Saturday, October 27, 2012

Evertaster by Adam Glendon Sidwell

"Wonderfully talented writing; funny."
--Orson Scott Card, NYT Bestselling author of Ender's Game

"Sidwell is a talented comedian, and that is certainly reflected in his writing. The characters are quirky and likable." --Deseret News

When eleven-year-old Guster Johnsonville rejects his mother's casserole for the umpteenth time, she takes him into the city of New Orleans to find him something to eat. There, in a dark, abandoned corner of the city they meet a dying pastry maker. In his last breath he entrusts them with a secret: an ancient recipe that makes the most delicious taste the world will ever know — a taste that will change the fate of humanity forever.

Forced to flee by a cult of murderous chefs, the Johnsonvilles embark on a perilous journey to ancient ruins, faraway jungles and forgotten caves. Along the way they discover the truth: Guster is an Evertaster — a kid so picky that nothing but the legendary taste itself will save him from starvation. With the sinister chefs hot on Guster’s heels and the chefs’ reign of terror spreading, Guster and his family must find the legendary taste before it’s too late. 

 "One of the most original, well-crafted and imaginative MG stories I've come across in a long time." - WordSpelunking Book Review

About the Author: 
In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to
make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the
Caribbean, King Kong, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a
keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is
delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed
adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write this book. He once
showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam currently lives in Los Angeles,
where he can’t wait to fall into the sea.

You can learn more about Adam and his writing adventures here:





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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Interview with Reader K8

Hi! My name is Kate, spelled K8. I am the assistant to SR Johannes (Untraceable) and marketing associate for BiblioCrunch. I am also former assistant to Heather Brewer (Vladimir Tod) and do freelance work as well. I am a college student attending a military college as a civilian in hopes of pursuing a career in the literary world permanently.

Deirdra: What are your favorite kind of books to read and why?
K8: I enjoy books that take me out of the world I live in. I read to escape from reality and go on wonderful adventures we cannot yet take. This means I tend to lean towards fiction -  paranormal, syfy, supernatural, fantasy. I grew up loving super heroes and still do today. Occasionally I’ll read contemporary fiction if it is catching but the realm of true fiction is where you will often find me.

Deirdra: How many books on average would you say you read a year?
K8: Not enough! I keep a list of all the books I read and have noticed as school and work grew in difficulty my reading has slowed down. So I have made it my mission this year to increase my reading (and that’s why I have started to review on my blog).

Deirdra: What is the most recent book you read? Can you tell us a little about it?
K8:  One of the last book I read was Crossed by Ally Condie. Absolutely fantastic! Check out my review to find out why - I also have recently finished and reviewed Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer, another of my absolute favorites.

Deirdra: How do you feel about e-books?
K8: I absolutely love e-books! BUT I also love paper copies. I firmly believe both e-books and traditional books have their good sides and bad, just like traditional publication and self-publishing. E-books are great for traveling, storing, and are easy for authors to send to reviewers. Paper books look great on the shelf, can be personally signed by the author, and offer the reading experience. I am very thankful to be alive in an age where e-books are growing but traditional books are still valued. It is a blessing.

Deirdra: If you could give a message to authors what would it be?
K8: Authors save lives. My freshman paper in college was all about the important of young adult literature and how it has changed my life for the better.

Deirdra:  What authors do you admire, and why?
K8: I have many authors that I love but I do have a list of authors who have personally impacted my life. On this list you will find Heather Brewer, Andrea Cremer, Marie Lu, S.R. Johannes, Nancy Holder, Jessica Spotswood, and that is only a few. I have been very blessed in my life to have met these authors and grown to know them more as people and not just as the author.

Deirdra: Have you ever thought about writing a book?
K8: Only in passing. I have met many authors and heard so many great stories about writing…but becoming a published author is a job and requires a lot of work. My passion has always been with books, but in reading the stories and promoting authors rather than becoming an author myself. But who knows, maybe these author friends of mine will convince me finally sit down and write J. (And I won’t lie, it IS on my bucket list, just in case.)

Deirdra: What other talents and hobbies to you have?
K8: I grew up as an artsy girl and with my love of reading came my first job as NYT’s best-selling author Heather Brewer’s personal assistant. Since the start of my career I have grown in my marketing skills and now you could call me a marketing associate, community manager, or personal assistant. Basically I work to promote authors and other literary community. (But beyond that I do have a fondness for movie/tv watching, aquarium visits, and eating frozen yogurt.)

Deirdra:  What are your goals for the next three years?
K8: I hope that in the next three years I will have my college degree and either be going of to Korea or Japan to work or be moving into a publishing company as a full-time employee. My dream is to work for Penguin or one of its imprints.

Deirdra: Where is your favorite place to read?
K8: Curled up in my bed with lots of blankets and pillows. But I can and do read everywhere (including loud places, I have mastered the skill of tuning out noise ;) ).

