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Blog Tour & #Giveaway: ORGANIZE YOUR WAY by Katie McMenamin and Kelly McMenamin
Mar 14th, 2017 by Liza Wiemer

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here’s the book for YOU!!!
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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Stressing over the mess? Discover YOUR personal organizing style—and stay organized forever!
Organization isn’t one-size-fits-all. Different people need different solutions. Fortunately, Katie and Kelly McMenamin—the organizing gurus behind PixiesDidIt!®—have found the key to making organization stick, with strategies that work for every personality.

Whether you’re OCD or a little less fastidious, Katie and Kelly will help you discover your organizational style, using unconventional approaches or sticking to what already works. Along with personality-based solutions for every space in your home, they offer advice on solving strife between different “PixieTypes.” So you can keep the stuff you love . . . and the peace!

 

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Katie and Kelly

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Katie McMenamin and Kelly McMenamin are sisters, professional organizers, personality-type experts, and founders of PixieDidIt! Their business is an outgrowth of buttoned-up hedge fund analyst Kelly spending 30-odd years trying and failing to get her messy older sister Katie, a writer, to be more organized. Countless fights ensued until they had an idea: What if there is more than one way to organize? Today, they spend the bulk of their time organizing for clients, writing for their website, and giving talks on how to organize according to your personality type. Kelly lives in NYC with her husband and three sons and Katie lives in their hometown, the Land of Champions, aka Cleveland, OH, with her husband and three daughters.

 

 

Top Ten Pixie Tips

1. Knowing who you are is the key to organization mainly because if you’re pretending to be someone else, it’s hard to remember where that pretend person put something!

2. Change is hard, so be honest about organizing tasks. People who never hang up their coats in a closet, probably never will; get a coat rack and call it a day.

3. Perfect isn’t real. Magazine perfection is styled by a professional whose job it is to make everything perfection for the millisecond it takes to snap a photo.

4. No shame, no blame! You liking clear, spotless surfaces doesn’t make you OCD (it’s not a personality disorder), it’s your personality type.

5. Later Box It. When you can’t part with a useless item, store it away in a box and revisit that box in a few months (a year), whatever you missed keep, whatever you forgot … dude, let it go.

6. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Change is hard (see #2!) so if storing TP right next to the toilet works for you, do it, but for heaven’s sake try to make it look nice—unless you live alone on Antarctica then who cares.

7. Organizing at its core is about retrieval. Period. Can you easily find and get things when you need them. Everything else is an argument about aesthetics.

8. One-step solutions are golden. Hanging up your coat is a five-step process whereas popping it on a hook is one-step. Light bulb (at least it was for us!)

9. Be loud & proud. So, you write important To Do’s on your hand in a pinch. Who cares? Don’t apologize, defend it and tell any scolds where they can go.

10. There’s no best way to organize—just the best one for you!

Giveaway:
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AN EMOTIONAL WAIT by Cheyenne Boyer Foor
Nov 27th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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By Cheyenne Boyer Foor

A note from Liza Wiemer: A little over a year ago, I met Cheyenne at a high school where I gave some workshops connected to my YA novel, Hello?. Last week, she shared this poem with me. It’s powerful, insightful, meaningful and I have no doubt, many can relate to this beautiful, heartfelt poem. The moment I read it, I knew Cheyenne’s words needed to be read by others. It’s a privilege to share AN EMOTIONAL WAIT on my blog.

Freshman year:
White birch trees line the path so bright
Their bark glints sliver in evening light
Silent winds rustle whispering leaves
Autumn says goodbye and the land grieves.

As I stumble upon this educational lane
My hopes and dreams I try to retain
But winter is bleak and this road is harsh
Like lilly’s struggling in an overgrown marsh.

I trudge on..my troubles never far from mind
Shadows cling under my eyes and I pray
That the next curve in my life be kind.

Valleys so deep, their dark and dank
My mind is threatening to overtake
I hurry on, determined to fight this one mistake.
This road is lonely
The trees are thick
but up ahead…is that a break?
I hurry ahead…I am so alone..
This road I am on is not well known.

