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Erin L. Schneider is native to the Pacific Northwest, attended college in Honolulu - and although Hawaiian - should never be allowed on a surfboard. With more than twenty years in corporate merchandising, she’s now a full-time writer living in Seattle with her husband, Neal; their baby boy, Kellan; a rowdy German shepherd named Ronin; and two crazy cats, Ono and Poke. She’s a member of both the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and SCBWI, and is also co-founder of the YA Buccaneers.

SUMMER OF SLOANE is her debut novel, out May 3, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion.

Erin is represented by literary agent Lisa Grubka of Fletcher & Company.

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Wednesday
Aug292012

RTW: Best August Read(s)

It's Road Trip Wednesday time - and today's topic:

WHAT WAS THE BEST BOOK YOU READ IN AUGUST?

I was fortunate to read some really great books this month: 

UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi

 

 

 

THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith

 

 

 

SUCH A RUSH by Jennifer Echols

 

 

 

MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick 

 

 

 

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers 

 

 

 

But my absolute, hands-down, favorite? 

THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson

I think it might even make the cut for my most favorite of all of 2012!!! And you can read my review here

 

I've got some great reads coming up for September - because yes, I made another visit to Barnes & Noble last weekend, and picked up TEN more books!!! So what's coming up next?

Currently reading SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Morgan Matson

But I've also got ENDER'S GAME, ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD, CINDER, THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, CRACKED UP TO BE, SOME GIRLS ARE, WHAT I DIDN'T SAY, and DON'T BREATHE A WORD. Plus many, many, MANY, more!!!

So, what was your most favorite read in August?  

Wednesday
Aug222012

RTW: WiP - Oh, How I Love You!

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic. 

And today's topic: 

Inspired by Stephanie Perkins' post on Natalie Whipple's blog, what is your novel's "Love List"?

Stephanie Perkin's just happens to be one of my favorite YA authors, and for good reason too! After all, she did write the amazing ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS. I mean, Etienne St. Clair? Come. On.

And I just loved the post Natalie Whipple had up earlier this year, interviewing Ms. Perkins on how she begins working on a new story idea and what helps her to keep it going. The idea was simple:

"Whenever I begin a new project, I also begin a list called “What I Love About This Story.” I start by writing down those first ideas that sparked the fires of my mind, and then I add more ideas to it as I discover them during my push through early drafts."

What a fantastic idea! Not only does it keep the creativity going, but it also keeps you in love with your writing when you're not so in love with your writing. Which we all know, happens far too often!

So with that, here's my list of love's for my current project, THE LUCKY FEW:

  • Secret invitations
  • Impromptu ball gowns
  • Strong-minded girl
  • Unforgotten Mom
  • Debonair boy
  • Déjà vu
  • Secret Societies
  • New school / Old school
  • Brooding boy
  • Starting over
  • Best friends
  • Practical jokes
  • Quick-witted
  • Journal entries
  • French speaking strangers 
  • Motorcycle chases
  • BRICK HOUSE by the Commodores
  • Halloween masquerade party
  • Secrets from the past
  • Puzzle pieces
  • Seven

A few quick thoughts that keep me going, but the list could go on and on! 

So, what keeps YOU in love with your WiP, when you're not so in love with your WiP? 

Wednesday
Aug012012

RTW: Best July Read(s)!

It's Road Trip Wednesday time - and today's topic:

WHAT WAS THE BEST BOOK YOU READ IN JULY?

I will admit, I read some pretty bad books in July. Eh-em, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY turned out to be fifty shades of days I will never get back in my life! 

But...I also read two books, that were both pretty dang awesome. Two books I HIGHLY recommend you all pick up and read this summer:

1. ON THE ISLAND by Tracey Garvis-Graves

Goodreads Summary:

When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family - and a stack of overdue assignments - instead of his friends.

Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Adrift in shark-infested waters, their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island.

Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter. Their basic needs might be met but as the days turn to weeks, and then months, the castaways encounter plenty of other obstacles, including violent tropical storms, the many dangers lurking in the sea, and the possibility that T.J.'s cancer could return. As T.J. celebrates yet another birthday on the island, Anna begins to wonder if the biggest challenge of all might be living with a boy who is gradually becoming a man.

My review:

Now I know what you're thinking when you read the above summary - but really, you MUST give this book a shot before assuming the worst. Because honestly, this was one of the best reads I've read in a LONG time - and I finished it in one day.

The characters were well written from start to finish. And by the time I turned the last page, I was a blubbering mess. That's something that doesn't happen often, I can assure you.

I still need to write my review on this one, so I won't say anything more other than you DEFINITELY MUST READ THIS BOOK!

