Page Turner Thursday – Seven YA Novels That “Rock”
Jun 27th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Page Turner Thursday – YA Novels that “Rock”


This Page Turner Thursday lists YA novels (and one adult novel perfect for older YA) that focus on books where music is a major theme. Here are several that I think music fans will love:


TAKE A BOW by Elizabeth Eulberg: Goodreads

STANDING OVATION to Elizabeth Eulberg for writing another outstanding YA novel, TAKE A BOW. I started this late last night and couldn’t put it down until I finished it some time in the wee hours of the morning. Worth every second I gave up for a good night’s sleep.
TAKE A BOW is narrated by four different characters: the lovable, talented, and unsure-of-her talents Emme, the self-destructive and brilliantly gifted Ethan, the former child actor Carter who is searching for his identity, and the selfish and arrogant Sophie who will stop at nothing for fame. Then add a cast of supporting characters: Jack and Ben are funny, wonderful, dedicated, loyal friends to Ethan and Emme. They’re as much a part of this novel as the rest, and even though they’re not center stage, Elizabeth Eulberg does a fantastic job giving them strong voices and bringing them to life as members of TEENAGE KICKS, the band they play in with Ethan and Emme. Then there is Amanda, a prickly, jealous girl who fits right in with Sophie. All of these YA attend the prestigious, highly competitive New York City High School of the Creative and Performing Arts.

What transpires over one year at the CPA will leave readers completely engrossed in these characters’ stories. You’ll fall in love, cheer, sneer, and have your heart crushed. This is writing at its finest! I loved this novel. The biggest disappointment was finishing the last page. It’s a story I wanted to last and last and last. But like any superb novel, you can imagine the characters’ futures because the author did a tremendous job giving you plenty of glimmers within its pages.
TAKE A BOW has heart, it has music, it has a clear view of the fierce and competitive nature of performing arts’ schools, and it has an authenticity that will make you hope that we’ll see these characters gracing the big screen some day.
Bravo, Elizabeth Eulberg. Thank you for writing such a fine novel!

HOW TO KILL A ROCK STAR by Tiffanie Debartolo: Goodreads

A perfect novel for college students and above. Would How to Kill a Rock Star quality as NA & the 20 something crowd? Yeah, I 113791-1think so!! But any age adult will love it.

How to Kill a Rock Star is a lyrical read about the love of music with an unforgettable storyline and fantastic characters who have you rooting for them and at times completely pissed off for their stupidity – but in a good way. 😀 I had started this novel months ago – read a few pages then stopped. But when I picked it up this time, I read it straight through, unable to put it down. The setting in the Big Apple is perfect – touching upon Sept 11, which fits right into Eliza’s phobias of flying. Readers will love Eliza’s quirks and want to strangle her too. They’ll love Paul Hudson and his unyielding ways. Their are so many memorable things about this book: the band Bananafish, Doug Blackman, Loring, the Michaels, Rings of Saturn and the bartender John the Baptist! One of my favorite lines(view spoiler)

Thank you to Jaime Arkin of fictionfare.blogspot.com for recommending this book to me! I absolutely loved it.



AMPLIFIED by Tara Kelly: Goodreads


Amplified was recommended to me by Jaime Arkin ofhttp://fictionfare.blogspot.com and if I’m honest, I’m not sure I would have picked this book up without that recommendation. The book did not disappoint! The characters were layered and interesting.
From moment one, I hated Jasmine’s father, a rich cardiologist who kicks his daughter out of the house because she wants to take time off and defer going to Stanford U. This guy is a doofus for not recognizing how amazing his daughter really is. It’s like he will never get it! She wants to explore her passion for playing guitar, and that just won’t do for him. No wonder Jasmine takes off. She arrives in Santa Cruz. There she meets some great people who are in a band called C-Side. Each one has their own issues, including Vera, the lead singer with psychic abilities and her brother
Sean. Sean is awesome. At first he’s cold to Jasmine, but as time passes and he becomes more and more dazzled by Jasmine’s guitar playing these two become quite the interesting pair. As Jasmine faces obstacles, she tries to reach out to her father. He barely makes time for her. She made her bed and now he was damn well sure she was going to sleep in it with the hope she’d crawl back home with her tail between her legs. I HATE parents like this! I could really go on about this, but I’ll spare you. Read the book. But if you have a parent like this, take heart from this novel!
This is a great book for any YA contemporary novel fan, especially those who have a passion for music. Thanks, Jaime! Great recommendation.

