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are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active.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.

Five on Friday - Halloween Edition

We're starting a new feature here at Climbing Rose called Five on Friday. We pose five random (and sometimes silly) questions to a blogger or an author hoping to find out something fun or unusual about them.

Today's edition of Five on Friday puts Climbing Rose author Kimberlee R. Mendoza on the spot. Kimberlee is the author of the Russell Family series and of the Halloween eBook, Trick to Treat, we're giving away to a commenter this week.

Kimberlee, thanks for stopping by and for answering our questions! Here goes:

1. What's your biggest pet peeve?

Waiting! I hate waiting. If I say 4:00 pm, I don't expect the person to be there at 3:58 pm, and I'll be a bear if they're there at 4:05 pm. So everyone who knows me knows to be on time or call so I'm not pacing the dirt, pulling bark off trees :)

2. What's the best job you ever had?

The one I have now. I'm a fine arts director and a graphic designer. I get paid to be creative. How awesome is that? I help teenagers rehearse for a big fine arts competition ever summer, I direct a drama team (in which I get to write all their material) and then I create art for a church and for The Wild Rose Press.

3. Have you ever crawled through a window?

Yes, I was 15, and I decided to crawl through my friend's window down the street. I snuck her out and we hung out in her backyard. The next night, she did the same thing to me...only her mom found out and came looking for her. She was never allowed to hang out with me again. So sad. :(

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

I made a living as a model right after I got out of the Army. I think after crawling around in the mud for three years, I needed to feel pretty. LOL

5. Who would you cast to play you in a movie?

Brooke Shields or Anne Hathaway. I get accused of looking like them ALL the time. Brooke more when I was younger, but I get Anne now all the time. They're both animate like me too.

Thanks so much for answering our questions, Kimberlee! (And, man, do I have celebrity-lookalike envy--no one has ever mistaken me for Anne Hathaway or Brooke Shields!)

Read an excerpt from Kimberlee's Trick to Treat here--and be sure to leave a comment on this blog to be entered in our drawing to win a copy of the Trick to Treat eBook!

BLURB: Sarah Bradley has wanted to hang with the popular kids since her freshman year, and now she has the chance. All she has to do is survive a Halloween scavenger hunt with the "in" crowd. When the girls lock her in a haunted mansion, she feels the trick is on her. Then she meets Matt and begins to believe that maybe she got a treat after all. But what if "love" is part of the game?

Ghost Stories - just in time for Halloween!

In Krysta's Curse, Book III of Tara West's Whispers series, Krysta Richards has a ghost problem--and it's not just because it's Halloween!

Here's the blurb: Everything about Krysta Richards is wrong, from her short height to her unmanageable hair. Her ability to talk to spirits doesn’t help things, either. Her physical flaws don’t seem to matter to Bryon, her lab partner. Just as the chemistry between them is about to ignite, a homicide detective asks her to summon a murder victim, her drunk father suddenly takes an interest in her life and her dead friends enlist her in a crusade to save their decrepit cemetery. She dreams of gracing the cover of Cosmo, but if she can't get her life back to normal, she’ll be labeled the poster child for Weirdo.

And here's an excerpt:
Swallowing back the rising bile, I cleared my throat. “What's wrong?”

“Sunny was murdered last night.”

The finality of AJ's words sliced through my stomach like a cold, hard blade.

“Krysta, are you okay?” Sophie asked, but her voice sounded distant, like she was in a dream.

Maybe that's what this was, just a bad dream.

I closed my eyes, wishing everything would return to normal. But in my mind I saw her, face and neck blotched with bruises, staring blankly at the wall behind me. “Poor Sunny,” I breathed while opening my eyes.

“I-I wonder who did it?” Sophie stammered.

“Her boyfriend.” I said through the hollow ache in my chest. Yeah, she was rude, but she didn't deserve to die.

Tilting her head, Sophie looked at me with a quizzical expression. “How do you know?”

Sunny's haunting words came rushing back to me. "It was my boyfriend. He did it." Leveling each of them a hardened stare, I saw recognition flash in their eyes. Choking back the emotion in my throat, I spoke through a whisper. “She told me last night.”

