Thank you!

Thank you for all the support you've given the Climbing Rose Young Adult line of The Wild Rose Press. Our stories are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active. We thank you again for the time you spent with us and invite you to visit our Climbing Rose bookstore.

Thursday Link Up - New Year's Edition

What's going on in the YA Blogosphere this last day of 2009? Well, lots of Best of... lists as you might imagine.

Zoe of Zoe's Book Reviews has a list of her 10 Favorite Blogs of 2009 (and a cool new layout, too).

Natalie at Mindful Musings wrapped up her Reader's Choice week with a Top 10 Book-to-Movie Adaptations list--check it out to see if your favorite made the cut.

Prophecy Girl at Wondrous Reads has posted a list of her 10 favorite book covers of the year. It's a good list, although I'm biased toward the covers in our store :)

But hey, if you're still in a Christmas/gift-giving (or gift-recieving) frame of mind, check out Contest: Stitch Style Mittens from Haleyknitz at the Life (and Lies) of an Inanimate Flying Object:

I have decided to do something kind of special: I’m giving away a pair of hand-knit mittens or gloves!

And if you're not into noisy New Year's Eve parties, how about a cosy readathon? Bookworming in the 21st Century is hosting a New Year Read-a-Thon and a Reading into the New Year event:

So, to start off. My goal is to read at least 24 hours. I'm going to see what books I get through closer to the date and then post about the pile of books I want to get through.

Sounds like fun, doesn't it? However you decide to spend tonight, though, I hope you have a fabulous (and SAFE) New Year's Eve--and a wonderful 2010!

eBook Wednesday - House of Wacks

So you got an e-reader for Christmas--or if you're like one lucky reader I know of, you got your choice of e-readers for Christmas--and you're looking for books to download. Look no further than the Climbing Rose eBook Store.

There you'll find fun titles like House of Wacks by Denise Gwen.

BLURB: Little did Jordan Meadows realize, when Dad insisted she get a job, it would turn out to be such an amazing summer! Who would have guessed that all her eyebrow, bikini, and leg waxes at Tranquility Spa would pay off as job experience? Working behind the scenes on the set of House of Wax IX: Return of the Revengenator, she becomes the go-to girl for paraffin wax. Then she meets Keith Charles, a band nerd from her high school. Between draping his freckled arms with wax and making sure he looks extra clotty, she’s stunned to find herself falling in love with someone outside her own clique. As filming and the summer draw to a close, she’s a changed girl, for sure. She's made friends with people she never would have associated with at North High School, but what about her friends, the awesome foursome? Should she break up with Keith, since he’s not a member of her exclusive, inner circle? Or is it time to branch out and make new friends?

Here's an excerpt:

“Come here, young man,” Rexie said, “and take a seat. You’re our first victim.”

“Victim, huh?”

Rexie chuckled. “Don’t tell me you’re not gonna enjoy it! Two women massaging white goop all over your body?”

Nerd Boy smiled. “Two gorgeous women.”

Rexie threw her head back and roared with laughter. “Wow, kiddo, you are a charmer! I’ll bet you have the girls fighting over you.”

“Um, no, not really,” Nerd Boy stammered.

“Huh,” Rexie said. “If I were a girl your age—” She massaged a generous portion of the white paste onto Nerd Boy’s face until it covered every single freckle.

He looked so strange now, without his freckles. But there was no mistaking that shock of bright red hair.

“Why don’t you finish his hands for me, Jordan, while I see what Burt’s up to?” Rexie set off to supervise Burt as he placed the paraffin wax blocks into the trays for warming.

Jordan scooted her chair closer to him, then dipped her fingers into the mixture of cornstarch, baby powder, and some sticky substance that made the powdery bits cling to the skin. She got her fingers good and chalky, then reached forward to gingerly dab it on his hand.

In a quiet voice, he said, “I see you at school a lot.”

“I know. I see you, too.”

“How come you never say hi?”

Jordan stopped, abashed. “Um, I don’t know.”

Actually, Jordan did know. She was popular. And she had a circle of friends—the awesome foursome—and nobody broached that inner circle. Including cute red-haired boys like Keith here. Perhaps it was time to broaden that inner circle.

Sounds pretty fun, right? Download your copy today!

Twitter Tuesday - Blue Moon Edition

When you're making your New Year's Eve plans, make sure to include a little sky-gazing. There will be a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve--which is a second full moon in a calendar month. It usually occurs every two-and-a-half years or so, but a Blue Moon on New Year's Eve is even rarer--that only happens every twenty years or so.

And to keep up with all the latest New Year's news, try searching Twitter hashtags #BlueMoon, #NewYearsEve, #NYE2009, or #NYEParty.

And for those great New Year's Eve photos, try the new service from Flickr called Flickr2Twitter that allows you to tweet your Flickr photos and tweet any photo you e-mail from your mobile device. Cool!

Cool Stuff for Monday

Still suffering from post-holiday malaise today--and gearing up for the big holiday yet-to-come--so just a few quick links:

The Story Siren has a compilation of her very informative posts about book blogging. If you're a blogger--or thinking of becoming one--check out her Blog Advice post.

Online College has a list of the 100 Best Blogs for Book Reviews--check it out to see if your favorites are listed.

And check out Mindful Musings list of the Top Ten Blogs of 2009--voted on by readers. Check it out to discover (or re-discover) some fabulous blogs.

Enjoy your Monday--hope there's not too much snow where you are!

Five on Friday - Pamela Woods-Jackson Edition

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Today on Five on Friday (Special Holiday Edition!) we're chatting with Pamela Woods-Jackson, author of the upcoming Climbing Rose release Confessions of a Teenage Psychic.

Thanks for stopping in, Pamela! Here are your five questions:

When you wake up, what is the first thing you think?

Did the automatic timer on the coffee pot go off? Is my morning's inspiration waiting in the kitchen?

Do you believe in extraterrestrials?

Yes, because it would be a terrible waste of space if we were the only ones in the Universe.

What's your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show?

General Hospital.

Who would you cast to play you in a movie?

Valerie Bertinelli. She's looking good these days!

What are you listening to right now?


Thanks so much, Pamela! I know everybody will love Confessions of a Teenage Psychic! Here's a sneak peak:

Caryn Alderson just wants to be a normal teenager. Moving from Houston to Indianapolis and trying to make new friends is hard enough, but when she meets Quince Adams, Rosslyn High School’s star athlete, she wants more than friendship. Unfortunately, two obstacles stand in her way: Quince's girlfriend, cheerleader Kensington Marlow, and Caryn's Uncle Omar. So what’s the problem? Kensington’s cheating on Quince, and Uncle Omar died in Vietnam at age 20!

Imagine hearing voices, seeing spirits no one else can see, and knowing things about people they never told you. No wonder Quince and all her new friends think she’s weird! Then, just when Caryn thinks her psychic abilities are under wraps, her friend Megan blurts out the truth on television. Can Caryn finally admit her secret and just be herself? Does she really have a choice?

Have a wonderful Christmas, everybody!

