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Monday, September 28, 2009

Day 15: Mapping Out Writing Time: Pay It Forward


We went apple picking today. I almost had a heart attack when I saw the entrance fee. If you need a better view, click on the photo. This is a haven for little kids. There's a huge play area--complete with moonbounce, petting zoo, jungle gyms, climbing walls, a maze, haystack climbing stack, etc.

But, I digress.

There were four lines of people waiting to gain entry. I couldn't help but notice that once some people paid the fee, they handed tickets to the folks behind them. This went on for some time, a few people shared these tickets, while most tucked them away for later use. Of course I was curious what this was and found out soon enough. Included with my receipt were 4 coupons for 50% off the next visit (1 coupon per person). I admit, I was small-minded enough to be jealous of the lucky people who saved money. For a moment.

Because what I noticed, was even better. Once I gave away my tickets, I bored my girls with an informal 10 minute observation on human behavior--specifically--paying it forward.

"In the order of nature
we cannot render benefits to those from whom we receive them,
or only seldom. But the benefit we receive must be rendered again,
line for line, deed for deed, cent for cent, to somebody."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

What do you think I discovered?

Write-a-Scene-Writing-Prompt: Few people are made of altruistic goodness--wanting to pay it forward--every single time someone shows them a kindness. Some people are generous, but know how to show restraint if necessary. Others, are a little more careful with what they are willing to give up. Generosity can be shown with money, time, efforts, friendships, love, gifts, coupons, etc.

Where does your protagonist fit on the Pay it Forward scale? Write a scene where your MC gives back, ie: to the community, to a friend, to a stranger, etc. Is this a punishment, that turns into a pay it forward situation? Or is this something your MC wants to do because someone was kind to her? Is this something he can do easily? Or does she fight it every step of the way? Does he pay it forward in the midst of lots of fanfare? Or does she do this anonymously? Have fun!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Day 14: Mapping Out Writing Time: The I Want It Now Blues

Remember Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory? This spoiled young girl wanted everything--a golden ticket, an Oompa Loompa, a golden geese, the golden egg--ALL Right NOW!

Not everyone knows what they want. Sometimes it's wrapped up in immediate gratification or based on current trends. Or maybe it's reflected in the mood of the day. There's a certain level of respect, albeit a very thin one, we should offer Veruca, as she absolutely without a doubt knew what she wanted, how to articulate it, and by the way, if you didn't understand, it was all to be delivered right now. Yes, she was extreme and yes, she did fall on unfortunate circumstances, but she had her moments to shine and exploited used them to her advantage.

It's hard to wait for the things we most want. It's even harder when you're young, when patience is a foreign word, and you believe you deserve the world. Think about this as you discover what your MC wants most and how to get this to happen in your story. Hey, even better, use the following Magic Questions. Proceed with caution...if used properly, you'll find your story transformed. If not, you'll have one cluster@#$#.

REMEMBER These Magic Questions:
  • What does your character want most?
  • What is the main thing that will drive your MC to reach her goal?
  • What kinds of things will your protagonist do to get what he wants?
  • When push comes to shove, what makes your character reach into inner reserves to get what she wants?
  • How does this influence others around him?

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your MC finds resistance when acting upon desires. I know, I know. Your manuscript needs to be built with scenes like this. So, get writing! Remember to ask yourself the questions I've noted above, before writing each scene. These questions are magic. They will drive your story forward and help create a compelling plot. Come on. Try it!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Day 13: Mapping Out Writing Time: On Gratitude

I started this blog over 2 1/2 years ago because of a dare. My sister insisted that if I really wanted to become a published author, I'd better conquer my fear of having people read my work. Her solution? A blog.

"Get yourself out there," she said. "Blogging allows people to read what you've written. If you're lucky, you'll find a great community of support. You really need to practice letting go."

She had a point.

"Bet you don't have the nerve."

Gah! I had no choice.

Despite my doubts, because of my little sister, who not only is a fantastic artist but also an incredible writer, I wandered into the unknown and emerged a winner. I've been blessed with new friends, my on-line critique group, and my involvement in readergirlz, the WBBT/SBBT, and the Cybils. When I started blogging, I never thought anyone would read my blog, and to discover that there are people who stop by on a regular basis...well, that pretty much makes my day. It's wonderful to be part of such a supportive community and for that, I am so grateful. To think it all started with my sister.

