Friday, August 31, 2012

Giant Surprise Giveaway for The Burning Star by Jessie Lane


Jessie Lane is the writing team of Crystal Leo and Melissa Pahl. The two sister-in-laws share a great love of breathtaking romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them. Because really, it is ALL about the characters. (They’re kind of megalomaniacs)

When not losing themselves in a story, they remember they have real lives. Crystal lives in Kentucky with her husband and two little girls who plot daily the many ways they can drive their poor mother crazy. At the end of the day, Crystal calls Melissa and threatens to ship her two nieces to their favorite Aunt with lots of air holes punched through their box. Melissa answers Crystal’s crazed calls in Washington state where she lives with her husband and big furry baby of a Rottweiler named Yuffie, and reminds her that children are not shippable.

This is their first novel, but they are all geared up and excited to be releasing other projects soon!
In honor of Melissa's birthday they will be giving away free ebook copies of The Burning Star, starting 9/1/12 to 9/10/12!  You can find the book at these places:
 
B&N / Amazon / Smashwords / All Romance/OMNI Lit
 
Find Jessie Lane on the web:

Website / Facebook / Twitter

The Story:
She'll have to believe the unbelievable to survive.
 The doctors have told Kay that she will die before she reaches her eighteenth birthday. Her mother’s determination to save her life leads them to a move outside of Asheville, NC to a new set of cancer specialists in the hopes to help her. But it’s not what Kay and her Mom find in the doctor’s offices in Asheville that lead them on the journey to save her before time runs out. It’s what Kay finds in the woods outside of Asheville, and an inhumanly gorgeous guy named Ryan, instead.
 
Myths and fairy tales come to life before Kay’s eyes, bringing her closer to the ultimate cure if she can stay alive long enough to get there. And if the cancer doesn’t kill her before she finds the cure the secrets her mother has hidden from her may be the beginning of the end.

Can she reach her destiny before tragedy strikes?

Excerpt:
I stood there frozen knowing that I would probably die because of this wretched creature when all of a sudden I saw the quick movement of an arm bringing down the point of the knife slicing down towards the large creature’s skull. The animal’s enraged screams ripped through the woods surrounding us. My brain tried to analyze what was happening before me as I stood as still as a statue and watched as the monster started to crumble away. That’s right, I said crumble. Like something that had been burnt from the inside out and then fell apart, it just was disintegrating into nothing.

This can’t be real.
I looked up from the ashes into the face of an angel.
No, he’s not an angel, he’s just a guy. Right?
He was staring at me as if he had just seen me sprout a second head. I was staring back at him like he was somehow related to those alien birds outside of my window. My mouth flapped open to scream again but before a sound could escape the world faded to black, and I fainted.
At least I didn’t scream again, right?
When I opened my eyes, two ethereal blue eyes were staring back at me. My head was throbbing like the big drum in a marching band, and it felt like my head might split in two from the pounding headache.
“Are you okay?” His strong but sweet voice whispered.
Before I could stop my mouth from saying anything ridiculous I replied, “Are you an angel? Did I finally die and go to heaven?”
He bellowed a laugh while I blushed a shade that was more than likely lobster red.
I really just didn’t say that did I? Stupid, stupid, stupid Kay. I smacked myself in the forehead and tried to hide my face behind my hand. That’s a brilliant way to make a first impression to an extremely hot guy. Let’s just faint like an air headed girl, which I am not, and then wake up asking stupid questions. And then that’s when it hit me. The past few moments of events flooded my brain again and I started to panic.
“Wait, wait a minute! What was that thing and how in the world did it just, just…”
“The dog? I’m sorry to tell you, but I had to cut it with my knife to scare it away. It wasn’t a mortal wound though. He took off through the woods to escape. Sorry if you’re one of those animal lovers, but I was afraid it might kill one of us.”
I shook my head to try to clear it.
“No, no, no, no. That was no dog. Well I mean, it was at first, but then it became something else. It was black, and huge and had those red eyes…”
And before I finished my sentence I looked up at him to see complete shock and amazement on his face. I had never seen anyone look so bewildered. “Don’t look at me like that! I know what I saw! Now what was that thing and what happened to it at the end. It didn’t run off, I saw you kill it. And I would point to the body to prove it, but it; well it fell apart or something.”
And in just a split second the shock had disappeared from his handsome face and was replaced by something more masked and calculating. “I’m sorry. You’re quite mistaken. I didn’t kill it. I only wounded it. And it was a dog.” “Are you sure you didn’t hit your head or something? I’m afraid you might be having some kind of hallucinations of some kind.” Somehow, when he said it, it didn’t seem as scary or grotesque as it did when I played what I thought I saw back in my head.


