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are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active.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


Finally! Release Day for The Stillburrow Crush!

Yay! It's finally the big day for 2010 Debut Author Linda Kage and her novel The Stillburrow Crush. But a fabulous novel is not the only thing Linda Kage has given birth to this month. Check out this beautiful girl--it's Linda's newborn daughter, Lydia.



As you can see, Lydia is already a great reader with excellent taste in books :) Congratulations to Linda on a February to remember!

Stop by Linda's blog today for her launch celebration--and don't forget to order your copy of The Stillburrow Crush today!

The Stillburrow Crush - Chapter 3

Tomorrow is the big day for 2010 debut author Linda Kage. The Stillburrow Crush will (finally!) release. We've been previewing the first three chapters of Linda's fab book and today we're posting Chapter 3. But first, if you're not up to speed, 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?


Click here for Chapter One, which Linda posted on her blog last week.

Click here for Chapter Two, which we posted yesterday.

And today we're posting Chapter Three! Here's a sneak peak:

My heart did a little skip. He was wearing his church clothes: a pale gray, long-sleeved, button-up shirt with a blue tie that had maroon diamonds running in diagonal lines down the front. His shirt was tucked into darker gray, almost charcoal, pleated pants. I could tell he’d shaved since the day before because his jaw was smooth and naked. He looked sleek and expensive and flawless.

I wanted to run and attack him too. I wanted to beat on his chest and demand, “Why’d you hurt me yesterday? Why’d you have to ask me for that stupid walk?”

But then he peered into my eyes, holding his face and his body still. And those eyes of his—those all-too-expressive eyes that crinkled softly—held sadness and compassion. I blinked away a sudden stinging, lowered my head, and began to retreat.


Click here to read Chapter Three!

And be sure to stop by Linda Kage's blog today where she'll be interviewing her hero, Luke Carter.

The Stillburrow Crush - Chapter 2

We're only two (two!) days away from the release of The Stillburrow Crush by 2010 Debut Author Linda Kage.

Last Friday, Linda posted Chapter One on her blog. Here's a teaser in case you missed it:

He towered over me, a looming six feet two inches tall (according to the football roster) to my five feet seven. His helmet was off, hanging at his side, and he’d wrapped his fingers around the face guard. A cut across his right eyebrow sliced toward the corner of his eye. Tiny etches of blood filled the cracks and defined the spot where he’d have a healthy showing of crow’s feet someday. His wet black hair curled slightly down his forehead and around his ears. And his eyes were a blue so clear that if they’d been a lake, I could’ve seen right to their rocky bottoms.

Finally, he smiled…and I wanted to kick him. He had a row of bright white teeth with a bit of an overbite, and a dimple I could’ve fallen into.

I hated him for that grin. I mean, how dare he look at me with those blue orbs and display such a genuine smile? I didn’t want it. I didn’t want to step into line behind every other girl in school whose heart went into double-thump for this boy. He had no right to give me that busted-ice feeling.


(Now you know why we've been featuring crush stories all month :) Click here to read all of Chapter One.

And today, we're posting Chapter Two of Linda's fabulous book! Here's a teaser for Chapter Two:

“I read your article about the game.” He left the Mustang and neared me. “Good piece.”

“Thank you.” The words came out a hoarse, garbled mess because my throat had dried up, and I had to clear it. “Thanks,” I repeated.

“The only thing is…” He slowly began to circle me as he had the Mustang. “I don’t ever go by the name Lucas.” He looked up and stopped. I fell into a trance staring back at those hypnotic blues, and I couldn’t glance away.

I swallowed. He’d caught my barb. Everyone knew how much Luke detested his Christian name. And that’s exactly why I’d called him Lucas Carter in the article.

He started walking again, kicking a little at the gravel. “I figure there’s really only four times in my life I have to suffer through it. The day I was born since it’s on my birth certificate, the day I graduate, the day I get married, and the day of my funeral. So unless you’re planning on killing me off or marrying me, I’d really appreciate it if you’d just call me Luke.” He looked up again for my response. I could only nod.

He lifted one of his eyebrows. “You already knew that though, didn’t you? That I hate my name?”

My voice sounded small when I answered. “Yes.”

“Then why’d you do it?”


Sounds pretty good, huh? You gotta read the whole thing! Click here to read all of Chapter Two.

And be sure to check out Linda's blog today when she explains how she got the idea for her wonderful story.

