Love Flower Poetry Contest: Day #2

Here’s the poem for day two.  One of my all-time favorites, and it’s in Forget-Her-Nots.  The punctuation probably gives it away. 🙂

“your slightest look easily will unclose me

though I have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as

Spring opens

(touching skillyfullymysteriously) her first


And if you have a minute, check out Stephanie’s interview with me at Juiciliciousss Reviews today!

LOVE FLOWER POETRY Contest for Valentine’s Day!!!

What goes together better than love, flowers, and poetry?

Not much I say, so to celebrate the <3 you holiday, I’m having a fun and literary contest.  The lucky winner will receive:

1)  a signed hardback copy of Forget-Her-Nots as soon as I get one (I’m hoping by the end of the contest!)

2)  FHN swag, including buttons, temporary tattoos, signed bookmarks, and cool postcards to send your friends.

3)  a bouquet of flowers delivered to your doorstep (kind of flowers TBD).  (Flower delivery to US only.  All else is international.)

So how do you enter?

Each day between now and 2/13, I will post lines of poetry that feature love and flowers.  All you have to do is look up the lines, read the poem, and write down the name of the poet and the name of the poem.  The former-English-teacher in me has picked a variety of poems, two of which are quoted in Forget-Her-Nots!

OR, for the creatively inclined, you can write an original love flower poem of at least ten lines.  The best three poems, as determined by me and several learned judges, including Kate at The Neverending Shelf, will be featured on my blog the week of 2/15.

So, to summarize, you get entries by doing each of the following:

1 – tweeting about the contest and leaving a comment on this blog;

1 posting about the contest and leaving a comment on this blog;

12  – keeping track of the 12 poems and poets and emailing me the list at by 2/14 at midnight.  (Yes, it will be prorated if you don’t get all 12 — one for each poem & poet.)

12 writing your own love flower poem!  You go, girl.

Questions?  Excited?  Leave a comment.        

Poem #1:

“And I will make thee beds of roses,

And a thousand fragrant posies.”

Who wrote it and what’s the name of the poem?

[A posy is another name for a small, symbolic bouquet, also known as a tussie-mussie 🙂   ]

The Fine Print:  Giveaway is open internationally to anyone age 13 or older.   (Excluding flower delivery internationally.  Will make up for it if winner is international.)  Prize winner will be announced on Twitter and here, so please provide info for me to contact you easily.   The contest is over on 2/14 at midnight.   Prize must be claimed by 2/20.

Thanks so much for entering!  Happy reading!

Saturday’s Seven with Drea (aka Book Blather)

Today our guest is Drea, a twenty-something teen librarian from the Chicagoland area, who reviews books, blogs, and offers the occasional contest as BookBlather.

Hi, Drea.  What’s your favorite flower?

This has changed over the years, but I would say at this moment it would have to be an orchid. They just have this majestic beauty about them that draws me to them.  [FYI, orchids mean the belle of the ball or passion in the language of flowers.  See Drea’s lovely orchid above!]

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

It’s not really a quotation, more like a personal motto: “Still Awaiting Serenity.”  It’s a phrase I latched onto years ago that reminds me that I’ll never truly be complete and to keep searching for those pieces that will make me a better person. I think it’s my way of telling myself to never settle and to continue reaching for more.

Which book do you wish you could live in?

Oh man, this is a hard one. I can’t pick just ONE book, but I will tell you my favorite worlds. I’m torn between the Tortall Realm by Tamora Pearce or the Faerie Courts by Melissa Marr. If I HAD to choose just one, I would go with Tortall. I’ve grown up reading the characters in that world and they have been like best friends at time.

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

Hands down, Virginia Woolf. She was such a brilliant woman and writer. I’m always finding something new in her writings every time I read them. Some, like A Room of One’s Own, is so empowering to women.  And while she was certainly a tortured soul, there is so much I’ve been able to learn from her writings.  [Drea and I also share a love for Woolf’s To the Lighthouse!]

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

I started Book Blather a little over a year ago. My main reason was to keep a log of what I’m reading.   As a YA Librarian, I’m devouring more books than I can keep up and the blog is a way for me to remember what I’ve read and what I liked/did not like a book!  Of course, the reasonI continue is because of the amazing friends with authors/bloggers that I’ve made along the way.

What do you love best about YA novels?

