Lots of Great Author Visits…

Once Upon a Bookcase has shared that Bloomsbury Publishing has created a new Harry Potter website that matches the new coverart (which I love) and has online games so check it out.

Several Blogs have gotten together to do a tribute to the late Jennifer Rardin, head over to talk about the books, giveaways and other fun stuff.

Bluerose’s Heart has posted a great website that has listed all of the holiday films that will be playing on television this 2010 holiday season.



Tia Nevitt, author of The Sevenfold Spell, at Poisoned Rationality.

Angie Frazier, author of Everlasting, at La Femme Readers.

Kat Martin, author of The Christmas Clock, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

Ellen Keener, author of Blood Moon, at Smexy Books.

Nicola Cornick, author of Whisper of Scandal, at Romance in the Backseat.

Nicole Zoltack, author of Woman of Honor, at Strong Women, Brave Stories.

Kate Carlisle, author of The Lies That Bind, at Romance Dish.

Scott Nicholson, author of Speed Dating with the Dead, at Dark Farie Tales.

Leila Sales, author of Mostly Good Girls, at La Femme Readers.

Carol Larese Millward, author of Star in the Middle, at The Bibliophilic Book Blog.

Roxanne St. Clair, author of Edge of Sight, at Plot Monkeys.

Angela Johnson, author of A Vow of Deception, at The Romance Dish and The Lovestruck Novice.

Elyse Mady, author of The Debutant’s Dilemma, at Risky Regencies.

Kristi Astor, author of A Midnight Clear, at Unusual Historicals.

Maggie Toussaint, author of Muddy Waters, The Lovestruck Novice.

Y.S. Lee, author of The Agency, at The Story Siren.

Regina Roff, artist of The Vespertine, at Mundie Moms.

Ally Condie, author of Matched,at Forever Young Adult and Mundie Moms.

Jennifer Murgia, author of Angel Star, at Blkosiner’s Book Blog.

Lena Goldfinch, author of The Language of Souls, at Tales of Whimsy.

Anna Campbell, author of My Reckless Surrender, at MacLean Space.

Christina Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella, at The Story Siren.

Lydia Dare, author of The Taming of the Wolf, at Romance in the Backseat.

Robin McKinley, author of Pegasus, at Melissa Marr’s Blog.

Gail Ranstrom, author of A Rake by Midnight, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

Toni Blake, author of Whisper Falls, at MacLean Space.

Laura Manivong, author of Escaping the Tiger, at The Story Siren.

Lila DePasqua, author of The Princess in Her Bed, at MacLean Space.

Ivy Devlin, author of Low Red Moon, at Mundie Moms and Ramblings of  a Teenage Bookworm.

Cherry Chiva, author of Duplikate, at The Story Siren.

Cathy Maxwell, author of His Christmas Pleasure, at Romantic Crush Junkies.

Kate Noble, author of The Summer of You, at MacLean Space.



The Cajun Book Lady is giving away two books, contest ends Nov. 20th.

Book Hounds is helping Chronicle Books give away $500 worth of books, contest ends Dec. 13th.

Fiction Vixon is giving away three different book sets, contest ends Nov. 24th.

Lost in Books is giving away an audio copy of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, contest ends Nov. 25th.

Poisoned Rationality is helping Chronicle Books give away $500 worth of books, contest ends Dec. 13th.

Lov Liv Life Reviews is giving away several book themed book covers, so check them out and enter to win.

You can win the entire Immortal series by Alyson Noel at several sites, including The Bibliophilic Book Blog, The Story Siren, Dark Faerie Tales,

vvB32 is giving away a $100 CSN gift certificate in connection with her celebration of the release of the new Harry Potter Movie.

Tales of Whimsy is giving away a Tyger, Tyger necklace, contest ends Nov. 29th.

Geeky Blogger is giving away a $25 gift certificate to Amazon.com, contest ends Nov. 30th.

