We are SO excited that BIR2011 is finally here and that we can finally share what our favorite books of 2011 were with you. So let's get started!
First, be sure you stop by the Best I've Read Blog to check out today's feature author and book. And make sure you also check out the full schedule for the week to ensure you don't miss anything. There will lots and lots of awesome features and giveaways. Don't miss out!
I just LOVED reading Everblue by Brenda Pandos!!! Jumping into another world with mermaids and mermen.... Wounderful!!
Here's a little bit about the book and the author:
Everblue by Brenda Pandos
Published: July 2011
Publisher: Obsidian Mountain Publishing
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The Book: She wanted her life to change ... he wanted his to stay the same.
Best friends share everything with each other. Or do they? Seventeen-year-old Ashlyn Frances Lanski is tired of her boring, single life. Spending time with her best friend Tatiana, dreaming about kissing Tatiana's twin brother Fin, and swimming competitively are her only sanctuary. The girls plan to leave their drab lakeside town far behind for college. But when Tatchi fails to return home after a family emergency, and no one knows where the family has gone, Ash chooses to do something drastic to find them.
Ashlyn is about to discover what she'd thought to be true her whole life, wasn't, and the truth, too fantastical to imagine. Secrets lurk beneath the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, secrets that will change Ashlyn's life forever.
Check out my review of Everblue here.
*** Interview with Brenda Pandos ***
BCM: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
BP: I’d go anywhere and everywhere tropical. I love the ocean, especially the places where the water is so clear and blue. There’s a picture on my calendar that I’d love to osmosisly slip into right now. With small kids underfoot, anywhere alone with hubby for a night would be awesome!
BCM: What was your favorite pet you had as a child?
BP: I only really had one pet. When I was eight, I begged to have a cat from my neighbors litter. I picked the runt, a little grey and white tabby, and called her Nancy. She and I had quite the childhood together and she ended up living 21 years. She wore lots of dress up clothes and we shared many ice cream cones together.
BCM: When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
BP: Probably a mommy, though I would have loved to have been a mermaid. I even sewed a tail out of a coral nightgown and swam around the pool with it.
BCM: What was it like when you first saw your book at a store?
BP: I don’t recall my first time going to a bookstore, but books were a big part of our lives growing up. My mom got a pile of picture books from the library each week. I’d read every one, though they weren’t quite “my age.” She got me hooked on Betsy books (that’s what we called them), Nancy Drew, choose your own adventure, Judy Blume and so many more. I actually just found my collection of romance stories. So many memories.
BCM: What was the best movie you saw?
BP: Honestly, I’ve seen lots of good movies. Visually, I was overcome with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I think I watched them fifty times each and the extended DVD’s where they show how they made the movie. One of my all time favorite comedies is Ferris Buellar’s Day Off. He was so cool in a time I felt like I wasn’t. I also adored the mermaid scene in Pirates of the Caribbean. I could keep going and going.
BCM: What's your favorite stress release activity?
BP: Watching TV (which I never get to do), playing Words With Friends, Facebook, or reading. I don’t get a ton of time alone being a mother of two preschoolers, so just getting to sit and not be demanded on is a gift.
BCM: Where do you get your ideas for your books?
BP: Everywhere and anywhere. A conversation, a movie, a book, a magazine, a billboard, nature. My overactive imagination is always at work. It’s a blessing and a curse, especially if I see something scary. I love a puzzle and my plotlines and characters have become great and wonderful ever growing labyrinths!
BCM: For those who want to be writers, what's one thing you would tell them?
BP: Keep writing and be teachable. If there’s a story inside you that needs to come out, then by all means, write it. It won’t be good, but it’ll be a start. With practice and feedback, you’ll get better. Writing takes a lot of diligence and dedication. I never would have thought I’d be a writer. But circumstances in my life pushed me in that direction and I’m so glad I tried. It’s fun, it’s time consuming, it’s difficult and it’s a rush.
*** Giveaway ***
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