Monday, May 3, 2010

Jennifer Hubbard, Amy Brecount White, Christina Meldrum 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!

Jennifer R. HubbardI grew up in New England and came to Philadelphia at the age of seventeen. Except for a six-month stint in Atlanta, I have lived in the Philadelphia area ever since. I am a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through, a chocolate lover, and a hiker. I walk every day, and hike on weekends when I can.
I’ve been writing since the age of six, when I used to write and illustrate my own picture books. (Fortunately, none of those early efforts have survived, unless my parents are hiding them for future blackmail plans.) In high school, I considered it fun to come home from school and write novels. My grandfather worked at a printing plant that produced spiral-bound notebooks. Any flaws in the printing or binding process would land the notebooks in the company store at a steep discount, so I always had plenty of notebooks on hand. Now I write on a computer most of the time.
I will read almost anything (see the lists below for some of my favorite books); I prefer to write short fiction and young-adult novels. I had my first short story published when I was seventeen, but it took me many years to write well with consistency, and I continue to learn more every year. My short fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as Willow Review and North American Review. (See “Publications” for more.) My first book is a contemporary young-adult novel called The Secret Year.

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5 The Secret Year bookmarks (signed)
1 Julia's miniature journal from The Secret Year
Amy White
(taken from her site)Amy Brecount WhiteFrom ages 0 to 9, I moved every two or three years all over the country, which I like to think made me adaptable and open to new places, people, and ideas. We lived in San Francisco, Virginia Beach, Albuquerque, N.M., Lexington, K.Y., and Dayton, Ohio. The library was one of the first places we found anywhere we arrived. I’ve always found a home in books.

It really never occurred to me that I could be a writer until I was in college. I always thought I’d do something more “practical,” with a guaranteed salary. (Believe me, there are no guarantees in writing.) When I ditched the practical by majoring in Great Books at the University of Notre Dame, I began to think about writing as a sideline.
My first paid writing job was for a health newsletter in Charlottesville, Va., where I was earning my M.A. in English at the University of Virginia. My first published piece of writing was about … uh … constipation. No kidding. I like to think I’ve come a long, long way.
Along that way, I’ve taught English literature and writing to middle and high school students and won a teacher of the year award. I’ve written lots of articles – mainly forThe Washington Post – about fun things to do in the greater Washington area. I’ve also written a lot of essays about things I care about, such as my faith, reading aloud to children, and protecting the environment.
Now I live with my husband and three kids and Jessie the wonder dog near some woods and a stream in Arlington, Virginia, which is the inspiration for my second novel tentatively titled, String Theories.

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Amy Brecount White is sponsoring
9 large bookmarks (signed)
6 small bookmarks
4 pins
7 postcards
1 Language of Flowers; Kate Greenaway used in the book by her MC (signed by Amy Brecount White)

Christina Meldrum
Christina Meldrum received her Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and political science from the University of Michigan. After working in grassroots development in Africa, she earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. She has worked for the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a litigator at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling. She currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family and is on the advisory board of Women of the World Investments. MADAPPLE is her first novel.
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2 Madapple hardback

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.

Links to the Authors sites
Amy Brecount WhiteJennifer R. Hubbard
Dont know what Birthday Phenomenon is? Check it out here!


Precious said...

Awesome! I loved Madapple! I just finished it. After reading her work, it was hard to discern what was real anymore.

Marnise said...

HEllo, well this is my entree. Ive visited all the sites in this order.

I love the picture first off. and that the site is connected to all of her events and to her blog.

it is also simple and easy to navigate.
Christina's is very creative. I've never come across a authors page like this. Right from the start her page draws me in with the colors and the displaying book feed.
Amy's page is also simple but cute. I like the interview she has up with kathy E. I actually subscribe to it!!!

Anyway thats my opinions on the blogs at first glance.

Can't wait for the Birthday Phenomenon!!!

marnise (+3 votes)

elizabeth said...

I love looking at author's sites, so these posts of yours are fun!

+1: Jennifer's website is awesome! I love the picture on the home page with the waterfall. Very beautiful. I also like her Blog. I love it when author's have their own blog :)

+1: Amy's website is so much fun! I love her Language of Flowers section. It was fun to read about what my favorite flowers mean.

+1: I liked that gallery section on Christina's website. It is interesting to see all the different plants that are associated with her book.

I'm excited for your giveaway!!!!

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Erika said...

oh gosh, i've been wanting to read all three authors' books! hahaha! that made visiting their sites even more fun :)

i liked christina's layout. i love how she tiled the images and the navigation buttons- so neat, yet so cute! of course, the cover of madapple is a league of its own.

for jennifer's site, i really loved reading her blog entries! they were all so interesting. i particularly enjoyed reading about the writing myths :))

i liked amy's header. she really did pay homage to flowers, with her language of flowers section. that was really interesting, and useful, too

Andrea said...

Jennifer's blog entries are so informative and interesting to read. I also noticed that she put WILLOW as one of her fav reads, which is also one of mine!

Amy's site was so simple and clean and stream-lined. Very easy to navigate.

Christine's site really does a good job of accenting her novel! Including the gallery of plant images was a great idea!

Courtney Barr - The Southern Princess said...

Okay seriously this is by far the most awesome birthday extravaganza! I am loving all your post!!! You are introducing me to a ton of new books that I am dying to read!!!

As always love to stop by! ;o)

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Kirsten said...

I loved the picture of the waterfall in Jennifer's site ;)
Amy's site is beautiful with the flower and everything pink on it ;)
Christina's page is also great, with all the different colours and pictures ;)

I'd love to read all their books :D


EVA SB said...

