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About the book:
Angel Garrett knows two things for sure. The first is that she inherited her devil-dad’s powers. The second is that she wreaks havoc whenever she tries to use them. Especially when she’s trying to impress her crush, Cole.
Angel’s only solution is to stay as far away as possible from him until she learns how to harness this new gift. But how do you avoid someone and get him to ask you to the school dance at the same time?
Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. In addition to tween and teen books, Shani writes for news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online. She has no devil lineage as far as she knows.
And now … the interview:
1. The future has arrived and geeks finally rule the world. You’ve been called before a council to establish your geek cred. What will you tell them?
I’ve definitely had 1 or 2 or 300 geeky moments. I look back at some of my hairdos and outfits from when I was younger and cringe.
2. The Geek Girls are always armed with Nerds and Smarties at public appearances. What type of candy best represents your book?
Since the devil is involved in my book… I would have to say fireballs and red hots definitely make the list!
3. It’s mash up time at cheerleading tryouts! What two songs would your main character combine to create the perfect dance performance?
Tell Me Something I Don’t Know – Selena Gomez and You Belong With Me – Taylor Swift. The songs definitely fit my characters train of thought in The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly Dress!
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Ever have one of those days when the best thing about the day is that it’s Friday and the end of the work week?
Yeah, that’s been me, pretty much since Wednesday (except then, it wasn’t Friday, which made it all that much worse). Then, through the magic that is our 21st century technology, I was alerted to this:
It’s a Polyvore devoted to Bethany from The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading. The little details are amazing and made me smile–like the Lara Croft image, and the T-wolves, and a fantastic cheer uniform, and, and, and … I could go on. Oh, the embedded music (told you I could go on). You’ll have to click through for that.
All in all, a fun way to end the week and start the weekend.
I wonder if you have to be a certain age to enjoy this. I thought my Classic Rock Kid might. He does like Metallica and has Enter Sandman on his iPod. His response when this was done:
I, on the other hand, love it. Love. It.
Not only does the band in question, Rock Sugar, have this mash up, it’s apparently what they do. All mash-ups, all the time. Dude. Even better, they’ve taken Madonna’s Like a Prayer and combined it with AC/DC’s Shook Me All Night Long. Definitive proof Like a Prayer should’ve been a heavy metal song all along.
See the NPR website for all the details, but here you go! This one looks like fun!
NPR CHALLENGES AUDIENCES TO WRITE “THREE MINUTE FICTION”
ALL THINGS CONSIDERED WEEKEND CONTEST ACCEPTING
ORIGINAL SHORT STORY SUBMISSIONS UNTIL FEBRUARY 28 AT NPR.ORG
Many people aspire to write the great American novel, and NPR is offering an opportunity to take a giant baby step toward that goal by asking audiences to type an epic 600 words. NPR News’ weekend version of the newsmagazine All Things Considered appeals to listeners’ inner authors with a third round of “Three Minute Fiction” – a contest seeking original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less. Entries will be accepted beginning this weekend.
The popular “Three Minute Fiction” contest returns with a new twist after receiving thousands of entries in previous rounds. This time, All Things Considered challenges writers to come up with a story inspired by a photographselected by the show’s staff. Prospective entrants can kickstart their imaginations by viewing the image at the “Three Minute Fiction” site: www.npr.org/threeminutefiction Stories can be submitted nowuntil February 28 using the site’s online form.
The winning story will be read on-air during All Things Consideredweekend and the author will also be interviewed by host Guy Raz. Preliminary judging will be conducted by students at the prestigious Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, and the winner will be selected from the finalists by NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse. Complete contest rules are available at npr.org.
By tapping listeners’ creativity and talent, “Three Minute Fiction” continues All Things Considered weekend’s effort to bring listeners into the conversation. The competition’s two previous rounds featured judging by The New Yorkerliterary critic James Wood and received more than 8,000 entries in total. A fourth round will begin shortly after the current one wraps, with judging by Ann Patchett, bestselling author of Bel Canto, TheMagician’s Assistant and What Now?.
