Posts tagged ‘books’

June 20, 2010

My book cover

…we’re still in the process of ironing out a couple of details (for instance, the scrolls on the spine and left flap will likely change), but this is generally what the book will look like! I’m told that in the higher resolution version, the bride doesn’t appear to be missing a head. Here’s hoping…

What do you guys think?? Also, I have ZERO ego about the size of my mom’s name. She got all maternal when she first saw it and wanted my name to be the same size as hers since I did more of the writing, but I say we should do whatever will sell copies. If I could pretend my name was Oprah Winfrey, I’d do it.

March 19, 2009

And the weiner is………

Congrats to Andrea, the fabulous gal behind one of my fave daily reads, Bella Eats!!! She’s going to have a character named after her in Susan Wiggs’s next Lakeshore Chronicles book, A LAKESHORE CHRISTMAS, out this October! The most recent Lakeshore book reached #1 on the New York Times best-seller list, and this one will be no different. (Fans of the series, make sure you get your hands on it because Daisy’s got some HUGE shizz going down.)

Make sure you check out Andrea’s blog – she’s a fantastic photographer who makes amazing food, plus she and I have some strange separated-at-birth-type connections (I won’t enumerate them here; you should go to her blog and see if you can pick out the similarities.)

Even Barkis gets to be a part of this book

Even Barkis gets to be a part of this book

Dudes, aren’t you all feeling sad that you didn’t enter this contest? Yep. That’s right. Now why don’t you go give yourself a paper cut and pour some lemon juice in it. JUST KIDDING, there will be many more cool contests where this one came from…I just have to dream them up.

(Oh, FYI, I used RANDOM.ORG to pick out the winner…and my head almost exploded with blondeness. What happened to good ol’ fashioned drawing numbers out of a hat?)

March 12, 2009

The Beholder’s first-ever giveaway. And it’s a doozie.

How would you like to be a character in a #1 New York Times best-selling novel? This is your chance. My mother, Susan Wiggs, has agreed to name a character after you (or a friend, if you prefer) in her upcoming novel in the internationally popular Lakeshore Chronicles. And don’t worry, it’ll be your full name so you can have 100% bragging rights when the book is published.

You could be a character in one of these books!

You could be a character in one of these books!

I don’t think I have to tell you how big of a deal this is. Hundreds of thousands of people read these books – when they’re studied in English classrooms 100 years from now, they’ll come across your character and the teacher will be like, “[Your name here] is one of American literature’s most influential characters. Even more amazing is the way Susan Wiggs chose the name…”

To win the contest, post a comment here telling me: a) how you found The Beholder and b) your favorite part about the blog. Entries will be accepted until midnight (central time) on Wednesday, March 18. If you post a link to my blog on your blog or website, you’ll get two chances to win (make sure you say so in your comment and gimme a link!).


March 2, 2009

Happy Read Across America Day!

raalogosmallMarch 2nd is Read Across America Day. With all of this talk of bodily fitness, I would be remiss to ignore the absolute importance of keeping one’s noggin in shape. Reading is, for me, the one pure indulgence that I can give myself without feeling even a flutter of guilt. I am so thankful for the ability and luxury to be able to lose myself in the pages of a good book.

My mama raised me right. She taught me to love the smell of aged pages, to value reading over sleep,  and to abhor the inexcusable rudeness of raising one’s voice in the library. She had a framed Horace Mann quote in our dining room that said, “A house without books is like a room without windows.”

In honor of the importance of childhood literacy, share the book (or books) that made you love reading.

The book that got me hooked on reading was Blubber by Judy Blume. Blubber is told from the point-of-view of a bully. I read it at a time when I was one of the “cool kids” in school (something which was about to change in the next year with the onset of my acne problems). I remember being completely freaked out by how horrible Blume’s bullies were – mostly because I saw bullying on a daily basis and never did anything about it. Blubber was the first book I ever read that challenged my moral compass. At the time I just thought it was a good novel, but now I realize that I loved it because I was a better person for having read it.

What book changed your relationship with reading?

Leave your answers in the comments!

February 25, 2009

A brief word on the mother-lode

My mom is awesome. Totally, completely, awesome. She’s incredibly talented and well-respected in her field, and she has managed to master a craft that clobbers most people who attempt it.

Isn't she gorge?

Isn't she gorge?

Which is why it pains me to admit this:

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