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A Very Merry-un-birthday-to-me!

This month I am not celebrating my birthday, so I decided that I would not celebrate with all of you during the entire month of February.

A very merry-un-birthday-to-me!


To celebrate my un-birthday, several bloggers & authors have teamed up to sponsor this stellar giveaway. The winner will have the option to choose from a Kindle Fire HDX, $200 Amazon Gift Card or $200 Paypal Cash. 

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Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or PayPal Cash. No purchase necessary. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. You must be 18 or older to enter. The winner will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Amy from Lady Reader’s Bookstuff and sponsored by the mentioned authors & bloggers.
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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!



A Personalized Back to School Book from 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 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.


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Storm Song by Nancy Viau Giveaway

I’m always looking for books with illustrations of children who are multicultural.  That’s why I love Nancy Viau’s latest book, Storm Song. Nancy is a local author who writes great books for kids who look just like you and me.  I’m especially fond of Samantha Hansen has Rocks in Her Head: think Piper Reed meets Junie B Jones; a fun loving girl who doesn’t always do the right thing (and who can’t relate to that??)!

Samantha Hansen has Rocks in Her Head

Nancy has also written Look What I Can Do! Another title I love, because it empowers the littles to be proud of the things they CAN do!

Nancy Collage

There are so many things to love about Storm Song: the illustrations depict ethnically ambivalent children, which is a plus, AND the text reads just like the sounds heard in a thunderstorm:

Boom. Boom. Bang!

Rumble, rap,


Isn’t that delightful?

Children will all ages will love to hear this story again and again.  In fact, I love it SO much, I’m offering a signed copy just for you!

Enter through the Rafflecopter below.  Enter as many times as you wish.

I hope you win!

p.s. Don’t forget to visit Nancy‘s website at  !

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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….


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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Wake by Amanda Hocking Super Quick GIVEAWAY

Amanda Hocking, author of




OMG you guys I am so excited about this next bit of news I can hardly keep it to myself.

I have a signed copy of  Amanda Hocking’s new book


to giveaway.



How do I know Amanda Hocking??

None of your business MandMand (my nickname for her) and I are besties and she’s coming to the Philadelphia area to visit me Towne Book Center & Cafe, Monday August 13th 2012 at 7 pm, which just happens to be where I’ll be. at. Neat, huh?

Here’s all ya gotta do:

Tweet this phrase: [email protected] I gotta get my hands on Amanda Hocking’s Wake @Townebookcenter


Can’t wait to read Amanda Hocking’s latest book Wake @Townebookcenter @Pamlovesbooks

As many times as you can without getting put (or putting someone)  in Twitter jail.

The person with the most entries WINS!

GIVEAWAY STARTS MIDNIGHT 8/9/2012 and is open to US and Canada only (apologies to any followers in Andorra or Iceland) and ENDS SUNDAY 8/12/2012 AT MIDNIGHT.

That’s a super fast turnaround folks so get going!!

Good luck and I hope you win!!

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Vacation Reads and Help me choose!

As much as PammyPam likes to work hard, she also likes to play hard.  And because all this hard ness, I need to go on vacation.  To be sure, anyone who has children knows that being a mother on vacation is still work. But whatever, I’ll take what I can get. So, I will be relaxing hard while on vaca.

To be sure I’ll be relaxing, I’m taking a few books. But this are my secret indulgences: chick lit.  What? Someone as erudite and literary as PammyPam reads chick lit? SURE DO! And you know why? Because its fun and makes me feel all squishy nice, like donuts.  And while you cant live healthily on donuts its fun to splurge every once in while and eat 7 or 8. Oh wait, that’s me.  Anyway, you get my point.  I’m going to be on a beach, under a palapa for Pete’s sake, I don’t wanna hafta read Kafka. Oh wait, been there done that. I mean Dostoevsky. War and Peace.  You get it. I want a fun, light read, not a tome that will up my baggage fee.

So. Where was I?


Here’s what I’m taking with me:

Jennifer Babelicious Weiner‘s newest book The Next Best Thing.

And why am I taking this magnum opus?

1. Because it looks FUN

2. Because I can totally see myself sipping a drinky poo under a palapa devouring this little lovely

3. Because Jennifer Babelicious Weiner sent me a SIGNED autographed copy because I cried like a baby at BEA (my story and I’m sticking to it)

4. Because that’s ME in the bathing suit on the cover. Those of you who know me, hush.





The next literary gem I’m taking on vaca?

Those We Love by Lee Woodruff

I chose this cutie because I had the good fortune to meet Lee Woodruff at BEA.

