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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Where is E?

My son, a junior in high school, is in Spain this spring. He's been my muse for my latest WIP and I am struggling to write while he is gone. Now and then I get an email from him and I rely on these to get my writing on. But is has been a number of days since hour last exchange:

Son to me: "Mom, if all of you were to move here, it would be amazing. Not going to happen, but amazing none the less. I could easily live here for the rest of my life." 

Uh, no!  

Me: I'm assuming that you ARE NOT homesick.

Son: Not really, but I do miss you guys a lot. School is good. I'm behind on one thing, but other than that, it's going good. At the Museo Reina Sofia, the national modern art museum, I bought a mug with the stats, title, and name of the artist, Salvador DalĂ­'s, The Great Masturbator painting. 

Me: . . .

Son: Mom?

Me:  Dad bought your sister a MT bike. It's a TREK and its bright blue!

Son: Cool! We got some bikes to ride, so I am good there. Mario, the guy who owns our gym, set up a workout session designed just for cycling, and I have run a few times.

Me: SUPER! I saw pics of you guys riding. When are you supposed to write your blog post? How are you getting on? Are you having fun?

Son: Whoa, the questions! JK. I dunno when I'm supposed to write it, but I dread the day. (I really don't wanna do it. I dunno why.)

Me: Sweet! Then you are doing fine! Love you much! lots of hugs from all of us. 

Son: Right back atcha 

I hope I hear from soon. Because I'm not sure I can actually pretend to be able to write like 17 year old boy without him. 

Monday, April 7, 2014

COVER REVEAL - Prom Impossible by Laura Pauling



Prom Impossible by Laura Pauling
Publication date: May 2014

PROM IMPOSSIBLE is a modern-day Shakespearean romantic comedy in the world of teens, true love, and life.
1 girl. 1 prom. 3 guys.
Cassidy decides her senior year, including prom, will be about Michael Greenwood, the boy destined to be her soul mate. One problem. He hasn’t figured that out yet.
But certain events like exploding smoke bombs—that weren’t completely her fault—introduce her to Zeke, the reformed bad boy. And cutting deals in the boys’ bathroom with Jasper, the hottest guy in school, lands her in a complicated web of half-truths that spirals out of control.
At the end of the year, she’s dateless the day before the big night but risks a lot more than her pride if she can’t find a way to fix her mistakes.


AUTHOR BIO
 Laura writes young adult romantic suspense and romantic comedy. She’s the author of the exciting Circle of Spies Series, and the time travel mystery, HEIST. She’s a former elementary teacher and currently lives in New England. After spending time reading books to her kids and loving a good plot turn, she put her fingers to the keyboard. Don’t ask her about the unfinished quilts and scrapbooks. Stories are way more exciting.

She writes to entertain and experience a great story…and to be able to work in her jammies and slippers.

PROM IMPOSSIBLE, a modern-day Shakespearean romantic comedy will be released in May 2014.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

DIVERGENT - The Movie

http://iaretheshawna.blogspot.com/p/movie-news.htmlI went to see Divergent last night with my my husband and two teens, ages 16 and 14, along with a friend of theirs, age 16. Only my son and I had read the book.

We arrived at the 9:30 showing excited to see how they adapted the book to the big screen. The talk in the car was about how would they shoot the entrance scenes into Dauntless, would the zip line scene be totally awesome, and how would they get into Tris into Fours head and share his fear landscape.

The cinema's lobby was strangely quiet for a Saturday night and the theater was almost empty when we entered, which meant awesome seat choice. We sat in the row behind five teens, one of which was so excited she chattered endlessly to the boy next to her. First about the movie and then how much she loved, JUST LOVED, John green and couldn't wait for THE FAULT IN OUR STARS movie. She talked so exuberantly about his books, she was his biggest fan... Only she appreciated each word he wrote...

I wanted to be John Green at that moment!
John Green









Overall, the movie was...okay. They did a wonderful job of setting the place and time. The panoramic views of the desolation from the war, the farm fields of Amity, and Kate Winslet whose performance I liked best. But something was missing... the movie was dull. 140 minutes of plugging away with sporadic bursts of action.

My teens sat two rows behind my husband and I, and every time the movie diverged away from the book, I could hear my son comment about it. Just like the girl in front of me did to the boy next to her. She was very disappointed and let everyone know. I wanted her to talk about John Green some more. Her thoughts and comments were more entertaining, just as my son's comment were, from two rows behind me.

If I have to rate this movie, I'd give this movie a 4!