Sounds spooky, doesn't it? Perfect for Halloween, right? So pick up your copy in the Climbing Rose store today--and download Dead Cat Smell, also featuring Krysta Richards, for free! And don't forget to leave me a comment and tell me what you think. One of this week's commenters will win a copy of Kimberlee R. Mendoza's Halloween eBook Trick to Treat!

Win a Copy of Trick to Treat

We're giving away a copy of Trick to Treat this week, Kimberlee R. Mendoza's Halloween eBook.

Here's the blurb:

Sarah Bradley has wanted to hang with the popular kids since her freshman year, and now she has the chance. All she has to do is survive a Halloween scavenger hunt with the "in" crowd. When the girls lock her in a haunted mansion, she feels the trick is on her. Then she meets Matt and begins to believe that maybe she got a treat after all. But what if "love" is part of the game?

Read an excerpt from Trick to Treat here.

Then come back here and leave a comment telling me what you think. That's all you have to do to be entered in the drawing to win a copy of Trick to Treat!
Kimberlee R. Mendoza resides in San Diego with her husband and two boys. She is a full time graphic designer, as well as, a cover designer for The Wild Rose Press. She is the talented author of the inspirational Russell series (Love Thy Sister, Guard Thy Man; Oh Brother, You're Not My Keeper; Seek Ye First My Heart; and Fried, Scrambled and Unequally Yoked) available in the Climbing Rose store.

Cats, Cakes, and Movies of the Season

Continuing with our cat theme from yesterday (you did download Dead Cat Smell, didn't you?) today we've got a purr-fectly (I should have resisted the urge to type that, shouldn't I?) delicious Halloween recipe:

Kitty Litter Cake

How awesome is that? All you need are a few cake mixes, a kitty litter box (eww, unused of course!) and a pooper scooper (also unused, please) to serve it with. Check out the recipe here but be prepared--the author says people generally don't eat too much of this cake. Something about the visual gets in the way, I guess!

And if you want cat-appropriate movies to go along with your feline fun, how about this duo:

The original, Jacque Tourneur 1942 version of Cat People starring Simone Simon ("She knew strange, fierce pleasure that no other woman could feel!")

And the 1944 follow-up The Curse of the Cat People also starring Simone Simon ("The Black Menace Creeps Again!") How purr-fect! (Gah, I did it again!)

So, what's your favorite Halloween recipe? Your must-see movie? Leave me a comment and tell me about it. Everyone who comments this week will be entered into a drawing to win Kimberlee R. Mendoza's Halloween eBook Trick to Treat!

Whispers, Halloween, and Dead Cats

Who doesn't love Halloween? Candy, costumes, and all kinds of paranormal fun. At Climbing Rose and we want to help you get into the ghostly spirit and what could be more Halloween-ish than cats? Except maybe dead cats? How about dead cats that smell?
Krysta Richards thought she was cursed with her ability to see spirits of the dead. Then her life goes from bad to worse when her psychic sense of smell kicks in. What's a girl to do when the neighbor's dead cat uses her expensive new shoes as his personal litter-box?
That's the blurb for Dead Cat Smell, a terrific Free Read from Tara West, author of the Whispers series. Here's an excerpt:

My neighbor’s cat, Tinkles, peed all over my new shoes.

That wasn’t the worst of it.

Tinkles died two years ago when he made the mistake of rummaging through the Whitstone’s garbage can.

The Whitstones, who lived across the street, had just adopted a dog. Brutus was a beast—all temper and teeth, no remorse. In a matter of seconds, Tinkles was toast.

But the cat’s spirit still liked to invade my closet and pee on my shoes. Not my old gym sneakers, not my wedges with scuffed heels. No, he had to pick the shoes that cost me two months’ babysitting money.

And the worst part, I couldn’t tell Brutus to fix the problem.

How do you kill a dead cat?

Want to read the whole thing? (You know you do!) Download it for Free here. And check out the entire Whispers series, Sophie's Secret, Don't Tell Mother, and Krysta's Curse in the Climbing Rose store.