The Modified Cover Reveal

The Modified Cover Reveal & Giveaway!



What would you sacrifice to save the one’s you love? To save the one who holds your heart? To save the world?

Kenley Grayson is all too familiar with these questions.

After Earth is thrust into its first intergalactic war with an unknown race called the Bringers, our military forces begin to suffer heavy losses. Desperate for a solution, the Allied Federation issues a worldwide draft for every able seventeen-year-old to enlist. As Kenley turns seventeen, she finds herself thrown into the very war that took her older brother’s life.
This year’s draft is a little different than in the past though. A new program, known as the Magnus Project, has been introduced, and only the best and brightest qualify. Kenley is amongst a select few whom are chosen to join this elite group of soldiers, and as a part of this project, undergoes a modification procedure that leaves her and her peers endowed with powers beyond their wildest dreams.
As Earth continues in its struggle against the Bringers, Kenley is transported to a high-tech training facility, the Magnus Academy, to prepare for the major battle that lies ahead. It’s here that she meets the California heartthrob, and son of a legendary war hero, Landon Shaw. As unexpected feelings toward Landon begin to develop, Kenley wonders if this is the right time or place for romance to bloom, especially when those feelings start to interfere with her training.
With the weight of the world on her shoulders, Kenley is constantly reminded of how important she and the rest of the Magnus cadets are to the fate of humanity. She is one of the Modified, Earth’s last line of defense against utter destruction.

The Modified releases this Fall!

Like the cover for The Modified? Well then head over to Nathan Szerdy’s website and peruse his amazing collection of works. We guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!

The mom and son author duo, C.A. Kunz, thoroughly enjoys writing about things that go bump in the night and futuristic action-packed romances while drinking massive amounts of English breakfast tea and Starbucks coffee. To find out more about this duo and their books visit their blog, or find them on Facebook and Twitter!















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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Review of Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
by Jennifer E. Smith
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Publisher: Poppy/Little Brown
Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble



About (from Goodreads):

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. Having missed her flight, she's stuck at JFK airport and late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-to-be stepmother Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more?

Quirks of timing play out in this romantic and cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves. Set over a twenty-four-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. 


My Review:

  Based on the cover and the name of the book I expected a sweet, simple, little story with a bit of romance.  It delivered in many ways but also exceeded my expectations on the "simple" aspect.  The book is a story about relationships but its primary focus is arguably that of Hadley and her father.  Hadley is angry and bitter.  Her father left her and her mother to begin a new life in England.  She feels betrayed and is forced by her mother to attend her father's wedding to the woman Hadley suspects he deserted them for.  After missing her flight she ends up spending time with Oliver.  This chance encounter challenges her position of separating herself emotionally from her father, to whom she shared a close relationship before he left.

  It did not take me long to become immersed in the story.  After a little time in Hadley's shoes I felt everything that she felt.  The story grabs you and holds you through the twists and turns, ups and downs.  I found myself cheering her on and then cringing with her.  I felt her hopes as if they were my own.  I ached for her confusion over both her father and the crush-worthy Brit she connected with during her flight.  I fell for Oliver right alongside Hadley, hardly realizing it as we were doing so.  Hadley is an interesting character- open, emotional and at times impulsive.

