7/28/2015

Top Ten Tuesday #ttt



Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each Tuesday you are given a prompt, then you post your top ten.


This weeks prompt...
Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (love reading, are writers, work at a bookstore)


  1. Hermione Granger - #1 book nerd - Harry Potter Series
  2. Liesel Meminger - The Book Thief
  3. Finn Balastra - Born Wicked
  4. Cather Avery- Fangirl
  5. Elizabeth Bennet - Pride and Prejudice
  6. Allison Sekemoto - The Immortal Rules
  7. Ethan Wate - Beautiful Creatures
  8. Tessa Gray - Clockwork Angel
  9. Belle - Beauty & the Beast
  10. Cash Sterling - Shut Out
Who is your favorite bookworm? 

7/27/2015

PTB Retrospective of San Diego Comic-Con

I had the great fortune to attend my second San Diego Comic Con this year. It consistently provides the highest level of access to the latest news in film, television and books you could want, and the ability to interact with other fans of the material you might be in to. There are also great opportunities to meet authors and learn about up-coming books. San Diego Comic Con had a great selection of editors, publishers, writers and fans in a section of the Exposition Center where you could walk up, see the recently published and new books coming out, and have a chance to speak with the authors and get a book or few signed.

OMG So beautiful!!! *drooling* (Stacey)
 The convention program and the locations where the programming was presented, is vast. Spanning several blocks in just the convention center in San Diego, it also sprauls into adjacent neighborhoods around the area, and had several venues open for programming; inclusive of the San Diego Children’s Museum and the San Diego Public Library near the Gaslamp District. There is a great sense of community at SDCC. Everyone you meet who attends is as excited as you are to be there.   Everyone I met talked about books, comics, TV, movies and was enthusiastic to experience as much fun as possible in 4 very short days.

Moderators of the panels are fans too. Albeit professionals for their “day job”, folks like Conan O’Brien, Chris Hardwick, Aisha Tyler are fans like the attendees. They are very knowledgeable about the panels and the material they are moderating. Enthusiastic, and funny, they move the panels along by asking good questions, eliciting excellent responses from the panelists, keeping you in your seat in the legendary Hall H or other rooms where the panels are taking place.

The best thing about Comic Con is that there is something for everyone. If you have a passion for gaming, television, movies, comics, CosPlay, reading, science, discussion, you’ll find it on the program. The hardest thing to deal with is that you have to decide what you want to do, and have to choose between so many good things going on simultaneously, that it makes your heart ache that you cannot be like Hermoine in the Harry Potter stories and have a Time Turner :-)


7/25/2015

#ShadowhuntersTV Update

The new ABC Family Shadowhunters TV show has been giving fans TONS of exclusive behind the scenes content over at shadowhunterstv.com. Everything from pics, to video and twitter chats with the actors.

Here's a look at some of the fun things Shadowhunters TV has been posting:

* Feature showing the Institute from blueprints to structural pieces.

* Cassandra Clare recently visited the set. She shared TONS of pics on twitter and instagram - this article shows some of those pics as well as a couple exclusive pics of Cassie interacting with the cast.  And here's a video of Cassie meeting her new Isabelle.

* Miss the chat with Katherine McNamara (Clary Fray), you can catch all the action HERE. They also have a fun video of Katherine during stunt training.

* Think you know everything about the cast? Well here's 10 things you might not have known.

* Want to show your shadowhunter pride? Shadowhunters TV has created some pretty cool mobile wallpapers (including the top left pic) and Facebook/twitter headers.

Head over to shadowhunterstv.com for more great content including a look at Simon's Yellow Van and a behind the scenes look at the wardrobe department. They seem to be updating pretty regularly, so who knows what we'll get next. Follow @ShadowhuntersTV and @ShadowhuntersWR to keep up with all the shadowhunter action.

7/24/2015

The Red Queen Gets the Map Treatment

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About The Kingdom of Norta from Epic Reads:
The Kingdom of Norta and its’ surrounding lands are not only divided by war-torn borders, its people are also divided—by their blood. Those with common Red blood are forced to serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities.

If you’ve read Red Queen, you know that Mare Barrow kind of messes with this blood-based system . . . and things start to get a little complicated. Lucky for us, as she attempts to break down this division amongst the people of Norta, we get to see a great deal of the Kingdom of Norta through her eyes; allowing us to bring you this lovely (and accurate) map of the land!

Author Victoria Aveyard did this fun video explaining how she created the world of The Red Queen and how she came up with the location names. 

Want to know more about The Red Queen, visit the Epic Reads page for The Red Queen. Start reading, seee the trailer, find buy links and more!
Book 2, The Glass Sword, is out Feb 9, 2016. 
Find the full description HERE and pre-order your copy today!

7/23/2015

All WE HAVE IS NOW - SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY!!! #giveaway


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All We Have Is Now
All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

From the author of THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU, a groundbreaking novel about what matters most — when time is running out.
 
What do you do with your last day on earth?
 
There are 27 hours and fifteen minutes left until an asteroid strikes North America, and, for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home last year. Since then she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.
 