Three random things ONE day before Christmas

Who's still shopping? Confess--you are, aren't you? OK, maybe it's just me--but here's an emergency last-minute gift idea list from the Gadget Examiner if you're really desperate. And some of the items don't even require you to leave the house. Cool!

Looking for a fun craft-y activity for kids? Check out Rice Krispies' website for fun Christmas recipes including frosted snowmen and giant candy canes. And they're all made out of Rice Krispies treats which is never a bad thing!

And check out Climbing Rose author Linda Kage's blog for a fun Mad Lib Christmas and a Christmas Trivia Quiz.

Happy Christmas Eve, everybody!

Three random things two days before Christmas

First, and most fabulously, the Princess Bookie is Waiting-on-Wednesday for...The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage! We hope you're waiting for it too because it will be SO worth the wait! Here's the blurb:

Sixteen year old, Carrie Paxton, isn't the most popular girl in her small town of Stillburrow. But that's never concerned her before. Her life revolves around her writing, and she loves her job as the student editor of the school paper.

But when she gets assigned to interview the football team's beloved quarterback, she takes one look into Luke Carter's blue eyes and is a goner. Suddenly, she doesn't like her lowly rank so much. Then her dreamy, popular crush surprises her when he starts to act as if he likes her in return. But there's no way Luke Carter could possibly ever like a nobody like Carrie Paxton. Is there?

The Stillburrow Crush releases February 26, 2010!

Second random thing: Royal Reviews is hosting an eBook reading challenge for 2010--and you know how much we love eBooks here at Climbing Rose! Anyone can participate and there are four levels to the challenge. Check out the details here then click over to the Climbing Rose eBook store to start loading up on fab books to read!

Third random thing: Bookalicious has a top fifteen list for YA books released in 2010. Check it out and see how well it matches your own.

Merry almost-Christmas, everyone!

Great Reviews and Serendipity

I love it when I find great reviews for Climbing Rose titles that I wasn't expecting to find. It's serendipitous! (And yes, I love that word and look for excuses to use it! :)

Here's a great review for Poor Me by Dara and Raina Edmondson by Aurora Reviews:

In this touching and real-to-life story, Jessie’s struggles within herself and in her relationships touch on the things that all teens are faced with, whether they’re rich, poor, or stuck somewhere in the middle. Poor Me is beautifully written and styled in a way that is appealing to both younger readers as well as adults. And, in the end, she learns one of life’s most important lessons – one that will stick with the reader long after they’ve finished the book.

How fabulous is that? No more fabulous than Poor Me deserves, of course. Pick up your copy in our eBook store today!

And how about this five-star review from Between the Lines for When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak:

The author manages the forbidden attraction between the two protagonists with sensitivity but also realism and the story has a poignancy and sensuality that makes it top notch. The cast of supporting characters is strong and the writing has clarity and sparkle and I can't wait to read other books by this author. Overall, When Mike Kissed Emma is a must- whatever your age. Get out there and treat yourself for Christmas!

Couldn't have said it better myself! Order your copy from our Climbing Rose store.

Best of 2009

It's almost the end of the year which means bloggers--and everyone else--are making their "Best of" lists. Sharon at Sharon Loves Books and Cats is posting her pick for the three best and worst Young Adult books of 2009. Check out this post for her number three pick for each list.

And still working on completing that Christmas list? Check out this list for Amazon's most popular books of the year. And of course, check out the Climbing Rose store for that YA reader on your list!

Happy shopping!

Five on Friday - Bianca of Wicked Good Books Edition

It's Friday, which means it's time for Five on Friday where we ask perfectly nice people to answer our crazy questions. :) Today, we're chatting with Bianca of Wicked Good Books.

Hi, Bianca! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am wicked terrible at describing myself, but I'll give it a go. I'm just a 15 year old girl from Kansas City, MO who has high hopes of moving to Boston after I graduate. I play Tetris online and I am pretty fond of beating my time and one day I will be on the record board! I love watching baseball, especially the KC Royals and Boston Red Sox. I love theatre, writing, blogging and reading (obviously.) I'm on my school's cross country, swimming, and soccer team. I really, really loathe math. I'm not too fond of AP US History either!

Wow! I'm worn out just reading all the stuff you do, Bianca! Good for you! Are you ready for your five questions? Here goes:

1. What is something you wish you were better at?

I wish I was better at singing. I cannot sing for the life of me. I can sure try, but it won't be too pretty. I am completely envious of those who can, especially Broadway singers! What I wouldn't give to have a voice like theirs.....

2. What’s your favorite movie of all time? Why?

Goodfellas. I could go on and on why this is my favorite movie. Basically not only is it directed by Martin Scorsese, but there are fabulous actors in it like Ray Liotta and Robert De Niro. I can quote that movie like you couldn't believe. It's a must see, especially if you like mafia movies. My other top 3 movies are: Say Anything, The Sandlot, and My Girl.

3. What is the last movie you saw in a theater? Was it good?

I saw NEW MOON with one of my best friends. I enjoyed it and thought it was a lot better than Twilight. I've read the books and New Moon is my favorite out of the series. *ahem* Team Jacob. I was seriously drooling over that boy and his 8 pack. ;)

4. When is the last time you ran? Why?

I believe the last time I ran for more than a couple of minutes (instead of just running to class between the bells and whatnot) was October 20th, 2009. Yes, that is the exact date. I know this because, I always keep track of my running/other sports I do. That was the day right after I ran in my last cross country meet of the season. I was at cross-country practice and I can't remember what I did, I think it was like 3-4 miles that day. Cross country season wasn't over at the time, but the next day I wasn't feeling well at all and we didn't have school Thursday or Friday. Well, there was practice on Friday morning, but by that time I had gotten the flu. Next week was districts but only the senior and junior on the team were the only ones that were trying to qualify for State, so the rest of us (only 3 people) XC was over. Next year I am going to be a beast at cross country. Even if it kills me!

5. What is the last play you saw?

I LOVE THEATRE. I'm actually apart of this program for HS students to go and review other plays/musicals at other high schools in the city. The last play, actually it was a musical, that I went was AIDA. I was already a fan of the show before I went to the HS so I was eager to watch them perform it! I also got these pretty cool AIDA magnets.

Bianca, you are one impressive young woman! Good luck with all your fabulous activities and thanks so much for hanging out with us! I know everyone will want to check out your Wicked Good Books blog.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday Link Up

What's going on in the YA blogosphere this week? How about a great review for House of Wacks by Denise Gwen? Here's what they had to say over at Between the Lines:

Denise Gwen has created memorable characters in this coming of age tale...This is a great story.

Linda Kage, author of the upcoming Climbing Rose release The Stillburrow Crush has a fun Christmas trivia quiz:

What is dressed in "holiday style" in the song, "Silver Bells"?
~ Streets
~ Store Windows
~ Sidewalks
~ Train Station

Click over to check your holiday in-the-knowness. And also check out the fabulous BookMac blog where The Stillburrow Crush was WOW'd! Yay!