Linda is also guest blogging over at The Book Butterfly about cliques and how it can be difficult to step outside your group to find someone new (sort of like what happens in Linda's book!) Click over and leave a comment to be entered in a drawing to win an eBook copy of The Stillburrow Crush

We've Got a Crush ... A Winner!

Last week we posted blogger crush stories and asked you to vote on your favorites. At stake was a copy of The Stillburrow Crush, 2010 debut novel of Climbing Rose author, Linda Kage. The stories were posted, the votes were counted, and the winner is...

Elie of Ellz Readz!


Congratulations, Elie!! (Read her sigh-worthy crush story here)

And if you can't wait until Friday to begin reading The Stillburrow Crush (and I totally can't blame you!), check out Linda Kage's blog. She's posted the first chapter as a sneak preview! Awesome!

Chatting with 2010 Debut Author Linda Kage

We're counting down to the release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage. It's only 4 days away (as you can see from the widget in our sidebar) and today we're chatting with Linda Kage herself. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about her fabulous debut novel.

But first, here's the blurb for The Stillburrow Crush:

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?


And now for the questions! Thanks so much for stopping by, Linda, please tell us about The Stillburrow Crush:

The Stillburrow Crush is a high school romance, written in first person from sixteen-year old Carrie Paxton’s point of view. She shares about a month and a half of her junior year of high school with us…but, oh, what a month and a half it is. She grows a crush on—go figure—the football quarterback, Luke Carter, even though she doesn’t want to be so predictable as to fall for the best-looking, most popular super jock in the entire school until…she interviews him for the school paper and is surprised to realize he’s just not a pretty face. What’s even more shocking is that he seems to like her in return. Then drama in her brother’s life interferes with everything, and the entire town just sorta goes crazy for a bit.


Where did the inspiration for The Stillburrow Crush come from?

The very beginning idea for TSC came to me in college. I was taking a creative writing class and received the assignment to write a short literary story. I was a total romance junkie even then, so the stories I liked to tell were technically considered more genre then literary. In an awful attempt to repress my romance-loving self, I wrote a story about a teen girl interviewing a football player for the school paper and then taking a walk in the park with him to realize he wasn’t quite what he seemed. But the next week he died in a car crash…the end. I never did like that end (gee, I bet you’re wondering why, huh?!), so I kept returning to the story and writing on it until it developed into a happy ending that satisfied me.


One of the characters in TSC is a poet, did you write poetry in high school? And was it hard to write the fabulous poems in TSC?

Oh, well, thank you for thinking they’re fabulous (blush). I wrote a few poems in high school, except they were mostly cutsie, rhyming verses. I never could reach the depth or level of a very good poet. So, yes, coming up with the poems in TSC were extremely difficult. You have to create so much emotion and imagery with a very limited amount of words, all the while providing layers of meanings so a reader can view it a different way every time they come back to it. Not my forte.


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

First grade. One of my teachers praised a poem I wrote for an assignment (hey, there’s that poem theme again…weird) in front of the entire class. After that, all my classmates treated me like I was a good writer until I started to believe it too. Then, in the fifth grade, ten students from our class were chosen to attend a writing conference. I was one of them, and the experience solidified my desire to write. From that point on, I was always coming up with different stories in my head and jotting them down. Over time, I couldn’t help but start getting better at it!


What fictional character did you most want to be when you were growing up?

I was a Baby-Sitters Club fan in my younger years. I felt the most connection to Mary Anne from that series because she had a quiet way about her, but still got things done. Then, I read Gone with the Wind in high school and met Scarlett O’Hara. Wow. She was the total opposite of me and Mary Anne, but I still loved her in-your-face vivid character, even if she could be petty and mean at times. She made me want to be more outgoing and vivacious.


You write romance as well as YA, which do you enjoy more? Why?

I’m all about romance. Doesn’t matter to me if it’s YA, adult, historical, contemporary, paranormal, or suspenseful, my stories gotta have that happy, hope-filled ending. There’s just something about watching two people meet and connect. I love those scenes that zoom in and focus on the two main characters interacting, where all the senses are so heightened you’re sucked into the emotions too until you’re blushing, sighing, laughing or crying right along with them.


What's next? Any projects you'd like to share with us?

Right now, I have a couple adult romance stories coming out at the end of the year. But I always have ideas swimming around in my head for more. If TSC ends up actually being popular, I do have a YA work-in-progress I could focus on. It’s about a girl whose widowed mother remarries her junior year of high school, and she has to transfer to a new school.


If you were going to a costume party where you had to dress up as your favorite movie character, what character would you choose and what outfit would you wear?

