Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention Through the Eyes of Susan Gee Henio

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Hey Gang!!

My good friend, and pubbed author of Mistress by Mistake, Susan Henio has put up a blog post on Fiction Flurry about her experience of the RT Convention kick off yesterday!!

Just Click HERE for the Blog Post.

PS Go Buy her book! It's AMAZING!!!! :D

Mistress by Mistake (Berkley Sensation)

Can't Get This Out of My Head!

Did anyone watch American Idol last night?? No? Well there was this new band on there last night called The Sons of Sylvia, and I cannot get their song out of my head, so here it is. I figured I'd spread the word, and share it with you all that missed it.

Romantic Times Book Lovers Convention in Columbus Ohio

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

OMG...that's pretty much all I can say to describe the awesomeness of the National Romantic Times Convention this year. I went downtown today, just to register for the events that I'm going to attend over the next few days, and was blown away by the shear volume of people attending this event. I can already tell it's gonna be EPIC!

Anyway, I wanted to tell you guys that I got my official who's going to be when and where list, and guess what, it's like a stalker's dream tool. Which is awesome news for you, my lovely reader, because I am going to hopefully score some signatures from some bad ass writers for book giveaways! Cool, right? So stay tuned to my blog, GotYa, and Fiction Flurry for details about when and how I'm going to do the book giveaways. I'll be posting about my experience at this event, as well as some pics...and possibly even a vlog if I can figure it out. So here's a sneak peek of the authors on my to-be-stalked list:

Melissa Marr

Charlaine Harris
Rachel Vincent

Richelle Mead

Kelley Armstrong

Holly Black
Carrie Ryan

I could seriously go on longer, but I'm running out of steam posting pictures! LOL But you get the I said, it's going to be EPIC!!  

Flash Back Fridays: Movies

Friday, April 23, 2010

 The GotYA crew dedicated this weeks Flashback Friday to movies that inspire the writer you are today. I am soooooo guilty of being a movies fanatic, and 80's movies are my guilty little pleasure. There are so many movies from the totally awesome era that still inspire me today. Even as a little kid I enjoyed some movies geared toward adult, like these:

Where a woman, Shelly Long, is raised from the dead several years after her death to find her family has completely changed in her absence. Great fun, and even as a seven year old, I got the general concept of the story. I haven't seen this one for several years, but it's still fresh in my memory.

Okay, so who hasn't dreamed about getting back at a mean boss or some other meanie? Not me...*whistles innocently* This movie is great for so many reasons, besides being funny, there are a few scenes where the girls from the office totally let this imaginations go crazy of how they'd like to get even with their boss, and it's still great inspiration for a revenge story.

Big Business is the ultimate movie about twins switched at birth, and how they are later mistaken for each other. I must've seen this one like 50 gazillion times!

Now, let's not forget the teen movies I was obsessed with when I was young, practically wearing out the VHS tapes watching them so many times.

*Sigh* I could seriously post awesome movies all day long!

What movies inspire you??????? I'm always up for suggesties of ones to watch.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Twenty Boy SummerAmazon Plot Review: "“What is the statute of limitations on feeling guilty for cheating on a ghost?” Anna writes in her journal, or rather, writes to Matt, her first true love and her best friend Frankie’s brother. More than a year has passed since Matt’s sudden death, and all that time Anna has kept her brief relationship with Matt a secret from Frankie. Matt had planned to tell his sister but died before he had the opportunity. Now, while on a beach vacation with Frankie’s family, Anna finds herself falling for cute, sensitive Sam against her will—if she can love someone else, does that mean she no longer loves Matt? Anna approaches this issue and other big questions with the insight and maturity that come when a young person loses someone he or she cares deeply about. Anna’s authentic voice and some lyrical writing will satisfy fans of Sarah Dessen, while the mix of romance, drama, and tragedy will be a draw for teen readers of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult." Grades 9-11. --Heather Booth --

My Thoughts:
When I picked up the book to skim, I didn't even realize that I'd read the first 30 pages, until someone interrupted me. So yes, this book has a GREAT opening. This book is a heavy romance contemp, so if your like me, and go gah gah over good love stories, you'll like it. However, this novel is a sad romance, great, but sad.

