Posts Categorized: guest post

Sangu Mandanna Talks About Frankenstein…and Love

Sangu Mandanna Talks About Frankenstein…and Love

As a reader, every once in awhile you come across a book that strikes a chord deep inside you. I was intrigued by the idea behind The Lost Girl, in which a young female clone must move to India to lead a whole new life, but I never expected to be as moved by the book as I was.  The lovely author Sangu Mandanna stops by The Midnight Garden today to share how an unlikely classic–and her own loss–helped inspire a brilliant young adult novel that is already garnering rave reviews. ~ Wendy Sangu Mandanna Guest Post I wrote a book about death. But, you know, I think it’s really about love. It’s about the kinds of things people will do to keep hold of the ones they love. Sometimes that means sacrificing everything to be with someone you’re not supposed to be with. And sometimes that means signing up… Read more »

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event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

Every time the lovely ♥ Rachel ♥ stops by the blog, she always has fantastic bits of author news that I haven’t heard elsewhere, so I was thrilled to hear she wanted to cover the Los Angeles Times Festival Books for us.  As if that weren’t exciting enough, Rachel is such a sweetie that she also has an autographed copy of Deb Caletti’s new book to give away! Read on to see how you can win. ~ Wendy I just like to say thanks again to Wendy inviting me to share my experience! Aaron Karo, Abby McDonald, Tristan Bancks Attending the Event: This was my first year attending the Festival, so I was pretty excited to go. So armed with sun block, a camera, and my husband’s muscles (books are heavy!) I was ready to tackle this large event. I had read schedules, knew which panels I wanted to attend and… Read more »

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event recap: This is Teen Live! with Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, & more

event recap: This is Teen Live! with Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, & more

Hello everyone! We’re very pleased to welcome ♥ Rachel ♥ back to the blog to share her bookish adventures in the field. The last time she was here, she gave us fascinating movie news from our favorite Harper Teen authors. Today she’s dishing on exciting book news and even writing tips from Scholastic authors! And don’t forget to check back in with us next week, when she reports back from the LA Times Festival of Books. Thanks so much for keeping us informed, Rachel! ~ Wendy Rachel’s Night at the This is Teen LIVE! Event:   David Levithan What happens when you bring together authors Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, Siobhan Vivian, Pete Hautman, and David Levithan? A night of crazy, zany, hilarity! The event I attended was held at the charming independent bookstore, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in LaVerne, California and was a packed full of excited fans! This… Read more »

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How to Date a Merman! plus Vicious Deep ARC giveaway

How to Date a Merman! plus Vicious Deep ARC giveaway

One of the titles I’m most anticipating this year is The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova. Along with Lies Beneath, it’s another mercreature story with a male POV, which is something I really appreciate in young adult literature–because we sure don’t see enough of it. Which got me to thinking…if you were an ordinary girl who met a merguy, that’s got to be a pretty awkward situation to work out logistically. How would that work, exactly? Zoraida was kind enough to humor my curiosity, as well as to tell us why she chose to write this story from a boy’s perspective. Join us as The Midnight Garden officially kicks off the Vicious Deep Blog Tour!  ~ Wendy    HOW TO DATE A MERMAN There are rules, you see.  Mermen are different from regular men. For one, there’s the tail. Most men don’t have tails. At least, none that you can… Read more »

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event recap: Harper Teen Spring Into the Future Signing!

event recap: Harper Teen Spring Into the Future Signing!

One of my favorite people on GoodReads is my friend ♥ Rachel ♥, whose enthusiasm for YA is positively infectious. I love when she gets excited about a book, so I was really happy when she agreed to do a series of guest posts about the various author events she attends around the Los Angeles area. Without further ado, please welcome the lovely Rachel to The Midnight Garden! ~ Wendy Rachel’s Night at the HarperTeen Author Event First of all, I’d like to thank Wendy for inviting me on her blog to share my night! I was giddy with excitement to attend this event at Vroman’s Bookstore in Pasadena, because let’s face it: these women you see on the poster are the rock-star equivalent in the YA book world! The event was very crowded and with five authors and so much to tell, it was a little crazy. Anna Carey… Read more »

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