And the Winner Is…

Workout Song of the Day: “My Chick Bad (Remix)” Ludacris ftg. a bunch of female rappers that I don’t feel like listing.

With the last day of April upon us (ugh, I never want to use “upon” on this blog again), my Teaser Tuesday contest has now come to a close. Don’t shed a tear–I’m thinking about doing another contest as soon as I reach 50 followers (hint hint, spread the word!).

So, did you know the answer to the last teaser? Well, it was…

That’s right, the new YA classic from John Green and David Levithan. You know, the one that’s sitting on my bookshelf and begging to be read? Soon, my pet…soon.

So, without further ado, I’m going to announce the winner of the $40 gift card to the bookstore of their choice. You ready?









Am I annoying you yet? ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, the winner is:


I just have to mention that my cuz actually drew the name, so you can be mad at her if you didn’t win. ๐Ÿ™‚ Okay, without further ado, the winner of my Teaser Tuesday contest is….


Well deserved, Raelena! You’ve played every week and you were always right. Please email me at and give me: your full name, your address, and the bookstore that you want the gift card to. Congrats–you rock!

But never fear, my loyal followers, I’ll be looking out for you in the near future. Remember–the magic number is 50. ๐Ÿ™‚


Best Book of the Month

Workout Song of the Day: “Resistance” by Muse

My peeps over at YA Highway are being very cruel. They’re asking us to choose the best book we’ve read all month. Seriously? That’s like asking me to choose my favorite type of cake or candy or ice cream or…okay, maybe I should lay off with the food analogies.

So I’m currently reading Cracked Up to Be right now, and if you’ve been following this blog, you know that I’m a complete gooberoo (yes, this is a word) over Ms. Summers. But even though I can’t put the book down, I still haven’t finished reading it. Which means that I can’t officially give it the “Best Book” title…yet.

However, what I will give props to (does anyone even say “props” anymore?) is the short story collection Bleed by Laurie Faria Stolarz.

Ms. Stolarz is best known for her Blue is for Nightmares series, and after reading Bleed, I know that I’ll definitely be checking those out. Bleed follows the points-of-view of ten different teens on a summer day. One betrays her best friend, one cheats on his girlfriend, another runs away from home…all compelling narratives. Blood plays a factor in each story, but not in a creepy way. I won’t share too much about that since I want you guys to read this story and become a gooberoo (there’s that word again) over it like I have.

I’m eager to see what books you all recommend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Teaser Tuesday Contest: Final Day!

Workout Song of the Day: “Pump It” by Black Eyed Peas

It’s the last Tuesday of April, which means that it’s also the last day to enter my Teaser Tuesday contest. Don’t shed a tear–one of you will win a $40 gift card to any bookstore you’d like! And who knows, maybe I’ll have an even cooler contest when I reach 50 followers.

Did you answer last week’s opening correctly? It was…

By the way, I’m so devouring this trilogy as soon as summer hits. Now on to our final opening:

“When I was little, my dad used to tell me, ‘Will, you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your friend’s nose.'”

Side note: Probably one of the best openings. Ever. Think you know where this comes from? For the last time, here’s the rules:

1. If you’re not already, become a follower of my blog.
2. Shoot me an email at with “Teaser Tuesday Contest” in the subject line.
3. Make sure to email me by the end of the day–midnight EST.

Don’t I make this easy or what? Shoot me an email. I’m going to announce the winner this Thursday!

My Agent Wish List: Jennifer Laughran

Workout Song of the Day: “So Sick” by Flyleaf

After a brief hiatus, I’m back to highlight more amazing literary agents that I would be beyond speechless if they’ve ever decided to represent me. And since I heart you all, I’m also giving you information just in case you decide to query them and make your wishes come true. This week, I’m giving love to the incredible Jennifer Laughran from Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Ms. Laughran’s publishing track record proves that she’s someone you’d want in your corner.