   I loved this book!  It is optimistic without being overly saccharine-sweet.  It is a story about possibilities, new beginnings and second chances.  If you are a fan of sweet, simple (and then again, not) romance stories, do yourself a favor and grab this book to read.  It would be perfect if you needed a recovery after a heavy and/or sad book.

You can also read another of our blogger's review of the book here:  Cindy's Review


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: A Dog's Journey by W. Bruce Cameron

A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
Published Date: May 2012
Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Genre: YA


The Story: Direct sequel to the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

Buddy is a good dog.

After searching for his purpose through several eventful lives, Buddy is sure that he has found and fulfilled it. Yet as he watches curious baby Clarity get into dangerous mischief, he is certain that this little girl is very much in need of a dog of her own.

When Buddy is reborn, he realizes that he has a new destiny. He's overjoyed when he is adopted by Clarity, now a vibrant but troubled teenager. When they are suddenly separated, Buddy despairs—who will take care of his girl?

A charming and heartwarming story of hope, love, and unending devotion, A Dog's Journey asks the question: Do we really take care of our pets, or do they take care of us? More than just another endearing dog tale, A Dog's Journey is the moving story of unwavering loyalty and a love that crosses all barriers.

My Review: OMG.  WOW. Sigh, I loved this book.  I read it in one day, ok, maybe two but that’s it.  It was wonderful to read what happens to Buddy.  The trials that fall on CJ (Clarity) and just the sheer joy dogs can have towards their people.  As I read, I also pondered about the many dogs I had while growing up.  Not saying I believe that dogs can be reborn or anything, but when a dog seems to really know what you need.  Wow.  I will warn you though, you’ll need tissues to read this one.  Anyone with a pet, of any kind, should read this book!

 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Review: Erasing Time by C.J. Hill

Erasing Time by C.J. Hill
Hardcover, 368 pages
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books

Description (from Goodreads):
In this high-action and romantic futuristic adventure, there is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time.

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The moblike Dakine fights against the government, and somehow Taylor and Sheridan find themselves in the middle. The only way to elude them all is to trust Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.


Review: 
I decided to read Erasing Time because it has time travel and twins, both of which I am fascinated with.

I loved  people's appearance 400 years in the future. It was crazy! People had all types of colors of hair, painted faces, and other strange things that just sounded so much fun.

I was glad to see that the twins were very different. Taylor was very smart, she graduated high school when she was 13, and she was also really outgoing. Sheridan was more reserved, but stood up for what she believed in, even when she could have gotten in some trouble. I liked both girls, probably Sheridan a little more. 

Echo is the hot blue haired boy with a turquoise crescent moon around his eye. He was quite mysterious and I honestly didn't know if the girls could trust him at all. But being me, and liking the questionable boys, I instantly liked him.

The technology in the book was pretty cool. There were cars that drove themselves, I need one of those! People payed for everything with a gadget that is embedded under the skin on the wrist, it was also used to track people, and showed there rank in society. There were also some pretty bizarre weapons.

Erasing Time was imaginative and fast paced, it was quite an enjoyable read.


Monday, August 27, 2012

EMBERS & ECHOES by Karsten Knight: Blog Tour Intro & Giveaway


Welcome to the Day 1 of the EMBERS & ECHOES Blog Tour! This week will be a series of awesome exclusive excerpts and reviews from Karsten Knight's  brilliant sequel to one of my favorite books of 2011, WILDEFIRE. 

Below you'll meet one of the fabulous characters from EMBERS & ECHOES, Lucy. Each stop on the tour will introduce you to another character from the book, so be sure to stop by each blog to meet them all! 

We are kicking off the tour today here at BCM, but there are 4 more stops. Check out the line-up:

Monday, August 27th - Books Complete Me (Us!)
Tuesday, August 28th - Fiktshun 
Wednesday, August 29th -I Heart YA Books 
Thursday, August 30th - A Good Addiction 
Friday, August 31st - Page Turners Blog

***Twitter Party***

Join us tonight at 9 p.m. EST for a live twitter chat with Karsten! We'll talk about the books, and there will be chances to win both books as well. 