I rocked her world and we became besties like Rachel and Monica.


I did meet her.






And now to the business:

I plan on taking one more book to (oopsie I almost told you where I was going on vaca) read on my vacation. I like to have choices.

Please help me choose one more book to read, wouldja?

Leave your suggestion in the comments.

There will be a dumb cool prize!

Contest ends June 20th at 9pm.


If you like candy, try Zombie Candy – Novel Publicity Tour

Please enjoy this excerpt from Zombie Candy, a genre-bending mystery by Frederick Lee Brooke. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including $550 in Amazon gift cards, a Kindle Fire, and 5 autographed copies of the book.



They sit at long tables under grape arbors. Heavy bunches of grapes hang from the vines. An eight-piece dance band in white tuxes and black bow ties plays tunes from every decade. Heavy silver dessert forks and coffee spoons rest untouched on the linen tablecloth. She can’t eat another bite. All the glasses, at least, she has used: white wine, red wine, water.

A light breeze comes up. It feels heavenly on her face. With nightfall, the heat has gone out of the air. The heat must be trapped in these old stone walls — the walls of the farmhouse, the walls surrounding the vineyard. The aroma of fresh herbs floats from a nearby garden, rosemary, and mint, she thinks as she watches people dancing. The bride, her beautiful white dress with the daring silk bodice; the groom’s parents, a man with close-cropped gray hair and a red rose in his lapel, and his wife in a shimmering blue dress that looks specially made by an Italian designer.

She keeps one eye on the young man in the navy suit with the green silk tie. He looks like something Michelangelo might have sculpted, then breathed life into. This young man knows everyone here, and has danced every dance for the last hour. But he’s dancing with both older and younger women, probably cousins, friends, the mothers of cousins and friends. She has no idea who he is.

She feels outclassed in her red silk dress from Bloomingdale’s. She had worn the same dress at a wedding in June in Chicago. No one here has ever seen it. If there are any more weddings this fall, she will just have to go shopping in Siena or even Florence, that’s all there is to it.

“May I have this dance?”

Like a vision, Michelangelo man stands beside her. Has somebody cast a magic spell here? How did he sneak up on her like that? She didn’t even notice the song had ended. Or that another one had started.

“I’m not much of a dancer.”

“We’ll see.” He tugs her hand.

“Really, you don’t have to.” He obviously feels a duty to make sure every woman in the place gets at least one dance.

“Of course I don’t have to. I’ve danced with all the women I was obligated to dance with. Now I want to dance with you.”

She doesn’t need more arm-twisting than this. He leads her to the dance floor. The band is playing a quiet song from the 1940s, she thinks, something familiar. Grape arbors surround the dance floor and fill the air with sweet perfume. He turns and puts one hand around her waist. “My name is Giancarlo,” he says, switching to Italian.

“Candace,” she says. “I’ve been here for three weeks. I can’t believe I’m at this beautiful wedding.”

“Your Italian is marvelous.”

Your lips are marvelous, she thinks. Your curly hair, the color of black coffee, and your handsome chiseled face are marvelous too. But you can’t say such things to a man you’ve never met before. Not in Tuscany. At least not before the end of the first dance. He glides around the floor, leading her with slight shifts in his weight, slight pressure with his hands. Her feet know where to go, just as her mouth knows how to form the words.

“We don’t have weddings like this in Chicago. The food … the music … the grapes.”

“My uncle’s house is nice,” Giancarlo agrees. “But I am sorry for Lucia. She has married a playboy. I do not think they will be happy.”

“They certainly look happy.”

Giancarlo makes a face. “I should not talk about the details. I know him. I’ve known him all my life, and he will never change. I tried to talk to my cousin, but she is in love and blind. What can we do?”

Giancarlo’s smile, Candace realizes, has a hypnotizing effect. Thank God a fast dance is starting, the Bee Gees. He makes no attempt to bring her back to the table, merely releases his hold on her waist.

“You are a beautiful dancer,” he says when the Bee Gees song ends. The band takes a break. Everyone is leaving the dance floor. Her heart sinks. Somehow she has managed to cling to him for two dances, something no woman before her had managed. Now he will bring her back to her table, his duty done. He will go back to his people.

“Thank you for the lovely dances.”

“Come, let’s get some fresh air. I’ll show you around,” Giancarlo says. And the really amazing thing is he doesn’t let go of her hand.
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The Super Power of Me Giveaway EXTENDED!

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

Now you have even MORE time to enter!

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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????


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

Enter here and GOOD LUCK!

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