Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition Wrap Up


Dear Bully: Blogger Edition was something I started back in June when I first learned about the novel Dear Bully(In Stores Now), an anthology by 70 Young Adult authors who share their personal experiences with bullying. As someone who was bullied as a child, and had to deal with a lot of cruel rumours in high school, I was thrilled when I heard about a book like this hitting shelves. Over the course of the last month and a half, I've had authors, readers and bloggers sharing their own stories about bullying, here at The Crazy Bookworm. I want to take this moment to thank everyone who took the time to share their stories. I know how hard it is to relive those moments of humiliation. Thank you for being so strong and honest. By speaking up yourself, you are helping others. I also want to thank the readers and the commenter's. Learning more about bullying will help the way people deal with those situations. Perhaps you were a bystander before, but maybe now after reading those story's you will step forward.

Dear Bully is a novel that needs to be on the shelves of every school library, and in every classroom. I hope it makes it's way to the hands of the bullied and the bullies.


My Message to the Bullied
Please don't give up. Please don't let anyone make you question your self worth. I know it may not seem like it now, but it won't last forever. You will move on from this.  Speak out, be loud. Don't be afraid to let someone know about the situation you are dealing with. Talk to anyone who will listen.

My Message to the Bullies
Please stop doing this. I know you may be hurting inside, or you may be suffering from your own insecurities or problems, but it is no excuse to lash out against someone else. You are damaging a person by doing this. You are causing harm, and things could get very bad. Bullying someone will never benefit you in the end. You will lose. When people look back to that time, you will be seen in a negative way. That may not seem like a big deal to you now, but you will care eventually. When your 40 years old walking down the street, and you bump into that person that you taunted everyday, they will remember. We don't ever forget our bully. Please stop.

Here is a full wrap up of all that took place during Dear Bully: Blogger Editon

Author Interviews

Blogger Interview

Readers Stories

Monday, August 29, 2011

Trailer Love-The Hunger Games Movie Trailer

The Hunger Games Movie Trailer was released last night during the MTV VMA's. I haven't read the book yet( I know, horrible right!) but I will be sure to get to it soon. For now, here is the movie trailer, and it has definitely peeked my interest!

Enjoy!

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition-Sharing Your Story

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition was started here at The Crazy Bookworm to promote the novel Dear Bully by 70 Various Young Adult Authors who share their personal stories with bullying, and to contribute to the end of bullying.

This is the final Dear Bully: Blogger Edition post. Thank you to everyone who was a part of this, bloggers, authors, readers, etc.

Come back tomorrow for the Dear Bully: Blogger Edition wrap up!




This story comes from: Faye

"I wasn't personally bullied but I wanted to share the story of my friends son who is currently being bullied. He is a very sweet kid but kind of small for his age. I think that's why they bully him. While he walks to school, he carries a stick to protect himself. Just the other day, the 3 boys who bully him beat him up so bad he had a black eye, whiplash and a bone fracture. The sad thing is, the schools zero tolerance policy means that this poor boy, and NOT the bullies, was removed from all events at the school. He sits in a room alone from the start of school till the end. He has no interaction and if he wants to go outside, they force him to go out when no one is out there and clean up garbage. The school has done nothing against these 3 boys who are significantly older than he is. It's sad that no one can or is willing to do anything to help him. And he is so depressed, that at 10 years old, he told his principal ""I don't understand why I'm being punished because I get beat up? What kind of life is this? I might as well kill myself."" The principal failed to report the death threats this boy makes numerous times to anyone. When it was brought up in a meeting the principal simply said ""I didn't think it was serious enough to warrant any actions.""


Bullying is out of control and it needs to stop!"
 
Thank you so much for sharing this story, Faye! While doing this project, I have noticed that the proper school authority(i.e. teachers, principals) are seriously lacking in their obligation to protect their students. I find this extremely shocking and scary. Parents are putting their trust in the school board to teach and protect their children while they are apart. The fact that they aren't would make me very uncomfortable if I were a parent, sending my child off to school. I hope the school boards get their act into gear, and start stepping up. Actions speak louder then words. If they don't obey what their own school handbook says, it's obvious that certain kids will not also. They need to be role models.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hoppin' time!/TGIF

Question of the Week: In books like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series the paranormal creature in question "comes out of the closet" and makes itself known to the world. Which mythical creature do you wish would come out of the closet, for real?

Vampires! I think the world could use a few Semi-good vampires. And a few good witches!


Question of the Week: Book Associations:
Which genre, authors, or particular books do you think people associate with your reading style?

I am always associated with Nicholas Sparks. I don't know what it is about his books that I love so much, but I just do. And I am always the "Go-To" person with my family and friends when it comes to Nicholas Sparks Books. And I am absolutley okay with that! I love gushing about his books, new or old. And I love hearing how they liked them.


*Only one more week to enter my Cleaning Off The Shelves giveaway! It's linked above this post.
Are you a Canadian Book Blogger? Want to sign up for a blog tour? Details and Sign up HERE*

Happy Hoppin'!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Calling all Canadian Book Bloggers!


