The Three Ninja Pigs

Oh. My. Goodness.

How excited am I about this book's release?
Answer: Very.

And the reasons are thus:
1.) Corey Rosen Schwartz rocks. She was one of my first online writer friends, and she is just one of the sweetest, most encouraging, nicest people ever. Also. She writes a mean picture book. And she rhymes really well.

2.) It's illustrated by Dan Santat, and I adore his illustrations.

3.) Female Ninja Pig. Enough said.

4.) The Pea is going to love it. It combines so many of his favorite things. Rhyme. Puns. Ninjas. Pigs.

5.) This book trailer

In Which I Sadly Do Not Have Gangnam Style

Not sure if you've seen this one, but, boy hoody, it's worth a peek:

Actual conversation with Hubbykins after watching it (bear in mind he works in digital marketing):
H: You need to blog about Gangnam Style. It's a huge trend right now.

Me: It's weird.

H: Or you could teach the Pea how to dance the Gangnam Style dance and post it. It would go viral.

Me: I don't want our child to go viral.

H: The local FOX station would at least pick it up.

Me: I can think of a lot better ways to get on the local FOX station. (Actually, I can't. But it doesn't take much to get on our local FOX station.)

H: At least talk about why you think it went viral.

Me: Umm, they posted the weirdest music video ever and...yet you can't tear your eyes away from the bizarreness.

I do think it would be funny to tape someone watching it for the first time and post that. Bonus points to anyone who vlogs that! 

Random Acts of Publicity Day 2: The Wicked and The Just

Little known fact about me: I only took one English class in college. And it was my lowest grade. (There's actually a humorous story behind it, but I won't get into it now.)

Suffice it to say, if I could go back and change my major from Psychology to something else, I would. 

No, not English.

I'd change it to History.

Love history. More specifically, I love hearing the personal stories that, when you weave them all together, make up history.

So how could I pass up this little dandy when I walked past? 

I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but come on! It's beautiful. And then I flipped it open to the beginning, and the voice popped right off the page. 

The blurb (from Goodreads): 
Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.

The story is heartwrenching and uplifting and nailbiting and hopeful all in one swoop.

And this is the fun part...the author, J. Anderson Coats is a fellow MSFV success story! You can find The Wicked and the Just on Goodreads here.

Random Acts of Publicity Week

Hey, everyone! It's that time of year again. Random Acts of Publicity Week! Think Random Acts of Kindness, but with authors. And books. And lots of tweeting.

Darcy Pattison started this a few years ago, and you can read about it here on her blog. One of the things I love about it is that it focuses on debut and mid-list authors. And the other thing I love is that it's random. The person isn't expecting it (may not even know about it), but it might lead one more reader to them. Also. I'm kind of Captain Random, so there you go.

First up, a YA novel that just came out by debut writer Alex Morel, Survive. Honestly, I went into it not knowing anything but what was on the flap copy. Couldn't. Put. It. Down. It was one of those rare books that I read in one day. Very fast pace, and the premise was so simple yet so compelling. The main character, Jane, survives a horrible plane crash in a frozen wilderness. The twist? She survived it because she was in the airplane's bathroom trying to take her own life.

I have to agree with the flap. It really is "a tale of love, courage, and the indomitable power of hope."

But you don't have to take my word for it!

I love getting all Levar Burton.