Hmm. That’s a toughie, but for now, I’m going to go with Anna Paquin’s character, Rogue, from the movie X-Men, because, hello, she gets to hang out with Logan/Wolverine. Plus, it’s be easy to dress as her--put a white stripe in my hair, slip on a pair of gloves, and ta-da! I’m Rogue.


LOL, Linda, I like that logic! Thanks so much for chatting with us! I can't wait for everyone to read The Stillburrow Crush!

One Last Day to Vote for Your Favorite Crush!

All last week we featured crush stories from some pretty fabulous bloggers and asked you to vote on your favorites. The blogger with the most votes wins a copy of Linda Kage's 2010 debut release, The Stillburrow Crush (releasing in 5 days--yay!)



We'll close the voting today at 6 p.m. (EST), so you still have a chance to read the stories and pick your favorites. Here they are:

The Mystery Blogger had (has?) a crush on a Cowboy
Lexie of Poisoned Rationality had a crush on her BFF's brother
Elie of Ellz Readz had a crush on a rock star
Taschima of Bloody Bookoholic had a crush on a green-eyed hottie
Taylor of Library Lurker had a crush on an older man
Kim of The Book Butterfly had a crush on an ice skater


Just pick one of the reaction buttons at the bottom of your favorite post to vote for it!

And be sure to click over to Linda Kage's blog for another chance to win a copy of The Stillburrow Crush!

She's Got a Crush - The Mystery Blogger :)

We're celebrating the upcoming release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage! All this week, we're posting YOUR crush stories and asking everybody to vote on their favorites. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda's fabulous book.

Today's crush story comes from...a blogger who wishes to remain anonymous!



She says:

There's a good shot the hottie in question could find out (a mutual friend swears he reads my blog sometimes)


Fair enough! Here's our mystery blogger's story:

My best and most heartbreaking crush was on a good friend and classmate of mine. I met him when I started high school and found out I was not the only one drawing horses in art class. I'll call him Cowboy. Then I find out we are on the same nerd team. That started off 3 years of jokes, teasing and ribbing. We would argue for hours at team practice and back in the art room. Slowly but surely I was falling hard for him. He loved bucking out horses just as much as I did. We could talk about anything under the sun. Both being nerds it was rare that we did not carry around a book or two.

Then in Cowboy's last year of high school we ended up in the same class. Some friends were in that class as well and they thought it was hilarious the way I could not take my eyes off him. You see Cowboy was not exactly what you would call a pretty boy with a scarred face and messy black hair. What he did have was a killer body, one that he hid usually under hoodies and large T-shirts. So for a semester we teased each other about the work and the books. He thought my books were trash and that historicals didn't count as literature. I thought he was reading books a bit too far off the deep end. He stopped talking to me though after another classmate made the joke that we should go out. Then his jokes only showed up when we were at practice.

He left after that to college, or so I thought. At a mutual friend's book launch, I about melted into the carpet when Cowboy walked in. My best friend had to drag me out of there. He had on dirty worn-in blue jeans, a horse-slobbered hoodie and work boots. A greasy ballcap topped off the look. And before I left, he winked at me and shot me his customary crooked grin. You have no idea how much I miss Cowboy. He made everything better, funnier and had me looking forward to each day of jokes. He broke my heart and mended it again with each joke and tease.


What an awesome story! You need to track down that cowboy! Thanks so much for sharing your crush story with us :)

If you liked The Mystery Blogger's story, pick one of the reaction buttons below to vote for it!

And be sure to stop by Linda Kage's blog for her Stillburrow book launch countdown! Today, she's giving us a glimpse into her heroine's (Carrie Paxton) yearbook from her junior year. Cool!

She's Got a Crush - Poisoned Rationality

We're celebrating the upcoming release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage! All this week, we're posting YOUR crush stories and asking everybody to vote on their favorites. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda's fabulous book.

Today's crush story comes from Lexie of Poisoned Rationality (don't you love that name?!):



Here's Lexie's story:

For almost a decade (ages 8 to 16) I would harbor this crush on my best friend Jenna's older brother Steve--a not quite secret crush that in 7th grade, his much younger sister (Leslie) decided to use as a joke. On his birthday I came over to go out with Jenna and Leslie came bursting downstairs pulling Steve by the hand saying 'Look look! Your present is here!' pointing to me. I was so embarrassed I fled the scene.