The Crazy Bookworm is on the search for Canadian Book Bloggers that are interested in participating in a blog tour. Below you can find information about the book and it's release date. If you are interested please fill out the form below. I will forward your contact information to the author and you will be contacted by her.

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The year is 1746. A young woman from South Carolina and a Scottish Highlander share an intimacy and devotion beyond their understanding. They’ve known each other their entire lives. And yet they have never met…


Maggie Johnson has been gifted with “the Sight” ever since she was a child. Her dreams bring her visions of the future, and of a presence she knows is real. She calls him Wolf, and has seen him grow alongside her from a careless young boy into a fearsome warrior. And when her life is torn asunder by unspeakable tragedy, he is her only hope.

Andrew MacDonnell is entranced by the vision of a beautiful woman who has always dwelt in his dreams. When war ravages his land and all he has ever known, he leaves the Scottish Highlands on a perilous journey to the New World to find her, knowing that their only chance of survival is with one another…

Their quest to find each other across a treacherous wilderness will test the limits of courage and endurance, guided only by their dreams—and by the belief in the true love they share …

Reviews

A beautifully written, riveting novel.

--Madeline Hunter, New York Times bestselling author of "Dangerous in Diamonds"

Graham's sweeping tale unfolds with the kind of luscious, unrushed prose that feels rapturously close to epic.

--Shana Abé, New York Times bestselling author of "The Time Weaver"


  Genevieve Graham 
What the author says about Under The Same Sky

"I began writing "Under the Same Sky" while I waited for Diana Gabaldon's next instalment, needing to fill those lonely places that opened up when I didn't have one of her books in front of me! So while "Under the Same Sky" is an adventure, and a historical romance, don't be fooled by the cover photo. There is nothing "Regency" or glamorous about my book. It is gritty, real, heartbreaking and thrilling." Releases from Berkley Trade/Penguin US January 3rd, 2012

Author Websites: http://www.genevievegraham.com/
http://www.writingwildly.com/ (editing services only)


I can't wait to get my hands on this book and start reading! The Crazy Bookworm is going to be a part of this blog tour, and I hope you will be, too! To sign up for the blog tour FILL OUT THIS FORM. The author will be in contact with you.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Reaching Through Time by Lurlene McDaniel

Young Adult: 240 Pages
Publisher: Delecorte Books for Young Readers
Published: August 9, 2011
Series: None
Source: Finished copy from Publisher
Buy The Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

What's Happened to Me?
Sarah finds herself in a strange place, and she can recall only one thing—her name. A young man, Heath de Charon, explains to Sarah that he found her unconscious on the grounds of his family's estate and has been caring for her. Sarah is thankful, but when she starts hearing voices that whisper for her to come back, she is confused, and desperate to find out where she really belongs.


When the Clock Chimes


Drake Iverson lands a summer job on Sandstone Mountain. There are no computers; he has to do all the work by hand in a large leather-bound book. He doesn't mind, as long as he can be near Gina, who is pretty and kind. But when Gina falls ill, Drake is asked to leave. He is determined to find out what happened to Gina and to uncover other mysteries he encounters on Sandstone Mountain.


The Mysteries of Chance


Dylan Sorenson offers his help to a girl who seems to be in distress. The girl, Maura, explains that she's simply overwhelmed by the heat and quickly runs off. But Maura is soon drawn back to Dylan and a friendship and budding romance begins. However, Maura doesn't reveal the whole truth about herself, and Dylan has secrets of his own. Can their relationship withstand the deception?

I am no stranger when it comes to Lurlene McDaniel's books. She has always been known to have me reaching for the Kleenex box, and cleaning up balled tissues. Having loved her last novella collection True Love I couldn't wait to get my hands on Reaching Through Time.
 
I love novels about time travel, and I love romance, put those two together and I am a very happy reader! Lurlene McDaniel plucked me from my deck chair and planted me into the middle of all 3 stories she penned. Her beautifully crafted stories surrounded me, and I felt as if  I was lurking in the background watching the characters story's unfold with my own two eyes. Since Reaching Through Time consists of 3 very different story's, I will break each one down.
 
What's Happened to Me?- This story had a very creepy element about it. I don't know exactly what it was, but whenever the surroundings were described, or when Heath was in the picture, I couldn't hide the goosebumps that crept up on my arms. Sarah wakes up completely unaware of her surroundings, and can only recall her name. Amnesia. The person who found her, Heath explains that she was unconscious on his property and he took her in and is taking care of her. Living in a dark(no electricity) castle with a strange, handsome man made Sarah uneasy at times. But slowly grew comfortable, until her memory starts to resurface. This story gave me the perfect mix of mystery and suspense. I easily flew through the pages, eager to reveal the outcome.
 
When the Clock Chimes- This was my favourite story out of the three. At first it wasn't easy for me to connect with the main character, Drake. But that quickly changed as the story progressed. Drake suffers from CP and always having to brunt the banter at school because of his limp, he has just learned to deal with it. But when he starts his summer job, working for a professor, he meets his daughter, Gina. Gina and Drake immediately strike a connection and their relationship blossoms beautifully through out the story. This story delivered all of Lurlene's classic elements. Romance, Mystery, and Heart-Break. As the story unfolded, I was left jaw-dropped. I was not expecting that ending! And of course, I was cleaning up balled up tissue by the end.
 
