Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wondering what to do with those foreign editions?

It wasn't that long ago that I noticed that several authors end up with multiple copies of their books, not only in English but also foreign languages.  Which is awesome, until they look around and realize they really do not need 12 copies of each of their books in Mandarin or Russian.

So I did a bit of research and found a few places that would love donations.  There are several refugee  houses that provide multiple services to those who have recently entered the U.S. with very few belongings.  Some of these are right on the West Coast.  They are the ones I will list here, but if you don't live in the Pacific Northwest that might be a bit far for you to ship books.  A helpful hint is to do a search for Refugee House or International Rescue, along with a location.  You can also call your local schools and ask for the librarian.  Librarians are usually thrilled to add to their library or put those books in the hands of kids who do not speak english as a foreign language as a gift.

If you live in the PNW here are a few places to call or email about donating along with the languages they have requested.  Feel free to call for an updated list!

Northeast Emergency Food Program : Portland, Oregon
502-284-5470 and check out
Clients come from: Latin & South America, China (Mandarin & Cantonese), Vietnam, Russia, Ukraine and Somalia as well as other assorted places.

Tacoma Community House : Tacoma, WA
253-383-3951 and check out
Clients speak Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian & Vietnamese
Call or email them for the In-Kind giving form that they ask that you send with your donation

International Rescue Committee : SeaTac, WA (This organization has locations all over the U.S. so check out their website for the alternate locations)
206-431-0333 and check out
Clients speak Arabic, Nepali, Somali, Tigrinya, Eritrean, French, Spanish, Russian, Mandarin or other common languages.

Midwest Folks:

The Refugee Response : Ohio
206-236-3877 and check out
Contact Paul Neundorder at to ask about the languages they are seeking books in.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Blog Tour Review & Giveaway: All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

Welcome to the tour for All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder! This is a young adult apocalyptic fiction that releases July 28, 2015 by Scholastic. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder

From the author of THE BRIDGE FROM ME TO YOU, a groundbreaking novel about what matters most — when time is running out.

What do you do with your last day on earth?

There are 27 hours and fifteen minutes left until an asteroid strikes North America, and, for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home last year. Since then she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them that he has been granting people’s wishes. He gave his car away so a woman could take her son to see the ocean for the first time, and he gives Emerson and Vince all the money he has in his wallet.

Suddenly this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in 27 hours — maybe even their own. 

Mel's Review

When I picked up All We Have is Now, I had been on a Lisa Schroeder binge.  I had just brought home and read her upcoming Middle Grade novel The Girl in the Tower, which isn't out until 2016.  I had LOVED it.  I wanted more.  More of the story, more words by Lisa.  I found my ARC for My Secret Guide to Paris (Feb 2015) and read that next.  I made the mistake of thinking I had read it already, but really I had read a two chapter preview early on.  So in four days I ended up reading both those books and All We Have Is Now.  Honestly, I wish Lisa had a few more books for me to read because I was dying for more!  Funny enough Lisa seems to put out multiple books a year so I am being ridiculous 

After reading about Violet (Girl in the Tower) and Nora (My Secret Guide to Paris) I was thrilled that I had a copy of All We Have is Now.  I admit, I didn't read the jacket flap.  As with most books I read, I wanted to be surprised by the story.  Jacket flap to me is similar to movie previews in that sometimes they share too much for me to go in to reading a book with no expectations.  I started All We Have is Now and boy was I blown away.  First of all, I love the name Emerson.  I also love that Lisa continually writes books that include poetry and prose.

I enjoyed the change of character perspectives.  It was a surprise to read from Carl's perspective as it added another layer to this already amazing story.  I think the biggest takeaway from this book was the message of kindness, responsibility and the sharing of your own personal story with others.  The personal story sharing actually reminded me of the ending to Corey Ann Haydu's book Life By Committee.  The willingness for the characters in this story to share their backgrounds and how they arrived at their mental and physical locations as we came across them was an element that added to the overall story. 

I can't say enough good things about this book.  Really you should run out and pre-order it RIGHT NOW!  And then you should pick up Lisa's other books and pre-order The Girl in the Tower.  Go ahead...I'll wait here for you.  I'll also be waiting here for Lisa's next book.  *sits down*



Make-A-Wish-for-the-Apocalypse- There’s just a little over 24 hours until a meteor is scheduled to hit the US. What do you wish for?

My wish would be to fly home and spend time with my family. Going fishing, riding the Gator, sitting outside on the porch swing and reading and playing board games. I'd read books to my nephews and help my mom make pasta with garlic bread, salad, and for dessert Tirimisu. It's what we have every Christmas, we are Italian, and it's one of my favorite meals. I would climb up into our apple trees and play hide and seek with my nephews. 