AUDREY, WAIT by Robin Benway: Goodreads

AUDREY, WAIT! was published in 2008 and what made me want to read it were a few recent reviews from some of the people I follow1627267 on Goodreads. What a creative, fun, wild ride into the music scene. When Audrey breaks up with her boyfriend, Evan, he writes a song that instantly becomes a hit. Not only does Evan become famous but so does Audrey who is sometimes admired, sometimes hated but just about always watched by a public willing to hack into her email account, call her phone, set up fan pages, and even track her down in school. The reader gets to be along for the ride as Audrey deals with her unwanted fame. There’s a great BFF named Victoria with a devoted bf named Jonah. Victoria is bent on getting Audrey to go out with semi-geeky but definitely cute James, her co-worker at Scooper Dooper – an ice cream shop. As it turns out they connect and maybe what they have is true love?
Audrey, Wait! is a fun read certain to please those who love YA novels big into the music scenes.


NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: Goodreads

NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST is written from two different perspectives by two extremely talented writers. Both Nick and Norah have struggled with painful breakups that have left them with emotional scars and plenty of doubts about themselves. When Nick’s ex-girlfriend starts walking over to him after he and his band have finished playing, Nick turns to Norah, a girl he’s never met before, and asks her to be his five-minute girlfriend. She answers him by wrapping her arms around his neck and kissing him. And that is the start of a roller coaster evening of intense emotion, intense physical attraction, and some heavy sexual activity. As they discover each other, they discover themselves. This novel is definitely appropriate for older YA. The “F” word is used a lot and one particular sexual encounter is graphic (love the humorous twist!).
A secondary “character” in this novel is music and the music scene of NY. For those who have a passion for music, you will LOVE this.
Besides the concept of self-discovery and recovery from bad relationships, I liked how Nick and Norah moved into the space of just being themselves instead of what they perceived they SHOULD be for other people. Nick does a “SInging in the Rain” act in Times Square and Norah lets her vulnerable side show instead of being all tough. It proves that when you find the “right” person, he or she will appreciate you for your true self. And why would you want to surround yourself with anyone else?

FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB by Antony John: Goodreads

Dumb is a name of a HS rock band in Seattle, WA. The group won the Battle of the Bands – teen division. After an impromptu 7818683concert on the steps of their HS Piper, the MC who is a deaf girl, tells them what they need to do to get Dumb’s name out into the world. She becomes their manager and the experience not only transforms Dumb, but it changes Piper. Her job is a tough one but she does it well. For those who love music and Seattle’s rich musical history this is a wonderful read. Piper’s family dynamics are fascinating too, especially how they relate to Piper and her being deaf. There’s also a sweet romance that blooms as the band goes through its transformations.


VIRTUOSITY by Jessica Martinez: Goodreads

I picked up VIRTUOSITY because of three reviews on Goodreads: Hayden’s, HD’s, and Melina’s. After their awesome write-ups, I couldn’t resist. Among many things, Melina’s review talked about addiction to music, to prescription drugs etc, and she was definitely correct. Hayden related VIRTUOSITY to his own experience, and HD loved the novel for its writing etc. All three of them connected to this novel differently and they were dead-on as far as a five star review. VIRTUOSITY definitely pulls at you with the power of music, the power of family, the power of love, the power of medication, the power of standing up for yourself, and the power of turning a wrong into a right, even knowing it could cost you something that you love – like becoming one of the best violin players in the world. Overall, this novel will leave you aching for Carmen and the pain she had to suffer to discover her inner strength, her love for playing violin, and her discovery into what is truly important. She has a huge weight to deal with, one so great that in the end what is most admirable about her is her guts, her determination, her inner strength. Toss into the equation a young man named Jeremy who not only is Carmen’s biggest competition, but is the heart of the conflict in her life. Love his raw honesty, his complicated personality!
VIRTUOSITY has it all: wonderful writing, a pull-me-in story arc, relatable characters, life-changing decisions. It’s a winner. Put it on your must-read list!