A big hug and thank you to my sister. And a big thank you to all of you--THANK YOU!

Now after all this, it may surprise you that I've been remiss in some acknowledgments. *hangs head in shame* A few people have stopped by over the past couple months to leave various awards. There's really no good excuse for this...I've been quite negligent on passing them along. Please forgive me.

Since I'd like to spread the wealth, I'm going to share these awards over the next couple weeks. Here's the most recent--a very cool award that's “the result of a discussion about what the acronym BLOG stands for, and the creative responses to the question.”--The Blogman Award:

Thank you to Jim Harrington - Quotes on Writing Blog for this honor.

Here are the rules:
1. Tell us your favorite hero/superhero (it doesn't have to be Batman, after all) and why.
2. Copy the badge and post it on your blog.
3. Present the badge to five (the number of points on a Batarang) other worthy bloggers.
4. Post links to the five people you nominate.
5. Comment on their pages to let them know they have been nominated.

As you may remember, I'm up to my eyeballs in superheroines. Wonder Girl just turned six and I'm still planning her Wonder Woman birthday party for her friends. Sadly, it's slim pickings for girls and superheroines, which really ticks me off--is it too much to ask for superheroine party supplies? While I'm at it, what about a superheroine with a normal figure and proper attire? Sigh. Thankfully, we have a fun party theme--a Super Heroine Training Camp Party. Details later.

As for my heroine, without a doubt, it's my sister.

I'm having a hard time choosing just five people. This award is so cool, I'd love to share it with all of you. Who is your favorite hero/heroine?

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: How does your protagonist express gratitude? Write a scene where your MC needs to show appreciation to someone. What do they do? Not do? Are they reluctant to give thanks? Enthusiastic? This gives you a chance to dig deep into your MC's personality. Have fun with this!

Want a writing prompt tied with a contest? If you're under 25, enter the readergirlz writing contest by September 25th. The winning work will be posted on readergirlz author-in-residence Beth Kephart's blog. The winner will also receive a signed copy of UNDERCOVER by Beth Kephart-- a beautiful, beautiful book. What are you waiting for? Write away!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

National Book Festival 2009: Saturday, September 26th

If you're in the Washington, D.C. area this weekend, go and check out the National Book Festival. It will be held on the National Mall--Saturday, September 26th from 10am - 5:30pm and is slated to feature over 70 best-selling writers, illustrators and poets.

The event is free and open to the public.

New this year, the Library is bringing the festival direct to mobile phone users with their first-ever mobile campaign. By texting ‘BOOK’ to 61399, mobile phone users can opt-in to receive the latest festival announcements as well as author presentations and signing schedules. NOTE: Standard Messaging Rates may apply.

Festival fans will also be able to download author podcasts, accessed free of charge through the Library’s website or on iTunes. The recordings feature candid interviews with award-winning authors George Pelecanos, James Patterson, Rickey Minor, Nicholas Sparks, and more. For those who want more interaction, go to The Washington Post to participate in the online discussions with several participating authors, including Annette Gordon-Reed, Ken Burns, and Douglas Brinkley.

For more information, go to the 2009 National Book Festival website.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Day 12: Mapping Out Writing Time: The Hero's Journey

Here's a video of Christopher Vogler, creator of The Writer's Journey for screenwriters, describing The Hero's Journey for the movie, The Matrix. Watch this video for a quick synopsis of The Hero's Journey.


Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Watch this video carefully and map out The Hero's Journey for your protagonist. If you dare, write a scene/chapter based on one of these steps:

1. ORDINARY WORLD
2. CALL TO ADVENTURE
3. RELUCTANCE or REFUSAL OF THE CALL
4. MENTOR
5. CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD
6. TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES
7. APPROACH THE INNER CAVE
8. ORDEAL
9. REWARD
10. THE ROAD BACK
11. RESURRECTION
12. RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR

readergirlz Teen Read Week Trailer!