The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them that he has been granting people’s wishes. He gave his car away so a woman could take her son to see the ocean for the first time, and he gives Emerson and Vince all the money he has in his wallet.
Suddenly this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in 27 hours — maybe even their own.
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MAKE A WISH

Make-A-Wish-for-the-Apocalypse- There’s just a little over 24 hours until a meteor is scheduled to hit the US. What do you wish for?

As a mom, this one was pretty easy for me to answer - I would spend the day with my family enjoying each other and doing what we love to do - swimming, reading, gaming, and eating all the Blue Bell ice cream we can. Doesn't that sound like the best way to go out?


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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Thoughtful, endearing, and surprisingly fun — a reminder of what’s really important in life.” –Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program
“All We Have Is Now is one of those books my teenage self needed — a thoughtfully crafted reminder that every moment is a gift and that we should be kind, especially to ourselves.” –Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary
“Heartwarming and hopeful. I’d take this book with me to the apocalypse!” –Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series
 
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FROM THE AUTHOR
 
How did the idea for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW come about?
 
When I was in high school, I had a leadership class where we did lots of different activities and exercises. One of the most memorable ones was when we all sat in a circle and our teacher, Mrs. Smith, said something like: “Imagine the world is going to end in 24 hours. I’d like you to share with us how you would spend those last 24 hours.” What made it so memorable was how emotional people got as they spoke of the ones they love the most, or relatives they hadn’t seen in a while and wouldn’t be able to see again. It wasn’t long before almost everyone was crying. It was strange and kind of eerie, but also wonderful, because it was such a great reminder of what matters most. Of course, the class clown, a kid named Eric, gave us all a break from our tears when it was his turn and he said something like, “I’d find a girl and we would have a fun 24 hours, and that’s all I’m gonna say.”
 
I’ve always been fascinated with meteors and asteroids. The one that happened over Russia in 2013 was slightly terrifying, seeming to come out of nowhere and creating a huge blast in the sky, injuring over 130 people. As I thought about writing a book that dealt with that question of – how would you spend the last 24 hours – this seemed like a unique premise to play with.
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LisaSchroeder
Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at www.lisaschroederbooks.com on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder.
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GIVEAWAY
 
The author will be giving away $40 Powells e-gift card (US) OR a signed copy of All We Have Is Now (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends August 5th.
 
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This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.

Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games! The #MockingjayPart2 Trailer #Unite



OK, where we go! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Trailer. November can't come fast enough and it's not far enough away to put off the end. Check out our SDCC Mockingjay Part 2 Panel Recap to keep your Hunger Games high going. And there's still time left to enter to win The Hunger Games Exhibition Exclusive Pins.

Welcome to the 76th Hunger Games!



OMG wasn't that amazing? So much crazy and I'm totally going to need tissues for the movie! Love how dramatic they've made it and the visuals look stunning. Cannot wait to see it on the big screen!

Leave a comment, what do you think of the trailer? What are you most excited to see on the big screen?

visit Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Google+ | Mockingjaypt2 on Snapchat - to keep up on all things Hunger games, and enjoy these trailer screen caps!


PTB at #SDCC: A look at the #MockingjayPart2 Panel

Hall H at San Diego ComicCon is legendary. It is the largest venue for programming. It holds about 6800 people who have come together to have a good time and share the experiences the movie and entertainment studios make available as a SDCC exclusive.

The Thursday program at SDCC 2015 provided a memorable experience. Thanks to Nina Jacobson, HungerGames Films Producer, and Lionsgate Studio, the Hall H crowd had the opportunity to see the Mockingjay Part 2 trailer which IS OUT NOW!

Lionsgate knows how to thrill its audience. Imagine a darkened room with the hushed expectations of 6800 people knowing something fabulous is going to happen. The hairs on your arms start to rise, and then you hear it, the sounds of huge drums. Many drums held by lines of drummers all in white. Then you see it; drummers marching from the back of the auditorium to a martial beat; loud, resonating from your feet to the top of your head to the ends of your fingertips. It was absolutely thrilling.

The Hall H attendees were then introduced to Ms. Jacobson and members of the cast of Mockingjay Part 2 by  host by Conan O’Brien. On stage were Ms. Jacobson, Francis Lawrence the director of Mockingjay Part 1 and Part 2, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth, The trailer for Mockingjay Part 2 was introduced and you were able to connect the reason for the drummers and the trailer.

The panel for Mockingjay Part 2 was wonderful (click HERE to watch it). Mr. Lawrence is a very charismatic speaker; he has a great smile, and you could really tell the cast of the film and Ms. Jacobson truly enjoyed the reunion on stage. Jennifer Lawrence is genuine. Self-deprecating, authentic and very sweet, she answered questions from Mr. O’Brien, the panel moderator, as well as some audience questions. You could also see the chemistry between her and Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. They laughed, joked and poked fun at each other.

The film trailer itself is electric. We were treated to it twice as it was so powerful, you could not take it all in with just one viewing.

If the trailer is any indication of how awesome the film is, it will be a real treat to see the conclusion of the saga of Katniss Everdeen later this year. Lionsgate and SDCC didn’t disappoint with this program item. Watch the trailer and enjoy.  And can we see the film now, please?