Monday, April 26, 2010

Amiee Friedman, Natasha Friend & Jeffrey Stepakoff Shout Out (Extra entry day)

Today is Shout-Out Day. This means I will be giving a shout out to the Authors who have participated in the Birthday Phenomenon. They have all gone above and beyond to make this event happen. 

Todays Shout-Out will be a little different. To gain an extra entry you will need to visit my reviews for each other and leave a comment. 1 extra entry per review.  Links to these are at the bottom of this post!

Jeffrey Stepakoff was raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he received a BA in Journalism. In 1988, the day after getting his MFA in Playwriting from Carnegie Mellon, he drove to Hollywood where he began writing for film and television.Jeffrey has “written by” or “story by” credits on thirty-six television episodes, has written for fourteen different series and has worked on seven primetime staffs, producing hundreds of hours of internationally-recognized television, including the Emmy-winning THE WONDER YEARS, SISTERS, WILD CARD, HYPERION BAY, THE MAGIC SCHOOL, C16: FBI, ROBIN’S HOODS, LAND’S END, FLIPPER, SONS & DAUGHTERS, MAJOR DAD, THE YAKOV SMIRNOFF SHOW, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, HAVE FAITH, SIMON& SIMON, and DAWSON’S CREEK where he was Co-Executive Producer.Stepakoff has also created and developed pilots for many of the major studios and networks, including 20th Century, Paramount, MTM, Fox and ABC. And he has developed and written major motion pictures, including Disney’s TARZAN and BROTHER BEAR, and EM Entertainment’s LAPITCH, THE LITTLE SHOEMAKER, Croatia’s selection for the 1998 Academy Awards.A few years ago, Stepakoff returned to Atlanta, where he lives with his wife and three young children, and began writing fiction. FIREWORKS OVER TOCCOA is his first novel. Presently, he speaks around the country, teaches dramatic writing at Kennesaw State University, and is hard at work on his second novel for St. Martin’s Press. In his spare time, he builds forts in living room with sofa cushions.

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Fireworks Over Toccoa ARC (signed)

Aimee Friedman was born and raised in Queens, New York, in an apartment filled with books and different languages. She wrote her first story at the age of five, and was off and running from there. Aimee wrote all through her years as a student at the Bronx High School of Science and then Vassar College. After graduating from college in 2001, she became a children's book editor, a job she still does, and loves, to this day! Aimee published her first novel, the New York Times bestseller,South Beach, in 2005, and is now the author of six novels for young adults, the latest being Sea Change, a love story with a hint of enchantment. Aimee lives, works, and writes in Manhattan, where she also spends way too much time shoe-shopping

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Sea Change hardback (signed)

Natasha Friend
April 28th, 1972: Natasha Friend is born in upstate New York, to an English professor father and a poet/actress mother, who, following the birth, writes a poem aptly entitled “Natasha,” which is published in the first issue of Ms. Magazine.
1974: Raised in a house without a television, young Tash discovers the entertainment value of books.
1978: Natasha begins dictating stories to her father, who types them up on his 1930’s Remington typewriter. Most involve rainbows, unicorns, and/or poor orphan girls discovering treasure.
1982: Spending most of her free time in the Hamilton Public Library, Tash finds her mecca: the Young Adult Section, and her hero: Judy Blume.
1984-1986: Despite both excellent fashion sense and athletic prowess, Natasha’s junior high years are fraught with one indignity and humiliation after another. (You know what I’m talking about Spanky Walsh.)
1987: Natasha’s family moves to Amherst, Massachusetts, where her parents divorce, a senior hockey player teaches her more than how to shoot a slap shot, and she documents every gory detail in a series of journals that she will later burn. (Regret! Regret!)
1990-1994: Tash attends Bates College, where she studies psychology, joins the rugby team, and spends a disproportionate amount of time in the football house, getting her heart broken. (At least she has the good sense to save every card, letter, and photo for posterity—and future primary source material.)
Summer 1994: Natasha works as a counselor at Camp Laurel and falls in love with a Citadel boy, which gives her the brilliant idea to apply to graduate schools only in South Carolina. They break up. A month later, Clemson University offers Tash a full scholarship for their English MA program—and a work-study job tutoring the football team.
1997: Natasha graduates from Clemson with a 4.0 and a creative-writing thesis entitled “Angels on Horseback and Other Tales from Camp Mattaqua.”
1998: Natasha moves to Boston, where she teaches English at Ecole Bilingue, and writes bad short stories on the side.
1999: Natasha makes eye contact with her blind date on the Green Line T, on her way to meet him. That night, she calls her mother to say, “I’ve met the man I’m going to marry.”
2001: Tash moves in with Mr. Wonderful, quits her teaching job, and starts writing a book.
2003: Son Jack is born. Three months later, Natasha receives a phone call from Milkweed Editions, saying that PERFECT has won the Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature and will be published the following year.
2004: Tash and lil Jack hit the PERFECT tour, and wear a lot of pink.
2005: At a teen author panel in Menlo Park, NJ, Natasha meets author/editor extraordinaire David Levithan, who asks what she’s working on next. Natasha sends David the first 80 pages of LUSH, then signs a two-book deal with Scholastic, Inc.
2006: LUSH hits bookshelves. Son Ben is born and is thrown promptly into his first book club.
2007: Natasha moves to Connecticut, contracts Lyme disease, and launches BOUNCE at R.J. Julia Booksellers. In a Lyme-infused haze, she signs a contract with Viking Children’s Books and proceeds to write a 300-page sequel to PERFECT, LUSH, and BOUNCE without showing more than ten pages to her editor. The result, NIGHT SWIMMING, is a disaster. But Natasha has already spent the advance money. And she doesn’t want to revise the manuscript. So she starts another book.
2008: Thanks to boatloads of antibiotics and a plea from her sons that she “make another baby—a girl—so she can write Mommy’s books,” Natasha gets pregnant with baby #3.
2009: Natasha’s due date and book deadline are within days of each other. She e-mails the manuscript to Viking just as she’s going into labor, delivering a book and baby Emma Scarlett, on the same day.

2010: FOR KEEPS hits bookstores!
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For Keeps (ARC)

Links to the reviews. Just leave a comment on the review pages to gain extra entry. 1 extra entry per review you comment. That makes 3 extra entries


Juju at Tales of said...

I love AF's Sea Change :)

Giada M said...

Too many interesting authors!>_<

elizabeth said...

I haven't read any books by these authors, but it is interesting to read about their lives!

Raíla said...

YAY!!! I'm so looking forward to both FOR KEEPS and SEA CHANGE!

Brodie said...

After reading your reviews, I want to read all three of these awesome books now!

Val said...

I have not seen alot of romance books written by men. I would love to read this, I am not being sexist lol I just haven't seen many. This story sound absolutely amazing.

Aimee Friedman
I love shoe shopping too. I would love to read more of her books.

Natasha Friend
These look like amazing reads. I think her books would make great girls night in reading books.

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Brianna Bruce said...

I want to read all of these!!

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