Thanks to Holly Cupala for putting together this great video for Teen Read Week. Can you spot her new book cover for TELL ME A SECRET?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Day 11:Mapping Out Writing Time: Unexpected Surprises

If you didn't have a chance to stop by the readergirlz chat with Kristin Cashore last night, you can still go over and read the transcript. Kristin was awesome, GRACELING much loved, the conversation delightful, and I'm going to go all fangirl here--not only were we lucky to have Kristin who wrote my favorite kick-butt novel of last year...Megan Whalen Turner was there! Megan Whalen Turner of the fantastic ATTOLIA series! Truly a wonderful surprise.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt
: Today's your MC's lucky day! Write a scene where your protagonist receives an unexpected surprise of the good kind. ie: a love note, a phone call, a fantastic prize, a visit from the fairy godmother, a glance from a much wanted admirer, finding out he/she is the heir to an incredible fortune, etc. This should be fun scene to write, after all the conflict building and crazy emotion we've stirred up these past few days. Remember to think happy, happy thoughts and the luck will surely rub off on you.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Day 10: Mapping Out Writing Time: Triumph

It's all about TRIUMPH this month at readergirlz. If you haven't stopped by the readergirlz blog yet, what are you waiting for? Kristin Cashore will be there tonight, for a Live Chat, 6pm Pacific Time/9pm Eastern Time! Yes, the Kristin Cashore who wrote GRACELING, which I thought, hands down, was the best kick-butt girl book of last year. Just saying.

Stop by over here! 6pm Pacific Time/9pm Eastern Time tonight. Secrets may be revealed. Just kidding. Or maybe, not. Stop by and find out!

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: At some point in your manuscript, your protagonist is going to be all about triumph. Write a scene where your MC manages to overcome all odds. Is this a sweet victory or bitter win?

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Day 9: Mapping Out Writing Time: Persistence and a readergirlz Writing Contest

Sometimes, it's hard to keep moving toward a goal.

You're not feeling well.

There are too many things on the To-Do List.

The house is a mess.

The family needs attention.

You don't know how to say, "No," when asked to volunteer in yet another role at your kids' school.

People ask when your book is going to get published and wonder why it's taking so long.

Did I mention the house is a mess?

Yet, you keep going on. Because it's what you want. It's soaked into your bones, your very being.

You find slips of time and keep writing. And writing. And writing.

Despite the doubt. Despite the naysayers. Despite everything.

Be persistent. It will get you to your goal. Need another nudge? Just listen to Ray Bradbury.


Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: What does your protagonist need to accomplish? What is the motivation and hold back? What is there to gain? to lose? Write a scene where your MC needs to demonstrate persistence at all costs. Does he/she succeed or fail? Let your protagonist suffer. Lots of conflict and emotion are needed here!

Want a writing prompt tied with a contest? If you're under 25, enter the readergirlz writing contest by September 25th. The winning work will be posted on readergirlz author-in-residence Beth Kephart's blog. The winner will also receive a signed copy of UNDERCOVER by Beth Kephart-- a beautiful, beautiful book. What are you waiting for? Write away!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Day 8: Mapping Out Writing Time: Elation, Ruin and Grace

It took less than 50 seconds before Taylor Swift's big moment over winning MTV's VMA Top Female Video Award was ruined, right in the middle of her acceptance speech. In one gracious move, during her own winning moment for Video of the Year, Beyonce gave the grateful 19-year-old a second chance. A brilliant move and a gracious act of kindness.

Which act will you remember more--the repugnant behavior OR the incredible grace that lifted a teen up?

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: We don't have control over many situations. Write a scene where it's time for your protagonist's Big Moment, ie: first date, first kiss, prom queen, scholarship, award, contest, etc. Create the anticipation, the agony of the wait, the hopes and fears, the competition, and let the scene unfold. Emotion and tension should fill the pages. Is your protagonist a good winner/loser? Or a bad winner/loser? Happy Writing!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Day 7: Mapping Out Writing Time: We Shall Remember


The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Boccelli is simply beautiful and helps fill the need when words of comfort simply can't lift the pain. I offer you this breathtaking duet of grace and hope on this day.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: There are times when your protagonist needs to remember the past and hold it close. Write a scene where your protagonist honors someone, something, some place. Bring it in with a close camera lens and let the emotions flow. This doesn't necessarily have to be heart-wrenching, but let it be hopeful. Peace.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Day 6: Mapping Out Writing Time: Dangle the Carrot

Sometimes, no matter how good the intentions, you need a little bit of a nudge--a reward--if you will, to get in the right mind set. PB needed a break from me and since for the first time I had NO children around, I finally did what I HATE most to do when surrounded by my angels.

I went shopping.