The Mysteries of Chance- I almost loved this one as much as the previous. This one takes place during the present time. Maura is a time traveler. She illegally travelled 115 years in the past(our present) from the future. She ends up meeting Dylan. On the outside, an average teenage boy. On the inside, broken hearted. I can't really go into to much detail about this one without giving to much away. But this story is another that left me flying through the pages. I connected with Dylan and Maura right away and was left wanting so much more when their story ended. I hope McDaniel makes a return with these characters.
 
All three stories had so much to offer. Mystery, romance, suspense with a little touch of paranormal. They were all a blast to read. Lurlene McDaniel penned each story in a way where I was able to get into each one right away, when the story was done, I was left satisfied. Reaching Through Time was a great read.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Dear Bully: 70 Authors Tell Their Story by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones

Young Adult: 384 Pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: August 23, 2011
Series: None
Source: Review copy from Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Website: Dear Bully | Facebook

You are not alone

Discover how Lauren Kate transformed the feeling of that one mean girl getting under her skin into her first novel, how Lauren Oliver learned to celebrate ambiguity in her classmates and in herself, and how R.L. Stine turned being the “funny guy” into the best defense against the bullies in his class.


Today’s top authors for teens come together to share their stories about bullying—as silent observers on the sidelines of high school, as victims, and as perpetrators—in a collection at turns moving and self-effacing, but always deeply personal.

"Being kind and generous will make you happier than being mean and withholding; that the only thing worth striving for is individuality; and that celebrating people's differences is, paradoxically, the best way to bring people together" - Lauren Oliver

When I first learned about Dear Bully I was thrilled. As someone who was bullied as a child, I know how important this book would have been for me when I was growing up. But I wasn't expecting the impact it would have on me now.

Dear Bully is a collection of personal stories from 70 Young Adult authors. In raw form, the authors share with us what they dealt with, how they overcame and how the bullying made them a part of who they are today.They also share with us what it's like to be a bystander, and what they did or wish they had done.

How does one review a novel based on truth? How do I critique what these authors really went through? I can't. But what I can tell you is what this novel did for me, and what I hope it does for you. Dear Bully taught me that it is okay to embrace the fact that you were bullied. Yes, reliving that time is painful, but you wouldn't be who you are today if you took anything away from your past. Everything that happens to us growing up, crafts us into the people we become. Dear Bully showed me that it is okay to forgive my bully. When you think back to that time of your life, a taste of revenge surges through you. You think about the things you would say to your bully now. You think about all the comebacks you wish you would have said to them then, but it's okay to let go of that. If we see our bully on the street, we can walk by them with our head held high. We may even exchange a smile or a Hello. Instead of fantasizing about what I wish I'd done, I'll fantasize about the day I see them, I'll show them that they didn't tear me down. They built me up.

Dear Bully also taught me to Stand up. Stand up for those that can't stand up for themselves. When we see someone being picked on, being poked fun at...being bullied. Stand behind them, be in their corner. Be their friend. And most importantly Speak up. Tell someone, anyone who will listen. A principal, a teacher, a parent, a friends parent, a neighbour...Anybody. Do not suffer in silence.

Dear Bully is one of those novels that should be read by everyone. There is a great lesson that lies within this book. My hope is that Dear Bully makes it's way into the hands of children and teens that are being bullied or that are bullies. I hope this novel takes up shelves at the school library. And I hope that one day the bullying stops and that the world embraces difference.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition-Sharing Your Story

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition is a project that was started here at The Crazy Bookwork. The project is to promote the amazing concept of the novel Dear Bully which is a collaboration of stories from 70 various young adult authors, who share with us their personal experiences with bullying. The project is also to bring awareness to bullying and to contribute to the end of it. You can participate, too. If you have a story you would like to share, or if you would like to just share some kind words to victims of bullying, you can do that also. You can remain anonymous.
To learn more or if you are interested in participating, you can do so HERE




This story comes from: Anne Bennett

I've always dealt with weight problems. Often as a child I would be teased by other children about my weight. Instead of it making me want to lose weight, i would go home and stuff my sad, mad feeling with food.


As a teacher I often notice that it is the child who has a weight problem how is most often picked on by bullies most. I even had a girl who dropped out of school because of it. It broke my heart. Yet, it is a very difficult issue to address without drawing attention to the persons weight.

Only acceptance and love can be a catalyst for change.

Anne's Message to victims of bullying: If you, too struggle with weight issues and find yourself at the butt end of many "jokes", seek out a friend or a professional who can talk you through your feelings rather than stuffing your feelings with more food.  Ultimately food as a friend will also disappoint you and you'll find yourself more isolated than before.

Anne's Final thoughts: I am so delighted that this site is here.  It is important to talk about the real results of bullying. A boy from my school committed suicide last year and he was both a bully and bullied.  He dished it out but then fell to pieces when the bullying was turned on him.  It was tragic all the way around. Many, many students had horrible feelings of guilt because they knew that they had contributed to a senseless death.


