Sunday, May 29, 2011

Summer Plans

Summer is quickly approacing! What are your summer plans? Leave a comment below to let us know!
Don't forget to keep in mind these 10 Summer Safety Facts while having so much fun!
  1. Wear sunscreen and reapply when nessisary
  2. Drink lots of water!!
  3. Sunglasses do help your eyes and eyesight, while looking good
  4. Follow the rules of where you are and listen to the lifegaurds and beach patrol people.
  5. Always swim with a buddy.
  6. Make sure you can touch in the ocean
  7. Watch out for riptides and read all the information on the information boards when entering the beach.
  8. Wear bugspray when going into the woods, along with closed-toed shoes.
  9. Buckle up! It doesn't matter what time of year it is - always do so!
  10. Listen to your parents and other adults.
Don't forget to HAVE FUN this summer!! :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Forbidden Game Review(s)

The Forbidden Game by L.J. Smith is composed of three (3) seperate stories in them. This review is a review of all three of those stories; The Hunter, The Chase, The Kill.

Author:
L.J. Smith

Publisher and Date Published:
June 2010
Simon Pulse

Part of:
The Forbidden Game

About the Author: (inside of book)
L.J. Smith has written more than twenty-five books for young adults, and is Ney York Times bestselling Night World series, the Vampire Diaries series, and Dark Visions. She lives in the Bay Area of California, where she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite place is a cabin in Point Reyes National Seashore. Vist her at http://www.ljanesmith.net/.

THE HUNTER:
Title:
The Hunter

Summary: (back of the book)
When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she fins herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian's pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.
But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom's birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn't just a game-it's the seven friends' new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.
One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning....

My rating:
4.5/5

My Thoughts:
Wow. Lisa Jane Smith has done it again! All of her books always captivate me and this was no differnent. I don't know what it is about her books, but as soon as I open the cover, I'm entranced and can't seem to put the book down until I'm done. And once I am done, I need to find another book by her and read it or else it's like a physical pain! I'm glad this is a tri-story book!
Jenny's had a busy week and has lost track of time. In an effort to get some entertainment for a get-together she's having that night for her boyfriend's birthday, she goes into the bad part of town. When two goons follow her, she is desperate to get out of sight. She finds a hidden door into a shop marked "More Games". There she finds the charming Julian and the Game that starts it all. Once the 7 friends start to play the game, they are transported into another world and must conqure their fears, or they won't make it out alive. Not all of them do stay alive, and the ones that do are extremely brave, for they have had to overcome their most feared fear. Julian wants to have Jenny, and will do anything to have her. But what exactly will it take? I really want to tell you, but I know it'd be better if you just read the book yourself! So go out and buy it, rent it, borrow it, whatever you have to do to read this book!
This book sort of reminded me of Alice in Wonderland, because ...well, it's kind of hard to explain, but once you read it, hopefully you'll see why. If you liked Alice in Wonderland, or even if you don't, I'd recommend you read The Hunter (or the whole Forbidden Games!).

THE CHASE:

Title:
The Chase

Summary: (from Wikipedia)
In the second book of the trilogy, The Chase, the group of friends has to explain about the disappearance of Summer, while trying to find the box that contains the game. Julian was still trapped in the closet, but there was a chance that the two boys that stole the game might let Julian out. All of the friends begin to have nightmares, and unnatural weird occurrences at school are happening in the daytime. Finally, when Jenny is at the senior prom, Julian appears. Julian gives Jenny a chance to break free, but the stakes were the same as the last game. This time the game is "Lambs and Monsters", where Julian is the monster, and the friends are the lambs trying to hide from him; for the lambs to win, they have to find the monster's base. One by one Jenny's friends start disappearing, and Jenny is the only one left. She manages to find the base by tricking Julian. She finds her friends, but to get out they have to pass through a wall of flames. Everyone makes it but Tom and Zach, and to get them back again, Mike, Dee, Audrey, and Jenny have to find a way into the Shadow World.


My Rating:
4.5/5

My Thoughts:
Julian has a new game to play. It's a much harder game, and soon Jenny, fearful of loosing, is the only one left. She wins, but at a cost. The book leaves off where she must begin yet anther game with the Shadow Prince to win her friends back.
This story FINALLY had me screaming at the book! It's been so long since a book has made me do that! Usually while I'm screaming at it I'm a bit mad and crazy, but it's been so long since a book has had my interest enough for me to scream at it, that it is a positive thing. I'd most definately recommend it!

THE KILL
Summary: (Wikipedia)
In the last of the three, The Kill, the remaining four run away to Monessen, the place where Jenny's grandfather had lived before being taken away by the Shadow Men. They believed that there was a portal to the Shadow World there, and there was. When the four enter the Shadow World, they find themselves in a closed amusement park. After looking and experiencing some of the attractions, which are made to be like nightmares, Julian appears, and he tells them that if they find three Spanish doubloons in the amusement park, everyone will get to go free. The four friends search through the amusement park and find Summer, who is still alive. They also find three other souls being kept by the Shadow Men, the two boys who stole the game, and Jenny's grandfather who had been taken when Jenny opened the closet door. They set the three free without knowing the consequences, and they find the three doubloon coins to save Zach and Tom. Right as they all are leaving, the Shadow Men appear and say that the group has taken the souls, which were theirs. The older Shadow Men want to take Jenny's soul, but Julian says that he will take her place. The seven leave with some despair on Jenny's part, and get back home.


My Rating:
4/5

My Thoughts:
Less interesting than the other two, this book was a little harder to get through. But what happens is Julian sets up a new game with Jenny so she can get Tom and Zach back. She then travels to her grandfather's old house and goes into the shadow world, which leads her on a treasure hunt to find 3 golden coins which will let her get her cousin and boyfriend back. When the Shadow Men trap her and try to kill her, Julian saves her and she can see how much he truly loves her. She then returns to her friends and they travel on looking through the coins, facing obsticles the shadow world comes up with, along with meeting some people they thought died in the Shadow World. To find out if they finally get their friends back, read the book!

Weekend Brain Parties!


Last Week's Question:
Who Started PrincessReviews and on what Day?

Last Week's Answer:
Tasha Nicole
May 16, 2010

This Week's Question:
Who are all of the Disney Princesses?

