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Chat Postponed

7 Jul

Sorry for the late notice everyone, but I’m afraid that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Live Blog Chat with Tera Lynn Childs has been postponed….this is only good news! It means you still have time to pick up her Rita Nominated book before the winner is announced this month!

Next Luv YA Book Club: Oh. My. Gods.

13 Jun

Our next book for Luv YA Book Club is going to be Tera Lynn Child’s Oh. My. Gods. It’s the final book in the Rita Nominee list for 2009 for us to read!


Book Club will meet Tuesday, July 7th at 9pm EST.


Yes, I know it’s earlier in the month than usual, but I definitely want us to read it before Nationals!


Check out Tera Lynn Childs HERE and Oh.My.Gods HERE.


Past Rita books Book Clubs:

Tina Ferraro – ABCs of Kissing Boys

Rosemary Clement-Moore – Hell Week

Luv YA Book Club: HELL WEEK by Rosemary Clement-Moore

21 Apr

As always….

WARNING: This is NOT a review – it’s a Blog Book Club. That means, we’re going to discuss the book – the whole book – yes – even the end – so guess what. There’s going to be spoilers.


NO! Seriously. If you read past here, it’s your own darn fault.

OK. Welcome to Luv YA’s Book Club Book Blog – with Rosemary Clement-Moore discussing her second book, Rita Nominated HELL WEEK!


BUT FIRST….. Two things.

1) Please remember that the book club is for Hell Week, the SECOND Maggie Quinn book. I’m asking nicely, but I will delete posts that give spoilers to book three. It’s pretty new and too good to ruin for someone who hasn’t gotten a chance to pick it up yet. Also, Rosemary may have to quick step some questions to avoid giving spoilers for book three. Please be kind as she does this.

2) At someone’s request I’m starting an email list strictly for book club if you’re on the list:

  • Email a month in advance announcing the next book
  • Email a 2 weeks in advance as a reminder
  • Email several days before confirming Book Club is good to go
  • That’s it unless I’m looking for Book Club suggestions which probably won’t happen often
  • If you’re interested, email me at


And here we go!


I really cannot tell you how darn excited I am to have Rosemary Clement-Moore here to discuss her book Hell Week (if you haven’t guessed all of that already, now you know) – For you newbies, feel free to read the Book Club post and dive in with a question or two. Rosemary will be with us and answering them live tonight 🙂


Maggie Quinn, Girl Reporter and Butt-Kicker of Evil, should be enjoying all the perks of starting college, like finagling her way onto the staff of the school paper, but –as with most things in Maggie’s life — Yeah. Not so much.

It’s bad enough wondering what’s going on with her MIA almost-boyfriend Justin who spent the summer in Ireland, but after one night, it’s pretty clear that going undercover at Sorority Rush may just sharpen her snark skills to deadly.

When Maggie opens herself up to continuing in the Greek system as a pledge to write exposes for the newspaper, strange things start to happen. Not that that’s anything new. But her normal Sight dreams are getting weird and now she’s having these vision flashes when she touches things. That’s a way to learn way more than you wanted to know. Like about Deidre, the girl who just happened to be looking pretty intense with Justin in Ireland. Yeah, she definitely could have skipped knowing that. But when she comes out and asks him about it, Justin gives it to her straight: He likes her but needs to focus on school.


And so Maggie throws herself into the undercover work, getting sucked into Sorority life. Which means Pledging, Parties and  Some Word That Starts With “P” that means “hot guys who kiss you behind the bar.” Oh yeah, and let’s not forget the most important P: Paranormal.

Maggie discovers there’s more going on in the SAXi house than anyone suspects, and a very clear reason the pledges can’t have sex…does the word succubus mean anything to you?

Well, that put a damper on her reclaiming Justin plans. But, if a girl ever needed inspiration to not become a succubus (um, yeah) he’s definitely the one. So Maggie does what any girl bent on saving the world would do: She breaks into the heart of darkness, finds their secrets and begins the butt-kicking plan-building.

And then the threats begin, because did we mention that her mom has a “P” word of her own? She’s preggers and no one, no matter how powerful the demon she’s summoned, is going to screw with the people Maggie loves.