Waiting on Wednesday (12) & Cover Reveal: THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY By Holly Schindler
Jun 26th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Waiting on Wednesday:


By Holly SchindlerFotoFlexer_Photo

Publisher: Dial, Pages 240

Publication Date: February 6, 2014


Holly Schindler is the author of A Blue So Dark and Playing Hurt, two outstanding YA novels that I highly recommend. A Blue So Dark is about a girl dealing with her mother’s schizophrenia and Playing Hurt is about a girl and a boy finding hope and new beginnings after dealing with different losses. For Goodreads descriptions click here: A Blue So Dark and Playing Hurt.

Today, Holly revealed the book cover for her debut MG novel: THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, which is being published by Dial on February 6, 2014 – Amazon and Goodreads.

To learn more about Holly, her books and what’s coming next, check out her website.

What I love about this cover:

1. The bright colors.

2. The letters are made up of real stuff. The spoon, the horseshoe, bike horn – so cool!

3.  The tree branches with the leaves and the fence. Makes me want to know what’s going on behind the sign.



Description taken from Amazon:

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” meets Because of Winn Dixie in this inspiring story of hope.August “Auggie” Jones lives with her Grandpa Gus, a trash hauler, in a poor part of town. So when her wealthy classmate’s father starts the House Beautification Committee, it’s homes like Auggie’s that are deemed “in violation.” Auggie is determined to prove that she is not as run-down as the outside of her house might suggest. Using the kind of items Gus usually hauls to the scrap heap, a broken toaster becomes a flower; church windows turn into a rainbow walkway; and an old car gets new life as spinning whirligigs. What starts out as a home renovation project becomes much more as Auggie and her grandpa discover a talent they never knew they had—and redefine a whole town’s perception of beauty, one recycled sculpture at a time. Auggie’s talent for creating found art will remind readers that one girl’s trash really is another girl’s treasure.
Why I want to read it: It’s true that I don’t read that many MG novels. But I love Holly Schindler’s writing and so I wouldn’t miss this. I am fascinated by the idea of a character creating art from found treasure! I definitely believe this will fuel the imagination of readers.


Waiting on Wednesday (11) SCORCHED by Mari Mancusi
Jun 12th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Waiting on Wednesday


by Mari Mancusi

Hardcover, 352 pages

Expected publication: September 3rd, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire

16006945From Goodreads:

Don’t leave me here… It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise–her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it…

He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.

He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving dragons.

Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head–a dragon that won’t be tamed.

Why I’m excited about this book:

Note: This is the first book in a trilogy.

Just look at this cover!!! Isn’t it gorgeous??!!!?!!!

People were DEFINITELY talking about SCORCHED at BEA. Lots and lots and lots of buzz. Mari (pronounced Mary) had a very long line at her signing at the Sourcebooks booth. I was able to speak with her for a few minutes and discovered that she had done some TV producing and graduated from Boston University’s School of Communication. I have a gut feeling that this will be a very visual novel, and that’s something that I love when I read a book.  In addition, I’ve been a sucker for dragons ever since my elder son fell in love with Eragon by  and insisted that I read the series too. Of course I did! So, put SCORCHED on your to-read list. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Click here for more info on Mari Mancusi.

BEA Wrap-up, ’13 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party (Harlequin Teen Book Giveaway)
Jun 9th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Pre-BEA, Teen Author Carnival, Harlequin Teen Breakfast, BEA, ’13 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party

(Scroll down my posts for EIGHT awesome giveaways.)

