Monday, April 19, 2010

Melissa Walker & Laura Bynum Shout Out Day (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. So what better way to thank them, then stopping by their sites!

To Gain the extra entry you must visit BOTH authors site and tell me what you enjoyed about the sites!

Today's Shout-Out is Laura Bynum & Melissa Walker

(taken from her site)
  About Laura

         Laura Bynum was born in Springfield, Illinois in 1968. Childhood plans to be a writer of novels and screenplays and a director of films are currently underway. Laura completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communications at the University of Illinois at Springfield and Eastern Illinois University respectively. She’s since done some filmmaking (Ugly Girl Productions) and marketing consulting. In 2006, Laura won the Rupert Hughes Literary Writing Award at the Maui Writer’s Conference. As a result, she was signed with the Writer’s House. Her Literary Agent is Dan Conaway and her Books to Film Agent is Sylvie Rabineau of Rabineau, Wachter, Sanford & Harris. Laura’s first novel, Veracity, is due out January of 2010. In the summer of 2008, while moving from Illinois to Virginia, Laura was diagnosed with breast cancer and has since been successfully treated.

Laura’s favorite books are both by Steinbeck- East of Eden andThe Grapes of Wrath. Her favorite song is Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel. Her favorite movie is The Quiet Man. She lives with her husband and three daughters in a small Virginia town in the Shenandoah foothills and is currently writing her second novel and first full-length screenplay.

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Laura Bynum is Sponsoring 5 copies of Veracity Hardback

(taken from her site)

Melissa Walker is a writer who has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. All in the name of journalism, she has spent 24 hours with male models andattended an elite finishing school for girls in New Zealand, among other hardships.
In late 2008, she launched I Heart Daily with fellow ex-ELLEgirl Anne Ichikawa. It's a daily newsletter about likable stuff.
Melissa lives in Brooklyn and has a BA in English from Vassar College. She would tell you her SAT scores too, but, you know, the math part was hard.

She loves meeting teenagers, and is game to speak at your library or school about writing, books, fashion, magazines or pop culture (but, you know, in a smart way). 
Check out the offered presentations, and get in touch to discuss.
Violet on the RunwayViolet by Design and Violet in Private(Penguin), are a trilogy. Look for Lovestruck Summer(HarperTeen) too!

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Melissa is sponsoring Lovestruck Summer Signed

As I was saying before to gain an extra entry please stop by BOTH authors site and tell me here what you loved about them!

If you have not entered in the Birthday Phenomenon and don't know what I am talking about click HERE!


brizmus said...

I unfortunately don't have time to go visit their sites right now, or I might burn my dinner (so no extra entry for me). But I totally LOVED Veracity! Laura Bynum is awesome!

Giada M said...
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Giada M said...

About Laura's site I love the colours and it's also very easy to navigate. I have known more about her and her book Veracity (both writing and inspiration).
About Melissa's blog I love the interesting posts and I could learn more about her books!

Giada M.
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Elizabeth said...

I love that laura posted a sample chapter so I could see what the book was about
I love Melissa's writing section !

Robin K said...

The design of Laura's site is fantastic. What a fun site to browse. Bravo to the designer. The audio chapter of the book is a very cool addition to the site.

Melissa is a new author to me. I loved the article about Surviving Extreme Mortification.

Thank you for sharing these links!

Debbie F said...

I loved their sites! Count me in on this one - sounds wonderful! thanks again

I'm a new follower! Love your site too!

dcf_beth at verizon dot net

elizabeth said...

I loved the colors on Laura's website. Very eye-catching and beautiful.

Melissa's website was fun too! I like her blog the best.

pirate_pony2 at yahoo dot com

bookaholic said...

I loved the Laura's website and the way in which site has been laid out!It's very beautiful!And Melissa's blog is so cute!I so love the recent post about the Mia trilogy!The covers are so sweet!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I loved the colors on Laura Bynum's site. My favorite thing, though, was the way her tabwords were broken into syllables - so cool!

My favorite thing about Melissa's was her profile pic. I want a slice of that pizza. :-)

Andrea said...

I really loved the design of Laura's site. Very pretty and easy to navigate. As for Melissa's site, I learned that she went to Vassar which is where I grew up! Small world.

a.canosa at yahoo dot com

Kirsten said...

I loved yhe blue design of Laura's site :)and Melissa looks like a very nice person ;)


Hannah S said...

Oh, I LOVE Melissa Walker!
I already religiously read her blogs... :)
And I Laura Bynum's site because of the colors and the fact that the pages tabs are broken up into syllables.
Love, Hannah S.

Kailia Sage said...

Laura's Website: I love the colors and the way it's all put together looks so nice. I like how the menu in spelled out in syllables...
Melissa: I like the color scheme and how it makes the website look so nice and simple. I also learned of her book Lovestruck Summer, which is now on my TBR pile!

