02.23.14

A Month of Letters – Update #3

Posted in Event at 8:30 pm by Amber

A Month of Letters challenge is once again underway. The idea is to send out mail for each day the postal service runs. The kicker is replying to anything you receive.

The third week I received more mail than I sent out. Below is what I sent:

  • 2/19/14 – I sent off some medical supplies to a doctor’s office to use for training classes.
  • 2/20/14 – A short post card to friend in Wisconsin.

I was surprised this week with a post card and two letters in my mailbox. The post card was from my Mary Kay Beauty Consultant/wife of a former co-worker just to say “Hi”. Letters came from Suey of It’s All About Books… and my buddy, Rhonda Parrish.

By my count I’m at 22 items sent and need to send out 3 replies.

If you write letters, what is your favorite part? Picking out stationary/notecards, reflection while writing the letter, looking at the pretty stamps, finding them in your mailbox? Do tell!

02.20.14

The Candidates by Inara Scott

Posted in Review at 12:41 am by Amber

Title: The Candidates (The Delcroix Academy, Book 1)

Author: Inara Scott

Publisher: Hyperion Teens

Source: Book Swag from Fantasy Convention 2010

Synopsis from the publisher site and the book cover:

Dancia Lewis is far from popular. And that’s not just because of her average grades or her less-than-glamorous wardrobe. In fact, Dancia’s mediocrity is a welcome cover for her secret: whenever she sees a person threatening someone she cares about, things just… happen. Cars skid. Structures collapse. Usually someone gets hurt. So Dancia does everything possible to avoid getting close to anyone, believing this way she can suppress her powers and keep them hidden. But when recruiters from the prestigious Delcroix Academy show up in her living room to offer her a full scholarship, Dancia’s days of living under the radar may be over.

Only, Delcroix is a school for diplomats’ kids and child geniuses–not B students with uncontrollable telekinetic tendencies. So why are they treating Dancia like she’s special? Even the hottest guy on campus seems to be going out of his way to make Dancia feel welcome. And then there’s her mysterious new friend Jack, who can’t stay out of trouble. He suspects something dangerous is going on at the Academy and wants Dancia to help him figure out what. But Dancia isn’t convinced. She hopes that maybe the recruiters know more about her “gift” than they’re letting on.

Maybe they can help her understand how to use it…But not even Dancia could have imagined what awaits her behind the gates of Delcroix Academy.

This YA read captures teen angst and builds into a bigger storyline. It was wonderful. Scott’s description of Dancia’s home life was spot on. Her grandmother has diabetes, arthritis and cataracts. Dancia is always doing chores around the house, tries not to spend money, loves her grandmother and tries her best to blend in. She tries to not draw attention (thus she’s a straight B student with a drab wardrobe and a slouch) and keeps her peers at arm’s length. This changes with her admission to the school.

When she’s given a full scholarship to the ritzy Delcroix Academy she becomes a campus resident. For the first time she can remember, she has two good friends and a possible love interest (or two).

It’s a fairly quick read and one that I found enjoyable. Just so you know, the series has been rebranded. The Candidates is now retitled as The Marked. You can read a chapter on Inara Scott’s site.

02.17.14

A Month of Letters – Update #2

Posted in Event at 10:56 am by Amber

A Month of Letters challenge is once again underway. The idea is to send out mail for each day the postal service runs. The kicker is replying to anything you receive.

The second week I sent out more mail. My Valentine of choice to friends was a Harry Potter card which included a bookmark.

  • 2/10/14 – 2 Valentines.
  • 2/11/14 – A Thank You card for a former co-worker who gave me a “farewell” card with a Tim Hortons gift card inside. 1 post card for the postcrossing event in Portugal. 8 Harry Potter Valentines to friends. And Valentines to my in-laws and parents after buying the cards at the grocery store. (The post office was next door and I had stamps on me.)

That’s a total of 14 items for the week. How is your Month of Letters coming along?

02.11.14

A Month of Letters – Update #1

Posted in Event at 11:27 am by Amber

A Month of Letters challenge is once again underway. The idea is to send out mail for each day the postal service runs. The kicker is replying to anything you receive.

This year I’ve had a slow start.

I did get a Valentine’s Day card from my mom with a huge bag of Brach’s Tart and Sassy Conversation Hearts. I think I like the plain old sugar conversation hearts better.

Are you doing the challenge this year?

02.05.14

Regal Literary Giveaway Time

Posted in Giveaway at 4:33 pm by Amber

Regal Literary has books for all age groups up for grabs. For a few more weeks, you can enter their 2014 Giveaway of new releases.

Good luck!