Not done gift shopping yet? Check out The Book Connection where Cheryl has a list, by category, of recommended titles for the year:

If you're still looking for great gifts to put under the tree, here is my list of recommended titles for 2009. This is based upon the 118 books I've reviewed so far this year, though many more books and authors were featured at The Book Connection.

Awesome list! But don't forget the Climbing Rose store for a great selection of YA titles! :)

And finally, if you're feeling crafty this holiday season, check out the free eBook Quick and Easy Christmas Crafts from FaveCrafts for some great ideas.

eBook Wednesday - Love at First Flight by Beth Shriver

We love eBooks and eBook readers here at Climbing Rose, and every Wednesday we like to highlight one of the fabulous eBooks in our catalog. Today, because the temperature is in the teens where I am (brrrr!), I'm dreaming of sun-drenched Mexican beaches and sinking my toes in warm sands. Mmmm! Which means reading Love at First Flight by Beth Shriver.

Here's the blurb:
Neely’s family trip to Mexico starts out as one last hurrah before college. She’s determined to make this her trip, in spite of the fact that her parents are celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary and that her sister is back from college. But her trip turns into love at first sight with a young man who is attracted to Neely’s old-fashioned sentimentalism and love for the disadvantaged people of his country.

Another guy, desperate for her attention, is stalking her. At first it seems innocent, but his stunts become more serious, even dangerous at times. The worst incident changes her fear into courage, and she is forced to take action. Now that Neely has had the trip of her life, she must leave the beautiful beaches of Mexico, a guy she’ll never forget, and impoverished people that she’s determined to help. How can she leave this all behind?

And here's a fabulous booktrailer:

Now if that doesn't have you feeling better about winter, I don't know what will! Download your copy here and enjoy, everybody!

Tweeting on Tuesday - Holiday Edition

It's amazing who you can find on Twitter. Here's a few interesting holiday season tweeters:

First up, Santa Claus (with 10,000 followers no less) @SantaClaus tweets about his day and uses hashtag #NPU (North Pole Updates, of course!)

Feeling crafty? Join the scrapbookers at ACOT Scrapbooking @ACherryOnTop for lots of inspirational ideas.

Looking for holiday baking ideas? Follow Cristie Mabey @thetablerunner for inspirational food ideas.

And finally, looking to jazz up your Twitter background? Check out Twilk. They'll make a composite background of all the photos of people you follow. Pretty cool! Check out a sample here.

Happy tweeting!

Cool Stuff for Monday

'Tis the season of giving and lots of book bloggers are having awesome events and giveaways. Here's a quick round-up:

Faye at Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm is having a "Win a Box of Books" contest - see what's in the box and sign up to win here.

The 12 Blogs of Christmas started on Saturday. Check out the blog to find out who's hosting each day - or check out today's blog, Library Lounge Lizard here.

Reverie Book Reviews has a fabulous contest for a great cause - helping a community build a library. Read about Michelle the Book Angel here and read all about Reverie's contest to help her cause here.

And if you're looking for a great stocking stuffer for that YA lover on your list, be sure and check out the Climbing Rose store!

Five on Friday - Inside an Igloo Edition

It's Friday, which means it's time for Five on Friday. Today, we're chatting with Sarah of Book Reviews from Inside an Igloo. But I'll let her tell you about herself:

I am a 20 year old Canadian University student who loves to read! I love any type of genre, but I am especially geared towards supernatural and fantasy, but I won’t turn down a good book and love reading anything. Book Reviews from inside an Igloo is a YA book blog that focuses on all genres of YA books, there will also be contests eventually, and more. I like to involve my personality in all my reviews so their all as unique as possible! Readers can expect reviews on all of their favorite YA books, as well as reviews on books that are less popular but equally as great, all with an added little Canadian-spunk thrown in there.

Sounds like a great blog, doesn't it? If you're ready, Sarah, here are your five questions!

1. If you had three wishes, what would you wish for?

1. for the third Hunger Games book to come out faster!
2. personal starlbucks brewer in my house
3. car that could fly, Harry Potter style

2. What's your earliest childhood memory?

I swear I can remember being born....but apparently that’s not possible..

3. What country do you most want to visit? Why?

Rome, because I think it will be the saddest situation if I graduate with a honors degree in classics, and have actually never been to the country I spend 4 years and thousands of dollars studying. How pathetic will that be? And also the states, I live 2 hours away, have been on the bridge halfway, but have never being on U.S.A soil.

4. What’s your favorite movie of all time? Why?

Titanic. Why? Leonardo DiCaprio need I say more?

5. What is something most people don't know about you?

I actually don’t have a tear duct in my right eye, so it waters endlessly. I think I’m pretty stealth at wiping it away but if people see it I just tell them I am really sensitive.

Thanks so much for chatting with us, Sarah. I love your sense of humor and I know everyone will want to check out your great blog! Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday Link Up

So what's going on in the blogosphere this week?

Here's a cool site I just discovered

Booksie's goal is to provide writers with an easy way to publish and promote their work and to provide readers with access to the best creative writing on the Web, organized and catalogued for easy browsing.

Not only can writers post their work, but readers can act as editors, deciding which works are featured, and interact with their favorite writers.

And speaking of cool bookish sites, have you discovered Book Drum? At Book Drum they bring books to life with videos, images, music, maps and other riches of the Internet.

Book Drum’s mission is to bring great books to life by going beyond the page. As a first step, we’re building Profiles for more than 500 classic fiction and non-fiction titles.

They're also looking for writers and editors to help them do it and running a tournament to find them. Read all about it here.

Over at Creating Discussion, they've got a great set of interviews with several YA book bloggers about what they look for in a book and what they think is important to teens in books today. Fascinating stuff, so check it out.

And finally, The Page Flipper is starting a new feature called Author Review. She's looking for authors to write reviews of their favorite works. Great idea!

eBook Wednesday - Moonlight Dancer edition

We love eBooks and eBook readers here at Climbing Rose and every Wednesday we love to highlight one of the fabulous eBooks in our collection.

Today, we're highlighting Moonlight Dancer by Mona Ingram, a finalist in the YA category of last year's Epic Awards for excellence in electronic publishing. (Pretty cool!)

Here's the blurb:

Charlie Mitchell has always been able to hear lingering whispers of long-ago conversations. In her aunt’s farmhouse in Saskatchewan, her unusual abilities draw her into a heartbreaking romance that took place many years ago. In the town dance hall, Charlie meets Harm, the ghost of a ranch hand from the past. Harm comes to the hall every time there is a full moon to see the ghost of the woman he was to marry—but she can’t see him.

Charlie finds romance of her own with Kyle from next door, and she tells him about meeting Harm. A practical rancher, Kyle cannot accept the presence of a ghost. His reaction to her abilities leaves Charlie no choice but to help Harm find his true love without Kyle’s help.

Join Charlie and Kyle as their relationship swings from the highs of new love to the dark despair of shattered dreams.

And here's an excerpt:

A prickle of awareness crept up the back of Charlie’s neck. With every mile of prairie that rolled past, the sensation had been strengthening. She leaned her forehead against the bus window, grasping vainly at the vague impressions hovering around the fringes of her mind. But for the moment at least, they were too elusive.

