Things you should know…

… firstly, yes, I’m a total idiot for not posting enough reviews. And then doing one and screwing up the main character’s surname. Life happened and then… yeah. Long story. Let’s not go there, and just keep our fingers crossed that I get my sh*t together in good time.

Secondly, a HUGE standing ovation for Chelsea and Steph, both fantastic book bloggers and lovely ladies who are now officially represented as authors! Go over and congratulate them on this huge achievement, and bug them for the story of “The Call”.

Next up, I was featured recently at Persnickety Snark, along with a slew of fantastic bloggers from around the world. Go read more about life as a book blogger from the middle of nowheresville, and check out where everyone else is reporting from. I was quite surprised and awed at most of them!

And finally, before I sign off and try to reorganize, here’s an open letter from the wonderful Danielle Joseph, whose ’09 release Shrinking Violet is about to go on back order. Remember, you can enter a contest at her blog to win a gift certificate to a bookstore of your choice.

Help Tere keep her voice!
Shrinking Violet is about an extremely shy high school senior trying to find her voice and reach her dream of becoming a DJ, despite the obstacles that stand in her way.
The book is about to go on back order and in order for more copies to be printed, more people have to place orders for the book.

Read more about Shrinking Violet:
High school senior Teresa Adams is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out doing mock broadcasts for Miami’s hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tere surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, sexy Sweet T to everyone’s shock, she’s a hit! Even Gavin, the only guy in school who she dares to talk to, raves about the mysterious DJ’s awesome taste in music. But when The SLAM announces asongwriting contest, and a prom date with Sweet T is the grand prize, Sweet T’s dream could turn into Tere’s worst nightmare. . . .
Praise for Shrinking Violet:
  • “Bella, eat your heart out. Tere is the girl every young woman truly wants to be. . . . Brilliant work, Danielle Joseph.” –Ellen Hopkins, New York Times bestselling author of Identical
  • “Danielle Joseph takes readers into the glamorous world of Top 40 radio, with a character who is both funny and relatable. Readers will cheer when Tere finds her voice!” –Alex Flinn, author of BreathingUnderwater and A Kiss in Time
  • “A funny, romantic, and truly inspirational Cinderella tale for any teen who’s ever been shy, loved music, or dreamed of going to the ball. Wait, that’s pretty much everybody.” -Gaby Triana, author of The Temptress Four
So here’s how you can help:
Please tell anyone that you think might be interested to place an order now before it’s too late. Guys, girls, grandmas. grandpas, you’re never too old to read humorous teen fiction!
I’m also running a contest for those that want to have some fun! There will be four winners, each receiving a $25 gift certificate to iTunes or the bookstore of their choice.

So how can you win?
1. Post a review of Shrinking Violet on Amazon.com or B &N.com 2 points
2 Blog, Tweet or Facebook about the Save Shrinking Violet Campaign 1 point for each mention
3. Take a picture of yourself wearing a sweater and mimicking the book’s cover (you must have the book in the photo too). 2 points

Contest begins at 11pm on Thursday, September 24, 2009 and ends at 11pm on Thurday, October 15, 2009.
After you enter, you can either email me at danielle@daniellejoseph.com or leave me a comment on my blog at http://daniellejoseph.livejournal. com/ under the entry, Save Shrinking Violet!
Much love,
Danielle Joseph”

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