Dark Faerie Tales is giving away a Kindle 3 in honor of their One Year Blogaversary, contest ends Nov. 26th.

Late Bloomers Online is giving away two $25 gift certificates from Market America, contest ends Nov. 24th.

Loves to Read is giving away some great book prizes in connection with her Blogaversary.


Mundie Moms has posted a deleted scene from Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel.

Carina Press gives away a free download every Monday, just friend them on Facebook and leave a comment.

Once Upon a Bookcase has posted the new UK covers for Rachel Mead’s Vampire Academy Series.

Jojo’s Book Corner has posted a recap of the secrets Gena Showalter shared during her recent twitter chat.

Amy Atwell has posted an excerpt of Lying Eyes.

Outlander the Musical homepage has a free download of one of the songs here.

The trailer for the new Jane Eyre has been released and I don’t know about you but I am super excited to see it next year!

Guest Author Shannon Delaney

Novel Reaction is excited to welcome Shannon Delaney as she talks about writing young adult fiction. Shannon’s debut novel 13 to Life is available this month.

As a debut YA author with a farm and a son in kindergarten, I often feel my age (plus fifty years). But to write youngadult novels in an authentic teen voice I can’t get hung up on numbers like those of my real age. So, rather than stalking tweens and teens at the local mall to try and catch their voices and mimic it in prose, I rely on memory, attitude and experience to write people younger than I am.

I remember being a teen (many, many moons ago ;-). It was not my favorite phase of life. But I wrote during it and I can still dig up some of those awful things if I really search. If you’re a teen now, write. Someday you’ll be thankful you did.

I was a middle school teacher, so teen attitude? I’ve seen it, handled it, and helped get it under control. Teen pregnancies? Check. Girl thowing punches at guy nearly twice her size? Check (chick had to reach *up* to clock him). Guy breaking up marijuana in In School Suspension? Uh, yeah (not the brightest light–and that was in a high school in a “good neighborhood”). Abuse? Had to make calls a couple times, unfortunately. Bomb threats and school searches? Yes and yes. So, I was on one side of the issues many parents don’t want to even think are potential problems and saw the complexity of teen life. If you think getting good grades are the only concerns teens face, you need a reality check.

I saw the grit and pain that was part of adolescence for many of them. That’ll age faster than most anything else, especially when, as a teacher, you realize your limitations.

And I think that’s a key to writing young adults authentically. They don’t recognize their limitations until we adults push them down with cold, hard “facts”–or until their hearts have been broken enough times. They aren’t cynics until we’ve crushed their dreams sufficiently.

So when I wrote 13 to Life, I incorporated the things that made up the teenage experience as I lived it and saw it lived by others: that fleeting sense of immortality that tempts us to drive too fast long before we’re thinking about kids in car seats and “Baby on Board” signs; the hope that one day we’ll be far more than just a member of the godforsaken town we all grew up in; and the rebellious heart that encourages us to live life fiercely–to take risks–and love like there’s no tomorrow.

I think many YA authors write powerful and authentic voices. I hope the voices of my characters live up to that of their fictional and far more real peers.

13 to Life: Chapter 3, part T (used with the author’s permission):

“No. I’m not afraid.” He reached past me, brushing against me as he retrieved the pencil. I shivered, a sort of static electricity snapping along the edges of my body.

As he straightened back up to offer me my pencil, I could swear hesniffed my hair. Totally inappropriate. “I could find you, regardless.”

Shannon Delany’s debut novel (and the first in her series), 13 to Life, hits stores nationwide on Tuesday, June 22. Learn more about Shannon and her series at http://ShannonDelany.com and http://13toLife.us/blog and explore the town of Junction as it grows at http://13toLifeSeries.com .