Look! The trees are disappearing
Up ahead…snow capped mountains!
I should be glad that I leave that forest
But the road uphill..sigh..
Will the journey be kind?

I am lost in thought as I taste the air
Bitter cold winds…lost in despair
Where are those that said they would always be here?

The road leads on, all I can do is follow
And hope my mind will survive this sorrow.
Up this mountain with it’s stealing winds
I’m reminded of my many sins.

My troubles are great as I grow weary
I look about, as the weather grows dreary.
The pack on my back that I have carried
Are all my troubles that I should have buried.

Sitting down, I look around
This path I walk is overgrown.
I look at my pack, the one I hate,
And wonder at its emotional weight.

I reach in and discard one thought
The weight is less…
is it all for naught?

Just as I round the very next bend
There stands one of my very best friends.
Where were you in the dark forest gloom?
My friend says nothing but points to an empty classroom.

Warmth and kindness beckons me
I rest my shoulders and rub my knee.
My friend says nothing, she looks haggard as well.
This road less traveled has been sheer hell.

We sit silently lost in thought
The lessons we’ve learned, the ones we’ve been taught.
My pack, so heavy sits by the door
And I wonder what is in it that I’ve been fighting for,

Sophomore year: 
My back is rested
My feet less sore
It’s time to move on, there is more.

My friend looks up,
A smile…nothing more..I see her pack
My faith restored.

The mountain top is close at hand
And I am reminded why life is so grand.
The sun is shining, the winds not so harsh..
My friend was there..when I needed her most.

I adjust my pack and I trudge on
I know not what I will come upon.

As I walk, the sun soon sets
And leaves me in shadows that I’d rather forget.
A river ahead..it’s waters so deep
With stones so sharp
They cut my feet.

Why! I cry in utter despair.
I have come upon my Junior year…

I stand in swirling black waters
The current is strong
My reserve falters.

My pack of troubles is taking on water
I can’t breath…I must make it lighter!
I reach into the waterlogged pack,
And draw out a memory, the tears I fight back.

I drop it into the watery depths far below
The waves toss it to and fro.
I watch it sink out of sight
Suddenly I laugh at my ridiculous plight.

The river seems calmer, serene almost
Not as wide, gliding like a ghost.
I quickly make it to the other side
I look back at my path and smile with pride.

I have made it through valleys and forests so dark,
I have climbed mountains so steep.
And forged rivers too deep

I let my mind wander to my friend so kind,
Her pack so large
Is she so far behind?

She has not yet made it to the river’s edge
I can see the path clearly etched
Will she conquer her fear as I?
Or will the bleak waters
Steal her mind?

I must trudge on for this path is less traveled
There are not many whose minds unravels.
It’s lonely here, but peaceful to
Here I can be me, and you can be you.

I have rested too long,
It is time that I’ve gone..
I pick up my pack and turn towards the sun…
my path less traveled is far from done.

I walk in meadows with birds in flight
Flowers and their fragrance, senses delight.
My pack is lighter, my troubles less heavy
The air is thin, my path less scary…

Senior year:
I reflect on my struggle
The pack I carry
I lower my head…truly humble

Those that said they would be there
They said my problems they would bare,
My confidants I confined
They have not come I’ve been defrauded..

Where are they now
On my path less traveled?
No…they took their leave when I fell into shadow.

I look up and see the sands ahead
A desert so vast
It fills me with dread.

My pack I drag through dunes alone
I have reached my end
I can go no more
Like on the mountain top long before.

I drop my pack
I leave it behind
All these troubles that have corrupted my mind.

There I lie
With the sand as my bed
I wonder at length is this the end?
My road less traveled has disappeared
Much like my friends…my greatest fear.

I raise my hand to shield my eyes
The sun is so hot
Yet, I cannot rise

When I awoke I looked about
No stranger, no friend but there was my pack
But how could this be
How has it found its way back to me?

