Sunday, May 3, 2015

Huey Lewis & the short Canadian

Because my creative well has  run dry, I decided to let the next tweet that appeared in my feed provide the topic for this post. Considering some of the freaks people I follow, it could have been very bad. Thankfully, it was pretty awesome. Like, totally awesome!

Today, May 3, 2015, marks a unique day in movie history as evidenced by the below photo:

If you don't know the movie you're either under the age of 21 and your parents have neglected you, or you've been living under a rock. Either way, you're a travesty to me and the entire film industry. Seriously. You MUST remedy this sitch immediately or you'll have to forfeit your membership to my fan club. Yeah, it's that serious.

BACK TO THE FUTURE is one of the best films to come out of the 80's. (And John Hughes had nothing to do with it so...yeah, that's saying something). It's right up there with Karate Kid and The Goonies. Okay, maybe not the The Goonies, but it's a right of passage for sure and will go down in history as one of my top twenty...maybe fifteen movies of all time.

I won't give away the story for those of you who haven't seen it yet, *adopts threatening expression directed right at YOU*, but it's in this movie where you get to see Michael J. Fox step away from his Alex P. Keaton role and into something a little less...conservative. He may only be five feet tall, but this little Canadian can deliver!  Plus, you'll understand why Power of Love is one of the best songs to come from the 80's. *Nods to Huey Lewis...and the News*

Here's a little reminder for those who haven't seen it in a while...
and for those of you who never have, digest this awesomeness now and then scamper off to Netflix, Amazon Prime or...anywhere, and get your hands on this movie. You'll be so happy you did.

(Also, don't judge the wardrobes harshly...everybody dressed that way in 1985. #truth)

Finally, we have a winner for last month's anniversary giveaway. Congratulations, Thais!! And thanks to everybody who entered. A fun, summer read giveaway will be coming soon so stay tuned.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Happy, Happy, Happy!! A birthday celebration and giveaway!

One year ago today, SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS rolled onto the scene.
 *pauses while you look at the calendar, scratch your head and say, "No freakin' way!"*

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Hard to believe, I know, but it's true.

365 short days ago, Cricket Montgomery strolled into Barnes and Noble with a Fendi over her shoulder and demanded that the world listen to her story, and listen it did!

Readers have called this book: honest, heartwarming, funny, authentic, irreverent, uplifting and so many more happy adjectives that to list them all would take until this day next year. (Okay, I'm exaggerating a smidge, but seriously, people are kind, yo!)  And now it's your chance to read the book to see if what they're saying is true. (If you agree, leave a review somewhere. If you don't...well... let's just say kittens have been known to go missing. Ahem.)

To celebrate this momentous first birthday, I'm offering up a signed copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS PLUS a $15 book gift card (winner chooses the store) so you can check out one of the amazing 2015 books that are strutting their stuff on the debut runway.


So, brush up on your mad contest-entering skillz and win yourself this awesome prize.
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No minions were hurt during the posting of this blog

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

And the monkey shall entertain you

I realize I've been slacking on the blog lately, but I promise I've got a very, very good reason for my laziness.  Here it is:

I'm writing. 

My current WIP has stolen my heart and with it, every second of free time I have.
I promise to return with some ridiculous witty commentary soon, but in the meantime this little monkey is here to keep you entertained. I have yet to determine if she's cute or just plain freaky.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

INTO A MILLION PIECES: Launch day celebration and goat-filled giveaway

I know you guys are used to me being all chill and laid-back about stuff *coughs*, but today there is absolutely no way I can hide my excitement...

Because today marks the day that INTO A MILLION PIECES 
enters the world!!

*pauses for more flailing*

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Okay, here's a little peeksie so you know what the fuss is about:

Allison McKready is a succubus. So is her twin sister. But while Allison spends her summer break hiding in the library behind her Goth makeup, Jade fools around as often as she can. Allison can’t believe Jade would ignore their mother’s fatal example so recklessly, but concealing a cursed bloodline and its dangerous effects is far from Allison’s only problem. Mean girl Julie’s snob mob is determined to ruin her summer, and Aunt Sarah’s Bible thumping is getting louder. Only her new friend, Ren Fisher, offers safe haven from the chaos of her life.

When one of Jade’s risky dates leads to humiliation and sudden tragedy, Allison reels, and Ren catches her. But as her feelings for him grow, so does her fear that she’ll hurt him—or worse—in an unguarded moment. The choice is coming—love him or save him—but Allison might not live to make it. One way or another, the curse will have its due

So you've got twin sisters with cursed blood, a dead mom with a tragic past, and a boy who happens to bare the same name as the dreamiest, Volkswagon-driving gymnast a movie has ever produced?! OHMYGAWD...YES!

INTO A MILLION PIECES is a fast-paced, intense, and delicious read, (I read it in one sitting!) that will keep you entertained from page one. It also happens to be penned by one of my dearest pals and fellow Goat Posse member, (Click here for more deets on the Goat Posse. Don't worry, I'll give you a sec to recover cause that's a lot of awesome to take in at one time) the lovely Angela V. Cook, which means not only does it get the highly coveted Rookie stamp of approval, but the prize pack for this celebratory giveaway is HUGE! Check it out:

Signed Copy of PRESS PLAY (Eric Devine)

Signed Copy of ESSENCE (Lisa Ann O’Kane), plus two buttons

Signed Copy of THE HUNDRED: FALL OF THE WENTS (Jennifer Prescott)
Signed Copy of SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS (ME!) plus bookmarks

8x10 ENSNARED art print by Nathalia Suellen, 
signed by NYT Bestselling Author A.G. Howard *pauses for a moment of HOLY SH*T! NYT list!!*

and a signed INTO A MILLION PIECES bookmark

Two runner-up prizes:
Each runner-up will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, 
and a signed INTO A MILLION PIECES bookmark

So, do yourself a favor and buy this book, enter to win the contest, and start stalking Angela on Twitter.  
Do it or the goats will get you. #threatsarefun #bewarethehoof

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Um...what just happened?!