In 9th grade, after the first Homecoming Dance, when we returned to Jenna's house for the sleepover with a couple other friends, he hung out downstairs with us for a few hours. The enemy of my childhood, my friend's neighbor Marissa, teased me all night, trying to get me to respond to her taunts. Jenna told her to knock it off, but Marissa really hated me for whatever reason. Finally, while I was reading a book, she went over to Steve and sat down next to him. "So Steve...been staring at Lexie all night huh?" I was so startled I dropped my book and looked over at him--he was looking at me--flooded with color and fled to Jenna's room upstairs.

Things finally came to a head when in 10th grade I was on assignment from my science class in the library getting research done. Steve's class was in there doing research for English class. I got my work done, but didn't want to return to class yet because I had found a really good spot to watch Steve while he worked. I didn't much pay attention to what he was saying until I realized he was talking about Shakespeare with his partner and they couldn't match a dozen quotes to the plays for some scavenger hunt. Extra Credit was on the line and they were despairing.

With a boldness I still can't explain to this day, I came out of my hiding place and quickly looked at the quotes. Without saying a word to either of them--not even when Steve said hi to me and explained to his partner who I was--I quickly pieced all the quotes to their respective plays, then gathered up my books and went back to my classroom before I did something truly disastrous. I didn't see Steve for a long while after that because of Winter Vacation, but Jenna handed me a small box and card and said they were from her brother one day at lunch.

Steve thanked me for all my help--I really saved his butt! (or so he wrote)--and hoped that I liked his gift. Inside was a silver pendant of a fox wrapped around a purple stone. It would be another six years before I learned that Steve had a crush on me all those years, but thought I couldn't care less about him because I never said a word to him and fled whenever he was around. We're friends now (he's married to a wonderful girl) and often joke about both of our youthful follies.


That's such a sweet story, Lexie, but heartbreaking too! (But like Taschima said the other day, crushes are all about the might-have-been.) Thanks so much for sharing your crush story with us!

If you liked Lexie's story too, pick one of the reaction buttons below to vote for it!

And be sure to stop by Linda Kage's blog for her Stillburrow book launch countdown!

She's Got a Crush - Ellz Readz

We're celebrating the upcoming release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage! All this week, we're posting YOUR crush stories and asking everybody to vote on their favorites. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda's fabulous book.

Today's crush story comes from Elie of Ellz Readz a fabulous book blog and review site.

Here's Elie's story:

Once upon a time, in a life not so long ago, I worked in a restaurant that featured musical entertainment on the weekends. One steamy summer night brought in Evernight, a local band that featured a new lead singer from a neighboring town. His dark hair was swept back at the nape of his neck revealing his dark eyes. One look into those deep eyes and I knew I had it bad. He approached me, his easy stride showed his confidence, and I felt my knees go weak. Unfortunately for me, my arms went weak too and the tray of drinks I was holding... well lets just say I cooled off, quick. Rather than freaking out at me for soaking his stage shirt, he gave me a lopsided grin and helped me clean up. In a slur of words, I blurted a lame attempt at humor, "Grace is not my middle name." 'While that was true, it did become my new nickname for the duration of the summer.

He started coming in frequently, especially if I was working a slow night. We would grab a booth and chat over iced tea. We were just friends, although I knew I liked him more than just friends. Occasionally I caught a glimmer in his eye and I got the feeling he liked me too, but I didn't want to spoil a good thing. A favorite past-time of ours became reading the local magazine. It was just a weekly printing of local events and goings-on. We would read the want ads and joke about all the desperate people. We would imagine setting up SWF with SWM with a love of dogs. All the while flirting, in a friendly way.

The summer wore on and we continued our frequent visits. I was planning a move to North Carolina and he was helping me scout for apartments and schools. We had become good friends, but I still secretly wished for more.

The days grew cooler and my departure grew closer. A few days before I left town, I found a copy of the local magazine in my box. It was a slow night, so I decided to flip to the want ads. There was an ad circled in bold marker, it said...

Wanted:
SWF. Must have long dark hair, beautiful brown eyes,
and a knowledge of the restaurant business.
Must love musicians and respond to the name Grace.
Must be able to receive visitors in NC.
Will Miss U



Now to anyone else, this message would have been very cryptic, but I knew exactly what it meant.

I moved as planned to NC. We exchanged a few emails and friendly notes, but I never saw him again. I will however, always remember that summer crush.


What a fabulous story, Elie! Sounds like there's a great YA novel to be written there :) Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

If you liked Elie's story too, pick one of the reaction buttons below to vote for it!

And be sure to stop by Linda Kage's blog for her book launch countdown (today she's featuring a map of the fictional town of Stillburrow!) and check out this great post at Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf for a quick Q&A with Linda (and another great excerpt)!