Thank you so much for sharing your story, Anne. "Only acceptance and love can be a catalyst for change." I hope that one day, people understand that. That it is ok to be different. Nobody should ever be bullied for who they love, what they wear, how they look, or what religion they believe in. Nobody should be bullied, period! Thank you for your final thoughts. The reason I decided to do this was to promote the amazing concept of the novel Dear Bully and to contribute to the end of bullying and the senseless tragedies. Nobody's self worth should ever be challenged.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Hop, Hop, Hoppin'!


Question of the Week: If you could write yourself a part in a book, what book would it be and what role would you play in that book?

A would write myself as the heroine in a kick ass zombie book!

Book Blogger Hop
Hosted by Crazy For Books

Question of the Week: “What’s the LONGEST book you’ve ever read?”

Breaking Dawn and The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I think those were the biggest.

Hosted by G-Reads Books

Question of the Week: The Reviews We Don't Write:
Have you ever read a book and not wanted to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts our own?

Hmm... There have definitely been books that I connected with so much that I didn't know how I would even write a review. How do you explain how touched you were by a novel? But I Love Him by Amanda Grace was a hard one for me to review because it talks about such a sensitive subject that teenage girls and women go through everyday in their real life. Just because the characters are fictional doesn't mean that the premise isn't happening to someone else. Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult and Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly, were 2 other books that I still feel strongly connected too. I did write reviews for all these books but it wasn't easy! Instead of doing my normal reviews by breaking down the characters, the writing style and the storyline, I just simply wrote what I felt. The reviews came from my heart. Great Question!

*Be sure to check out my Cleaning out my Shelves giveaway. It is linked above this post and ends September 2nd.

Also, if you have a minute, please check out Dear Bully: Blogger Edition. It is linked on my right sidebar. It's to promote the novel Dear Bully by 70 Various Young Adult authors, and to contribute to the end of bullying. No participation is required. I'm just asking for a moment of your time to read and consider it. Thank you!*

Happy Hopping!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wildefire by Karsten Knight

Young Adult: 400 Pages
Published: July 26th, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Series: Wildefire #1
Source: Review copy from publisher
Find the Author: Blog | Twitter
Buy the Book: Amazon

Every flame begins with a spark.


Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

"You don't always need to pray for something. Sometimes prayer is enough" Ade

Wildefire was a novel that I have been wanting to read since I first heard about it. The beautiful simplicity of the cover lured me, and the premise hooked me.

Character Development was the main element of this novel for me. The structure and storyline play a big part as well, but if the character's weren't right, then the entire book would be unbalanced. Karsten Knight penned a riveting cast of characters. Pick a favourite? I can't! They were all strong and interesting, and each added a great amount to the novel.

Wildefire went far beyond what I expected! The authors introduction to each character made it so easy for me to connect with them and their stories. I am still a newbie when it comes to Greek Mythology, I know my basics but that's as far as it goes. But Karsten Knight has made a fan in me! His unique writing style flowed beautifully throughout the entire novel. The author was able to transport me from my reading nook to the forest's of Blackwood.

And how about that ending?! The author ended Wildefire in a way that is going to make the wait for the sequel very difficult. Talk about a cliffhanger!!

First Impression: Will be a refreshing read. Something different.
Last Impression: Wildefire was a blast to read. A great reading experience! I look forward to Embers and Echoes which is set to release in 2012.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday: The Story of Us


The Story of Us


A new novel about love, life, and everything in-between... from fan-favorite and award-winner Deb Caletti.

Cricket's on a self-imposed break from her longtime boyfriend, trying to figure out whether she's in it for the right reasons. But this is a bad week to try to figure it all out. After ditching two previous husbands-to-be at the airport, Cricket's mother Daisy is finally getting married, to Dan Jax. Cricket loves Dan, but as the families and friends start to arrive for Wedding Week at the beautiful guest house on Bishop Rock, run by old hippies Ted and Rebecca Rose and their sweet, sexy son Ash, things start getting complicated.


There's no airport on Bishop Rock, as far as anyone knows, but Cricket fears that Dan is in danger of becoming ditched husband-to-be number three, and Cricket's own desires have chosen now to have a mind of their own. Because even though her boyfriend looms large in her mind, Ash is right in front of her....
 
Release Date: April 2012

I fell in love with Deb Caletti's Stay. So I can't wait to read this one, and I just loved the cover!

What are you waiting on?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Author Spotlight: Anna Sheehan author of A Long, Long Sleep


To tell of myself:

As Walt Whitman said, "I am large, I contain multitudes!" The epigraph of every writer, really.


I was conceived in northern Alaska, and was born to a bohemian veterinarian mother in a hospital on the shores of Lake Michigan. I endured numerous hellish years of school, and I can say with reasonable veracity that I have forgiven all my teachers and even the poor children who had to figure out how to deal with me.


Instead of a social life, I swam in books. I became a devoted follower of Diana Wynne Jones and Douglas Adams. I studied acting and Shakespeare with the Young Shakespeare Players of Madison, Wisconsin, and it deeply impacted my direction in life... CONTINUE READING


First off, Thank you for stopping by The Crazy Bookworm!

Thank you for giving me this chance to talk about myself.


What inspired you to write A Long, Long Sleep?


