Woo-hoo! Look what I’ve got!

Ta-da!  Here’s the whole cover of Forget-Her-Nots.  I LOVE how the poppies wrap around the spine!

It looks like I’m taking a bite out of it.  Nom  nom … Deliciously magical!  I think someone said that in a review.  Don’t forget to check out my SPREAD the FLOWER LOVE Blog Tour today and collect your flower!

Spread the Flower Love Blog Tour!!

Hey, all!  I’m so very excited to announce the official start of my blog tour and contests.  Here’s the way it works. Each host on the tour has chosen a special flower to send a virtual message to you — her devoted follower! — using the language of flowers.  (See list on this site.)  To enter the contest, gather up your virtual bouquet of flower magic and send me the list of flowers and who sent them to you.  (i.e. snowdrops from Amy’s blog).

The first week schedule is here.  I will also be posting where  I am daily.  So please check out my interviews and guest posts and pick up your flowers to win!!  You can also enter by tweeting & posting about the contest or my button (5 entree bonus for button!).  (see below)

Week One

1) a signed copy of Forget-Her-Nots, plus copy of fellow Tenner Bree Despain’s The Dark Divine

2) a $15 iTunes gift card

3) FHN swag & little language of flowers book that Laurel uses.

Week Two

1) The male POV – hardback copies of Candor by Pam Bachorz, The Secret Year by Jenn Hubbard, and Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  All are excellent reads told through the guy’s eyes.

2) A $15 iTunes gift card

3) FHN swag and little language of flowers book that Laurel uses.

Week Three

TBD but it will be good!

How to Enter:

– One entry for each flower you collect from a blog.  (Please wait til the end of the week & send all at once.  Post in comments here or email to me amywords@verizon.net.  Thanks!)

– One entry for tweeting about contest.

– One entry for posting about the contest.

– 5 entries for posting Blog Tour button here:  http://www.bannerfans.com/amywhite/banner_291118/page_1

Fine Print:  You must be over 13 years old to enter.  Open to everyone in the entire world and any other worlds that might be tuned in.

Welcome to Green Bean Teen Queen!

I am very excited to introduce today’s guest Sarah, who blogs in the kidlit world as Green Bean Teen Queen. Sarah is a teen and tween librarian who also reviews books for TeensReadToo.com. She has great recommendations for readers and writers alike so read on!

Hi, Sarah!  What’s your favorite flower?

I’ve always loved the smell of lilacs and I really like pink gerber daisies — so pretty!

[FYI, Flower lovers.  Purple lilacs are for the first emotions of love, and white lilacs are for youthful innocence in the language of flowers. And LOVE the flower in the your hair!]

Is there a quotation you live by or have posted at your desk?

I don’t really collect quotes, but I’ve read many I like.  My family has always joked that we live by the Arnold Lobel poem:

“Books to the ceiling,

Books to the sky,

My pile of books is a mile high.

How I love them! How I need them!

I’ll have a long beard by the time I read them.”

When I have my own personal library, that’s getting painting on the walls. 🙂

Which book do you wish you could live inside?

Harry Potter.  I would love to be able to do magic and visit Hogwarts and of course be adopted by the Weasly family — they’re so great!  Although I really don’t want to take part in any of the fight scenes, so maybe I’d enjoy a visit instead.

Who’s your favorite dead writer and why? (We don’t want to hurt the feelings of the living here!)

Lucy Maude Montgomery.  I loved the Anne books when I was younger (I still do) and they were the first books I remember really getting pulled into and feeling like I was there with Anne on Prince Edward Island.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start?

I’ve had my blog for almost two years.  I started because I had seen other blogs I really admired and thought it would be a fun way to keep track of what I had been reading-especially for work, since I’m often asked to give booktalks.  I wanted a place to keep track of what I had read and it’s grown into so much more than I ever could have imagined.  I love the kidlit community and have met some amazing bloggers and authors because of my blog.