And after you read Dead Can't Smell, be sure to leave me a comment telling me what you think about it. Everyone who comments this week will be entered into a drawing to win Kimberlee R. Mendoza's Halloween eBook Trick to Treat!


This weekend is Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon. The semi-annual reading challenge that everyone can participate in at the same time. For 24 hours, people read books, blog about them, visit other readers' blogs, and participate in mini challenges.

The Read-a-thon was started by Dewey of "The Hidden Side of a Leaf" blog in 2007 and has quickly grown into a huge part of the book blogging community. Sadly, Dewey passed away in 2008 but the Read-a-thon continues. Want to join in? Click here to sign-up.

Want to participate but aren't ready to stay up for 24 hours? (Definitely not an option for me - my eyes came equipped with an automatic shut-off mechanism!) You can be a cheerleader and run a mini-challenge, or just visit participating blogs leaving comments and encouragement.

Some bloggers, like Princess Bookie, are running contests during the Read-a-thon and some bloggers, like Shelf Love, donate money to their favorite charities for each page or hour read. Click here to learn more about Reading for a Cause. And happy reading!

Thursday Link-Up

What are Climbing Rose authors talking about this week? Turns out they're getting into the spirit of Halloween.

Terry Lee Wilde, author of Deidre's Secret is blogging about ghosts:

"Ever encounter a ghost in your wanderings? I wasn't the usual human type spirit though."
Christine Marciniak, author of When Mike Kissed Emma is also talking about ghosts in a guest-blog at Jeri Smith-Ready's place:

"So, now that we’ve established what a wimp I am regarding scary things, let me tell you a ghost story."
And Linda Kage, author of the 2010 release, The Stillburrow Crush, has Halloween-inspired entertainment for everyone:

"Since I'm not sure how I could trick you all online, I guess I'll just provide entertaining treats for everyone."
And while you're there, be sure to check out Chapter 3 of Linda's free read, Bad Boys Don't Play Hero.

And out in the YA Blogosphere, there's, well...The YA Blogosphere. A site devoted to spreading the word about YA book bloggers - and what could be cooler than that? So browse through their latest posts, and maybe you'll find a few new bloggers to follow.

And be sure to check back with us next week when our authors will have lots of Halloween-y goodness to share!

Tweeting on Tuesday

Do you Twitter? Do you like it? Do you think it's a waste of time?

I'm on the fence about it myself--I can see the appeal of it and I think it can be fun--but I can also see what a giant time-vacuum Twitter can be. Miley Cyrus recently (and famously) deleted her Twitter account because she thought it was providing too much tabloid fodder (or at least that's what she raps about in this video). I don't really have that problem since for some reason tabloids are not interested in my life but one thing I do enjoy about Twitter is how easy it makes it to connect with some of my favorite authors. Including some of our Climbing Rose authors:

Christine Marciniak, author of When Mike Kissed Emma, tweets as ckmarciniak
Linda Kage, author of next year's The Stillburrow Crush, tweets as lindakage
Kiki Lon, author of Enter the Parrot, tweets as kikilon
And I love the quirky tweeters you can find, like the Jane Austen Quote of the Day (and who doesn't need a little Jane Austen every day?)

I also love all the tools that have sprung up around the idea of microblogging. Like this one, Trendsmap. It's a real-time look at local twitter trends. Want to know what's on the mind of twitterers in Pascagoula? Trendsmap is the place to find out. Or pick a particular topic and watch the tweets in real-time. Pretty cool!

So do you Twitter? Leave me a comment and tell me how you like it (or why you don't!)

Branching Out - chatting with H of About Books!

We're branching out here at Climbing Rose with a new Interview Feature. We'd like to get to know as many wonderful book bloggers as we can--and today I'm chatting with "H." of About Books. H. is from the United Kingdom and reviews mostly teenage fiction. But I'll let her tell you about herself in her own words:

"I am a teen who reads too many good books not to share! I love to read, write, draw, paint, see films, go to the theatre, take photos and generally enjoy my life with great people, avoiding studying unless absolutely necessary."

