Thursday, May 6, 2010

April Lurie, Lisa Schroeder, Jame Richards 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!

Image of April Lurie
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I now live in Austin with my husband and four kids. Yes, four. Crazy, I know. I went to Hunter College in Manhattan, and worked several years as a NICU nurse. I began writing for teens in my mid- thirties and have been doing it ever since. It's the best job in the world.
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April Lurie is sponsoring
the Less-Dead hardback

Lisa Schroeder
I'm Lisa Schroeder, an expert juggler of all things in life including work, family, writing, cooking and cleaning, but when my arms get tired, you'll probably find me curled up in the corner with a cup of tea and a good book.

I'm the author of the young adult novel I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, published by Simon Pulse. I also have a picture book published by Sterling titled BABY CAN'T SLEEP.
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Lisa Schroeder is sponsoring
7 I Heart You, You Haunt Me bookmarks (signed)
7 Chasing Brooklyn bookmarks (signed)

I'm a writer of young adult historical fiction in verse.My debut novel Three Rivers Rising is due April 13, 2010

I wanted to be an artist when I grew up. Mostly visual arts. Adults informed me there was no market for pencil-on-paper drawings, and even less for crayon-on-coloring-book pages. (I know, right! Why not?) I wasn't very good at painting. So, I thought I would wind up a fashion designer---funny, because writers spend a lot of time in their pajamas. Maybe I could've been a pajama designer.
In a casual, off-hand way I did think I would write a book or two, you know, in my spare time. Then I read Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great, and slammed headfirst into my real reading life. Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself changed me forever---it was the first time I believed the main character was someone I could reach out and touch. (Of course, that reaching out and touching would have had to happen in the 1940s, but still.) After that, I thought for a while that I wanted to be Judy Blume when I grew up. Sadly, the job was already taken. 

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5 Three Rivers Rising postcards (signed)
1 Class of 2010 bookmark (signed)

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.

Links to the Authors sites

Dont know what Birthday Phenomenon is? Check it out here


Erika said...

i really like the autumn theme of jame's website. fall is my favorite season, so that was great. i also love the kid picture of her, and how she lists what she loves and hates. that was really interesting to read.

i liked that lisa's site was really easy to navigate, but my favorite part was the "boring things" in her about me section- it was a unique way to describe herself.

april's site was just amazing. i love how it was so eerie- it went so well with her book!

elizabeth said...

April's site was beautiful. I loved the forest design. I also liked the site intro. It was very beautiful.

Lisa's site was great. I loved the Fun Stuff page. The videos were fun to watch! I loved the video where she talks about Edward Cullen.

Jame's site was great. I liked the About Me page where she listed smells and sounds under Love it or Hate it. I also liked her Superpowers list.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I love the way Jame included a photo of herself as a child and asked the "what did you want to be when you grew up" question.

I visit Lisa's site often and I love everything about it.

April's site is so creepy - I love it! The dark background and the tombstones are awesome! :-)

Brodie said...

I love the Bob Dylan quote April has on her site! The whole theme is great - the intro totally set the mood for the book. Which urged me to go read the description for The Less Dead, which sounds fantastic!

I love the design with the flowers on Lisa's site. I'm reading Far From You at the moment and I LOVE her writing! I especially liked the "For Writers" page on her website. Because who wouldn't want some advice a woman ho has managed to perfect the art? (in my humble opinion, which is 100% correct).

I totally love the side lists Jaime has on her About Me page. It gives a quick, insightful look at her personality and her more in depth answers making up the bulk of the page were equally interesting!

All three author's novels sound amazing!

linz said...

+1 Lisa Schroeder
I really like the fact that Lisa has her books seperated for teens and kids. I also like the fun stuff page: book trailers, videos of herself, and a playlist.

+1 April Lurie
I love the intro page: the music, the dark colors, the cemetery. Very creepy, but very cool.

+1 Jame Richards
I like her calendar, how simple and organized it all is. It makes it easy to see where she's going to be and what she's going to be up to.

Go authors!

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Jame site:
I liked her pic of her when she was younger! LOL I also like how she has reviews posted on her site!

Lisa site:
I like how all the trailers are on one page. Makes it easy to look at each one!

April site:
I love the front page! So spooky and intriguing!

Amy J

EVA SB said...

On Jame's blog I love the autumn colour scheme but best of all is at the side of her about page where she lists her likes, her hates and her superpowers. Such an original idea.

Lisa's website is quite a surprise being a social networking site. I did get lost after visiting her blog but I liked being able to find a list of her books in such a simple layout.I think it is very important to have the target age stated clearly not buried somewhere in the text.

Another lovely layout at April's site. And I love the family photos along with the bio - plain lump of text can be a bit dry.

Emmagan said...

Jame site i just love the simple feel of it, the colors and the photos.

Lisa site i love how you hover over the text and it turns yellow.

April site is very pretty looking

Tina said...

In the first one (Jamie Richards) I like her calendar, she's so bussy! I think it's great that the autors go out making conferences and that kind of things :)
In the Lisa's site I love the desing, the letters, the flowet photos,.. it transmits vitality and hapiness! :)
In the April's one, I've to admit that I get a bit frightened with the front page, the spund of the bells, and all send shivers down my spine hahha, but the site is great!

Precious said...

April's site is beautiful! I liked the Bio section. Sometimes words arent enough to say something. SHe included pictures.

I like the organized layout of Lisa's site. Makes everything easy.

I love Jame's book section, it had all the blurbs and reviews.

Jame said...

So great to get feedback on my website---what a great idea!


p.s. Good luck to everybody.

ChickLitGirl said...

I love the beautiful autumn theme of Jame's site.
Its calming and here casual pic has just the right touch on it.
I really like how Lisa's site features a 'for writers' page on her site!
The creepy graveyard pic on April's homepage of her site is really interesting. It made me check her books out. Cant wait to read the Less Dead!

Giada M said...

Jame Richards' site has a simple and elegant orange layout and I like the Calendar.

Lisa Schroeder's site is colorful and veryyy lovely. I like her Fun Stuff section.

I like the Visits section in April Lurie's site.

Giada M.

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Brianna Bruce said...

1. Jame Richard's website reminded me of a hot cup of apple cider. It was so warm and fall-esque.

2. While Jame Richard's website brought the season of fall to mind, Lisa Shroeder's website screams spring! I liked the contrast of that (although I'm sure they didn't plan that!)

3. Oh, April Lurie's website was so eerie! What with the picture and the sound effects, it nearly sent a chill down my spine. And I love that! : )

+3 entries, please. Thank you so, so much!

Readerly Person said...

I really like the simplicity of Jame's site.

And Lisa's site is just CUTE. All capitals there.

I really like the Bob Dylan quote on April's site. Totally fitting.

- Rebecca