Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Adele Griffin, Beth Fantaskey & Janette Rallison Shout Out (EED)

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!

My favorite stories to read are also my favorites to write. I love ghost stories, mysteries, paranormals, historical thrillers, gothic Victorians, and anything that might start with a dark and stormy night. When I'm not writing, I am probably chasing down my two-year-old daughter through Brooklyn.


Adele Griffin is sponsoring
The Julian Game (ARC Signed)
The Knavehearts Curse; A Vampire Island Story paperback (Signed)

10 Random things about Beth Fantaskey

  • My favorite hobby is traveling the world - but my biggest fear is flying.

    Beth Fantaskey

  • My second-biggest fear is public speaking… but I’m a college professor (who sometimes teaches public speaking!)

  • I have two 5-year-old kids - who AREN’T twins.

  • My weirdest work experience was helping to “tan” deer hides using cow brains. (I was actually writing a magazine story about it.)

  • I’ve only been fired once, from a job as a bookstore clerk.

  • My best educational experience was doing research in India on the Dalit (“untouchable”) struggle for human rights. (Seemaarpu.org)

  • My worst experience, ever, was getting food poisoning while riding my bike from the Missouri River to the Mississippi. (My friend told me the chicken tasted strange…)

  • Whenever I visit a new country, I try as many ketchups as I can. (Best: Poland, Worst: China)

  • I am an uncommonly bad volleyball player… ask the team that ALMOST won a championship.

  • I also suffer from mild “ichthyphobia,” or “fear or fish.” I don’t bother trying to overcome that one!

  • Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side

    Beth Fantaskey is sponsoring
    Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side paperback (signed)

    Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as "an eccentric cat lady." She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family's fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.
    Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn't have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let's just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

    Janette Rallison is sponsoring
    My Double Life (ARC)

    To gain extra entries in the Birthday Phenomenon visit each Author and leave a comment about what you enjoyed about their site.

    (thats right you can get up to 3 additional entries today!)
    You gain an entry for each authors site you visit and tell me about what you liked. You choose how many you want to visit!!!

    Links to the Authors sites

    Adele GriffinDont know what Birthday Phenomenon is? Check it out here


    Erika said...

    i love janette's navigation bar. it's so organized, and it's great that she has a section dedicated to book trailers. it was also interesting reading the book questions.

    adele really showcased all her book covers, and since covers play a huge part when i buy books, i really appreciated that. i also loved reading the "your book report" section.

    beth's header was beautiful, and i haven't read either of her books, so reading through the excerpts was a lot of fun

    Tina said...

    In the Janette Rallison one I really like the book tailers, specially the 'Just one wish' one.
    The Beth's site is also great, and the wedding story of Jess ans Lucius is fantastic!
    And in the Adeke Griffin website I live the Early Work section. The works from ages 8-12 are supercute :) When I was younger I used to write and draw a lot, I really liked it!

    elizabeth said...

    Janette's website is cool because it has a Book Trailers section. I love watching trailers for books, so this is great!

    I love Beth's layout. It is great! I like how part of the cover for her newest book is used as the header. Very clever :)

    I also like Adele's header a lot. The About the Books section is also cool because it is easy to read what each book is about, so I like that.

    Shannon O'Donnell said...

    This birthday phenomenon stuff is beyond amazing, Liz! How on earth did you put all of this together?! :-)

    luiloth said...

    Janette Rallison - I liked the section for teachers and the discussion questions and book activities.

    Adele Griffin - I enjoyed the "Early Work" page. What fun!

    Beth Fantaskey - I loved the entries for the "Jekel Loves Hyde" book trailers (especially my 'wut?!' reaction to best vid at 0:56; classic spit-take until I realized I wasn't seeing what I thought I saw.) I'm still LMAO!
    Seriously, I really like her book covers and the color scheme matching the storyline. The green oozing out of the glass beaker for "Jekel Loves Hyde", and the red droplets for "Jessica's Guide to Dating".

    Amy J - Book Addict said...

    Janette: I like how all her books are displayed cleanly on the sidebar!

    Beth:I like the chapter excerpts on the homepage!