It was happening again, Charlie was sure of it. This unusual gift had been with her most of her life, but in the past few years the episodes had become more focused. The first time she’d found herself totally immersed in the past it frightened her. She tried to explain it to her best friend, but Ally had given her an odd look, so Charlie turned it into a joke. But the ability to look into the past, to sense people’s feelings, was no joke.

Charlie pressed her fingers to her temple and gazed out the bus window. Ever since her mother had come perilously close to having a nervous breakdown, she’d been slightly off balance. She gave her head a quick shake. This wasn’t some delayed reaction to her mom’s meltdown. Something or someone from the past was reaching out to her. For now the images were distorted and wavy—like looking through an old pane of glass. But they would become clear soon enough. Her skin tingled with anticipation.

Sounds pretty good, huh? Download your copy in our Climbing Rose eBook store today.

Tweeting on Tuesday - twyric

How cool is this site? It's called twyric and it bills itself as the poetic side of Twitter. It's an experiment that searches for poetic tweets and then pairs them with photos from flickr in real time.

The site grabs all tweets with the hashtags #haiku, #twyric, #twyly, #poetry, etc., and using the tweet's keywords, matches it with a photo from flickr. It's almost hypnotic to read (and you can even get a screensaver of it).

Feeling lyrical? Want to contribute? Just post your tweets with one of the hashtags twyric searches for. Since it's a real time search, older tweets might not be found but current ones will be. Read more about the process here.

And here's a YA book blogger whose tweets you should be following: Mindful Musings (@mindfulmusings). Her Mindful Musings blog is pretty cool, too :)

Cool Stuff for Monday - 2010 Debut Author Linda Kage

We are counting down the days to the 2010 Debut of Climbing Rose author Linda Kage. Her novel, The Stillburrow Crush, is destined to be on your 2010 Top Ten List (not that we're prejudiced or anything!) Read the blurb and watch the book trailer on our Coming Soon page but in the meantime, Steal this widget!

Click "share" at the bottom of the widget to copy it, or head to this web page to copy it to your site! And don't forget to add The Stillburrow Crush to your 2010 Debut Author reading list.

Five on Friday - Lindsay Frost Edition

It's Friday! That means it's time for Five on Friday. Today our, interviewee is Lindsay Frost of Crazy Books & Reviews.

She's a YA book blogger who, of course, loves books...but I'll let her tell you about herself!
My name is Lindsay. I am a sixteen year old girl who LOVES to read and read and READ!!

See, I told you she loved books :) So, here we go, Linday, five random questions!

1. Name four things you always have with you.

The four things that I always have is book, book, book, and more books.(If you don't believe me, just ask my sisters, they will tell you how I always have soooo many books with me that they can't count it all.)

2. What food can you absolutely not stand to eat?

I......CAN.....NOT...STAND......EGGS!!! When I was younger, my FAVORITE food used to be eggs but then one day, I got sick and....well, let just say that I hate eggs now. :D

3. What's the worst advice you've ever taken?

The worst advice I have ever taken was when I was 11 and my sister was 9 and she told me that I could fly and that in order to, I had to jump off the stairway and................I...jumped. (Don't worry, I didn't hurt myself jumping off the stairway but everyone, let's not do that, ok?) :D

4. What is something most people don't know about you?

Most people don't know that I was born deaf, my friends even forget that I was born deaf because I can talk like them. (I have a "thing" on my ear that can help me to hear.)

5. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Yes, I have. about 5 times. first time was when I was 9 and I got stuck. the 4 other were just to get toys off.

LOL, Lindsay, I'm glad you didn't fall out the window getting your toys :) Thanks for playing Five on Friday with us! Happy Friday, everybody!

Thursday Link Up

What's going on in the YA blogosphere this week?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy just posted a fabulous review of Nancy Lindley-Gauthier's Spinning the Baiji:

This is a tender feast for the senses that transports the reader to the banks of the Yangtze.
With a gentle old world feel the magic and myth intertwine as Lin struggles with unrequited love, her duties and destiny, and the death of the old ways.

Thanks for the super review, Juju! So glad you loved Nancy's story as much as we do!

The Story Siren has a great challenge starting--the 2010 Debut Authors Challenge--check out the guidelines and sign up for it here. (And check out our 2010 Debut Authors, Barbara Stremikis, author of March Misfit, Linda Kage, author of The Stillburrow Crush and Pamela Woods-Jackson, author of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic)

Mindful Musings is having a Top Ten Week! Have a favorite YA book blogger? Then nominate her for the Best Blog/Blogger of 2009--check out the guidelines and leave your nominees (up to five) here. And you can also nominate up to five of your favorite authors here. Can't wait to see the results!

And this isn't really from the YA book blogosphere but this rant from Bookavore cracked me up because it's so true:

This one is for YA authors in particular, and I am begging you, all of you, please, please, before I have to give up on YA as a genre because really I am on the verge of breaking a window with all the books I am flinging around my apartment sometimes:


Too funny! Read the whole post here. Bookavore also makes a good point about authors writing about race. Have a great Thursday, everybody!

eBook Wednesday - The Noel Bandit

We love eBooks and eBook readers here at Climbing Rose and every Wednesday we highlight one of the fabulous eBooks in our catalog. Today, to go with our fab new winter layout, we're highlighting The Noel Bandit by Sydney Shay.

Here's the blurb:
Two days before Christmas, seventeen year-old Melinda Kent is bound for New York when a prankster hits her home, the Lucky Lake Ranch. Soon the welcome sign reads ‘ucky ake Ranch’ and other signs have been tampered with, including the ‘adies room’, the ‘riding trai s’, and the ‘stab es’, thus dubbing the thief, "the No-L Bandit".

This crook doesn't just steal ‘L's, but the spirit of the holidays. Melinda, with the help of the stable hand, Kyle, is on a quest to find who is responsible.

If only their attraction for each other doesn’t get in the way...
And here's an excerpt:

This morning, Kyle brought me a rose from the garden. He even took off the thorns! Poor Kyle, his hands were all cut…

“Melly, Russ, get in here right now!”

Melinda Kent’s pen pierced her worn diary at her father’s room-shaking howl. After dinner, all she wanted was an hour of peace, time to reflect on what happened during the day. Her life on the ranch, outside ranch business. She loved horses—the eminence, sitting atop a stallion of fifteen hands and twelve hundred pounds with the ability to look into the valley bordering the Lucky Lake Ranch. She’d become accustomed to the scent of power, sweat, hay, and dust.

But she would give up being the owner’s daughter and the ability to ride her Gypsy Vanner mare all day—dawn to sunset—for a chance to escape the industry and fall in love. She even had the perfect man in mind.

Sounds pretty cool, right? Download your copy from our Climbing Rose store today (or at least in time for Christmas!)

Winter Wonderland - Happy December!

We're getting into the spirit of the holidays here at Climbing Rose! Check out our new winter-appropriate layout! Pretty nice, huh? (Although I'll admit my love of winter and snow is more about pictures rather than reality!)