What an experience! I forgot what it was like to browse in stores and came back home a new woman. Especially as I discovered the LUSH vegan handmade lotions. What a godsend! No dairy or egg! Safe for Ninja Girl, as long as there are no nut ingredients. Most of you are probably scratching your head, wondering what on earth I'm writing about.

Did you know many beauty products (soaps, shampoos/conditioners, lotions, makeup, etc.) contain some derivative of milk, egg, or nuts? Label reading extends to all products that enter our household. It's an eye-opening experience--it's disappointing to walk away from all the shiny new potions that promise to make me much younger and improved to read all the chemical ingredients, in fine print, on things we eat or put on our skin. Do we really need to put things like 1,4-dioxane, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead and other heavy metals on our body? I don't think so.

It was a treat to read the LUSH product labels--most of the ingredients are natural organics and as for the synthetic ingredients, they are far less than what's in most labels. Made me so happy I treated my girls (and me) to a couple lovely potions. Now I can't stop smelling my hands, the scent is so wonderful. Ahhh!

But, I can write. Time to focus on some sensory details.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Time to reward your protagonist. Write a scene where your protagonist gets a break from the conflict and refuels before the next crisis hits. How comfortable is your protagonist with the treat? Still on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop? Or totally immersed in the good times? Happy Writing!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Day 5: Mapping Out Writing Time: Manageable Goals

Have you seen this interview--Kate DiCamillo on writing--by Jenny Brown of Twenty by Jenny? Kate shares her writing process with Jenny and it made me feel like I was on the right track. Newbery Medal winner Kate DiCamillo writes with "manageable, reachable goals" in mind--two pages a day!

Thanks to Mitali Perkins for finding this gem! And thank you, Jenny Brown of Twenty by Jenny for this inspiring interview!

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: There are times when your protagonist needs to create an action plan to reach their goal. Write a scene where your protagonist realizes a more organized method is required to make his/her plan work. What did your protagonist do before? What happened? ie: tried to get parents back together, tried to break mean girl up with boyfriend, escape from the dungeon.

Remember, this is going to be an AHA! moment. Beef up the conflict and let your protagonist suffer! It'll all come out right in the end, right?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Day 4: Mapping Out Writing Time: Empowerment

I've decided it's time to change Princess Rock Star's name, to send her some empowerment juju. It's time to conquer kindergarten. Going forward, she'll be Wonder Girl, named for her favorite super heroine, Wonder Woman.

Wonder Girl will be turning six this month. She wants a Wonder Woman theme party. Do you know how hard it is to find Wonder Woman theme party favors? Especially ones that parents of five-year-olds will think are appropriate? Why do female superheroes have to be so scantily clad and buxom?

Help! Any ideas would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: What empowers your protagonist? Write a scene where he/she is confronted by an ugly situation and handles it with ease. What is his/her reaction? Is this the first time your protagonist feels empowerment? Or is it pretty much routine? This can be an emotionally charged scene, so remember to increase conflict and emotion!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Day 3: Mapping Out Writing Time: Falling into Research or How I Became My Own Action Hero

Needless to say, drop off for kindergarten did not go well this morning. Princess Rock Star wasn't herself and wouldn't stop crying. It proved quite challenging to get her into the classroom. If not for the kindergarten fiasco, I think things would be quite different. However, I'll never know.

I love our school, especially the way they handle Ninja Girl's food allergies. I know the person meant well, but it didn't work for my child, and for that, I am so disappointed the woman couldn't figure it out. Thanks, Everyone, for your good wishes for Princess Rock Star. I am so grateful.

Of course, with all this excitement, I deviated a tiny bit from my writing plan. I still wrote, but the regularly scheduled program had to be interrupted for sanity's sake--I had to clean the house.

Let the chorus begin.

The windows needed some sparkle and since it was a beautiful day, I figured I'd tackle them. There's a bay window in my living room, measuring about six feet across. The windows pull out for easy cleaning, and as there were quite a few little fingerprints on them, they were my first project. Windex and paper towels in hand, I sprayed and wiped, and the inside windows soon gleamed.

