The Here. The Now. And the Books!: September 2010

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Austin Teen Book Festival…AGAIN!!!! WOO!

I am so so so so ready for this festival again.

It takes place in Austin, TX (One of my favorite places, actually! I wouldn’t mind moving there!).
There are some FLIPPIN’ awesome authors.
FRIENDS! Love meeting Twitter/Blogger Peeps!
But this is my random babbling…here’s pretty much all the info. You should totally drive/fly out. You’ll want to once you see the author line-up!

About the Festival:

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2010

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Location: Westlake High School

4100 Westbank Drive

Austin, TX 78746

Keynote Author: Ellen Hopkins

Panels & Authors:

  • The Dastardly Daydreamers: Fantasy – Melissa de la Cruz, Kiersten White, Sophie Jordan, Nancy Werlin, & Alexandra Adornetto
  • The Mustache Twirlers: Evil Machinations – James Dashner, Pam Bachorz, S.A. Bodeen, Catherine Jinks, Ally Carter
  • The Boundary Breakers: Realistic/Edgy Fiction – Ellen Hopkins, Kenneth Oppel, Susane Colasanti, and Jon Skovron

Mission: Fostering a community effort to celebrate and promote reading by connecting teens to local and award-winning authors, whose writing spans across genres and interest levels.

The festival is free and open to anyone. Seating preference will be given to teens at the author sessions.

Books and concessions will be available for purchase.

Goals of the Festival:

  • Have fun!
  • Connect teen readers to local and award-winning authors
  • Encourage interaction between aspiring writers and established authors
  • Bring together teens who enjoy reading and to encourage struggling readers
  • Support, promote, and celebrate recreational teen reading
  • Promote life-long reading

Festival to-do List (for teens):

  • Meet all of your favorite or soon-to-be favorite authors
  • Listen to music by local teen bands
  • Have an author autograph your book
  • Hang out with your new and old friends and others who enjoy reading
  • Purchase books and ATBF t-shirts
  • Get your picture taken in our super cool photo booth

  • Ellen Hopkins is our key-note speaker. Attendees will want to get here on time to hear her presentation. She is amazing!
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to each panel of authors.
  • Books will be sold throughout the day so bring cash or cc to purchase books. You will want to get them signed at the end of the day!
  • Pizza slices and drinks will be sold at lunch for $1/each. Amy’s ice cream will also be sold (range $3-$5). So please bring extra cash for concessions.
  • Authors will be signing books at the end of the day. Most are good about taking pictures with attendees.
  • Local teen bands will be performing at lunch and during the book signing
  • The UT/OU game will be televised throughout the day so that no one has to miss the game
  • We will have a professional photo booth set up during the day for students to take pictures with their friends. This is free! ( – to see how it all works)


ELLEN HOPKINS! Melissa De La Cruz! James Dashner! Pam Bachorz! Nancy Werlin! Alexandra Adornetto! Sophie Jordan! Kiersten White! More! I am SO excited. And last year…Egmont supplied a GENEROUS amount of ARCs…just sayin’. 😉

If you want a little more in details info, where to go, schedule, sponsors, names of groups and bands, etc. go to the website:

Will you be coming?!?! Tell me!!! (One with red hair…that’s me. It’s curly. I’ll be bouncy. And smiling…)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Haunted by Jessica Verday

As soon as I discovered The Haunted was out (And, ok, BEFORE it actually was supposed to be out…), I went straight to my local bookstore…and they didn’t have it. So, I waited…a week. They didn’t have it.

I had birthday money, so I went to Amazon and had it delivered to me with 2 day shipping…money well spent!

I loved the creation Verday made in the Hollow, the characters, the places, the relationships, even the paranormal aspects. Going back to them was a sweet joy.

I wanted to delve right back in, be entranced in the world of Abbey. And I was!

The spooky town still remained, the genuine characters were more….alive (I kinda just giggled really loudly!) than ever. In The Haunted, you are taken deeper into everything. Deeper into secrets that were opened up in The Hollow, about Kristen, about Caspian, about Nikolas. Taken deeper into romance. Let me just give a GIANT compliment to Jessica…she was able to write very steamy, sexy, thrilling, moments between Abbey and Caspian…and they can’t touch. Yeah.

No touching…yet still completely smoldering and sexy.

The paranormal aspect went deeper, as well, of course. We found a bit more of what’s going on, but still have questions that will be anxiously wanting to be answered.

Kristen…the girl might be dead, but she knows how to leave a mark. Her actions, the good and the bad, still leave marks on everyone in the story, she’s not forgotten.

