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are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active.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