What do you love best about YA novels?

I love the characters and the emotions in YA.  YA novels just feel more real to me — maybe because I’m still a teen at heart.

Do you have any predictions for the future of YA novels and writers?

I wish I could say that the paranormal romance thing would move away for a while and make way for a new trend, but they’re still popular at my library.  I think it’s about time we see more regency romance in YA — my teens and I would love that!

What advice would you give to writers who appear at libraries?

Make friends with the teen librarian right away – we’re you’re biggest advocates.  Also, understand that if you don’t get a large crowd at your appearance, it’s not you.  It can be harder to pull in an audience at a public library then it is at a school, where you have a built in captive audience.  We work as hard as we can to bring people in, but sometimes it doesn’t go the way we planned.  Be flexible and have fun with the event you do have.  And be prepared to answer the “any advice for writers” and “what inspired you to write this book” questions.  And anytime you can talk about a common interest with the teens-a TV show you’re obsessed with, movies you saw, books you’ve read-they will be impressed and think you’re very cool.

What do you think teens love most in a novel?

At least the teens I’ve talked to at work, they love characters they can relate to.  They enjoy seeing themselves in a character, even if it is a fantastical situation, because it’s good to know you’re not the only one who thinks that, does that, says that, etc.

What’s your most memorable moment as a teen librarian?

The best moments I have are when I recommend a book to a teen and they come back telling me they loved it and do I have any other great books? That always makes my job worth it.

I’ve also had a couple of moments where I’ve talked to a teen and found out I have an ARC of a book they can’t wait to get their hands on and I let them borrow it in exchange for a review from them.  It’s so fun to make their day!

What book or books do you think aren’t read enough?

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy.  I have not stopped recommending this series since I discovered it-perfect for Harry Potter fans looking for a great new series to follow.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder.  I give this one to my paranormal fans and I think everyone needs to read Lisa’s books-they’re beautifully written and full of emotion.

Any book by Elizabeth Scott.  I love Elizabeth Scott;  she’s a YA rockstar and her books need to get noticed more.  She’s amazing!

Love Flower Poem by Anna

Thanks to Jennie at Random Chalk Talk and her awesome students for hosting me on her blog today — her first author interview!  Great questions from her students!

I am pleased to present the first of five poems that impressed the judges.  One of the judges, Blythe Woolston, said this poem “flashes brilliant sometimes –‘mended | upended’ is a compelling rhyme –and it integrates the flowers exquisitely. (She had me at the Calla–it’s a fantastic image.)”

Blythe is a Tenner whose novel The Freak Observer comes out in August.  I can’t wait to read it!  “It’s about death, life, astrophysics, and finding beauty in chaos,” according to Blythe.  She is also a poet herself!

This poem is by Anna aka The Book Nerd at http://booknerds.net.  Thanks for sharing your poem with us, Anna!

The End Does Not Exist

The garden scents slip through my window

the roses, daisies and the song of bluebirds

do something to my heart, broken and mended

upended from my home, I feel lost.

The color of the sky so bright yet so dull,

sweeping away the thoughts that cloud my mind

muddle it with unimportant, insignificant reminders

of the times when things weren’t right –

wrong between you and me.

But I close my eyes and the scents remind me

of good things, happy things, old things –

Roses, our first meeting by the round-a-bout

in the middle of the finest city.

Lilies, the first kiss we shared, the boardwalk

surrounded by them.

Cherry Blossoms, when I told you of the Calla we grew,

a little version of me and you.

And the Pansies, to remind me of the end,

the cowards who left you and her on the side of

the road, car tipped, upended as well.

But I will rip them out, tear them away, trash them,

discard them, and forget about that.

I will only remember the beginning and middle –

the good.

The garden will remind me of the good,

and help me forget the evil.

The ending does not exist and I will lie

to myself until it is true.

Until the garden, flower and weeds grow through

us all the same; her, me and you.

Together as we should be.