my review.

Author Spotlight: Tahlia Newland

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to have Tahlia Newland stop by and share with us her book and her journey to publishing. Enjoy!

Hi my name is Tahlia Newland. Cathy very kindly invited me over to talk about me and my book.

Yes, I’ve written a book, a YA fantasy called Lethal Inheritance, and like so many others I’m now trying to get it published. It’s a daunting task. Even though I found an agent, the numerical odds are still against a publishing house picking it up.

So, you might ask, why bother?

I had to write it because I got inspired, and I had to keep working at it because it’s a good story. It deserves to be done properly, and if I stopped before it was published, all the work I had already done would be wasted. The more I did on it, the more I had to do.

Is this person crazy?

Yes. Creativity is my talent, my friend, my master, my solace and my burden. I’m an artist. I always have been, first a painter, not a very good one, so I gave it up when I left College. Next I became a dancer. I wasn’t great at that either, so I moved into mime, mask and visual theatre. I made a living doing that for twenty years and made masks at the same time. Now I’m an author. Why? Because one day scenes from the novel started leaping into my mind like a movie. The urge to write took hold of me, so I wrote. That’s how I am.

People often ask me what my book’s about and I always hesitate for a moment, wondering what about the book would resonate most with that particular person. Generally I say something like -

Lethal Inheritance is about Ariel, a seventeen year old girl on a rescue mission in a hidden layer of reality. Demons who feed on fear are trying to kill her, and while learning to turn her mind into a weapon, she falls in love with Nick, a Warrior whose power is more than either of them can handle.

Of course there is much more to it than that.

Who is she rescuing? Her mother.

Who from? Demons

Why did they kidnap her? You’ll have to read the book to find that out.

Where is this hidden layer of reality? Right here, you just can’t see it unless you know how to look.

How can you kill demons who feed on fear? You have to learn to transform your fear into mental power and channel it down a sword to zap the demons. That’s quite a skill, so you need to sort out the fake trainers from the real ones and get some training before you start chasing after demons.

What sort of demons are they? There are three different kinds, some small, relatively harmless and kind of cute, others larger, uglier and meaner, and the really nasty ones are like this…

The black, flowing form was human in size and shape, but slimy skin hung in folds like the fabric of a long hooded cloak. Long loose arms dangled at the creature’s sides and his clawed hands flexed and unflexed as his head swung from side to side, searching for his prey. Icy white flames, flicking like snake tongues, blazed from two slits in his hideous face and cast an eerie glow. Another slash of flaming white formed a thin-lipped mouth.

What sort of a Warrior is Nick? A demon slayer. More specifically, someone who finds the Radiant Power within their mind and learns to use it to destroy demons and the Serpentine that infests the human race.

Serpentine? What’s this? Imagine a giant tapeworm, invisible to most people’s eyes. It feeds off negative energy and as it grows it incites people to more negativity. Violence breeds violence, right?

Okay. What’s this power that’s too much for Nick and Ariel to handle? Well you’re going to have to read the book to answer this one too, but here’s a hint. He happens to look into her eyes and ….

Overwhelmed by the almost unbearable intimacy, Ariel ripped her gaze from his. Flustered and confused, she was barely able to breathe as bliss vibrated through her body. Even when the intensity faded, she still felt the energy radiating from his body. It sizzled between them like water on a hot plate.

Mmm. If this has piqued your interest, pop over to my blog and read Chapter 1. You can keep up to date with where I’m at in the process of finding a publisher. And if you like what you read and would like to help the novel get published, there’s a page of ideas there of things you can do.

I’m a great believer in people power.

-Thanks Bookworm for having me over.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Author Spotlight: J.M Barlog

Author J.M Barlog stopped by The Crazy Bookworm to talk about his book 'A Connecticut Nightmare' and the inspiration behind it. Enjoy!

The seeds for ‘A Connecticut Nightmare’ were planted when my wife and I traveled to Connecticut for the birth of our third grandson. I’d had been searching for another supernatural story at the time and realized I probably wouldn’t be getting much writing time while on ‘vacation.’ Having recently gotten a ghost story under my belt, I was on the hunt for a situtaion where I could transform an innocent, even joyous occasion into an inescapable hellish nigthmare--one that held the promise of keeping readers on the edge of their seats. I wanted the heart-poundng suspense of watchining in your mind’s eye, the hero climbing the stairs, knowing he had to go through that bedroom door. There was no option but to face the terror head on. It wasn’t until after returning to Chicago that I began the process of reshaping the experience into something that could be spellbinding and create the ultimate experience in fear and terror.