Two things inspired me on this novel. The first was the story of Sleeping Beauty itself. It was a story that always seemed to stop just when things got interesting. She wakes up, her life starts, and then what happens? Happily ever after? What’s that supposed to mean! When her world, her kingdom and her life were put on pause, and the rest of the world turned without her? She would have to come to terms with what she missed while she slept. The other thing was my two-year old daughter, and don’t tell me there isn’t a parent in the world who hasn’t had the thought, "Oh, if I could just put you on pause!" I’d never do it. But there are people – not nice people – who would, and I wondered what that would do to someone. Those two thoughts combined to inspire A Long, Long Sleep.

What came first: The Characters or the idea for the story?


Once I had the premise, the characters grew from that. I tried to think about what a futuristic princess would be like. My first vision of Rose was someone haughty and unpleasant, but that changed even before I started writing, as I realized the sheer level of emotional trauma being put on "pause" all the time would cause. I used another model of abuse victim, and she became one of the nicest characters I’ve ever written. Xavier follows the pattern of the friend of the victim, not quite sure how involved he should get, not sure whether what he’s seeing is normal or not. Bren is just a boy dropped into a situation and making the best of it. Otto surprised me. He was not in the premise or the outline, and showed up without warning as I was writing, and then took over. People tell you not to let minor characters do that. I tell them, let them. Maybe they know what you’re doing better than you do.


What is 'A Day in the life of Anna Sheehan' like?


Typically, I’ll get up about six in the morning to get my daughter ready for school. We live far away from the city, so it takes me an hour to drive her in. I listen to NPR as I’m driving. I drop her off and head to my favorite bookstore, a small independent in Eugene. They’re very nice about letting me hang out and write, and even offer free tea. If I’m writing well, I’ll stay all day. If I’m having difficulties, some time around noon I’ll fold up my laptop and head off to the movie theater. I watch a lot of movies, even outside my chosen genre, because it’s a useful and very fast way to absorb storyline, dialogue and characterization. Once I pick my daughter up and take her home, I tend to spend the afternoon working on a hand project – sewing or canning or something else, if I’m not catching up on sleep. Often I’ll be watching something while I’m working – Doctor Who and Masterpiece Theater are my favorites. After dinner I put my daughter to bed, and then I usually watch Daily Show and Colbert Report before I head out to milk the cow. I’m often plagued with insomnia, so I’ll usually write until about two, pass out for four hours, and start again. (I catch up on sleep on the weekends.)


Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."


My family. I discovered the hard way how painful it is to lose someone when you weren’t expecting it, and now I’m very careful about cherishing everyone I love.


A Long, Long Sleep is your debut novel. What was the best and hardest part of writing it?


You know, it wasn’t the first novel I’ve written. I wrote my first novel at sixteen – a children’s story about a pet rat, aimed about middle-grade. I don’t clearly remember what it was like to write "my first novel," though I do recall having a hard time making people believe I would finish what I started. When it came to A Long, Long Sleep, this was one of those books that was astoundingly easy to write. It sort of fell out of me in about thirty days. That was probably the best thing about it; how easy it was. The hardest part was actually the waiting game. It takes years in the publishing business to get a book through agent, editor and publisher. (I swear, I wrote Otto LONG before Avatar came out, and everyone who says I took the blue skin and yellow eyes from that has NO idea how annoyed I was to find the color scheme usurped!) I still find the length of the process frustrating, and probably always will.


Did you come across any challenges during the writing process?


Not for A Long, Long Sleep, but believe me, they don’t all come so easy. Usually my challenges involve: losing the thread of a narrative; placing scenes that don’t actually fit in the natural flow of the story; making villains believable, but at the same time not so sympathetic that you start rooting for them; trying not to be self-indulgent in my dialogue (I fail at this time and time again); research issues; action scenes; toning down overly dramatic situations; making setting as much a character as the characters without being boring about it; and in general, most of the rest of the book.


Are you working on anything now? If so, can you share a little about it?


I’m always working on something, even if only in my head. There was enough interest in a sequel to A Long, Long Sleep that I eventually wrote one. But of course, because I don’t believe in writing the same thing only different, it isn’t exactly what my editor expected, so like all books, it needs heavy editing, and I’m trying to wrap my head around that. There’s another book on the burner, another vision of the Sleeping Beauty story, this time a fantasy involving a more traditional faerie tale Beauty, and her daughter, but my agent is waiting for me to finish the edit on the sequel before we try and sell it. (That waiting game again!) I just abandoned a fantasy story set in 16th century Germany when I realized I did not have the research I needed to write it, so I might start that again once I find the right reference materials. As for what I’ll be starting this fall... probably another sci-fi. I miss being able to use things like phones and the word "okay" in my novels if I stick with historical/fantasy settings for too long, so I like to alter between fantasy and contemporary or sci-fi.


What books are on your 'To Read' pile this fall?


Ooh, I don’t dare keep one. I can’t afford it. I’m an impoverished author living in a garret. I buy books when I see them, and I read them, in that order. As I said, I don’t like the waiting game. I think I ought to try Across the Universe, just because so many people keep comparing it to A Long, Long Sleep, but otherwise, I have nothing planned.