Blaize: Thanks so much for stopping by, H! Can you tell us something about your reading tastes? What genre is your favorite?

H: My favourite genre is historical fantasy, though I’ll read almost anything (except horror or really cheesy romances). Looking at my blog, I haven’t reviewed that much fantasy, but it’s definitely my favourite to read.

B: When is your favorite time or where is your favorite place to read?

H: It’s completely stupid, but even if I get a book during the day and I’m free, I don’t really start reading it until late evening and then usually don’t stop until I’ve finished it, which makes for many late nights. And I read in my bed, though I also sit on the floor. I’m a restless reader, so I’ll move places several times while reading a book.

B: How many books do you read at a time?

H: I’m ashamed to say too many to keep track of. I can read a book straight through, and usually do, but occasionally I’ll stop a third of the way through and these partially-read books begin to pile up. I have at least nine that I’m reading at the moment.

B: Do you have a YA pet peeve?

H: My biggest peeve is that so many YA books nowadays are the ‘first in a series.’ These aren’t even series in the old-fashioned sense where, while the books are all connected, there are separate story arcs for each book. They are just one tangled storyline spread out over as many books as the publisher will buy, always leaving on a cliff-hanger in the hope that people will want to read on, so the story never ends, it just gets dropped. I want to see more first-time authors with stand-alone novels.

B: I totally agree, H! Thanks so much for chatting with us--and I hope everyone checks out your fabulous About Books blog!

If you'd like to chat with us, we'd love to hear from you! Drop me a line at blaizerose [dot] cr [at] gmail [dot] com. Have a great weekend, everybody!

Thursday Link-Up

We've been getting some fabulous reviews for our Climbing Rose stories. Here's what people are saying:

Trisha's Tablet--When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak

"I really enjoyed this book. It's very short for YA, only 160 pages, but reading it reminded me that short, simple books can be really enjoyable. It has a great cast of characters from dreamy Biker Mike, to the boyfriend who seems perfect but really isn't, to a jealous best friend and a difficult sister."
A Chair, a Fireplace & A Tea Cozy--When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak

"On the one hand, it's about a high school play and the drama that goes on around it. It could be almost any play; and any play with a romance for Mike and Emma to play against each other and fall in love. Marciniak makes use of this particular play, The Sound of Music: the dialogue, dance scenes, songs, all are not only woven into the story but also illustrate and illuminate points along the way."
Once Upon a Romance--Saddle Up, Sweetheart by Sydney Shay

"It was a very quick read, but a story with a lot of character and emotion put into it. While the page count is short, the story is as good as a full-length novel. I was impressed at how well it stands alone since I didn’t realize I read the sequel first. I’m looking forward to going back and reading the first book about the Lucky Lake Ranch, The Noel Bandit."
Seriously Reviewed--House of Wacks by Denise Gwen

"A great little page turner to add to the YA line in any library. The trials and tribulations of teen years can be difficult......Okay, okay, they are difficult. For everyone. The teen, parents, friends. It's all about finding out who you are, coming into your own, growing up and taking responsibility. This story did a wonderful job at covering all the bases."
And finally, from Teens Read Too--Krysta's Curse by Tara West
"KRYSTA'S CURSE is the third book in the WHISPERS trilogy, about three friends who all have paranormal powers and must face the truths about themselves. Filled with danger, the fast pace of the novel made it hard to put down."
Pretty cool! Check out the Climbing Rose store to pick up your copy of all these fun stories!

Wrapping up Spinning the Baiji week!

Thanks again to Nancy Lindley-Gauthier for guest blogging with us last week. Lots of people left comments last week and several won free stories from Nancy!
Here are our winners:

Loretta, Debra, and Paradox, please send me an e-mail at blaizerose [dot] cr [at] gmail [dot] com to claim your prizes! And thanks so much to everybody who stopped by last week for the release of Nancy's story.