Much of A Connecticut Nightmare is based on fact. My son-in-law was indeed deployed during the baby’s birth. And I did care for my grandson while my wife and daughter went to the hospital to deliver. The rest is the result of the writer’s mind drawing the terror out of every corner of the story.

Whether we admit to it or not, a piece of our soul always comes out in everything we create. We mold stories from things most often kept buried deep inside ourselves. There are parts of me in A Connecticut Nightmare, but they were twisted and reformed into the context of fiction. Nonetheless, a small part of my soul emerged in this story of a grandfather’s desperate fight to save his grandson from a demon few believe even exists.

Ending the story immediately opened me to the threads of an even more dramatic sequel. I am feverishly at work on ‘A Connecticut Nightmare II,’ which promises to exceed the boundaries of its predecessor. I came to realize there is still so much to explore in the world of the devil and demonic possession. A new struggle emerges between Kyle and Jack’s new wife. But in this thriller, the devil is about to come up against the most vicious adversary in the world of the living: a mother protecting her children.

I will leave you with this departing thought: How far would you be willing to go to protect your child?

Happy Halloween

Saturday, October 16, 2010


AMC's Fearfest starts on Monday! But why wait?!

Create your own Fearfest. Flick off the lights, pop some popcorn and if you have some, orange candles really set the mood. I am not against cheesiness either, sometimes the best horror movies are the cheesy ones!

Tonight I will be watching

What horror movies will you be watching?

Friday, October 15, 2010

Author Spotlight: Kathleen McKenna

The Crazy Bookworm is thrilled to have Kathleen McKenna join in on the countdown to Halloween on The Crazy Bookworm blog!

Hi Cathy,

Thank you so much for having me and happy Halloween! It’s definitely one of my favorite holidays. When you told me I could blog, I was thrilled but as usual I didn’t have a clue what to talk about that might not put people into sleep comas and then I came up with this one; I hope it’s okay.

I want to tell a little about the two houses on which I based my books. ‘The Comeback’ is the first sequel to ‘The Wedding Gift.’ In ‘The Wedding Gift,’ I invented a whole story based on a beautiful old house in New Orleans I saw once and started imagining things about it, but ‘The Comeback’ is based on not only a real house, but a real ghost story. Back in the sixties there was a glamorous movie star named Jayne Mansfield, (Mariska Hargitay’s mother). She was sort of the Paris Hilton and the Anna Nicole Smith of her time, but she took her publicity a lot further than even today’s stars would. She posed nude in Playboy, sure, but she also dived in with a Killer Whale and nearly got herself and a trainer killed. She put her little boy in a layout with herself and a tiger and the child was mauled nearly to death. She let Anton Lavey, the head of the Satanic Church, claim that she was a high priestess and was photographed with him and that last bid for attention is where her luck ran out. Lavey cursed her; he told her she would die in a car accident. A year later she did, violently and horribly; her body separated from its head on a back road near Biloxi. After that things were never the same in the fabulous mansion she had built in Beverly Hills, the Pink Palace. Pipes burst, rats moved in, the piano played by itself, the rooms reeked of Gardenia perfume, her scent. Accidents happened; her little girl was nearly killed on a small toy train; the only son of the new owner was killed in a single car crash in the driveway, swerving to avoid something no one else could see, and then Englebert Humperdink bought the place. He had known and liked Jayne. He didn’t fear her ghost, but he did want to remodel. He tried to paint over the exterior pink walls but no matter how many coats he applied, the pink bled through . One day there was a small earthquake; no property damage occurred, but when the ground had stopped shaking, a small heart shaped wading pool appeared where none had been before. I wrote the book believing that Jayne, like all stars, just couldn’t bear to fade away.