Deirdra: What books have made you cry?
K8: Lucas by Kevin Brooks is one novel that I remember for making me cry, it actually may have been the first. Still to this day I remember when I finished the book (and it has been over five years now).

Deirdra: What books have made you laugh?
K8: Recently Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer has made me laugh quite often. The story in itself is not meant to be a funny one but because I grew to know the characters so well I did end up laughing quite a bit J.

Deirdra: What kind of books are you looking to read next? What is on your reading list?
K8: I am very excited to be reading a chunk of fantasy novels for review. Currently I am reading Seeds of Discovery by Breeana Puttroff (and will be reading the next book in her series Roots of Insight for the blog tour this month). I am also very excited to read The Sounds & The Echoes by Dew Pellucid and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater.

Deirdra: Is there any other message you would like to give the literary community?
K8: The literary community is absolutely incredible. I have never found such a giving and loving community. Granted there are many other lovely communities…but for me the literary community has and always will be home. Never forget how blessed we all are to be a part of something so amazing.

K8 is also helping authors promote their books through a birthday bash!!!!

For more information please visit

Saturday, October 13, 2012



"Money is the most dangerous magic."

"Unique children’s lit that cleverly tackles interest rates, endowments, fluctuating commodities, bullying and identity." 
- Kirkus Reviews

 An infant is discovered one night on a commuter train from New York City during a stop in the sleepy town of Wallingford, Connecticut.  The local police are summoned, but are unable to locate the boy’s parents, despite painstakingly questioning each person on the train.  For some strange reason, none of the passengers can remember seeing his mother falling from the train – after falling victim to an assassin’s bullet.
Assigned the name “Toby Gold” by social services, the mysterious child grows up in Wallingford, moving from foster home to foster home, not knowing who his real parents are - or why he was born with such freakish skills with math and money.
Now a teenager, Toby’s money skills are noticed by the wrong people, and thus he is unwittingly sucked into a high-stakes financial conspiracy that puts his life, and the lives of his two closest friends, in great peril.  Ultimately, Toby solves the crime, saves his friends, and even saves his school—all in one harrowing afternoon.

"This fast-paced adventure weaves fundamental concepts in economics and finance seamlessly into the story. Toby Gold makes learning finance exciting."
- Francis A. Longstaff, PhD, Professor of Finance, UCLA - Anderson School of Management

About the Author: Craig Everett

Craig R. Everett was born and raised in Maine, spending his childhood summers digging along the shores of Bar Harbor for buried pirate treasure.  Fortunately, he was able to remain blissfully unaware that pirates seldom, if ever, ventured that far north.  He received his B.A. in Economics from Tufts University, an MBA from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Purdue University.

Dr. Everett is currently a finance professor at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, where he teaches corporate and entrepreneurial finance. Dr. Everett also volunteers in public schools teaching financial literacy principles.  

You can learn more about Craig here:

Toby Gold and the Secret FortuneReading Level: 9 and up
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Fiscal Press (October 18, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-936-21495-2
Dimensions: 8.75 x 5.75 x 1.0 inches 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Interview with Author Angela Corbett

Deirdra:  Can you tell us a little about your book, Eternal Starling?
Angela: For 250 years, Evie Starling’s soul has been followed through time by Alex Night and Emil Stone. Both men claim to love her, but one might want to take her soul. The Emblem of Eternity trilogy is definitely about true love and soul mates, but even more than that, it’s really a story about Evie. Evie has a lot to think about in the next two books, and the things she learns about herself will just make her decisions more difficult.  

Deirdra: What books have most influenced your life?
Angela: When I was young, I read a children's version of The Hobbit. It made a huge impact on me. I loved living in the world Tolkien created, and it made me realize I wanted to be an author so I could create worlds of my own. 

Deirdra: Do you need absolute quiet to write? Do you listen to music when you are writing?
Angela: I use music a lot for inspiration, but I need silence to write. I write a lot at night too because there are less people on Twitter and Facebook to distract me. :)

Deirdra:  How many beta readers review your manuscript before you send it to your editor?
Angela: It depends on the book and who I think my target audience will be. For Eternal Starling, I had over 15 beta readers. However, I have another project that only had 4 betas. I chose specific beta readers for each book.

Deirdra:  What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Angela: Balancing the business side of writing with writing! It's hard to find time for it all.

Deirdra:  What is the best thing about being an author?
Angela: The fans! Getting emails from people who like my work means so much to me! I really appreciate all the people who take the time to contact me.

Deirdra:  What is the best complement you could receive from a reader?
Angela: I love when people tell me they read my book more than once! I also recently got an email from a mom thanking me for writing Eternal Starling because it made her daughter love reading again. Nothing could make me happier!
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