Why I Heart Her: Because one of her job titles is a “kids/YA specialist.” Being that I plan on making a career of writing YA novels, I definitely want someone who considers themselves to be specialist in the field to have my back and help me make decisions.

Why You’ll Heart Her: Because of instead of asking you to hop on the latest trend bandwagon, she just wants all writers to write “an awesome book.” Oh, and she’s pretty sure that she could sell it, too.

Who She Represents: LK Madigan, author of the smash YA debut, Flash Burnout; Kate Messner; Ilsa Bick; and Daniel Pinkwater

What She’s Looking For: She focuses primarily on middle grade and YA, and her favorite stories deal with “offbeat” worldviews. She also like unforgettable characters and vivid settings.

Notable Net Nuggets:

Andrea Brown Literary Agency website

Cynsations Interview

Guide to Literary Agents: Notes from a conference

Announcement of becoming an agent also on GLA

Twitter (and she updates frequently!)

Jennifer Represents Blog (she just started to post new material!)

Guest post on Justine Larbalestier’s blog

Interview for Writing Wednesday

Market My Words post


Publishers Marketplace

Absolute Write Agent-in-Residency thread

How to Submit to Her: Please click here for accurate submission guidelines.

As you can see, Ms. Laughran is a constant presence on the Internet which means you can do plenty of research before querying. I’ll probably be knocking at her door at the end of May–won’t you join me? Good luck!

Fitness Friday: Laugh it Off!

Workout Song of the Day: “My Third House” by Kings of Leon

Did you hear the one about having a good laugh actually burns calories? Well, it’s true. Not as much as I’d like, though. If I could laugh instead of doing cardio, I’d spend my days watching Judd Apatow movies and “Martin” reruns–which is kind of my idea of heaven. But sometimes we get so tense about this whole getting fit thing, that we forget that it’s okay to just have fun.

The clip below has been prowling around the Internet forever, but it still makes me guffaw. Yes, guffaw. As in throwing back my head and laughing so loud that my coworkers think about committing me. It also warns me the dangers of taking things too literally, which I do on far too many occasions.

So laugh. Burn some calories–and enjoy your weekend!

Kortizzle Made Me Do It!

Workout Song of the Day: “Mountain Man” by Crash Kings

Okay, I drank the Kool-Aid. I created my first ever vlog today, and based on how HUMONGOUS my head is, this will probably be my last. However, I had to do it in order to win an EPIC contest in which I could speak to two super agents, Kathleen Ortiz and Suzie Townsend, over Skype for 12 whole minutes. For more info, please click here. You still have time to enter–it ends at 11:59 tonight!

So, without further ado, here is my vlogging debut:

Teaser Tuesday Contest: Day 3!

Workout Song of the Day: “4 My Town (Play Ball” by Birdman, Drake, & Lil Wayne

Hey buddies! Once again, I’m begging you guys to take my money. Well, sorta. It’s the Teaser Tuesday Contest again. I feed you the opening lines of a popular YA novel, and you shoot me an email with the correct answer. If I draw your name at the end of the month, you’ll win a gift card of $40 to your fave bookstore! I’m crazy, right? Well, I figure if I give you the money, I’ll stop buying so many books (I currently have about 20 books that I recently bought and haven’t read yet. I know, I have a problem).

So, did you answer last week’s clue correctly? The answer was…

Have I mentioned how much I heart Ms. Summers? Okay, enough on my author-crush. If you sent me the correct answer last week, you are “thismuch” closer to the grand prize. Here’s today’s opening:

Janie Hannigan’s math book slips from her fingers. She grips the edge of the table in the school library. Everything goes black and silent. She sighs and rests her head on the table. Tries to pull herself out of it, but fails miserably.
Think you know which novel this comes from? Check out the rules:

1. If you’re not already, become a follower of my blog.
2. Shoot me an email at with “Teaser Tuesday Contest” in the subject line.
3. Make sure to email me by the end of the day–midnight EST.

Easy enough? Then good luck!