Losing Your Place in the Blogging World

Several months ago I was shut out of my favorite WordPress blog “Bound To Be Bookish.”  It was my place to review books, and I had taken great pride in it for a few years.  Suddenly, it became unresponsive to me, and I couldn’t get in to save my life!  I tried to contact an “administrator,” who was of no help and who soon just left the scene all together.  The blog is still up to haunt me, and I’m still unable to post on it.

Do any of you have any ideas of how I might be able to re-access it?   I feel as if I’ve lost a child!

Advertisements

“Pure” by Julianna Baggott~Fabulous Post-Apocalypse Warning!

Image

SUMMARY :

We know you are here, our brothers and sisters . . .

Pressia barely remembers the Detonations or much about life during the Before. In her sleeping cabinet behind the rubble of an old barbershop where she lives with her grandfather, she thinks about what is lost—how the world went from amusement parks, movie theaters, birthday parties, fathers and mothers . . . to ash and dust, scars, permanent burns, and fused, damaged bodies. And now, at an age when everyone is required to turn themselves over to the militia to either be trained as a soldier or, if they are too damaged and weak, to be used as live targets, Pressia can no longer pretend to be small. Pressia is on the run.

Burn a Pure and Breathe the Ash . . .
There are those who escaped the apocalypse unmarked: Pures. They are tucked safely inside the Dome that protects their healthy, superior bodies. Yet Partridge, whose father is one of the most influential men in the Dome, feels isolated and lonely. Different. He thinks about loss—maybe just because his family is broken; his father is emotionally distant; his brother killed himself; and his mother never made it inside their shelter. Or maybe it’s his claustrophobia: his feeling that this Dome has become a swaddling of intensely rigid order. So when a slipped phrase suggests his mother might still be alive, Partridge risks his life to leave the Dome to find her.
When Pressia meets Partridge, their worlds shatter all over again.

PARTICULARS OF THE BOOK :
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing/Hachette
Pages: 431
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Author: Julianna Baggott
Find the author here: Baggott Website

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT “PURE” :

Fox 2000 has acquired film rights to PURE, Baggott’s post-apocalyptic novel!!!!!!
What people are saying about PURE …

“Baggott’s postapocalyptic world is realized to stunning cinematic effect…”
–– The New York Times Book Review

“… gorgeous … You will be swept away.”
— Justin Cronin, New York Times Bestselling author of The Passage

“… extraordinary … an important book … by one of our finest writers.”
— Robert Olen Butler, winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“… startling and addictive … Breathtaking and frightening, I couldn’t stop reading PURE.”
— Danielle Trussoni, New York Times bestselling author of Angelology

“… glorious … full of wonderful weirdness, tenderness, and wild suspense. If Katniss could jump out of her own book and pick a great friend, I think she’d find an excellent candidate in Pressia.”
— Aimee Bender, New York Times bestselling author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Julianna Baggott also writes under the pen names Bridget Asher and N.E. Bode. She has published seventeen books over the last ten years. Film rights for her forthcoming novel PURE have been acquired by Fox 2000. The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, written under pen name Asher, was published in spring 2011. There are approximately 50 foreign editions of her novels to date.

Julianna began publishing when she was twenty-two and sold her first novel while still in her twenties. After receiving her M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, she published her first novel, Girl Talk, which was a national bestseller and was quickly followed by Boston Globe bestseller The Miss America Family, and then Boston Herald Book Club selection, The Madam, an historical novel based on the life of her grandmother. She co-wrote Which Brings Me to You with Steve Almond, A Best Book of 2006 (Kirkus Reveiws) optioned by producer Richard Brown and adapted by Keith Bunin with Matthew Warchus set to direct.

Her Bridget Asher novels include The Provence Cure for the Brokenhearted, The Pretend Wife, My Husband’s Sweethearts. More info can be found at her Bridget Asher blog.

She also writes bestselling novels for younger readers under the pen name N.E. Bode as well as under Julianna Baggott. The Anybodies trilogy was a People Magazine pick alongside David Sedaris and Bill Clinton, a Washington Post Book of the Week, a Girl’s Life Top Ten, a Booksense selection, and was in development at Nickelodeon/Paramount; The Slippery Map (fall 2007), and the prequel to Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007), a movie starring Dustin Hoffman, Natalie Portman, and Jason Bateman. For two years, Bode was a recurring personality on XM Sirius Radio.