PART 1: (Tuesday, May 28)

Pre-BEA excitement started the moment I walked into my cousin Nili’s apartment at 10:00 AM and was greeted with stacks of boxes to open for the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party. I can’t even begin to express my deepest gratitude to Nili. If it weren’t for her, there would never would have been the Rooftop Party. She made it possible for me to rent the space and invade her apartment. Somehow, she managed to contain the forty-five plus boxes to one side of the room.

Hours I spent preparing for the party just on that day: ELEVEN!

Many thanks to Austin Reale of Reading Teen, Amy Reale of Wicked Bookcraft and Reading Teen, Jeremy West and Jeffrey West of Novel Thoughts, Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo, and Rachel Kinnard of Rachel Reads who also gave up part of their Tuesday to help with set up.

PART 2: (Wednesday, May 29)

Yes, believe it, more boxes were delivered to Nili’s apartment. In the morning, I headed out to the Javitz Center to pick up my badge and get in a few wonderful hugs from Erica of The Book Cellar and Gaby of Queen Ella Bee Reads.

Adam Silvera of Paper Lantern Lit stopped by with more books to fill the tote bags. My cousin Avital came over and helped distribute the Massachusetts Book Award Winner for Fiction, Alice Bliss into all the totes. We then headed to the grocery store for last minute party needs. I’m more than glad I had her around. This Wisconsin girl is used to getting into a car, driving to the grocery store, loading up bags, driving home, and unloading. Ahhh, what we take for granted. Unless you use delivery service in NYC, most likely you’re hauling groceries!

TEEN AUTHOR CARNIVAL: Yes! So much fun to reunite with blogger friends I haven’t seen for what seems like forever and to finally meet in person Twitter friends I’ve been following for years. There were plenty of hugs and excitement as we all anticipated listening to the authors talk. Once again, the evening was well organized and met with a very enthusiastic crowd. David Levithan and Allen Zadoff were particularly funny. Many thanks to all the coordinates (I know for sure that Mitali Dave of Alley of Books was one of them) and volunteers of this great event. (Jeremy West designed the logo and was the MC for one of the breakout sessions.) For more info: TAC.

After many laughs and a few more books added to my stack, my cousins Avital, Aryeh, and Miri and I went to get a bite to eat at the famous (and inexpensive) University Pita near the NYU campus.

I spent the rest of the evening hanging out with my cousin Nili, and then working on a few last minute items needed for the Rooftop Party. I was pretty buzzed with excitement and didn’t get much sleep.

PART 3: (Thursday, May 30 – Day)

Amanda Sun Harlequin

Amanda Sun talked about her novel, INK. She drew upon personal experience of living in Japan to write this book. I can’t wait to read it. Love the cover.

I woke up early exhausted but excited and definitely in need of an extra shot in my Starbucks soy mocha.


I was so thrilled to get an invite to this event. In the hall, I met up with lots of blogger friends including Jaime and Erin of Fic Fare and Meg and Kassiah of the FictionatorsSwoony Boy Podcast and DivergentLexicon. <3 <3 <3. Inside the room, I met , I totally fangirled  and then got breakfast. During breakfast, members of the Harlequin team including editors, publicists, and the authors did a five-minute round robin, going from table to table to talk with the bloggers. Editors and publicists asked us for our opinions about their books and we discussed what makes a eye-catching cover. With the authors – Julie Kagawa, Katie McGarry, Elizabeth Scott, and Amanda Sun we talked about their books, writing, and their excitement for their new titles. ICANNOT wait to read their books!!!! In addition to this amazing privilege of being at the breakfast, one of the Harlequin publicists let us know that we could take a few of the books used as table decorations to share with others. So, here they are: INK by Amanda Sun, HEARTBEAT by Elizabeth Scott, and DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry. Here’s your chance to win them all!

