California: Havi Stix

This weekend, I ventured to Redondo Beach, CA. I visit often since my sister-in-law lives there with her husband, Dave. Dave is a master at skateboard decks. His company, Havi Stix sticks to the old school way of making amazing skateboards.

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“My great uncle made a skateboard for my cousin back in the mid 70’s as things often get passed down we ended up with the board in our garage. I thought it was cool and different I tossed on some new wheels and hit the streets. People really dug the old school deck and often asked if it was for sale. I took the original board and stretched it to a 36” longboard. I smoothed out all the perimeter lines and the wheel wells to give it a sleek streamlined look. I wanted that traditional early skateboard look and feel I wanted to stick with solid hardwood.” -Dave Dean

I took Dave and our two nephews, Dylan and Jordan out to the Redondo Beach Pier for a photo shoot. Granted- these are only my iPhone pics… I will edit the actual shoot soon!

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ALA Annual Conference: 2014

ALA_003This past weekend was the American Library Association’s annual conference, here in Las Vegas. I was excited I didn’t have to travel, and even more excited that Jolene from Pen and Muse was coming to hang out with me and take me to my very first ALA.

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Jolene got to meet some of her favorite authors, like Holly Black and Becca Fitzpatrick.

ALA_002And this awesome author, Tonya Kuper- who was super sweet and hysterical. She made me want to read more- and her book cover is beautiful. Add Anomaly to your must read list on GoodReads for sure!

The energy around people and their love for authors was so inspiring. It was truly and awesome experience!

I also met a super awesome So Cal blogger with almost the exact same name as me… Sara Elizabeth from What a Nerd Girl Says. Making friends is always a plus!

So, since I got lots of free books and I have almost zero time to read- I’m going to be giving some away over the next few weeks. The Darkest Part of the Forest is signed by the author! Take a look now… and start to bribe me. KIDDING… I’ll be using rafftlecopter.

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Phoenix Comic Con 2014

Last weekend, I took a trip to Phoenix for one day at the Phoenix Comic Con. I would have gone the whole weekend, but it was like 110 degrees and I’m lazy. I did get to spend some quality time with the family though, so the trip was worth it.

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My friend Sarah dressed up in her Catwoman costume from SiQ Clothing. She was the hit of Thursday night… of course. We also enjoyed hanging with Justice League of AZ and Vegas PG Cosplay. I also loved the steampunk Disney Princesses and the super fun Riddler!

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My cousin, Amanda decided to go with me. She’s been wanting to go to a con for awhile since it’s a big part of what I do. She had a lot of fun, and now understands how much there is to see. Her shirt also looks familiar…

And more cosplay for ya… here are a few of my favorites:

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And my cosplay was “alternate dimension hipster Elizabeth” from Bioshock: Infinite. My corset was made by Susie with SiQ Clothing. If you like her stuff, give her a like on Facebook.

Overall, I wish I had ventured down there for another day for more photos. Next year, I will plan accordingly. Novel concept.

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Book Release: Aspen

aspen_bannerI’m so very happy to present my friend, Rebekah’s sophomore novel! Today is the day you can finally buy and read Aspen! If you’re reading this… then do your self a favor and buy this book. I loved it! You can read my review HERE.

About the book:

ASPEN coverOne quiet night in Boulder, Colorado, Aspen Yellow-Sunrise Taylor made a mistake.

In the next instant, her life changed forever.

Aspen doesn’t want to remember the devastating car accident that killed Katelyn Ryan, a sleek-haired popular soccer player. But forgetting is hard– because Katelyn may have died — but she didn’t leave. Her ghost is following Aspen around, and heading into senior year, it’s kind of a problem. Especially when Katelyn’s gorgeous former boyfriend Ben appears to be the only person at school with a clue as to how Aspen feels.

Popularity, college, Homecoming Court, hot guys – none of these things ever mattered to Aspen. She’s been busy trying to rein in her giant mass of blonde curls, keep her stoner mother Ninny away from Toaster, her mom’s awful bongo drumming boyfriend, and prevent her best friends Kim and Cass from killing – or kissing – one another. But with Ben sitting next to her in Physics looking all too gorgeous, Katelyn’s spirit dogging her steps, and her obsessive snow-globe collecting therapist begging her to remember all the things she wants to forget, Aspen is thrust into a vivid, challenging world she can’t control … and doesn’t want to.

A darkly funny, emotionally gripping story of opening up, letting go, and moving on, ASPEN is about the best-worst accident of your life … and what comes next.
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READ CHAPTER ONE

 

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Rebekah Crane fell in love with YA literature while studying Secondary English Education at Ohio University. After having two kids, living in six different cities, and finally settling down in the foothills of her beloved Rocky Mountains, her first novel, PLAYING NICE, was published. ASPEN, her second YA novel, set in Boulder, CO, is due to release in summer 2014 from In This Together Media. She now spends her day carpooling kids or tucked behind a laptop at 7,500 ft high in the Rockies, where the altitude only enhances the experience.

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr | Goodreads

 

 

GIVEAWAYS

 

Release Day Launch Giveaway

One winner will receive a signed copy of ASPEN and $25 Amazon gift card (US/CA only).

***Any contestant that uses dummy or contest only accounts to enter will be disqualified.***

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Giveaway for Amazon Reviewers!

 

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photo (8)Purchase and review ASPEN on Amazon by June 22, 2014 to enter to win 2 tie-dye scarves, 1 t-shirt from Moe’s Broadway Bagel in Boulder, Grateful Dead stickers, a signed copy of PLAYING NICE and a signed annotated copy ASPEN, plus $25 Amazon gift card.

To enter to win this epic giveaway, you must 1) purchase a copy of ASPEN, 2) read it, 3) review it on Amazon, and 4) submit your entry by filling out this form.

 

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