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are still available on The Wild Rose Press website, however, since we aren't publishing new stories, our blog is no longer active.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


Looking for a Cute Romance?

A couple of reviewers think that you'll find it in When Mike Kissed Emma. I couldn't be happier with the reviews I found online this weekend.

My favorite lines from them?

Becky at Becky's Book Reviews had this to say:
I know I would have really really loved this one if I'd read it as a young teen.

And Lauren at Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf said this:
The plot was fun and fast paced leaving me to be constantly turning the pages, curious to see what would happen next.

Please go to both of these sites and read the full reviews!

Five on Friday - The Moody Teenager Edition

It's Friday, which means it's time for Five on Friday when we grab a perfectly nice blogger or author and pelt her with five random questions. Today's Fiver is The Moody Teenager (OK, how great a name is that?) from The Moody Teenager blog (where else?)

Here's the scoop on The Moody Teenager:

Well I was est1995 and love to read. That is why I write reviews for teen books I read. Why? Because I've got nothing better to do that's why. I also enjoy long walks on pavement and rainy days, which are perfect for reading!


Rainy days are truly perfect for reading, I'm with you there :) And now for your five questions:

What TV show are you following this season?

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE! I always fall in love with one of the guys but they always get eliminated before the finale (Nathan, Jason....the list goes on). And of course Glee, though the season has ended, I need another Mashup Fix!


What's your earliest childhood memory?

My face being pushed into a pile of snow *shivers*


Do you have any pets?

I used to have a budgie, but he flew away (it was my fault!) and then we got 2 other ones but they kept...umm...doing inappropriate things....


What do you want to know about the future?

Is 2012 real? Will the Backstreet Boys have a come back? Will Britney Spears ever get back to normal? These are the questions that haunt me...


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

If I open my eyes, will there be a serial killer there?


I think I might be haunted if the Backstreet Boys DO have a comeback--and now I'm dying to know what inappropriate things your budgie did :)

Thanks so much for answering our questions, Moody! And everybody, go visit the fab Moody Teenager blog!

Springing toward Summer

What does Springtime mean to you?

Gardens and flowers bring the return of color. No matter how crisp and white a snowfall looks, the first of the bursting yellow daffodils are like a voice announcing the return of good weather and outdoors activities.

Oh, it might mean prom dates to some… it might mean applying for a summer job or endlessly mowing a lawn that grows larger every year (how does that happen?)

Those aren’t the reasons you look ahead with excitement. (OK, maybe the prom…) It’s the return of Sunshine and warm warm days.

And that means beach days aren’t far off.

Close your eyes and remember the gritty feel of the sand that insists on creeping onto your towel, and of all the voices laughing and chatting all around. Bet we all have a favorite beach, whether it’s the local swimming hole, a lake, or an ocean-side endless stretch of snow-white sands.

If your favorite spot threatened to disappear, what would you do?

In Spinning the Baiji, teenage Lin’s dream is to save the Yangtze River, about to be tamed by the new dam. And, its not just for herself, but for the dolphins that have lived along the shore of her village…for the grandmas that have never lived anywhere else… for the Lotus flowers that claim this valley as home.

What price will she pay to safeguard the best of her world? Download your eBook copy of Spinning the Baiji, by Nancy Lindley-Gauthier, to find out.

Another Fab Review for March Misfit

March Misfit by Barbara Stremikis has gotten so many stellar reviews, it's starting to get boring...OK, kidding! It's so not boring that so many reviewers have loved Barbara's book!

Here's what Fern at Aurora Reviews had to say:

March Misfit is a poignant and unforgettable tale about starting anew; surrounded by people, difficulties, and circumstances beyond your control. Although told through varying perspectives, this is orphaned fifteen-year old Cara’s story. When she enters into a large family living on the edge of poverty -- all of whom are virtual strangers -- she is the focal point and foundation of the work. It’s an amazing journey that enraptures from start to finish, and once I started, I couldn’t put the book down.