Harlequin Giveaway
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After the Harlequin Teen Breakfast, I headed into the main hall for BEA. I met one of my former students, Talia Lakritz (an inspiring author) and her mother Debbi Lakritz (also a published author). It was truly a privilege to say hello to many of the publicists who had been incredibly supportive of the Rooftop Party, including Derry of Sourcebooks, Lisa at Harlequin (I met her at the breakfast), Tracy at Candlewick, and Lizzy at Disney. I stopped by the Spencer Hill booth and was thrilled to see Danielle Ellison and Patricia Riley. I also me Sarah Guillory, whose new YA novel through Spencer Hill was being EXCLUSIVELY premiered at the Rooftop Party later in the evening! Jeremy West of Jeremy West Design revealed the new cover for SING SWEET NIGHTINGALE by Erica Cameron. Kirstyn Epps of Reading Teen was the cover model.

After a many fabulous hours at BEA, I headed back to Nili’s apartment to get ready for the Rooftop Party. More boxes of books were waiting to be added to the NOVL tote bags. I greeted four deliverymen who brought desserts (including NOVL cupcakes! – thank you, NOVL & Faye), food, and beverages (and pizza for those who came early to help set up!) Much to my deepest gratitude, help arrived around 4:45 P.M. Jaime and Erin Arkin of Fic Fare and Meg Caristi and Kassiah Faul of Swoony Boy Podcast and DivergentLexicon were the first on the scene. They put the finishing touches on all the tote bags, put 120 batteries into the lanterns, and started loading up moving carts.

Pre-party preparation with Kassiah, Jaime, Meg, and Erin!

Pre-party preparation with Kassiah Faul (Swoony Boys Podcast and Divergent Lexicon), Jaime Arkin (Fic Fare), Meg Caristi (Swoony Boys Podcast and Divergent Lexicon, and Erin Arkin (Fic Fare)!

Amy Reale of Wicked Bookcraft and Reading Teen coordinated the efforts on the rooftop and solarium while I stayed downstairs in Nili’s apartment making sure that everything got packed up!

HUGE thanks to the following individuals who also helped with the set up: My cousins Nili Doft, Aryeh, Miri, and Avital Katz, Austin Reale, Mitali Dave, Rachel Kinnard, Jeremy and Jeffrey West, Andye and Kirstyn Epps, Erica Haglund.

PART 4: (Thursday, May 30 – Night)



I’ve already thanked my cousin Nili above, but hey, one more time can’t hurt! <3 you!

My husband Jim who was truly the financial support behind this entire party and did the amazing graphics and book cover posters. There would not have been a party without you, either. There are not enough words! And my son Justin who pitched in before I left for New York, coordinating items I had to bring along and alphabetizing nametags etc, etc, etc! <3 you both!

Andye Epps of Reading Teen for her support, suggestions, and assistance and for contacting some of the publishing houses, authors, and bloggers.

Amy Reale for her artistic talents, help, and suggestions, and for being a major contributor through her Wicked Bookcraft art.

Austin Reale for his assistance and his talent as a sleight-of-hand magician.

Jeremy West for the beautiful invitation design and nametags and endless enthusiasm and suggestions.

Lauren McCall for help on the nametags.

Jeffrey West for creating our fantastic playlist and photographing the Rooftop Party.

Faye Bi of Little Brown and NOVL, whose enthusiasm, dedication, ideas, and assistance helped to make this event incredible. (Also the rest of the Little Brown team who worked with Faye, helping to brainstorm and get things together for the party.)

Adam Silvera of Paper Lantern Lit for our fun brainstorming sessions in support of PLL authors and your assistance in providing an awesome activity for Rooftop Party participants. (And the rest of the PPL team for supporting this event.)

The following people for making arrangements for authors and/or shipping books or swag: Kristina Aven of Little Brown, Nina Rastogi of Figment, Jonathan Drucker of Books of Wonder, Lynn Wiese Sneyd of LWS Literary Services, Jessica Shoffel from Penguin Group, Lisa Wray of Harlequin Teen, Derry Wilkens of Sourcebooks, Katie Halata of Egmont, Lizzy Mason of Hyperion/Disney, Erika Denn and Tracy Miracle of Candlewick, Danielle Ellison of Spencer Hill, Alison Lisnow of HarperCollins, Katy Hershberger of Bloomsbury, and Rachel Wasdyke of Houghton Mifflin.

