Sunday, February 28, 2010
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
(This was my favorite lunchbox!)
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I’m planning to be better by tomorrow night. I’ve got tickets to see Galactic, this awesome band from New Orleans that blends hip-hop, jazz, rock, and funk. I’ve also got a short trip out of town planned for Saturday and Sunday. Does the cold not get that?
The only good thing to come from this cold is that I took a day off to sleep and I was able to work on my TBR pile. That was a treat. I have so many good books in my queue.
Ok, guys – seriously - what is your favorite way to get rid of a cold? I’d love to hear your best suggestions for knocking the stuffing out of a nasty bug. I've done the tea, Emergen-C and all that stuff -- what works for you?
Hugs from a distance,
Heather, the Sniffly…
The Clearing – April 2010 HMH
Never Cry Werewolf – Sept 2009 HarperTeen
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
While I've been traveling, I got some incredibly awesome news from my agent. Check it out!
International rights: Children's Russian rights to Marley Gibson's THE GHOST HUNTRESS: The Awakening, The Guidance, and The Reason series, to AST, by Whitney Lee of The Fielding Agency on behalf of Elaine Spencer at The Knight Agency.
How cool is that? Ghost Huntress is coming out in Russian! As a child of the Cold War, I find this amazing...and fantastic. It won't be out for a year, but I'm dying to see how the cover is going to look and see my words in another language.
Finally, I wanted to send my heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Canadian women's ice skater, Joannie Rochette, who lost her mother two days ago and went ahead and skated last night to a personal best. It's stories like hers that truly represent the true Olympic spirit and the dedication and passion of these athletes.
Hugs to everyone!
Marley = )
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
I've also been getting ready for an adventurous trip. And when I say "adventurous" I mean a seven week trek that will take me from east coast to west coast, from Quebec, Canada, to Houston, Texas, and a few places in between. I'll be meeting with my editor and colleagues in New York, making a professional appearance at the Texas Library Association conference, and playing it casual as a tourist in climates ranging from freezing winter to potentially tropical spring.
The hardest part so far has been the planning. Since I won't be in any one location more than five days, that's a lot of hotel and transportation reservations. And because I'll be changing lodgings every few days I'm trying to keep my packing down. Way down. We're talking a purse/tote bag and a carry-on suitcase.
We'll see on Monday (my departure date) how well I succeed.
Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp (out now!)
Forgive My Fins (Katherine Tegen Books, June 2010)
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Monday, February 22, 2010
This past weekend, Shannon dropped by to meet fans and sign books at Once Upon a Time in Montrose, California:.
I got there early, introduced myself and bought a copy of the very funny Austenland, which she signed in a way that literally made me laugh out loud (since I’ve already read the book and got “the joke”) and we chatted a little about the industry and our mutual friend, the lovely Buzz Girl, Wendy Toliver.
And since I now own two copies of Austenland, I thought I’d offer up my original hardcover copy (only slightly used--read once) to any interested reader. All you have to do to be entered in this contest is to tell us a favorite author who you’d like to meet! The winner will be chosen by my handy-dandy random number generator and announced next Monday on my blog.
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Sunday, February 21, 2010
GABY*** You won a copy of Tina Ferraro's The ABC's of Kissing Boys. Please contact Tina at firstname.lastname@example.org
MG(Loud words & sound)**You won a copy of OH.MY.GODS and Goddess Bootcamp by Tera Lynn Childs. Please contact her at email@example.com
STEPH***You won a copy of Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey. Please contact Heather at
LLEHN***You won a bracelet from Chic Style. Please contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org
MARISKA****You won a copy of Spring Breakup. Please contact Stephanie at email@example.com
Stay tuned for more winners!!!
I hope you all had lovely Valentine's Days! For those of you who read my post last Sunday, I mentioned that my 4th grade son had put a note in his crush's desk several days before the Valentine's Day party so he could have "first dibs on her." Here's the update I promised: She went on a vacation so she wasn't at school until the following Tuesday. Well, my son thought it would be stupid to ask her to be his Valentine after V-day so he took the note out of her desk and she never, ever saw it. He's already planning on asking her again next year, though. So I guess we'll all have to wait for next year to see what happens.