And here's the blurb:

When a mudslide destroys her home and kills her parents, fifteen-year-old Cara Talbot is sent to live with a distant cousin, his wife, and five sons on a dairy farm in Indiana. The stink of cattle, a tiny bedroom loft, and two brothers who resent her intrusion make life a bitter struggle. As she copes with her grief, she finds solace caring for an autistic child, who helps her see the softer side of Nicolas March, another family misfit.


Haven't ordered your copy yet? Read an excerpt here, then pick up a copy today in the Climbing Rose Store!

Five on Friday - Juju at Tales of Whimsy edition

It's Friday, which means it's time for Five on Friday, where we pose 5 random questions to our favorite book bloggers and authors. Today's Fiver is Juju of the fabulous Tales of Whimsy blog.

Tell us about yourself, Juju:

During the day I masquerade as a mature, responsible, financially savvy 33-year-old secretary but by night I'm a teenage bookworm with a penchant for Young Adult Fiction and love stories. When I'm not reading I'm cuddling with my husband and dogs (or both), eating exotic food, or dreaming of my next adventure.


OK, Juju, here are your five questions:

What's your favorite guilty-pleasure TV show?

At the moment it's a tie between the Big Bang Theory and Accidentally on Purpose.


What's your favorite midnight snack?

Definitely chocolate chip cookies. I could be the female Cookie Monster.


Who would you cast to play you in a movie?

America Ferrera she's younger than me but she nails the thick Americanized Latina that would be required to play me.


Do you like travelling?

I live for it. I just got back from Arizona and I'm hoping to visit Scotland or Ireland for the first time next year.


What's your earliest childhood memory?

Waking up early on Christmas morning and just gazing at the lights and gifts with total glee and anticipation.


Thanks so much for playing, Juju. I love your Christmas memory :)

Be sure to stop by Juju's fabulous blog Tales of Whimsy to say hello!

Forevermore, you'll be an "award-winning author!"





Hello out there in blog land! I had to share a really memorable weekend in my writing career, a weekend I'll never forget. It was magical, it was exciting ... well, I'm getting ahead of myself.

Back in December or January, I got word that my book Preacher Man, published last year by Wild Rose Press was a finalist in the EPIC contest! EPIC honors e-books of all different categories and genres, and my book was a finalist in the "Spiritual and Metaphysical Romance Fiction" category. HUH? That's a mouthful. But regardless, I was thrilled.

They invited me to come to the awards ceremony in New Orleans to accept the award in person. That's of course, IF I won. There was always the chance that I wouldn't win. But still ... it was a weekend in New Orleans, it was far away from the cold and snow of central Illinois, and it was the chance to chat and have fun with other writers. It was a no-brainer! I made plans to go.
For months, I told everyone I knew, and even some people I didn't know that I was headed to New Orleans in March because my book was up for an award. It was so ... cosmopolitan! I felt sort of like Carrie Bradshaw.
When I arrived in NO, I wasted no time finding authentic cajun food to eat, touring the French Quarter, browsing through antique shops and even taking a ghost tour of famous NO hauntings. I met other writers and I was having a ball! Fast forward to Saturday night when I'm all dressed up in my sparkly dress and heels, listening to the presenter announce the finalists for my category. Everything I'd been anticipating for the last three months had come down to this one moment. Would they call my name? Or someone else's name?
"And the winner is ..."
Time seemed to go into a wierd slow motion while I waited for her to open the envelope. My mind raced with ... I might win, but I might not. Even if I don't, it's still great to be a finalist. I've had a great weekend, and I've met some great people, and I've enjoyed my visit to New Orleans ... but OH, I'd love to win!
"... Laurie Larsen!"
WOW! The first thing I heard was my dad sitting beside me make some sort of sound like, "Ah ha!" Then I heard this rousing chorus of applause and cheers and I just sat there for a moment, soaking it in. The love and support in that room were palpable. I got up, made my way around several tables and up on the stage, all without stumbling. (Whew). And I accepted the beautiful EPIC award. It was wonderful.
When I returned home and shared the news, my brother said something that really stuck with me, "Forevermore, you'll be known as an award-winning author." And you know what? He's right.