And when it comes time to fill out your holiday gift lists, make sure you consult the Buy Books for the Holidays website (and then come back to the Climbing Rose store!)

Cool Stuff for Monday

How's this for cool stuff on the last day of November--it's the 12 Blogs of Christmas! It's the brainchild of Elie of Ellz Readz (awesome blog). Starting December 12, each of the 12 Blogs will be hosting an incredible giveaway. Visit the 12Blogs site for details, a list of the blogs involved, and to grab the 12 Blogs button!

Five on Friday - April Nichole Edition

We're featuring April Nichole of April Nichole's Blog today for our Five on Friday. April is fairly new to blogging so we're glad to snag her for an interview--but I'll let you tell you about herself:

I'm 26 and I'm a pretty quiet, private person. I've been writing for the fun of it since middle school. It started with poems and in the last several years I've been trying to write stories. Some are better than others but it is all practice. Some of my favorite authors are Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker, Stephenie Meyer, Renee Gutteridge, and Richelle Mead. Seriously if you don't know some of those you really should.

So here are your five questions, April!

1. What is something that annoys you?

People that don't use common sense and they think that what they don't get is funny. Really? Come on, just think through what you are doing and the choices you are making. It really isn't that hard.
2. What country do you most want to visit? Why?
I actually have a list but one top one is Ireland. I don't know why other than I like the way Ireland rolls off the tongue. (I'm a dork I know.) Also in pictures it looks really pretty on the countrysides and I want to see the castles.

3. What TV show are you following this season?

This is one of my addictions. My top one this season though is The Vampire Diaries. Hot guys, hot vampires, great writing, acting, directing can't get any better. Oh wait, yes it can, every week it blows me away with twist and turns, the acting, the hotness. I did mention the hot guys, right? lol

4. Do you have any pets? If so, what?
I have two cats. Wesley and Buttercup. I got their names from the movie The Princess Bride which is one of my favorite movies. Wesley likes to hide in the litter box when it storms. The storm could be miles away, coming, and you could hear the rumblings but he is already in it waiting it out. Buttercup acts like the queen of the place and if she wants you to pet her she will lie down in front of you even if you are walking and she will look at you expecting you to know what to do.

5. Would you go rock climbing? Why or why not?
I would love to but I don't think I could. I'm not an outgoing, outdoorsy person. I would like to think that I could pep myself up to do it but in reality I don't think I could. Even if I got started I would probably get nervous and some point and quietly freak out.

Thanks so much for answering our questions, April! (I love your cats' names--and I would totally freak out on rock climbing, too!) Happy shopping day, everybody--and have a great weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Hope you and your families have a terrific holiday!

Anybody up for 3 a.m. shopping tomorrow? :)

Either way, check out these great author spotlights featuring our own Nancy Lindley-Gauthier: Tuesday and Wednesday Spotlights at Long and Short Reviews.

eBook Wednesday - Vortex to the Ojibwa Edition

We love eBooks and eBook readers here at Climbing Rose and every Wednesday we highlight one of the fabulous eBooks in our catalog. Today, it's Vortex to the Ojibwa by Jane Greenhill. Here's the blurb:

When the internet connection fails at their grandparent’s cottage, Theresa and her book smart brother Bobby are forced outside. Distrubing a hornet’s nest, the teens fall into a cenote and time travel to an Ojibwa encampment where Theresa finds love and Bobby aids their new friends.

When the two venture where they shouldn’t and interfere with fur trading, they put their lives in danger as well as those of the Native Americans. The teens need to use their twenty-first century smarts in order to return to safety.

And here's an excerpt:

“This dial up service sucks big time,” I whined to anyone who would listen. Unfortunately, the only ears in the immediate vicinity belonged to my brother Bobby, and the ears in question were large, elephant sized. He, of course, had his stupid head stuck in a book.

See what I was forced to put up with? A brother who reads over summer vacation. Why couldn’t I have a cool brother like my friend Eve? Her sib Samuel was a camp counselor, a hot lifeguard and the love of my life.

Too bad he didn’t know I existed.

That’s why I was ticked about the Internet service at my grandparent’s cottage. I was waiting to hear from Eve. She was supposed to tell me if Samuel broke up with evil Krista, paving the way for me to swoop in and sweep him off his guard tower.

Sounds pretty cool, right? Download your copy from our Climbing Rose e-store today.

And if you're thinking about diving into the eBook reader pool (or thinking about adding one to your Christmas list) check out this eBook reader matrix from MobileRead Wiki. It tells you everything you could possibly want to know (and some things you might never have thought to wonder about) about all the different eBook readers available so you can decide which one is best for you.

Tweeting on Tuesday

Do you know about Twitter hashtags? According to the Twitter website, hashtags are something the Twitter community came up with themselves so they could group Tweets into categories--making it easier to follow conversations.

A hashtag is any word that has the pound or hash (#) symbol before it. Adding a particular hashtag to your tweet (#followfriday, for instance) means your tweet will be added to the category. Anyone who searches on that hashtag from their Twitter home page will be directed to the real-time conversation of Tweeters using that particular tag.

Take a look at your sidebar on Twitter to see what topics are trending at any given time. There's even a third-party site where you can get an idea of popular hashtags

If you're interested in joining the YA conversation (and what other conversation is there?) try searching hashtags like #ya, #yalit, #yalitchat--or connect with authors on Twitter with hashtags like #amwriting or #amediting. And if you're feeling seasonal, try searching #Thanksgiving--but be sure to duck the flying drumsticks!

And here's another of my favorite bookish tweeters to follow: compelledtoread. You've probably already discovered The Compulsive Reader (everyone has!) but her tweets are fun too!

Cool Stuff for Monday

We're getting close to the end of the year which means the YA blogosphere is winding down 2009's reading challenges and gearing up for 2010's challenges (ack, we're nearly up to the double-digit years in the 21st century--how did that happen?!)

Anyway, here are some fun challenges for your 2010 reading year:

J. Kaye's Support Your Local Library Reading Challenge

There are four levels:
--The Mini – Check out and read 25 library books.
--Just My Size – Check out and read 50 library books.
--Stepping It Up – Check out and read 75 library books.
--Super Size Me – Check out and read 100 library books.
Sounds like fun, doesn't it? Sign up at J. Kaye's Book Blog here.

The All About the Brontes Challenge:

You can read a book, watch a movie, listen to an audiobook, anything Bronte related that you would like. Reading, watching, or listening to a favorite Bronte related item again for the second, third, or more time is also allowed.
The goal will be to read, watch, listen, to 3 to 6 (or beyond) anything Bronte items.
Last year it was all about Austen--it's nice to see the Brontes getting some love too! Sign up at Laura's Reviews (and find a list of suggested reading and viewing) here.

And along those same lines, 18th and 19th Women Writers Reading Challenge
Read books written by women authors that were written and/or ublished between 1700 and 1900. Contemporary historical books set in this time period do not count towards this challenge! The challenge is to encourage you to read some classics.

Now that's definitely cool. Sign up for the challenge (and find lists of suggested reading) at Becky's Book Reviews here.