Author Spotlight: Joann Ferguson

Recently I was digging through by box of books labeled “F” and came across an old favorite author, Joann Ferguson.  Ferguson has had a few adventures of her own in addition to writing them, including a stint as an Army quartermaster officer where she was the first and only woman in her unit. She still enjoys traveling to the locations of her books and learning all about those places and people. Researching her novels is part of the fun. Whether it’s ghosts, calling cards, how to fire an antique gun, or traveling to a world that exists only in her imagination, she pays a great deal of attention to the details that delight her reader. She’s even learned a bit of Russian, Arabic, Welsh, and a lot of Regency slang.

Her work has been honored with award nominations from Pearl, ROMY, Romantic Times, Rom/Con, and Affaire de Coeur magazine. Amazon Books chose her novels to showcase. And Romance Writers of America bestowed the two ARTemis Awards for Jo Ann’s Zebra Regencies: The Counterfeit Count and A Christmas Bride.

All of the books I have read by Ferguson have been published by Zebra, their Regency line. (Let me just say I sad I am that they are no longer publishing the regencies!) I just re-read The Convenient Arrangement, however, my favorite are the Priscilla Flanders Mystery Series.  While doing research for this posting I found that she is continuing the story line with a different publisher and I am SOO excited to read it!

When Zebra stopped publishing I did a search for many of my favorite authors and wasn’t able to find them, I guess I needed to give them a little more time to find  new publishers.  I will be searching out more of them and letting you, my readers, know who and where they are.

The books by Ferguson published under the Zebra label all rate as a 1 or 2 but I haven’t read any of her newer works, so if you are relying on my rating system, just be aware.  I will update this post once I have read her newer works.

She also writes historical and paranormal fiction under the name Jocelyn Kelley, but I have not read any of these novels and can’t provide you with a rating.  That being said, I have always  enjoyed Ferguson’s characters, especially the logical thinking  of her heroines (how often does the heroine of a story end up in trouble because she is stupid?!). I am very excited to have found her again and will be reading (and posting) on her books in the future.

Rating: 1 or 2

Joann Ferguson

Jocelyn Kelley

Fantastic Fiction

Author Spotlight: Betty Neels

bettyneelsphotobigwBetty Neels (1910-2001) was a prolific writer whose books are being republished to this day.  Betty was born in England and served as a nurse during WWII where she met her Dutch husband.  Betty, her husband, and their daughter lived in Holland after the war for 13 years until they returned to England.  Betty wrote her first book in 1969 after her retirement from nursing and, by the dint of writing four novels a year, wrote 169 novels before she died at the age of 91.

Betty’s love of Holland is evidenced by the detailed descriptions in her books.  Usually the heroine in the book is a visitor to Holland so the heroine does site seeing in whichever city or town she happens to be staying in. Betty’s books are so detailed regarding the locations of Holland that many fans have used her books to plan their travel itinerary.  (I personally plan to visit Holland someday and will use her novels to help me decide where to visit.)

Betty’s books are always sweet with the main characters having integrity, even when others do not act in the same manner towards them.  My mother was a HUGE fan, collecting all of her books and I remember my first Ebay purchase were the two Betty Neels’ books that my mother was missing from her collection.  Betty Neels wrote for Harlequin for over 30 years.  Most of Betty’s books were published by Harlequin in their regular contemporary romance line but I think it is interesting to note that her books have been continuously published since she wrote them and Harlequin published another series of editions (The Best of Betty Neels) in 2009.  I think (but I am not 100% sure) that she is the only Harlequin author to be continuously published (besides Georgette Heyer) ever.  You would think that the publishers would take note that the two continuous best sellers are both sweet romance novels and not erotica.

My mother loved Betty Neels’ books, she passed that love onto me and now my younger sister (18 years-old) loves her books.  After my mother passed away and we were going through her things, my sister and I started arguing over who got the Betty Neels collection because they are so good.  (Also, we both have fond memories of discussing the books with mom after we finished reading them.)

I highly recommend her books and some are available for ereader at both Amazon.com and eHarlequin.com.

Betty’s story as told by Betty herself.

Homepage dedicated to Betty Neels.

Halequin’s dedication to Betty upon her death in 2001.