Showing posts from January, 2014


Today I'm excited to be a part of the cover reveal of PARIS CRAVINGS!

Okay, you all know how much I'm loving anything that Parisian! I've read the first chapter of PARIS CRAVINGS and so far loving the fun voice of this YA with a girl who loves Parisian goodies just as much as I do!

So here is her cover!





Can life really turn on a dime—
a missed bus—
or a stuck pastry shop door?

Chloe Dillard’s life has always been complicated. She has a mother who is a neurotic romance novelist and a boyfriend who’s been pressuring her to go all the way. After The Worst Night of Her Life Chloe escapes on a trip to the swoon-worthy city of Paris where she becomes stranded after an accident with high heels and a pastry box.

Saved by a French boy with chocolate-brown eyes, Chloe begins to wonder if being lost in Paris is the chance of a lifetime. But as attracted as she is to the gorgeous and oh-so-kind La Patisserie shop boy—even he has a girlfriend.

The police are tracking her dow…

Friday Five

1. Having a fun time with my NO MORE GODDESSES blog book tour! Thanks YA Reads! And to all the wonderful bloggers for hosting me!

I'm here today:

January 31st

We’re All Mad Here –
Blissful Book Reviews –

Some of my reads for this week:

2. UNINVITED by Sophie Jordan:

My YA Books Central review:

Teaser: What worked: Jordan opens by showing readers Davy's 'privileged' world. She's a music prodigy, rich, attends an exclusive private high school, and is dating the hottest guy on campus. But all this shatters with the results of a DNA test that shows she carries the killer gene HTS. Within a day everyone turns against her, including her BFF Tori and even her family. Jordan does a very efficient way …

Friday Five

1. Today's my birthday! Happy birthday to me!

2. Well, the flu bug finally bit me. Ugh. Been fighting it but feel that it could have been tons worse if I didn't have my flu shot. The bug is really nasty. Stay healthy!

3. My virtual book blog tour starts tomorrow! I thought I'd celebrate my birthday with another tour.

Here's my stops:

January 25-

The Book Beacon-

January 26th

Cassandra M's Place -

Elizabeth Delana Rosa –
A Little Bit of R&R –

January 27th

Pandora’s Books –
We Do Write –…

Friday Five

1. What is with this weather? It's as if mother nature is taking a mega temper tantrum. Back East and in the midwest they've had extreme cold, snow while here in California it's dry. Mega dry. Yesterday, on way to son's student center in Santa Ana, you could see orange/grey smoke from LA fires blanketing the sky. The Santa Anas are fierce. Plus there is little if any humidity which is the perfect recipe for fires. Scary. This is the worse drought in reported Californian history! Hope we get some relieve soon by way of snow in the Sierra Nevada mountains and some rain.

2. Totally addicted to Richelle Mead's YA series VAMPIRE ACADEMY.

This week I've read so far:

Rose is one kickass heroine who's sole purpose is to guard Moroi(which are vamps). Problem is she loves Dimitri, a guardian who will be her friend Lissa's future guardian.


Friday Five

1. School's back in session which means I'm busy driving all over the place, taking son to his other classes. My favorite thing though is being able to drop him off at the student center and go to Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and write. I also love their tea lattes-the Chai with sugar-free chocolate is to die for! I swear this coffee house has helped me finish the first draft of the second goddesses book and is helping me finish another round of revisions of my current project.

2. Finally read VAMPIRE ACADEMY:

Verdict: Love it!

Can't wait to see the movie this Valentine's Day! **There's a review after the trailer that I don't really agree with but on the other hand she does have some valid points.

3. Finished reading Heidi Kling's latest installment of her Spellspinner's series:

Heidi nails the emotions, tension, and conflicts of this coven of witches/warlocks. So much better than The Originals and The Secret Circle.

YA Books Central Review coming so…

My Top 5 YA Nonfiction Picks

Yesterday I shared what we decided were the top 5 Cybils YA Nonfiction for 2013. Some amazing reads.

One of my favorite parts of being a part of the Cybils is yes, getting the nominated books to read. But I also LOVE getting together with the other panelists which include librarians, educators, parents, and bloggers. It's so fun to have others discuss why a book spoke to them and also why it didn't. Also fun to hear feedback from the different experiences each panelist brought to the Cybils.

The nominated books for 2013 were amazing and it was hard to come to our final decision. I thought I'd share what picks were on my top 5 list:


I admit, I'm not a huge fan of books set in WW2. Maybe because my uncles and grandfather fought in that war and we heard stories about it ALL THE TIME. But this book was beyond amazing. I felt the pain, anguish this young boy felt during the holocaust. A must add to any MS and HS library.


2013 Cybils Finalists

I was so excited to be a part of the Cybils again! Love this group so much! This year I decided to think outside my box and help judge the YA Nonfiction category. So many great nominations. Here's what we decided made the top five picks of this year. Trust me, this was hard. Tomorrow check my own top 5 list!

2013 Finalists
Young Adult Non-Fiction

Breakfast on Mars and 37 Other Delectable Essays
Roaring Brook
Nominated by: Katy Manck (BooksYALove)

Writing and reading essays usually evokes yawns. Forcing students to use the formal style of writing not only is boring but kills creativity. Breakfast on Mars takes the dreaded essay assignment and spins a fun, creative twist that is sure to inspire younger writers. Each essay takes a usually boring subject and brings it to life. There are examples of persuasive, informative, literary, personal, and illustrated essays. In this collection, readers will find essays on such topics as summer camp, invisibility, life on Mars, and th…

2014 theme: Persistence

I usually always do a post on my New Year's resolutions. I'm totally anal on setting goals and working toward them. Then I read MG author Erin Dionne's twitter on how she will approach it this year:

I love this!

So my theme of 2014 is:



I will continue to chisel at this revision and finish it! No excuses. No fears that it's not good enough or that no one will want. No worries that maybe it's not YA after all or that there's not enough...

You can fill in the blanks!

Just need to be persistent and write/revise.

Go back to book two of the goddesses series/revise and get to Liz by the end of the year so we can have a 2015 release!


Will continue reading/reviewing for the fab site: YA Books Central. Also want to read outside my comfort zone. More memoirs and fiction books.


Will continue to be persistent with demanding my 'me' time by going to yoga studio at least twice a wee…