Follow @BooksCompleteMe & @KarstenKnight to follow along. Use #EmbersParty when you tweet! 


***About the Books***

WILDEFIRE by Karsten Knight
Release Date: July 26, 2011 
Publisher: Simon &Schuster 

About (from Goodreads): Every flame begins with a spark.

Blackwood Academy was supposed to be a fresh start for Ashline Wilde. A secluded boarding school deep in the heart of California's redwood forests, three thousand miles from her old life--it sounded like the new beginning she needed after an act of unspeakable violence left a girl in her hometown dead.

But Blackwood is far from the peaceful haven Ashline was searching for.

Because terrifying, supernatural beasts roam the forests around campus.

Because the murderer from Ashline's hometown--her own sister--has followed her across the country.

Because a group of reincarnated gods and goddesses has been mysteriously summoned to Blackwood...

...and Ashline's one of them.

EMBERS & ECHOES by Karsten Knight
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster 

About (from Goodreads): Every flame casts a shadow.
 
Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.

Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire.

Ash isn’t without help, however.

 Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.

Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.


***Meet Lucy***


The door is just slightly ajar when you come to it. You close your eyes and let the heat rise to the top of your skin. Your white dress, the one that cost so much yet you’ll never wear again, smokes, and then crackles, and then ignites. You kick off your shoes.

You step into the room, feel the cool puddle of water against the bare soles of your feet. Just the thought of what sort of pleased expression he has right now watching your wedding dress burn off makes you smile.

You open your eyes.

And you scream.

He lies bare chested on top of the patchwork quilt. Only he’s not waiting in eager anticipation. He’s not even looking at you.

He’s staring at the cannonball-size hole in his chest. The one right where his heart used to be.



***Find Karsten Online***


WILDEFIRE: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

EMBERS & ECHOES: Amazon / Barnes & Noble

 
 ***Giveaway***

Thanks to Simon & Schuster we are giving away two prize packs of WILDEFIRE and EMBERS & ECHOES. To enter, you must fill out the rafflecopter form below. Open to U.S. mailing addresses only. 

And don't forget to join us TONIGHT (8/27) at 9 p.m. EST for more chances to win! 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

BCM Author Spotlight: Brenda Pandos - Excerpt & Outtake


Welcome to our first installment of BCM Author Spotlight! Every month we'll select an author to feature for our BCM Spotlight, so be sure to stop by each Sunday to learn more about the authors we've chosen. With book bloggers constantly creating wonderful and exciting new memes, we'd like to thank the lovely ladies at Page Turners Blog and Portrait of a Book for the inspiration behind our BCM Author Spotlight.

So, for the month of August, I chose to spotlight Brenda Pandos- author of the Talisman series and the Mer Tales!For the third week, an interview with the main girls of The Mer Tales and The Talisman Series:


Don't forget to enter the giveaway!  Awesome books, and necklaces from Brenda!  As for the comments, they need to be entered on the posts, and then copy the link to it and paste in the entry form.

Nicholas' POV:

I watched Julia walk from her car, shoulders slouched, face pensive. Twice she doubled back, but then turned around, still headed towards the beach.

If she really didn’t want to go, why is she here?

More than anything I wanted to come beside her, take her hand and be her date for this silly bonfire. This was a step in the right direction though. It often puzzled me why she shied away from people, tending to stick with her regular group of friends or be alone.

I scanned the crowd, picking out Katie and Samantha, willing them to spot her. Julia somewhat scanned the crowd as well but quickly looked down.

Is she here to meet someone else? Another guy perhaps?

The thought made my blood boil. Even though this part of my guardianship seemed the hardest, knowing some day she’d meet the man of her dreams made me fraught with jealousy. My chest ached, watching her flounder then finally take a seat by the fire. The flames reflected in her eyes, bringing out the hints of green and brown. She flipped her blonde hair off her shoulders to cascade down her back, exposing the nape of her slender neck. It took all my strength to keep me rooted in my hideout, only wanting to touch her again, to wrap my arms over her shoulders, to nuzzle my nose into her neck and smell her skin.