Fan Club, you've caught me in a rare state of speechlessness.

What the heck happened to 2014?!

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Perhaps it's my age catching up with me, (Somebody's turning 40 in June. *coughs* *hacks* *jams a knife into her chest before the fateful event actually happens*) but if not for the continuous Macy's year-end interruptions commercials I'd swear that it was still March!

Thing is, when I actually stop long enough to reflect 
on what's gone down in my world, 
I have to admit that Carson Daily has shown up right on time.

In the last twelve months I have:

Signed my first book,
sent a kid off to sixth grade,
cried sad tears with my best friend,
drank beers with my editor,
met amazing, talented people,
toughed out some ugly reviews,
visited my main character's actual home,
wrote a new book,
embarked on lifelong friendships,
cried happy tears with my best friend,
read insanely good books,
danced with Mickey Mouse,
edited an old book,
written terrible blog posts,
become addicted to PhotoBucket,
prayed. A lot.
Traveled with six of my soul mates,
 said incredibly stupid things at the wrong time,
bruised my tailbone on a children's toy,
laughed until I cried, 
eaten pounds of guacamole,
cried until I laughed,
swallowed my pride,
learned that no one will ever love my books as much as I do,
watched a lot of TV,
worried about things that are out of my control,
sought wisdom,
indulged in my family, 
judged unfairly,
sang out of key. Loudly. 
Become a fan of #hashtags,
grown to despise Tumblr, 
hugged hard,
counted the colors in a sunset...
and a sunrise.
 Learned to trust more,
enjoyed champagne on a school night,
and most of all, 
marveled at the generosity of others.

Huh...No wonder I'm so tired.
2014 was an exciting, stressful, thrilling, terrifying, 
humbling, frustrating and amazing year.

Thanks for sharing it with me.




Monday, December 1, 2014

Ho, Ho, HOLY CRAP! A Christmas giveaway!

...we interrupt our regularly scheduled 
blog post to bring you 
this important news from YA author Eric Devine.

Ah, the holidays. Your stress level is through the roof, your credit card is sweating from the workout at the register, and you have a list that would make Santa say, “Ho, Ho, hold the phone.”

No worries, I have the perfect solution: free books.

Whether you have a reluctant or avid teen reader to buy for, or you know an adult who would love something kick-ass to read as a stocking stuffer, or if you are treating yourself with an escape hatch from this crazy time of year, step under the mistletoe of my books.

Okay, so my novels are more like getting punched in the face and then having the mistletoe shoved into your mouth, but still, fun times.

Here, I present my gifts, my collection of work from Running Press:

PRESS PLAY    When Greg Dunsmore begins filming his weight loss documentary, he never intends to film the hazing rituals of the high school’s beloved lacrosse team. Once he does, he must find somewhere to go with his evidence, before he is discovered and everything is turned against him.

DARE ME    Teenage friends participate in increasingly dangerous stunts, which are posted to YouTube, first as a prank and then for money from an unknown financeer.

TAP OUT     With no way out of his life of poverty, abuse, and threat of a meth-dealing biker gang, Tony turns to the MMA gym with his friend, Rob, as an outlet. Will the gym be enough to help Tony find an escape?

Oh, you need more enticement?

Here, book trailers for Press Play and Dare Me.

Yes, now you’re intrigued.

I would have made a trailer for Tap Out, but Santa would have cried. He’s super-sensitive.
So you’ll just have to imagine. Think dark; no, darker, with lots of F-bombs and punches. Maybe redemption? Maybe.

So, enter the contest.

You have nearly a month to better your chances of winning by tweeting and following and doing all the other social media shenanigans that are expected. (Santa’s crying, again. Sorry, Santa, it’s what we do.)

So, yay for YA that is intense and intriguing. And yay for free gifts for the holidays. And yay for you for stopping by and putting your name into the hat. Who knows, your New Year could be filled with all things Devine :)

...Hey guys, it's Bethany again and OHMYGAWD!!

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 Ho, Ho, HOLY CRAP is right!

All you have to do to win this epic prize pack is enter on the copter below.
This contest runs through Christmas Eve and is US only.

Good luck, everyone. And MERRY CHRISTMAS!
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Friday, November 21, 2014

A very bad poem dedicated to a very special bird

I love you with cranberries,
I love you with stuffing,
I love you with green beans,
Yes, green beans, no bluffing.

I love the way you taste on taters with gravy,
I love the way your Tryptophan makes me feel lazy.

You go good with wine.
And beer.
And champagne.
Pretty much any ole' bottle I'll drain.
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I love you cold, I love you hot,
I love you simmering in a crock pot.

I love you with Swiss,
on a slice of wheat bread
I love you always,
so long as you're dead.

Happy Thanksgiving!! 

Check back December 1st for a HUGE, holiday giveaway featuring books by Eric Devine!!