The middle section gave me a little trouble. Every time I opened the bottom 3 1/2 foot-wide window, it slid back down. After pulling the window out, I discovered the right side pin was off the runner. An easy fix, I thought, and climbed up the window ledge to align everything back into proper position. After some fiddling, I figured out one side of the window needed to be lowered a few inches, to maneuver the pin from the other side back in place. What I failed to factor in was how heavy this double-paned, 1970's monstrosity would be, and why I, at 5'3", thought I'd be able to lift this 3 1/2 foot-wide window, keeping it mostly horizontal at thigh level, all by myself.

Everything fell into place. The pin slid in the runner, and I slowly lifted up the left side of the window to even things out. I'm so pleased at this point, ready to crow about my fix-it-skills to my husband, when the weight of the window became a bit much and snap! I stumbled, the window popped out, and both runners flew up the casing.

Did I mention I'm standing on a 1-foot-wide window ledge, 2 1/2 feet from the ground, gripping a 3 1/2 foot by 2 foot double paned, insulated enormous glass beast horizontal to the ground, in 78 degrees, with sun glaring in my eyes, crouched down so my head doesn't hit the fluorescent lighting panel, thirty minutes before I have to pick up Princess Rock Star from school, and I hate it when I can't fix things, especially when I have to explain what happened to my husband?

I know. I should have just stopped. But I had to continue. Especially since I realized I had an action scene in PB I needed to work on, and this gave me first hand experience to some of the physical challenges.

I knew how to get this to work, and I proceeded to line the pins up with the runners. Everything was going smoothly, when the window shifted too much on one side. I lost my balance and fell to the ground, knocking over a lamp, the window crashing with me.

Needless to say, a good superhero I would not make--no flying away for me. Perhaps a stunt double... But, I am lucky--escaping with a few bruises, scrapes, and some aches that are surfacing as the day goes on. As for the window, it didn't break, though a corner cracked open with about 2 inches of exposed glass. A deep gouge, now guarded by our sofa, decorates our wood floor. And the lamp shade is useless, torn and crinkled, but the lightbulb remained intact.

Our handyman told me later, looking at the window and then back at me--in shock? dismay? speechlessness? respect?--I am one lucky person--people have died from this type of thing, from this particular manufactured window, since it is so heavy. Gulp.

And for those who are curious, he fixed the window in ten minutes flat.

Two good things came from this.

One: The first thing my husband said when I called him in a panic, "Are you okay?"

Two: This escapade proved to be incredible research for a particular scene in PB.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Research is an important key to making your scenes believable. Conduct some research, ie: research via the Internet or go to the library and hunt for books pertinent to your subject, sit in the park and observe mannerisms of people around you, go to the museum to look at artifacts, listen to how teens talk, learn how to do things your protagonist loves to do, interview experts, make something happen, etc.

Layer in the details into your scene (be sure to touch on the 5 senses) and watch your work come to life.

Happy Writing!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Day 2: Mapping Out Writing Time: I Don't Want To Blues

Spy Girl and Ninja Girl had a great first day of school yesterday. They're happy about their teachers, thrilled to see their friends, and ready to get to the learning.

Of course there is always one who needs to be different...Princess Rock Star. Her first day of school was today. When she woke up this morning, she claimed illness, but quickly revived to play an early round of tennis before school. My husband brought Princess Rock Star to her class--we figured there would be less meltdown possibilities with him in charge...

However, we didn't count on the UNKNOWN.

About ten minutes later, Husband called me up, his voice strained. Things didn't go so well. When he brought Princess Rock Star into the building, someone greeted them, and then a woman swooped out of nowhere, behind the greeter, and before anyone could see who it was, she grabbed Princess Rock Star's hand and said she'd bring her to the classroom.

Princess Rock Star freaked.

Husband had no idea who this woman was, didn't understand why she didn't identify herself first, and he tried to calm down Princess Rock Star--the woman still clutching her hand. He helped bring Princess Rock Star into the classroom, where the woman proceeded to pry Husband's and Princess Rock Star's hands apart. Princess Rock Star cried more. At that point, Husband asked woman to leave them alone and let Princess Rock Star compose herself. Princess Rock Star calmed down, once she realized the woman gave her space, asked for a tissue, wiped her eyes and nose, kissed Daddy, and then walked into the morning circle and sat down.

It turns out, when I picked Princess Rock Star up after school, she was all smiles. Her school day turned out okay after all.

BUT, she's not looking forward to returning in the morning and seeing the woman...it made quite an impression on her. Princess Rock Star had a meltdown this evening, asking if I would stay outside her classroom the whole time tomorrow. She wants her own personal guard.