The air is clouded with a heavy mist
Dark and unforgiving
The silence persists

With trepidation I glance at my pack
I shiver at its bulk, I don’t want it back!
Slowly I reach
And pull it near
This road less traveled wasn’t my only fear

I look around again and to my surprise
The stranger that led me here was by my side
They motioned for me to open my pack
Just a shadow in the dark that could see through the black

No! I shout, I won’t carry it anymore!
But the stranger stood fast,
Taunting me to explore.

I looked down at my feet and counted my toes
This stranger wasn’t leaving
This path held more.

So I opened the pack that I did carry
The one my friends said they’d help me bury.
The very same pack with all the despair
The tears and scars that I had hidden in there

I expected to see the razor blades that cut so deep
The words that were flung used to beat
The tossed inside shards of glass
Broken pieces of my past.

A silent scream, a tear I shed
I gasp for air as I shake
My head.

The stranger spoke
the words so dear
my best friend’s voice said so clear..

“Though my troubles were heavy,
I picked up your pack, though my soul was weary
and took your troubles and held them closely.
All those times throughout those years
where you felt alone
and shed those tears
when friends were cruel
and the stakes were high
when you wanted to quit
or just “get by”
Those days when you thought you’d lose your head
when darkness threatened and you wished for death.
When shadows taunted
and your dreams were haunted,
you stuck it all into this pack
and carried this load on your aching back.
keep the memories and see life through
because I lost the fight when I carried it for you.”

What did you learn?

Nobody can carry you, you must carry yourself.

 

ROALD DAHL 100 CELEBRATORY BLOG TOUR – 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Roald Dahl
Sep 11th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR:

10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Roald Dahl

 

  1. How do you pronounce Roald?

Roo-all. The ‘d’ is silent.

  1. Roald Dahl loves bananas mashed up with…olive oil!

Roald loved making a treat that he learned about from his own mother. He would take a banana and mash it up with a few drops of olive oil. The olive oil heightens the flavor of the banana and turns it into a delicious syrupy paste.

  1. Roald Dahl served in the Royal Air Force during WWII.

When he was first flying in Africa, Roald Dahl wrote to his mother telling her how lucky he felt to be flying. But Roald Dahl nearly lost his life when his plane crashed in the Libyan desert and burst into flames. He managed to drag himself out before the plane blew up and he sustained a fractured skull and temporary blindness.

  1. Roald Dahl often acted out his characters for his children.

When his children were falling asleep, Roald Dahl would climb up the ladder and stand next to their windows. Then, he’d push a bamboo cane through and act as the BFG, the Big Friendly Giant.

  1. Dinner guests of Roald Dahl always received an after-meal chocolate set.

After dinner, guests were offered a red plastic box made up of all Roald Dahl’s favorite candies: Twix, Kit Kats, Rolos, Smarties, Flakes, and Maltesers

In an essay for ROALD DAHL’S COOKBOOK, Roald Dahl wrote a history of the great chocolate bars, waxing lyrical about the “seven miraculous years” between 1930 and 1937 when the greatest chocolates—including Mars, Kit Kat, Aero, Maltesers, Rolo and Smarties—were invented.

  1. Dahl’s dog, Chopper, regularly enjoyed a tastier dinner than most of us do.

The beloved brown and white Jack Russell Terrier was fed oysters, caviar, Smarties, and sometimes dog food. Chopper was the last dog that Roald Dahl owned and the pair even appeared on TV together. Chopper lived to the ripe old age of sixteen.

  1. Roald Dahl helped invent an important medical device.

In 1960, the carriage carrying Roald Dahl’s son, Theo (just four months old) was hit by a cab on the corner of a New York street and crushed against the side of a bus. Theo underwent several operations to drain fluid from his head. However, the valve used to drain the fluid kept blocking and clogging. With Theo’s life at stake, Roald joined forces with Stanley Wade (a toymaker, who specialized in model aeroplane engines) and Kenneth Till (a pioneering pediatric neurosurgeon). Together, they created the Dahl-Wade-Till valve, which not only saved Theo’s life, but also those of almost three thousand children affected by similar conditions worldwide.