Thank you to the following publishers for their support:

Bloomsbury, Candlewick, Egmont, Harlequin, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Hyperion/Disney, Little Brown, Macmillan/Tor, Penguin Group, Sourcebooks, Scholastic, Spencer Hill

Thank you to the following sponsors and supporters who provided goods and services to help make this event extra special.


I also am excited to say that Spencer Hill decided to make the Rooftop Party and all the participants the recipients of EXCLUSIVE ARCs for author Sarah16045763 Guillory’s  RECLAIMED! @sguillory262

Authors who attended the party:

Holly Black, Erin Bowman, Laurie Boyle Crompton, Rachel Carter, Joelle Charbonneau, Susane Colasanti, Zoraida Cordova, John Cusick, Susan Dennard, Danielle Ellison, Elizabeth Eulberg, Kami Garcia, Jacqueline Green, John Horono, Alex Kahler, Stacy Kramer, Dan Krokos, CJ Lyons, Sarah J Maas, Megan McCafferty, Katie McGarry, Gretchen McNeil, Elizabeth Norris, Deb Noyes, Lauren Oliver, Cat Patrick, Veronica Rossi, Tiffany Schmidt, Robyn Schneider, Victoria Schwab, Val Thomas, Amy Tintera, Jessica Verdi, Allen Zadoff, Kat Zhang


For fantastic posts that include the Rooftop Party:

Anna Reads – Anna had the most incredible gifs of her meeting her #1 favorite author Megan McCafferty! This is priceless!

The Irish Banana Review – Hannah has great pictures of the rooftop & a fab BEA review!

Fic Fare – Jaime and Erin share their highlights of BEA week, including the Rooftop Party.

Swoony Boy Podcast – Kassiah and Meg share their fun at BEA and the Rooftop Party.

Queen Ella Bee Reads – Gaby shares some of the books she received at BEA and the Rooftop Party.

Supernatural Snark – Jenny did a BEA recap.

The Book Smugglers – They shared a photo.

Katie’s Book Blog– Katie shares her haul of books that she received during BEA, including books from the Rooftop Party. Most of them are at the end, including FROM WHAT I REMEMBER and the Sourcebooks.

Jenuine Cupcakes – Jen did a great post on Ten Reasons Why You Should Go To BEA. There are awesome party photos and Jen living dangerously with lightening rods. 😀

NOVL – Faye shared the amazing Harry Potter READ made by Amy of Wicked Bookcraft that she won and a cool panoramic view from the rooftop and the delicious cupcakes and other NOVL fare.

Paper Lantern Lit – Adam did a really cool poll during the Rooftop Party. He asked people to name their YA crushes as part of the promo for Jacqueline Green’s new novel Truth or Dare through Little Brown. Click on the link to find out who were the most popular crushes!

Susane Colasanti  – She did a fantastic recap of her BEA week, including an event she attended with Sarah Dessen and David Levithan.

Cuddlebuggery: Stephanie of Cuddlebuggery wrote an amazing post on 10 Things I Learned at BEA. It’s extremely helpful.

Q & A with me, Liza, about the Rooftop Party:

Q: How did the authors get invited to the party?

A: Almost all of the authors were chosen by the extremely supportive publishers. I’m deeply grateful for that support. A tiny minority were personal connections. A couple found creative ways to attend.

Q: How were the bloggers chosen?

A: Quite a few were suggested by the publishers. Some were personal contacts. Some were suggested by other bloggers including Andye of Reading Teen and Jeremy of Novel Thoughts. ALL are Twitter followers: @LizaWiemer. Each of these bloggers have outstanding reputations. Number of twitter followers were definitely taken into consideration, but was not the ultimate reason for an invite. Active and involved blogging was definitely critical.

Q: Will there be a party in 2014?

A: G-d willing, yes! That is definitely the plan. I have already received my cousin Nili’s blessing to have the party again. Her support is critical. In addition, I am happy to say that even before the party ended, several sponsors and publicists offered their support for next year. YAY!

Q: If I’m an author, how can I get an invite for 2014?