The next book and the next house share the same name, ‘The House on Easton Drive’, a small fairytale Bavarian home up on Benedict Canyon. A funny little man named Paul Bern built it as a wedding gift for his gorgeous bride to be, Jean Harlow. Three months later the honeymoon ended. Paul was dead, a gunshot to his head, self inflicted or a kill shot made by his jealous first wife. To this day no one knows. Jean, unable to bear the memories, sold the house. The next owner drowned in the pool, as did the one after that. A maid hung herself in the stairwell and Jean herself died mysteriously at the age of twenty-six. Renters came and went until a young man named Jay Sebring bought the house and then moved in his beautiful young girlfriend, the actress Sharon Tate. Jay traveled a lot and one night alone in the house Sharon was awakened by what she described as “a funny little man.” Terrified, she ran down the stairs only to trip over the bloodied body of a pregnant woman drenched in blood and tied with ropes. Screaming she fell to the bottom of the staircase, looking up in horror but there was nothing there, nothing at all. Two years later at the age of twenty-six, a heavily pregnant Sharon Tate was tied with ropes and butchered by the ‘Manson Family’ less than a mile away, at another strange Hollywood address on Del Cielo Drive just a mile down the road from the house that Bern built for Harlow. I don’t know what lives in the house on Easton Drive, but to this day it remains one of the saddest most haunting places I have ever seen. So those are my ghost stories, or maybe they are just stories of bad luck; being in the wrong place, who knows? As always, it must be up to the reader to decide.

Happy Halloween everyone!

Kathleen McKenna
Find out more about Kathleen McKenna and her books here!

Hop, Hop, Hopin'!

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Jennifer over at Crazy for Books

Question of the Week: "When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"

I always try and finish book even if it's a book that is not for review. I have read books that I could not get into, but come close to to ending it would totally turn around. I like to try and read the whole book good or bad. BUT I have given up on books before, that I just COULD NOT finish. I like to try and give every book a chance. I don't have a set limit of pages. I'll just put it down if I really can't get into it, and can't finish it. Confusing answer! lol

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**You know I love those comments, so keep em' coming! Join in on the halloween fun this month on the Crazy Bookworm! Got a scary story? fact or fiction. Post it in the comments and I will post them up**

Happy Hopping!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Happy Halloween! Join in on the fun!

The Crazy Bookworm blog has been revamped for the rest of the month in honour of Halloween. The Crazy Bookworm will be counting down the days till halloween with scary movie and book recommendations AND amazing author spotlights from authors that will share with us their own spooky stories/experiences.  Want to share your own scary story? fact or fiction, feel free to submit it in the comments and I will post them!!

Another Horror Movie Pick

Another oldie but a goodie! Going back to 1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is one of those horror movies that really stick with you. The movie is loosely based on a true story. Leather face has to be one of the most terrifying horror characters of all time.

Blurb: Five friends visiting their grandpa's old house are hunted down and terrorized by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

I am skeptical when it comes to remakes considering there are so many remakes of this movie that turned out to be train wrecks BUT I really liked the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre(2003). Director Marcus Nispel and the writers did a fantastic job at amping the movie up. The kept the original story but turned the notch up. I would recommend both of these if your in the mood for a scare.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Another short glimpse of my young adult book

Here is another glimpse of my young adult book. Revisions are still being done but I wanted to share another sneak peek with my crazy readers!

"We were cuddled close to each other, my body was against him with his arm draped around my back. My head lying on his chest, I was breathing him in. He smelled like the sun and the rain, sweet mowed grass, fresh morning air and crisp, clean laundry. Everywhere Alex went, he brought summer with him. I looked up at his face and craned my neck searching for a kiss. He cupped my face with his hand and our lips met. This wasn't any normal kiss, there was an intensity to it. He turned on his side and drew me closer to him, our bodies were pressed together...."

I am the legal copyright holder of the material on this post and it may not be used, reprinted, or published without my written consent.

Your feedback and comments are welcome and appreciated! A description of Alex and Georgia's characters will be coming soon!

To view the previous glimpse at my book click HERE

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Horror Movie Pick of the Week!

With Halloween right around the corner, I thought I would share some of my favourite horror movie picks. You know I love comments so feel free to leave what horror movies scare you!

"Newlyweds move into a house where a murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away."

This is my all time favourite scary movie. I watch it every year on halloween and it still scares me to pieces! The 1979 version the best but I didn't mind the 2005 remake. What I love about this movie is that it has the ability to scare the @&*% out of you without really using any special effects. The story is haunting and it definitely keeps you up at night. The story is claimed to be 'true' just knowing that this may have happened makes it a little more scarier for me.

What is your favourite halloween movie?

Stay Scared!

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