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are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active.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


Book Blogs Ning

I'm on Book Blogs Ning now! Visit my page here and friend me. Linda Kage, author of the upcoming Climbing Rose release The Stillburrow Crush is there too (she invited me, so thanks, Linda!). Here's her page. I'm still learning my way around there, so feel free to chat me up and pass on any advice about Ning-ing!

By the way, did you know Ning is the Chinese word for peace? (Well, according to Wikipedia, anyway) which is perfect for us since we're eagerly awaiting the release of Spinning the Baiji by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier.



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...


Check back later this week for an interview with Nancy and for her guest blogging posts next week!

More Great Reviews

Wow! More fabulous reviews for Climbing Rose books!

Snapdragon at Long and Short Reviews loved Enter the Parrot by Kiki Lon (of course!) giving it a 5 out of 5 rating. Here's what she had to say:

For its originality alone I must give Enter the Parrot 5 books. However, it’s incredibly readable, fun quality and utter unpredictability made we wish I had a bigger scale to work with. Do get a copy immediately!
BLURB: Meet Jade, the White girl in the Wong family.

On the surface, Jade fits in perfectly. But just below the surface lurks the fragrance of ginger, ginseng, and a secret kung fu society.

When her crazy grandpa’s deluded parrot goes missing, Jade must dive deep into the seedy underbelly of Chinatown to find him, keeping secrets from her best friends and her cute eco- mentor, Cedric: aka the hottest guy in school. She’ll need her wits about her to solve the riddle, especially when more than one bird goes missing.Could TF, the hot Chinese guy with the washboard abs, hold the key to the mystery?

One girl. One parrot. One ancient kung fu mystery.

Got kung fu?


And a "Fantastic" rating for Krysta's Curse by Tara West over at Between the Lines:

This story will swing you from laughter to fright as you encounter the situations that arise in Krysta's life and the spirits that come to visit her. They all have their own agendas, taking no consideration for the havoc they are wreaking on Krysta's social status, not to mention her sanity.

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.

Pick a Favorite

We have some amazingly talented authors here at Climbing Rose--and some amazingly talented cover artists too--and some amazingly talented people are both authors and cover artists!

A couple of weeks ago, I highlighted the artistry of author Kimberlee R. Mendoza and her Russell Family series. Today, I'm spotlighting Tara West, author and cover artist of the Whispers series. (Read all about Whispers on Tara's website.)

Tara not only wrote the three wonderful books of the Whispers series, Sophie's Secret, Don't Tell Mother, and Krysta's Curse, but she also designed the covers using her own photography. How amazing is that?

Pretty cool, huh? Got a favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know--and check out the Whispers series in our Climbing Rose store. And for a fab free read from the series, check out Dead Cat Smell on The Wild Rose Press website.

Thursday Link Up

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

Linda Kage, author of the upcoming Climbing Rose release, The Stillburrow Crush, has posted chapter two of her free read Bad Boys Don't Play Hero:

At a chapter a month, you should be able to finish reading the story in January, so you'll be all prepared to check out The Stillburrow Crush when it's released in February. Come back again next month to read chapter three. I hope you enjoy.


Laurie Larsen, Climbing Rose author of the fabulous The Chronicles of Casey V. is getting into the autumn spirit with her latest journal entry:

Fall has marched in (along with an incredible swarm of gnats that seem to be invading our area) and I'm in the midst of a ton of fall activities

And speaking of fall, it's almost time for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Thinking about participating? Fantasy/Sci-Fi author David Niall Wilson, five-time NaNoWriMo participant, has answers to all your questions:

I’ve done Nanowrimo successfully every year since 2004, which was the first time I managed to say I was going to do it and actually start. I’ve sold most of what I’ve written durning those challenges, and I’ve got a couple of decades of writing experience, a few awards, for what they’re worth – I like to think that when I post here I am somehow giving back and helping with the next “round” of creativity.

