Monday, October 29, 2007
by R.L. LaFevers
Theodosia’s mother is coming back home (finally) from a trip to Egypt and she is bringing back hundreds of artifacts found in an ancient tomb. One problem, all these things have evil curses surrounding them and for some reason her mother and father aren’t aware of the potential harm her mother is bringing to the world. Theodosia needs to try and some how get one of the artifacts back to Egypt with the help of her unwilling brother and a random pick pocket off the street before it destroys mankind and before the Germans (evil men trying to kill her and take over the world) catch up with her.
This book was very unique and interesting. I liked how the Egyptian cultures were portrayed and how Theodosia was a well-written, funny character who is easily remembered.
Friday, October 26, 2007
If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be?
Oh, I hate having to make these choices!!! I think I would've loved to have met Mother Teresa but otherwise, I feel so lucky to know so many wonderful children's and YA writers -- who, as you must know, are the greatest folks in the whole world.
Anyone who has been to Outerspace.
Any person in the entire world? Gosh that's a tough question. I'm going to assume they must be living (otherwise: Shakespeare. I have questions for him). I would be pretty interested in meeting Philip Roth. I think he's my pick, weirdly enough.
Oooh, tough questions! Like, so tough that I can't think of any ONE person in the world that I'd particularly like to meet...every time I've met someone famous or semi-famous or just someone I admire, they turn out to be just regular people like you and me. Only usually with a lot more money. :) Okay, a name that comes to mind because she my favorite actress of my generation: Kate Winslet.
Besides writing, what are some other interests of yours?
I love yoga and walking and feeding the birds in my backyard. I am also addicted to lattes! I have also been very involved in our community, including serving two terms on the school board, starting a foundation to build a performing arts center (it opened last year!) and helping raise money for literacy causes.
Have you had any interesting fan experiences?
It was all pretty normal until the Nerdfighters started coming to stuff with their homemade shirts and their posters and everything. That's pretty awesome, I have to say. Nerdfighters are good at making a guy feel welcome.
Soon after I published my first book, I was in an airport and saw a girl reading [my book]. I was so excited I couldn't contain myself. I went over to her and told her it was my book and that I was so happy she was reading it. Both she and her mother looked very suspicious and scared for a moment, but then they looked at the author photo in the book and decided it was me. We took our picture together. I still have it. I guess I was kind of the fan in this instance.
What first got you interested in writing?
As for writing, my mom read to me all the time when I was a kid, from toddler years on through age 11 or 12. I think that put stories in my blood and pretty soon I wanted to start telling them myself.
Many thanks to all the amazing people on readergirlz and the authors who took time to talk with us and make these online chats possible!
31 Flavorite Authors for Teens
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Hope you like it!
Here are some links I recommend visiting:
Sarah Beth Durst's blog post HERE.(talking about the video)
Miss Erin presents her first book trailer HERE.
YouTube link HERE. (please go and leave us a comment)
Razorbill's Front Page (the book's publishing company) HERE. (look at the sidebar)
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thank you to the family that kept me and fed me and everyone else (you know who you are) who drove me around and did helpful things! Thank you also to all my friends who took time out of their busy lives and spent some time with me! Love you all!!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The game started out with the Broncos dominating, but by halftime, it was apparent that the teams were going to have to work a lot harder to hold on to the game. Back and forth they went, Nevada scoring, then the Broncos answering. As the game clock ticked the last seconds down, the Broncos kicked a field goal, tying the game. It was overtime. 44-44.
I don't like overtimes because they make me very nervous. I wasn't going to stop watching though. Nevada scored a touchdown on their first play, then the Broncos did the same. This was repeated with the second overtime. In third overtime, both teams were forced to kick a field goal. Now it was fourth overtime. Very few teams get this far. The rule in this overtime is that if you get a touchdown you have to go for the two-point conversion. This is pretty hard and many teams can't do it. So, we got the ball first. We scored. Now for the two points. I was so anxious because they HAD to make this and THEY DID!!!!!
So now it's Nevada's ball. It took them a bit longer to score but they ended up getting a touchdown. *doesn't breath* Time for the two-point conversion. *still isn't breathing* They hike the ball and............BAM, the guy with the ball is down and WE WONNNNNNNN!!!! *breathes and breathes and breathes and screams and jumps off the couch and back onto it and then screams again*
Monday, October 15, 2007
Stevie and Susan are teen writers and stars of a new TV show, Kids-Sports. They go to lots of events as reporters, but it seems wherever they are a deep, dark secret is uncovered. But, this time, during the Super Bowl it's not going to happen. I mean it's the Super Bowl, what could go wrong? Because of a slinky business deal Susan and Stevie aren't working with each other. They soon realize that the only way their problems can be solved is if they work as a pair. The hard part is everyone around them doesn't want them working together....
This book was a delightful read for me since I absolutely love football. Even though Stevie is the opposite gender of me, I felt at many points I could really relate to his life and thoughts. I believe any football or sports fan would enjoy Cover-Up and want more when it's done. This is John Feinstein's third book about Stevie and Susan and definitely my favorite. A bit of language and boyfriend/girlfriend content, but overall a very suitable book.
Also posted on Flamingnet.com
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
1. Me at a (Luau) birthday party.
2. Our dog Holly.
3. L., she won 2nd place out of about 100 kids for cross country. (sorry about her shirt, I had to edit it for safety reasons.)
4. A., spiking a ball for her team.
5. K., with one of her class projects.
Friday, October 5, 2007
When ever I can I have been participating in some author chats put on by readergirlz. See Miss Erin's post on this here. Last night we were able to talk with Brent Hartinger. See my review of his book Dream Quest here. He was kind enough to answer some of my questions:
Do you want to be writing books all your life, if not, what else do you want to do?
Good question! I'm working on some film projects right now (screenplays mostly, but we have plans to start a production company). So....I'd like to write for TV, and movies, and produce more plays. And keep writing books. And create world peace while I'm at it!
What Is your favorite movie?
Well, THE LORD OF THE RINGS! ;-)
If you could meet any person in the world, who would it be?
Hmmmm, lately maybe Peter Jackson
Thanks a bunch, Brent!