She's Got a Crush - Bloody Bookaholic

We're celebrating the upcoming release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage! All this week, we're posting YOUR crush stories and asking everybody to vote on their favorites. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda's fabulous book.

Today's crush story comes from Taschima of Bloody Bookaholic



Here's her story:

The biggest crush stories are the one who are never fulfilled. My crush dates back to 7th grade where I met the most gorgeous guy ever, or so I thought back then (nah, he's still hot). Anyways he was blond with very light color greenish eyes. Back where I come from that is rare. He was such a nice guy. A total catch, but... I never dared come forward. I was afraid of rejection and well, that he didn't think I was pretty enough or something. Days or weeks later when I actually had the guts to actually talk to the guy I find out that my sister liked him too. It broke a little piece of my young heart but I let him go. Then I started going out with other guys and slowly but surely the crush went away little by little. Turns out my sister' crush with the guy didn't go anywhere because he didn't like her... he liked me. I only found this years after the crush ended, but now we talk about it (we are pretty good friends still) and till today I wonder what could have been.


I think you're right, Taschima, crushes are all about what might have been! Great story, and thanks for sharing it with us!

If you liked Taschima's story, pick one of the reaction buttons below to vote for it! And be sure to stop by Linda Kage's blog for her book launch countdown (and a Stillburrow excerpt!)

She's Got a Crush - The Library Lurker

We're celebrating the upcoming release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage! All this week, we're posting YOUR crush stories and asking everybody to vote on their favorites. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda's fabulous book.

Today's crush story comes from Taylor of The Library Lurker A blog whose slogan is, "Why buy books when you can get them from the libary?" (which is a fun slogan as long as everybody makes exceptions for Climbing Rose books! :)



Here's Taylor's story:

I'll admit it-I have a crush on an older man. Well, okay, not THAT much older, when it started he was in high school and I was in middle school, and back then it FELT like the biggest age gap ever. When I was in seventh grade I used to go over to my aunt's house all the time when my parents were going to be out late. My two boy cousins were always there, and the older one, who was a sophomore at the time, would always have his friends over to play video games and the like. When I was there I would just sit and read and be generally ignored, except by one of his friends. This friend was always nice to me and actually talked to me, which was a huge difference from the other boys. We found out that we both had a weakness for manga and he let me borrow a series that he owned. I came to look forward to going to my aunt's house just because of the possibility that he might be there. The next year my aunt and uncle got divorced and I never went over there any more. Eighth grade passed without me ever talking to him.

Then came freshman year, and the use of MSN. Both my cousin and his friend were seniors, so I would see them around the halls. I think that my cousin gave his friend my MSN, because one day I got a request to add him. Well, of course I accepted. We talked every once in a while about random things, but I really liked our conversations, and the crush that I had thought I was over came back full force. He had a couple girlfriends over the course of the year and of course I was jealous, but I never let on. In the spring he graduated, and we talked some over the summer, but once September rolled around our conversations died out. He went to college and I'm still in high school, and I don't ever use MSN any more. I hadn't thought about him in a while, but when he wished me happy birthday on facebook the other day I seriously considered re-downloading MSN...;D


Thanks so much for sharing your story, Taylor! I definitely think you should pursue that crush!

If you liked Taylor's story, be sure to pick one of the reaction buttons below to vote for it! (And if you want to join the fun, forward your crush story to me at: blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com.) And be sure to stop by Linda Kage's blog for her book launch countdown! Today's giveaway is a Stillburrow Crush postcard :)

We've Got a Crush - The Book Butterfly

We're celebrating the upcoming release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage! All this week, we're posting YOUR crush stories and asking everybody to vote on their favorites. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda's fabulous book.

Today's crush story comes from Kim of The Book Butterfly (fabulous YA blog--if you haven't discovered it yet, you must check it out!)



Here's Kim's story:

From seventh to ninth grade I was madly in love with this boy (We'll call him Ted). Living in rural New Hampshire there wasn't much to do in the way of fun, but one of the things we'd all do is meet to go ice skating. I learned how to ice skate just to be around this boy. And it kind of worked because we ended up talking for hours on the phone and hanging out at school and/or skating rink, but he never asked me out (though I never stopped hoping that he'd finally wake up and realize we were meant to be more than friends). Well come ninth grade I had decided I was going to tell him. But before I could, this girl (we'll call her Holly) invited herself to come with me skating. We weren't close friends but I remember taking her there- she had blonde hair, blue eyes and was basically perfect. I had braces, a frizzy perm and acne. Anyways, they took one look at each other and fell instantly in love and ended up dating all through high school. I remember she called me to "thank" me for introducing them after. She honestly didn't know how I felt (most of my closest friends didn't even know) so I had to pretend to be happy for her. After we got off the phone I cried myself to sleep that night and every other night for about a month. And I never went ice skating again!


