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BAGG, Buzz, Moira, and a Movie

December 01, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Audiocasts, Books, Movies

This year the Books Are Great Gifts campaign returns with LitChat’s post, A Time to Give:

“Tying into our BOOKS ARE GREAT GIFTS campaign, we’re adopting a charity to support for the holidays. Reading Tree is a non-profit organization that collects books–new and used–for schools all over the world.”

Please read the entire post to learn how you can make a difference, not just by giving books, fgtwibbon but by adding this “twibbon” to your Twitter profile. It’s simple, festive and more than worthy; although, to be honest, this Fairy Godmother cannot imagine the holidays without the gifting of books!

~ Now how would you like another chance to win a copy of Wendy Nelson Tokunaga’s Love in Translation? As one of the authors featured on Author Buzz this week, Wendy will be giving away five signed copies of her novel. To enter send an email to with READER BUZZ in the subject header.

~Therese Walsh (The Last Will of Moira Leahy) did a WSKG “Off the Page” interview last week, talking specifically about Moira as well as about writing in general. Listen to it here and enjoy.

~ And LIFETIME has announced the date of Sunday, February 7, 2010 for the premiere airing of “Sins of the Mother,” the movie based on Carleen Brice’s debut novel, Orange Mint and Honey. Be sure to mark your calendars!

Authors in the Spotlight

October 27, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Audiocasts, News

From an award nomination, a library celebration, a newspaper citation and more, read and hear where our authors recently have been spotlighted.

~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted (most recent Crazy Beautiful YA) has been nominated for a Cybil Award in Middle Grade Fiction for Sisters Eight Book 1: Annie’s Adventures. Congratulations Lauren!

~ Allison Winn Scotch (The Department of Lost and Found, Time of My Life and The One That I Want coming June 1, 2010) did a Real Good Reads Interview about Time of My Life, marriage, personal responsibility and her ex-boyfriends. She also spoke briefly about The One That I Want.

~ Kristina Riggle (Real Life & Liars) spoke at the Celebration of the Book at the Grand Rapids Michigan Public Library. Listen to her talk, and you’ll hear Kristina speak of great works, read from Real Life & Liars and also from her second novel, The Life You’ve Imagined coming in August 2010.

~ Therese Walsh (The Last Will of Moira Leahy) was thrilled to see the First Lines of her debut novel in Sunday’s October 25, 2009 edition of The Denver Post.

And, although not a formal member of our Authors Directory yet, Melanie Benjamin who will debut with Alice I Have Been on January 12, 2010 was featured in Maximum Shelf Awareness yesterday. This is absolutely lovely so please take a look.

Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand’s giveaway of two copies of CJ Lyons’ Urgent Care, released today, remains open until Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Please leave a comment on this post to be entered in the random drawing. The winners will be announced in Thursday’s post.

Authors Beyond Their Pages and in the Media

August 13, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Audiocasts, Interviews, Movies, News

Our authors are definitely out and about, garnering attention in print, audio and film. Just in case you’ve haven’t heard, here’s some of their latest news.

Judy Merrill Larsen (All the Numbers) shared her baking talent in the August 5, 2009 St. Louis Post Dispatch article, Novelist is creative in the kitchen, too.

Taking to the airwaves, Carleen Brice (Orange Mint & Honey and Children of the Waters) recorded Carleen Brice Podcasts Children of the Waters from the legendary Tattered Cover bookstore.

And Allison Winn Scotch (Department of Lost and Found and Time of My Life is still giddy over the Variety article that proclaims: Eastman Makes Time for “Life”. How exciting!

Indeed these are three more ways to get to discover and enjoy authors well beyond their pages…

Please note that the giveaway for a copy of TETHERED by Amy MacKinnon will remain open until Sunday evening at 7:00 pm EDT. Leave a comment in the post directly below to be entered in the random drawing! The winner will be announced in Monday’s post.

In Their Own Words

July 08, 2009 By: larramiefg Category: Audiocasts, Facebook and Twitter, Interviews

Eve Brown-Waite, debut author of First Comes Love, Then Comes Malaria: How A Peace Corps Poster Boy Won My Heart and A Third World Adventure Changed My Life was recently interviewed at The Diva Toolbox. And you can listen to the interview here. You can also find her helpful, tongue-in-cheek article, Travel Tips for Women, which advises what every woman should pack when traveling to the Third World!

Now although Jenny Gardiner (author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver spent yesterday and today in Orlando, Florida, USA, it might have seemed a bit like the Third World. The good mom that she is, Jenny tells us — via Facebook and Twitter:

“What we do for our kids…long lines, plenty of heat, noise galore, all so she can do what she’s wanted to do for 8 years — have a go at trying out for Amer. Idol. Auditions are in about 6 cities this summer–they’re earlier than usual and maybe halfway done. Kim — we’re there till Thurs night (at the stadium all day Thurs).

“Icky stage mom desperate for lost youth cut in front of us to have face time w/ camera. Botox has frozen her face in a half-smirk/half-kiss look. Must not have gotten the memo on aging gracefully.

“Someone is drumming. A lot. Who brings drums to a singing competition?

“So registration went pretty well. We were done by 9 — yay! Just as the heat started getting oppressive. Info on what NOT to bring tomorrow, in case you had to ask: air mattresses, fireworks, hibachi grills, illegal drugs, weapons, including swords, forged or carved, from any of the middle ages. I’m wondering if someone once actually tried to bring a medieval sword in, and if so, why?

“Oh and the group song everyone will sing all day long at auditions on Thursday is one I already loathe, so after hearing it re-sung about 2000 times I will especially hold it in my heart fondly…It is Lady Gaga’s Poker Face. We’re supposed to know the lyrics by then, by the way. Right-o…”

With fingers crossed for Jenny’s daughter, our fingers are also crossed that a few of the characters the author “meets” in Orlando will appear someday in one of her books. 😉