What’s not to love?  Seriously. T here are so many talented writers in the YA world, and more still coming (like Amy!).   I wish I could put into words why I love YA novels, but I really can’t.   There’s just something that has sucked me in and just won’t let me go!   And I hope this love affair is one that never ends.

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

I predict that they will send me their ARCs so I don’t have to wait to read them!  No, no, okay, really.  Predictions, predictions, hmmmm.  I think I see the YA market continuing to bring in amazing books/authors.  I see it growing even more than it already has and shaking off its stigma and pulling in more adults.  I also see sparkly vampires retiring to their coffins (oh please, oh please, oh please!)

You just got back from ALA.  What was the most fun?

Well, I love the exhibits.  I mean FREE books!  And I love bringing home really good ones that I can bribe my teens with.  (It’s all about the bribes!) But I also like sitting down with publishers and talking about the books they’re about to publish.  I got to sit one-on-one with one publishing company and had a fantastic time ranting about what books I already loved and the ones I was excited about being able to read.

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

Have fun!  Be down to earth and don’t try too hard.  Teens may appear to be bored, but I can almost guarantee that they’re really listening.   Candy or other fun stuff is a good way to bribe them into talking too.  Once they’re talking it’ll be smooth sailing after that.  Oh, and above all, give lots of love to the librarians!  We most likely love you just as much (maybe more!) than the teens.

Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, Drea!  You can follow her on twitter, too.

Saturday’s Seven with Jen Nadol

Today I welcome author Jen Nadol whose thoughtful and moving YA debut, The Mark, was just released this week.  Congrats, Jen!  Jen and I are both members of the online support and promotional group, the Tenners.  

[Be sure to keep reading for a fun GIVEAWAY at the end!]









Hi, Jen.  What’s your favorite flower and why?

I really like the simplicity of white tulips. [FYI, flower lovers.  White tulips are for forgiveness in the language of flowers.]

Which book do you wish you could live in?

Oh gosh. Honestly? None.  Most books – at least the ones I read – have some kind of compelling, and often unpleasant, conflict.  I don’t really need any extra drama.

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

I’ll go with Theodore Dreiser because I’ve re-read An American Tragedy over and over, though I’ve never read anything else he’s written.

What about the story compels you to read An American Tragedy over and over? [Gulp.  Note to self:  add to reading list.]

I love stories that explore the human psyche in the way this does. You see disastrous looming, watch in slow motion as the events unfold and understand, on a certain level, exactly why the protagonist makes the terrible choices he does. It’s fascinating, plus just really solid storytelling.

What’s the most impressive dish you can cook?

Bananas Foster – delicious and on fire!

What’s your favorite time of the day to write and why?

Anytime that I can be by myself without distractions.

Your novel deals with the weighty issue of knowing someone else is about to die and how to deal with that knowledge. Did writing this novel change how you think about your own life?

That’s a great question. Writing the scenes where Cassie’s trying to make decisions or thinking about what she’d do if it were her last day definitely made me answer those questions for myself (the best you can answer questions like that). But I think, really, it was having kids that made the value of time tangible to me: how quickly it passes, how careful we have to be about not squandering the days we have. So I think I was already *in* a mindset of contemplating mortality and such when I began the novel.

Who do you think is the wisest philosopher mentioned in The Mark, or one whose thoughts you try to follow and why?

What I enjoy about philosophy isn’t any particular teacher or school of thought, but how it teaches you, the reader, to think critically and examine independently. Question everything. It’s easy to glide along, accepting things at face value, but it’s important to stop sometimes and really think about what we’re doing, what people are telling us and be sure we’re on the path we want to be on.

You can find out more about Jen here.  Thanks so much, Jen!



One lucky reader will win a copy of The Mark, along with a $15 iTunes gift card and a bunch of Forget-Her-Nots swag.

To enter:  Post (on blog OR Facebook) and/or tweet (I’m @amybrecountwhit  and you can RT what I said) about this interview/ contest with Jen.  UP TO 2 ENTRIES if you both post and tweet.  Also, please follow me and Jen on Twitter if you’re not already!  Please comment with links on this post to let me know what you’ve done and that you’re in.

The Fine Print:  Giveaway is open internationally to anyone age 13 or older.  Prize winner will be announced on Twitter and here, so please provide info for me to contact you easily.   The contest is over on 1/30 at 12 p.m.   Prize must be claimed by 2/10. 

Thanks so much for entering!  Happy reading!