Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kelly Polark-ing

Did you watch the Oscars? Angelina's right leg stole the show. Forget Tebowing. Now the new thing is Angelina Jolie'ing. See here for the goofiness. Plus her right leg is ending up in some crazy places (see here on E!online).

So, I'm going to start a new craze. Kelly Polark-ing which will be so much cooler than planking. What would be something that Kelly Polark would do? Tell me in the comments, and I'll pick a pose to start our own photo sensation! Because we should all take ourselves seriously, right? I'm sure it wasn't Angelina's intention to be mocked the following week. But any publicity is good publicity!

While I've got your attention I want to give a few shout outs to some worthy authors.
PhotobucketCongrats to sci-fi writer Alex Cavanaugh! His CASSAFIRE book release was yesterday! This King of Bloggers has a blog
tour that runs from February 27 through March 9. Anyone who comments on his blog posts during this time will be eligible to win a special package from his publisher: copy of CassaFire and CassaStar, a large tote bag, and a mug. Feel free to
spread the word about his out of this world news. Don't forget to use his Twitter hashtag #CatchFire.
PhotobucketAlso, congrats to Rena Jones on the release of her third Critter series picture book. Check out PONY STRINGS AND CRITTER THINGS here !
Now strike a pose, people, and have a great day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Winner! Winner! Cold Cereal Dinner!

Thanks to all of you who entered my COLD CEREAL contest! I loved hearing all of your favorite breakfast choices.
Out of all the favorite cereals listed in the comments, Lucky Charms had the most votes (which is my favorite, but I only eat it a few times a year). Coincidentally, the next book in the Cold Cereal trilogy is titled Unlucky Charms!
Now let's get to the winner. I gave everyone a number, and picked Nicole Zoltack's number! Congrats, Nicole! Email me your address, and I will send some Cold Cereal your way.
For those of you who didn't win, I'd be happy to send you a spoonful of cooked oatmeal in an envelope. I'm nice like that.
Listen to Adam Rex read a bit of Cold Cereal. (Note: The chapter is slightly interrupted in the middle as I spliced two video segments into one.) ENJOY!
Have a fabulous weekend, everyone! MWAH!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cold Cereal Giveaway!

No, not Lucky Charms! No, not Special K! It's an awesome, amazing book giveaway!
Last week I was fortunate enough to attend a booksigning at Anderson's Bookstore for Adam Rex's newest middle grade release, Cold Cereal. I've loved Adam's work since I read Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich. Rex writes and illustrates picture books, middle grade, AND young adult, all of which I've read and loved. His wit that shines in his writing was clearly evident at the book signing. He answered funny questions by kids with clever retorts, and the audience enjoyed his reading of a chapter peppered with an Irish accent (you'll see why he needed it when you read the book). Yep, I'm a huge fan of his. HUGE.
So, I was pretty excited to be able to attend the booksigning and finally meet the man.
Here's a pic of a drawing he did at the event. He asked kids to tell him names of animals and he did a cool mashup. A young fan named this a "bearger."
And here's the author and me before I sort of forced a hug on him. You think I'm joking don't you.
Lastly, for Marvelous Middle Grade Monday I have a signed book of Cold Cereal to give away to YOU! All you need to do is be a follower and tell me your favorite kind of cereal in the comments. That is it. Contest closes at 9pm central time on Wednesday!
So, what's your favorite kind of cereal?

Friday, February 10, 2012

I'll Tumble for Ya Blogfest

Ahhhh, the eighties. Good times. Like totally a fer sure awesome time to grow up. The purpose of today's blogfest is to meet new friends and show off the babes that adorned your walls in the eighties. Don't spaz. Just read on.

I was boy crazy in the eighties. Boy. Crazy.
And this boy had my heart.
Ponyboy Curtis. And C. Thomas Howell. Ponyboy is still my favorite literary character of all time. And Tommy Howell's photo is still on my bedroom wall (okay, maybe not, but his avatar is frequently on my computer screen. I follow him on Twitter! He's a hoot and a holler!).

This musician had my eardrums.
Ahhh, John Taylor of Duran Duran. Even though I'm a rocker girl now, I still go see Duran Duran in concert. I'm No-No-Notorious for that.

But then my pop loving eardrums turned to rock 'n' roll. And this guy was on my bedroom door in the late eighties. Remember the band Winger? Yes, Kip Winger. Don't judge me. I was only seventeen. Seventeeeeeen.

Lucky for me, two/three of my 80's babes have tweeted me their fave reads for my Book Recs of the Rock and Famous site. Read John Taylor's book recommendation's HERE and Tommy Howell's faves HERE. Listen here, Kip. I'll be askin' for your picks next.

Check out more hotties from the 80's at the blogfest list at Nicki's blog!
Who is your 80's babe?