Thanks so much for sharing your story, Kim! (Guys can be so dense, can't they?!)

If you liked Kim's story, be sure to pick one of the reaction buttons below to vote for it! (And if you want to join the fun, forward your crush story to me at: blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com.)

Happy Valentine's Day!



Hope you have a terrific, romantic day! And hope you'll check back next week when we'll be continuing our celebration of the launch of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage. We'll be posting crush stories and asking everybody to vote on their favorites. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda's fabulous book. (Feel free to forward your crush story if you want to join the fun: blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com.)

And a special Valentine's wish to Linda Kage and her brand new crush, a beautiful baby girl born Wednesday! Mother, father, and daughter are all home and doing well :)

A Review, An Interview, and a Book Signing!

Some odds and ends on this last day before Valentine's Day (By the way, looking for last-minute gift ideas? try this article for lots of inpsiration)


First the Review: March Misfit by Barbara Stremikis got a fabulous review at BookWenches:

March Misfit is a story of isolation and courage and love, of feeling alone in a crowd yet finding the strength to stand up for oneself and others. I became engrossed in this story immediately upon opening the cover and simply could not put it down until I had read the final page. Cara and the March family come to life within the narrative, and their struggles, turmoil, and dysfunction captured both my heart and my imagination.
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I’m sure you can tell that I think March Misfit is a truly outstanding story. I do, it is, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It is my understanding that this is Ms. Stremikis’s debut novel. All I can say about that is simply…wow; I’m incredibly impressed. This is an author to watch, in my opinion. I will be eagerly awaiting her next release, and I’ll be placing March Misfit on my keeper shelf.


They rated it 5+ and a Keeper! No surprise to us, of course, since we know how great it is, but it's always fab when others agree with us :) Want to check it out? Order your copy from the Climbing Rose store today!

Next is the Interview: Linda Kage was featured in a fabulous interview at Tales of a Ravenous Reader on Thursday. Click over to find out intersting tidbits like Linda's favorite line from her upcoming release, The Stillburrow Crush, and which romance novel changed her life.

And finally, the Book Signing: If you're anywhere near Bloomington, Indiana, stop by the Barnes & Noble between 1-3pm for a book signing featuring our own Denise Gwen and her book House of Wacks!

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?

We've Got a Crush - Sixteen Candles

This week, we've been celebrating the release of The Stillburrow Crush by 2010 debut author Linda Kage, by counting down five favorite crush movies. And since this is Friday, that means we've reached my #1, all-time favorite crush movie. And while I was tempted for a moment to make it Lars and the Real Girl (because it's hard to imagine a crush any stronger than one that doesn't notice plastic!) in reality, it wasn't difficult to choose. My favorite crush movie is...of course...drum roll, please...Sixteen Candles.



Maybe it's because I can SO relate to Sam (let's just say I looked a LOT more like Sam than I did like Jake's girlfriend, Caroline in high school) and because I too had a crush on the hot, unattainable guy (although he never showed up at my sister's wedding to whisk me away *sigh*). Or maybe it's because Samantha's impossibly clueless grandparents, her vain, self-centered sister, her obnoxious little brother, and her overwhelmed parents, reminded me so much of my family, but this movie seems like a slice of my high school life--with a wonderful, wish-fulfilling ending tacked on!



So that's my favorite crush movie of all time--how about yours? And speaking of wonderful endings, don't forget to check back next week when we'll be posting YOUR crush stories and asking everyone to vote on them. Whoever gets the most votes will win a copy of Linda Kage's The Stillburrow Crush.

And by the way, it's not too late to enter--send your crush story to me at blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com and I'll post it next week.

In the meantime, check out this book trailer for Stillburrow to get a taste of a truly fabulous crush!

We've Got a Crush - Spike and Buffy

When we started counting down crushes this week to celebrate the release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage, I mentioned that one of my favorite crushes is not actually a movie although it started out as one--it's from the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer (which was originally a movie, and for some reason, even though I've seen every episode of the TV series, I've never seen the movie. Figure that one out!).