Our next release (January 2010) is March Misfit by Barbara Stremikis:
When a mudslide destroys her home and kills her parents, fifteen-year-old Cara Talbot is sent to live with a distant cousin, his wife, and five sons on a dairy farm in Indiana. The stink of cattle, a tiny bedroom loft, and two brothers who resent her intrusion make life a bitter struggle. As she copes with her grief, she finds solace caring for an autistic child, who helps her see the softer side of Nicolas March, another family misfit...
Help us spread the word about March Misfit by grabbing our cool countdown widget!

Last Chance to Win a Story from Nancy Lindley-Gauthier!

It's been a fun week with Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, celebrating the release of Spinning the Baiji. Today she's talking about things that bug her...well sorta! Go for it, Nancy!

Don't bug me... no kidding, where did that saying come from? well...likely, insects. They ARE annoying, aren't they? Could it be we just haven't been paying them enough attention? Right now, I'm struggling to write a story where, weirdly enough, bugs are important. Well, so are the frogs of course - to saying nothing of a couple of wild orchids.

Doesn't sound like a romance to you? It is - but the setting is important in almost any story. I am a particular fan of lakes and rivers and oceans. They offer a naturally romantic aura. So this next work, set in the woods, is a daring new venture for me.

What romance do YOU think has the absolutely best or most perfect background? Leave me a comment! The prize: you get to pick which e-story of mine you'd like to read.

Will it be one Dressage Cowboy? Periwinkle Way? Or the newest, brightest and shiniest thus far? Spinning the Baiji?
Thanks for being our guest blogger this week, Nancy! I know everyone will enjoy your fab stories!

More free stuff from Nancy Lindley-Gauthier!

We're wrapping up a fabulous week with Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, author of our newest release, Spinning the Baiji. Turns out, it's not just dolphins she loves, she also loves horses! Take it away, Nancy:
Dressage Cowboy is another short-short story of mine, offered by The Wild Rose Press. Did I mention I love horses? This story features a nervous exhibitor and her fabulous mare, about to attempt second level. It doesn't really matter what kind of riding you do. If you train an animal, you understand how sometimes, things might not go according to plan. You ask for a shoulder in, but the horse stumbles on the first stride, and you are half-way down the long side before you actually get a correct shoulder-in... Is it only tougher if you're audience includes a really (really) handsome man?

This story got some great reviews, short though it is. Here's a bit from its 5-star review:

"Lindley-Gauthier shows she knows her way round the ring and romance all in one fell swoop. Great read." (K.B.)

Do you love horses, too? Or have another favorite animal? Leave a comment and you may be selected to win a free copy of Spinning the Baiji!

Thanks, Nancy. And we already have two winners to announce. Deb St. John and Sue Greenberg have each one a FREE Copy of the new release, Spinning the Baiji. Deb and Sue, just send an e-mail to me at blaizerose [dot] cr [at] gmail [dot] com to claim your prize.

Two more chances to win this week! Just leave a comment on this post!

Release day for Spinning the Baiji!

Today's the day! Spinning the Baiji by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier is available in eBook and today, Nancy is blogging about how her love for endangered animals led her to write about the baiji:

Spinning the Baiji is a lyrical, old-style romance that happens in the all-too contemporary world. While taking a moment to regret changes, its important to look ahead. Are there things we can do now - today, this week - that might make a difference to creatures still among us?

The Ganges River dolphin is down to a very few thousand, at best. These gentle creatures have evolved over millennia - and are important contributors to environments not only in China but in some rivers of India, as well.

I must confess to a great admiration for some of our leading voices in saving animals and the environment. John Muir, at the turn of the century, led the charge to save land as national parks. It is thanks to him and all the people who believed and supported his efforts, that we still have places like Yellowstone. Jacques Cousteau brought the ocean home to many of us. Jane Goodall, Steve Irwin are just a couple more that pop into mind as folks who dedicated themselves to saving particular species. Yet, for every famous leader - there are thousands who support their efforts, share information, join foundations, and it is those smaller efforts that cause real changes in our world. You have to be single-mindedly devoted to have impact. I hope my stories might be like tiny stones that send out ripples... ripples that remind readers to reach out to support the world around them.

I hope my love of dolphins shines through here...and although its too late for the Baiji.... I hope to generate a little interest in the survival of the very gentle Ganges River Dolphins. Check this article out for ways you can help.