I shook the vision out of my head. Our relationship, or lack there of was purely business. I had to keep my distance so she didn’t get drug into my messy life.

Sam spotted Julia and ran up to see her. They are talking, but she’s not here to be with Julia. Sam’s got a guy with her, her date.

They whisper but I hear what they say clearly.

“Please don’t leave,” Sam says in her ear.

Julia agrees.

Again, Julia flounders and takes her beach towel, moving further down the beach. I’m tempted to go sit by her but I take out her note to reread instead. The pain is clear. I can’t risk hurting her again. I’ll bear the burden alone and let her move on. I have to.

“Pretty cool, huh?”

“Phil?”

Her voice cuts through the night like a sweet sonnet of a bird. I cringe, putting the note back in my pocket, looking for the source of this guy – Phil.

He sits by Julia to watch the waves with her, making her fidget. I don’t like the way he flirts with her. I want to leave, but I can’t help but listen.

“You have a girlfriend?”

Julia sounds disappointed, but I’m a little relieved.

“...Where’s your boyfriend?” I hear him ask innocently.

Then it all makes sense. By already having a girlfriend, he could get to know her on the guise of friendship, and then once he knows Julia could be his, he dumps the girl back home.

She’s buying it. She’s confiding in him, telling him more. Telling him the whole story about us.

My heart rips to shreds hearing the details from her point of view, this time with the mountain lion included. Instead of the hero, I’m now the villain.

“This guy sounds bipolar.”

“He does, doesn’t he?”

At their laughter, my blood starts to boil. All I want to do was to kick the crap out of Phil. I had to figure out a way to release my aggression before I did.

I pull a stake from within the folds of my jacket and flip it in my hand. In an hour, I could run the parameter of the city and be back to see her safely home.

And maybe get a few vamps.

I don’t even give it a second thought. I was out of there.


Outtake from Evergreen; SPOILER don't read unless you really want to... 

From Brenda: " I originally was going to have Fin and Glad see each other before the confrontation in the basement, but it didn't make sense when Alaster shows up later. Alaster needed motivation to return so early and catching Galadriel was perfect! Plus this explains why Fin can't smell the other mermen in the lake."


Fin

“Jax is not here!” Galadriel shrieked.

She darted around faster than a bee with her green tail. She definitely had royal blood, no doubt about it. She had the beauty and the beautiful green tail all the girls craved (according to Tatchi).

“You already searched all thirty-nine trillion gallons of the lake?” I raised my eyebrow.

She cocked her head to the side. “I can’t smell him, invertebrate.”

“Smell him?”

“Yeah, like I can smell you.” She wrinkled her nose. “Or are your olfactory nares broken?”

I sniffed the water, only smelling fresh clean snow. “I don’t smell anything.”

“Figures. You’re sniff-blind. Happens frequently in merman. I hate to tell you, but this place is crawling with mer, and none of them are mine.”

“You mean there’s other mer in Tahoe right now?”

“Yeah. There’s been two mermen swimming around tonight, and my lovely hagfish brother Azor was here not to long ago, too.”

“Azor?” I scanned the water. “Where?”

“I smelled them in the southern part of the lake. Doesn’t your girl live down there?”
     I rushed over and grabbed her hand. “Show me. Now!” I said as I pulled her north.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Something Like Normal Review


Something Like Normal
by Trish Dollar
Release Date: June 19, 2012
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens




About (from Goodreads): When Travis returns home from a stint in Afghanistan, his parents are splitting up, his brother’s stolen his girlfriend and his car, and he’s haunted by nightmares of his best friend’s death. It’s not until Travis runs into Harper, a girl he’s had a rocky relationship with since middle school, that life actually starts looking up. And as he and Harper see more of each other, he begins to pick his way through the minefield of family problems and post-traumatic stress to the possibility of a life that might resemble normal again. Travis’s dry sense of humor, and incredible sense of honor, make him an irresistible and eminently lovable hero


My Review: 

  Do not let the cover fool you into thinking that this book is a simple romance.  The cover is misleading in that regard.  There is a romantic subplot but it is only a component of the real story- a story about a guy in transition.  Travis has come back from war to find that he no longer fits into his former life.  He does not know who he is any longer.  Compounding this is PTSD, unresolved grief over loosing a best friend in Afghanistan and long standing family issues that are coming to a head.