Winner of the Confessions of a Teenage Psychic Giveaway


Last week, we launched Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by 2010 Debut Author Pamela Woods-Jackson with excerpts and a giveaway. So today I'd like to announce that

Vampire Girl


is the winner of a copy of Pamela's book. Congratulations, Vampire Girl!

If you'd like to know more about Confessions, you can read the Prologue, Chapter One, and Chapter Two. Or skip the excerpts and go right to the buying :) in the Climbing Rose store.

Here's the blurb:

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?

More great reviews for Climbing Rose books

We're raving over our rave reviews! The Romance Studio loved March Misfit and The Stillburrow Crush!

First, Steph B.'s review of March Misfit:


This is a sweet and poignant story. The March family are very poor and don't really have the resources to add another member to their family but they still took Cara in when she lost her family. Cara is grateful and tries hard to give something back to the proud family. I loved the character of Cara, even while she is hurting and her situation seems so unjust, she tries hard to make the best of it and to reach out to the family who has taken her in. The March family, however doesn't seem to know how to accept help. I cried for how cruel and unjust the situation is for Cara but I was also proud of her. This book will pull out all your emotions and swirl them around and then send them back to you. As Cara struggles to finds place in the March family, she discovers that caring for another can ease her pain.


And then Theresa's review of The Stillburrow Crush:


This was a hauntingly beautiful young adult novel. I loved the fact that it was such an authentic representation of life. The setting was wonderful, the whole community came vividly to life with each word. The characters were compelling because they were average small town residents with typical issues. I found I was easily able to relate to everyone. It was refreshing to have a heroine who was not stunningly gorgeous, rich and popular, not someone with too much money and not enough sense. I loved how the relationship between Carrie and Luke developed; it was so genuine and sweet. There's nothing I like better than a good cry while reading and this book gave me that. It also gave me moments of laughter, and it gave me a happily ever after. This was such a poignant novel that I just know I will read it again and again. This author is definitely going on my must-read list. I highly recommend you pick up this book and be sure to get a copy for any young woman in your life


Pick up your copy of these fab novels in our Climbing Rose Store!

Another fabulous review of The Stillburrow Crush

Asylumgirl over at Gothic Asylum Reviews (how awesome a blog title is that? You gotta go look at her header too--way gothic creepy!) loved The Stillburrow Crush by Linda Kage (of course!) Here's what she had to say:

I'm going to call this the little novel that could. I was blown away by how good it was. I was prepared for a sappy, cute, predictable love story. What I got was a heart-wrenching, roller coaster of emotions that kept me reading until the wee hours of morning. The writing was easy to read and the story was realistic. I absolutely fell in love with the characters. Linda Kage will definitely be on my watch list.


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?


Here's where you can read an excerpt from The Stillburrow Crush, and here's where you can get your own copy!

Release Day for Confessions of a Teenage Psychic!

It's the big day! Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by 2010 debut author Pamela Woods-Jackson releases today!

Here's the blurb:

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?


Want to read more? Read the Prologue, Chapter One, and Chapter Two--then click over to the Climbing Rose store to download an eBook or order your print copy today.

Or leave a comment on this post to be entered in our giveaway to WIN a copy of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic!

Final Excerpt from Confessions and a Giveaway!


Tomorrow is The Big Day! The release of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by 2010 Debut Author Pamela Woods-Jackson. Yay! On Tuesday, we featured the Prologue to Pamela's book (click here to read it, if you missed it) Yesterday, we had Chapter One (click here if you missed that) and today we get started with Chapter Two.

Here's the blurb:

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?


