Saturday, May 1, 2010

Catherine Fisher, Laura Bynum, Kathryn Erskine 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!

Kathryn Erskine spent many years as a lawyer before realizing that she’d rather write things that people might actually enjoy reading. She grew up mostly overseas and attended eight different schools, her favorite being the Hogwarts-type castle in Scotland. The faculty, of course, did not consist of wizards, although . . . how did the headmistress know that it was “the wee redhead” who led the campaign to free the mice from the biology lab? Erskine draws on her childhood—and her second childhood through her children—for her stories. She still loves to travel but nowadays most trips tend to be local, such as tennis courts, fencing tournaments, occasional emergency room visits, and the natural food store for very healthy organic chocolate with “life saving” flavonoids.
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Kathryn Erskine is sponsoring
Quaking paperack (signed)
Peace Magnet
Imagine keychain
14 quaking tattoos

Laura Bynum

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LAURA BYNUM was born in Springfield, Illinois (Land of Lincoln) in 1968. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, and earned an MA in Mass Media and Interpersonal Communications from Eastern Illinois University. She has extensive experience in marketing, corporate training and public relations. In 2006 she attended the Maui Writer’s Conference and was awarded its top prize—the Rupert Hughes Prose Award—for an early draft of VERACITY. She is currently at work on a second novel. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Virginia.
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5 Veracity hardback

Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher was born in Newport, Wales. She graduated from the University of Wales with a degree in English and a fascination for myth and history. She has worked in education and archaeology and as a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glamorgan. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy.

Catherine is an acclaimed poet and novelist, regularly lecturing and giving readings to groups of all ages. She leads sessions for teachers and librarians and is an experienced broadcaster and adjudicator. She lives in Newport, Gwent.
Catherine has won many awards and much critical acclaim for her work. Her poetry has appeared in leading periodicals and anthologies and her volume Immrama won the WAC Young Writers' Prize. She won the Cardiff International Poetry Competition in 1990.
Her first novel, The Conjuror's Game, was shortlisted for the Smarties Books prize and The Snow-Walker's Son for the W.H.Smith Award. Equally acclaimed is her quartet The Book of the Crow, a classic of fantasy fiction.
The Oracle, the first volume in the Oracle trilogy, blends Egyptian and Greek elements of magic and adventure and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children's Books prize. The trilogy was an international bestseller and has appeared in over twenty languages. The Candleman won the Welsh Books Council's Tir Na n'Og Prize and Catherine was also shortlisted for the remarkable Corbenic, a modern re-inventing of the Grail legend.
Her futuristic novel Incarceron was published to widespread praise in 2007, winning the Mythopoeic Society of America's Children's Fiction Award and selected by The Times as its Children's Book of the Year. The sequel, Sapphique, was published in September 2008.
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4 Incarceron paperback (ARC)

Author site links:(just click the name to visit the site)

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

You gain an entry for each authors site you visit and tell me about what you liked.

Dont know what Birthday Phenomenon is? Check it out here!


Brodie said...

I love Catherine's "Poetry" page - she has wonderful writing and I've heard such great things about Incarceron, reading it made me even more excited to get my hands on a copy of her book!

On Laura's site - all the blurbs on the main page! Okay, so I have a teeny obsession with reading blurbs and the recommendations other fabulous authors/reviewers give. Plus it gives me more of an idea what the book is about/what to expect.

The first thing I saw and loved on Kathryn's site was the picture of her with all these copies of her book! I enter 'lustful' mode when I see photo's that contain multiple copies of books. Or bookshelfs or just.. anything with more than one book. Excuse me while I go ponder the best way to break through my monitor and snatch one of those copies she's flaunting.

Kirsten said...


well , i loved to see that Kathryn has a blog ;) maybe i'll visit it later :)

i liked the motto of Laura: Be one with yourself and all things will come to you ;)

and i loved the banner of Catherine's web site :) it's beautiful


Charlotte said...

I loved seeing all those beautiful copies of Mockingbird at Kathryn Erskine's blog--what a lovely day for the author that must be!

and I loved the name of Laura's company--Ugly Girl Productions.

Visiting Catherine Fisher's site reminded me of how many other books she wrote, and how much I want to read them all!

YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

I really liked Catherine Fishers site! The colours are easy on the eyes and the content is easy to navigate! I also like that her latest release :"Incarceron" is front and center. I didn't have to go searching for the most obviousness items I was looking for!

Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Yay for author features! I've actually never heard of Veracity and Quaking, so they've definitely intrigued me. I agree with all the comments on how beautiful Catherine's website is, in all it's simplicity and soothing colors. As for Laura, her website is pretty as well and the premise definitely sounds like a great dystopian read! Plus, with chapter one... *goes off to read*

Thanks, and thank you to these great authors! :D

kstobias0385 said...

Kathryn Erskine's blog is kind of blah. Good content, but I need some eye candy! Checking out her books was the best part to me. Those covers are awesome!

Laura Bynum's page gives you the feeling that she's very into zen :) I wouldn't know, but does that translate into her writing? I may have to pick a book up and see for myself... But yeah, she has a nice bio. Especially loved her 8 word description of her life.

Catherine Fisher. Oh, how I want your books. I want them even more after seeing her bio page. ESPECIALLY The Oracle. So curious about that series. Greek and Egyptian mythology? Blended? Bring it!

Brianna Bruce said...

Please don't forget to include these entries for your giveaway! I've commented on nearly all of the extra entries posts, I believe. Thanks!

1. On Kathryn Erskine's website, I saw that in her blog she gives away great prizes! That's a plus : ).

2. Laura Bynum's website was scary and intriguing...I liked it! It fits with her novel perfectly.

3. As for Catherine Fisher's website, I enjoyed the nature theme of the home page (the leaves and such). It was tasteful, and I also can't wait to read Incarceron!

Erika said...

all three of these authors sound amazing! i cannot wait to read their work :)

in catherine's site, i loved how it was laid-out. it was simple, and it didn't take the focus away from the book.

in laura's website, i loved the colors and i really liked that she had a lot of reviews on the page. it was a lot of fun reading them, and made me even more interested in veracity. i also liked her tagline- so clever!

lastly, i liked that kathryn added really personal touches to her website. she constantly posts, which is great! her covers are really lovely, too :)

Inked Books said...

I love that Incarceron got a movie deal, I love Kathryn's word prompt, and I love Laura's Word Watch blog!


Val said...

Here are my extra entries

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Kathryn Erskine

Her "Quaking" book looks amazing. I also love that she went to a Hogwarts type school lol.

Laura Bynum
I love that her motto. SO true!

Catherine Fisher
I love that she also writes some poetry!!!

Shy said...

My extra entries:

Kathryn Erskine
I love music so much and I love the fact that Kathryn actually listed all songs she listened to whilst writing her novels. To me, this is a HUGE plus on her site!

Catherine Fisher
I love good website design, and Catherine sure has one! The colours are soothing and the layout itself is very organized, And she also has a page fully dedicate for Poetry! I loved it!

Laura Bynum
It is easy to navigate through Laura's site. She used a menu bar that makes it easier to see what she has on her site. And the motto for Veracity is just - chilling!


elizabeth said...

I liked the Q & A section on Catherine's website. It was fun to read through some of the questions and answers.

Laura's website was very colorful. I liked the use of the teal blue color. I also like how each section was spread out in syllables.

Kathryn's website was fun! I liked the Fun Stuff page with the playlists. I enjoy listening to what the author's listened to while writing.

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Kathryn: The playlist!

Laura: the navigation bar made it easy!

Catherine: The great design!

Tina said...

In the Catherine's site I LOVE the design, it very formal but it's lovely at the same time. I didn't know she writes poetry too!
The Laura Bynum website it's very cool. I found it original to put the tittles with dots between the letters.
And the site of Kathryn Erskine I like the fun stuff section, specially the recipe of Jessica's Apple Crisp MmmMmmM... It seems delicious :)

Precious said...

I like the poetry section in Catherine's site!

I like the look of Laura's site where the letters merge with the meadow background. Refreshing.

I like how Kathryn's site lists the events related to her and to her book.

ChickLitGirl said...

I loved how Catherine's site was simplistic yet really cool, and she writes poetry too! I loved that, since I really like poetry.
Laura's site was really eye catching. The blue theme is so pretty! Plus I like how the first page is focused on her book. I really wanna read Veracity!
I like how on Kathryn Erskine's site, she has this page for the music for her books. I love listening to music related to

Giada M said...

Catherine Fisher's site has this very cool section about Poetry!*_* And I love the layout!

Laura Bynum's site has beautiful colors and you can listen to the first chapter of Veracity! And you can read where she got the inspiration for Veracity. It's very interesting!

About Kathryn Erskine's site I love the Trailer, Fun Stuff and the Writing Prompt sections!

Giada M.

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Readerly Person said...

Catherine - the background. Stylish, inobtrusive but very present.

I love Laura's story about the writing of Veracity.

I think Kathryn's comparison of her boarding school and Hogwarts is great (as is the rest of her bio page.

- Rebecca