When Tera asked if I wanted to participate in the contest she asked which sport I'd like my giveaway to be associated with. I chose ice hockey because we are BIG fans of the sport in my house. We're New Jersey Devils fanatics, of course, and I'm proud to say that two of my favorite Devs are on the US team this year, Zach Parise (who, young ladies, is psychotically cute)
and Jaime Langenbrunner (also very cute--and he's the captain)!
Paul Martin made the team, too, but couldn't play because of an injury. (Which must suck. I still feel badly that he didn't get to go!) There are other Devils on teams from several other countries, including Martin Brodeur, the greatest goalie of all time, who's playing for his home country of Canada. I'm beyond psyched to watch USA's semi-final game against Finland today. Especially since I've been snowed in for the past two days. It gives me something to look forward to in all my cabin fever.
But the other great thing about the Olympics is it gives us a chance to watch and root for our USA Women's Hockey team. It's a shame that we don't get to see the ladies play more often, because they are AWESOME! They're fast and furious and not afraid to hit and check like the guys. Unfortunately the women lost to powerhouse Canada in the gold medal game last night (did you know that the Canadians invented the sport?) but I was proud to watch them receive their silver medals after the game. Second place is no shabby achievement, especially on the world stage of the Olympics. I'm very proud of our women!
I just want to say THANKS to Tera one more time for including me in her awesome contest! Go click the link above and enter now!
Last week I was asked to blurb a book called THE MOSTS by author Melissa Senate (who I'm also SO happy to know personally, because she's one of the top ten sweetest people on Earth). In case you're wondering what "blurbing" means, it's when an author reads a book before it's published and works up a one or two line review to be printed on the cover and/or the publicity material. I'm always honored when I'm asked to do a blurb. That anyone wants my opinion on anything amazes me, let alone values it enough to stick it on a book cover!
So I figure this book can count as one of my 10 books for the 10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge. Which means I'm deviating from my list a bit, but hey, ya gotta go with the flow. And let's face it, I'll probably read the original ten anyway, just because I want to. :)
So back to THE MOSTS. It's the story of a girl named Maddie who does a kind of Sabrina. (In the classic movie SABRINA, Audrey Hepburn plays the shy, nondescript Sabrina character, who goes to Paris for a summer and comes back a sophisticated beauty. You can also watch the newer version with Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford. *sigh*) Anyway, Maddie goes to Italy for the summer and learns how to dress, act and flirt like a sophisticated Italian girl. When she gets back, she snags the heart of the hottest guy in school and suddenly goes from geek to chic. The coolest girls in her class glom onto her and make her their friend and she is, in fact, voted MOST POPULAR in her class, as well as CLASS COUPLE with her new bf. (Her friends are also MOSTS--Most Hilarious, Most Stylish, Most Hot, etc.)
Then her bf moves away and Maddie's whole existence as a MOST comes into question. Is she MOST enough on her own to retain her friends and her popularity? And will hanging out with some of the NOTS in her class and trying to help them become BETTER THAN NOTS jeopardize everything? It's a pretty cool book that asks a lot of tough questions about what truly makes a person popular, and whether it's more important to be a most or to be yourself.
THE MOSTS is on sale on June 8, 2010 and I hope you'll check it out!
TODAY'S THE DAY! By following the link in the widget above, you'll be directed to the 28 Day Giveaway website where you can win a free copy of my new "Emma Harrison" novel, SNOW QUEEN! There's also a link to an interview with me and some other cool giveaways. So go check it out! What're you still doing here. GO NOW! :)
The cat is out of the bag, I guess! Or the chapters are out of the book, anyway. Simon & Schuster has posted the first TWO CHAPTERS of SHE'S SO DEAD TO US on their website for YOU to read. So go! Go now! Check it out! And, of course, come back here and let me know what you think! Here's the link:
I've just completed my SECOND book for the 10'in '10 Teen Chicklit Challenge! The book is titled DREAM FACTORY and it was written by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler. (For more on my FIRST book, THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY, see my earlier post entitled "One Down, Nine to Go!" Sensing a theme here?)
DREAM FACTORY is basically a love story set against a seriously quirky backdrop: The Magic Kingdom, aka Disney World, aka The Happiest Place on Earth. The two main characters, Luke and Ella, have been hired to play theme-park-character roles while the real Disney workers are on strike. (Luke plays Dale of Chip and Dale, while Ella is cast as the ultimate Princess, Cinderella.) The two of them are immersed in this place where "dreams come true" and both are trying really hard to find happiness away from their stressful and screwed up family lives. With deeper characterization than a lot of teen romances, plus a seriously fun cast of supporting characters, and a magical setting, this isn't your average will-they-or-won't they story. I definitely enjoyed it. Which means I'm two-for-two so far in the challenge!
I think I'll read LOOKS by Madeleine George next. I heard her read from it at a Teen Author Reading Night in NYC last year, and everyone in the audience was cracking up the entire time. Can't wait to read the whole thing!
Have you guys heard about this crazy cool promotion Harper Teen has cooked up? Well then allow me to enlighten you! Each day in the month of February, Harper will be giving away one featured book to a lucky contestant winner! They will also be featuring Q&As with the authors of the books, icons you can grab for your twitter accounts, special polls and more! My latest book, SNOW QUEEN (which I wrote under my pen name, Emma Harrison) is going to be featured on February 18!
What better way to get through one of the coldest months of the year, than with a new HOT READ every day! Hope you'll join in the fun! And don't forget to go to the special 28 Days of Winter Escapes page on February 18 for your chance to win a copy of SNOW QUEEN, plus a special Q&A with me!