The TV series has been referred to as one of the best of all time and--with the exception of some unpleasantly dark episodes in the sixth season--I have to say I agree. And much as I loved the romance of Buffy and Angel together (Buffy and Riley, not so much) my favorite story line in the series had to be the hopeless crush Spike had on Buffy.

In my favorite episode, Fool for Love, Buffy is wounded by a vampire which starts her brooding about her own mortality. Concerned, she seeks out Spike, the platinum-haired vampire who is famous for having killed two slayers, to ask him about it. In recounting the stories, Spike reveals not only his past confrontations, but his present feelings for Buffy--which is more than Buffy wants to hear and she spurns him cruelly.

I think what I love most about Spike is that although he's a thoroughly appalling character--a monster, really--he's also snarky, humorous, unapologetic, and, oh-by-the-way, total eye candy! And underneath it all--as is revealed at the end of Fool for Love--there is compassion and the soul of a poet. It's no wonder Spike is on Poptimal's list of Ten T.V.Characters We'll Never Forget.

Spike's crush does not remain completely hopeless--he and Buffy have their moments--but ultimately, his is a hopeless (and hugely romantic) crush, which is why it comes in at number two on my all-time list.

Got a favorite crush (movie or TV)? Leave us a comment and tell us about it! And be sure to check back next week when we'll be posting YOUR crush stories and asking everyone to vote on them!

We've Got a Crush - Elvis and Annabelle

We're celebrating romance this month, and especially the romance of our upcoming release, The Stillburrow Crush, by 2010 debut author Linda Kage. This week, we're featuring movies that have great crushes in them. Today's featured movie is rather obscure, but it's a good one! It's Elvis and Annabelle, and while it's never been officially released in theaters, it has been featured at a film festival and shown on TV.



Elvis and Annabelle is a story about Elvis, (Max Minghella) who runs a funeral home for his father whose health is failing, and Annabelle, (Blake Lively) a beauty queen whose pushy mother makes all her decisions for her. The story takes place in small-town Texas, and when Elvis spots Annabelle standing by the side of the road taking pictures with her family, he falls for her on the spot.

I won't give too much away except to say the story involves a near-death experience, a kiss, a rescue, an escape, and of course, a killer crush :) Here's the trailer:



So do you have a favorite crush movie? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

We've Got a Crush - Breakfast at Tiffany's

Continuing our celebration of the upcoming release of The Stillburrow Crush by 2010 debut author Linda Kage, we're focusing on all things romantic this month. Today's movie--once again featuring a guy-on-girl crush--is Breakfast at Tiffany's the 1961 classic featuring Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly and George Peppard as Paul Varjak.



The brief synopsis is "young writer gets caught up in party girl's carefree existence" but the sum of the movie is so much more. It's the beauty and vulnerability of Audrey Hepburn, the signature look of her Givenchy clothes, the stunning views of New York City, and the beautiful musical score by Henry Mancini.

The movie, of course, is loosely based on a short novel by Truman Capote of the same name, but for me--maybe because I saw the movie before I tried to read the book--the characters of Holly Golightly and Paul (Fred) Varjak exist in the world of this movie rather than the book. Can you tell I love this movie? :) Mostly I love how Paul never gives up on Holly, no matter how she tries to run away from him and from herself, Paul loves and cares for her and tries to rescue her.



Breakfast at Tiffany's has also got to be one of the most stylish movie ever. From Givenchy's little black dresses, to the sophisticated Pauline Trigère suits that Patricia Neal wears, to the coolest party on film, this movie is a treat for the eyes as well as the romantic soul. Here's the trailer (in case you're not convinced yet :)




Have you got a favorite crush movie? Leave us a comment and tell us about it!

We've Got a Crush - Pretty in Pink

Since we're celebrating all things romantic this month in honor of our upcoming release, The Stillburrow Crush by 2010 debut author Linda Kage, we've decided to count down (up?) our favorite movies with crushes in them. So all this week, fabulous crush movies (although one of them isn't technically a movie, it did start out as one--more on that one on Thursday!)

Today's crush movie is Pretty in Pink, the John Hughes classic from 1986 starring Molly Ringwald as Andie, Andrew McCarthy as Blane, and Jon Cryer as Duckie, the best BFF of the 80s.



I love the look of this movie, especially the funky clothes that Andie fashions out of thrift store finds, and I love that Andie is independent and strong and not afraid to stand up for herself. And even though I think the social divide portrayed between the haves and the have-nots at Andie's high school is a little extreme, and even though I don't think it makes much sense that Andie and her father are supposed to be so poor and yet she drives that fabulous Karmann Ghia, and even though I think James Spader looks like more like a lounge singer than a high school student, I still love this movie.