Thank you, Anna. It is a pleasure having you!


Thank you for letting me drone on and on. I love interacting with fans – or potential fans. On that note, find me at annasheehan.com, and on Facebook.

About the Book:

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss.


Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose -- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire -- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat.


Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existance, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes -- or be left without any future at all.  Buy the Book

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition Post 3

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition is a project that was started here at The Crazy Bookwork. The project is to promote the amazing concept of the novel Dear Bully which is a collaboration of stories from 70 various young adult authors, who share with us their personal experiences with bullying. The project is also to bring awareness to bullying and to contribute to the end of it. You can participate, too. If you have a story you would like to share, or if you would like to just share some kind words to victims of bullying, you can do that also. You can remain anonymous.

To learn more or if you are interested in participating, you can do so HERE


This story comes from: R

I went to a very small school where I graduated with the same 34 students I'd known for the past 13 years of school.  In third grade I gained some weight and that is when the bullying began. It started with a girl always being mean to me and continued like this until middle school when it got severe. I wasn't the only one to be bullied by this group and I know one of the ones that was bullied still has psychological issues dealing with the after effects.

A group of about three football boys began harassing the less popular girls. Doing things like grinding up on them, spitting on them, calling them horrible names. Bear in mind this was directly in front of teachers. They simply did not care or wouldn't do anything about it because my high school was a football school. They had nicknames for the ones they would pick on. I was Oompa Loompa, like the short fat characters in Willy Wonka.

I would go home and cry after school everyday. I had no where that was safe, school wasn't safe, home wasn't safe. Finally I withdrew into myself so much that I would barely speak during school.

By ninth grade I was suicidal and then it all turned around as I entered into my sophomore year. The boy who was the ring leader had grown up and seen the damage he was causing. Primarily because one of the ones he had bullied the most was in a mental institute.

When I stood up for myself and showed that bullying me was no longer going to work the girl that began bullying me in third grade became my best friend (and still is).

The damage caused by this didn't just end because the bullying did. I got stronger and saw that the reason they were bullying was because they were so insecure. I know this is an adage used and it's not particularly helpful at the time, but it's true.

L (bff), was shaped much the same as I. She was being told how horrible she looked (by her own parents none-the-less) and wanted to spread that pain on so she didn't have to bear it alone. D, (boy ring leader) had a grandfather that had severe PTSD from the war living with him so his home life was a nightmare.

R's Message: Bullies bully because they are weak, insecure, and have deep issues of their own, but in the moment of the bullying remember this: If they had better things to be doing with their time they wouldn't be bullying you.

Keep active. Find a place in which you are comfortable and use this security to build up your own backbone in order to stand up for yourself. Even in the smallest of communities there are people that are struggling with exactly the same issues that you are. You are not alone.

If it gets to the point in which you are suicidal remember this quote. "Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem." It does get better.
 
R's Message to Bullies: Don't. I get that you have a lot of pain in your own life and don't know how to communicate these feelings in positive manner. Get help. No one that is happy within themselves wakes up and chooses to be a bully. But you can chose to be productive instead of destructive with whatever issues are behind your bullying.


If you see someone being bullied stand up for them. This can be incredibly scary, but it only takes one voice to begin a change for the better.
 
R's final words: No one deserves to be bullied no matter what they how they look, dress, love, or believe.
 
Thank you so much for sharing your story, R. I'm sorry that you had to deal with that growing up, but I'm glad that you were able to grow from your experience. 
 
Your messages are very powerful and will have a great impact on bullied victims of all ages.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Reading Vacation + A cleaning my shelves giveaway!

Happy Sunday everyone!

Normally I do an In My Mailbox today, but I decided to take this time to talk about my reading vacation. The Crazy Bookworm has a crazy week ahead, so I won't be around  much to blog, but don't worry, I have scheduled posts that will be going up during the week, so there will be things happening! I also thought this will be a perfect time to catch up on some reading, so when I return fully at the end of the week, I'll have some reviews for you!

In the meantime though, I am slowly running out of room on my bookshelves and I'd like to hold off buying a new one until I am absolutely desperate because right now I don't have the room for a 3rd shelf. So I am giving away some of my advanced readers copies(pictured below).

(HereAfter by Tara Hudson, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Where She Went by Gayle Forman, So Much Closer by Susane Colasanti)

Giveaway
  • Contest is open to Canada and U.S only. Sorry to my international readers, another giveaway will b coming soon!
  • Must be 13 years or older to enter
  • Winner receives all four books, they will not be divided up.
  • Fill out THIS FORM to enter. Please no comment entries, they will not count.
  • Contest ends Friday, September 2nd 2011.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

Friday, August 12, 2011

TGIF/Follow Friday

This Friday's Question:

Author Block Party:


If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with,
who would you choose?


Ohh! Great question. And I'm glad there isn't a limit:P
 
Jodi Picoult
Nicholas Sparks
Stephenie Meyer
Jay Asher
Holly Schindler
Sarah Dessen
Nova Ren Suma
Elizabeth Scott
Lisa Schroeder
Ransom Riggs
Carrie Harris
Meg Cabot
Jennifer Donnelly
Maggie Stiefvater
Deb Caletti
L.J . Smith
Jennifer Echols...The list goes on, and on!
 