Friday, February 19, 2010
As one half of a couple who works with her spouse (my husband and I are on the *same* team at Microsoft, working in the same building!), I am always impressed by real-life couples who work together. Manav and I met at Intel in 2001 where we were both software engineers...love at first sight! Here we are above celebrating our 7th wedding anniversary...by giving away one of Manav's closest friends in marriage!
There are some great pros to working together and *playing* together such as the other person always gets what you’re going through, you can exchange tips on what works and what to avoid, and you always have someone around who’s got your back!
The cons? Work is never over! If the couple allows it to happen, their “work” takes over their life! Manav and I have a rule where we don’t talk about work at home. If we need to talk about work, we schedule time with each other at the office.
Here are some other couples (more famous than us!) who work together.
The now-infamous Shen and Zhao—figure skating gold medal couple! I love how these two gel on and off the ice. As she said, “We’ve been together for 18 years, we know exactly what to expect!) And did they ever prove it by giving a breathtaking performance last week!
Another couple who works together in theory are up-and-coming skaters Amanda Evora and Jeremy Barrett…much more complicated because these two compete with each other. They are not partners on the ice…only off! I found both to be very talented competitors in the sport this past week as well!
The latest couple to confess their love off the ice are the silver medal winners Pang and Tong. This couple is so beautiful and graceful on the ice...I thought their free skate was just incredible and definitely medal-worthy!
Who are your favorite couples who work together? Have you ever gotten together with someone you work with?
Have a fantastic weekend!
I bet you are dying to know what I got this year, huh? Instead of torturing my husband into trying to find something I would like, I just picked out my own gift. This year I treated myself to some expensive makeup. That I ended up being allergic to. My face itched for three days. Awesome.
Maybe I'm getting old and sentimental but my favorite valentine's are the sticky, crooked hearts my boys cut out for me and the simple everyday gestures that my husband does all year long (like putting a glass in the freezer for my milk, putting toothpaste on my toothbrush, and cleaning out my filthy car) that mean more than flowers, chocolate, or makeup.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
I love how books bring people together. I love how wonderful it is to meet readers. I love talking about stories and characters and enjoying the “community” of the book together. Stephen King says (and here I’m paraphrasing) that books require that you enter the author’s world and that together, you imagine. The author imagines and captures her world on the page. The reader absorbs the world and imagines it in her mind. Together, you build the story. Isn’t that cool and so true?
Your reading of a book is unique. It’s intimate and special and all your own. And yet – all readers of a book have shared something together. It’s unlike anything else in the world. So there you go. My love affair with books revealed.
To win a freshly signed copy of Alyxandra Harvey’s new twist on a vampire YA novel, Hearts At Stake, tell me in the comments what you love most about books or reading.
Much love to all you Buzz Blog readers and booklovers everywhere!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Amfissa, Greece - Legends of ghosts and love are very common in central Greece and nowhere is this more evident than in the remote mountainous town of Amfissa where residents recall a tragic tale as part of carnival celebrations. The traditional carnival festivities have already been going on for days in the run-up for the "Night of the Ghosts" and a carnival celebration on Sunday, where thousands of tourists will join locals in dancing and partying.
Highly superstitious in nature, the people of Amfissa pay homage to their ghosts during carnival time, believing that the ghosts are souls of the people or animals who have been killed and wander around the area.
The most popular legend is the love story behind the "Ghost of Harmaina" which this year falls on Valentine's Day. "Thousands attend the ritual event every year but this year the celebrations are important because it coincides with Valentine's Day," says Carnival Director Voula Daskalopoulou. "This is a tragic love story and we all pay homage to this spirit by parading through the town beating drums."
