Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Movie Review: The Good Witch's Garden

Another cute movie. I'm not sure if I liked this one or the first one better. It's fun and kid-friendly. And less cheesy than the first. The acting was better. Though, Catherine Bell is always charming. The storyline had less *eyeroll* moments. While she was accused of being a witch in the first movie, it was never confirmed. Although, in this one, it is generally accepted that she is a witch, asking her for magical help. The "bad guy" in this film was a hottie and less oboxious than the woman in the first. If you get the chance to see this one, don't miss it.

Cassie Nightingale has settled into Middletown and is busy making Grey House into a bed and breakfast. Her boyfriend, Chief of police Jake Russell, and his kids are happy to have Cassine in the neighborhood, but before long, a stranger named Nick appears with papers entitling him to legal ownership of Grey House. Cassie is bewildered and wonders if she really belongs in Middletown.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Movie Review: The Good Witch

I love this movie. It's cute and fun and also a little silly. Catherine Bell plays Cassie, the good witch. Very early in the movie, the townsfolk talk about Grey House, a mansion that is supposedly haunted. Two kids are chased by a dog and end up in the yard. Cassie calms the dog and tells him to run off and be good. The kids are amazed. The little girl hurts her knee, so Cassie uses "healing herbs" to heal it. So Cassie talks to dogs, uses healing herbs, has a cauldron on the stove, offers the kids gingerbread, and has a black cat named Isis. But when the broom falls out of the closet, it's the last bit of the puzzle. Cassie has to be a witch! Of course, we know this from the synopsis.

I think the reason this movie appeals to me so much, besides the fact that I love witchy things, is that it is magic realism, as opposed to fantasy. Now don't get me wrong, I love Harry Potter, but as a pagan it's nice to see the real world with just a touch of magic. There are definitely some silly parts in here. Some ridiculously obvious "she's a witch" moments and many *eyeroll* moments. But I do recommend catching this movie if you get the chance. It's not rated, but family friendly.

The Good Witch's Garden is the sequel and comes on tomorrow night. I'll post a review then. Looks like the third movie will be out later this year.


Jake Russell, the friendly police chief in a town so small, initially worries about outsider heiress, Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale, who moved into the house held to be haunted by the "grey lady", and opens a weird shop full of attributes of occultism, soon causing the rumor that she's a wicked witch. After Cassie kindly helps his brave son, Brandon (and his sister Lori), with a dog, bully Kyle - abused by his own dad - and his own fears, Jake soon makes friends with her, even romantically interested. Yet the 'chief' is professionally obliged to handle a flood of complaints and harassment started by the mayor's mean wife, her busy-bodies bunch and teenage brats. Finally Derek Sanders, Jake's only deputy, hits on Cassie's hidden background.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Book Review: Forever...

While having a conversation with some friends about YA lit, the novel FOREVER... came up in conversation. She said she had read this novel when she was still a kid. Her mother, a teacher, had given the novel to her, and while reading it at school one day, her teacher had taken it from her, appalled that she was reading something so provocative. Apparently, the fact that the teens in the book were sexually active was just too inappropritate.

I bought the book shortly after that conversation because I was curious. I have to admit that I was surprised by how graphic some of it was. Not that it was that graphic, especially for a 27-year-old who has read her fair share of erotica. But I was surprised because it was written in the mid 70's. There was sex, discussion of birth control, an explanation of a "well-woman's check-up", and the f-bomb was dropped twice.

This book was also mentioned at the Virginia Festival of the Book by a panel of YA authors. They had mentioned that this book had endured because even though it was written over 30 years ago, it is still real. The story worked then, and it works now. Teenagers can still relate to Katherine because this issue has been relevant in teenage girls' lives for a long time.

One thing I found interesting, is on Judy Blume's site, she says she wrote the book because her 14-year-old daughter wanted to read a book where teenagers fell in love and had a physical relationship, and neither were punished for it. Because, let's face it... teens had sex then. They're having sex now.

I think this would be a great book for teenage girls to read with their mother's. I know sex is hard to talk about with parents. I think it's even harder
for the parents. But using books as a tool to get the conversation going is great. I read this book in about 90 minutes, and I enjoyed it. And I think despite the subject matter, it would be appropriate for even some younger teens.


There's a first for everything.

When you build up something in your mind -- really imagine it, wish for it -- sometimes, when it actually happens, it doesn't live up to your expectations.

True love is nothing like that.

Especially not for Katherine and Michael, who can't get enough of each other. Their relationship is unique: sincere, intense, and fun all at the same time. Although they haven't been together that long, they know it's serious. A whole world opens up as young passion and sexuality bloom.

