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2015 Holiday Gift Bash Giveaway! – $200 PayPal Cash or $200 Amazon Gift Card

An Amazing group of Authors, Bloggers and Readers have teamed up with me to offer a wonderful Holiday Gift Bash Giveaway! 

 

One winner will have their choice of $200 PayPal Cash or $200 Amazon Gift Card.

 

 Good luck to all! 

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Science Geek Appreciation Week with Kelly Oram

Welcome to Day 1 of Science Geek Appreciation Week with author Kelly Oram–a fun-filled week of teasers, interviews, games, giveaways, and lots and lost of science! We’re going to kick off the week by introducing you to the stars of the Spanish Fork High Science Squad–Club President Avery Shaw and her newest recruit, Grayson Kennedy–in their debut novel The Avery Shaw Experiment.

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment Author: Kelly Oram

Title: The Avery Shaw Experiment
Author: Kelly Oram
Publisher: Blufields
Pages:221
Available: Amazon, iBooks, B&N, Kobo

Summary: When Avery Shaw’s heart is shattered by her life-long best friend, she chooses to deal with it the only way she knows how—scientifically. 

The state science fair is coming up and Avery decides to use her broken heart as the topic of her experiment. She’s going to find the cure. By forcing herself to experience the seven stages of grief through a series of social tests, she believes she will be able to get over Aiden Kennedy and make herself ready to love again. But she can’t do this experiment alone, and her partner (ex partner!) is the one who broke her heart. 

Avery finds the solution to her troubles in the form of Aiden’s older brother Grayson. The gorgeous womanizer is about to be kicked off the school basketball team for failing physics. He’s in need of a good tutor and some serious extra credit. But when Avery recruits the lovable Grayson to be her “objective outside observer,” she gets a whole lot more than she bargained for, because Grayson has a theory of his own: Avery doesn’t need to grieve. She needs to live. And if there’s one thing Grayson Kennedy is good at, it’s living life to the fullest.


Teasers:
Avery

I was so out of it that I’d slipped into the bathroom while Grayson was in the shower, and I didn’t even notice until he poked his head out from behind the curtain with a surprised look on his face. “Aves, babe, I’m a little busy here.” He cocked an eyebrow and gave me a crooked smile. “Unless you’re planning to join me…?”

Just then there was a loud knock on the door, and my mother’s worried voice called out to me. I looked up at Grayson and in a moment of sheer panic didn’t think twice before jumping behind the curtain with him.

“Whoa! Avery! I was only teasing!”

I could hear Grayson, but I couldn’t really respond. I leaned my back against the cold tile wall and closed my eyes, letting the hot water rain down on me.

There was another knock, louder this time, and then the door opened. “Avery? That you in here, sweetie?”

I frantically shook my head, praying that Grayson would do the right thing. 

“Sorry, Kaitlin. It’s just me.”

“Oh. Sorry, Grayson. I thought maybe you were Avery.” 


“Yeah, I get that a lot,” he teased.

My mom laughed and then sighed heavily. “If you see her after you’re done, tell her I’m looking for her.”

“Will do.”

The door clicked shut and things got quiet. I stood there for so long that my head started to hurt and I got really dizzy. My knees buckled.

Grayson quickly caught me under the arms. “Avery, breathe,” he commanded.

I took a breath. As oxygen flooded my lungs, I realized it was probably the first breath I’d taken in minutes. Literally.

“Aves,” a low steady voice said. I felt hands on either side of my face. I opened my eyes, and Grayson’s beautiful piercing blue ones were staring down at me from just inches away, taking up my entire field of vision. “You good now?” he asked.

I may have been breathing, but I would never be “good” again. I flung my arms around him and began to release gut-wrenching sobs into his chest. 
Grayson

I always looked at her as sort of a pesky little sister, but that all changed the day my brother dumped her. Why, you ask? Let me put it this way: When a girl lets you be the one to hold her as her entire world falls apart, even though you’re ass naked, it changes the way you see her. The soaking-wet, see-through t-shirt didn’t hurt, either.


“You look really nice,” I blurted, unable to hide my surprise.

The compliment startled her. She blushed and looked at her feet as she mumbled, “I need to blow my hair dry.”

I grinned. “Don’t want to have to explain to anyone how it got wet, eh?”

She turned even brighter red but then glared at me. “I just don’t want my hair to freeze.”

I laughed as I threw my hands up in surrender and then laughed even harder when she stalked past me into the bathroom.

I leaned against the door and watched, curiously, as she dried her hair. There was something oddly fascinating about watching Little Avery Shaw primp. She’d never seemed like such a real girl to me before. She wasn’t so little anymore, either.

She caught me staring at her in the mirror, so I quickly said, “I thought dorks were supposed to have bad hair and horrible, frumpy fashion senses.”