  1. Roald Dahl loved to mix potions.

Roald Dahl mixed amazing bedtime drinks for his children and called them “witches potions.” They contained ingredients such as canned peaches blended with milk and pink, blue or green food coloring.

  1. Mushroom-picking was one of Roald Dahl’s hobbies in later life.

He loved to go out early in the morning with his dog Chopper for company, to gather mushrooms hidden in the local field. 

  1. Roald’s writing was criticized by teachers as a child and as an adult.

When he was in school, Roald was considered a terrible writer by his teachers. One teacher described Roald as being “quite incapable of marshalling his thoughts on paper.” Later, when he wrote a story for his daughter Lucy to hand in as part of her English homework, the paper received a “C–you could do better.”

For more fun facts about Roald Dahl check out:

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About Roald Dahl:

Roald Dahl (1916-1990) was born in Wales of Norwegian parents. In 1951, Roald Dahl met his future wife, the American actress Patricia Neal, who starred in films including The Day the Earth Stood Still, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Hud, for which she won an Oscar. After establishing himself as a writer for adults, Roald Dahl began writing children’s stories in 1960 and wrote two of his best-known novels, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the U.S.

In September 1964, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published initially in the U.S. with the U.K. following a few years later. It would go on to become one of the most famous and best-known of Roald’s stories. The idea for the story grew out of his own well-documented love of chocolate and his school-day memories of acting as a taster for a famous chocolate factory. These first stories were written as entertainment for his own children, to whom many of his books are dedicated.

Today, Roald Dahl’s stories are available in 58 languages and have sold more than 200 million books. With more than 40 million Roald Dahl books in print in the U.S. alone, Dahl is considered one of the most beloved storytellers of our time and his popularity continues to increase as his fantastic novels, including James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, delight an ever-growing legion of fans.

 

  • For more information please visit roalddahl.com/usa
  • Facebook.com/RoaldDahl
  • Twitter.com/roald_dahl * Don’t forget to hashtag #roalddahl100
  • YouTube.com/officialroalddahl
  • Pinterest.com/roalddahl
  • Instagram: @roald_dahl * Don’t forget to hashtag #roalddahl100

Roald Dahl 100

Entitled Roald Dahl 100, 2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl—the world’s number one storyteller. There will be celebrations for Roald Dahl 100 throughout 2016, delivering a year packed with gloriumptious treats and surprises for everyone.

Roald Dahl said, “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

The Roald Dahl Literary Estate believes in doing good things. That’s why ten percent of all Roald Dahl income* goes to our charity partners. We have supported causes including: specialist children’s nurses, grants for families in need, and educational outreach programs.

The Roald Dahl Charitable Trust is a registered UK charity (no. 1119330).

* All author payments and royalty income net of third party commissions.

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Partners in Health

A percentage of proceeds from some of the Roald Dahl 100 events planned for this September will be donated to Partners in Health, a charity co-founded by Ophelia Dahl, Roald Dahl’s daughter. Partners in Health works in partnership with local governments and health providers to bring high-quality health care to poor communities in ten countries.

PIH believes that health is a human right and that a person’s ability to pay for treatment should not determine their access to health care. For nearly 30 years, PIH has shaped discourse among global health policymakers and proven what is possible in making health care accessible to all people.

PIH trains local health workers, nurses, and doctors in order to raise the standard of care for poor people. In partnership with the world’s leading medical and academic institutions, PIH aims to build workforces of local health professionals to strengthen and sustain public health systems.

Our achievements are based on our philosophy of accompaniment. To us this means working beside and learning from people in the countries where we work. We share experiences and goals, partnering to bring care where it is needed most.

For more information, visit www.pih.org.