MUST READ. Seriously – I have not done the skim-the-set-up justice 🙂 

And now onto the pre-chat Q&A with Rosemary Clement-Moore


Let’s start with the dreaded, “So, Rosemary, tell us a bit about yourself.” were you a snarker like Maggie? Was writing always your thing? Have you vanquished anything lately?

I’ve always been a storyteller, with a wild imagination. Plus I have very eclectic interests, which made it hard to decide what I wanted to be when I grew up. So I became a writer, so I wouldn’t have to pick just one thing to study.

Was I snarky? Only in my head. Outwardly, I was very polite and well mannered. I did theatre and I was surrounded by boisterous, funny people, and I had this quiet, dry sense of humor that I kept to myself. It wasn’t really until college that I came out of my shell. It’s just gotten worse since then.

The only thing I’ve vanquished recently is the dust bunnies from under the couch.


Where exactly IS Avalon? Is Bedivere University named for something?

Some people assume it’s in Texas, since I’m from Texas. And it could be. 🙂 But once you say “Texas” people assume rednecks and cowboy boots and big hair. I wanted to avoid those stereotypes. I wanted Avalon to have that “everywhere” feel, like Middleton in Kim Possible cartoons.

And of course the name is part of that, because Avalon, in mythology, is not part of our world. Bedivere University named from that mythology, by the way. I’ll let the intrepid Googlers figure out the connection. 🙂


I love Maggie. Even when she accepts things, she fights them kicking and screaming. One of your reviewers said she was kind of a “Veronica Mars fights demons.” How do you see her?

 Maggie comes from the tradition of Nancy Drew — that plucky young heroine whose curiosity and do-gooder-ness is always leading her into danger, but her smarts and resourcefulness get her out of it. I didn’t watch Veronica Mars before I wrote the book(s), but I think she (VM) falls in this category too.

Maggie draws comparisons to Buffy, too, but I think those are more superficial. The both fight evil while cracking wise. But Maggie’s bravado is all to cover her terror. 🙂


Why a reporter? Was it a conscious decision or has it always just been part of who Maggie is?

I knew she’d be a reporter before I knew anything else about her. Think Brenda Starr and Lois Lane. She’s always sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong, always wants to get the whole story… even when she knows she’s not going to like it.


Maggie walks a really fine line between belief and disbelief. How do you balance that when writing her?

When I gave Maggie the Sight, I could have given her all the answers. But what fun would that be? It’s too easy. A leap of faith isn’t much of a challenge if you can clearly see the net beneath you. So Maggie questions everything… it’s rooted in her personality, that ‘dogged reporter’ thing. (See! It all plays together!)

Also I feel that her disbelief makes her fictional world (which is rooted in ours) more believable. Because I sure would question all these things if they started happening around me! so that voice in Maggie’s head that says “convince me” is a kind of reader surrogate.


I’ll be honest, I thought you were going to break my heart with Justin in Hell Week. Why did he back off at the beginning? And, for college students, their relationship moves fairly slowly — I’m enjoying watching it a lot. What made you decide to keep things physically light in this book?

Ha! My critique partner threatened me with mayhem if I broke Maggie and Justin up. Here’s the deal: Prom Dates From Hell (book 1) left them about to go on their first real date, then there’s a three month gap to the next book. I needed to reset the clock a bit, so we can all watch theri relationship develop. As for Justin’s motivation… Well, he has his own questions he’s asking, and we don’t know everything about him just yet.  (Just a teaser: we find out a lot more in book three.)

As for pace, I wanted to leave myself someplace to go. If Maggie and Justin reach complete physical and emotional intimacy too early, we don’t get a chance to enjoy the journey. The road to love is fun to read about, so why rush it?

And geez, he does get her shirt off. What more do you want?

No, wait. Don’t answer that.