But it's senior year of high school, and there are big changes ahead. Michael and Katherine are in for another big "first": a decision. Is this the love of a lifetime or the beginning of a lifetime of love?

Friday, March 26, 2010

Book Review: Story of a Girl

While at the Virginia Festival of the Book, I watched a panel of YA authors. When they were asked what current books were so great, they'd eventually become classics, Laurie Halse Anderson was mentioned (who I love), as was Sara Zarr. Now, I had heard the name before, but hadn't had time to look into it. So while at Borders today, I picked up her three books. STORY OF A GIRL was her first novel and seemed more interesting to me.

And oh... my... goddess... This book was amazing. No wonder it was National Book Award Finalist. I bought the book after reading chapter one, and then I finished it a few hours later. The writing was fantastic. The story was incredible. I can't imagine being in Deanna's situation. It takes a strong will to get through it the way she did. I cried... a lot. It seems a lot of books have been causing tears lately. While I've never been in this situation, the relationship she has with her dad definitely has some similarities with mine. In that it is so bad that avoidance is usually the best we can manage.

This book is too good to be missed. If you like Laurie Halse Anderson and Elizabeth Scott, you'll love Sara Zarr's STORY OF A GIRL.


When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother's best friend - Deanna Lambert's teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of "school slut," she longs to escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom and striking emotion, THE STORY OF A GIRL reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany and redemption.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Book Covers: The Forest of Hands and Teeth and The Dead-Tossed Waves

I absolutely loved THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. I bought the book when it was released, and it took forever to make it to the top of my pile. Too long indeed, since it was such a great book. Anyway, it was released in paperback recently, and they gave it a new cover. Also, it turns out that new editions of the hardback will have the new cover, as well. I think I like the new cover better. To me it stands out more. But I do think the original fits the story better.

Having just finished THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH, and loving it as much as I did, I jumped THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES up higher in my pile of books. I have a few more to read before I get there. Anyway, I love the original cover. Of course, it got a new cover before it was even released. Since I haven't read the story, I can't say that one fits the mood of the book better, but I think the new cover is so much more creepy. And I like it.

What do you guys think of the covers? Do you have a preference and why?

Book Review: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (and contest winner)

I really loved THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH. I had heard good things, but I also heard that it was "awful". I assure you it was most definitely NOT awful. I could not put it down. I was sucked in from the beginning. There were some things that annoyed me, though I think they were supposed to. The Sisterhood is a group of women who serve God and set the rules. The Guardians enforce the rules. And Mary, our MC, is a headstrong girl who believes things she shouldn't. Stories her mother tells from generations ago about life before the Unconsecrated, aka zombies. Stories of a vast ocean and buildings as high as the sky.

I felt really connected with Mary. I've always been the different one. The one who believes and thinks differently. I don't know that I would have had her courage, but I certainly hope I would. The story was sad, but then again, it's about people who are living the only life they can in a world over-run with zombies. There's violence, death, and sadness. Be prepared for tears.

Definitely can't wait for THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES.


In Mary's world there are simple truths. The Sisterhood always knows best. The Guardians will protect and serve. The Unconsecrated will never relent. And you must always mind the fence that surrounds the village; the fence that protects the village from the Forest of Hands and Teeth. But, slowly, Mary's truths are failing her. She's learning things she never wanted to know about the Sisterhood and its secrets, and the Guardians and their power, and about the Unconsecrated and their relentlessness. When the fence is breached and her world is thrown into chaos, she must choose between her village and her future - between the one she loves and the one who loves her. And she must face the truth about the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Could there be life outside a world surrounded in so much death?


As per the changes for this giveaway, there will be two winners. Winner 1 gets first choice. Winner 2 get the other. The choice is between a paperback of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH signed by Carrie Ryan and swag and THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES (not signed) and swag.

Winner 1: twistedfates
Winner 2: Chloe

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Book Review: Black Magic Sanction (and contest winner)

*Slight spoilers for past books in the series. Skip to the bottom for contest announcement.*

I think this may be my new favorite book in The Hollows Series, by Kim Harrison. I find myself having more and more in common with Rachel. Though, with her being a witch, her problems are on a larger scale. Against popular opinion, I'm a huge Trent fan. I don't know what it is about that elf. And I also love Pierce. So far, he's my favorite potential boyfriend for Rachel. Bis has a greater role in this book, and I'm definitely a fan. Have tissues handy. My copy was covered in tear drops on a few pages.


Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter - and lived to tell the tale. But she's never faced off against her own kind... until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment - at worst, a forced lobatomy and genetic slavery. Only her enemies are strong enough to help her win her freedom, but trust comes hard when it hinges on the unscrupulous tycoon Trent Kalamack, the demon Algaliarept, and an ex-boyfriend turned thief.