Fabulous Reviews for Climbing Rose Books

Some fab reviews for our latest releases!

First, Krysta's Curse by Tara West (Whispers, Book III) got a 4-book review from Orange Blossom over at Long and Short Reviews:

The writing was fun and quick paced, the characters drawn realistic just like the kids town the street. I especially enjoyed the interaction between the three girls as well as that of Krysta and her dad. I just hope we find out more about Krysta’s other parent in another book one day. Well worth the read.

Then House of Wacks by Denise Gwen got a 4-book review from Orchid at Long and Short Reviews:

I loved the way the author showed us inside a modern teenage girl's thoughts. Jordan thinks of herself as a good person, and the reader is able to watch the doubts building inside. Inside she is as vulnerable as the next person. Jordan also learns the difference between loving, caring parents and those who try to buy their children's love.

Pretty cool, huh? Pick up your copies of these fab reads in our Climbing Rose store!

Five on Friday - Princess Bookie Edition

We have blogging royalty today for our Five on Friday feature. It's Cindy of the fabulous Princess Bookie blog. Not only does Cindy's blog provide great book reviews and author interviews, but she also uses a cupcake-rating system. I am in favor of anything that combines reading with cake and icing (the only thing that could make a good book even better!)

So here are our five random questions--and thanks for being such a good sport, Cindy!

1. Tell us something about yourself?
Hi, I'm Cindy from Princess Bookie! I'm a college student who enjoys reading! I started Princess Bookie a while ago to just meet other people who enjoyed to read as much as I do. I mostly read Young Adult books but you may also see me with a paranormal or romance book in my hand!
2. Have you ever met a celebrity? Who and where?
Well, I did meet Tyler Hilton! He's a singer and was on the TV show One Tree Hill a while! I felt like I was going to faint! He even put his arm around me! Squeee! I'm a total fan girl right now!

3. What’s your favorite movie of all time? Why?

I would have to go with The Wedding Planner. I could re-watch this a hundred times. We got a romance movie and on top of that, Matthew McConaughey. Have you ever noticed that if you replace the "e" with a "t" and take off "Mcc," you get naughty.. hmmm. Consequence? I think not!!!


4. What food can you absolutely not stand to eat?

I will not eat fish. No matter what! Under no circumstances! If you paid me 1000000 dollars, I still would not eat it. It takes me back on a sea monkey story. You will never see me eating fish. If you do, the end of the world is here!
5. What TV show are you following this season?

Oh tivo, I heart you! I watch so many its hard to pick a favorite. If I have to pick, I think I'll go with One Tree Hill! But I really miss Chad Michael Murray. I miss him soooo much!
Thanks so much for playing along, Cindy! And I love your creative spelling skills :) Have a good weekend, everybody!

Thursday Link-Up

What's going on in the wide world of the YA blogosphere this week?
Linda Kage, author of the upcoming Climbing Rose release The Stillburrow Crush (coming Feb 26, 2010 and totally fabulous--read the blurb and watch the book trailer here) has posted the final chapter of her FREE read Bad Boys Don't Play Hero:
Chapter Four for my young adult free read story, Bad Boys Don't Play Hero, is uploaded and ready to read on my website . We've left the hero's head and are now going to see everything from the heroine's point of view. I hope you enjoy!

It's a fun story, so click on over and check it out.
Christine Marciniak, author of the Climbing Rose release When Mike Kissed Emma (pick up your copy in the Climbing Rose store) is saying no mas to NaNoWriMo:
I've been managing to more or less keep up with the pace of NaNoWriMo, but today I'm giving myself permission to stop. The story I'm working on isn't grabbing me and I feel like I'm forcing myself to continue instead of enjoying the process.

I completely understand, Christine. If you're not enjoying it, what's the point?
Natalie over at Mindful Musings is asking you to vote on your favorite book of 2009:
I'm planning on having a "Top 10 Week" at the end of the year, listing off my top 10s of pretty much everything book-related. But I want YOUR opinions as well, so I can feature them in my readers' top 10 posts that I intend to do. In order to do that, I need your votes!

Click on over and tell Natalie about your favorite books for 2009--voting closes December 10.
And finally, feeling fairy tale-ish today? Check out this quiz at What Fairy Tale Character Are You? I took it and it said I'm the Evil Stepmother--how cool is that?
You have a softer side that you never let anyone see, and, okay, it's true--sometimes you do have a few evil plots in development; but not TOO many!

So if I ever offer you an apple--don't eat it! :)

(H/T Amy at Addicted to Books)

eBook Wednesday - A Girl, A Guy, and A Ghost

We love eBooks and eBook readers here at Climbing Rose and every Wednesday we highlight one of the fabulous eBooks in our catalog. Today, it's A Girl, A Guy, And a Ghost by Sherrie Kelley. Here's the blurb

A GIRL: Traci Nettleton is in seventh heaven when Brad Davidson, the gorgeous quarterback on the football team asks her out. Then she gets a mysterious e-mail that threatens to ruin everything.

A GUY: Brad loves hanging out with Traci. She’s cute, smart, and funny. But she seems a little jumpy around him lately. Is she hiding something?

A GHOST: How can Traci be getting e-mails from her best friend who died two years ago? Is someone playing a cruel joke, or does Corky really need her help? Traci plans to find out – her new romance with Brad depends on it.

And here's an excerpt:

“So, are you going to invite Brad to your mom’s annual Halloween party?”

Cradling the Cricket phone against her ear, Traci Nettleton considered her best friend’s question as she flopped onto her back on the bed and stared at the glow-in-the-dark stars pasted to her ceiling. They were pretty sweet when the lights were out.

Almost as ‘sweet’ as Brad Davidson.

“Trace?” Christine Abernathy prompted when she didn’t answer. “Are you? Don’t tell me you’re going to chicken out!”

“It’s not that. It’s Mom. You know how weird she can get, especially on Halloween. I don’t want her to embarrass me in front of Brad.” She loved her mom. She really did, but she couldn’t help wishing her mom would act more like other moms instead of one of her teenage friends. Most of her friends, including Christine, envied Traci for having a ‘cool’ mom. Traci didn’t think they’d feel that way if her mom was actually their mom.

Sounds pretty cool, right? Download your copy from The Climbing Rose e-store today.

And if you like electronic publishing as much as we do (and who doesn't?) check out the e-Fiction Book Club, an awesome blog that reviews fiction published exclusively on the Internet.

Tweeting on Tuesday

Did you know that Twitter now allows you to put users in groups? It's a great way to organize the people you follow (and even ones you don't) into lists that help you keep track of people in the noisy universe that is a Twitter stream!

Just click "new list" in your Twitter sidebar, give the list a name, decide if the list will be public or private, and create your list. To add contacts to your list, simply go to their Twitter page and click "list" (on the "following" bar).

You can also check out other people's lists--assuming they've shared them (lists can be public or private)--and even subscribe to their lists. For instance, deb (book magic) (@debbook) has put together a fab list of bookbloggers on Twitter.

