Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jennifer Laurens, Melissa De La Cruz, Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus 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 Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
(taken from here)
Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
When Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus met, they were both students at New York University and both working as part-time nannies for families on the Upper East Side. (Kraus was a native of the city; McLaughlin was from upstate New York.)

They didn't dream then that the shared experience that cemented their friendship would lead to fame and fortune as the authors of The Nanny Diaries, a fictional account of their years working in childcare.

"We wrote it for ourselves, really," McLaughlin told a reporter from The Washington Post. "We wrote it to share with our parents and our close friends. And we wrote it to see if we could."

The result was a scathing portrait of emotionally unavailable parents who obsess over private school admissions but coolly deflect the kids' hands when they come in search of a hug.The New York Times' Janet Maslin called it "perfectly pitched social satire."

And it struck a nerve with readers -- not only in New York City, but across the country and around the world. More than 2 million copies have been printed, and rights to the book were purchased in 32 countries.

"It was unbelievable to us," Kraus said in an interview withRocky Mountain News. "I don't think we ever wrapped our heads around it."

At the age of 28, the two were celebrity writers, able to devote themselves full-time to the task of co-authoring another novel. First, though, there were some hurdles to clear: their publishers at St. Martin's Press didn't want their second book, so a new agent got them a two-book deal at Random House. But the deal fizzled, and their much-publicized $2 million advance was rescinded.

Finally, they landed at Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, which published Citizen Girl, another satirical take on a young New Yorker's travails in the work world -- this time, a woman in her twenties who is fired from her feminist nonprofit and lands a new job at a dot-com.

"We set out to write something we had not come across," McLaughlin told Rocky Mountain News. "And we had not come across a book that takes a young woman through a professional odyssey, where the odyssey is 99 percent of the experience and her sex life is 1 percent of it."

The phenomenally successful Nanny Diaries was a tough act to follow, and some critics found the new book disappointing.USA Today suggested that the authorial duo might be a "one-hit wonder."

But other reviewers were positively buoyant about Citizen Girland the way its heroine struggles to hang onto her integrity, self-respect and feminism in a world of "Girls Gone Wild."

"Thank God for Citizen Girl," wrote Sacha Zimmerman in The New Republic. "Girl is a self-possessed, moral, intelligent, and open feminist who is not a militant-chic refugee from Lilith Fair or an NPR-tote-bag carrying blue-stater in a hemp dress. She isn't a loveable oaf like Bridget Jones who only obsesses over weight and boys and little else. McLaughlin and Kraus pull it off because they are so wry and so spot on."

McLaughlin and Kraus insist they aren't joined at the hip -- but they are good partners, and fans can expect their partnership to continue. "With any luck," wrote Emily Gordon for Newsday, "even if their next collaboration is a book about the pitfalls of creating a sane but beautiful wedding, the trials of loft buying or the stresses of professional pregnancy, they'll do it with panache."

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus
2 Dedication (signed)US ONLY
2 The Real Real (signed)US ONLY

(taken from her site)
Melissa De La Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloodsseries, the Ashleys series, theAngels on Sunset Boulevardseries and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthologyGirls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less andThe Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

Melissa De La Cruz
Van Alen Legacy; Blue Bloods Series book

Jennifer Laurens - Author of Heavenly
(taken from her site)
Jennifer Laurens
I've written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.
They say "write what you know" and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we've been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.

My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.

Jennifer Laurens
2 Heavenly paperback
1 Falling For Romeo paperback
1 A Season Of Eden paperback
2 Spiral Journals Real Angels DON'T Fall
3 Season Of Eden bookmarks
3 Heavenly bookmarks
1 T-Shirt Real Angels DON'T Fall
2 Posters 

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

Dont know what Birthday Phenomenon is? Check it out here


Raíla said...

Ohmygosh. I had no idea of how beautiful Jennifer Laurens was! I'm seriously looking forward to read Heavenly.

elizabeth said...

Jennifer's website is so great! I love her blog. I can't wait to read her books!

Melissa's website is cool because it shows a trailer for her latest book on the home page. I also like her event page because I found out she is going to be signing books near me in the future!

Emma and Nicola's website is awesome too! I like the cover of their newest book. I also like the layout.

bookaholic said...

Melissa's website is so nice...I love the look and the layout!
Jennifer Laurens' website is wonderful...she is so beautiful and her Heavenly looks so tempting :) Her book trailer is so lovely too..
Emma and Nicola's webpage is superb! It is so informative and cool!

ChickLitGirl said...

I like how Jennifer Laurens' site has pink in it.. haha I love pink! Plus Falling for Romeo sounds delicious.

Melissa's site has amazing and helpful info for writers! Thats one thing im always looking for.

The best site would be of Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus! Its much more official looking and prettier, if you know what I mean, plus I REALLY wanna read Nanny Returns. Oh Harvard Hottie!

ally said...

I went over to Emma and Nicola's site and what i liked most was the simplicity of it! Most sites have tons of things on the side and multiple sections *and i'm not saying that's bad at all* but this one was just one central box with 5 crucial sections. I must admit i LOVE them as authors =)

ally said...

hahaha! the comment for jennifer's site is too easy! i've been there tons and i'm a close follower to her blog =P! the colors are so CUTE! and it's very easy to navigate around it =)!

ally said...

Hands-down... the thing that stands out the most in Melissa's page is the banner with the outline of NYC and Central Park! VERY nice!

luiloth said...

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus - Their website is easy to navigate and I love the click and drag feature for excerpts from some of the books.