Are you especially interested in a a particular, threatened species? Please share some info in the comments section here. A copy of Spinning goes to some lucky commenter.

That's so sad about the baiji, Nancy. Thanks for telling us about the Ganges River dolphins. And I hope everyone will download a copy of your lovely story!

Win another free story from Nancy Lindley-Gauthier

Only one more day until Spinning the Baiji releases on Wednesday. Yay! Today, author Nancy Lindley-Gauthier is blogging about her other Climbing Rose story, Periwinkle Way:

Writing Periwinkle Way entwined adventure and memory...

I've been lucky enough to snorkel around some of the tiny islands near Captiva and Sanibel Islands. The warm, clear water brings you close to nature immediately. Horseshoe crabs snuggle into the sand as you pass, and fish zip impossibly close. Dolphins play in the wakes of distant, passing boats.

When teenager Robyn looks up from snorkeling, she thinks she can see dolphins leaping in the distance. It is a beautiful place, a little beach just off beautiful Captiva Island, Florida. There are shells and wildlife. A swim across this natural, untamed beach is her one goal, the one plan she held on to through her whole, week-long vacation. It will be a wonderful, never-to-be forgotten experience, she is sure. And, Robyn's younger sister Rue is, like always, spoiling everything. In a perfect piece of bad timing, a motorboat chugs up the beach, with a more than averagely cute guy preparing for a swim. Will his arrival makes things better or worse? Jump right in - the water is fine!

On the Long and Short Reviews, Periwinkle Way garnered a 4-book review:

It makes you feel as if you were right there on the sugar sand feeling a faint breeze ruffling your hair, seeing the blue sky, peering into the water, watching living things dart around...

Another review included:

For a short escape to sandy beaches and swaying palms, read Periwinkle Way.

I was floored to discover some wonderful reviews on my work!

I still love the escape I feel when I picture those beaches...dying to dip your toes in the water? Tell me your all-time favorite beach read and you might win a free copy of Periwinkle Way.

Thanks so much for blogging, Nancy. Those beaches sound fabulous. Especially as the weather starts to get cooler...!

Win a free story from Nancy Lindley-Gauthier!

Our guest blogger this week is Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, author of our next release Spinning the Baiji. Take it away, Nancy...!

I am Beyond Excited to be announcing the release of my short e-story, Spinning the Baiji, due out on October 7th!

Romance blends with a world that is slowly slipping into myth, along the very contemporary shorelines of the Great Yangtze River. In Spinning, Lin confronts the loss of centuries of culture and tradition - and not in a vague, it's-a-shame sort of way. Her home will disappear beneath the rising waters caused by the Three Gorges Dam. Her friends, the gentle Baiji that play along the river's edge, are desperately trying to escape. And, impossibly, Sunlee, the one man she could only and ever love... will leave also, abandoning this idyllic world for the hustle and bustle of Wuhan City.

Her grandfather merely tells her of how dragons became myth. Lin wishes desperately for the magic of the ancients, to spin a way to save them all. (thanks to Yahoo image for the baiji image)

In the endless rush of today's world - I wonder if it will be only a few short years before people dismiss the memories of the reatures that were clever neighbors for centuries? Will the Baiji become merely myth? Steal a tiny moment from your day, and drift along the Yangtze in this video...

Leave me a comment on your favorite bit of scenery along the Yangtze, & you might be selected to win a free e-copy of Spinning the Baiji! Do check back tomorrow- Prizes all week!

Thanks, Nancy--what a beautiful video! Can't wait for Spinning to come out on Wednesday!

Chatting with Nancy Lindley-Gauthier

We're just a few days from the release of Spinning the Baiji by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier (eBook available October 7) and I'm thrilled to have Nancy here for a chat!

Lin Li has no memory of a time before she loved SunLee. He is an old-fashioned sort of man, practicing tai chi and communing with the river creatures as in times of old. She knows he is promised to another, still, she secretly shares his dawns. She wishes to stop time and stay forever on the leaf-spattered trail where their lives entwine.