And out in the YA blogosphere, Falling Off the Shelf has expanded into Falling Off the Shelf Swaps. Got some books you want to swap? Click over and check it out.


Happy First Thursday of Fall, everybody!

Steal this Widget

We're really excited about Spinning the Baiji by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier. It's coming out in eBook on October 7 and we're counting down the days. And now...you can too! Just click "share" on our countdown widget and you can post it on your own blog or web page. We'd love to see our Baiji widget all over the blogosphere. So go ahead, steal this widget!



Spinning the Baiji by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier
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...

The Reviews Are In!

Two great reviews for two of my favorite stories (all the Climbing Rose stories can be my favorite stories, right?). Anyway, it's nice to see reviewers agreeing with me about how special these stories are!

Diana Coyle at Night Owl Romance had this to say about When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak:

Ms. Marciniak has a way with her writing that not only entertains young adults, but also adults alike. I found myself flipping the pages as quickly as possible to find out what was going to happen next to everyone. This is a perfect story to pick up for those young adults in your life. I’m sure they’ll enjoy it as much as I did reviewing it!


And Snapdragon over at Long and Short Reviews raved about The Chronicles of Casey V by Laurie Larsen:

In my view, this is the ideal young adult romance; it’s a time when love should be woozy and breathless for everybody. It’s also remarkably contemporary, with a very real, ‘today’ sort of sense.
...
It’s also simply fun; the summer at camp brings a certain sense of escapism, as well as sharing all the fun activities. It’s a light and effervescent tale and Larsen manages to maintain this bouncy style/atmosphere throughout
And Snapdragon also loved the cover for Casey V:

I’d be remiss not to note the great cover art here. Love the designs, the color, and how it so well represents the atmosphere of the story.
A cover designed by our own Kimberlee R. Mendoza, by the way. (All the covers can be my favorite covers, right?)

Cool Stuff for Monday

Hope everybody had a great weekend! It's cool and rainy where I am and the leaves are starting to change colors and fall--not sure I'm ready for that! Seems like we never really had summer...!

Anyway, the cool stuff I found for this Monday is truly cool--it's a site called zinepal.com and it allows you to turn online content into a magazine or eBook for free.

zinepal.com
Now you are the editor.

You can use zinepal.com to create an eBook of your own content, or turn your favorite blog into an eBook for reading on the go. You can also browse and download Zines created by other readers. (I did mention the coolness, right?) Check out the zinepal.com website and their blog for all the details.

And have a great Monday, everybody!

Book Blogger Appreciation

I'm wrapping up Book Blogger Appreciation Week (headquartered here) with one more of my favorite Book Blogs--Book Fanatic by blogger Shelley


Her blog's flocked wallpaper background would be reason enough to love Book Fanatic but Shelley also has great reviews, reading lists, and info about the YA world in general. So click over and check it out--and have a great weekend everybody!

Book Blogger Appreciation

In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (headquartered here) I'm highlighting another of my favorite Book Blogs--A BookLover's Diary by Jessica (BookLover)


Jessica reviews all kinds of books--not just YA--and I love that she writes in-depth reviews rather than just one- or two-sentence reactions. She really gives me a feel for whether I will like a book or not. So check out A BookLover's Diary. I think you'll like it!

Book Blogger Appreciation

In honor of Book Blogger Appreciation Week (headquartered here) I thought I would highlight one of my favorite YA Book Blogs--Sarah's {random} Musings


Not only does she read prodigiously (18 books in August!) but she features all kinds of cool interviews, trailers, and thoughtful reviews. No wonder her blog has nearly 300 followers! So check out Sarah's blog, I think you'll like it.

Do you have a favorite book blog? Leave me a comment and tell me about it. I'd love to check it out.

Trailer Tuesday

Today's trailer is from Terry Lee Wilde's paranormal treat, Deidre's Secret.



And here's a little teaser:
But something else plagued the recesses of her mind. Something that forced a chill down her spine. The uncontrollable fear that her visions had warned her before and she had failed to save someone, swept over her like an icy shower.