A: Because of space restrictions, almost every author present had a book published or soon-to-be published in 2013 (or within a year of the party). I’ll use the same criterial for 2014. Please send me a note to me at whoRublog@aol.com. Most importantly, contact your publicist. Working closely with publicists is a crucial part in making this party a success. Please note that this is a SOCIAL event. Authors and bloggers are invited to mingle and have fun. No one is “on stage.”

Q: I am a blogger and would love to be invited. How can I make that happen?

A: Well, I cannot guarantee an invite. But as I mentioned above, your blogging reputation is important. I share blogger contact information with the publishers who support this event. If you don’t follow me on twitter, it definitely helps for me to get to know you this way. See question #2 for additional factors.

Q: Why wouldn’t I get an invitation?

A: It could be one of many reasons including timing, large number of requests and limited space. Many authors and bloggers are put on a wait list. As I said, publishers have priority. I wish I could invite everyone! Seriously, I experience a great deal of guilt having to say no or “I need to put you on a wait list.” But the absolute truth is that I technically only rent out the solarium. The solarium is a glassed-in area on the rooftop. It has a building code restriction of 40 people! Believe me, I pray for amazing weather and I have a little leeway because some people come early and leave early etc. The good news is that there is always a chance that it will work out. Please be patient. I find it as difficult and disheartening as anyone else, especially since it goes against my personality not to be welcoming. But ultimately, limited space, space, space is what I contend with.

Q: Why don’t you get a bigger venue?

A: I wish I could afford to do so, but since the majority of the cost for the party comes out of my pocket, another New York venue would be way too expensive. Plus, we wouldn’t have the amazing views. It’s an absolute privilege to have the party, one I don’t take for granted. It takes many months and long hours of planning and numerous people to make this party happen. Without all these amazing people (just look above) the Rooftop Party would not take place.

I hope I’ve answered your questions. If you have others, please feel free to contact me at whoRublog@aol.com

PART 5: (Friday, May 31)

Book trailer for Sandra Brannan's books by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo.

Book trailer for Sandra Brannan’s books by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo.

My morning started out with a great surprise in the taxi. I saw the book trailer designed by Vania Stoyanova of VLC Photo, whom I’ve admired for a long time. It truly a thrill. I snapped a quick pix before it disappeared.


Holly Black at the Little Brown signing for Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I attended a fabulous BEA Children’s Breakfast event. What made it most special was seeing Amy from Kissed by Ink  who so graciously saved me a seat. Veronica Roth was absolutely fantastic. From the breakfast, I headed upstairs. Highlights were seeing Holly Black and Simone Elkeles.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey

I got an autograph of Jim Carrey for my cousin Aryeh whom we often refer to as our family’s Jim Carrey. Aryeh often has us laughing to the point of tears, so it was my turn to surprise the heck out of him. I called Aryeh to tell him that I was able to nab him an incredible book that I had the author sign for him. After a pause, I announced that it was a Moroccan cookbook, which I knew he loved since he and his wife Miri are such great cooks. There was a moment of silence, and then Aryeh being Aryeh sincerely thanked me for being so thoughtful. I knew I had him. That night, I showed him this photo of Jim Carrey and presented him with the autograph. I got him! Surprising Aryeh was one of my proudest moments.


SIX GIVEAWAYS: After BEA & YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party
Jun 7th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer


To have you celebrate the 2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party, which I hosted on May 30th, I’m doing a massive giveaway.

More details about the Rooftop Party, Teen Author Carnival, Harlequin Teen Breakfast & BEA soon!

6 PRIZE PACKAGES – US/Canada Only, Ends June 30th, 11:59 PM:

You might be a lucky winner of some of these items, which will make up six different prize packages:

BOOKS, FIGMENT bag and T-shirt (M) (I’ll love you, if you love me!) Swag including bookmarks, THE TESTING bracelets, JESSICA DARLING IT LIST #1 coasters, highlighter pens, CAMP JUPITER SPQR T-SHIRT (L) from Rick Riordan The Heroes of Olympus Series, MAGIC TREE HOUSE mug, NOVL tote bag!