I wish Princess Rock Star had good memories of her first day of school, but this one is going to scar her for awhile.

How's that for the modern way of separating child from parent on the first day of school?

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Sometimes we just have to do things we don't want to do. Write a scene where your reluctant protagonist is faced with agonizing torture, but must go through it, ie: school, dentist/doctor appointment, promised best friend something, clique pressures, save the kingdom, etc. What's the outcome? Remember, conflict and emotion is key!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Day 1: Mapping Out Writing Time: First Day Jitters

Today was tough. I broke down. As much as I couldn't wait for the girls to go to school today, I also didn't want to let them go. You know the parent who you roll your eyes at--the one carrying a camera and running after their child, to give one extra hug, as they enter the school? Yeah. That would be me.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: In honor of the first day of school -- Write a scene about your protagonist's first day jitters, ie: first day of school, first date, first kiss, first day of job, first day of babysitting, etc. Remember to up the tension!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Mapping Out Writing Time: The Early Bird Gets the Worm

So, rather than start my 30 day writing spree tomorrow, when the kids start school, I thought I'd start today.

Remember the deal? 2 hours of straight writing time (though I'll also include book-related research, NO Internet research) on school days, for 30 days, no time wasting allowed.

I am a horrible sleeper, so I started writing at 5 am. Problem was, I couldn't help it. I checked my e-mail, in case some incredible news migrated over in the middle of the night, which led to reading a few blogs and suddenly, 30 minutes disappeared. *Slaps forehead.*

Good thing I started my practice run today.

Make today count.

Write-a-Scene Writing Prompt: Write a scene where your character benefits (or on the flip side, is punished) for being early...

readergirlz: September is All About Triumph!

I'm pleased to share this great news from readergirlz!

We are facing the new school year with Triumph at rgz! We are happy to announce our very first Author in Residence, Beth Kephart. This critically acclaimed, gracious writer will be on the rgz team through December. Check out her mini-issue at the rgz website. Watch our blog for Beth’s monthly vlog entries about writing, which will include contests! Come welcome this author of HOUSE OF DANCE, UNDERCOVER, and NOTHING BUT GHOSTS!

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rgz welcomes Kristin Cashore!
In September we are honored to host Kristin Cashore as our featured author. We’ll discuss her engaging fantasy, GRACELING. You can talk about related topics all month at the rgz blog. rgz LIVE! with Kristin will be held there on September 16th at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern. Join our celebration of Katsa and her amazing journey.

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Snatch up the postergirlz recommended reads to accompany Graceling:

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Princess Ben by Catherine Murdock
The Attolia books by Meghan Whalen Turner
The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley
Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
In Their Shoes: Extraordinary Women Describe Their Amazing Careers by Deborah Reber and Lisa Fyfe

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Teen Read Week Tribute!
Do you love YALSA's Teen Read Week? Let it out at your blog through a post or vlog, then send the link to readergirlz@gmail.com. Subject line: Your name, TRW Tribute. We’ll collect all the contributions and post them at the rgz blog in a 24 hour time span. Tell us about your recent release, or a book you love dearly, and then give a shout out for Teen Read Week. The tribute will run October 23!

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rgz Launch Party with Janet Lee Carey!
Join the STEALING DEATH Launch Party with rgz co-founder, Janet Lee Carey on Wednesday, September 30, at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern! We’ll be chatting about her new fantasy release with Egmont and that received a starred review in SLJ. Congrats, Janet! We heart you!

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Give a welcome to our newest rgz SALON appointment: Lyn Miller-Lachmann, editor of MultiCultural Review and author of GRINGOLANDIA. She’ll be bringing reviews of multicultural titles to the rgz blog. Thanks, Lyn! Nancy Pearl, Sharon Levin, Judy Nelson, and Rene Kirkpatrick will enjoy the company, I’m sure.

As always, if you have any suggestions for our award winning online book community, contact us at divas@readergirlz.com.

Thanks for joining us as we read, reflect, and reach out!

Best in books,
the readergirlz divas~

Lorie Ann Grover, Hold Me Tight
Dia Calhoun, Avielle of Rhia
Holly Cupala, Tell Me A Secret (2010)
Justina Chen Headley, North of Beautiful
Melissa Walker, Lovestruck Summer

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