I loved Amy's clutter free design with colours to match the book and her Language of Flowers page (though next time I wished she'd include more of my favourite flowers in her books :0)

The waterfall on Jeniifer's homepage was stunning and I appreciated the fact that she listed not on her books but also the publication where we could find her work.

On Christina's blog the photographs, and the where she included them in her blog design, were amazing.[@]gmail[.]com

Charlotte said...

I loved reading the writing tips at Jennifer Hubbard's blog, and also found a new book there for my list-- Restoring Harmony, by Joelle Anthony.

Amy Brecount White's blog about the interestion of floral events and book selling was lots of fun!

And it was great to find out that Christina Meldrum has a new book coming out!

linz said...

All of the authors in your huge Birthday Phenomenon are so generous and giving. They deserve a ton of praise.

Jennifer Hubbard - I loved the nature theme and the fact that she freely gives away bookmarks to anyone who wants them. You just click and bam! Instant bookmark.

Amy Brecount White - The Language of Flowers section of her site is so cute! It tells you what every flower means; perfect when giving flowers as a gift so you don't give the worng message (a striped carnation to your husband? a marigold to an expecting mother? not so much)

Christina Meldrum - The whole fluidity of her website is amazing. It's so beautiful. But I really liked the gallery of flora for Madapple. Gives so much insight to her book. And the gorgeous pictures come with info on the plants. Even better.

Val said...

Jenniffer R Hubbard
I love that she considers herself a night person as well who loves to sleep through mornings. I completely agree. lol
I really want to read The Secret Year

Amy Brecount White
I love the part of her site that lists all the flowers and their meaning.

Christina Meldrum
Love that she had a book voted best Book for young readers in 09!

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Shy said...

These are what I like from each authors' sites"

Jennifer R. Hubbard
I love that she's using frame on her site since this make navigation a lot easier. It is really simple and I think sometimes that's all we all need.

Christina Meldrum
Wow, the layout for her site is just AWESOME. The colours, the graphics and the fonts used are just very attractive. I especially love the "gallery" parts.

Amy Brecount White
Clean and simple - this is what I enjoyed most here. And it is pretty clear from her site that Amy has something with flowers.


Brodie said...

Three authors with three books I am yearning to read! Forget-Her-Nots and The Secret Year were already on my wishlist, but I only read a review about Madapple the other day and wow. It sounds amazing!

I love the waterfall on Jennifer's main page. I love seeing anything related to nature, it's so inspiring. I was reading through a few of her posts on her livejournal and really liked the one about secondary characters. Very helpful and made me think more about that in my own writing.

When I visited Amy's site a while ago, the first thing that caught my attention was The Language of Flowers page. And I still love it! I find it really fascinating to learn the meanings of each flower. I love lilies!

I'm in love with Christina's main page. The design, the pictures, the colours - it all works and it all looks awesome! Then I click the gallery page and more LOVE! Oh my sweet petals, how pretty are they. So inspiring to look at! Oh yeah and did I mention her book sounds amazing?

Amy J - Book Addict said...

Jennifer: I love the bright flower!

Christina: I like her homepage. It looks like a scrapbook layout!

Amy:The pink and white looks so simple but snazzy!

Amy J

Tina said...

OMG! The Christina Meldrum design is prefect! I love it!! The gallery section is also great, all the photos are fantastic!
The site of Amy is nice, and the section of the meaning of the flowers it's just GREAT! I love it.
In the Jennifer's one, I like the quotes of the day, they're nice :)

Tina said...

OMG! The Christina Meldrum design is prefect! I love it!! The gallery section is also great, all the photos are fantastic!
The site of Amy is nice, and the section of the meaning of the flowers it's just GREAT! I love it.
In the Jennifer's one, I like the quotes of the day, they're nice :)

YA Vampire Books said...

Three interesting authors you got there!

I love the beautiful waterfall on Jennifer Hubbard's website.

The Language of flowers on Amy Brecount White's website was really interesting!!

I love the design of Christina's website, and it was interesting to read that she's been working in Africa and Schwitzerland! :)

Precious said...

I loved the simplicity of Jennifer's blog.

I liked the artsy and colorful organization of the pages at Christine's sight.

AMy's site is filled with wonderful interviews.

ChickLitGirl said...

The best of them all was Christinas website! Its so pretty and funky, the homepage! Plus she herself is gorgeous!
I guess I like how Amy's site is pink. I love pink! Haha. Her blog is really nice too. Its quirky and funny.
I like how Jennifer's site is really simplistic.

Giada M said...

Christina Meldrum's site has a beautiful and colorful homepage and I love the gallery (flora of madaplle).

Amy Brecount White's site has the interesting section about The Language of Flowers and a lovely blog.

About Jennifer R. Hubbard's site I like the layout (it's green!*_*) and her interesting blog.

Giada M.

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Brianna Bruce said...

1. I love how so many of the elements of Christina Meldrum's new novel Madapple (the cover, at least) were incorporated into her website. It was so interesting to see.

2. Amy Brecount White's layout was pretty and pink and feminine. I thought that it had a very sweet effect.

3. Jennifer R. Hubbard's website was green and fresh, what with all of the floral graphics included on the home page.

Three extra entries! Thank you! : )

Readerly Person said...

Christina - the site design. One of the best I've seen! It's colorful, evocative, and easy to navigate. Totally sets the mood of the book!

I loved the "Language of Flowers" page at Amy's site. I guess I'm just a sucker for pages that have to do with the writer's research and specific book knowledge.

I love that Jennifer has a page for the writer blogs she enjoys!

- Rebecca