Question of the Week: How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently?
 
I was an avid reader as a child. Leaving the library with an arm full of books every week. But once I hit high school, my love for reading kind of fizzled. I only read the books that were required for english and didn't really go beyond that. But then when all the hype for Twilight started surfacing I had to kill my curiousity and I picked it up, and those novels brought back my love for reading. So my habits have changed big time since being a teen because I read a lot more now! 



 
 
Happy Hoppin!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Help Movie Review

Based on: The Help by Kathryn Stockett(2009)

Film Release: August 10th, 2011

Running Time: 146 Minutes

Director: Tate Taylor

A look at what happens when a southern town's unspoken code of rules and behavior is shattered by three courageous women who strike up an unlikely friendship. (IMDB)


The Crazy Bookworm doesn't usually do movie reviews but sometimes you come across a spectacular one that you must share with everyone you know! Now the movie is based on the 2009 novel The Help by Kathryn Stockett. I have yet to read the novel(that will change!) so I can't compare the two, but this movie stands perfectly well on it's own if you haven't read the book.

In the film you are introduced to a powerful cast of woman, I don't think the director could have done it any better. Emma Stone, who is a rising star blew me away. She has been a favourite of mine since I first laid eyes on her in the 2007 comedy Superbad. In The Help she played the part of Skeeter flawlessly. I don't think they could have cast a better person to play the part. She was raw, witty and the emotion just radiated out of her and off the screen. While watching the film in the jam packed theatre, you could have heard a pin drop. The entire theatre was entranced by the performances in this movie. Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer are all deserving of an Oscar for their part in the film.

The film takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. I found myself laughing as I was dabbing at tears from a scene moments before. There are a few specific scenes that really tug on your heart strings. There have only been a few movies that have left me crying while leaving the theatre. The Help touches not only on the perspective of The Help, but of the children that are being raised by them. The children do not see them as "The Help" they see them as friends, as mothers.

A truly incredible movie that shouldn't be missed, whether you have read the book or not, The Help will leave you thinking about it's bittersweet beauty long after you've seen it!

                       

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Author Interview: Miranda Kenneally author of Catching Jordan

Miranda Kenneally is the author of CATCHING JORDAN, a contemporary YA novel about football, femininity, and hot boys, coming from Sourcebooks Fire in late 2011. She enjoys reading and writing young adult literature, and loves Star Trek, music, sports, Mexican food, Twitter, coffee, and her husband. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook. Miranda is represented by Sara Megibow at Nelson Literary Agency.




First off, Thank you so much for stopping by The Crazy Bookworm


Describe yourself in 3 words


Hungry, Thirsty, Organized


Your list of '25 things' is great! But do you think you could squeeze in one more thing we may not know about you?


No matter what I'm doing, if Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, 2012 or the Twilight movies come on TV, I have to stop to watch.


What came first for Catching Jordan: The character's story or the idea for the novel?

The idea for the book came first. I was bored at jury duty one day and just started writing!


What was the best/hardest part about writing Catching Jordan?


Jordan's relationship with her father is a mess, and a big part of this book is them learning to compromise and meet in the middle on different issues. Getting them to compromise in an organic way was very hard and required lots of different scenes.


If Catching Jordan came to the big screen who would you like to see play Jordan Woods?


Blake Lively. She's gorgeous and tall and confident!


Did you come across any challenges during the writing process?


Making Jordan a tomboy and a jock while making her relateable to girls was insanely hard. I hope I pulled it off!


What is 'A day in the life of Miranda Kenneally' like?


Wake up at 6:00a.m.


Lounge in bed until 7:00a.m.


Take shower and get dressed


TWITTER, email, Facebook, Goodreads


Arrive at work (US Department of State) at 8:05a.m.


Check email and gossip with coworkers for 10-15 minutes


TWITTER, email


Find $1.86 for coffee from Starbucks in the basement


Go to way too many meetings and do too much work


Gossip with coworkers (Gossip is very crucial to diplomacy)


TWITTER, email


Drink at least one more cup of coffee and/or two Diet Cokes


TWITTER, email


Go home at 5:30p.m.


Find something for dinner


Hang out with husband


Spend the rest of the night writing, reading, gossiping online


TWITTER


If you could invite 5 people(dead or alive, fact or fiction) to dinner, who would you invite?


John Lennon (so we can sing together)


Sarah Dessen (so I can learn something)


Simone Elkeles (she's hilarious)


Po from GRACELING (for eye candy)


The creators of South Park (can they count as one person?)


Finish this sentence "I can't live without..."


a wireless signal.


When your not reading or writing, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?


Eating Mexican food, drinking coffee, and walking.


2011 has been such a great year for books! What books are you looking forward to reading?


I'm very much looking forward to BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore, BORN WICKED by Jessica Spotwood, DITCHED by Robin Mellom, PUSHING THE LIMITS by Katie McGarry, AUDITION by Stasia Ward Kehoe, and LOVE AND LEFTOVERS by Sarah Tregay.


I just finished reading MY BEATING TEENAGE HEART by CK Kelly Martin and adored it. Also, I can't wait for a new contemporary from Melina Marchetta.


