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Rooney Rambles

Don’t Write Me Off Just Yet…

This site under (major) reconstruction. Sit tight and stay tuned for some big surprises and the greatest comeback since… leg warmers? Okay!

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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.

“SAVE SHRINKING VIOLET!
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”

YA News, or Sometimes I Hold Back On These Things…

So there’s a bunch of stuff that’s been going on around the YA world, whether it’s brand new book deals, movie deals, upcoming series, or even some random stuff. And I’ve been sitting on these for a while, so forgive me!

First up, the movie adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones is finally nearing release. Directed by Peter Jackson (of The Lord of the Rings fame), the movie features an all-star cast including Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weiss, … This is one release you won’t want to miss.

Next, I recently saw this trailer to promote Scott Westerfeld’s much-anticipated upcoming novel, Leviathan. It is epic, I tell you. EPIC.

And speaking of Scott Westerfeld, the author has revealed the brand new covers for his amazing New York trilogy, as redesigned by Rodrigo Carral (the man behind the gorgeous Uglies covers). I don’t know about you, but I’m quite eager to get my hands on these paperbacks as soon as I can find them somewhere near me.

Next up, we have some fabulous news for fans of Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry. The author has announced that a sequel to the hothothot love story, titled Rules of Attraction will be released in May 2010! I’ll keep updating you all as I get more, but for now, let us all unite in one joint joyful squee! OMG!

And finally, for those of you who are fans of The Mortal Instruments series, and were just as excited by Cassandra Clare’s announcement of the series being optioned as a movie, let’s begin speculation (well, around here anyway)! Tell me, who do you think should be cast as Jace, Simon, Clary, and the Lightwoods in the movie? Be as creative and unrealistic as you wish! =D


Somebody get me a paper bag…

… because I think I’m going to barf. I’ve been oscillating back and forth over this for a long long time now, but it’s official:

HOMGHOMGHOMG *PANIC* I DON’T KNOW IF I CAN DO THIS!!! *inhale, exhale, inhale*

Anyone else joining in the fun this year? I could use a few friends…


Awww, shucks, you guys!

So I should’ve done one of these a while ago, because the wonderful Amy gave me an award wayyy back. But I never really could figure out what award it was, and I felt kinda presumptuous just taking one, ya know?

Anyway, so the lovely Austenfan just gave me another award, and I thought it was high time I put up my gratitude and acceptance speech…

Hmm? What? No acceptance speech!??! NO! THIS IS A TRAVESTY!

Well, I’m grateful anyway =D

The Lemonade Award!

The Lemonade Award is a feel good award that shows great attitude or gratitude.

Well if this is about gratitude, then there’s a whole bunch of people I’d like to thank for being awesome. Especially those of you who keep me laughing on Twitter and Chatzy and the very special few who keep coming back to read and comment. BIG HEARTS! (And lemons, I suppose)

So if any of the above applies to you (and you all know who you are), I award you with the Lemonade award! Hope it comes in handy on these hot summer days! =)


Beastly – The Movie

I don’t know if I mention this enough on my blog (lol)… but I love adaptations or retellings. Particularly remixed fairytales.

So it stood to reason that I really would really like Alex Flinn’s Beastly. It’s fresh, it’s got a great voice, and the characters all seem like real everyday teenagers and regular problems, despite the outrageously impossible scenario. So when I heard “movie”, I thought YAY!”.

Then came the news that Mary-Kate Olsen and Vanessa Hudgens were in the movie. Now I know that both of these actors have a HUGE fan following… but seriously? SERIOUSLY?

Okay, fine, it’s a teen movie. I get it. Having big name stars and eye candy is essential. I mean I would’ve gone to see the movie just to get some nice me-time with a large screen version of Alex Pettyfer. So what if Vanessa’s doe-eyed, unbrushed bangs look is far from the plain, freckled, redheaded Lindy? Or that Kendra is supposed kind of awful-looking but sweet (and not emo, Amy Winehouse-do, eyeliner chick)? I can adjust.

The story of Beauty and the Beast, to me, has always been more about the Beast. Here’s a guy in genuine anguish because everything he’s ever relied on in his life (ie his good looks) have been taken away from him (ie he turns butt ugly).