And really, is there any better place to jump into our chat time than there *wink*

Book Club Tomorrow Night! Rosemary Clement-Moore

20 Apr

Don’t forget Rosemary Clement-Moore will be joining us tomorrow night at 9pm EST for live chat! It should be amazingly fun 🙂

Book Club Big Announcement: Rosemary Clement-Moore

15 Apr

I am so darn excited! This was definitely one of those *ask and receive* moments 🙂


I’m sure you’re all aware that next Tuesday evening is Luv YA Book Club and we’re discussing Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Rita Nominated Hell Week. What you didn’t know is that she’ll be joining us for a live blog chat!


Did I mention I can’t wait? You have almost an entire week to find and read this book, so turn off the computer and get to it. I promise you’ll have a fun read and a fun Book Club.


If you’re curious what it all looks like, check out our last one with Tina Ferraro HERE. We had a ball…I’ll never forget it b/c I was so sick I wasn’t even allowed to drive on the meds I was taking and making absolutely no sense in chat *sigh* Good impression bria. Real good.


Join us Tuesday April 21st at 9PM EST to discuss Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore.

Luv YA Book Club Reminder

14 Apr

Don’t forget! One week from tonight is Luv YA Book Club discusses Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Rita Nominated Hell Week


Join us Tuesday April 21st at 9PM EST to discuss it.

Luv YA Book Club: Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore

12 Apr

Just over one week till Luv YA Book Club discusses Rosemary Clement-Moore’s Rita Nominated Hell Week


Join us Tuesday April 21st at 9PM EST to discuss it.


ETA: Yes, everyone who has mentioned it…It WOULD be great to have Ms. Clement-Moore here with us. It WAS amazing getting to have Tina Ferraro…but, unfortunately, I don’t e-know Rosemary Clement-Moore. If anyone does and coming to Book Club would be up her alley, invite her and let us know 🙂

March Luv YA Book Club – CANCELED

16 Mar

Due to unforeseen circumstances (no where within 3 hours of Boston having the book and mine not coming in) tonight’s book club has been canceled.


Can ANYONE explain that 1.5 months out and this book is no where to be found?


As an aspiring writer — this scares me to death.

Luv YA Book Club Reminder: The Dust of 100 Dogs

15 Mar

I’m really excited for book club tomorrow! I’m a last minute girl, I’m going to buy mine now. You might be a little shocked, but do you know how many books I read this week…Yeah, it was best to wait 🙂


Plus, the anticipation of something you know is going to be good. Check out the trailer HERE and I’ll see you tomorrow night!


17 Feb

As always….


WARNING: This is NOT a review – it’s a Blog Book Club. That means, we’re going to discuss the book – the whole book – yes – even the end – so guess what. There’s going to be spoilers.




NO! Seriously. If you read past here, it’s your own darn fault.


OK. Welcome to Luv YA’s first Book Club Book Blog – YAY!

Ok, special guest #1 is BuffyPrower visiting from deviantart. com with her plot summary of the first part of the book . Stealing her bio it says: “She’s a sixth grader who is a huge fan of video games and still manages to find time to read a lot.” And I’d like to add, that (may she not kill me and take this out on her mom instead) she’s a mini-diva in training. And that’s a good thing.


The thing is, I kinda started reading “The ABCs to Kissing Boys” the same night [as Twilight – I’m still on page 7]. And I’ve been reading it more than Twilight. Seems like my end of the deal isn’t holding up, is it? Guess not. Well, Kissing Boys is actually very good, considering it’s a romance book, that’s saying something coming from me.


The ABC’s of Kissing Boys is about a junior high school girl (Parker) who loves soccer. She had gotten put on the JV team at her school instead of the Varsity team. But her school has this sports fair at the start of the year. The booth that gets the most money gets a special parking spot for the coach. So her coach is setting up a kissing booth. And Parker’s plan for Coach Heartless involves the previous Prom King, and hottie, Luke Anderson. But then she needs to pay a small fine. Only just $300. The pair’s plan is to have Luke go up to the $3 kissing booth and offer up $300 to kiss Parker. But the thing is, Park doesn’t know how to kiss. Luke’s advice was to go buy a bunch of Starbursts and cherries. Then unwrap the Starbursts with your tongue, and tie the cherry stems with your tongue as well. But then, how hard can that be? Quiet hard. But it’s what his ex did.


