19 August, 2014

5th Blogaversary Giveaway

I've been blogging on and off since 1998. It's been such a fun and fulfilling part of my life and though I slow down now and then, I never really stop, and probably never will.

Some big things (giveaways!!!) happening on this, the 5th anniversary of my current blog, Read Now Sleep Later:

But you have to go to the new blog to find out what!

15 August, 2014

Evil Fairies Love Hair - Blog Tour

Evil Fairies Love Hair by Mary G. Thompson
Illustrations by Blake Henry

 ISBN-10/13: 0544308905 | 9780544308909

Publication date: 08 Aug 2014 by Clarion Books

Check out Mary G. Thompson's new middle grade novel, Evil Fairies Love Hair! We have a quick Q&A with the author, links to other stops on the blog tour, and of course, a chance to win a copy of the book. Read on!

About the book

Eighth-grader Ali is growing one hundred fairies so she can get her wish. All she has to do is feed their ravenous appetite for . . . hair? She mustn't let them near her own hair, or break any of the other rules. They are called evil fairies for a reason! A realistic setting plus fairies plus plenty of humor add up to an accessible fantasy that will enchant tween readers.

Where to find it

Q&A with Mary G. Thompson

RNSL: I read a lot of fairy books, but this is the first I've heard of evil fairies eating hair! Where did you get the idea for such an outlandish bit of world-building?
MGT: I wish I had a good, rational story to give you. The idea really just popped into my head. If you want to be logical about it, hair is generally a very silly thing. Wigs are hilarious in almost any context. People care way too much about their hair, and people consider it gross once it’s fallen off somebody’s head, even though it’s not gross at all when flopping around people’s shoulders. In that way, hair is mysterious. There’s mythology about hair having magical power, like in the biblical story of Samson and Delilah. I wasn’t consciously thinking about all this when I came up with the idea that the fairies ate hair, but it might be somewhere in the background.

RNSL: If you were in 7th grade and were presented with the amazing (though perilous) opportunity to make a wish (in exchange for helping evil to spread); would you do it? and if yes, what would you wish for?
MGT: When I was in seventh grade, I’m not sure if I would have done it. I was kind of a mature, thoughtful seventh grader. I probably would have reported the fairies to the appropriate authority. Now, I would absolutely do it. I’ve previously said that I’d wish to be smarter, like Ali does in the book, but maybe I’d wish for the “improvement in health” choice. It would be nice to never get sick or tired and all that.

RNSL: While writing this book, how were you influenced (or not) by previously written fairy lore?
MGT: I tried to be influenced as little as possible. I called them “fairies” just because they were little magical creatures, and I thought people would immediately get the idea, but beyond the name, I was trying to be original.

RNSL: What is your preferred hairstyle? On a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being the least likelihood), how likely are you to be eaten by evil fairies due to this grooming choice?
MGT: I try to do as little as possible with my hair. Wash, dry, brush—that’s it. I do put my hair up a couple days a week if I’m too lazy to wash it, so on those days I’d be pretty safe, maybe 2. Otherwise, I’m afraid I’m normally about a 9!

RNSL: Have you always been a writer? When and how did the inspiration to start writing reach you?
MGT: I started writing when I was a little kid. I remember that my first “book” was written in a little purple blank notebook, and it was all about a planet full of like Amazon-ish warrior women. They came to earth somewhere near my house, and after that, I’m pretty sure I lost my train of thought and stopped writing. I had tons of partially written-in blank books! But I didn’t get serious about it until about eight years ago. All of a sudden I just couldn’t go on with my life without actually finishing something and trying to publish it. I guess it was building for all that time.

RNSL: What book are you in the middle of reading right now? If you're not currently reading a book, what book did you just finish?
MGT: I’m in the middle of One Came Home by Amy Timberlake. Loving it so far!

RNSL: What book have you read (again, written by someone else) do you wish you had written? (I'll tell you mine--it's The Time Traveler's Wife, written by Audrey Niffenegger.)