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer

Friday, April 16, 2010

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked ItPlot: "For 18-year-old Algonquin "Alley" Rhodes, living in an era in which vampires, werewolves, and zombies are the norm is not what it's cracked up to be. Unlike most human girls at her high school, dating, especially the undead variety, is the last thing on her mind. Alley just wants to leave Cornersville Trace, go to college, and make something of herself. But then, while critiquing a local band for the school newspaper, Alley the Ice Queen falls head over heels for the guest singer. Like Alley, Doug truly loves music, and she feels as if he is singing just for her. They begin dating, and Alley overlooks what is obvious to everyone else. Doug isn't just a Goth—he isn't even human—he's a zombie. As Alley's world is turned upside down, she must make decisions with major ramifications for her future. The story is original, funny, unpredictable, romantic, and tragic. Selzer explores some basic teen issues like love, friendship, acceptance, commitment, and loss in a way that is realistic and that will make readers question their own values. An excellent addition to libraries with an occult following."—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY

My Thoughts: The main character, Alley or Gonk (she'll answer to either), is sooooooooo snarky, and I have such a soft spot for snarky characters. I love the idea of post-humans, aka vamps, zombies, and werewolves, being out and about in public life--reminds me a little of Sookie Stackhouse world. While most of the time I think of zombies looking like this--

--totally not kissable--Adam does a great job making the love intrest, Doug, seem really hot, despite the whole dead guy thing. Over all great book, really short, and easy to read. If you like YA novels with supernatural elements, this one is for you!!

Watch the book trailer here! Really funny!

Where the Cool Kids Hang! Introducing GotYA

Thursday, April 15, 2010

You guys remember Old People Writing for Teens, right? Well, we needed a facelift, and lets be honest, blogger is the best. Now, you guys can follow all of our nutty antics, because guess what...Blogger lets you have followers (Click here to visit GotYA)! Yippeeeee!! So we all figured, since we are movng blogging sites anyway, lets spruce up a bit and show you a little more about our personalitites.

Warning!!! The following promo video showcasing the crazy skills of the wacky girls of GotYA may cause uncontrolled laughter, so please don't watch it where you'll get busted, because we may not have enough bail money to go around!

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Spectacular Now"From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—Sutter Keely, a high school senior, is determined to live in the moment. He eschews planning for the future, intent on letting the good times roll. Sutter's been downing six packs since seventh grade and is rarely without his flask of Seagram's. Despite the heavy drinking and some raunchy sex talk, he is initially a likable character with a fresh and funny voice, but his affability wanes quickly and that voice just doesn't ring true. He meets Aimee when he passes out on her front yard. Sutter isn't really interested at first and only dates her because he considers her a project, someone he can help become less of a social outcast. Along the way, he begins to come off as condescending and egotistical and his sarcasm isn't as comic. It's a well-written book told in first person, but the narration seems much too sophisticated to be believable. He uses phrases like, "I am…sore at heart" and utters phrases like, "the room brimmed with padded chairs." Some of the plot is also disconcerting. As the result of Sutter's drunk driving, Aimee is struck by a car on a highway and suffers only a broken arm. The story ends with Sutter drinking in a bar, assured he's a hero after dumping Aimee, and rejoicing about feeling nothing.—Patricia N. McClune, Conestoga Valley High School Library, Lancaster, PA  Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved."
My Thoughts:

I love male MC narrated stories, there's just not enough of them IMO. Sutter is a party boy, and he practically leaps off the page. The story itself is a contemp, and it deals with some very real situation that teens deal with on a daily basis. It's almost like your involved in some juicy high school gossip. The author, Tim Tharp, has done an awesome job of getting inside the mind of a teenage guy. Any of my writing peeps looking for a well done male POV, check this one out.

Deadly Little Lies (Touch, Book 2) by Laurie Faria

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Deadly Little Lies (Touch, Book 2)Product Description by Amazon

"Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, the mysterious new boy at school who turned out to have a very mysterious gift--pyschometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry, and experiencing her own strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow rubbed off on her. Can the power of psychometry be transferred?

Even once Ben returns to school, Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Despite the romantic tension between them, Ben remains aloof, avoiding contact. Then when an unexpected kiss leads to a frightening argument, Camelia makes the painful decision to let Ben go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at work, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. Adam is easygoing, and seems to really care about her.

But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events upturns secrets from Ben's past--and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it’s up to Camelia to figure out who—before it’s too late." ---Amazon discription

My thoughts:

I looooved the first book. There is a similarty in the first book to another book I love dearly--a boy saving a girl in the parking lot from a speeding car that almost crushes her--the second book continues the twisted romance between Ben and Camelia. This is a great series with a touch of supernatural element and HAWT romance. I really enjoyed the secondary characters as well. The best friend is quirky, while the guy side kick blends well with the two girls. This is the kind of book you get sucked into, and don't even realize you've read 30 pages.

MUST READ, if you like paranormal romance. :D

Deadly Little Secret (A Touch Novel)<----Book One
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