Monday, September 29, 2014

Snap4Kids: For The Love of Cooking

Wanna do something good today?

How about checking out the Snap4Kids Cookbook that's on sale right now.  Snap4Kids is a Special Needs Assistance Program for kids that's been around since 1993 and today they're announcing the arrival of their cookbook, For the Love of Cooking.  This cookbook contains over 110 recipes from 90 authors, many USA Today and New York Time's bestsellers, from everything from appetizers to desserts.  Each recipe comes with a personal story.

I shared one of my most favorite dessert recipes from my mother that she used to make when I was a kid.  Yum. Yum. 

To learn more, please visit Snap4kids

Monday, September 22, 2014

Random Newfangled Idea

Deep thought.

Restaurants and coffee shops where cell phones and laptops are not allowed so that people can have old-fashioned conversations again, free from annoying ringtones and people yapping on their cell phones loud enough so that everyone within a mile radius can hear about mind-numbing minutiae. 

In fact, I would even support public humiliation for anyone defying the "no technology zone" in such an establishment.  Flogging? Check. Pelt with eggs? Double-check.

Leave the gadgets at the door or buy a round of coffees (and pastries) for everyone if your Lady Gaga ringtone goes off at a million decibels.

A girl can dream?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Just so you know...

There is a Goodreads Back to School Giveaway happening as we speak for Played

Click here.

There will also be some fun happenings and giveaways in the not-too-distant future with some of my book colleagues from The Class of 2K13 in the next couple of months so please stay tuned. 

Meanwhile, I've been (1) writing like it's 1999 and (2) in the midst of a home remodel.  And, (3), as a result of (2), I've been watching way too much HGTV. 

And now it's football season and time for pumpkin-spiced anything.

Life is good.  Thankfully.

Go, Cardinals and Bears! (And the Fighting Illini)

Monday, August 4, 2014

She's Alive!

*Squints into the sun*
*Emerges from writer's cave*
*Realizes she needs a haircut*

How've ya been?  Long time, no see.  How's the summer been treating you? 

I've gotta bunch of books to talk about and recommend today.  In between about a million other things that I've had going on this summer, I have managed to read a ton of books. No big surprise there.  Here are a few that I loved:


Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

This book was like an emotional gut-punch.  It's the story of two girls with disabilities who set out to make lives for themselves, post-high school.  Told in dual POVs, the voices are authentic and realistic. The story is hopeful and sad and frustrating and lovely.  It's like no book I've read before.  I adored it. 



The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

It's been a long time since I've read a historical but my sister recommended this one to me so I knew I had to read it.  Set in the 1800's, this story is told in dual POVs: a white girl and the slave she was given for her eleventh birthday. The story spans 35 years with close attention to time period detail.  The storytelling is magnificent.  Interestingly, in the author's note in the back of the book, we learn that the story was inspired by the real Sarah Grimke, one of the early pioneers of abolition and women's rights movements. 




We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

When I opened this book, I didn't know what to expect.  Admittedly, at first I was turned off.  Another story about poor, misunderstood rich kids from the East Coast? Thank you, no.  Not my kinda thing.  Very quickly, however, I was lassoed by the hauntingly beautiful writing and, once in, could not put it down.  This story is YA, mystery, thriller, even romance.  It's kinda like Gone Girl for the YA crowd.  I don't want to say too much; otherwise, I could spoil it for you.  Anyway, pick this one up.  It's lovely.

A few others that I'm currently reading (and loving) but haven't quite finished yet:

Drowned by Nichola Reilly
This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

What's on your e-reader? 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Kicking Back, Sonoran Desert-Style

I have a feeling that my blogging is going to be sparse this summer, at best.  I also found that I've been spending more of my social media time on Twitter and Tumblr than I have on Blogger and Facebook, too.  Is Blogging going the way of the dinosaurs?  I don't know, for sure. I have my suspicions.

Anyway, I've got several writing projects in the works plus some summer trips planned that are vying for (and getting) my attention. Have you ever noticed that writing projects are like needy toddlers? I digress.

I'll pop in and out when there's something interesting or useful to say.

Hope it's not too hot where you live and that your summer is off to a wonderful start!

More soon (I hope)!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PLAYED Goes on Sale Today! Got Shelfies?

Hey, guess what? Played is now available in bookstores and libraries everywhere!

If you see my baby out in the wild, be sure to snap a Shelfie and tag me on social media so that I can live vicariously through you.

I'd really love to see Played at the beach looking pretty on a blanket next to a cool drink. Because I live in the middle of the Sonoran desert and it's approaching triple-digits here, I love water pics. Just sayin'.

Hope you enjoy this companion novel to Hooked.  Sam and Riley, FTW!

xoxo

Monday, May 19, 2014

Thank you, School Library Journal!

Played got a very nice industry review from the School Library Journal, along with being listed in "What's Hot for YA" for their May issue  In particular, SLJ said:

"The plot is a perfect mix of real-life scenarios and swoon-worthy romance, while the issues of race and class that Fichera interweaves into Sam and Riley’s story add substance."

You can read it here

Thank you, SLJ!

To celebrate the countdown till May 27 (release day!), The Fantastic Flying Book Club is hosting a blog tour for Played that begins TODAY.  Click here to join the bookish fun. There will be reviews, favorite quotes, dream casts, and lots more on the tour.

If Twitter chats are more your thang, Rachel at Reading in Twilight is hosting a Twitter chat with me this week on May 20 at 7pm CST.  We will be chatting up books, taking questions, and giving away an autographed ARC along with autographed bookmarks.  Hastag: #LizChatLive 

Hope to see you around the blogophere!