Or, if you find a Twitter feed you like and want to find other people in the same category, check out the "listed" link next to the "followers" and "following" links to see what lists are following that particular feed. For instance, eBook Reader News (@AnEbookReader--an awesome place to find out about the lastest news in all things digital) is listed on 14 lists. Just click the "listed" link to find more eBook followers.

Got a list we should be following? Let us know!

Cool Stuff for Monday

This doesn't really qualify as cool stuff but I came across this article in the blogosphere and cracked up because it's so true! A Plea to Teen Boys:
I'm going to say this as nicely as possible—you look UGLY in skinny jeans. No, really, that's as politely as I can say it. Someone had to be honest with you, because it's just gotten out of hand lately. I love you too much to let you do this to yourself. It's so bad I almost miss the super baggy jeans of the 90s, but two dresses on your legs was just not cool either.
I couldn't agree more! Happy Monday, everybody!

Five on Friday - Linda Kage Edition

It's Friday! That means it's time for Five on Friday--(no matter that it's Friday the thirteenth--we scoff at triskaidekaphobia!). Today, we're posing our five random questions to Linda Kage, author of the upcoming Climbing Rose release The Stillburrow Crush.

Blurb: Sixteen year old, Carrie Paxton, isn't the most popular girl in her small town of Stillburrow. But that's never concerned her before. Her life revolves around her writing, and she loves her job as the student editor of the school paper. But when she gets assigned to interview the football team's beloved quarterback, she takes one look into Luke Carter's blue eyes and is a goner. Suddenly, she doesn't like her lowly rank so much. Then her dreamy, popular crush surprises her when he starts to act as if he likes her in return. But there's no way Luke Carter could possibly ever like a nobody like Carrie Paxton. Is there?
Sounds wonderful, right? And now our five questions for Linda:

1. Have you ever met a celebrity? Who and where?

The most famous person I ever met was Julie Garwood. She's in my writing group, actually. How awesome is that?

2. Do you have any collections? What?

Ever read Hansel and Gretel? Well, I collect little children and keep them in my basement... I'm kidding. I don't have a basement (or a children collection either!!). But I do honestly collect Cuckoo Clocks.

3. Name four things you always have with you.

Let's see, I always have my purse, cell phone, underwear (cause, you know... I'm wearing them), and my baby. But that last is only till February. It's going to suck after she's born and has to go to a babysitter. I'll miss her, PLUS people will think I'm talking to myself, which I probably will be, but I won't be able to say I'm talking to my baby anymore. Sigh.

4. What country do you most want to visit? Why?

Germany. That's where most of my ancestors are from, plus that's where Cuckoo Clocks are made.

5. Have you ever crawled through a window?

I had to crawl through my car window because it was raining so much this one time, water was over the road. I drove through it and got swept off into this really swift current. Before I knew it, water started to fill the interior and reached my chin... Okay, all right, confession time. I've never crawled through any kind of window that I remember. But that would've been a cool story, huh?

LOL, Linda, maybe you should be glad that flooding story isn't real! Thanks so much for answering our questions! The Stillburrow Crush comes out next February and I can't wait for everyone to read it.

Thursday Link-Up

What are people talking about this week in the YA Book Blogosphere?

Well, The Story Siren has a very interesting (and comprehensive) post about ARCs:
A hot topic around the YA book blogosphere... or really any book blogosphere is Advance Readers Copies. Or as you may know them: ARC. ARCs are bound uncorrected proofs of a book, that usually circulate before a books release, early buzz if you will.

Good info there for anyone who's a book blogger (or thinking about becoming one).

Kate at The Neverending Shelf is blogging about starting a YA forum.
Lately, I have found myself wanting to talk to other book lovers about the books I have been reading. Sadly, I have found no where to do this. Yes, I have had a numerous conversations with others via Twitter and emails, but that just is not enough for me. I really wanted a place that I am comfortable, so I decided to create the Neverending YA Talk forum.

Want to talk YA? Log on to the forum and join the discussion!

And finally, after blogging about publishing your literary tweets, I had to link to this article about a fifteen-year-old girl who wrote and published her own eBook through Amazon. Publishing in the digital age is open to anyone--so what are you waiting for? :)

eBook Wednesday - Poor Me by Dara & Raine Edmondson

We love eBooks and eBook readers here at Climbing Rose--if you don't have an eBook reader, start making out that Holiday Wish List now!--and every Wednesday we highlight one of the fabulous eBooks in our catalog. Today, it's Poor Me by the mother-daughter writing team of Dara and Raina Edmondson. Here's the blurb:

When Jessie’s mother gets a job at an expensive private high school, Jessie can attend the school for free. Trying to fit in with a group of stuck-up rich kids, she denies even knowing the lowly school secretary – her very own mother. Is being part of the in-crowd worth denying the one person who genuinely cares about her?

And here's an excerpt:

I adjusted my bikini top as I climbed out of the pool. Searching for the lounge chair where I'd left my towel, I spotted old Mr. Vetters from Apartment 1-C, staring at me. A chill slithered over my skin. He might not really be creepy, but he stares an awful lot.

“You're growing into quite a young lady,” he said from his seat at an umbrella table, a thick cigar burned in his ashtray, polluting the hot Miami air with putrid smoke.

Pasting a polite smile on my face, I hurried past, holding my breath and grabbed my towel, wrapping it protectively around my shoulders.

A door opened and shut above me. Ma bent over the railing, waving. “Jessie, I got a job. A good one!” She gestured for me to come upstairs. “Come here. Don't you want to hear about it?”

“Be right there.” Slipping on my flip-flops, I tied my towel around my waist and hurried up the concrete steps to the third floor landing.

Please, let this job stick.

Sounds pretty fabulous, right? One reviewer said, "Poor Me is a brilliant book of teenage angst. Dara and Raina are a mother daughter writing team that has a great grasp on the family dynamic. " Download your copy of Poor Me today. And be sure and let us know what you think!

Tweeting on Tuesday

Did you know you can turn your tweets into an eBook? Perfect if you're one of the new breed of fiction writer--the cell phone novelist. (Did you know that in 2007, five of the top ten best-selling novels in Japan were cell phone novels?)

So how do you turn your tweets into an electronic bestseller? Well, there's a web service for that, of course--Tweetbook--that will compile up to 3200 of your tweets into a single, editable document--pretty amazing! Read more about publishing a book with your tweets in this Publetariat article.

And speaking of Tweeting, here's one of my favorite bookish tweeters: J_Kaye. You've probably already discovered J. Kaye's Book Blog (everyone has!) but her tweets are a great place to find out what's up in the book blogosphere!

Cool stuff for Monday

I don't know if this qualifies as cool stuff or just really cool news--but two of our Climbing Rose books have been nominated for Cybils! (That's the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards, of course!)

When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak is a nominee in the Young Adult Fiction category.
Emma Landon has a plan: she's going to be in the high school musical and sing the most romantic song possible to her boyfriend. She's not looking for the lead, just a decent part where she and Trevor can dance together on stage. The plan starts to unravel when she gets the starring role, and playing opposite her is not her perfect boyfriend, but the school loner, Biker Mike. When Mike kisses Emma at the school dance, everything changes. Emma must figure out what is more important-the way things look or something deeper.