“Just because I enjoy learning doesn’t mean I’m a dork,” she said, insulted.

“Two words for you Aves: science club.” 

This week only, The Avery Shaw Experiment is on sale for just $0.99! Make sure to snag a copy while it’s cheap! 

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Kelly wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which her family and friends still tease her. She’s obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and likes to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, four children, and her cat, Mr. Darcy. 

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OMG It’s the new Allure cover by Lea Nolan!

Today, we’re celebrating the cover reveal of Allure, the sequel to Lea Nolan’s Conjure, coming October 1st from Entangled Teen!
 
Worst. Summer. Ever.
Emma Guthrie races to learn the hoodoo magic needed to break The Beaumont Curse before her marked boyfriend Cooper’s sixteenth birthday. But deep in the South Carolina Lowcountry, dark, mysterious forces encroach, conspiring to separate Emma and Cooper forever. When Cooper starts to change, turning cold and indifferent, Emma discovers that both his heart and body are marked for possession by competing but equally powerful adversaries.
Desperate to save him, Emma and her twin brother, Jack, risk their lives to uncover the source of the black magic that has allured Cooper and holds him in its grip. Face with the horror of a soul-eating boohag, Emma and Jack must fight to resist its fiendish power to free Cooper long enough to join their strengths and face it together, before it destroys them all.
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Praise for Conjure
“Richly filled with exquisite imagery, a compelling story, and a strong, smart heroine, Conjure will keep you up way past your bedtime.” ~ Trinity Faegen, author of The Mephisto Covenant series
“A true adventure, complete with pirates, romance, a flesh-eating curse, and ancient magic. I couldn’t put it down!” ~ Inara Scott, author of The Talents (Delcroix Academy) series
“Ifthere is one book teens and adults should have on their must read list, Conjure is it! Fans of young love and adventure will hurry to the end of each chapter, in anticipation of what will happen next. Unfolding at an easy pace, this tale is magical and spellbinding. Nolan is one to watch!” ~ RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars Top Pick
“Conjure is a sweet, adventure-packed romp for young teen readers… There are pirates, lost treasure, curses, and ancient curses, chases, narrow escapes, and secret letters galore.” ~ New York Journal of Books
“This is an unexpected read: exciting, dangerous, adventurous – everything we want from a good book. Yet Nolan puts that creative twist on all the elements, making Conjure something special. Conjure is recommended, 4 out of 5 stars.” ~ Teen Librarian’s Toolbox
About the Author
Lea Nolan couldn’t read until the third grade. After a lot of hard work she finally got the hang of it and quickly learned the best way to get out of doing chores was to tell her parents she was reading. Soon she was hooked, devouring books by Roald Dahl, E.B. White, Judy Blume, C.S. Lewis, and anything with a shiny Newberry Award sticker on the cover. Books provided a portal to enchanted lands where anything was possible and characters relied on their wits to wiggle out of sticky situations. Today, even though she’s all grown up, Lea writes the kinds of stories she sought as a teen–smart paranormals with bright heroines, crazy-hot heroes, diabolical plot twists, plus a dose of magic, a draft of romance, and a sprinkle of history. She holds degrees in history and women’s studies concentrating in public policy and spent fifteen years as a health policy analyst and researcher. She lives in Maryland with her heroically supportive husband and three clever children, who’ve figured out how to get out of doing their chores.
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Enter the giveaway below to win one of the first five electronic ARCs of Allure from Entangled Teen!

 

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A Personalized Back to School Book from Flattenme.com and a GIVEAWAY!!

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to remember when your little ones were little.  Sometimes first day of school photos aren’t enough but I’ve found the perfect keepsake, it’s from the people of flattenme!  Flattenme makes personalized books, t-shirts, cups and just about anything you can think of!  All you have to do is choose your item, send a photo of your child and and you can get a one of a kind keepsake that you will enjoy forever.

Here’s the one I had made.  It’s a book (of course!):

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You’ll notice my cute little Ryan’s face on the cover. What child won’t love that?? Let’s look at more pics…

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See how the Ryan’s lil face helps tell the alphabet story? I love it! There’s also a section that teaches kids how to count, with your little one’s face the main character!

I’m SO EXCITED because I coerced convinced the nice people of flattenme.com to give one away to one of my lucky readers. USA and CANADA! YAY!

So here’s what will happen. You’ll enter the giveaway.  You’ll win.  All you hafta pay is a flat rate shipping of $3.99 (higher in Canada.  Sorry, eh).

And there’s more: Runners up will get a discount code, WOOT!!

Here’s the Rafflecopter entry form.  Contest runs from August 26th to Midnight September 9th.

GOOD LUCK!

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Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Giveaway

Unless you’ve just arrived on this planet you know that John Green is my BF.  I love his writing and his personality and with each book I grow more and more obsessed enamored of him.