On the way home, she meets her neighbor from across the street (Tristan), who her father is so convently competitive with his. But Tristan seems to know a bit about kissing. He went to a camp that summer as a counselor. When the kids went to bed or whatever, the counselors played some games that involved kissing. Lucky for Parker, he teaches her some things about Kissing. And he’s a FRESHMAN. The worst thing ever. Freshman kissing Junior. Or, Junior kissing Freshmen. Yeah… In PUBLIC. But luckily, it’s only the street and he’s at least as tall as her, maybe taller. Exactly 364 days younger, and teaching her how to kiss.. Shame.. He only really gets to teach her the “Caterpillar Kiss”. Basically where you rub eyebrows together.


I’m a bit farther than this, but he’s currently giving her private lessons on this stuff, and she’s also having to deal with the first day of school. Her prissy brat ex-friend Chrissandra, the most popular girl in school, saw Parker and Tristan in Park’s mom’s SUV driving from one of their lessons, and automatically figured they were dating. Big mistake! On the first day of school, Chrissandra and her posse decided to give Parker a gift. How thoughtful! Then it’s a pacifier.


Here’s what she has to say: Yes everyone, she said PACIFIER. If you haven’t read it, you’ll just have to now, won’t you!


Now, on to special guest #2 – is this a great month or what??? And, if you’ve been playing along at home, you know that special guest #2 is none other than TINA FERRARO!!!


Tina did the most amazing thing and gave us a little behind the scenes look at ABCs of Kissing Boys. She answered some great questions and I’m sure we’ll stir up some more with our chatter. Oh, and I passed on a few you sent to me…Yeah, I was curious about the younger guy thing too….*bria pleads the fifth*


What real city is DeGroot, MN named for?
A few summers ago, my husband, kids and I attended a family reunion in Minnesota.  Afterwards, we drove north and stayed in Duluth. That’s the “real” DeGroot.  I fell in love with the Lake Superior city, with its harbor, bridge, bike paths, downtown area…but altered the name to allow me to “tweak” the specifics to fit my story!


Do you ever name your characters after people in your life?
Yes!  Here is an internet exclusive (haha): a number of characters in my books (especially the guys) are named after my kids’ friends. Sometimes on purpose, sometimes not.  For instance, from HOW TO HOOK A HOTTIE, there’s a real Brandon and Mark.  In THE ABC’S OF KISSING BOYS, I used Kyle, Tristan, Luke, Rusty, Keegan and Nick–all after their friends.  And there will be even more in my next book, WHEN BAD FLINGS HAPPEN TO GOOD GIRLS.  It’s definitely fun to tease the guys about being in my books, and I tell them to take a copy to college and use it to meet girls:  “Hey, did you know I’m in a romance novel?”  🙂


Does the Steam Kiss really work?
I have no idea!  I never got around to fully researching it.  So please, those of you with copies of my book, check out pages 125-126, try it and tell me!


Where did you find the Steam Kiss?
I did kissing research on the internet and in a few books, but most of the really good stuff came from kissing websites!


What’s the truth behind the Starburst exercises?
Both my niece and my daughter had heard of the urban legend that unwrapping a Starburst with your tongue would make you a better kisser, and passed it along to me.  And my writer’s instinct told me it was a fantastic device to help set the story.  Does it actually work?  Who knows?  Good kissing is subjective, probably has more to do with how attracted you are to your partner than technical skill!


Have you ever dated a younger guy?
Yes, the summer I was 24, I had holiday romance with a three-years-younger guy.  I was in Sweden to help organize an international conference, and he was a student I met on a weekend outing.  I was learning Swedish and he used the English words he could remember from school, so our sentences were very tangled with both languages.  We made a lot of mistakes and laughed a lot.  The problem was, once we got over the language problems, we didn’t have all that much to say…so it didn’t end because of the age difference as much as a lack of chemistry!