    Adele: I like how she is peeking through the blinds on her blog header!

    Amy J

    Andrea said...

    Janette's page is very clean and simple and easy to navigate. I love her bio, she seems like a fun and quirky woman. I love that there is a page all for book trailers (I'm a sucker for trailers)

    I am extremely jealous that Beth has traveled all over the world! I like how her header changed when you went to the Jekel Loves Hyde tab. Also I thought it was great that she did a contest for her book trailers.

    I love that Adele posted some pictures of her 'early work'. So cute!

    Elizabeth Morgan said...

    I love the fact that Janette Rallison has FAQ on the front page and also has book covers on the front page.
    On Beth Fantaskey has her book covers and back ground blend together so well. It really draws you into the site.
    my favorite part of Adele griffin is that she shows what book she has written on the front page so you can see what you are looking for.

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

    I love how much Adele Griffin's website has pictures throughout it@ Nothing like good eye candy! :) And I also really love the colour of the Julian Game...WOW. So its a bonus haha. And its easy to navigate!!

    My favourite aspect of Beth's website, handsdown, is the wedding of Lucius and Jessica!!! <3 I adore it :) Also that she has snippets of her book covers as her website headers :)

    Janette's site is very eye-catching and organised! It's neutral colours make it really easy to understand. And I LOVE the extras she has in her sidebar :)

    ChickLitGirl said...

    I LOVE that little 'Top 10 Reasons to be a Writer' on Janette's site.
    As for Beth's, the cover of her latest book, Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side is so GORGEOUS!
    As for Adele's site, the header is really funky, and totally eye catching. Love it.

    Precious said...

    In Janette's site I like the Top 1o reasons to be a writer. It's so fun and positive!
    In Beth's site, I like the "contact Me" part, she even invited people to meet up with her at Myspace.
    In Adele's site, i like the "Your Book report section."

    Evgenia said...

    I like Early Work in Adele's website. It's funny)

    I like general impression which produce Beth's site. Like something mystery and gothic.

    I like Extras in Janette's website.

    linz said...

    +1 Adele Griffin
    The early works are so cute! I love seeing her writings as a child.

    +1 Beth Fantaskey
    The wedding was amazing. I attended when it was going on! So fun and I like how it was all wrapped up nicely. The scheme is really pretty too.

    +1 Janette Rallison
    The extra scenes are really cool. I like reading the outtakes, seeing what was removed during the editing process.

    Thank you all!

    EVA SB said...

    I love Adele's 'Early Works' page and her 'Book Report' page is very useful.

    I love Beth's '10 Random Things About Me'

    I love Janette's Extra Scenes

    Brianna Bruce said...

    Here's what I liked about the websites of these authors:

    1. Janette Rallison's format was clean, something that is great to see. When I see formats that are messy and look unprofessional, I cringe, but hers was nice.

    2. Beth Fantaskey's website had a mysterious, almost ominous flair to it, which I thought, from what I've heard about her books, fits perfectly.

    3. Adele Griffin's' website-the first thing that you notice are all of the book covers! They captured my attention at once. I also loved the creative pic of the author peeking through the window!

    Please add three more entries for me! Thank you so much!

    Giada M said...

    In Janette Rallison's blog I like the Book Trailers section and the Top 10 Reasons to be a Writer!

    Beth Fantaskey's site is lovely and I like the Jekel Loves Hyde Trailers!*_*

    Adele Griffin's site has a cute layout and I love her Early Work section!^O^

    Giada M.

    fabgiada @ gmail.com

    Kailia Sage said...

    Janette Rallison-- It looked very nice, organized and more professional than a lot of websites I've seen!

    Beth Fantaskey--I love the layout colors and such! I also love the JESS AND LUCIUS GOT MARRIED! pages!

    Adele Griffin-- I love how her books and covers are on the front page! it really catches your attention!

    Readerly Person said...

    Janette: "A place for...desperate students looking for book report information." Ha! Loved this.

    I love the 10 random things page on Beth's site - is it okay to say I also like her name? Fantaskey! That's just great!

    I love the "Early Works" page on Adele's site. So funny!

    - Rebecca