Hint:
There are less than 10.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Sunburn

Summer is quickly approaching! It's already Memorial Day weekend! It's already warm out, and it's just going to get warmer! Be sure you are prepared! Use lots of sunscreen, drink lots of water, and watch out for sunburn!
According to Wikipedia, sunburn is  a burn to living tissue, such as skin, which is produced by overexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, commonly from the sun's rays.
Tasha's peeling sunburn on her arm and shoulder.
Some sunburn can be lifethreatening! That means you could die from it! Most, however, usually just make your skin hot and red, and will eventually lead to peeling which is considered extreemly disgusting by most. (Mine happens to look like "skin cancer" as I was told. See picture to the left)
Sunburn is most common on the shoulders, face, and back. Shirts, hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen can reduce the amount of UV Rays that go to your skin to create sunburn, but won't completely stop it. Being in the sun can also create a tan, which is the ideal final product of being in the sun.
Make sure you protect yourself and have fun this summer! Reapply sunscreen every 90-120 minutes.

BTW, this was my first time getting sunburn and it hurt really badd

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Girl Who Played With Fire (book)


Let me start off by saying, read the first book first. Just for the issue of not understanding a dilemna in this one.
The Girl Who Played With Fire: by Stieg Larsson
I cannot find too much relevant information about the book, or the (deceased) author. I attribute this to the fact that I own the book on my Kindle and the movie takes up a lot of internet search results.
The book is a continuation of Larsson's AMAZING book "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo." There is some adult content in the book, there is a scene where a woman remebers getting raped, and the illegal sex trade is a topic in "Fire." Fire is the second of three in a series where the main character is a woman who is socially inadequate but very smart. She has a very troubled past and recounts on it very few times, she also has trust issues. The second book was the one I chose to review because the second one will leave you will your jaw wide open waiting to read the third. Trust me, I just witnessed this myself. The story starts very slow but gradually picks up and snowballs. The whole time though you will find yourself reflecting on it. The book itself is written very well, and translated from Swedish to English well too. If you have not already read this book, do so soon!
I would say 5/5.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fireflies by Lacey Reah

Summary: Linda is a calculating, career-driven woman whose perfect world is shattered when she is seduced and transformed by a vampire-like creature called a nymphomite. Linda becomes a beast, feeding off the energy of orgasmically-charged blood. Convinced that her humanity has faded away, Linda adapts to her new instincts of hunger and sex. She hunts women primarily, for their longer and more frequent orgasms, and becomes a master of prolonging and intensifying their pleasure. But she never expected to find a woman like Jesse, and Linda's decision to spare her life instead of feed off her leads to a shocking turn of events that will make Linda question her beastlike identity and the humanity she thought she had lost. Cover Illustration by Meghann Pardee


Review: So this book is short. you cant put it down once you start. Very original not a story line I have heard of before. The ending leaves you wanting more book is amazing and leaves you speechless.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Need Giveaway Winner!

Congrats to Kara Malinczak for winning the Need Giveaway for the Blogoversary!  I've sent you an e-mail, so please respond as soon as possible :) 

Swag Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Melissa @ BookNerdReviews who won the International Random Assortment of Swag Giveaway!  I've sent you e-mail, so please respond as soon as possible :) Thanks for participating in the PrincessReviews Blogoversary!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Bitter End Giveaway WInner

Congratulations Ashley Holt on winning a signed hardback copy of Bitter End!
Thank you!

Russian Roulette Giveaway Winner!

 Congratulations Vivien on winning the Mike Faricy Russian Roulette giveaway!
Thank you!

EdenFantasys Giftcard Winners!

Congratulations Beth Navarro and Crystal Broyers! You each have won a $30 EdenFantasys giftcard!! :D
Unfortunately, I forgot to include an email section on the form you had to submit, so it's up to you to email me for your coupon number thing.
If I only hear back from one of you in the next week, that one person wins both. If I hear from none of you, two new winners will be drawn.
Thanks!


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Monday, May 16, 2011

Review: The Art of Alice: Madness Returns

What I think: The Art of Alice: Madness Returns has some beautifully haunting images. This is a video game worth looking into. The book may just give me nightmares. It's a wonderful look into McGee's game. The characters in this book/game would make an amazing horror movie. Check this book out at your own risk.



The Art of Alice: Madness Returns
Publication Date:04/27/2011
Pages:184
Trim Size:9" x 12"
ISBN:9781595826978
List Price:$34.99

About the book: Legendary game designer American McGee created one of the most visually arresting games of all time in Alice. Eleven years later, McGee returns with a sequel just as groundbreaking as his critically acclaimed classic—Alice: Madness Returns!

Just in time for Madness Returns, Dark Horse and Spicy Horse studio invite Alice fans to take a journey through the wonderland of American McGee’s imagination for an unprecedented look at the creation of this magnificent and disturbing world. With an introduction by McGee, The Art of Alice offers an intimate look into the stunning and terrifying artwork behind this blockbuster reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll’s enduring masterpiece!

One Hundred Candles Prize Pack Winner!

Congratulations to Amanda G for winning the One Hundred Candles Prize Pack!!! I have contacted Mara Purnhagen and she should be sending out your prize soon. Thanks for all who entered and hopefully you'll win some more!
Stay tuned with PrincessReviews and continue to follow and read things on here!
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Eric Luper Interview


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PrincessReviews, Eric Luper

1. Can you explain what Jeremy Bender vs. The Cupcake Cadets is about?

Jeremy Bender vs. the Cupcake Cadets is a story about a boy who, in an effort to win a $500 prize to fix the damage he’s done to his father’s antique boat, enters a model boat race called the Windjammer Whirl. The trouble is that the competition is only open to Cupcake Cadets… and the Cupcake Cadets (think Girl Scouts) is only open to girls. Jeremy, along with his best friend Slater, decide to masquerade as Cadets, enter the contest and win the prize. After all, what could go wrong?

2. What inspired you to write it?
One day, I was trying to think of the most embarrassing situation I could think of for a 12-year-old boy. At the top of the list was the idea of standing in front of an auditorium filled with people dressed as a Girl Scout…and being discovered. The idea led to so many questions:
- How would the kid have gotten there in the first place?
- What other funny/embarrassing things could happen to a few kids dressed as cadets?
- What ARE the differences between boys and girls, if any?
- And of course, can you get away with wearing purple tights if your uniform is orange and yellow?.
But thinking about the idea led, not only to more and more funny situations, but to some deeper questions about friends, loyalty and gender differences.

3. Who is your favorite character from Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto? Why?
I love so many of the characters from Love Manifesto and I love them for different reasons, but if I had to pick just one, it would have to be Dimitri. Sure he’s rude and crude, but Dimitri softens all the difficult and awkward parts of the story with his humor. I had fun writing Dimitri because I could let the bawdy part of my imagination run free and I love reading Dimitri’s sections because I still can’t believe he says half the things he says!