And here's the excerpt:

Chapter 2
Caffeine Rush

I spot Megan standing on the street corner outside school that afternoon and hesitantly walk over to join her. Even though she was nice to me today in art class, I’m still the new girl and my insecurities make me wonder if I’d really been expected to come or if it was just a pity-invite.

“Hi,” Megan says, looking surprised.

“You did say today after school, right? For coffee?”

“Oh, yeah,” she says, like she’s just remembered she asked me to join them.

She turns away and continues watching for her friends to emerge from the school building.

“I wasn’t sure if you’d really come,” she adds without looking at me.

I’m not sure whether to stay or go, but while I hesitate, Megan glances over my head and waves both arms. I turn around and see two girls heading toward us.

“Hey, Megan!” shouts one.

“Can we hurry and go?” asks the other one. “I’m meeting Kevin.”

“And who’s this?” asks the first one, staring at me. This girl is very pretty, part Asian, with long black hair and dark eyes. I wistfully admire the rhinestone-studded T-shirt she’s wearing, take another look at my faded Astros shirt, and wish I’d chosen something else for my first day at a new school.


Click here to continue reading Chapter Two.

And don't forget to leave a comment--anytime this week--to be entered in a drawing to win a copy of Pamela's fun book!

Excerpt from Confessions of a Teenage Psychic & a Giveaway!


Just two days away from the release of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by 2010 Debut Author Pamela Woods-Jackson. Yesterday we featured the Prologue to Pamela's book (click here to read it, if you missed it yesterday) and today we get started with Chapter One.

Here's the blurb:

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?


And here's the excerpt:

Chapter 1
New Kid, New School Year

“Class, may I have your attention? I’d like to introduce our new student Caryn Alderson. She just moved here from Houston, Texas,” announces the art teacher, Miss Emerson. She looks frazzled, her apron covered in paint, and there’s a smudge of blue chalk on her face.

I feel like an idiot, being presented to the class like I’m in elementary school. What next? Will they greet me in unison?

“Hi, Caryn!” all the students say at once.

Great. My sixth sense always kicks in at the most embarrassing moments.

“Caryn,” says Miss Emerson after the class settles back to work. “As I told you when we met yesterday, we’re already working on our first project of the year. So to get you up to speed quickly, I’ll partner you with someone.” Miss Emerson looks around the room for a likely victim. “Megan? Megan Benedict, may I have a word with you?”

Megan is absorbed in a pencil drawing on the other side of the room and clearly doesn’t want to be disturbed. She groans and rolls her eyes as she gets up from her stool and walks across to the front of the room where I’m still standing next to Miss Emerson. Megan stops in front of me, arms clasped across her chest, glaring at me like I’m her worst nightmare. Right now all I want to do is run—back to my mother, back to Houston, anywhere but here.


Click here to continue reading Chapter One!

And don't forget to come back and tell me what you think. Everyone who comments on the blog this week is entered to win a copy of Pamela's awesome book!

Excerpt from Confessions of a Teenage Psychic & a Giveaway

We're getting closer to the BIG DAY for 2010 Debut Author Pamela Woods-Jackson. Confessions of a Teenage Psychic releases Friday, but the good news is that we don't have to wait until then to start reading it! We'll be featuring the Prologue and first two chapters on the blog this week. Cool!

Here's the blurb:

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?


Here's the excerpt:

Prologue
April Foolery

I take one last look in my locker, hoping I’ve got everything. My biology book is shoved in sideways, blocking my algebra book, my sketchbook is buried under some math homework I never turned in, and my color-coded class notebooks are now in a pile on the bottom, next to a wrinkled Texas A&M sweatshirt. It’s easier to just keep most of my stuff in my book bag because I don’t feel like digging through the clutter most of the time. I sigh, slam the door shut and hurry to class.

“Hi, Caryn!” Emma looks really tired, like she didn’t get much sleep last night. “I wanted to ask you…”

“About your algebra test?”

“Yeah, right. Well, I was wondering if, well, if you thought I’d…” She sighs.