Julianna’s Boston Red Sox novel The Prince of Fenway Park (HarperCollins), was published in spring 2009. It is on the Sunshine State Young Readers Awards List for 2011-2012.
The Ever Breath (Random House) was published in December, 2009.

Baggott also has a highly acclaimed career as a poet, having published three collections of poetry and having been published in the best literary publications in the country, including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry in 2001, 2011 and 2012.

Baggott’s work has appeared in over a hundred publications, including the The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Glamour, Ms., Real Simple, and read on NPR’s Here and Now, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation. Her essays, stories, and poems are highly anthologized.

She is an associate professor at Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts.

In 2006, Baggott and her husband co-founded the nonprofit organization Kids in Need – Books in Deed, that focuses on literacy and getting free books to underprivileged children in the state of Florida.

Video Trailer

Audio Book Summary

THE BOOKISH DAME REVIEWS :

Well certainly, this is one of the best written post-apocalypse novels to arrive on the bookshelves ever. Julianna Baggott is a seasoned writer with a vivid imagination. She is a genius of an author with incredible vision. Her imagery is stark and unique. This is a book that rushes up to grasp your attention at the most worrisome levels. What would happen if there were a “detonation” of epic proportions that left mankind changed into hybrids of the rarest sorts? I was blown away by this book! Consider what would happen if an elite group decided to rid the world of over-population…
This is in the headlines today, if one is interested enough to pursue the question.

Not only has Ms Baggott created a world of believable inhabitants mutated in extraordinary ways: half mechanicals/humans blasted in the detonation and melded with animals, birds, tools and toys; but, she’s created a world of ash and destruction inhabited by survivors barely holding on to their humanity. Memories are fragile and fragmented, relationships are shallow, and elders are few and far between. This is so well-conceived. Horrifyingly realistic.

Baggott’s characters; Pressia, Bradwell and Partridge are symbolic of the survivors we might hope to find in such a post-apocayptic world. Brave and strong of heart and mind…fighting against the status quo, wise beyond their years. Even the anti-hero, El Capitan is a victim of his times and somewhat sympathetic. Her rendering of such well-wrought peoples (others not mentioned here) adds depth in a way that made me devour this book like few others.

This novel would be perfect for college studies. Rich in detail, beautifully written, strong in characterization and symbolism for today’s world. It’s a warning of a world gone haywire. It’s a hope for survival. A unique and worthy read.

5 stars Deborah/TheBookishDame

Happily there is a sequel coming soon! It’s called “Fuse” and will be debuting on February 19th, 2013!

Here’s a quick synopsis: An epic quest that sweeps readers into a world of beautiful brutality, “Fuse” continues the story of two people fighting to save their futures–and change the fate of the world.

GIVEAWAY!!!!!

COPY OF “PURE” TO BE GIVEN AWAY

Enter by: Leaving your email
address and following
me on Twitter @thebookishdame

***DRAWING WILL BE HELD OCT. 31ST

US and Canada only, please! Sorry….

Find your copy of “Pure” here : http://amazon.com or http://barnesandnoble.com

“Felice’s Worlds” by Henry Massie

OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK:

FIRST SHE ESCAPED THE HOLOCAUST AND THE POVERTY OF THE SHTETL. AFTER THAT, SHE MOVED IN MANY WORLDS. AND IN EVERY ONE SHE MADE HER MARK.

Felice Massie was a student in France, caught up in the horrors of Naziism when she was 20 years old.  Cut off by the war from her family living in a small village in Poland, she shifted from one country to another attempting to find a home for herself and a means to rescue her parents, brother and sister.  As the Holocaust descended on her shtetl, she arrived penniless in America.  Over time she raised a family and amassed one of foremost collections of American modern art.  Her boldness and resilience became a beacon of hope and inspiration for others.

 

 Reviews from Others:

“Henry Massie never blinks as he creates an astonishing chronicle of a life in diaspora. Only a son could capture this passionate spirit, who escaped both Adolf Hitler and Joe McCarthy.” –Patty Friedmann, author of TOO JEWISH

“Henry Massie’s FELICE’S WORLDS is a labor of love in more ways than one.  A daughter of the 20th century, Felice Massie’s journey is both a personal odyssey and a window on some of the most important events in political history and the modern art world.  It’s also the story of a remarkable woman who was ahead of her time in many notable ways.  Although there are heartbreaks along the way, Massie also captures his mother’s sense of humor and most of all, her remarkable coming of age in Europe, Palestine and America.  This is a book you’ll want to share with your friends and gift to everyone who appreciates the skills of a wonderful writing talent.  Don’t miss it.” —

Roger Rapoport, author of Hillsdale: A Greek Tragedy in America’s Heartland, and journalist,  The Frequent Flyer.