Melissa De La Cruz - I liked the "What’s Up Next" section on the top of the webpage making it easy to look for sequels and when they are due out. More info on new releases can be found at FAQs but I liked being able to quickly access it.

Jennifer Laurens - The top bar makes it quick and easy to find each page (and I found another book I want to read).

Erika said...

i love author blogs, so i really enjoyed reading jennifer's. i also liked that she had an author visits page, which makes it easy for bloggers (like myself) to contact her and schedule an interview.

i loved melissa's site. there was so much for me to enjoy! she organized everything so well- there was a separate section for trailers, there were pictures, she had advice for young writers, and she even put extra information on herself for those who were planning to do a report on her! i loved browsing through her site.

emma and nicola's site had a lovely layout. it was really easy to browse, and it was so cute.

Erika said...

Loved this! I have also chosen to give you an Award check out my blog to receive it and pass it on!

Amy J - Book Addict said...

For Jennifers site:

Love the colors of her site! Easy navigation and she is a sweetheart!

Amy J

Amy J - Book Addict said...

For Melissas site:

Her blog is so simple and the colors go perfectly with the books. I love her blog header with the moon and landscape silhouette!

Amy J

Amy J - Book Addict said...

For Emma& Nicola site:

The homepage is cute with the graphics! I like how you can read an excerpt of the books too!

Amy J

EVA SB said...

I love the clean spare design of Emma and Nicola's site and the 'Where We write' feature.

On Melissa's site I love the School Projects page where she gives so basic information about herself to help students writing book reports.

Jennifer's site has a clear simple design and I love that through her 'Author Visits' page she makes herself so available to chat.

Kimberly H. said...

I loved the pink and yellow colors on Jennifer Lauren's site, and I also liked that it was very easy to navigate.

My favorite part of Melissa's site were the book trailers!

Emma and Nicola's site was really cute! I loved the design! said...

Jennifer's sight is adorable, and the two most totally awesome things???? THE CONTACT PAGES! Boo-yah! ;D I really can't wait to read SEASONS OF EDEN!

Evgenia said...

Melissa's website is great! I like Advice for writers and Photo. I'm not writer but it was interesting and useful.

I like color style of Jennifer's site. It's lite and very rosily:)

Emma and Nicola's website was amazing. I liked simple colors and home page. Like picture is starting appearnot immediately

Emmagan said...

Jennifer's website i love the colors, and how easy it is too find information.

Emmagan said...

Melissa's website I loved the photo part of the site

Emmagan said...

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus website was nice to look at. the design was lovely

Tina said...

Wooow, the sites are amazing. Well, here I go:
- Jennifer Laurens's site is quite simple but it's cute. I love the cover of his new book (Heavenly).
- Melissa De La Cruz's one is very original with the party photos and all the book-trailers. I really enjoy watching them :)
- Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus's site is the most beautiful. I love the design, and it's great the way you can read an expert of the books.

So that's all! :) Thanks!!

Kate said...

Love these authors!

Jennifer Laurens: I like how accessible she is right from her front page, and she also lists all her books, even under her different names.

Melissa de la Cruz: Love the header, it is mysterious and cool just like her books!

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus: I love the web design so much. It is very cool and easy to get around.

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YA Vampire Books said...

I'm really digging the almost weekly contests Jennifer is hosting :P

On Emma & Nikola's website I'm loving the excerpt from Dedication you can read online. - Sounds really good!

On Melissa's website I was excited to read that there's going to be a spin-off series to Blue Bloods!

linz said...

+1 Melissa De La Cruz
I love the layout. It's so pretty. And I really like the shopping diary. Her photos are great too.

+1 Jennifer Laurens
Her main page is very nice. I like how the books stand out on the background and they link directly to amazon.

+1 Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
The fluidity of the site is great. Also, the book page is great. The whole site is very crisp and clean and beautiful.

Thank you to all authors. You are so amazing!

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I love the bright colors on Jennifer's sight it makes it really draw you in.
My favorite part of Melissa's sight is the night time scene at the top of the page.
Emma and nicola really do a great job in drawing the reader into the sight with the front page.

Precious said...

Jennifer's site: I liked how the books were presented. :) And how it links to where you can order it.

Emma and Nicola's site: I like the bio section.

Melissa's site: I liked her advice to young writers.

Brianna Bruce said...

Here's what I liked:

1. Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus's website caught my eye at first sight, when the cover of their latest book was 'sketched' before my eyes.

2. Melissa De La Cruz's banner was cool, and I enjoyed looking at her blog.

3. My favorite part of Jennifer Laurens's website was the fact that you could scroll through all of the novels that she had available through Amazon. I had no idea that she also used a pseudonym!

3 entries, please! Thank you so much!

Giada M said...

Jennifer Laurens' site is very cute with light colors and I like her blog where there are always great giveaways!

I like the Trailers and Photos sections in Melissa De La Cruz's site.

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus' site has a beautiful layout and I love the excerpts!

Giada M.

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Kailia Sage said...
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Kailia Sage said...

Jennifer Laurens--I like how her books are on her main page and the actually stand out!

Melissa De La Cruz-- Her site is great too! I love her photos and books page!

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus--I love, love the layout!

Readerly Person said...

I like the Writing Advice page on Melissa's site - you really get a sense of how she works.

I love the clean lines of Jennifer's site.

This may sound weird, but I love that Emma and Nicola have a page about where they write. I love seeing writers' habits like that.

- Rebecca