MGT: Feed by M.T. Anderson.

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About the author

Mary G. Thompson was born and raised in Cottage Grove and Eugene, Oregon. She was a practicing attorney for more than seven years, including almost five years in the U.S. Navy, before she moved to New York City to write full time. This is her third novel. Visit her website at marygthompson.com.

Blog Tour Schedule

Mon, Aug 11 Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
Tues, Aug 12 The Book Monsters
Wed, Aug 13 The Children's Book Review
Thurs, Aug 14 Cracking the Cover
Fri, Aug 15 Read Now, Sleep Later
Sat, Aug 16 Beauty and the Bookshelf
Mon Aug 18 Word Spelunking
Tues, Aug 19 Flashlight Reader
Wed, Aug 20 The Compulsive Reader
Thurs, Aug 21 The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Fri, Aug 22 Small Review
Mon, Aug 25 The Hiding Spot


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13 August, 2014

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone - Blog Tour

From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison’s life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.
—Adele Griffin

Who was Addison Stone? I'll never really know; we never met. I followed her from afar, a bright light in the dark. I studied her moves, her looks, read every magazine article and online tabloid tidbit. I envied her artwork and the apparent ease with which she produced it. I've tried to paint like her, but it's no use; we're worlds apart in every way.

I had a Google Alert set to inform me of her latest shenanigans. But I wasn't prepared for the deluge come July 29th; I clicked the link where the message was clipped, and it kept going. Tons of speculation, but no clear picture. Did she jump? Was she pushed? Or was it just a tragic accident borne of carelessness, a gust of wind in the wrong direction? I'll never really know, though I still get alerts every day. Even now the so-called news outlets and online gossips can't say. 

The girl is gone, but her memory lives; I can close my eyes and see her clearly.
—Alethea Allarey

I'm Not Here, Alethea Allarey (2014).
Acrylic on canvas. 11" x 14".

About the book

Two-time National Book Award finalist Adele Griffin offers an ingenious fictional take on celebrity biography, as told in first person interviews through the eyes of Addison Stone's parents, friends, boyfriends, mentors, critics, and more-punctuated in full color with Addison's artwork, photographs, and emails. When it comes to Addison's untimely and mysterious death, nobody escapes unscathed.

Read more about the book here.
Read an excerpt here.

About the author

Adele Griffin is a two-time National Book Award Finalist and the highly acclaimed author of numerous books for young adult and middle grade readers. Her works include Sons of Liberty and Where I Want to Be, as well as the popular Witch Twins and Vampire Island series. Adele lives with her husband, Erich; their two young children; and their dog, Edith, in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Website
Book Website
Publisher Website
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04 August, 2014

August 2014 Events

Hi, everyone. Sorry this month's events page is a bit late. I've been in and out of town for the past couple of weeks and have only just found the time to write up the calendar today. If I am missing any local SoCal events, please let me know in the comments below and I'll add them ASAP. I hope you guys are able to come out to some of these events. Happy reading! 

Friday August 8, 2014 7pm
Gayle Forman
If I Stay

Barnes & Noble Americana
The Americana at Brand
210 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210, 818-545-9146
event page

Special Instructions
A BN receipt of purchase must be presented in order for any titles to be signed. Seating space is extremely limited, so please arrive early. Attendance for the discussion is only available for those seated in the event space, and is not guaranteed

Monday August 11, 2014 7pm
YA Summer Road Trip
Amy Tintera, Debra Driza, Kasie West and Shannon Messenger

Barnes & Noble Americana
The Americana at Brand
210 Americana Way
Glendale, CA 91210, 818-545-9146
event page

Friday, August 15, 2014 7pm
Suzanne Lazear
Fragile Destiny
Vroman's Bookstore
695 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91101

Saturday, August 16, 2014 3:30pm
LAPL Teen Author Reading Series
Livia Blackburne, Chris Terry and Rachel Shukert and your host Cecil Castellucci

Chinatown Branch of LAPL
639 N Hill St
Los Angeles, CA 90012
event page