 

A Note From the Author:

I had listened to my mother’s tales all my life and wanted to share them. She was an escapee from a Polish shtetl wiped out by the Nazis, a high-school political activist in Lithuania, a university student in France who lost her first love tragically, a partisan for Arab-Jewish co-existence in Palestine who was caught in the first intifada in 1936, and a penniless arrival to America in 1937.

Yet when she died she had amassed one of the most important collections of Modern Art in the world and was a university lecturer on the subject.

In writing about her, I understood for the first time how her experience of losing loved ones to the Nazis had been passed on to her American son.

But as a psychiatrist, I was drawn to Felice’s story because it shows so much resilience in the face of terrible emotional trauma. Her life dramatizes how just keeping on through days of having nothing but a belief that “someday I will have something,” can be a powerful survival tool.

– Henry Massie

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR :

Henry Massie is a psychiatrist, award-winning author, and pioneering researcher in the field of autism. FELICE’S WORLDS–From the Holocaust to the Halls of Modern Art, is the a memoir and biography of his mother, a brilliant and beautiful woman who participated in many of the most critical periods of the 20th Century.

 

INTERVIEW WITH DR. MASSIE:

1)  First of all, please tell us a special something about what makes you “tick.”  When you aren’t writing, what are you doing.

 

When I’m not solving my fictional characters’ problems or recreating real people’s lives on paper, I’m in my office consulting with patients, trying to help them solve problems in real life.  I’m a psychiatrist.  And when doing none of the above, I may be walking with my dog on Goat Rock beach in northern California.

 

2)  You chose a specific genre, a place and time to write about, what made you choose it?

 

The genre chose me.  Felice’s Worlds is a biography of my mother, in a sense her memoir.  It is often in the very words she used to tell me about her life and adventures during some of the critical periods of the 20th century.  It is also a double-memoir about how her brilliance, boldness and emotional burdens affected me.  Her story was dying to be told.

 

Currently I am working in the very different genre of a highly fictionalized account of how somebody I knew was influenced by his friendship with Marilyn Monroe when he was in high-school and she was in her thirties, in the two years before her death.  It is called Prom Date.  I fell into writing it because of my fascination with people’s desires and dreams and how they turn out.

 

3)  Please share with your readers where you like to write. Do you have a particular space or desk?  What can you see from your desk?  Do you have props you use to write from?  What about special “charms?”

 

I have three desks:  one in my office where I keep charts and so forth, one in a study in my house in Berkeley where I pay bills, and one at my cabin near Guerneville, California, near where the RussianRiver flows into the Pacific Ocean.  The desk at the cabin is where I do my writing.  I need to escape from the city desks to the cabin to be creative.  “Living on the river,” as people say, is to live in another world that fosters fantasies.  From my desk there I see three redwood trees reaching to the sky, climbing so high that I can’t even see their tops if I put my face to the window and peer up.  My desk is completely cluttered with paper, clippings, and notes to myself.  My two desks back in town are neat and orderly.  The trees outside my window are my writing totems.

 

4)  In your opinion, what makes a book a great one?

 

A great book has to suck me into it like a whirlpool.  After a spell of reading, the characters and their dilemmas in a great book make me feel so tense that I need to put the book down and get some breathing space.  The language and imagery has to be alive and poetic.  I don’t think books that obsess over little details and tiny shades of meaning and feeling are great (I call them dandelion cottage books) even though many critics adore them.

 

5)  Which author(s) most influenced your love of books from childhood?

 

Starting in about fourth grade I read every Hardy Boy adventure that came out.  They still influence my writing.  In sixth grade I switched to a series of books about American history for young people.  They taught me about real people and events.  My interest in character developed in high school when I started reading Faulkner.  My favorite was his novella The Bear.

 

7)  Please share with us the underlying message of your book.  What would you like your readers to take away after having read the book?

 

There are several themes running through Felice’s Worlds:  1) War endures through millennia in the land called Palestine and Israel because of the never-ending folly of men with guns, 2) Those who suffered the Holocaust have passed their psychological trauma from one generation to the next and the next, 3) Traumatized though they may be, some people show amazing emotional resilience, 4) Beauty may save the soul, but only so far.

 

I’m content if readers understand these things better after reading Felice’s Worlds.