4. What is your favorite color?
That all depends on what it’s a color for. If I just had to pluck a color out of the air, though, I’d pick slate blue.

5. When did you start writing?
I started writing when I was about 3. Of course, that was mostly coloring but I was good at using the sharpener on the back of the crayon box. I started writing seriously (read: with the intent of getting published) in 1999. Just so you know, I got my first contract in 2004. But those 5 years were really important for teaching me what to do and what not to do!

5. Which book do you relate more closely to, Bug Boy or Big Slick? How?
I’d have to say Big Slick. Although I love the world I created in Bug Boy, I feel less connected to the world of horse racing in 1934 Saratoga than I do to the gritty, contemporary, dark humor-filled world of Big Slick.

6. Who is your favorite author?
I’d have to say my favorite author is Douglas Adams. His use of humor is simply brilliant. In my mind, unparalleled.

7. What is your favorite book?
My favorite book has got to be The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. It’s the book that kindled my love of reading. I remember seeing a review of that book on a kid’s television program and I ran to the library to get it before anyone else did.

8. What genre do you like to write the most? Read the most?
I like to read middle-grade and young adult best. I always gravitate toward humorous books with heart. For me, it’s got to have both to be a real winner. If it’s funny, but has no substance I lose interest.

9. What age group do you try to appeal to?
I try to write a book that will appeal to all ages. I want a kid, an adult, a boy or a girl who happens upon my book and reads a few pages to raise his or her eyebrows and decide to read on.

10. Which of your books was the most fun to write?
My favorite book to write is always the book I’m working on at the time. I have to be jazzed up and passionate about what I’m working on or else I lose interest and start finding excuses not to write.

11. Which book took the longest?
Bug Boy took about twice as long to write as my other books. That is because it was so dependent on research. I knew nothing about 1934 depression-era Saratoga and I knew very little about horse racing when I set out on that journey. I consider myself fortunate to have met so many people along the way willing to share their knowledge. Oh, and the librarians all know me now!

12. What languages do you speak?
English, some Spanish, some Latin, Pig Latin. Because of Latin, though, I can read and understand many romance languages.

14. Any pets?
Do kids count as pets? I have two of them. Otherwise, not at the present time. I had a black lab named Loki until recently.

15. Thank you for your time! Is there anything else you'd like to say?
Just thank you back! I appreciate your time and your interest in what I do!

Amber Argyle Interview


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PrincessReviews, Amber Argyle

1. What is Witch Song about?
Witch Song is about fifteen year old Brusenna. She discovers that all the other Witches have been taken captive by the Dark Witch, and without the Witches’ songs to control the weather, nature is falling into chaos. If Brusenna doesn’t free them soon, there won’t be anything left to save.


2. How many books have you written in your life?
 7

How many have you had published?
This is my debut (#4)

o 3. What inspires you to write?
Writing makes me happy. I like to do what makes me happy.

4. Do you like texting or talking better?
Talking. It takes me forever to find all the letters.

5. Do you think it was right how people accused of being witches were murdered centuries ago?
 Absolutely not.

o 6. Do you believe in the supernatural?
Depends on your definition of supernatural.

7. What is your favorite book? Favorite author?
 I could no more pick a favorite book than a favorite child. But a few of my favorites are Hunger Games, The Hollow Kingdom, Fablehaven, Forbidden Seas etc. Shannon Hale is my favorite writer.

8. About how much time a day do you spend writing?
Depends on my kids. I usually try to put in at least 2 hrs.

9. I love how your initials are AA. Is your middle initial also an A?
My full name is Amber Lynn Argyle Smith. Smith is my married name. All together, my initials spell ALAS. Which is kinda anticlimactic.

o 10. Do you have any pre-writing rituals that you have to do before you sit down to write?
I usually start reading a few pages before I left off and then start up again.

o 11. What are 7 not well known facts about yourself?
a. I drive a minivan. And I look sexy in it.
b. I love to watch Castle, Modern Family, and The Office
c. I love Oreos. Especially when mixed with ice cream.
d. I grow the ingredients for and bottle my own salsa.
e. I read really, REALLY fast.
f. I enjoy camping and hiking.
g. Anesthesia doesn’t work very well on me. It took some extremely painful surgeries to figure that out.

12. Have you ever kissed a frog?
 No. But my singing sounds like I swallowed one.

13. Thank you for your time! If there is anything else you'd like to say, feel free to mention it here.
• Witch Song is the 5th most popular September release! I’m really excited about that.

Mike Faricy Interview and Giveaway!

Mark Faricy Biography:
I live in St. Paul, Minnesota and Dublin, Ireland. I’ve been a soldier, a bartender, and a freelance journalist. I’ve sold designer cakes as well as owned a small painting and decorating company. On the off chance none of my paying jobs offend you, I also play the bagpipes in the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band.


All my books are stand alone, read them in whatever order you wish. I write about the sort of oddballs we’re curious about, but wisely prefer to keep at a distance. None of my characters will be saving the world from terrorism, international banking conspiracies or coups to take over the government. My characters inhabit a world just below the surface of polite society with one foot on either side of the law. They serve not as an example but as a warning. The circumstance of their lives are usually the result of bad decisions, but then bad decisions make for interesting stories.

Interview:
PrincessReviews, Mike Faricy
Hey before I begin let me start by wishing you a very happy anniversary. Everyone thinks it so easy doing this for a year but have them sit down and look at a blank screen and come up with something that’s interesting for your readers, time and time again. Okay so once and a while you goof up and get some dullard like me, but usually it works out. Only because of your hard work, so congratulations are in order. In honor of your anniversary, how about we say everyone who wants a free download of my fantastic, really entertaining, eBook, Russian Roulette, can have one just by contacting you to get the free coupon. As long as they have a Kindle, Sony reader, Nook, Ipad, what ever. If they don’t have an electronic reading device there is a free download at Amazon, called Kindle for the PC. Download that onto your PC and you are ready to go. Fire away.


When did you start writing?
I began writing actually when I was in high school. We had a school newspaper and I did some writing for that, worked on the yearbook No, I wasn’t a nerd, in case you were wondering, I wasn’t smart enough to be a nerd. But, I liked writing. I conspired with some pals to publish an underground paper in high school. I think we were thinking more in terms of girls would think that was really cool, we’d sort of be these dangerous rebels. Yeah, I know, I’m back to the line where I said I wasn’t smart enough. Anyway, everyone bailed out on me, I ended up writing it all by myself, of course by the time I was finished half of the articles were horribly out dated. But I did it. You know, now when I go to a reunion or run in to someone who was with me in school they bring it up. But, it’s usually something along the lines of remember that stupid newspaper you had. Another one of my idiot ideas that I somehow survived..