And I Was a Teenage Alien by Jane Greenhill is a nominee in the Fantasy/Science Fiction category:

Oas is sent from her home planet of Zorca-twenty-three to rescue her brother Ralb from the worst humanoid known in the solar system-a teenage girl. With her traveling companions, Rotsen, a plant with an attitude who watches too many Sopranos reruns, and Lehcarr, a Venus Fly Trap with the habit of eating her friends, they set out to find Ralb. Traveling through a black hole, Oas is transformed from her ananoid shape into a teenage humanoid, becoming what she fears most-a teenager. They land in Bedrocktown to find the teenagers aren't as bad as they feared-they're worse. Zen her handler has warned her to stay away from pizza and popcorn but she tries both, with horrible results. She needs to find her brother, figure out how humans kiss, save the town from an E. coli outbreak, and meet Johnny Depp, not necessarily in that order. Then all she has to do is find her way home, but are her ties to Earth too strong?

I'd say that's pretty cool stuff for a Monday! If your Monday could use some cool stuff, pick up copies of both books in our Climbing Rose store!

Blog Winners - and National Bookstore Day

Congratulations to our blog winners! Last week during our Halloween celebration, Kimberlee R. Mendoza gave away a copy of her Halloween eBook Trick to Treat to:

and on Wednesday, Nancy Lindley-Gauthier gave away a copy of her eBook Spinning the Baiji to:

Congrats to both our winners--I know you'll love those stories!

And today is National Bookstore Day! Sponsored by Publishers Weekly, it's meant to promote independent bookstores and encourage people to buy books. Both things we're greatly in favor of here at Climbing Rose! So, check out this article, and head to a bookstore in your area to buy a book (especially if it's a Climbing Rose book!) Have a great weekend, everybody!

Five on Friday - Amy of "Addicted to Books" Edition

If it's Friday, it must be time for our Five on Friday interview! (OK, this is only our second one, but I'm going to pretend it's a tradition!)

Today, we're posing our Five random questions to Amy of Addicted to Books. If you haven't checked out Amy's blog, you should. She is 16, loves YA (of course!) and loves blogging about all the great books she reads.

So, thanks for playing along, Amy. Here are your five random questions:

  1. What do you do when you're bored?

    I usually draw doodles and write my name over and over. Don't ask me why I write my name when I'm bored, I don't even know. :-D My sisters tease me all the time saying, "Are you afraid you'll forget it?"
    I also bite my nails and scratch my eyebrows. As a result, I have virtually no nails and my brows are distinctly sparse looking ;-D

  2. What's the last food that you ate?

    I just ate 2 homemade (yes I made them-took me two hours!) cranberry bread shaped into muffins with chocolate chips and melted icing on top. Delish. :) The fact that I only ate two is actually quite an accomplishment for my self-control. Yesterday I had nine LOL. They're SO GOOD though!

  3. What country do you most want to visit? Why?

    Easy. Germany. I'd love to visit b/c I can partially speak the language, and they have less pollution there. Plus it's just such a cool-looking place. The shops remind me of castles for some odd reason, and I secretly want to own a castle, so that could be part of the reason...

  4. When is the last time you ran? Why?

    When I was 10. Just joking. Or am I?
    I have not run any long distances for a while. I'm naturally skinny, but just walking up stairs can get me winded.
    Exercise = Torture.

  5. What is the last play you saw?

    I love watching plays. I saw Scrooge-which was so awesome. There were these hologram ghosts, and they could fly. They seemed so real. The guy next to me was hiding behind his mother and he was my age :-D That was funny. I think the last one I saw though was Anne Frank (who I AM UTTERLY fascinated by) It was a really high quality play.

Thanks for answering our questions, Amy! (And I'm with you on the exercise thing!) Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday Link-up

What are Climbing Rose authors talking about this week? Well Linda Kage, author of our upcoming release The Stillburrow Crush is blogging about ribs...sort of:
I watched the television show Accidentally On Purpose the other night. The heroine was chowing down on ribs (smart woman) when she felt her baby's first stirring. She exclaimed, "The baby likes ribs... or doesn't.... Ooooh. Baby's first opinion." I totally understood.

Christine Marciniak, author of When Mike Kissed Emma, is blogging about almost meeting goals:
I've discovered that goals are harder to meet when you have a cold. (I'm sure I'm not the first to discover this, and this probably isn't the first time I've realized it either.)

(Hope you feel better soon, Christine!)

And June Sproat, author of Ordinary Me, is tweeting about eBook readers:
So, who, besides me, wants a Nook??

Christmas list in the making, maybe? (Hmm...maybe I should add the Nook to my Christmas list. I'm pretty happy with my Kindle but you can never have too many e-readers!)

And out in the YA blogosphere, Taste Life Twice is challenging your creative writing skills:
Tell a story in 100 words or less. Use the words: cocoa, chapstick, and hollow.

Check it out to read their entry, then post one of your own!

Win a Copy of Spinning the Baiji!

Nancy Lindley-Gauthier is excited about the reviews Spinning the Baiji is getting (as well she should be!) Here's what Maija of Fallen Angel Reviews had to say in her 4-angel review:

Spinning the Baiji is a unique story, full or poetry and deeply layered with a mysticism that stands in direct contrast to the reality of the modernised, Westernised world encroaching upon China. With lots of evocative detail, Nancy A. Lindley-Gauthier paints a vivid picture of Lin's life and surroundings, twisting in the mystical element until the boundaries of reality and the supernatural world blur. I particularly liked the character of Lin's great-grandfather, who sees everything and guides Lin gently towards her happy ending. If you enjoy stories that question fate, destiny, and swimming against the tide, this could be for you.

No wonder Nancy is excited! As a matter of fact, she'd love to give away a copy of her fabulous eBook. Just leave a comment on this post to be entered into the drawing to win a copy of Spinning the Baiji!

The Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition & NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program

So you're all set for NaNoWriMo, but have you thought about what you're going to do with your novel-in-a-month? Well, here's an idea for your YA novel (you are writing YA, right?) It's the Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition!
Serendipity Literary Agency, in collaboration with Sourcebooks and Gotham Writers' Workshop, is hosting its first Young Adult Novel Discovery Competition for a chance to win a one-on-one consultation with one of New York's leading YA literary agents!

If you've written a novel for young adults—or have an idea for one that you would like to write—we invite you to enter our contest. Simply submit only an enticing title along with the first 250 words from the opening of your original YA novel using the form below. There's no entry fee or purchase requirement.
Sounds pretty cool, huh? Well, it gets better!

The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin, Random House, and Sourcebooks and receive a one-year subscription to The Writer magazine.
The contest is open to writers 13 years of age and older and is being held in conjunction with NaNoWriMo so you can submit your entry anytime between November 1 and 11:59PM (ET) on November 30. So don't just sit there...write! And to connect with like-minded young writers, sign up for NaNoWriMo's Young Writers Program here.

(And if you need some YA inspiration, maybe check out the great titles in our Climbing Rose store!)