Friday, September 24, 2010

Splash Team Cover Party- Fins Are Forever by Tera Lynn Childs

As part of Tera Lynn Childs Splash Team we members are more than happy to spread the word about Tera's mermaid series. If you haven't had the chance to pick up the first book Forgive My Fins you really should. I fell in love with the characters and the very colorful world and can't wait to get my hands on Fins Are Forever. I need to know what is going on with Lily and Quince ASAP. So here we are today celebrating the release of the book cover for the second book of the series, Fins Are Forever. So here it is. Drum roll please.....

Published Summer 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books 
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
On Lily Sanderson’s eighteenth birthday she’ll become just a girl—still a mer girl, true, but signing the renunciation paperwork will ink Princess Waterlily of Thalassinia out of existence. That leaves plain old Lily living on land, dating the boy she loves, and trying to master this being human thing once and for all.

Now that Lily and Quince are together, mer-bond or not, she’s almost content to give up her place in the royal succession of Thalassinia. But just when she thinks she has everything figured out, Lily’s father sends a certain whirlpool-stirring cousin to stay with her on land. What did Doe do to get herself exiled from Thalassinia and stuck in terraped form, when everyone knows how much she hates humans? And why why why is she batting her eyelashes at Lily’s former crush, Brody?

The seafoam on the surf comes when a merboy from Lily’s past shows up. Tellin asks Lily for something that clouds her view of the horizon. There’s a future with Quince on land, her loyalty to the kingdom in the sea, and Lily tossing on the waves in the middle. Will she find a way to reconcile her love, her duty, and her dreams?--Goodreads

So what do you think?

I have 10 Forgive My Fin bookmarks and tattoos to giveaway so leave a comment with your email address if you would like one.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Smart Chicks Kick It Tour

Hey guys! I just wanted to show you some pictures I took at the Smart Chicks Kick It signing I attended on Wednesday, September 15. I was told we could not film but I only took a couple of pictures at the signing table since I was sitting in a big booth in the far back with my niece and cousins. It was a lot of fun and they had tons of freebees but I couldn't get my hands on any because they were throwing them and from where I sat their throw didn't reach me. Either way I was super happy to be there and listen to all of their answers and comments.

So..I did feel a small amount of guilty when some of the authors ask "So who is your favorite character?" and I had to answer "Uuhh I don't have one..YET!" because I have only read the work of Maggie Stohl, Kami Garcia, Holly Black, Sara Rees Brennen, and Cassandra Clare. But I did buy whatever books they were selling there and told them I would get right to their books ASAP. Here are some pictures of the books and swag I got signed.

Check out The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour blog to get some extra videos and info on other tour dates.

Thank you ladies! It was a blast!!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala Character Interview with Rand (Spoiler Alert!!)


1.Hi Rand how are you and Lexi doing and what‘s going on in your lives right now?
Thanks for asking me, Trini! Things are hopeful right now. Hard, but hopeful.

2. Who do you think Lexi looks like?
It’s funny—sometimes she looks like me, and sometimes like Kamran, depending on what mood she’s in. Her eyes are the same heavy-lidded ones as mine and Xanda’s, her face shape like Kamran’s, and her skin and hair right down the middle. Sometimes (when she’s making her mad face), she looks kind of like my mom!

3. How hard is it being a single teenage parent and how has your life changed since Lexi has arrived?
Physically, it’s probably the most difficult thing I’ve ever done in my life. There are days when I could fall asleep in my pancakes, and yet if she makes even the tiniest sound, I’m fully and completely at her attention. But emotionally, it’s something else altogether, especially since the family has started to heal. I guess that’s what Nik meant when she said we don’t always know why things happen until down the road.

4. What words of encouragement to you have for others in your situation?
Maybe they’ll find my story helpful—terrible things can happen, and things you think will shatter everything you hope for, but maybe the reasons aren’t as much in the past as in the future, in what we decide to do with our experiences. There’s hope and meaning there, in what we decide to do with our lives. 

5. Do you have any regrets about anything?
I think the thing I regret the most is not saying goodbye to Xanda, but I feel like in some way Lexi being here has brought her back. We’re all trying to figure out how Xanda fits into our story now—not as a family secret, but as part of our shared past. 

6. If by some miracle you were allowed to spend one day with Xanda what would you two do and what would you say to her?
I think I’d want her to meet Lexi, and for us to spend a day together as a family. I think I’d like her to meet Kamran!

7. How is everything going between your parents?
Better, now that they’re talking about stuff. Mom even cooked for him the other night—ok, so it was takeout from his favorite restaurant (Coastal Kitchen in Seattle), but they looked pretty happy eating it!

8. How are things going between you and Kamran?
We’re taking things one step at a time. His parents think we’re kind of crazy, but at least they’re being cool about us, and they love Lexi. We’re both working pretty hard with jobs and school, but we see each other on weekends for study/drawing dates (and the occasional visit to the Sci-Fi Museum). 

9. Have you seen Delaney or has she tried to contact you?
Nope. But I heard she might make a cameo appearance in another book. That would be wild, since I will, too.

10. What is up with Essence? Has she been around any?
After Essence and I patched things up at the hospital, things have been going pretty well—I’m glad, because I learned a lot about what it means to be a friend through all of this. I saw what I wanted to see and not the truth. At least she isn’t afraid of telling me! 

11. How is school going and what career field are you pursuing?
So far I’m studying Studio Art at Cornish, after I finished out high school (which was kind of crazy, working for Shelley and taking care of Lexi and catching up on three months of school all at the same time). My parents still think I should look into teaching, “to support my starving artist status,” but I met this really incredible girl, Realm, who does graphics for a gaming company here in Seattle and is writing and illustrating her own graphic novel—which makes me think…wow, there are a lot of possibilities. Labyrinth games? A graphic novel? Who knows… 

12. How is your art work progressing?
Labyrinths, faces, even the occasional collage—art school is killing me (in a good way). I’m finding out now that Mrs. Crooker was pretty cool to me last year, even on her grouchy tyrant days. My favorite is when we get to draw portraits. We have a total Lexi collection going on now. 

Thanks, Trini, for inviting me to visit A Book Lover’s Review!


Now for some extra fun click HERE to take a quiz. Also, take a look below to see photos of how Holly sees her characters.
Miranda (Rand)






Thank you Holly!!