BUT--the crush I love in that movie is not Andie's for Blane (or even Blane's for Andie) No, the crush I love from the movie is the one Duckie has on Andie. Not only is he her biggest fan, most loyal supporter, and fabulously funny friend, he's also madly in love with her. He never hesitates when it comes to championing her cause, even fighting the loathsome Steff for her, and tries desperately to keep her from being hurt by Blane. All that and he has great fashion sense--how else could he pull off this outfit?!



Not to mention, how can you not love a guy who pulls off this scene, my favorite in the movie, of Duckie dancing and lip synching to Otis Redding:



It's no secret that the movie originally had a different (and better, IMO!) ending. I won't spoil it for you if you haven't seen it, but since Paramount released a DVD in 2006 called Pretty in Pink: Everything's Duckie Edition I guess I'm not the only one who would have preferred the original ending!

So what about you? Team Duckie or Team Blane? :) And what's your favorite crush movie? Leave a comment and tell us about it!

We've Got a Crush - Linda Kage Edition

All this month we're celebrating the release of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage--and Valentine's Day--by dedicating the blog to all things romantic. The Stillburrow Crush is all about Carrie Paxton and her crush on the hottest guy in school, so we thought it would be fun to ask everyone to share their own crush stories this month. And what better way to start than with our very own Linda Kage, debut author of The Stillburrow Crush.

Here's Linda's story:


My senior year, I thought this guy named Jake, who went to a different school, was pretty cute. I always saw him at track meets and ball games. He could run the quarter mile like you wouldn't believe. He'd make a bunch of touchdowns against us at football games, and my friends would yell at me each time he did, like I'D jinked our team or something (truth was, we had a really awful football team). But he wasn't that great at basketball. EVERYONE knew I had a crush on him--even though I never even talked to the guy--even my yearbook staff teacher. So, at one track meet, my teacher made me point him out so she could take a picture of him for me. And that was the extent of my stalking days!!


I love your crush story, Linda! And I love that your crush Jake sounds a lot like Luke, your football-playing hero of The Stillburrow Crush. Coincidence? :)

Got a crush story you want to share with us? E-mail it to me at blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com. We'll be posting crush stories on the blog all this month and asking readers to vote on them. Whoever's crush story gets the most votes will win a copy of The Stillburrow Crush.

The Stillburrow Crush -

The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage doesn't officially release until February 26, but thanks to the wonders of modern, super-speedy printing methods, the book is already available as an Early Bird Special (no, really!)

Here's the scoop:

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?


Check out the fabulous Linda Kage's website for a Stillburrow excerpt!

And don't forget we're featuring crush stories all this month. Got a story to share? Send it to me at blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com.

The Stillburrow Crush at Bookworm Nation!


Last Wednesday, Kath of Bookworm Nation spotlighted Linda Kage, author of our upcoming release The Stillburrow Crush, for her Waiting on Wednesday feature. Here's what she had to say:

The story sounds just like the kind I enjoy. I’m not sure why I like high school romances so much, I guess I just think it makes a great setting for a story.I was also lucky enough to get an interview with Linda Kage! It was fun getting to know her a little better and it makes me more excited to read Stillburrow Crush.


Be sure to check out Linda's interview and Kath's great blog!

And looking for a little inspiration for a Valentine's gift for your Crush? Check out these conversation heart cookies. They're on sale here, but how cool (and easy!) would it be to make your own for a very special gift!

Winners of March Misfit Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who commented on last week's posts for the launch of March Misfit by Barbara Stremikis.

The lucky commenter who wins a copy of March Misfit is...

Sofie!


Sofie, please e-mail me at blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com and we'll arrange to send the Barbara's fabulous book to you.

We've Got a Crush...

We're so excited about the launch of The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage this month (not to mention Valentine's Day!) that we're dedicating the Climbing Rose blog to all things romantic this February. Here's the scoop on The Stillburrow Crush:



Want to be a part of our celebration? Send us your best crush story. Were you secretly in love with your best buddy? Dreamy-eyed over your swim coach? Seriously crushing on that foreign exchange student? Tell us about it! We'll be posting crush stories on the blog all this month and asking readers to vote on them. If your crush story gets the most votes you'll win your own copy of The Stillburrow Crush.

Just e-mail your story to blaizerose (dot) cr (at) gmail (dot) com. And don't worry if your crush is a secret, you don't have to mention any names :)