 

Penguin Young Readers

Penguin Young Readers is one of the leading children’s book publishers in the United States. The company owns a wide range of imprints and trademarks including Dial Books, Dutton, Grosset & Dunlap, Philomel, Puffin, Speak, Firebird, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, Viking, Razorbill, and Frederick Warne. These imprints are home to such award-winning, New York Times- bestselling authors as Laurie Halse Anderson, Jay Asher, Judy Blume, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Ally Condie, Roald Dahl, Tomie dePaola, Sarah Dessen, Anna Dewdney, John Flanagan, Gayle Forman John Green, Oliver Jeffers, Mike Lupica, Richelle Mead, B.J. Novak, Richard Peck, Judy Schachner, Jacqueline Woodson and dozens of other popular authors. Penguin Young Readers Group is also the proud publisher of perennial brand franchises such as The Little Engine That Could, the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series, Peter Rabbit, Spot, the Classic Winnie the Pooh, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Strega Nona, Madeline, Mad Libs, Alex Rider, the Rangers Apprentice, Skippyjon Jones, Flower Fairies, and Pippi Longstocking, among many others. Penguin Young Readers Group is a division of Penguin Group LLC, a Penguin Random House company.

 

 

TWO FOR THE SHOW by Jonathan Stone: Available on Kindle Unlimited for $0.00!
Jul 18th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

TWO FOR THE SHOWTwo for the Show 

by Jonathan Stone 

Check out: Goodreads 

Buy it: Amazon | B&N

About TWO FOR THE SHOW:

Chas is a detective who doesn’t stake out cheating husbands, track down missing persons, or match wits with femmes fatales. Instead of pounding the pavement, he taps a computer keyboard. He can get the goods on anyone, and it’s all to make sure superstar Las Vegas mind reader Wallace the Amazing staysamazing. Thanks to Chas’s steady stream of stealthy intel, Wallace’s mental “magic” packs houses every night.

But when someone threatens to call the psychic showman’s bluff, the sweet gig takes a sour—and sinister—turn. Who’s the clean-cut couple gunning for Wallace with an arsenal of dirty tricks? Why does Wallace keep upping the ante instead of backing down? And just how much does Chas really know about his mysterious boss’s life…or his own? The tangled truth—of blackmail, kidnapping, and false identities—quickly becomes the biggest case of his strange, secret career.

–Publisher’s Weekly writes, “The surprise-filled plot shifts rapidly between illusion and reality, keeping the reader constantly—and entertainingly—off-balance.”

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan Stone

About Jonathan Stone:

Jonathan Stone, author of the Julian Palmer novels, is a graduate of Yale University, where he was a Scholar of the House in Fiction Writing and twice won the English Department’s John Hubbard Curtis Prize for Best Imaginative Writing. He works in advertising and lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Website: http://www.jonathanstonebooks.com/

NYTBS author, William Lashner’s new THE FOUR-NIGHT RUN – Kindle Unlimited Members Can Read it for $0.00
Jul 14th, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

The Four-Night Run

William Lashner’s THE FOUR-NIGHT RUN

The Four-Night Run

By William Lashner, NYTBS author

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Do you have Kindle Unlimited? If you do, this novel is FREE (July 14, 2016)

The Four-Night Run description:

“J.D. Scrbacek has just won the biggest trial of his career, but even as he crows to the press, his entire life blows sky-high. Was the bomb meant for him, or for his mobster client? In this seaside casino town where the tables run hot and the tensions run high, the odds say the attorney is a marked man.

Alone and on the run, Scrbacek flees into the city’s forgotten underbelly, a ruined corridor called Crapstown, where he is forced to confront the ghosts of his past, his present, and his future. Somewhere in the sordid stream of his own existence lie the answers he needs. But in order to emerge from the depths of Crapstown, Scrbacek must argue for his life before a jury of the forgotten and the damned. Is he lawyer enough to save his own skin?

From the bestselling author of The Barkeep comes a raucous tale of reckoning, racketeering, and revenge.”