It takes a witch to catch a witch, but survival bears a heavy price.

And now the contest winner!!!
Congrats, Karen. I'll drop your book and swag in the mail this weekend.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Meeting Authors: Kim Harrison (and contest)

On Saturday my friend and I went down to the Virginia Festival of the Book. We left at 4 am and finally got home at 10 pm. It was a looooong day. I actually decided to go when I found out Kim Harrison was having a book signing at the Charlottesville, B&N. She's been one of my favorite authors for years. She was promoting her most recent release, BLACK MAGIC SANCTION, which is book 8 in The Hollows series. I told her my favorite was A FISTFUL OF CHARMS, and she said that was her favorite, too. Until... book 9. And we have about 11 more months until that.

Kim was very sweet. She didn't speak before the signing, but she signed my entire series (8 books), two anthos, two for friends, and one for a giveaway. To be specific... this giveaway. In addition to the first book in the series, DEAD WITCH WALKING, the winner will get some Kim Harrison swag!!! To enter, you must answer the question in a a reply. In this series, the three main characters are a witch, a living vampire, and a 4-inch-tall pixy. If you could pick one of those species to be, which one would you pick.
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Friday, March 12, 2010

Music Review: Almost Alice

I mentioned this CD in my review for the movie Alice in Wonderland. Now, that I've listened to the album in it's entirety, I need to recommend it. There are a few tracks I'll be skipping, but that doesn't mean they aren't worth a listen.

1. Alice by Avril Lavigne: My favorite song on the album. I'm not a huge Avril Lavigne fan, but I do like much of her older stuff. This is the ending theme for the movie, the song that plays as credits roll. Music video is worth the watch, too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZb8CnUzUOc

2. The Poison by The All-American Rejects: I like this song a lot. It starts off slow/acoustic, and by the end it has turned into a great rock tune. Great track!

3. The Technicolor Pase by Owl City: I really like Owl City. It's got a nice, happy beat, as most of their songs do. Another great track.

4. Her Name is Alice by Shinedown: This track is one of the heavier rock tracks. Shinedown is great, as always.

5. Painting Flowers by All Time Low: So far, this album is really great. This is the first song I've heard by All Time Low, but after this and a rec from a friend (thanks, Em), I'll definitely be checking out more.

6. Where's my Angel by Metro Station: This is the best song I've heard from them. Their first album was okay, but this song is definitely worth the listen.

7. Strange by Tokio Hotel and Kerli: An okay track. The previous ones were better, imo.

8. Follow me Down by 3OH!3 and Neon Hitch: Based on the beginning, I was concerned. But it turned out to be one of my favorites on the album. Sounds a little like something you'd dance to in a club.

9. Very Good Advice by Robert Smith: Not a bad song, but definitely not great, either. Has an unusual sound to it, that did add to the appeal. I'll probably skip over this one when it's in my CD player.

10. In Transit by Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz: Has a great, almost eerie, beat. The piano was great in this song. Don't skip this one.

11. Welcome to Mystery by Plain White T's: In truth, I dislike previous songs by this group. But this song is fantastic. Less folksy than their radio hits.

12. Tea Party by Kerli: Another club song. Catchy, but not my favorite song.

13. The Lobster Quadrille by Franz Ferdinand: Another song I'll skip most of the time.

14. Always Running out of Time by Motion City Soundtrack: This song is great. It has a great beat. Nice rock tune.

15. Fell Down a Hole by Wolfmother: An okay track.

16. White Rabbit by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals: Sadly, another track I'll probably skip.

17. Sea What We Seas by Never Shout Never: And another one to skip. Reminds me of a Queen song.

18. Topsy Turvy by Family Force 5: Great track. Has a great R&B sound.

19. Extreme by Valora: The CD ends on a high note. This song has a fun beat.

There are two exclusives available. Hot Topic (the one I have and includes songs 17-19 on the list above) and iTunes (which includes two extra tracks - one by They Might be Giants and the other from the actual soundtrack). If you get the chance, grab the Hot Topic one. The songs are worth it.

Book Review: Living Dead Girl

Oh. My. Goddess.

There are really no words to describe this book. I started LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott last night, and finished it today. I didn't want to put it down. My mouth was dry as I read this story, making it difficult to swallow. This is possibly the most intense book I've ever read. It was both wonderful and horrible at the same time. Wonderful because the writing was so real. And horrible because of the situation "Alice" was in.

I didn't cry while I was reading it, but after I put it down I was practically sobbing. I can't wait to read more by this author.


Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn't know how luck I was.

When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.

Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what he longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.

This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Book Review: Betrayals

Directly following the events of STRANGE ANGELS, BETRAYALS takes us to the Schola, a school filled with werwulfen, loup-garou, djamphir, and the only known svetocha who are being taught to killed the nosferat (aka suckers). The action starts right from page one. You don't know who to trust or who to beware of. And as always the wulfen and the vamps don't get along. Zombies, polergeists, and other creatures of the night get some mention as being part of the "real world", and for the first time, Dru speaks of fairies. Scary fairies.

I love that she hears her father's voice and words encouraging her on, helping her with what he taught her, helping her to survive and (hopefully) stay out of trouble. I love Graves, but Christophe has had me concerned from his entrance in book one. I still can't trust him yet.

Watch out for JEALOUSY, book three in the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow this June.

She's no angel...

Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she's just learned the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. (So what else is new?)

Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England school for other teens like her, and there's a big problem - she's the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn't be so bad, but Dru's killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide...

Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust - and maybe even her heart?"

Book Review: My Soul to Save

Last month I read MY SOUL TO TAKE by Rachel Vincent, and I loved it. But this one was even better. Since MY SOUL TO SAVE is the second in a series, it doesn't need as much background information. Instead, chapter one jumps right into the action. The world is built upon, and we get to see the other side of the veil, the Netherworld. I love Kaylee and Nash, and they are adorable together. Although, Tod is possibly the most interesting of the main three. I enjoy every scene that Kaylee has with her father. Their tumultuous relationship strikes a cord with me.

I highly recommend this series. MY SOUL TO TAKE and MY SOUL TO SAVE are two of the best books I've read this year. And be on the lookout for MY SOUL TO KEEP this June.


When Kaylee Cavanaugh screams, someone dies.

So when teen pop star Eden croaks on stage and Kaylee doesn't wail, she knows something is wrong. She can't cry for someone who has no soul.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Book Review: Forget-Her-Nots (and contest winners)

I finally finished FORGET-HER-NOTS by Amy Brecount White. I really enjoyed this book. It was a sweet story, but it was also sad. I felt near tears at several moments. I rarely cry in books, but in this one I did. The main character, Laurel, lost her mom to cancer. We have that in common. But it was more than that. Rarely do I "get" a character this well. I really connected with her, I think, because we had so much in common.

This isn't the type of book I typically seek out, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's appropriate for younger teens, but that's not to say older teens and adults won't enjoy it. Fans of Sarah Dessen will love this one.

Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J18eOuFZXwY

And now for what you are really interested in... the FORGET-HER-NOT winners!

Signed book and swag go to Book Addict Girl
Signed bookmark and swag go to Catie S

Congrats, ladies.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Meeting Authors: Carrie Ryan (and contest)

Today was the release of THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES by Carrie Ryan. I was lucky to be able to make it to her first signing for this book. She talked a bit about her inspiration. She said she had been traumatized at the age of six when her baby-sitter brought her a movie "she would love." Movie turned out to be Poltergeist. She said years later, when she was an adult, she saw her first zombie movie "Dawn of the Dead". And she decided that for NaNoWriMo she would write her zombie apocalypse book instead of the chick-lit she'd been working on.

She brought along her friend, Diana Peterfreund, author of RAMPANT. Both ladies were sweet and funny, and I'm glad I got the chance to meet them. Carrie read an excerpt from her new book, and we got to watch the book trailer for the first.

Also, the book has been optioned as a movie, but no definite word on that.

She has completed the third book to be released around this time next year: THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES. In other exciting news... she's engaged and getting married this April Fool's Day. I want that date for my wedding, too.

Groom: I do.
Bride: I don't. Kidding! I do.

I have to plug the bookstore where the signing was because it was so wonderful. It was an indie store in Baltimore, MD called The Children's Bookstore. They sold only books for kids and teens, though there were some "teen friendly" adult books as well. http://www.thecbstore.com/

So for my second book contest, I'm giving away a signed copy of THE FORESTS OF HANDS AND TEETH with swag. Second prize is swag. To enter, please answer the following question: What is your favorite zombie book and/or movie?

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*I have a small adjustment to this contest. I received a FREE copy of THE DEAD-TOSSED WAVES (not signed), so that is included. The first winner I draw will receive the book of his/her choice, and the second name drawn will receive the other. Both will get swag.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland

My good friend, Melissa, and I went to see Alice in Wonderland tonight. I had heard mostly good things, but an occassional bad review came up. Not from critics; just people on Fandango. Anyway, the most critical review I had read said that there was too much wandering around in incredible scenery. Umm... this is Alice in Wonderland... it's basically about her wandering around in wonderland on a journey. This isn't quite the same Alice in Wonderland that Disney made in 1951. Alice is all grown up and finds herself back in Wonderland, or as it is really called, Underland.