  I enjoyed this story.  The writing is strong and the story does not shy away from gritty, raw emotions.  The story maintains a strong sense of reality.  To be honest, I did not always like Travis, but he is written with authenticity and an ability to grow that allows me to still connect with him.  I am not sure he fully deserves a second chance with Harper but he does show growth and potential as the story progresses.  For this reason, I couldn't help but root for Travis and Harper despite Travis' past shortcomings.  If anything, his flaws made him feel like he was a genuine person that you might meet in real life as opposed to a character from a novel.  The book is slightly open ended with hints of possibility that fit the story's shorter length and Travis' maturation realistically.  

  I fully recommend this book.  I had a hard time assigning a rating due to my mixed feelings for Travis at the beginning as well as this being a bit of a departure from my normal book fare, but it is well written so I am going to bump it up to it a five star rating.  



Friday, August 24, 2012

Review: The Stone of Darkness by Resa Nelson

The Stone of Darkness by Resa Nelson
Published Date: May 2012
Publisher: Mundania Press
Genre: YA


The Story: In Book 3 of the Dragonslayer series, Astrid accepts her duty and follows the winter route--until she's bitten by a dragon.
Everyone knows dragon bites are poisonous and deadly, so she reluctantly accepts her impending death. In a twist of fate, she survives. Desperate for an explanation, Astrid believes she has somehow been protected by the black stone she keeps with her at all times, a stone that emerged from the sole of her foot a year ago.
Determined to find out what the stone is and what kind of powers it possesses, Astrid begins a journey that leads her to alchemists and an army of men under the rule of the powerful warrior, Mandulane, the acting lord of the Krystr army. Mandulane's mission is to spread the word of the new god Krystr, which preaches the evil intent of women and the danger they pose to all men, who are entitled to dominate the world. Rumors about this new god and army have spread, but Astrid is the first Northlander to encounter them. Soon, she stumbles upon a secret of a far-reaching and mind-numbing plot that will impact the entire world.
Astrid must find a way to spread the news of this threat and protect her people and everyone else at risk. She's convinced the answer lies inside the Stone of Darkness, and she must find a way to understand the stone and the powers she's convinced it must hold before it's too late.

My Review: Nelson has raised the bar for herself.  The Stone of Darkness is even better than the preceding two books.  It’s amazing the depth of character that Astrid has, how real she seems to me.  She doesn’t want to hurt anyone else, and when she finds out that there are traitors in their mist, she defends her people.  Also, Astrid has realized it’s ok to love again, and trust in that love.  Then the unthinkable happens.  And to find out what’s next, we have to wait for book 4!  I don’t know if I can do that patiently!

 
 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Stop the Txts. Stop the wrecks.

 
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Joins Twentieth Century Fox Television,
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, State Attorneys General and the Ad Council to Unveil New PSAs Featuring Scenes From Heartstopping Episode of “Glee” to
Encourage Young Adults to “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.”

New National Survey Reveals Progress Among Young Adult Drivers
Regarding their Views on Texting While Driving

Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA (August 22, 2012) – Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the State Attorneys General and Consumer Protection Agencies and the Ad Counciljoined with Twentieth Century Fox Television and Twentieth Century Fox HomeEntertainment to unveil new public service advertisements (PSAs) featuring scenes from season three of Fox’s award-winning television series “Glee” to educate young adult drivers (16-24) of the dangers of texting while driving.