About William Lashner 

Website:William Lashner

William Lashner is the New York Times Bestselling creator of Victor Carl, who has been called by Booklist one of the mystery novel’s “most compelling, most morally ambiguous characters.” The Victor Carl novels, which have been translated into more than a dozen foreign languages and have been sold all across the globe, include BAGMEN, KILLER’S KISS, FALLS THE SHADOW, FATAL FLAW, and HOSTILE WITNESS. He is also the author of BLOOD AND BONE, THE ACCOUNTING, and, most recently, THE BARKEEP, which was a Digital Book World Number One Bestselling Ebook.

Lashner was a criminal prosecutor with the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. before quitting the law to write fulltime. A graduate of the New York University School of Law, as well as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he lives with his wife and three children outside Philadelphia.

 

#Love-A-Thon Questionnaire
Feb 21st, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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LOVE-A-THON is hosted by  Cee of The Novel HermitHazel of Stay Bookish Mel of The Daily Prophecy and Alexa Loves Books 

Visit any of their sites to join in the fun!

Sadly, I won’t have much time to participate, even though I love this blogging event. But it’s for a great reason. I’m preparing for some school visits for my novel Hello?.  Enjoy!

QUESTIONNAIRE

1. What’s your name? Liza Wiemer
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Milwaukee, WI
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I loved how books have the power to change people’s lives. 
4. How did you come up with your blog name? WhoRu Blog – I wanted to feature books and topics that impact our perception of self. Who are you? As time evolved, I featured more and more authors, books, and topics that impact us every day.
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I read mostly YA, some MG, but I will occasionally read romance, adult fiction, and non-fiction.
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I love posts about “Novel Secrets” – the behind-the-scenes to writing a novel. I often have giveaways and Q & A. 
7. Best blogging experience so far? Meeting blogger friends at events, spending time with them!
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? Sharing a passion for books and developing meaningful, lasting friendships.
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016! The Beauty of Darkness, The Winner’s Kiss, The Power, The Problem with Forever, A Court of Mist and Fury, Two Summers
10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years! All the Bright Places, Six Crows, Everything, Everything
11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read?
12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Karou from Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series
13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend? Lucas from Easy
14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max) Karou, Akiva from Daughter of Smoke & Bone Series Rare from the Remnant Chronicles series
15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? Writing, cooking, speaking at school
16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? I despise shopping for clothes. I love going to grocery stores. :)
17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? “Hello” by Adele.
18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book.
19. What would your dream library look like? Floor to ceiling bookshelves, leather chairs and couches, snack bar/mini-fridge and a fireplace
20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with? Nora Roberts.

14 Days of Fictional Swooning – Romantic spot favorite fictional couple would visit
Feb 1st, 2016 by Liza Wiemer

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Thanks so much to Jaime and Erin from Fiction Fare and Meg and Kassiah from Swoony Boys Podcast for hosting this event! www.fictionfare.blogspot.com & www.swoonyboyspodcast.com

My hidden word for the scavenger hunt words is in red!

Recently, I was thinking of one of my favorite fantasy novel couples —Karou and Akiva from Laini Taylor’s Screen Shot 2016-02-02 at 7.09.19 AMDaughter of Smoke and Bones Series—and thought it would be amazing if they could have a romantic getaway on Washington Island, Wisconsin, the setting for my YA contemporary novel, Hello?. After their epic battle to save humankind, spending time in a place of exquisite beauty and quiet, sounds exactly what they would need. I know they love the exotic, have seen and created the exotic, so I thought they could use some down time to focus each other, to enjoy the different beaches, stroll hand and hand, watching the sunrise and the sunset. Fall in love even farther. They’d rent a magnificent home along their own private beach. There are lavender fields they’d walk through, nature trails they’d explore. With their ability to fly, they’d discover the caves that rarely get explored because you’d need some rock climbing equipment to reach them. These caves are 1/2 way down Boyer’s Bluff, but from what I’ve been told, they’re really cool. And I can imagine Karou and Akiva meeting my Emerson and Tricia. Since they both believe in angels and don’t mind crazy colored hair, I’m certain they’d get along beautifully. Tricia would most definitely invite them into the lighthouse for a tour, and I can imagine Zuzana and Mic showing up and the six of them would listen to Mic play his violin around the bonfire pit Tricia has on Boyer’s bluff, roast brats soaked in beer and marshmallows for s’mores. After an amazing night, they’d rise early to watch the sunrise and the thousands of birds at Jackson Harbor, then crash until noon. :)

This is a video I shot of a sunrise at Jackson Harbor. Click on the IMG.