So, who is going to get back to us on this Steamy Kiss thing? 🙂


Getting on to the other questions – one of the things that always impresses me about Tina’s books is how fun they are while dealing with topics that are serious and can feel bigger in that moment. Everything from not making the team to feeling like you may be losing your home….Oh, you haven’t read that one….yeah, go read it!  How did you feel reading the desperate struggle Parker has to maintain her status at school while fighting against her growing relationship with Tristan?


One of my writer friends emailed me this past weekend to thank me for suggesting ABCs and introducing her to Tina’s books – she said she couldn’t wait for book club to learn about the woman who could put her  in “total awe of a woman who can communicate that her MC’s parents sleep in separate beds with a single phrase not even related to sleeping” — How did you guys feel about Parker’s view of her parents and the war with Tristan’s dad? I know parents can seem irrational sometimes, did you find yourself groaning along with Parker or laughing at her situation? (perhaps BuffyPrower would like to share some of her “my mom is irrational” moments 🙂 )


Parker learns a hard lesson in the end and has one of those “don’t know whatcha got till it’s gone” moments…We all knew it couldn’t end clean and pretty, but what did you think of her recovery?


Not all the girls Parker had a tough time with were Mean Girls. Tina’s done a great job at capturing the complexity of girls being friends – were you hoping for redemption for all the girls or did you love hating them?


I can’t wait to hear your comments and questions about the book!  As you know, this is Month 2 (yay to everyone who came back) — So, as always here, jump in and share your thoughts and your questions freely – remember (adults 🙂 ) this is a YA blog, so keep your wording YA Friendly!

Luv YA Book Club Reminder: ABCs of Kissing Boys

15 Feb

Don’t forget: THISNweek is Book Club week and I have two very special guests!


Of course we should get super excited that Tina Ferraro is giving us an inside peek at the book and the characters. If you haven’t checked out the trailer yet, rush over HERE and take a look-see.  It’s very cool.

So, who are these characters and what the heck is the Steamy Kiss anyway!


Also, I WON’T be the person giving the book summary – I have another special guest to do that.


Please remember, LYABC has been moved to TUESDAY night at 9pm EST!

Luv YA Book Club Reminder: ABCs of Kissing Boys

11 Feb

Don’t forget: Next week is Book Club week and I have two very special guests!


Of course we should get super excited that Tina Ferraro is giving us an inside peek at the book and the characters. If you haven’t checked out the trailer yet, rush over HERE and take a look-see.  It’s very cool.

So, who are these characters and what the heck is the Steamy Kiss anyway!


Also, I WON’T be the person giving the book summary – I have another special guest to do that.


Please remember, LYABC has been moved to TUESDAY night at 9pm EST!

Winner of the ‘Pick A Book-Win A Book’ Contest

17 Jan

Some of you may have heard that I had an insane day last week when I meant to post this and -yup- it just fell thru the cracks. Sorry!


So, I showed the comments to a reader friend and let her pick the book….AND THE WINNER IS:

 CINDE recommending The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

In the late 17th century, famed pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with the dust of 100 dogs. Three hundred years later, after one hundred lives as a dog, she returned to a human body—with her memories intact. Now she’s a contemporary American teenager, and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.


Luv YA Book Club to discuss The Dust of 100 Dogs will be on Monday, March 16th.


So, Cinde – would you like a copy of The ABC’s of Kissing Boys OR Deadly Little Secrets?


12 Jan

WARNING: This is NOT a review – its a Blog Book Club. That means, we’re going to discuss the book – the whole book – yes – even the end – so guess what. There’s going to be spoilers.




NO! Seriously. If you read past here, it’s you’re own darn fault.


OK. Welcome to Luv YA’s first Book Club Book Blog – YAY! 

I know it won’t go smoothly this month like this, but in the future, the LYA BC will run like this – Everyone will read the book *hint hint hint* I’ll post a blog with some thoughts and questions at 9pm EST on the Book Club Night – the Comments section will be a live discussion period – We’ll have special guests some months like….oh…say…the author. How cool will that be?


Anyway, on to BC #1

Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Stolarz is the first in the Touch Series….and wow.


Three months ago, 16 year old Camelia almost died. The only thing that stopped that from happening was the mysterious (gorgeous) boy who scooped her up from in front of the oncoming car. She’d never seen him before, but between how he made her feel when he touched her and the extreme scar on his arm, she knew she’d know him again when she saw him next.