Coke or Pepsi?
You know, Coke although I like Dr. Pepper and I’ve reintroduced myself to Root beer. We have some locally made Root beers here that I really like.

What is your book, Russian Roulette, about?
Russian Roulette is my seventh book. It is the first book with a private investigator named Devlin Haskell. He’s a bit dysfunctional, okay, really dysfunctional, lazy, somewhat of a bum. Dev is the kind of guy who calls an old girlfriend and when he mentions who he is, her response is something like, “I told you to never ever call me again, ever!” He ends up in bed with his client, of course he’s met her in a bar. But he ends up in bed with her and the next thing you know he’s involved with the Russian mob. This puts him at odds with the local police and an FBI task force investigating human trafficking. Along the way he gets into some really grey areas and finds himself working both sides of the law. He’s shot, beaten, car bombed and used as a human shield all in the name of justice, at least as he sees it. It’s a tale of one night stands and rank ineptitude. Crime and intrigue with a bit of humor and the bizarre woven throughout.

If you weren’t an author what would you want to be instead?
I wouldn’t want to be someone famous, that looks like such a pain. No matter what you do people are watching and there is always someone who is not going to be happy with what you’re doing. I would like to be someone who helps people. Someone who is a nice guy. Yeah I know, boring, but just someone people respect, look up to, not because you’re bigger, tougher or meaner but because you’re a really decent person. My dad was an attorney and passed away twenty years ago, a long time, I still miss him. I still have people come up to me and say he did something nice for them. It happened just last Christmas, a guy I knew told me that my dad had helped his family with some stuff and times were hard and he never sent a bill. That was just the way he was, he was they type of person who genuinely cared about others. I want to be a guy like that. An average guy, in an average town, in the US, you’re way ahead of 95% of the rest of the world. I’m a big fan of always trying to improve, but don’t forget to take a look around and realize how really lucky we are.

Which character in Russian Roulette are you most like and why?
Well, unfortunately it would have to be Devlin Haskell. I’ve done some pretty goofy stuff along the way. Although, I’m pretty responsible, Dev isn’t. But he always sort of has girlfriend trouble, I was like that for a while. Then, he knows nothing about cars, that’s me. Most of the trouble he finds himself in is due to a bad decision that he made, of course, they say bad decisions make for an interesting story. That’s pretty much me to a T. I’ve always been one of those guys that people say, hey tell about the time…. I mean just dopey stuff. My first car I bought with four other guys, five bucks each, a twenty-five dollar car. We were twelve or thirteen. Parked it down by our church so no one would know, so we thought. Of course then we drove it around the neighborhood waving at girls, I was pretty cool until I got home and the phone had been ringing off the hook with reports. I’d never been on a plane as a kid, so the first five plane rides I had was in the Army, jump school. We took off and then jumped out with a parachute, so I tell people I took off my first five flights but never landed. I’ve been stuck on a mountain top in the alps, adrift in a raging river with a pal who split his head open. Chased by irate fathers. Threatened by teachers, and those are just the stories I can talk about, so I’m afraid I’m a bit like Dev Haskell.


What was your favorite subject in school?
History. I’ve always loved to read and I enjoyed the sense of being transported back to events and sort of living them as I read. Not the dull stuff in some schoolbooks, like Minnesota became a state in 1858. That’s not too exciting on the surface. But I’m fascinated to know that French was the language on the street here until almost that time. That my family was here five years before that, homesteading. I read a lot, fiction, history, biographies. I’ve read all the books Stephen E. Ambrose wrote, Band of Brothers is probably his most well known because of the TV series. He has a way of making it come alive for you. So much of it is just ordinary people trying to get by or randomly caught in some sort of situation. If you ever talk to the generations before us, parents and grand parents, once they get past saying ‘oh who cares about that…’ then if they really open up, you wonder how did they survive, the wars, the heart break, immigration, learning a new language. Can you imagine coming to this country and not being able to speak or read English? But people are doing it everyday, they’re our future and we’ll be well served, because you can’t be a quitter in that situation and survive. It’s the history of our nation, we’re a country made up of sons and daughters who didn’t inherit the farm or things were so bad they simply left. No one immigrated to this country because things were wonderful wherever they came from. All of that and more is why I love history, plus I had really excellent teachers, they were tough, but very good.

What is your opinion of Justin Bieber? Rebecca Black? Miley Cyrus?
I have to take them independently.

Justin Bieber; First I would have to say I probably don’t have Bieber fever. But, he came out of no where and who wouldn’t go for all you can get. I think, if I recall, the story is Scooter Braun ended up viewing one of Justin’s YouTube video’s by mistake and was intrigued. The next thing you know Justin and his mother are moved to Atlanta and he’s under contract at age 14. At 15 he’s singing for President and Michelle Obama at the White House for Christmas. At 16 he wins artist of the year at the 2010 American Music Awards, he’s been on CSI. That is a lot of fast and furious fame. Clearly he is very talented, he’s understandably a heart throb, I mean look at the guy. I think a lot of the criticism he gets is not because of him specifically, but because of what he is, famous. I mean the poor guy can’t go out of his hotel because he’ll cause a riot. How long can you stay cooped up in a hotel room? And he’s got the same thing the next night, and the next and the next. Is he too full of himself? Maybe. I think it would be really hard. He’ll never do a lot of the fun stuff that kids get to do, ever. I don’t know, but I would guess he has an entourage of dead weight, blood suckers who travel with him and that becomes his view of the world. This has all come so fast and furious you worry about him crashing and the next thing you know he’s on some worthless reality show seeing if he can be the last guy to live on the island or he’s featured on a Whatever Happened To Show. Fame is fleeting and there is a long list of stars much bigger than Justin who fell on very hard times. I wish him the best but the potential is there for a very sad tale, look at Kurt Cobain, Charlie Sheen, Sid Vicious, River Phoenix. He’s got a very tough road ahead of him. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with his movie, Never Say Never. There’s a part of me that thinks in a way he would like to just go out for a pizza with friends, and I don’t think he can ever do that.

Rebecca Black; Again, its almost instant, the fame, I mean the kid is what 14? And people are sending her death threats by phone and email, not to mention some of the comments left on YouTube. Get a life to those folks. Friday was a big deal, I don’t quite get it, but I don’t think Rebecca is losing any sleep over me not being a big fan. I loved the Steven Colbert, Jimmy Fallon version and is there a kid in school who doesn’t groan out a version of Friday. She struck a cord there, that’s for sure.