Sounds pretty cool, right? Pick up your copy of Deidre's Secret in our Climbing Rose store.

Cool Stuff for Monday

Don't have a Kindle or an iPhone but still want the electronic reading experience? Like the idea of a book group and want to discuss your latest read with other readers, but no coffee house is handy? Clearly, you need a virtual book club and I just happen to know of one: BookGlutton.com.

What's Book Glutton? Well, I'll let them tell you:

Our intent: build an experience that is simultaneously a book group, a computer, and a book. We believe firmly that people want to read, annotate and discuss, right there, immersed in the text. That’s the best time to talk about a book. We also respect the solitary side to reading: people should have the chance to tune out the community. We wanted it to be attractive, too; to be an experience. It was designed for the laptops people carry to their coffee shops, and meant for the network, not the desktop.
It's an online book club (a free online book club) where once you sign up for a free account, you can pick a book to read, pick a group to join, open your online reader, and start reading, annotating and communicating with fellow readers.

Now that's some seriously cool stuff. Going to join? Or want to start a group (to read, oh say, one of our fab Climbing Rose books?) Leave me a comment or drop me an e-mail: blaizerose [dot] cr [at] gmail [dot] com.

What's your favorite?

We have some amazingly talented authors here at Climbing Rose--and some amazingly talented cover artists too--and some of our amazingly talented people are both authors and cover artists!

Kimberlee R. Mendoza is the multi-talented author and cover artist of the Russell Family series. If you haven't picked up one (or all) of the books in this series, you should--you can read about Kimberlee here and the series here--but I though it was time to highlight some of our awesome cover artists. So take a look at the the Russell Family series covers:


Pretty cool, huh? Got a favorite? Leave me a comment and let me know--and check out the Russell Family series in our Climbing Rose store.

Thursday Link Up

What are Climbing Rose authors talking about this week?

Well, over at Simply Put, Christine Marciniak is rightly excited about the great reviews she's been getting for When Mike Kissed Emma:
Yeah, it's sort of raining out there and sure, the kids weren't excited about getting up and going to school, but I woke up to a great review of When Mike Kissed Emma, so it seems like a great day to me.

Over at We Love YA, Kiki Lon, author of Enter the Parrot, is blogging about addiction:
My (not so secret) addiction is adventure. That doesn’t have to mean Indy-style swings over snake pits or exploring dark, dank caves looking for treasure (although those are certainly good options).

At the Acme Authors Link, June Sproat, author of Ordinary Me, is blogging about her new toy:
Okay, so I'm really a big kid at heart. I love toys. And I got new one. A Kindle. It's the first Kindle. I love toys, but can't afford to get all the new ones so the Kindle2 will have to wait.

And out in the book blogosphere, Booking Through Thursday is asking:
What’s the most informative book you’ve read recently?

Hmmm, I'll have to think about that for a while. In the meantime, enjoy your Thursday-it's-almost-the-weekend, everybody!

WOW - Great Review for WMKE

Fern at Long and Short Reviews loved When Mike Kissed Emma by Christine Marciniak:

Christine Marciniak has provided all the classic elements: The “rebel”, the girl that adores him in secret, the high school musical, and the cast of characters that make it memorable. There is even an aptly dubbed “Snack Shack” and a vintage 1941 Indian Chief motorcycle. It’s a modern day story with a retro feel, something you no longer find on the bookshelves. The plot doesn’t revolve around new clothes, being the most popular girl in school, or snagging the homecoming crown. This is a lesson in learning about who you are, and more importantly, who brings out the person inside you want to be.
How fabulous is that? Almost as fabulous as the book itself--here's a reminder just how fab WMKE is:



Pick up your copy in our Climbing Rose store today.

Did you know that next week is Book Blogger Appreciation Week? What is Book Blogg...BBAW, you ask? Well, here's their own explanation:

Book Blogger Appreciation was started by Amy Riley of My Friend Amy in an effort to recognize the hard work and contribution of book bloggers to the promotion and preservation of a literate culture actively engaged in discussing books, authors, and a lifestyle of reading.

