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2017 Teen Book Con logoTechnically it’s for teens and not forty-five year old teachers, so I volunteered to be a chaperone for five of my favorite teen girls. I’m a genius. Admit it. I win.


Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie is going to be there! I love Maggie! She’s my kind of weird, and her stories pull me in then drag me around by the heart for months after I’ve finished them.


David Levithan photo

David Levithan

And David! He introduced me to Dash & Lily, and A, and a bunch of other great characters born in his crazy writer/editor brain.


Maggie and David are the keynote speakers for the day, but they’ll be joined by 24 other amazing authors including one of my other favorites…Veronica Rossi. I can’t wait to meet her!

The Tattered Cover didn’t forget me completely. They’re hosting a YA Author Happy Hour for the over 21 crowd the night before Teen Book Con. I get to meet the same authors over a drink, get Maggie’s new book signed, and hopefully meet a few local OwlCrate future friends. If you’re in the Denver area and interested in this event, there are still some tickets available:


Maybe I’ll see you there! 😉



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I don’t have a favorite author. I know, shocker. I have A LOT of authors I love, and Veronica Rossi is one of them.

Veronica Rossi

She’s not as well-known as authors whose books have already been adapted for the big screen, but I love her stories just the same. I do think they’d be great movies if handled right, and her bestselling trilogy has been optioned for film by Warner Bros. Sadly, there’s no news yet on if or when that will happen.

Veronica is the New York Times bestselling author of a post-apocalyptic trilogy: Under the Never Sky, Through the Ever Night, and Into the Still Blue. She’s also published two companion novellas, Roar and Liv, and Brooke.

From Amazon:

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.

In alternating chapters told in Aria’s and Perry’s voices, Under the Never Sky subtly and powerfully captures the evolving relationship between these characters and sweeps readers away to a harsh but often beautiful world. Continuing with Through the Ever Night and concluding with Into the Still Blue, the Under the Never Sky trilogy has already been embraced by readers in twenty-six countries and been optioned for film by Warner Bros.

The first book in her next series is due out in February, 2016. I can’t wait! Here’s a preview:

Riders FINAL (1)

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?

Check out Veronica’s other news on her site.

My friends have authors they love too. Check them out:

Don at https://donhillson.wordpress.com/

Beckie at http://free2b2much.blogspot.com/

Tracy at https://countyroadchronicles.wordpress.com/


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As reading is like breathing to me, there are so many great characters I could choose from the thousands of books I’ve read. I don’t really have one favorite, but I have one that comes close, and as her story has been on my mind lately, I chose her for today’s topic.


These are movie photos of Miranda Otto who played the character in Peter Jackson’s epic masterpiece. I loved her in the film, but as all book nerds will agree, the book is always better, and Éowyn as a character is no exception. Yes, I think J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings was and is genius. I was captivated from the moment I stepped foot in the Shire.

Orphaned young and raised alongside her brother Éomer in her uncle’s home – King Théoden of Rohan, Éowyn longs for more than a woman of that age is relegated to. The story finds her caring for her uncle, whose mind has been poisoned by his evil advisor – Sauron’s spy and a lecherous man who lusts after her. Her brother has been banished and she’s alone, trapped in a life she doesn’t want. A life of she fears. When opportunity to escape her perceived fate comes to her doorstep, she is more than willing, but is thwarted by the man she thinks she loves when he tells her it is her duty to lead her people in her uncle’s and brother’s absences. Nevertheless, she eventually makes her way into battle and to everyone’s amazement, defeats the Witch-king who had been the subject of a prophecy that said no man could kill him. When threatened with a fate worse than death, Éowyn responds:

“But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Eomund’s daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch him.”

“Then tottering, struggling up, with her last strength she drove her sword between crown and mantle, as the great shoulders bowed before her. The sword broke sparkling into many shards. The crown rolled away with a clang. Éowyn fell forward upon her fallen foe.”

I love Éowyn! She calls herself a “wild shieldmaiden of the north.” I can relate to that. The White Lady of Rohan. Lady of the shield-arm. Daughter of the House of Eorl. She had many names, but of course I connected with the shield references the most. She is fierce, loyal, and determined, yet in the books as she recovers from her battle wounds, she has a change of heart about her “fate” and she softens, saying she’ll become a healer. That resonates with me too.

See which characters resonated with my friends:

Don at https://donhillson.wordpress.com/

Beckie at http://free2b2much.blogspot.com/

Tracy at https://countyroadchronicles.wordpress.com/

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