I guess she’s decided not to ask me if she’s actually going to pass it, and instead just looks at me sheepishly and says, “Wish me luck, okay?”

“Sure, good luck,” I say, knowing all too well she’s going to need it.

Sometimes I wonder, Why me? Most days are okay I guess, but, see, I’m fifteen years old and everyone thinks I’m weird because I know stuff. I don’t mean smart kinds of stuff, I mean things I have no way of actually knowing, but pick up on anyway. Sometimes it’s a gut reaction, sometimes it’s just images, like a movie-of-the week on fast-forward in my brain, but once in a while I just know something and it comes spilling out of my mouth before I can stop it.


Click here to continue reading the Prologue.

And be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think. Everybody who comments on the blog this week is entered into a drawing to win a copy of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic!

Chatting with 2010 Debut Author Pamela Woods-Jackson--and a giveaway!

Today we're chatting with Pamela Woods-Jackson, author of our upcoming release, Confessions of a Teenage Psychic.

Here's the blurb:

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?


Thanks for stopping by, Pamela. Please tell us about Confessions of a Teenage Psychic. Where did your inspiration come from?

I've always been fascinated with psychics and I've read a number of their biographies. Sylvia Browne is my favorite, but I also enjoy Sonia Choquette, Allison DuBois (the real one), and James Van Praagh. They almost all say they were uncomfortable with their abilities during their childhood and teen years and only came to accept them as an adult. That influenced me in writing about Caryn's insecurities.

However, there was a real-life inspiration that set my mind to churning. I had a student at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis (Rosslyn HS is a thinly-disguised BRHS) and one day one of her friends came to me and said we were having a fire drill at ????o'clock because Dena said so. I asked how Dena knew, and he said "she's psychic." I began to wonder what it would be like inside her head if she knew stuff like that and it just didn't find its way to the surface very often. That's how Caryn was born. Once I began to flesh out Caryn, I knew she didn't look like Dena (who was blond, popular and athletic, a real nice girl), but I started to think Caryn looked more like another student of mine whose tastes were quite eclectic. Hillary is the physical model for Caryn.

As for my other characters, they're all purely fictional, but I admit to borrowing my students' names a LOT!


Any psychic abilities of your own you want to confess to us?

I wish I was psychic like Caryn, but I'm not. Sometimes I get intuitive flashes in my head about my own life, and frequently I get answers in my dreams that are sometimes pretty vivid. For instance, I saw my son in a dream months before he was born, and I've already seen my grandson who hasn't even been conceived yet. Unlike Caryn, I have no clue about other people.


When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I don't know that there was any conscious plan on my part to start writing, it's just that I've always been good at it. Novel-writing is a recently acquired interest, but I was always the best in school at compositions, and I'm a prolific letter-to-the-editor writer. Just about anything I send in seems to land in the newspaper, magazine, etc.


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

I've got a novel that I like to call a "prequel" to Confessions of a Teenage Psychic entitled It Just Makes Sense. Caryn isn't in it, but it's the backstory of all the Benedict women. Mostly it's about Megan's sister Caroline, but the middle sister Allie, who gets a brief mention in Confessions is a major player as well. When I originally thought of Confessions, it wasn't about Caryn at all, it was about Megan (and had an entirely different title, naturally). Caryn was supposed to be a sidekick, but she just shoved her way in and Megan ended up being the supporting character. I love Caryn and in my mind I have a sequel planned, but so far I haven't committed one word to paper (or computer) yet. I hope to get to it over summer break.


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

I read all the usual popular novels during my childhood. I'm sure at some point I fancied myself as Nancy Drew, but I also admired Jo in Little Women.


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?

First I'd ask myself WWJD? (What Would Jane Do?) I'm one of those Jane Austen-devotees, as evidenced by the fact that Caryn's Lit class is studying Pride and Prejudice. My second love besides literature is history, and I've always been drawn to the Regency period. So my favorite movie characters all seem to come from Austen's novels on film: Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, etc. I'm a bit too old for those young heroines, but I'd still go as one of Austen's characters, or perhaps Jane Austen herself. I would go through the costume shop at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (a living history museum where I work part time) and put together something appropriate. Of course I also have a closet-full of dresses circa 1836, a bit out of the Regency time period, but I could adapt something I think.


