Monthly Archives: April 2014

Veronica Mars



I have a secret to share with you all…I’m a marshmallow.


You all know that I’m a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so I didn’t watch Veronica Mars when it was originally on TV. I know, I know. I’m a terrible person. BUT, with the news of a huge Kickstarter campaign to create a feature film of this beloved show, I did take the time to watch. Better late than never, right?

Well, like the show, the movie was PERFECTION.

And I’m hooked. I am rewatching every…single…episode. Writers can learn a lot from Veronica Mars. The dialogue is witty and humorous. The plot is fresh and totally aligned to suck in teens. So why not watch TV or movies? This alone with reading IS what writers should be doing. We can learn from all medias what works and doesn’t work in a story.

So be a marshmallow:)


Minute Monday: WHAT A BOY WANTS by Nyrae Dawn



Courtesy of watching his mom’s relationships, Sebastian Hawkins knows what girls need to do to get a guy. He has what he considers a PHD in hooking up. When he needs extra cash for a car, Sebastian starts up an online venture as The Hook-up Doctor, to anonymously help girls land the guy of their dreams. Of course, his services don’t offer a happily-ever-after guarantee. He’s seen firsthand getting together never means staying together. 

And then he falls in love… 

With the last girl he would expect…

Totally not in his game plan. 

Suddenly, Sebastian finds himself muddled in the game he’s always prided himself on. He can’t even pick up girls at parties anymore! Why would anyone want to be in love when it turns you into a stuttering, screwed-up, mess with really lame stalker tendencies? Stalking? Totally not his gig. 

But the Hook-up Doctor won’t let himself go down easily. He’s always known how to give a girl what she wants and now it’s time to figure out what a boy wants… and he definitely plans on getting it.



Finished in one sitting, I was completely drawn in by Sebastian and Aspen’s story. Even with the plot easily guessed, it was an honest portrayal of a high school relationship. I look forward to reading more from Nyrae Dawn.


Five Minute Friday: YA FEST

Last weekend I attended the YA Fest at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Public Library.  This in itself is exciting, along with the fact that I didn’t have to travel far to attend was icing on the cake.


First, I hit the used book sale. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know already that I purchased 29 books for $6.00!!! Well, let me tell you how psyched my students are to see new books on the shelves!



Next, I had a few books with me to be signed. My first stop was to visit with Tiffany Schmidt and was thrilled that she remembered me:) Always gracious and sweet, she signed her new book for me–BRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE. I can’t wait to dig in and read this!




Let me tell you, the lines were long and the small library was crowded, so of course we had to vacate the premises when the firemen arrived to figure out why the alarms kept going off. This just gave me time to drop off the heavy bag I was lugging around!




Once I reached the back of the library, admittedly looking for Jennifer Armentrout, I stumbled upon a gem. CINDERSKELLA. This may be an obvious modern-day retelling of CINDERELLA, but it’s also soooooo much more. Written by Amie and Bethanie Borst, a mother and daughter. The kicker here is that the daughter is 13 years-old! I quickly purchased CINDERSKELLA to be signed. The authors are willing to schedule a Skype visit with my class after we read the book! I am absolutely thrilled to find a book that not only supports my until on Grimm Fairy Tales and traditional literature, but the co-author is the same age as my students. What a motivator for my future authors!



Right before leaving, I stopped to visit with Jennifer Armentrout and have her sign two books from my own shelf. As always, she is a joy to talk to–especially since she also remembered me. I warned her that she’d see me again soon at BEA:)



I am so happy that the library decided to hold this event again after taking a year’s hiatus. I hope they continue to bring in authors, so that our local teens get the chance to meet writers and broaden their love of books and reading.

FRAGILE LINE by Brooklyn Skye

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Fragile Line by Brooklyn Skye

Release date: April 21, 2014

Imprint: Entangled Teen



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Book Summary:

It can happen in a flash. One minute she’s kissing her boyfriend, the next she’s lost in the woods. Sixteen-year-old Ellie Cox is losing time. It started out small…forgetting a drive home or a conversation with a friend. But her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. When Ellie goes missing for three days, waking up in the apartment of a mysterious guy—a guy who is definitely not her boyfriend, her life starts to spiral out of control.

Perched on the edge of insanity, with horrific memories of her childhood leaking in, Ellie struggles to put together the pieces of what she’s lost—starting with the name haunting her, Gwen. Heartbreakingly beautiful, this poignant story follows one girl’s harrowing journey to finding out who she really is.

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Author Bio:

Brooklyn Skye grew up in a small town where she quickly realized writing was an escape from small town life. Really, she’s just your average awkward girl who’s obsessed with words. She writes young adult and new adult fiction. You can follow her on Twitter as @brooklyn__skye or visit her web site for updates, teasers, giveaways, and more.

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Here’s an Extra Little Sneak Peek into the Characters


Ellie: Her blackouts are getting worse, more difficult to disguise as forgetfulness. It’s not easy putting on a front—to her parents, friends, and most importantly Shane—especially when inside she feels like she’s splintering into a million pieces.


EYES: blue. HAIR: brown. IDENTIFYING FEATURES: scar on right wrist & tree tattoo on hip. WHAT SHE’S FEELING NOW: confused.


Shane: What else was he supposed to do when the love of his life cheated on him? And worse, watching Ellie now with that other guy… Yeah, this year can suck it.

EYES: green. HAIR: black. IDENTIFYING FEATURE: kissable lips (according to Ellie). WHAT HE’S FEELING NOW: like he wants to punch something.


Griffin: She asked for his number when he tattooed her, and he’s falling for her. Fast. But does she feel the same? Some days she looks at him like she is, others it’s like she doesn’t know him at all.

EYES: blue. HAIR: brown.  IDENTIFYING FEATURE: tattoos on wrist and forearm. WHAT HE’S FEELING NOW: the need to understand.


Gwen: There’s only one person who’s ever been able to erase the painful memories. But she’s hurt Griffin, and he may never take her back after what she’s done.

EYES: blue. HAIR: brown. IDENTIFYING FEATURE: an assortment of scars spanning the length of her back. WHAT SHE’S FEELING NOW: like the world owes her something.



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