The first Book Blogger Appreciation was observed in the fall of 2008 and occurs every September. The week spotlights and celebrates the work of active book bloggers through guest posts, awards, giveaways, and community activities. Book Bloggers are encouraged to register their participation for inclusion in a database of
book bloggers

Pretty cool, huh? Check it out at the Book Blogger Appreciation Week website and see if your favorite YA Book Blogger is nominated!

Fab Reviews for Fab Authors

Several of our Climbing Rose authors have gotten great (of course!) reviews lately.

First is a 4-angel review for Krysta's Curse by Tara West:

Ms. West has created a fast paced story that balances real life with the paranormal into one incredible story. I loved watching how Krysta, AJ, and Sophie learned to use their talents in ways to help each other. Sophie's gift of reading minds and AJ's dreams that come true help them to solve any problems that they come across. It was astonishing to watch Krysta as she balanced all the crazy situations the ghosts get her into with life as a teenager, which is difficult on its own. I loved how the vivid descriptions of the ghosts bring them to life in their comical and scary natures. I haven't read any stories by Ms. West, but I for one am going to read more of her Whispers Series.

--Teresa, Fallen Angel Reviews

Then there's this fab review from Nights and Weekends for The Chronicles of Casey V. by Laurie Larsen:

Oh, what fun it was to be transported back to the age of sixteen! The things that happen to Casey throughout The Chronicles of Casey V. were almost a mirror to my own experiences as a teen (since, if anything goofy happened, it always happened to me). As I read, I laughed out loud so many times that my cats gave me the wonky eye for disturbing their sleep.

--Margaret Marr, Nights and Weekends
And the folks at Nights and Weekends also loved Krysta's Curse:

Krysta’s Curse was so much fun to read that I hated to see it end. The story is infused with humor—and even a few chills at times—and I enjoyed every single moment that I spent reading it. Krysta is such a delightful fourteen-year-old, and her witty sarcasm is just plain hilarious. At the same time, her home life is less than ideal, which makes her even more endearing and easy to relate to.

--Margaret Marr, Nights and Weekends

So if you're looking for some good books for this Labor Day Weekend, check out our Climbing Rose store and see what all the fuss is about!

Waiting on Wednesday


We're counting down to the release of Spinning the Baiji, by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier (not that we're excited about it or anything!)

Here's the blurb:
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...


Sounds pretty wonderful, right? And here's an excerpt:

A deep echoing voice washed over the ripples, echoing "watch over you." A great black swam up from the depths. The voice resonated deep and warm and full of all the imagined things the Revered One had spoken of; The cries of twisty, sneaky red dragons gathered in the back, and the quacks of ducks playing in small pools near the shore. The buzz of honeybees and the strange clicks of locusts, the sound waterfalls even, harmonized through the voice of the one. It drew her down, beneath the surface. Above, beautiful white lotus flowers danced around the snow white body of the baiji, adrift in the current.

Old Yang, the mighty black catfish, blinked as he emerged from the depths, shambling forward like the oldest of grandfathers. His wise old eyes blinked, and he looked about him slowly. "Where did you find the eyes to see?" He grumbled.

Wonderingly, Lin whispered into the water, "If I met a catfish, I was supposed
to ask…"


Look for Spinning the Baiji when it releases October 7. In the meantime, check out Periwinkle Way, also by author Nancy Lindley-Gauthier and also involving dolphins. Hmm, am I sensing a trend here?

Trailer Tuesday

Today's trailer comes courtesy of Linda Kage and her upcoming, fab release The Stillburrow Crush.



and here's a two-sentence teaser from The Stillburrow Crush:
I didn’t even think to close my eyes. Of all thetimes I’d imagined my first kiss, I never thought it would take me by surprise like this.

Sounds pretty amazing, right? Can't wait for everybody to read it! Look for it in February of next year...