Miley Cyrus: Every little girl loves Hannah Montana. It had to be really tough for Miley to break out of the little girl sort of stuff. I’d say she’s done a pretty good job. I know she was named one of the sexiest women in the world for 2011. I think she also was named one of the hottest women in the world on Maxim’s Hot 100, for 2011, too. Her song, Can’t Be Tamed, did pretty well. I actually think that if she can put together some credible movie and music performances in the next two years she has a shot at real staying power. That’s a long way from her dad’s Achy, Breaky Heart hit in 1992.

How long did it take to write your first published story?
It took me about two years to write my first published story. Part of that was writing a story that is still kept under my bed. I mean, I guess I just had to purge my system of a lot of things, and I did that. Then I started writing the second book, got that published. One of the toughest things was telling people I was writing. They sort of look at you like ‘are you nuts?’ I led the league in rejections from publishers and agents. Publishers and agents don’t want to receive a manuscript, even from a genius like me. You have to write a query letter. The query letter format is one page, three paragraphs. The first two paragraphs are a synopsis of the book, the third is a sentence or two of biography. You have to enclose a self addressed stamped envelope. So it costs .44 to send the letter and .44 to get a response, I would send maybe a hundred letters so I paid close to fifty bucks for the privilege of hearing no. The classic rejection I got was from a large publishing house in New York. They returned my query letter, it was never opened. There was a purple red stamp across the front that read RETURN TO SENDER. Then, hand written on the back of the envelope was a note that read ‘this does not fit our needs at this time.’ They never even opened the envelope, there could have been a hundred dollar bill in there. Not from me, of course, but they didn’t know that. Now when I write I really work, no phone, no music, I’m tapping keys at seven thirty or eight in the morning, I take twenty minutes for lunch then work until about five. Each morning I read what I wrote the day before, out loud, make corrections, get in the flow and move on. When I finish a manuscript, I let it sit for a month, then do a complete re-edit, then have twenty different folks read it. I take about 85% of their suggestions, incorporate those, then give it to my editor. She cracks the whip, I make those corrections then off to Amazon etc. Of course, once it’s published I usually see something in the middle of the first page like I’ve spelled my name wrong or something else major. I’m always working on a book, always.

How many stories have you published and can you list them all, please?
Yes, I’ve written eight books, they all stand alone so you can read them in whatever order you wish. They’re all set in St. Paul, because I live here and know the town, know the cops, know some of the crooks and a lot of the characters. The places in my books are real so for example in Russian Roulette, Devlin Haskell sort of offices out of the Spot Bar. It’s just a neighborhood place in St. Paul, not fancy. The business there is drinking. But, I think it is the longest continually serving bar in the city, since something like 1867, including Prohibition, they were serving out of the basement. The books, in the order they were written are; Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick, Baby Grand, Chow for Now, Merlot, Finders Keepers, End Of The Line, Russian Roulette, and Mr. Softee. Mr. Softee will be released in early June, but it’s set to go so I’m counting that now, too.

If you could go back in time , where would you go, what time would you go to, and why?
I think I would like to travel back to medieval times, to England or France. With knights and princesses and castles. I’ve always found that period romantic, or at least thought about it as such. Of course, I’m thinking I would be some fantastic knight, date a couple of princesses, you know drink ale from a silver goblet and eat roasts with my hands. Yeah, I know, where’s the romance? The reality is, I would probably be a peasant, sleeping in some hut on the dirt floor, working long hours for absolutely no pay. And, if you read about it, those were extremely violent times. Not to mention just unhealthy, no bathing, lice, rats, walking barefoot and everyone has horses, you get the idea. Come to think of it I might like staying just where I am. I live in Ireland for half of every year and they are very casual about a lot of their ruins. It’s nothing to see walls of a castle, fortress or church n the middle of a field with cows or sheep hanging around. Just about three years ago some guy found this priceless 8th century gold chalice with a metal detector in a field. He was just an average guy out there looking for nails or an antique penny or something and he uncovers this thing, that’s pretty cool.

What is your book Merlot about?
Merlot, everyone thinks it’s about wine, of course I suppose it doesn’t help that I have a glass of Merlot on the cover. It’s about this guy who’s nickname is Merlot, he owns a bar. He’s borrowed money from this weird gangster character to completely redo the bar, only now the gangster wants to get paid, within the week, or he has to forfeit the bar. Merlot comes up with a plan to pay the guy off but in the process he falls in love with a girl who works at the bank. Of course some thugs sort of wash up on shore just in time to ruin his plans. There’s a cast of screwy characters drifting in and out along the way that make it a pretty funny tale.

How did you come up with the title Slow, Slow, Quick, Quick?
That’s a teaching technique for ball room dancing. Two longer, slow steps, followed by two shorter, quick steps. Slow, slow, quick, quick. If you’re just starting out learning how to ball room dance you’re constantly repeating it to yourself, of course all the while trying not to step on your partners shoes. The story is about these two guys, Hub and Val, who flee St. Paul because they’re basically broke and running on financial fumes. They head down to Florida to open a dance school with all the snow birds down there for the winter. They come up with some pretty unique and illegal ways to make some money. Wouldn’t you know, along the way they get involved with a weirdo out of Atlanta, a hit man with the New Jersey mob and a woman in the local sheriff’s department.

Do you have any pets? Children?
You know I don’t have any pets, I’m in Ireland six months out of the year, anywhere from a week to three or four months at a time and it would just be unfair to board them. If I brought them over with me they have to be quarantined for long periods before they’re allowed to enter the country, and the same thing would happen coming back to the states, it would really be unfair. As to children we have four, three daughters and a son. Isn’t it amazing, they are all perfect.

What is your favorite book you have written and why?
Actually my favorite book is whatever book I’m working on at the moment. I get really involved in the thing. I’ll be going for a walk with my wife and she asks me what I’m thinking about and I tell her I’ve got these guys tunneling into a bank vault or some pole dancer is running around in the woods getting eaten up by mosquito’s. She just looks at me like I’m nuts. There are certain aspects to every book that are fun and it becomes difficult for me to separate the truth from the fiction. I mentioned that I have a number of people read my books before they go to my editor, invariably the manuscripts come back with notes in the margin, something like; ‘good up to here but this is too far fetched.’ Usually, whatever they noted as far fetched is something that really happened and I incorporated it into the story. The stuff they found believable is actually the fiction. Let’s face it, I know some pretty strange dudes, and they are constantly doing something unbelievably crazy.