Thanks so much for stopping by, Pamela!

We'll be giving away a copy of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic this week. Just leave a comment on the blog anytime this week to be entered in a drawing to win Pamela's fabulous debut book!

Postcard Confessions - Blaize Edition - and another fab review!



OK, so that's not really a confession :) but I do hope you'll stop back this week for the launch of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by Pamela Woods-Jackson!

In the meantime, check out what Dawn over at Night Owl Reviews had to say about March Misfit by Barbara Stremikis:

A story set in the early 1950s, March Misfit is a story that shows just how strong our courage and love for others can be when we finally reach deep inside to find it. I enjoyed reading this book because it showed just how strong the enduring love for family can last during hard times and when the ones we love so much are gone. That love of family and friends can help hold everybody together and restore peace. It also helps us to take comfort and find strength when confronted with obstacles. I could not stop reading this amazing story and I was in tears at the end. It held me to the very last page and I was cheering everyone on as they somehow or another found courage, strength and love to help them survive the hard times they faced in life.


Pick up your copy of March Misfit in the Climbing Rose store!

Three Fab Reviews for The Stillburrow Crush!

We're pretty excited about the rave reviews that 2010 debut author Linda Kage has been getting for The Stillburrow Crush!

First, Bobby over at Book Wenches gave it a 4.5 (out of 5) rating and had this to say:

Linda Kage’s novel The Stillburrow Crush is a young adult romance with a little something extra added. Although it revolves around the plot device of the nerdy girl winning the high school star athlete, it also addresses a number of deeper social issues. This story looks at teen pregnancy, small town social order, teenage peer pressure, and how one’s own perceptions or misperceptions can affect their life. I found this to be a quick and very enjoyable read that satisfied my craving for a sweet romance while giving me a story with a satisfying plot.


Lauren of Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf gave it an A- and said:

I've been under a lot of stress lately, mostly with school. So when I sat down with The Stillburrow Crush a couple of days ago, I was hoping it would push away my stressors for a bit by being a funny and cute romance type book. Luckily enough, The Stillburrow Crush completely succeed and went beyond in doing that!


And Elie of Ellz Readz said:

I fell in love with the characters in The Stillburrow Crush. Carrie is a very down to Earth teenager who lives in the shadow of some brighter stars in her little town. Luke, who initially seems like he would be a jerk, quickly became one of my favorite characters. The reader gets peeks early on of a softer side of him. The lives of the characters was written in a way that I could see them vividly.


Want to know what all the fuss is about? Pick up your copy of The Stillburrow Crush in the Climbing Rose store today!

Confessions Countdown--and some fun reviews


Happy first day of March, everybody! We are just 19 days from the first day of spring (yay!) but more importantly, we're just 11 days away from the release of Confessions of a Teenage Psychic by 2010 debut author Pamela Woods-Jackson. Check out the cool new Confessions header above--and check out the blurb for Pamela's fun book:

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?


And speaking of fab books, check out these rave reviews for some of our other Climbing Rose books.

First, Kath at Bookworm Nation is crushing on The Stillburrow Crush:

I was lucky enough to interview Linda Kage a few weeks ago about Stillburrow Crush. It sounded just like the kind of teen lit that I enjoy, and I wasn’t disappointed. It actually was a lot better than a lot of teen books I’ve read lately.


And Alexa over at Not Enough Bookshelves thinks When Mike Kissed Emma is better than chocolate:

You know when you've had a rough day and you just want to curl up on the sofa and devour a whole bar of chocolate, but you can't because of that pesky diet? Well, When Mike Kissed Emma, is the perfect alternative.


Pretty cool, huh?