According to townspeople, years ago Konstantis, a young tanner, had fallen in love with the young beautiful Lenio and had asked her to marry him. In preparation for the wedding, the young man had travelled from town to town, selling his goods so that he could return with a ring for his beloved. Upon reaching the town, he was confronted by the tragic news of Lenio's sudden death after she was struck by lightning near the Spring of Harmaina. Not being able to deal with the loss, he committed suicide by jumping off the walls of the town's castle, so the legend goes.
Today villagers believe that Konstantis became the Ghost of Harmaina, a monster-like figure that guards the Spring of Harmaina where the tanners work night and day.
"Dozens of people swear that they have seen or heard the ghost and that it would wander across the streets, moaning and rattling its chains," said carnival participant, Dimos Dimou, who is dressed as a tanner. "Every year the entire town wearing costimes follows the course of the legendary ghost in the name of love," says Dimou.
Who knew Valentine's and ghost could blend together, eh? LOL! In honor of the Greek's celebration and Valentine's week, I'm giving away a copy of GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING. Kendall and her friends meet a lot of spirits in their investigations...none with such a storied history like this...yet. Leave a comment in the comment trail about what you would do in the name of love to be eligible to win.
Marley = )
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
My question (for a chance to win a copy of Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp) is:
Who would you rather have in charge of your love life?
Option A: The breathtaking goddess, Aphrodite, who embodies everything about beauty and romantic love. Flowers and candlelit dinners an quality time with your other half.
Option B: The diminutive and immature god, Eros, who represents the physical side love and who makes people fall in love by shooting them with magical arrows.
That's an easy choice for me. I'd far rather get bonked on the head with a golden apple by Aphrodite, than shot with a love arrow by Eros.
Choose and defend your love deity in comments and you could win signed copies of Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp.
Oh. My. Gods. and Goddess Boot Camp (out now)
Forgive My Fins (coming June 1, 2010)
Monday, February 15, 2010
Today, I am going to be talking about something from my 2009 release, The ABC’s of Kissing Boys, and giving away a signed copy to one commenter.
The premise of the book is that 16 year-old Parker is taking “kissing lessons” from 15 year-old Tristan so that she will be prepared to do her best at the sports fair kissing booth later that month. Among the kisses that he is teaching her is one called The Steam Kiss, which I read about on-line and thought sounded like a lot of fun.
One partner sips some piping hot water while the other drinks some icy cold.
They quickly kiss, then pull back and check the air between them for steam.
Now, I had every intention of trying it out with my husband to see exactly how it worked, but time got away from me. Suddenly, I was writing that scene, he was at work...I was stuck. Then I realized the thing to do was to have the kissing experiment rushed and therefore inconclusively fail. So it wasn’t a true answer, just something they swear they’re going to “get back to.”
To this day, I haven’t tried it and don’t know if it works or not.
So here’s the “rules” for entering my contest. Either try The Steam Kiss and give us your report in our comments--or simply write down your best guess of whether or not it will work. It's that easy.
Good luck, and check Wendy Toliver’s blog on Sunday for the name of the randomly chosen winner!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
I'm sure there are plenty more hotties that I missed so be sure to tune in to the Olympic Games!
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Check out the inside...
We took ownership yesterday and it's surreal...let me tell you. Can't wait to get writing here!
Here I am on the phone with my mom with my friend, Ingram the Bama bear. Oh...did I mention the colors of the RV are crimson and white? Totally by accident. LOL!
So, what do you think? Would you like to live out of an RV? It's certainly going to be an adventure!
Marley = )
Monday, February 08, 2010
About five years ago, a new friend introduced me to the idea of High Tea, complete with yummy little sandwiches and desserts stacked on trays, and--the best part for me--scones with slotted cream and jam.
It turns out there are several tea shops in the Pasadena area, and now each Christmas we make a point of a holiday lunch to sample the wares and catch up.
With the weather turning cool and often wet here on the west coast, I'm turning to a nice cuppa more and more these days. The tea I'm drinking is a lovely Pickwick breakfast tea sent to me as a gift by Australian young adult writer, Vanessa Barneveld (shown as a 2009 Golden Heart finalist).