What inspires you?
A number of things. First, it’s my wife who doesn’t question my working long hard hours. She asks the occasional ‘how’s it going’ but she doesn’t complain. And, it can be a pain, because if I’m writing it’s a solo task, I can’t be listening to what happened in her office, or plans for the weekend, or you know, life. I’m just in my own little world. I’m working on book number nine right now, that’s an awful lot of solo time, she has never once complained. Figure a book at about 85-90,000 words. That doesn’t count rewrites, edits. Then, just stories and things in general inspire me. Sometimes it’s something a person has done, someone I know. Or a story I’ve heard or even just a line. I mentioned I live in Ireland six moths a year, Dublin actually. There’s an ice cream truck that drives through our neighborhood there, the kind of truck kids buy treats from. It’s pink and blue and it has Mr. Softee written on the sides of the truck. My wife was laughing about it one day and suddenly I’ve written a book with the title Mr. Softee, go figure.

Hey, thanks to all your readers for making it this far as I drone on, and on, and on. I think they deserve a free copy of Russian Roulette, God knows everyone has earned it. All the best and happy anniversary.

Thank you so much!! :)

Giveaway:
Mike Faricy is kind enough to giveaway a free e-book copy of Russian Roulette!

All you need to do to enter is leave a comment with your email and follow PrincessReviews!! There are no extra entries for this one, but I think the entering process is simple!

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Win Jen Calonita's latest book!

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EdenFantasys Giftcard

EdenFantasys is a proud sponser of PrincessReviews. They are donating two $30 giftcards for our blogaversary!!!
All you have to do in order to be entered to win is fill out this simple 4 question form, follow PrincessReviews, and be over the age of 18.

Thank you and good luck!

Giveaway closes on May 23!
Open internationally!

Kiko the Hawaiian Wave Review and Giveaway!

REVIEW:
Title:
Kiko The Hawaiian Wave

Author:
Beth Navarro

Format:
Online

Audience:
6 and Under

My Rating:
5/5

My Thoughts:
Kiko the Hawaiian Wave is a book about a wave trying to find it's surfer, and a surfer trying to find his wave. It is part of the Be There Bed Time Stories collection, which I think is a really great site. You can record yourself reading the book and when your child/grandchild/friend opens the book to read it you will appear in the corner reading the book to them. Such a sweet gesture and every bit of love you can show your kid counts and will be remembered.
Kiko the Hawaiian Wave is a great story in the collection and a great story itself! Kiko has never really been a big or strong wave and is made fun of by a bad wave, but shows everyone he can be a wonderful wave! Wow, now that I've typed this, Kiko sort of reminds me of the surfer version of The Little Engine That Could, but without having to try quite so hard.
Personally, I loved this book and I think all of the little Princesses and Princes out there will too!



GIVEAWAY!:
Lucky for them, we are having a giveaway!!
Kiko the Hawaiian Wave is part of the Be There BedTime Stories website, an awesome site featuring great books like this!
Beth Navarro and her publishers are generously willing to donate a coupon to one lucky follower so they can recieve this book for free!!! :D Just add Beth as a friend on facebook and send her a message about Kiko! You also must be a follower of PrincessReviews in some way, shape or form!
This is an ebook thing, so I think it's international, but when you message Beth you can make sure.
Thanks and happy reading!!

This giveaway ends May 23!!!

Bitter End Giveaway! *US ONLY!*

Jennifer Brown is nice enough to giveaway a SIGNED HARDCOVER COPY of Bitter End here on PrincessReviews!!!!! :D

It's really easy to enter, too!
Just be a follower of PrincessReviews and leave a comment on this post!
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Giveaway opened until May 23!!

Thank you,
Good Luck,
and Keep Reading!

International Random Assortment of Swag Giveaway!


I haz swag.  Lots of swag.  Mostly bookmarks, but there are some bookplates, tattoos, and if I can fit them in, buttons :) and some of them happened to be signed! 



To enter:
1. Just fill out the form! International and US entrants are welcome :)
2. There are extra entries for if you follow PrincessReviews on GFC, Networked Blogs (sidebar), Twitter @PrincessReviews or Facebook
3. Leave a comment if you have any questions or if you'd like me to post better pictures of possible swag options!


Blogoversary Giveaway: Win Need and Intrinsical!

Hey guys!  I know it's been eternity  a while since I've (April) posted, but I'm not dead! I'm participating in the PrincessReviews Blogoversary (I have no idea how to spell that lol) by giving away a paperback copy of Need by Carrie Jones and hardcover Intrinsical by Lani Woodland!  Both of these books are awesome so I'm excited to spread the awesomeness around through a giveaway!  And now that school is coming to a close, I'll try to review some more :)

Goodreads Summary: Zara White suspects there's a freaky guy semi-stalking her. She's also obsessed with phobias. And it's true, she hasn't exactly been herself since her stepfather died. But exiling her to shivery Maine to live with her grandmother? That seems a bit extreme. The move is supposed to help her stay sane...but Zara's pretty sure her mom just can't deal with her right now.


She couldn't be more wrong. Turns out the semi-stalker is not a figment of Zara's overactive imagination. In fact, he's still following her, leaving behind an eerie trail of gold dust. There's something not right - not human - in this sleepy Maine town, and all signs point to Zara.



In this creepy, compelling breakout novel, Carrie Jones delivers romance, suspense, and a creature you never thought you'd have to fear.  

Goodreads summary: Sixteen-year-old Yara Silva has always known that ghosts walk alongside the living. Her grandma, like the other females in her family, is a Waker, someone who can see and communicate with ghosts. Yara grew up watching her grandmother taunted and scorned for this unusual ability and doesn't want that to be her future. She has been dreading the day when she too would see ghosts, and is relieved that the usually dominant Waker gene seems to have skipped her, letting her live a normal teenage life. However, all that changes for Yara on her first day at her elite boarding school when she discovers the gene was only lying dormant. She witnesses a dark mist attack Brent, a handsome fellow student, and rushes to his rescue. Her act of heroism draws the mist's attention, and the dark spirit begins stalking her. Yara finds herself entrenched in a sixty-year-old curse that haunts the school, threatening not only her life, but the lives of her closest friends as well. Yara soon realizes that the past she was trying to put behind her isn't going to go quietly.