The scenery was amazing, as were the costumes. Alice had a number of neat fashions, my favorite being the red one. The costumes were amazing. I especially love the mad hatters hat. I know some people who were critical of the costumes and make-up and wouldn't see the movie because the "clown-like make-up" freaked them out. Personally, I thought it was awesome. It's wonderland... they shouldn't look "normal".

Johnny Depp was amazing, as usual. I don't think there are many actors who could pull off this role so well. I overheard a conversation between two young women criticizing the fact that Tim Burton often uses Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham-Carter, and Alan Rickman (as of late). Hey... if it works, it works. I happen to love it. They are three of my favorite actors and one of my favorite directors. Alan Rickman played the caterpillar. He sounded so Snape-like in this film, and I loved that.

As usual, Helena Bonham-Carter stole the show. She is an amazing actress, and was really great in this role. "Off with her head!" The queen's army, the cards, were incredible looking. I just can't gush enough about the visuals in this film.

I really like Anne Hathaway. Ever since "The Princess Diaries" I've been a fan. She played this part so well. The Chesire Cat was fantastic. The blue stripes were fantastic, and we was as fun as always.
Casting did a wonderful job. Some of these actors were so perfect for the roles, you'd have thought they were made for them. I just saw this film a few hours ago, and already I want to go see it again. This is definitely not to be missed. And I highly recommend seeing it in theaters. You won't be able to appreciate the visuals quite as much on a small screen.

The soundtrack, I'm sure, is amazing. There is the main soundtrack, which is the score for the movie. And then there's "Almost Alice" which has songs not in the movie, all by famous singers. The lead song "Alice" by Avril Lavigne is great. It played as the credits rolled, and you've probably heard it on trailers. Again, definitely worth checking out.


And for something a little different...

Two weeks ago I brought my baby home. This is Zephyr, a sugar glider. This is her on day 1. She hung out like this for a while, and then stayed in that position to eat some gilde-r-chow.

Here, you can see her favorite thing... to the right of the picture, there is a slice of apple. She is so cute when she eats it. You can hear her scooping a bit out, and then a light lip smacking sound.

Her other favorite thing... her play wheel. As you can see, she was kinda hiding in there. She did that for a few days, but not anymore. She's finally comfortable in her home. And see the sticker on the front of the wheel. When I put it in there, I couldn't get the sticker all the way off, so I decided to get it later. The day after I took this, the sticker was gone. She took it off for me. It was balled up in the poo tray. Speaking of the poo tray... she reaches down for the newspaper and rips some of it into little strips.

Here is an close up of my cutie. You can see her hand best in this one. She has four hands that are very similar to human hands. The front hands look like human hands, except her thumb is shortest and her pinky is the longest. Her back hands are a little more like ape hands, where the thumb is set further away.

We've had a lot of fun getting to know each other. She's bitten me four times, but it doesn't really hurt. Her claws, though... I have scratches all over my palm and thumb. I hold her some every day, and she's way more relaxed now then when we started. Then she hangs out in her bonding pouch for a few hours. She seems to like that. We went shopping today, and tomorrow we are going to the grocery store.

The most exciting thing so far was her 45 seconds of freedom. Last night, I opened the door to her cage to put more food inside. I know she gets crazy at night because she's nocturnal, but I didn't realize she'd be that crazy. One look at the open door and she leapt out towards freedom. She ran into the corner, but I caught her. Almost had a heart attack.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Meeting Authors: Amy Brecount White Book Launch Party (and Giveaway)

I was lucky enough to be invited to Amy Brecount White's book launch party for FORGET-HER-NOTS. I've met authors before at signings and conventions, but this was the first book launch party I've ever been to. It was a nice event located at a museum in DC. It was pretty fancy. Guests were able to wander through the floor and see the art exhibits. There were flowers placed on tables with a blurb about their meanings, in honor of the book. Amy signed books and read an excerpt. It was a wonderful event.

"Something - some new power - is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.

Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with a family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.

Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece together everything quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent everyday? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?"

You can read about Amy and her book here: http://www.amybrecountwhite.com/

And in honor of the launch party, I am hosting my first book giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of FORGET-HER-NOTS and swag. Second place winner will receive swag. You have until Saturday, March 6, 11:59pm EST to enter. Winners will be posted when I review FORGET-HER-NOTS.

To enter the contest, please leave a comment, answering the following question: What is your favorite flower and why?

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