2. THE VINCENT BOYS by Abbi Glines

Goodreads Summary:

Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. 

Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he's tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?.... Hell Yeah.

My Review:

Let me tell you, Ms. Glines writes boy WELL. This one is a perfect summer read - light, fun, and easy. Again, I haven't written my review yet, so I won't go into detail...other than I really enjoyed it! My only disappointment is that the sequel - THE VINCENT BROTHERS - is only out on Kindle right now (boo!) - but Abbi reassures me (yes, I DM'd her on Twitter!) she's working on the paperback version, and fingers crossed, it should be out soon. 

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Both of the above are great summer reads - and definitely a breath of fresh air from the FIFTY mess I got myself into earlier in the month. 

I also stopped by Barnes & Noble last weekend and picked up 14 new books from my TBR list (ENDER'S GAME, WHAT I DIDN'T SAY, SUCH A RUSH, DON'T BREATHE A WORD, and MY LIFE NEXT DOOR to name a few!), so needless to say, August is going to be a busy month for reading...and I can't wait!

So, what great reads did you conquer in the month of July?

Wednesday
Jun062012

RTW: Best May Read!

It's Road Trip Wednesday time - which is great news, as I feel myself slacking in the blogging department now that April A to Z and Blog Me MAYbe are done!!!

And today's topic:

What was the best book you read in May?

Well, I have three, actually!

1. GRACELING by Kristin Cashore

I don't know why it took me so long to read this series, but I have to admit - I'm so glad that it did, because I got to read all three books in the series back-to-back-to-back!!!

I adored this book - and I loved Katsa and Po, even more! 

For more details, see my review here.

2. FIRE by Kristin Cashore

If it's at all possible, I finally found a sequel that I loved even more than the first book! Don't get me wrong, as I mentioned above, I loved GRACELING - and I definitely can say it has been a long time since I've read a book that I didn't want to put down, or kept going back to re-read pages! But...I have to say the relationship between Fire and Brigan in this title, really won me over! Maybe it was the horses. Maybe it was the whole knight in shining armour thing...I dunno. But I love me some Brigan.

Stay tuned for my review!

3. BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore

Third book in the series, this one picks up right after GRACELING - but ties all three books in so nicely, with a great big bow! 

While there wasn't nearly enough romance in this book - and I totally get that wasn't the point - I still found that I missed the relationships so evident in both GRACELING and FIRE. This title was the darkest of the three, filling in almost all of the blanks behind Bitterblue's treacherous father, King Leck. And it ended, leaving the reader to wonder, will there be a fourth book? 

Well, I sure hope so!

Stay tuned for my review on this one, as well!

Net / net: May was a good month of reads for me! I love when I come across a book - or better yet, an entire series - where I just can't put them down!

Sadly though, I'm now suffering to find something good to read - and have started 5-6 other books (UNRAVELING, PANDEMONIUM, ACROSS THE UNIVERSE, and DITCHED to name a few!), but can't seem to get past the first few chapters!

So with that, I leave you to answer (enter my selfish way of finding great new books to read!):

What was your favorite read in May?

Wednesday
May302012

Blog Me MAYbe: What Writing Conferences Would You Like to Attend?

It's the last Wednesday of May, which similar to last week, means not only do I get to ask something about you - but I also get to participate in today's RTW! 

AND THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: What book and/or writing conference would you love to go to?

For RTW's Conference Theme Week, they want to know which writing, reading, book blogging, or other publishing-related conferences are on your "must attend" list. Here's a great breakdown of some of the main conferences, as well as Phoebe's reminder that other kinds of conferences can totally relate to writing, too!

There are several conferences I'd love to go to, but in particular, I've got two I've always wanted to attend - and some day I will! What would be even better, is if all my writing pals out there were able to go, too - I'd love to meet so many of you in person!

1. Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators annual conference in LA:

2. BEA: Book Expo America in NYC:

So how about you? What writing conferences have you always wanted to attend?

Wednesday
May232012

Blog Me MAYbe: What Faction Are You?

It's Wednesday, which means not only do I get to ask something about you, but I also get to participate in today's RTW - something I haven't done in so long! 

And This Week's Topic: What Faction Are You?

In honor of Bookmobile Book of the Month, Veronica Roth's INSURGENT, I want to know which of the five factions in the DIVERGENT series would you choose?

Here's a great breakdown of the five factions, and if you're on the fence, you can even take the quiz for a hint!

And where did the quiz say I would land?

This would've been the faction I chose, quiz or no quiz, as it suits my personality perfectly...especially since I would've been the first to jump, too. :) But what about you?

Which faction would you choose?