To enter the US ONLY giveaway: (I'm sorry international peeps! But there's an international only swag giveaway you are free to enter!)
1. Fill out the form! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment :)
2. For the extra entries, you can follow Princess Reviews via the GFC on the sidebar, Networked Blogs (on the sidebar), Twitter @PrincessReviews and on Facebook   
3. Thanks a million for participating in the Princess Reviews Blogoversary :D Giveaway ends May 23 11:59 PM

1 Year Blogaversary!!!!!!!!!

Hello. I started PrincessReviews on May 16, 2010. A full year ago.
Wow! Can you believe it? PrincessReviews's first blogaversary! I can't believe it's already been a year!!
It's been such an experience and I've had tons of fun! I can't wait to celebrate and continue the fun in future years! We've survived one year, hopefully we'll survive many more!!
I couldn't have done it without the help of my awesome crew, my mom (Trish), my sister (Amber), April, Kati, Katelyn, and Shi Nu (for the little bit she helped). My cousin, Autumn, has helped immensly as well, though she never really worked on this blog because she was busy with her own (http://www.reviewblog101.blogspot.com/), she helped advertise, and got me into reviewing and keeping up with my blogging. The MSA is a major factor to thank, for they were the ones who told me about Blogger and blogging. All of the authors, artists, and website owners that have allowed anyone on the PrincessReviews's team to interview them or get something from them to review is so outstanding it blows my mind. Thank you.
 But the most important people that I must thank, that this blog would not be at all possible without, is you guys. All of tbe followers! Without you, this blog would have been dead a while ago, and I can't express my thanks enough to you guys (and girls). You've made it an amazing year, and I know that you'll continue to make PrincessReviews a better place and continue to love it and keep it running!

So, help us celebrate the maginificent 1 year bithday of PrincessReviews by participating in all the wonderful giveaways, contests, and "lotteries" we have in store! And please take the time to read the reviews and interviews - you might find something you'd really like!

Thank you all for a wonderful year, and let's hope for many more!
:)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Mi0 Liquid Strawberry Watermelon

Wow! How can I explain Mi0 Strawberry Watermelon Liquid? It's like summer in a drink! All you have to do is add a few squirts of this special drink sauce into a bottle or cup of water and mix or shake. I tried it today and from the first sip, I was blown away. If you can imagine how summer tastes, that is how the water tasted. I know it sounds crazy, but that is exactly how it tasted. I took a sip, and it was so good I closed my eyes, something I don't usually do. Then something sensational happened. I saw a bunch of images of summer in a slideshow type thing behind my eyelids, and it was as if I could taste the pictures. This drink is like summer heaven and I will forever drink it now. I am so glad I tried it and I encourage everyone else to try it as well. You won't regret it!
Mi0 Liquid also comes in a Peach Tea flavor.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Weekend Brain Parties!

Woah! It's the weekend before our Blogaversary! But that doesn't mean we can't have a weekend brain party!! :D

Last weekend's question:
none

Last weekend's answer:
Hello.

This weekend's question:
Who started PrincessReviews, and on what day?

Hint:
The answers are somewhere on this blog.

How to enter:
Comment with your answer!

Thanks and good luck!

2-Day Contest!!!! ENTER NOW!!!!!

ATTENTION ALL PRINCESSREVIEWS FANS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We will be having a short two-day contest!!!!!
The winner(s) will recieve a CD with all of PrincessReviews' favorite songs, signed by the founder, Tasha Nicole.

The entries MUST BE EMAILED TO ME NO LATER THAN MAY 15 midnight into May 16!!!! SO ENTER NOWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! princessreviews@aol.com

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Friday, May 13, 2011

Resident Evil (film)

Okay, this is my first review here and let me just say that I am going to be dead honest and try to make my reviews as professional as possible for the review and then the reccomendation will include my personal thoughts.
The Resident Evil Films are loosely (really loose) on the video game series by capcom. The story's main protagonist is Alice Abernathy, she worked for Umbrella, the corporation that developed the T-Virus, and she wakes up after weird events occur in a so far undisclosed location. She wakes up in a shower and it is revealed (slowly at first but it is hinted at) that she is suffering from amnesia. The amnesia is a side effect of a gas released into her shower by an A.I. (artificial intelligence) and the fact that this gas was released at all is a problem. After a few military people invade Alice's "home" they go through a door hidden behind a rather large mirror. Behind the mirror is a large staircase leading down to a train station. Cool concept but not practical, in the least. So the military and Alice and Matt (cop (*spoiler not*)) get into the train and after the power is re-established start the train ride a mile underground to the hive. Along the way one of the military (actually an Umbrella commando) opens a door on the train and Spence falls out. Here on out Alice and Spence regain their memories and learn they were lovers even though their marriage was a fake. It really starts to get good when people start dieing. Half the team is taken out by a laser might of focused light (I am not a science type of guy so all practicality aside that's pretty cool.) The remainder of the team and Alice and Spence rejoin with the other three people. Then the zombies attack and they get cornered. Ok so thats about thirty minutes so I feel enough recapping has been done. The story is excellent but if you don't read the novelization a LOT of stuff is not explained well. The costumes worn by all but one character are exceptional, but Alice's dress is reminder of how bad styles were back in the fifties or so. The make up is done well and some zombies actually look, dead. The only main complaint I have about the movie is a lack of information, often present in a movie when the movie is also a novel.
Now for my opinion.
It's a good movie but you have to pretend it isn't Resident Evil if you enjoyed the games. I would reccomend it to people who are interested in these types of things. It isn't over the top action and there isn't much of a scare tactic. Though one scene always gets me. All in all I give it a 3 out of 5

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Playtex Sport Body Wipes

Man is it refreshing! Playtex sent me 12 packets of wipes. 1 wipe in each. I instantly gave one to every women I could think of. The first person on my list of course was my mother and I kept one for myself then the rest went to family and friends people I knew would like to try new things.
Let me just say, my mom was impressed. She's a mail carrier ad always gets inky hands. She normally uses baby wipes. But these are better because Playtex Sport Body Wipes are amazingly refreshing. Smells wonderful, strong/ long lasting. Which is great for when she spills something on her self (which is often) or for other purposes. 


Thanks Playtex and Crowdtap

Sunday, May 1, 2011

And the winners are...

The winners of Angel Burn are

1) Vivien Propst GFC: Vivien
2) Meredith Miller GFC: meredithfl
3) Kaitlynne Watanabe GFC: Kaity Wells

Congratulations! 

One Hundred Candles Review, Interview, and Giveaway!!