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This is a sunrise at Jackson Harbor on Washington Island. It was taken by Steve Waldron and was utilized on the cover of my novel, HELLO?.

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Review: The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Dec 9th, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH

by Martha Brockenbrough

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Stayed up until after 3 AM to finish reading this novel!

Overall impression: So imaginative! I loved how Martha interwove historical fiction in a non-traditional love story. The diverse characters felt so authentic and the blend of fantasy with reality read seamless for me. Despite the calamities that befell Flora and Henry, their ability to cope with the trials and tribulations of life touched me. Death, love, loss, friendship, racism, homosexuality are some of the themes touched upon in this novel.

I love how Martha showed that we lived in a society (1937) where people quickly judged a person’s worth based on skin color or sexual orientation. SO glad we’ve made strides in these area, but without a doubt, we have a ways to go before people appreciate/embrace our common humanity. I loved how vivid 1937 Seattle came to life. From the descriptions of school, food, clothes, the jazz clubs, music in general, wealth and the poverty of Hooverville, people’s occupations, and landmarks, readers will be transformed back in time. I loved learning about Flora and her passion for flying and the restrictions/racist attitudes she was subjected to that kept her from opportunities to pursue her dream. Her heroine was Amelia Earhart and Flora wanted the same opportunities afforded to Amelia.

I highly recommend this novel! It’s a wonderful blend of historical fiction, fantasy, and love story. Thank you so much to my dear friend Kelly Hager, who purchased this book for me and said, “It’s one of my absolute favorites! You have to read it!”

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Blog Tour & Giveaway : What’s Your WINNER’S CURSE? Novel by Marie Rutkoski
Feb 3rd, 2015 by Liza Wiemer

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I’m thrilled to be a part of Fierce Reads’ WHAT’S YOUR WINNER’S CURSE? Blog Tour.

The “Winner’s Curse” is an economics term that means you’ve gotten what you wanted . . . but at too high a price. In honor of Marie Rutkoski’s Winner’s Trilogy, bloggers talk about their own personal “Winner’s Curse!”

Here’s mine:

Without a doubt, I’d pay “too high price” to talk to and spend a day my Grandma Lena and my Grandpa Jack – not through a medium – but through some mystical veil. Obviously, this doesn’t exist. Except I have an imagination that wishes it were true. There isn’t a day that doesn’t go by when I’m not thinking about my grandparents. When they were alive, I spoke with them nearly every day and saw them at least once a week. They were a staple in my life. I miss them. And even though I believe that our loved ones watch over us, it would be AMAZING to spend quality time with them. My grandparents were filled with tremendous wisdom, plus I felt so loved and cherished by them. They took a great deal of pride in me and the rest of their grandchildren.

I wanted to be a part of this blog tour because I LOVE these books and they’re definitely on my “Best Books of the Year” List:

To learn more about these fabulous series & Marie Rutkowski, check out The Winner’s Trilogy

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To see my 5 star reviews on Goodreads:

The Winner’s Curse

The Winner’s Crime

I can’t wait for the Winner’s Kiss!

GIVEAWAY:

One lucky winner will get to choose either a copy of THE WINNER’S CURSE or THE WINNER’S CRIME (US ONLY)

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The Blog Tour:

Monday, January 12
The Hiding Spot

Tuesday, January 13
Curling Up with a Good Book

Wednesday, January 14
Ticket to Anywhere

Thursday, January 15
The Windy Pages

Friday, January 16
Reading with ABC

Saturday, January 17
Carina Books

Sunday, January 18
Bewitched Bookworms

Monday, January 19
Michelle and Leslie’s Book Picks

Tuesday, January 20
Novel Sounds

Wednesday, January 21
Two Chicks on Books

Thursday, January 22
Green Bean Teen Queen

Friday, January 23
Shae Has Left the Room 

Saturday, January 24
Andi’s ABCs

Sunday, January 25
The Starry-Eyed Revue

Monday, January 26
Falling for YA

Tuesday, January 27
Rachel Silberman Reads

Wednesday, January 28
The Irish Banana

Thursday, January 29
YA Bibliophile

Friday, January 30
Miss Print

Saturday, January 31
Bookish Antics

Sunday, February 1
Adventures of a Book Junkie

Monday, February 2
The Book Rat

Tuesday, February 3
WhoRu Blog

Wednesday, February 4
Hello Chelly

Thursday, February 5
Alice Marvels

Friday, February 6
On Starships and Dragonwings

Saturday, February 7
The Book Cellar

Sunday, February 8
Mod Podge Books

Monday, February 9
Rainy Day Ramblings

Tuesday, February 10
A Book and a Latte

Wednesday, February 11
Supernatural Snark

Thursday, February 12
Gone with the Words

Friday, February 13
Step Into Fiction

Saturday, February 14
Belle of the Literati

Sunday, February 15
My Bookish Ways

Monday, February 16
Addicted 2 Novels

Tuesday, February 17
Reflections

Wednesday, February 18
The Best Books Ever

Thursday, February 19
Forever YA

Friday, February 20
Winter Haven Books
Saturday, February 2
My Book Muse

Sunday, February 22
No BS Book Reviews

Monday, February 23
Ex Libris
Tuesday, February 24
The Eater of Books

Wednesday, February 25
Fiktshun

Thursday, February 26
yAdult Review

Friday, February 27
Teen Lit Rocks

Saturday, February 28
The Book Addict’s Guide

Sunday, March 1
Alexa Loves Books

Monday, March 2
Great Imaginations

Tuesday, March 3
BookHounds YA

Wednesday, March 4
Bumbles and Fairy Tales

Thursday, March 5
The Brain Lair

Friday, March 6
Icey Books

Saturday, March 7
Bibliophila, Please

Sunday, March 8
Tripping Over Books

Monday, March 9
The Reader Bee

Tuesday, March 10
A Reading Nurse

Wednesday, March 11
Haunting Orchid

Thursday, March 12
Manga Maniac Café

Friday, March 13
Swoony Boys Podcast

Saturday, March 14
Novel Novice

Sunday, March 15
Birth of a New Witch

Monday, March 16
Not Yet Read

Tuesday, March 17
Paperback Princess

Wednesday, March 18
Working for the Mandroid

Thursday, March 19
Papercuts

Friday, March 20
YA Romantics

Saturday, March 2
Esther’s Ever After

Flashback Friday: THE PULL OF GRAVITY by Gae Polisner
Aug 29th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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8891408THE PULL OF GRAVITY

by Gae Polisner

Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Pub Date: May 10, 2011

Pages: 202

Buy it here: IndieBoundAmazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

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From Goodreads: 

While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him. Characters you’ll want to become friends with and a narrative voice that sparkles with wit make this a truly original coming-of-age story.

My review from September 17, 2011


The Pull of Gravity
by Gae Polisner

The Pull of Gravity will definitely pull you into the MC Nick Gardner’s life and take you along on a journey this freshman wasn’t quite prepared for but will definitely change him forever. Scooter, his friend and neighbor, has Hutchinson-Giford progeria syndrome, a disease that’s killing him, Nick’s father is obese and decides to walk to NYC to get his life in order, and then Jaycee, a girl who’s own life has been pretty messed up, pops in and complicates everything for Nick by becoming obsessed with finding Scooter’s father who left Scooter early on in his life. There are lots of interesting twists and turns with references to Star Wars and the novel, Of Mice and Men. It all interconnects with lots of tender moments, raw emotion, and humor too. The Pull of Gravity is a journey you will definitely want to take in – I recommend that you read this book with a can of cherry cola – you may suddenly find yourself craving one! Lovely and touching novel about loss, friendship, family, and romance.

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