Earlier this year, the Golden Globe winning series made headlines when a pivotal cliffhanger episode ended with a shocking and catastrophic crash due to texting and driving. Quinn Fabray (Dianna Agron) was driving to her friends’ (Rachel and Finn, played by Lea Michele and Cory Monteith) wedding when a she received a text. She took her eyes off the road to read it and to type the words “On My Way” for a matter of seconds, but in her distraction she swerved out of her lane and was hit in a tragic accident by an oncoming vehicle. It was months before the audience and “Glee’s” millions of young adult viewers would know the fate of her character, but the message was clear: texting and driving can have horrific consequences.

The new television and digital PSAs employ this powerful scene to emphasize that five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road while texting and driving – when driving at 55 miles per hour, that is enough time to cover the length of a football field. The PSAs direct young adult drivers to the Texting and Driving Prevention campaign web site, StopTextsStopWrecks.org, where teens and young adults can find facts about the impact of texting while driving and tips for how to curb the behavior.

NHTSA reports that in 2010, more than 3,000 people were killed and an additional 416,000 were injured due to distracted driving, which includes texting while driving. The “Glee” PSAs are part of NHSTA, the State Attorneys Generaland Consumer Protection Agencies and the Ad Council’s national Texting and Driving Prevention PSA campaign. Launched in October 2011, this campaign is designed to curb the behavior of young adults who text while driving, address the compulsion of this behavior and demonstrate to overconfident young adult drivers that it is not safe to text while driving.  

“Texting and driving is an epidemic on America's roadways, but these crashes are preventable. Distracted driving does not just happen, it’s a choice,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “The first line of defense must be personal responsibility by all drivers to put theirwireless devices away and keep their focus on the road, which is why we are working closely with our partners to build public awareness around this important safety issue.”

“This was a story we wanted to tell because we know the influence our show can have in starting conversations and raising awareness,” commented “Glee” executive producer and co-creator Ryan Murphy. “We were inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s campaign encouraging everyone to sign a pledge not to text and drive, which we all signed when we did her show a few yearsago, and we had been looking for an opportunity to tell the story of how a few seconds of carelessness could have a devastating impact on people’s lives. We’ve already heard from thousands of our fans how this story touched them, and we loved the idea of a PSA campaign to keep this important issue front and center.”

“’Glee’ has always told stories that speak to young people in an incredibly entertaining way, provoking conversation and raising awareness in the process,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television.  “When Ryan and the producers told us they were going to tackle this issue, we knew that beyond telling agreat, dramatic story about our characters, it could have very real impact on the lives of our viewers. We couldn’t be more proud of the work they and the cast have done on this incredible series.”

According to a new, national survey conducted by the Ad Council, there has been progress with the attitudes and behaviors among young adult drivers regarding texting while driving.  Fifty-one percent of young adult drivers report that they are “extremely concerned” about their peers texting while driving, which represents an increase of seven percent since September 2011.  Most notably, in regards to their current behavior, thirty-four percent of respondents said that they never text while driving, a significant increase from twenty-eight percent in 2011. 

“Driving is one of the most dangerous activities for young adults. Texting while driving is a distraction that young drivers can live without,” said Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, the father of two teenage boys. “Drivers of any age should be aware that texting while driving may not only jeopardize the safety of themselves and others, but it can violate state motor vehicle laws against distracted driving and result in hefty fines or loss of driving privileges.”

“We are thrilled to join Twentieth Century Fox Television, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and ‘Glee’ to unveil a new series of public service ads to further extend our texting while driving prevention messages to their vast audience of young adult drivers,” said Peggy Conlon, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “Our latest research shows a nation that is now on the right track in improving the safety of our roads, but there is still more work to be done. We will continue to broaden our campaign messages to help reduce driver distraction, prevent injuries, and ultimately save lives.”

Since 2006, the Ad Council has partnered with the State Attorneys General to address reckless driving among teens. The “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” campaign effort has received more than $20 million in donated media support to date.  For more than twenty-five years, the Ad Council and NHTSA have worked together on consumer safety PSA campaigns. Per the Ad Council’s model, all of the new PSAs will run and air in advertising time and space that is donated by the media.

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