The day approaches when the mighty Yangtze River's current will still, and the finest things in her life must end. Her love for SunLee, like the unimaginable beauty of the Yangtze lotus, will fall away to no more than myth.

Sorrow brings her the last of the baiji. The magic of the white river dolphin offers her a lyrical world of love, but perhaps, not her one love...

Thanks for stopping by, Nancy! For people who may never have heard the term, what is a baiji and how is the word pronounced?
'Ba-hee' is the local name given to the Yangtze River Dolphin - creatures that are, even now, slipping into the realm of myth. At rare moments, some still visit the river that was their home... but most are simply gone, perhaps to the same realm as the Chinese Dragon.
That's so sad! Can you tell us about your heroine, Lin Li?
Lin understands the old ways and treasures the culture that is fading away, largely because the Three Gorges Dam is flooding her family's ancestral home. Yet, Sunlee, the love of her life, is moving to the new city - and leaving behind all that is precious; from the magical dolphins, to their homes and the beauty of nature along the river banks.
Where does your interest in Chinese culture come from?
Oddly enough, as a long time student of Tai Chi and related arts, I'm intrigued by the legends surrounding their beginnings - and often think how events in our times will be remembered. I look out at our wonderful, natural vistas, and think how every single one of us should try in some way, to protect a little piece of the natural world.
Why do you want to write YA?
Because I love to Read YA.(I harbor a deep suspicion that many adults enjoy reading YA.) There is often a wonderful quality of exploring and discovering in works for teens and tweens. I love that element of surprise, and the fact that YA books, in any genre, tend to be genuine and original.
What kind of books did you like reading when you were a teenager?
I read a huge variety, from Tolkein-type fantasy to romance and mystery. As a horse lover, I read every single Dorothy Lyons book I could find...and through all those Trixie Belden mysteries I hoped like mad that Jim Frayne would actually start dating Trixie!
You and me both, Nancy! *sigh* When a reader finishes a book by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, what do you hope she takes away from it?
Take away a moment of different perception; appreciate whatever it is that you treasure in this world. I loved Flipper as a child... and realized only as an adult that I could vacation in spots where I'd get to see wild dolphins at play, or hop on a boat and go for a sail. I have loved discovering all about different dolphin species. I wished I'd seen a real "Baiji' before they all left us. I hope I will still get to see one of the Boto of the Amazon River one day. I've written two short stories that feature different types of dolphins - Perwinkle Way, set on Captiva Island Florida, and Spinning the Baiji set along the Yangztee River banks. I hope to produced a full-length novel featuring Beluga Whales. It might not be specifically focused on the YA audience, but I hope it will include the best elements of any great YA: fresh perspective and originality.
Thanks for the great answers, Nancy. I'm looking forward to your blog posts next week!

Thursday Link Up

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

Well, Climbing Rose author Linda Kage (look for The Stillburrow Crush in 2010) is promising all sorts of bloggy goodness in October!

Since October is my favorite month of the year, I'm going to start it big. For the next couple of weeks, my blog's going to be packed with a variety of entertainment.
This week marks the opening of nominations for the Cybils (The Children's and Young Adults Bloggers' Literary Awards).

Welcome to the 2009 Cybils awards. All kids books published in English between Oct. 16, 2008 and the close of this year's nominations are eligible. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. on October 15th

Got a favorite book? Click here to nominate it.

Ever wonder what the deal is with all the reading challenges around the book blogosphere? New to the idea? Well, Becky of Becky's Book Reviews has the scoop:

Reading challenges come in all different shapes and sizes. They all have different goals. Though typically the goal is to have fun reading books. Sometimes there is more of a challenge involved than others. Some ask you to go where you haven't gone before. To get out of your comfort zone.
Looking for a challenge to join? Here's a new one based on a Fantasy Novel poll: 101 Fantasy Reading Challenge.

And feel like a challenge of a different sort? How about a quiz to see how well you stack up in English knowledge? Check out The Commonly Confused Words Test. It's fun and it only takes a few minutes (and I'm not just saying that because I scored English Genius :)