Emma Kate "Coops" said...

Cool websites!

I LOVED that on Laura's you could LISTEN to the first chapter! (Seriously, how cool is that? Never, ever seen that before!).

And I loved that Melissa's site was so interactive. There were so many links to visit and it was also set out a little like a blog - LOVE that :)


skyla11377 said...

I Liked How Laura's Site Matched Her Book Cover In Terms Of Color. It Was Also Kool How Some Of The Tabs Looked Like They Were Made To help You Sound Out The Word Like you Would Get With A Dictionary. Melissa's Site Is Very User Friendly. I Loved The Fact That She Has Worked As ELLEgirl Features Editor And Seventeen Prom Editor Because That Makes Her Seem More Approachable Which Is What You Want To See in A Book Author.


bianca_riot said...

Laura has a very welcoming blog, i love the left side how you can see writing, and the header that has a mix green/aqua with blue colour. I loved the a-bout Ve-rac-i-ty -how the tabs are written how they would be said.

Melissa, has a nice simples blog, that seems easy to navigate. I love how her introduction is very informative, and i loved her humour "she would tell you her SAT scores, but, you know, the math part was hard" :)


Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

First off, both of these books sound fantastic, and I really hope I'm a winner! EEK!

I loved Laura Bynum's layout! Not to mention, she has a quote from one of my fave blogs, The Book Smugglers! So exciting :) I'll be thrilled the day, if it ever comes, that an author displays my quote on their webpage, or goodness, in their book!

I like how Melissa Walker displays not only her work in books, but also her stories from the magazines she works with! Her layout is simple, yet elegant, and I think it's cute.

Thanks again for the great contest!

joder said...

I like on Laura's site how she has the links in her header written like how you'd see it in a dictionary with each syllable separated.
On Melissa's site I was intrigued by her former teen magazine jobs. That's very cool.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

jellybelly82158 said...

What I like about Laura's site is the saying "Th only thing more dangerous than the spoken word is silence."

What I like about Melissa's sit is that she has a section with her writing when she had published in different magazines.

Julie S.

Okapi said...

Melissa has a very pretty website that is easy to navigate. The whole thing reminds me of a pink pastry. It's also very informative ---> I had no clue that she worked for ELLEgirl and Seventeen!

Laura's website has a very cool scheme. It's really majestic with its blue and greenish tones, that match the cover of her book Veracity. Her website made me want to explore it even more, and I found myself reading the first chapter of Veracity.

- Okapi

InABox said...

I really enjoy the Cover Stories on Melissa's blog and how Laura's site is seamlessly integrated with Veracity. Word Watch is cool too.

KC said...

I love that Laura took real events as inspiration for Verasity!

Melissa's website, I Heart Daily, is so cute anf un to read!

EVA SB said...

I've read Melissa's for quite a while now. I love her chatty style, snippets about her life and her book recommendations. One of my favourite blogs.

This was the first time I'd visited Laura's site. I listened to the first chapter of Veracity.. Wow!! I was blown away.
Thanks for sending me in her direction.

Brodie said...

I love this Shout Out feature you do. The contest is AMAZING and giving thanks to the incredible authors helping to sponsor it is awesome :D

I loved the "inspiration" page on Laura's site, because I always find it so interesting to see how and when a story first got it's 'spark'. I'm about the read her first chapter now!

And I loved the "writing" page on Melissa's site - I never knew she wrote for magazines! I have a copy of Lovestruck Summer coming, so I can't wait to read it!

Erika said...

laura's site design was simply breathtaking!

and melissa's site was adorable. i love how everything matched. her writing section was also a good idea, i think, because her talents were truly showcased :)

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Laura: The colors are amazing!!!

Melissa: I love how she has links of how to find her in so many places!

Amy J

Tina said...

In the first one (Laura Bynum) I love the colours and the way it's structured. And in the Melissa Walker's site I love the desing and all her book covers are just FANTASTIC! oH...they're so cute!

ChickLitGirl said...

I love all the stuff about Melissa on her site. Shes so cool! Worked in all those mags, written amazing books AND shes pretty. The site itself is pretty cute too. Not overly simple, but just right.
Like I said on another post, I like how Laura's site is so blue, and has her book featured on the homepage.

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

I love that Melissa's blog is so COOL!!!! I'm going to spend horus reading it - it looks like so much fun! :)

I liked that Laura had sections on writing, Veracity's inspiration and chapter one of her book! :) Nice little extras there :D

Brianna Bruce said...

I don't think that this is my second time reposting this; the other time it didn't work. If not...

1. Melissa Walker's website had a nice layout with pleasant colors, but

2. Laura Bynum's website was my favorite of the two! The colors of her layout and the graphics were rich and intense, perfect for her new novel, Veracity.

+2 points. Thanks!

Brianna Bruce said...

Oh, and if my message did show up twice, I'm sorry. Thanks!