“Thoughtful, endearing, and surprisingly fun — a reminder of what’s really important in life.” –Suzanne Young, New York Times bestselling author of The Program

“All We Have Is Now is one of those books my teenage self needed — a thoughtfully crafted reminder that every moment is a gift and that we should be kind, especially to ourselves.” –Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary

“Heartwarming and hopeful. I’d take this book with me to the apocalypse!” –Amy Plum, internationally bestselling author of the Die for Me series



How did the idea for ALL WE HAVE IS NOW come about?

When I was in high school, I had a leadership class where we did lots of different activities and exercises. One of the most memorable ones was when we all sat in a circle and our teacher, Mrs. Smith, said something like: “Imagine the world is going to end in 24 hours. I’d like you to share with us how you would spend those last 24 hours.” What made it so memorable was how emotional people got as they spoke of the ones they love the most, or relatives they hadn’t seen in a while and wouldn’t be able to see again. It wasn’t long before almost everyone was crying. It was strange and kind of eerie, but also wonderful, because it was such a great reminder of what matters most. Of course, the class clown, a kid named Eric, gave us all a break from our tears when it was his turn and he said something like, “I’d find a girl and we would have a fun 24 hours, and that’s all I’m gonna say.”

I’ve always been fascinated with meteors and asteroids. The one that happened over Russia in 2013 was slightly terrifying, seeming to come out of nowhere and creating a huge blast in the sky, injuring over 130 people. As I thought about writing a book that dealt with that question of – how would you spend the last 24 hours – this seemed like a unique premise to play with.



Lisa Schroeder is the author of over a dozen books for kids and teens, including the YA novels I Heart You, You Haunt Me and The Bridge From Me to You. She loves tea and cookies, flowers, family hikes, books and movies that make her laugh and cry, and sunshine. Living in Oregon, she doesn’t get nearly enough sunshine, but the hikes are amazing. You can visit her online at on Twitter at @lisa_schroeder. 

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The author will be giving away $40 Powells e-gift card (US) OR a signed copy of All We Have Is Now (INT) to the winner of the below Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends August 5th.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway~ ARRGH! by Stacey Campbell

Thank you for stopping by my tour stop for ARRGH! by Stacey Campbell. This is a middle grade fantasy adventure and the tour runs January 5-9 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule!

About the Book:

ARRGH!  by Stacey Campbell, 270 pages Forced to remain silent after being kidnapped by pirates Christopher must find a way to save an innocent merchant ship’s captain and his daughter from the evil grasp of Captain Redblade proving that friendship and family are worth fighting for no matter the costs.  

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    I was so excited when I received a copy of ARRGH! to read.   When I started ARRGH! I was immediately captured by the funny characters, both human and non-human.  Yes, that's right because there is a talking mouse in this book.  He helps Christopher, who has been kidnapped, by boosting his spirits and bringing him food.  Plus he is a brilliant side kick helping Christopher to navigate through difficult waters...hehe since he was kidnapped by pirates and is on a ship...waters get it?  Sorry, I couldn't resist.  The adventure and excitement of Christopher's journey will keep you reading until late after bedtime.  I wouldn't mind a sequel to this adventure.  I highly recommend this book for families to read together and for kids to read on their own.  I know your family will enjoy this story because I can't wait to read it to my nephews!

About the Author:

Stacey R. CampbellStacey R. Campbell lives in the Pacific North West with her husband, three daughters, three dogs, and a pet turtle named Todd. She is a graduate of the University of Washington. At the age of seven Stacey was told that she would never be the writer she dreamed of being because she is dyslexic. Finally Stacey found that she could not look her children in the eyes and tell them that they could be what ever they wanted to be if she did not do the same. Now Stacey can’t stop writing and loves to help children pursue their own dreams. Stacey is the young adult author of Hush, A Lakeview Novel and Whisper, A Lakeview Novel. ARRGH! is Stacey’s first middle grade book.
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About the Reviewer:
Mel is a bookaholic as well as loving music. She just recently moved to the PNW area from the Midwest and has been enjoying exploring the whole area, including the Coast and downtown. She has been blogging at Shot in the Arm since May 2008 but has had a couple other blogs before that at various places around the web. Young Adult is her favorite genre but she loves to read most other genres including Romance, Fiction, Sci Fi and some Historical Non-Fiction. You can find her at her blog, her twitter and on Goodreads. Stop by and say hi!