Only  — She didn’t.

Three months later she’s still looking for him everywhere she goes – but only to thank him. Or at least that’s what she tells herself. And her friends.

Chapter 2 is the first of the chicken scratch anonymous journal entries. We know they aren’t Camelia, but someone who is interested in her. Someone who is watching her.  Someone who doesn’t say who he is.

Camelia goes about life, wondering about the boy, yearning for that odd touch and basically ignoring the dating scene at her school to her boy crazy (make that psychotically obsessed) bff’s unhappiness. That is until Ben Carter (recognize that name Kaige? Coincidence?) shows up. Rumor is, he has a temper and killed his last girlfriend. Pushed her off a cliff. That’s why he transferred and is living with his aunt. And being Camelia’s lab partner.

Ben is hot (we covered that, but apparently we’re supposed to cover that a lot since it’s mentioned so many times) and not the only man in Camelia life – and that’s what makes this book so interesting. There are so many people in the book and they’re all painted well. We have several boys, one man, a bff, parents having issues and some walk-on’s who actually effect the plot.

Camelia struggles to pull Ben out of his self-imposed prison while the journal writer gets more erratic in his delusions. But who is he?

The book is actually a paranormal romantic suspense. So, going much further makes this a practice in spoiler writing.

But lets talk a little – when did you guess who the journal guy was? I’ll admit, I guessed pretty quickly. I’d heard such great things about this book that I knew it could be obvious answer number one. I LOVED that there were enough guys in the book to create a “but what if?” scenario for each of them. I loved comparing each chapter with the more and more crazy journal entries. I loved (as a writer) watching her show everything thru Camelia’s POV till she doesn’t know who to trust, where to turn or even if she can convince her parents to listen to her long enough to let them know she’s being stalked.

Stolarz does a great job of convincing me Camelia can’t go to any of the adults in her life for help — I’m wondering if I just wanted to believe that. What do you think? The PJ situation had me saying “no” for a second, until the line about telling her dad some guy bought her something from a lingerie store – ok, I buy that.

While the writing sucked me in and totally had me hooked at paragraph 2. . . I was a little *eh* about him saving her from a car in the school parking lot and then being forced to be her lab partner while being moody and refusing to look, talk or touch her. Felt a little Twilight’y — but it wasn’t and the story had just begun taking turns there so I was willing to forgive those key scene mirrors — What about you? Did they pull you out and make you think of Edward and Bella or did you get sucked further in and turn the pages faster — or like me, a little bit of both?

I loved that she gave us a believable way for Ben to find her at the end and for him to go away. I loved them together and didn’t want to see him go (book two comes out WHEN?)


The only thing that didn’t grab me was the chemistry between them. I know its there because she tells us….but i didn’t FEEL it. I wasn’t devastatingly heartbroken at the end, and shouldn’t I have been? What do you think? Were you?


So, there are some thoughts to kick us off. I’m super excited to hear and respond to other people’s ideas about Deadly Little Secrets – I can tell you THIS – Laurie Stolarz just jumped onto my auto-buy list!


Next month we’re reading ABC’s of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro – I’ll have more news about this later – hopefully fun stuff to report!

Luv YA Book Club Tomorrow!

11 Jan

Tomorrow is the first day for the Luv YA book club! YAY! I’ve had several people email me to tell me they couldn’t read the book this month, but would be following along. Everyone feel free to jump in. Also, because of standard release dates, I’ve moved each book club to the 3rd Monday of the month….So, Tina Ferraro’s ABC’s of Kissing Boys will be Monday, February 16th 🙂


Tomorrow – I’ll post the LYBC post tomorrow at 9pm EST…I’ll try to keep them always at 9pm so people who catch on and want to play in the future can do an open blog book club evening!


So, go grab your copy of Deadly Little Secrets by Laurie Stolarz.


BTW – Tina Ferraro has a new front page! It’s the book trailer for ABC’s – it’s sooo cute. Go check it out HERE.


And check out HERE to win a free book 🙂