REVIEW
Title:
One Hundred Candles

Author:
Mara Purnhagen

Publisher and Date:
Harlequin Teen 2011

About the Author: (inside cover)
Mara Purnhagen cannot live withot a tall caramel latte, her iPod or a stack of books on her nightstand. She has lived in Aurora, Illinois; Kalamazoo, Michigan; Dayton, Ohio; and Duncan, South Carolina. She currents lives outside Cleveland, Ohio, with her family, two cats, and a well-meaning ghost who likes to open the kitchen windows.

Summary: (back of the book)
I've opened a door that cannot be closed.
It's taken a long time for me to feel like a moraml teenager. But now that I'm settled in a new school, where people know me as more than Charolette Silver of the infamous Silver family paranormal investigators, it feels like everything is falling into place. and what better way to be normal than to go on a date with a popular football star like Harris Abbott? After all, it's not as if Noah is anything more than a friend...
But my new life takes a disturbing turn when Harris brings me to a party and we play a game called One Hundred Candles. It seems like harmless, ghostly fun. Until spirits unleased by the game start showing up at school. Now my friends and family are in very real danger, and the door that I've opened into another realm may yield deadly consequences.

My Rating:
4.5/5

My Thoughts:
At some points, the book moved kind of slow, but mostly it moved along quite well and I really enjoyed the romances, though I knew that *spoiler alert* Harris never really liked Charlotte *end of spolier*. I have to be honest though, when Charlotte first starts going out with Harris and recieves the 13 roses, I thought they were from Noah. Who they were actually from definately surprised me!
Not only was the romance aspects wonderful, but so was the paranormals! I loved how one parent believed in the paranormal while the other lived to disprove it! It was such a fun book that I'd definately recommend.


GIVEAWAY:
You have the chance to win a "One Hundred Candles Prize Pack" shipped directly from Mara Purnhagen herself!!

Included in this Prize Pack are:
A signed copy of One Hundred Candles
Bookmarks
Pens
(the bookmarks and pens are "sparkly and cool"!)

This is an International Giveaway!!!!!!!!!!!!

All you have to do to enter is follow PrincessReviews, and like the Harlequin Teen Facebook Page! Plus, you can earn more entries by doing other things!

When it says Chicken on the entry page, please put in Foot as your response.

Enter by filling out this form!! Giveaway ENDS May 15! Winner will be drawn and announced May 16th! Good luck!


INTERVIEW:
It was such fun interviewing Mara! I hope you all enjoy the interview as well!
Tasha Haight, PrincessReviews
Mara Purnhagen, Author

1. What is the Past Midnight series about?

As the daughter of paranormal investigators, Charlotte Silver knows that ghosts aren’t real. Her family takes a scientific approach to debunking haunting and legends, and they believe that there is an explanation behind everything. Their theories are tested, though, when something follows Charlotte home from an investigation in Charleston, South Carolina.

2. How old were you when your first book got published?
I was 35 when I was first published, but I have been writing stories since I was seven.
3. What book was your first book and when did it get published?
My first published book was a YA contemporary called Tagged, about graffiti in a small town. It came out in March 2010. I found out that book sold (as part of a two-book deal) during an absolutely insane week. We had moved from South Carolina to Ohio, things were hectic, and before the moving truck pulled out of the new driveway, I had a book deal—and a thousand boxes to unpack. Then my computer crashed and I lost everything. Fortunately, I had emailed myself the work and could use it as a backup.
4. What is your favorite girl name? Boy name?
Adele for a girl, Henry for a boy.

5. Why call your new book One Hundred Candles? What is the significance of that?
“One Hundred Candles” is a real (although obscure) game. It requires a group of people to sit in a circle and reveal their personal ghost stories. After each story, a candle is lit. When all one hundred stories have been told and all one hundred candles are glowing, one hundred spirits will join the group. That’s when the game really begins. Participants claim that weird things begin to happen, from doors opening to clocks chiming. It will continue (supposedly) until the circle is broken.

6. What was your favorite TV Show as a kid?
I didn’t watch much television as a kid. I’ve always been a big fan of The Simpsons, though. Still am.

7. Who inspires you the most to write?
That’s a good question. Other authors inspire me, but also the idea of my audience. I always think about my potential readers. I also think about what I want to read, or what I would have liked to have read when I was in high school.

8. Cats or Dogs?
I have two cats. I adore them—they tolerate me.

9. Can you tell us a bit about the "Ghost that opens windows" in your house?
We moved to our current house in 2008. For the first few months after we moved in, the kitchen windows (there are four of them) would randomly open and shut, always when one of us was in the kitchen. It was great—I thought of it as a ghost making its presence known. So one day, after two of the windows opened by themselves, I said out loud: “I know you’re here and I think it’s awesome. We’ll take care of the house, okay?” After that, the windows didn’t open again.



10. Which character from one of your books are you most like and how?
There may be a little slice of my personality in every character. I am a skeptic like Charlotte, good at handling pressure like Avery, and motherly like Annalise. One of my absolute favorite characters in the series is Bliss—you’ll see why when Beyond the Grave comes out in August.
11. Who is your favorite author (besides you)? What is your favorite book (besides yours)?
I have so many favorite authors, and the list seems to grow daily. I’ve been so impressed with the debut authors coming out in 2011 and try to read at least one “Class of 2k11” book each month. Sara Bennett Wealer, Julia Karr and Laura and Lisa Roecker are all fantastic!


12. What are 10 not-well known facts about yourself?
a. I played baritone in a Drum Corps.
b. I am left-handed.
c. My favorite animal is the koala bear.
d. I have never broken a bone.
e. I can drive stick shift.

f. I put ranch dressing on just about everything.
g. I never drink diet soda.
h. I don’t usually wear nail polish, but when I do, it’s always a shade of blue.
i. All of the fish in our back yard pond are named after characters from The Simpsons.
j. One day, I hope to visit Greece.


13. True or False: You can put your foot behind your head like in movies when people do yoga.
False.

14. What are your top five favorite things about the Past Midnight series?
a. My main character, Charlotte, is normal—she has no special powers.
b. There is an emphasis on family throughout the books.
c. Everyone is a skeptic—but they also acknowledge that some things can’t be explained.
d. Everyone is haunted by something, whether it’s their past or a ghost.
e. I like that Charlotte doesn’t have a romance going on in Book One. That was intentional, but her love life progresses with each book.

15. Do you just write young adult books, or do you write adult books to?
Right now, I am focused on YA, but I also have a middle grade project in the works.

Thank you! If there is anything else you'd like to say, please mention it here:
A second e-novella will be out in August, just before the release of the final novel in the series, Beyond the Grave. No title yet—but I’m almost done writing it!
Thanks for having me!