Books include: Jessica Darling’s It List #1, A Wounded Name, The 100, The Butterfly Clues, The Archived, The Lies That Bind – The Liar Society, My Life After Now, ManicPixieDreamGirl, Jane Austen Goes To Hollywood, All I Need, Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer, From What I Remember, The Madman’s Daughter, Alice Bliss, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean. 

Thanks to the following publishers: Little Brown, Egmont, Hyperion/Disney, Pamela Dorman Books (Penguin), Viking (Penguin), Sourcebooks Fire, Candlewick, Random House, Lerner Books, Balzer & Bray (HarperCollins), Poppy (Little Brown), Point (Scholastic)

Thanks to one of the sponsors from the YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party: NOVL – Follow them on Twitter – @theNovl

Thanks to one of the supporters: Figment – Follow them on Twitter – @Figment

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Post-BEA Reads: ALL IN NEED @SusaneColasanti & BROKEN @CJLyonswriter + Giveaway
Jun 7th, 2013 by Liza Wiemer

Both Susane and CJ attended the 2013 YA Author Blogger Rooftop Party, which I hosted again this year. (More later, I promise, including some phenomenal giveaways.)



2013 YA Author/Blogger Rooftop Party – Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality and Susane Colasanti and her boyfriend Matt Harrington

When it comes to romance and soul mates and good guys with flaws – because let’s be honest NO ONE IS PERFECT – Susane Colasanti and I could be soul sisters. I was fortunate enough to meet her boyfriend Matt at the party, and without any doubt they are the BEST couple. They’re proof that the love you find in romance novels DOES exist! (I’ve had that with my husband since I met him at seventeen, so that’s proof #2.)

So, what does that have to do with Susane’s novel ALL I NEED? Watching Matt and Susane, I realized afterward that Susane wrote a novel about that kind of special love. No, Skye and Seth, the main characters in ALL I NEED, are NOT Matt and Susane, but their love definitely reminds me of the two of them.

ALL I NEED is about finding that one person who helps you be the best you can be. It’s about the one person who can bring you the greatest joy and  bring you to tears. It’s about the one person you want to be with because you enjoy each other’s presence. And it’s about finding your way when distance can tear you apart. Anyone with an ounce of romance in their blood will enjoy reading this sweet romance. Yes, women, there are guys out there like this! They’re not just made up. Susane’s proof and I’m proof. But in the meantime, if you haven’t found that guy, read ALL I NEED!



CJ Lyons also attended the Rooftop Party. A few lucky people received a copy of her debut YA novel BROKEN, thanks to her publisher, Sourcebooks Fire. (Thank you, Derry!!) CJ Lyon is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of numerous adult medical mystery novels. She also has a plenty of experience in the medical field as a pediatric ER doctor.

Wow! BROKEN is so different from other YA novels that I think fans of YA will find it refreshing. It’s medical mystery brilliance, a thriller that will pull readers into the lives of Scarlet, a fifteen-year-old girl who is on the verge of death. Her goal is to spend one week in a regular high school experiencing a regular teenager’s life. There’s nothing “new” to the bullying you’ll read about – the kids that tease Scarlet for being different. That can be found in any school. But what is different is Scarlet’s remarkable story. It’s what makes headlines in the news. Scarlet’s life and death situation, her relationship with her family, and her relationship with the two young men who come into her life and help her to “see” things differently, make this medical thriller intriguing. Though there are plenty of descriptions of Scarlet’s problems, readers will not be overwhelmed or unable to comprehend what’s going on with her. As the story unfolds and you discover more and more about Scarlet’s issues, readers will want to keep turning the pages to learn more and more of her story. I highly recommend that you do NOT read anything at the back of the book until you finish the novel. There are too many hints in the Q & A that will give away plot points, so resist the urge to read them!

Definitely recommend this novel for those who want a break from dystopian and fantasy. Perfect for those who want a different twist to contemporary.

For more information, click here: BROKEN


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