Just in case you forgot tomorrow is Valentine’s Day:
Oh, sure. I can see it now:
Hey, honey, I ditched the Godiva chocolates this year and got you disembodied arms that talk.
Because nothing says “I love you” like disembodied arms that talk. Is it just me, or is that ten different kinds of creepy?
Seriously, I picture these arms springing to life in the middle of the night while their unsuspecting recipient sleeps in his/her bed. Then, the slow-mo crawl across the floor with its fat Mickey Mouse fingers, up and onto the bed, the recorded message playing on a continuous loop until its meaning becomes tragically ironic.
Yeah. Nothing says Valentine’s Day like that.
A far, far better Valentine’s Day gift (for yourself or others) is a signed copy of Stupid Cupid and a <3 Tee fro Think Geek. Today’s the last day to enter. Simply comment here to be in the running.
As promised, the Geek Girls are here to help you through not only Valentine’s Day, but February as well, which is somehow both the shortest and yet longest month of the year.
Here’s your chance to win a signed copy of Stupid Cupid by the fantabulous Rhonda Stapleton, but also this completely cute <3 T-Shirt from Think Geek. Simply leave a comment at the end of this entry (with email so we can contact you) and that’s it.
Now, without further ado, we bring you Rhonda and Stupid Cupid:
Felicity Walker believes in true love. That’s why she applies for a gig at the matchmaking company Cupid’s Hollow. But when Felicity gets the job, she learns that she isn’t just a matchmaker…she’s a cupid! (There’s more than one of them, you know.)
Armed with a hot pink, tricked-out PDA infused with the latest in cupid magic (love arrows shot through email), Felicity works to meet her quota of successful matches. But when she bends the rules of cupidity by matching her best friend Maya with three different boys at once, disaster strikes. Felicity needs to come up with a plan to set it all right, pronto, before she gets fired…and before Maya ends up with her heart split in three.
Interview with Rhonda:
1. The Geek Girls think labels and stereotypes are the stupidest things going but still, we can’t help being curious. If you had to put a label on your high school self, what would it be?
Totally a band nerd. haha. I loooooved band so much and identified myself with that group for most of high school.
2. While stalking, um, we mean researching you for this interview we learned that you are prone to obsessive crushes on things like actors, authors and musicians. What have you obsessed about lately?
OMG I am so prone to obsession. It’s sick. I shouldn’t admit it. I can’t help it though–wah! Don’t judge me! Anyway, I’m currently obsessed with the local indie station here in Cleveland (91.1). I never listened to it before a week or so ago, and now I love it. There’s all kinds of cool music I haven’t heard before, which is so fun!
3. Speaking of crushes, do you believe in love at first sight?
Oh, heck yeah. The zings that shoot through your body. The feeling like time slows down and you become hyper-aware of everything around you. The instant connection you feel when your eyes lock. I totally believe people are instantly drawn to each other. Some people know even just from one look if that person is right for them.
4. Step into our time machine. It’s 2011. Stupid Cupid, Flirting with Disaster and Pucker Up have all been released to great acclaim. You were the featured guest on Oprah’s very last-est show ever — where she touted your novels as the “greatest books of all time”. Stephenie Meyer recently did a prime time TV interview in which she revealed that Edward Cullen really did give Bella a copy of Stupid Cupid for Valentine’s Day. You are stinkin’ rich. How do you celebrate?
Dude, I love your version of reality. I will subscribe to that, thankyouverymuch. Ummmmm, I’m stinking rich? I go on a big fat odyssey. I visit Japan. Germany. Switzerland. Tibet. London. All those places I’ve always wanted to go. I absorb the food and drink and culture. I bring my family with me so we can all share in it!!
5. What is the one interview question you wish someone would ask?
How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll pop? (I want this one because I totally counted it out when I was a kid…I think I got up into the thousands! I’d be willing to try it again for an exact count. haha)
Thank you, Rhonda for visiting with us!
To enter the contest:
Leave a comment on this entry from now through February 13th, 2010 for your chance to win Stupid Cupid and the <3 Tee.
On Valentine’s Day morning, we’ll draw a winner from all the comments. And since we haven’t had a contest for a while, we’ll open this one up to all entries, including those outside the U.S.