Friday, April 26, 2013


So I have this little side business where I make teacher/reader guides for authors (check out the information on my website if you're interested).  I was ecstatic when Mindy McGinnis wanted me to make a guide for her book NOT A DROP TO DRINK, because I was dying to read it.

Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn't leave at all.

Confident in her own abilities, Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. Having a life means dedicating it to survival, and the constant work of gathering wood and water. Having a pond requires the fortitude to protect it, something Mother taught her well during their quiet hours on the rooftop, rifles in hand.

But wisps of smoke on the horizon mean one thing: strangers. The mysterious footprints by the pond, nighttime threats, and gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won’t stop until they get it….

You guys!!!  This book is so so good!  It's dystopian, but felt different than the others I've read, because the world that McGinnis creates feels so realistic.  The events seem like they could really happen, which makes it all the more scary.

The guide for this book is created, which means I want to find a new home for the ARC.  What do you say?  How about a contest?  All you have to do is enter below and help spread the word.  Good luck!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Blitz

On Saturday The Lucky 13s came together and did a Book Blitz. People on Twitter tweeted us page numbers, and we tweeted out one line from that page. It was a lot of fun, and I loved seeing the lines from some great books that are coming out in 2013! We were even the number one trending hashtag...woo-hoo!

These are the lines I tweeted from CANARY. Which is your favorite?

10: We had been moving through life avoiding conversations about her.

171: I tried to focus on Jack, on being with him and my friends and the fact that I was supposed to be having fun. 

11: We're not his family, his team is. 

223: A quick crack of his words and we were no longer together. 

94: My guess is Jack and the rest of the team would be warming the bench if their actual schoolwork decided playing time.

93: Jack needs help with his history assignment that's due tomorrow.

220: Jack doesn't even try to understand what happened that night at his party.

5: You promised we didn't have to leave our old school.

155: You're going to get killed.

34: If you asked me to pinpoint the moment the breaking happened, I'd say that was the point where I lost Dad. 

First page (and first line!): Your dad will leave you when you are twelve.

46: We tried to be a family.

99: Beacon had given back something that was missing in my life. 

34: He became basketball, and to me, to Brett, he became lost.

56: "Okay, just in case," I promised, but I knew I could take care of myself.

59: Find something to do besides stalking your little sis.

77: What doesn't make sense is why you can just walk back onto the court and Coach makes you a starter.

186: She only goes to our school because her mom teachers math, otherwise, she wouldn't be able to afford Beacon.

97: There is a thin line between everything and nothing.

50: The day after Mom died, I started swimming laps to survive.  

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Click, Clack

Yesterday my hubs, mom, and I went on a road trip to Columbus, Ohio to pick up the newest addition to my office.  This beauty belonged to my great aunt and uncle and now resides on the corner of my desk.

It's in mint condition and came with a bunch of ribbon, so now I can clack away all I want.  It's from the 1940's and is the same brand Hemmingway used (which sits in his house in Key West waiting for him to use it again).