PammyPam loves John Green

What’s so great about John Green is that he has his own YouTube Channel and each of his books has either won a prize or been nominated for top literature prizes.

And ALL of his books have been optioned for movies by Hollywood. YAY!

I took a minute from my super very busy and important schedule to read The Fault in Our Stars.  I had the pleasure of drooling on meeting him and receiving a copy in June at BEA and couldn’t wait to dive into it.

I was not disappointed. I will NOT spoil it for you and this is one book where I did not read the ending first (not that it would have helped).  If you love sappy sick-kids-dying-so-lets-say-mushy-stuff type books, move along.  There is none of that here.  What you’ll find is funny, insightful, and some of the best YA literature available.  It’s no wonder he’s winning awards all over the place! I’ve already given him the award as BF, what more could he want?

He could want, you, my friend, to read this book.  And I’m going to help you.  I have an extra copy to share (YAY!!) and I’m giving it away just in time for Christmas!! Happy Dance!!

Easy peasey lemon squeezy entries: leave your comment and tell me either a) your best John Green quote or book and b) if you’ve not read John Green (whut??) who your fave author is.  Winners will be chose by Random.org.

Contest begins December 9th at midnight and ends December 17th at midnight (that’s Sunday to Sunday). Sorry to my international sisters and brothers but US only this time: I need to be able to get this to you superquickfast!

GOOD LUCK! I hope you win!!

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Books for Kids Christmas Giveaway

Have I got a fun time for you!

It’s the holiday season

and I love nothing more than a party, right?

So what’ says party more than

FREE!!?!!

So, I’m giving away 5, yes FIVE books for kids!

I’m friends with some special elves at

JKS Communications who want you to have these all five of these books under your Christmas tree!

The books are:

Titus & Tiana, includes gorgeous photography of 3 baby tigers

There were Dinosaurs Everywhere, by Howard Temperley

The adorbs Snowball’s Antarctic Adventures, about a little Emperor penguin

The Journey of the Knoble Garble, a lovely rhyming picture book

The Big Field: A Child’s Year Under the Southern Cross by Anne Morddel, a tale of a girl and her granny living near the rain forest

What lucky child wouldn’t want these books?

Easy peasy lemon squeezy entries!

Hurry, enter quickly so Santa’s elves have time to get this to you in time for Christmas!

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It’s Monday! Here’s what I’m Reading…

Happy Monday wherever you are! if you’re celebrating Cyber Monday, I hope you’re enjoying yourself.

Why not take a shopping break and read a book?

Here’s what I’m reading today:

There were Dinosaurs Everywhere by Howard Temperly

Here’s a sneak peak inside:

Long before my day and yours
The world was full of dinosaurs,
And where today our houses stand
Herds of them would roam the land,
From East to West and North to South,
From mountain top to river mouth,
Splashing about in river pools
Where now stand office blocks and schools,
Strutting about on springy legs,
Building nests and laying eggs,
From the Arctic Circle to Peru,
And all around the Equator too,
On land and sea and in the air,
There were dinosaurs everywhere….

SO FUN, RIGHT?

a rhyming book about dinosaurs!

Check back here on the 28th for a special treat that might involve stinky feet!

Ok I know that was a horrible rhyme…

Check back here in two days for Giant Holiday Giveaways!

hows that? (wink wink)

p.s. come back on the 28th for a giveaway!

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Bookie Brunch Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Welcome to Unconventional Librarian Day.  I think I like the sound of that! If you’re stopping by from Book Brunch, THANK YOU! If you’re not, WELCOME! Today on my stop on the tour I’m sharing some fun and ridiculously cute stuff.

Not sure what Bookie Brunch is? Check it out here.  See anything familiar? YES, it’s Random Magic!

Remember all the fun we had on the Pinterest Tour? Catch what we did here.

If you’re like me, you don’t like to be scared but you like having fun and eating candy.  So, because I’m a scaredy cat, I like to celebrate Halloween in an unconventional way.  I read  only CUTE kids books!

So…my treat today is a collection of CUTE Halloweenie type treats!

Inside this treat is a cute Halloween book about a square pumpkin, tattoos, greeting cards and cute lil erasers. All kinds of fun things to put in someone’s Halloween treat bag. Or to keep!

Here’s how to enter:  leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Halloween candy.  You can enter as many times as you’d like; the more you comment, the better your chances to win!  Contest runs October 25 at midnight until October 28th midnight. I’ll contact the winner via Random (Magic) on Monday October 29th so that I can send your prize in time for Halloween!

Remember, leave your comment below and Happy Halloween!

 

 


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The Super Power of Me Giveaway EXTENDED!

I’m EXTENDING the giveaway for the Super Power of Me!