I had mixed feelings about the Disney adaptation of the Beast, because that just looks like a slightly overweight werewolf. They were on the right track, but it was not quite what I had in mind.

So I was like, hey, lots of crazy modern technology now! Can’t wait to see what they make of the Beast in thi-

Oh, that’s a funny picture. Who is that?

Uh… no… that’s not the Beast. Don’t be silly.

… is it?

In the words of the book, and I quote:

“I was an animal—not quite wolf or bear or gorilla or dog, but some horrible species that walked upright, that was almost human, yet not. Fangs grew from my mouth, my fingers were clawed, and hair grew from every pore. I, who’d looked down on people with zits or halitosis, was a monster.”

Now let’s go back to that picture, shall we?

WTF! Where are the hairy pores??? The evil, hateful glare??? The face that would make any normal girl scream and swoon and run, run as fast she can??? Beast is supposed to be a big, hairy monster! Beast is not supposed to look like teenage Moby with an acne problem! WTFWTFWTF!

So far, then, this is a total fail. I’m actually really upset by movie adaptations lately… in the last year alone, three of my favorite books have been made into absolutely awful movies, and now this… I’m just hoping the movie itself will be somewhat fun to watch. At the very least.

Please, oh please, let The Time Traveler’s Wife restore my faith in humanity. *crosses fingers*


Cyber-Homecoming

Okay, it’s time I laid off the scheduled posting, and came back for real. It’s been an insane few weeks in the Rooney household – we moved, then we moved again, then we moved back, then my cousin passed away, then everyone sent me to see my best friend before I completely lost it, and a million more things. But now I’m back, rejuvenated and detox-ed (fact: being around a good friend beats a spa any day). And it’s time to get my sh*t together and get back.

First up, have I totally alienated my YA crowd? I’m sorry – that romance week was long overdue, but I’m behind on my YA reviews as well, and be assured that you’ll see practically nothing else for a while!

Also, on a similar topic, there hasn’t been a WoW post in TWO WEEKS?! OMG WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! Somehow I totally didn’t realize that I’d run out of scheduled WoW posts, and didn’t bother to check until yesterday, which was already Thursday. Shame on me.

I’ll make it up now, though. Because in case you hadn’t heard, Justine Larbalestier’s upcoming (and highly anticipated) LIAR has a new cover! And here it is:

Micah will freely admit that she’s a compulsive liar, but that may be the one honest thing she’ll ever tell you. Over the years she’s duped her classmates, her teachers, and even her parents, and she’s always managed to stay one step ahead of her lies. That is, until her boyfriend dies under brutal circumstances and her dishonesty begins to catch up with her. But is it possible to tell the truth when lying comes as naturally as breathing? Taking readers deep into the psyche of a young woman who will say just about anything to convince them—and herself—that she’s finally come clean, Liar is a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers see-sawing between truths and lies right up to the end. Honestly.

For those of you who have no clue what on earth the excitement is all about (other than the fact that this book sounds FANTASMICAL!), is that the protagonist is African-American, and the original cover featured a model that was… not. Which, as you would expect, created a HUGE uproar in the YA community. Why shouldn’t a book with a black face sell?

The result is visible above. VIVA LA REVOLUTION! =D Let it be known that our voices are heard, and that our opinions do matter. Now pre-order the book and make us proud! (The book comes out in October, not Sept as Amazon says. And yes, you will get the new cover!)

Other important things to note:

* Adele put up a fantastic Guide to YA Blogging that covers a lot of important things. Anyone who’s starting a blog, already running one, or thinking of starting one should read this CAREFULLY and follow it religiously. I didn’t even realize how much I was screwing up until I read it!

* My contests sidebar is hopelessly behind schedule, I know. I haven’t had the chance to browse any contests lately, because of my erratic internet schedule. Anyone know of any good ones, PLEASE let me know! In fact, I’m going to randomly pick someone who links to a YA contest anywhere (open worldwide) and send them a surprise book from my collection. So help me out here!

Anyhooo, I think that covers it. Oh yeah, that reminds me, I’m working on a new project, one that you’ll hear about soon. This might just be what I’m doing with the rest of my life, so keep your fingers crossed!

More soon! xoxo