Crazy Quiz


Favourite childhood book?

WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS


Favourite film?


Star Wars!


Twilight or Harry potter?


Why can't I have both?!


What's one guilty pleasure you have?


Animal crackers


If you could have any superpower, what would it be?


After a freak copying machine accident, I'd have the ability to make copies of anything!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition-Sharing your story

Dear Bully: Blogger Edition is a project that was started here at The Crazy Bookwork. The project is to promote the amazing concept of the novel Dear Bully which is a collaboration of stories from 70 various young adult authors, who share with us their personal experiences with bullying. The project is also to bring awareness to bullying and to contribute to the end of it. You can participate, too. If you have a story you would like to share, or if you would like to just share some kind words to victims of bullying, you can do that also. You can remain anonymous.



To learn more or if you are interested in participating, you can do so HERE



This story comes from: Jodie from Books for Company

I had a great time at my primary school (age 5-11) but when l moved up to secondary school (11-16) l went to a school which nearly none of my primary school friends went to meaning l had to start all over again.



When l was around 13 l started to be bullied by 3 guys and a few girls. I was mainly called a name (which l would rather not say) and also constantly 'annoyed' by them. By annoyed l mean kicking my chair in the class they were sitting behind me, pulling me hair and my clothes, trying to pull my trousers down.


These things were done to degrade me and even though l felt like they sometimes did, l did have some friends, some friends who stuck by me and most importantly they didn't mention it and pretended it didn't happen. For some reason l felt like this was the best thing at that time as l didn't want to talk about it.
 
Message to victims: These people who are doing this want to feel strong, they like to think they are above everyone else but matter of fact, they aren't.



Most people dislike them, even their friends often dislike them and when you finish school you will find you are the kind person who everyone wants to talk to and they will have no friends left.


Talk to someone, find someone you can trust. This is the most important thing.

Message to Bullies: You are not better than anyone else, no matter how much you think you are. We are all equal in this world.

Final words: I think this is a great idea and although it had been really hard for me to share my story, l want to do it to help others.

Thank you Jodie for sharing your story! Letting people know they are not alone is one of the most important things when it comes to bullying, and by sharing your story and your messages you are doing exactly that. Thank you for speaking up for children and teens that are suffering in silence!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

In My Mailbox



For Review

I can't wait to read both of these novels, and I love the covers!!

Gift
The Awesome Jennifer Echols sent me a signed copy of her newest book Love Story. Thank you so much, Jennifer!! If you haven't read Love Story yet, it is a must!


What in your mailbox?

*August is Dear Bully Month at The Crazy Bookworm to promote the upcoming novel Dear Bully by 70 Various Young Adult authors, and to contibute to the end of bullying. To learn more about the book, and how you can participate in Dear Bully: Blogger Edition, click on the Dear Bully: Blogger Edition image on my right sidebar. Thank you!!*

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hoppin' Time!

 
Question of the Week:. Talk about the book that most changed or influenced your life (was it a book that turned you from an average to avid reader, did it help you deal with a particularly difficult situation, does it bring you comfort every time you read it?).

What a great question! It was the Twilight Saga that re-introduced my love for reading. Also, any book by Jodi Picoult pretty much changes my opinion about something. She is so raw and realistic that she makes your sympathize for the "bad guy" For example, her book Nineteen Minutes that is about a high school shooting, or her book Change of Heart that made me sympathize with a "murderer". She is a fantastic author!
Book Blogger Hop
Hosted by Crazy-For-Books
 
Question of the Week: “What is the one ARC you would love to get your hands on right now?”
 
 
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks! I loved his novels, and can't wait to read his newest that comes out in October.
 
Hosted by the awesome Ginger at GReads.
If you haven't checked out her blog yet, Go now!
 
Question of the Week: Taking it Personal: Which books have effected you on a personal level and lingered in your mind long after you closed the pages?


Another great question! There are a few that I have but I'll keep it to my top 3!

#1-Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly(YA). That book left me in complete awe. I think I went through a whole box of Kleenex while reading it too. It became my all time favourite book. I am actually fighting the urge to re-read it again. You can read my thoughts on that book HERE.
#2 is Finding Jack by Garreth Crocker(Fiction). If you are you a dog lover, you have to read this book! The story is fictional but the concept is 100% true. It is a novel that shouldn't be missed. You can read my thoughts HERE.
#3 Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys(YA). This was one of the most heart-wrenching stories I have ever read. It is raw and very emotional. It takes place during Stalin's Reign of World War 2. The characters are fictional but the horrors described are very real. Although the story is very heart-wrenching at times. There is a beauty that shines through. A must read! You can read my thoughts HERE


Check it out!
*Enter my 700 Followers giveaway(linked above this post)Ends Friday, August 5th at 11:59PM
*Check out the 'And Then...' feature(linked above this post) where WE finish the story. This is an interactive feature hosted here at The Crazy Bookworm.
*It's Dear Bully month this August. Check out the Dear Bully: Blogger Edition post(linked on the right sidebar) to learn more or to participate! Let's end bullying together!
 
Happy Hopping!
 
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