 

8)  Were you able to keep your original title?  What was it, if not?

 

The title of Felice’s Worlds was fluid, a shifting about work in progress as long as the book was a work in progress.  It didn’t crystallize until the book was finished, with help from the publisher.

 

9)  Is there a song or music in general that might best represent your book as a theme song. 

 

Yes, Eastern European klezmer music captures the book.  The publisher, BooksBnimble, created a video trailer for Felice’s Worlds, with an excerpt of Felice speaking about her past when she was in her seventies, and with pictures of her village on the Polish-Russian border, and her home and art in America.  The trailer’s klezmer music has snippets of jazz from the 1930s, gypsy rhythms, and Jewish folk melodies. You can access the trailer by going to YouTube, or via the publisher’s website, or via the Amazon listing for the book, I believe.

 

10)  If you could write your book again, what would you change?

 

Felice’s Worlds went through three or four drafts, with input from friends and two editors.  For the final draft I told myself this time I want to get it right, leave nothing I’m dissatisfied with on the page, say what I want to say, and say it cleanly once a for all.  I’m satisfied with what’s there.

 

Thank you for spending time with us, Dr. Massie.

 

You can find “Felice’s Worlds” here:

http://www.amazon.com/Felices-Worlds-Holocaust-Modern-ebook/dp/B0079Q0HU6/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1329434260&sr=1-1

 

Find out more about Henry Massie herehttp://www.booksbnimble.com

 

 

Giveaway!! “Willow Pond” by Carol Tibaldi ~ Roaring 20’s Fun!

Image

SUMMARY As the Roaring Twenties crumbles into the Great Depression, Virginia Kingsley, owner of New York’s swankiest and most popular speakeasy, Baccanal, learns her baby nephew is kidnapped.  Is she somehow involved?  His movie star father and her neice must set aside their differences to work with Virginia and her shady contacts to find the stolen child. A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who befriends the mother may hold a key to the mystery.
 
PARTICULARS OF THE BOOK :
Published by:  Create Space
Pages:  324
Available in ebook and paperback
Author:  Carol Tibaldi
Buy the book:  Amazon  and  Barnes and Noble
 
 
ABOUT MS TIBALDI :
 

“Ashen Winter” by Mike Mullin~YA Fiction Super Volcano Eruption!

Where will you be when Yellowstone National Park’s super volcano erupts? It will.  It’s just a matter of when. Mike Mullin has written two very impressive YA fiction novels about the inevitable eruption in the United States’s Mid-West that cripples and virtually destroys the country. His first book in the series, “Ashfall” and this one, “Ashen Winter” tells the story of a teenaged couple who learns to survive, along with others in a world completely rewritten by the volcano’s devastation. It’s a story of humanity’s survival…of the end of Eden and the loss of innocence coupled with the struggle for sanity and hope, literally, amidst the ashes.  As always, it’s love that’s found to be the highest order of all things.
Mullin shows the evils of mankind in their most blatant…the “what ifs” at their worst. And, he shows the courage of women and men under duress, as well. Many times I found myself holding my breath, and then cheering for Darla, the stronger-than-the-men young woman, who is a genius at almost everything she puts her hand to including mechanics! Often, I clenched my teeth and shook my head in frustration at the stops and starts, the things and people that held back Alex, the teenager from whose eyes and ears we first experienced the disaster.  The characters running amok in these books are worthy of zombie-land!  The main characters, however, are salt-of-the-earth types who we can easily recognize among our friends and family.  The struggle to survive is the driving force of their lives.
This is a novel that’s not easy to read in terms of it’s plausibility. It’s not easy to “hear.” The Super Volcano eruption could happen. It might happen in our time..any day. What’s for sure is that this is a set of books that would do well to be taught in public and private high schools throughout the United States! Forewarned is to be a little better prepared. Because if it ever happens…all bets are off and it’s literally every single woman for herself.
5 stars blazing for this fabulous book!!

 

Published by:  Tanglewood Press

Author:  Mike Mullin

Pages:    594

Author’s website:  http://www.mikemullinauthor.com

Summary

It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.
Click to see video about Super Volcano in US!!
About Mike Mullin :
Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin’s first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mullin has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. He has worked in his mother’s business, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, for more than twenty years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant. Mullin wrote his first novel in elementary school — Captain Poopy’s Sewer Adventures. He’s been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall will be his first published novel. Mullin holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit http://www.mikemullinauthor.com for more info about the author and Ashfall and its sequel, Ashen Winter.