Vanessa knows I have a weakness for Pickwick teas, although I've only been able to find them in her native country!
But the thing is, I'm running out of that tea...and I'd love suggestions for some of your favorite teas, that I could either find at a Pasadena tea shop or even Trader Joes or a supermarket! What kind of tea do you enjoy?
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Sunday, February 07, 2010
Friday, February 05, 2010
I immediately sent an email to the author thanking her for the laughs. We authors love to hear from our fans, you know. The Buzz Girls have talked a lot about who we dream would play the characters in our own books if they were made into movies. I loved this book so much that I started dreaming about who would play the parts if it came to life. When I decided to write the blog on this book, I Googled it. I was thrilled to find that apparently the movie is going to be made. It already has Leslie Bibb (Iron Man, Law-Abiding Citizen, Confessions of a Shopaholic) attached. Leslie will make an amazing Zadie.
BTW, the book I'm talking about is The Bachelorette Party by Karen McCullah Lutz. It isn't exactly PG-13 so some of our younger readers should wait a few years to pick it up. If you've seen The Hangover and loved it, you'll enjoy this book.
Karen is also a screenwriter and has co-written Legally Blonde, The Ugly Truth, She's the Man and several other of my favorite films. She is also gorgeous enough to be a leading lady herself. I know, right?
Have you ever fallen so in love with a book that you just couldn't wait for it to be made into a movie? Tell me the book and who you would cast.
Happy Weekend everyone!
Thursday, February 04, 2010
One of the best things about loving books is that you have friends who also love to read. I’m always getting cool suggestions for what to read next from them. This week, my author friend Liz Gallagher, insisted I head on down to University Village Barnes and Noble to hear Rebecca Stead, who just won the Newberry for her book When You Reach Me. I can’t wait to read this book! It's set in NYC in 1978 - in Rebecca's childhood neighborhood. It has time travel and the $25,000 Pyramid. Apparently, Rebecca's mom really was a contestant on that show in the 1970's.
Rebecca is a former public defender, who spent years working on her first novel, First Light, with her editor Wendy Lamb. I mean years! And then this second book also went through several years of revisions and versions, each given to different people to read because the book has a bit of mystery and both editor and author wanted to see how a new reader would solve it.
There was a packed house for Rebecca’s reading and Q & A. So many of the audience members were young kids since this is a middle grade novel. They posed terrific questions. Rebecca, when asked why she enjoys writing for young audiences said, “because they pay attention and they are so smart.” I have to agree wholeheartedly
Have you read When you Reach Me? What did you think about this much lauded Newberry winner?
The Clearing – HMH April 2010
Never Cry Werewolf – Harperteen Sept. 2009
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
I was in front of three hundred people at Goshen High School...where I dribbled water down the front of me...LOL...
I was mobbed at Goshen Elementary School where the kids wanted my autograph...
I also reunited with my high school cheerleader partner, Laura Ross Hixon, who is a teacher...
I went to my alma mater, Pike Liberal Arts School and saw my favorite English and writing teacher, Mrs. Hixon...
I even scored 100% on the Scholastic advanced reading test on GHOST HUNTRESS: THE AWAKENING...phew! Wouldn't have been able to live that down...
And I spoke to a full house at the Monroe County Public Library in Key West thanks to their awesome librarian, Nancy Howanitz...
Finally, I did a full day at Carroll High School in Ozark, Alabama, thanks to their assistant principal and my former baton teacher growing up, Juli Botts Parrish...
During all of this, my sweetie, who is also a professional photgrapher, took my new author picture. It's done in infrared. I love how cool my eyes look!
And, to round out my post today, I wanted to add the link to my designer shoe auction on eBay. The proceeds of the auction will go to The Salvation Army for their relief efforts for the people in Haiti. Even if you don't fit the shoe size, please pass the URL around to your friends.
Marley = )