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Friends with Books – Kelley Osborne Faust

I’m thrilled to start a new feature at Unconventional Librarian highlighting my friends IRL (in real life) who are also authors.  I’ll be calling it Friends with Books. Occasionally on Fridays I will highlight a friend and introduce you to their book AND host a giveaway, how fun is that?? I know, right?

My inaugural post will feature Kelley Osborne Faust, author of The Super Power of ME!

I caught up with Kelley one day and tricked convinced her to grant me an interview.   She is a complete doll and I know you’ll love her as much as I do!

Unconventional Librarian (UL): Do you drink coffee? Cookies or donuts?

KOF:  I have 4 pre-teen girls and they wake up with smiles on their faces chatting away.   I have not always been one to wake up instantly so I appreciate the clarity a good cup of coffee brings.  At night, I similarly appreciate Chamomile or Sleepytime tea.  I love a good donut or cookie – but hate how tired I feel 20 minutes later.  Jen Groover, creator of “The Butler Bag”, shared her theory of “energy management” with a group of us and it has helped me kind of steer away from too much sugar.  Long story short, she emphasized – paraphrasing – “the food we eat determines how we feel – instead of measuring food by calories or weight – measure food by how it helps your energy”.  That has been the best advice for me because with these 4 baby girls – I need to be on.

UL: I see your point about the sugar crash and I agree. That’s when more coffee comes in.  See my logic?  Next question: how did sunshine hope get started?

KOF:  Sunshine Hope started in 2007 with the goal of teaching people how to find hope and strength within themselves to get through tough times.  Our family experienced numerous medical challenges with different family members (pregnancy bed rest, cancer, eyesight issues, special needs children)  and they tested our collective strength.  We learned that although the traumas were severe, we got through them, and we became stronger individually and as a family, as a result.  We learned about the importance of community and we learned that everyone is going to suffer some type of tough time in their lives – we all do – our message is that you are tougher than the tough time you are experiencing.  We’ve created a program to help people become empowered to not only survive the challenges but to tap into their own internal power to uncover and envision their true life purpose.  Someone once told me  that when it looks like you are the most “broken”, you are actually “broken open” -  the past is cracked and you now have the opportunity to fill yourself up with what you truly want and need.  We teach a 7 step process to children to teach them to tap into their natural strengths, give them the building blocks to lead a purposeful life and to inspire them to incorporate this attitude into their lives.

UL:  I LOVE the concept of teaching kids empowerment skills! Which leads me to my next question about the book that is part of the program, The Super Power of Me!  Have you ever written a book before?  Will you write another one?

KOF:  Our book The SUPERPOWER of ME! is our first book that we have published.  We have many more in development.  The books are targeted for different age groups but the message is the same: strength, power, resiliency and hope.  I am on a mission to inspire globally and we are grateful for the amazing feedback we have been getting.  It makes me so happy to get a letter from a Mom telling me how this book taught her child how to tap into the power of hope after having a tough day.  We have also received an amazing endorsement from The Pennsylvania School Counselor’s Association’s Governing Board, giving tremendous validation to the work that we are doing.  As a certified teacher and a Mom,  there are no words to explain the emotions I feel knowing that children benefit as a result of realizing the power they have within themselves.

UL:  I couldn’t agree more, Kel. My Pumpkin read the book and even at the grizzled and jaded age of 15, she was moved by it. Next question: if you could have any superpower what would it be?

KOF:  I love this question – so philosophical – on one hand I believe many of us have the power within ourselves to make any of our goals and dreams come true.  But since you asked…my superpower would be having the ability to bring all the fighting factions of the world in one room – one issue at a time – and facilitate a meeting that would bring understanding, clarity, communication, commonality and peace so that all could see the similarities that are shared and we could move forward in a productive way appreciating each other and bringing each of our positive, collective strengths to the world.  I know it sounds like I’m listening to John Lennon’s Imagine in the background while drinking the I’d Like to teach the world to sing Coca Cola – Kool Aid – but that is truly what I want.

UL: I like your Superpower and I think you’d be excellent at a G8 summit of world leaders.  My superpower wish?  Flying. It’s fast, efficient and totally green. Save the planet, yo, it’s where I keep my stuff! Next question…What makes you happy?

KOF: What makes me happy???? I have never been in a beauty contest so this is not a beauty queen answer but truly – world peace makes me happy.  My little girls make me happy.  Ocean City, NJ makes me happy. Margaritas on the rocks with lots of salt make me happy. Inspiring kids with the message of hope and possibility makes me happy.

UL: Well you might have heard but I’m a MODEL now and I have always wanted world peace. It’s like you read my mind!

Ok folks, let’s get this party started RIGHT.

Did someone say GIVEAWAY????

RIGHT

Kels Bels has graciously offered to send the winner a book and maybe a Tshirt!

Enter here and GOOD LUCK!

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