The town still holds the pure richness that I think it will always have, and Abbey still holds passion for it, as I think she always will.

The ending…came too soon! I am left with a lot of questions!

I actually think the ending could have had a bit more, I’m not just saying that because I want more, I’ll always want more, but it was like Abbey was slashed with a knife over and over and we’re left with her wounded and lost.

(No, that really didn’t happen.)

I did not want this book to end, I really didn’t. I’m going to miss all the characters, because they are all relatable in different ways, they are all realistic.

Congrats on the well deserved Bestseller (#10!), Jessica!

The Haunted made me read fast, regret reading so fast, but still reading on, hooked on every page. Hauntingly good, if I do say so myself!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Winners and Thanks!

NIghtshade Contest has been extended, if ya want it, head over to Kim’s place!

HUSH, HUSH WINNER: @KaitorTot from Kaitlyn in Bookland
Rules of Attraction/Perfect Chemistry: Haven’t heard from previously announced winner so…a new one has been chosen! Kathy, from I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, please send me your addy!
BEFORE I FALL: Ashley from Ashley’s Bookshelf!
Thank you to EVERYONE who participated in this event, you were awesome. I hope readers enjoyed this!
Reviews to come, news about a book festival, and another book tour I’m apart of, so stay tuned!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Back to Books

So sorry for lack of posting!!!! School is slowly devouring our lives. This saddens me, too. But! I’m a year older (How old am I? Guess in the comments!)

But today we have…Judith Graves!!!

Coil Notebooks: A Writer’s Obsession

Back to school can be a dark time in my house. Not because my husband is a high school social studies teacher and I’m an elementary school library technician – and back to school means an end to summer. Nope. I’m talking about my coil notebook obsession and how it drains our bank balance every fall

As a young adult paranormal fiction author, I’ve made it my duty to scoop up any gothic notebooks I find. But I write edgy YA as well, therefore I stand in line for the tattoo-ish, doodle designs as well. And I have a few picture books I’ve been working on, so I have to nab the cutise ones too.

What do I use all these notebooks for, you ask? Well, some are for future plot ideas, character trait journals, random dialogue, nifty word diaries, flash fiction pieces, lyrics, poetry….and some are too stunning to write in at all. Those are for pure wow-ain’t-that-pretty moments of inspiration.

I found a few of my favourite notebook companies online, you can check them out here:

Ecojot ( – recycled paper, cute designs and Canadian! Can’t ask for more.

Carolina Pad ( – cool notebooks, bags, you name it.

Etsy ( also has an amazing selection of handmade, unusual designs. I could spend hours skimming through the online shops to find steals like these (some are more elaborate and expensive than others):

You can even go to a site like Vista Print ( or Café Press ( and have notebooks custom made – a great idea for a school fundraiser, art class projects, or team/club bonding thingie. 😉

I feel I’m neglecting another important facet of back to school shopping. Along with each gem of a notebook, there must be an equally fantastic pen…but that’s another post. Happy Back to School Season!

Who am I? I’m Judith Graves, YA paranormal author of Under My Skin (Leap Books, 2010) and Second Skin (Leap Books, 2011) and a member of the amazing Class of 2k10. Check out my site: and the 2k10 site to meet 23 coolio debut authors:

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Back to Books Post 8: Wednesday Contest

This post it written by (as Kim would say) The Other One!

Before I say anything, can you believe it is ALREADY September?

By the time this post is up, it’ll be the first day of school for me. All those relaxing summer days? THEY’RE GONE…the bright side is, today is Wednesday, which means school starts at 9. More sleep? Heck yes. *happy dances*

And there’s always those pesky rumors about your new teachers. Sometimes, they turn out true, and other times, they don’t. First days aren’t usually “first days,” just teacher introductions. Gah, I wish I had one more week…Please cross your fingers for me to have a very good first day! In case you are wondering, I’m going into my sophomore year of high school…

When school starts, I always say to myself, “Hey, at least you’ll have more books to read!” And it’s true! For today, I’m going to give away a SIGNED ARC of NIGHTSHADE–something for all of you guys going back to school to look forward too. It is a wonderful, wonderful book. Expect the review to come this month…and a trailer… ;D

To enter, just comment on this post with a short paragraph on the funniest thing that happened during this summer. If we get enough entries, I will pick from the funniest. If not, randomizer FTW. If our contest is THAT lonely, we’ll just open this up to extra entries…let’s see how it goes 😉 I’ll leave this contest up until the end of the B2B special. Ends 09/13 midnight, California time


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