Friday, May 21, 2010

Kristen Tracy, Heidi Kling, Lindsey Leavitt & Christine Johnson 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!

(taken from her site)
Lindsay Leavitt 
Lindsey Leavitt grew up in Las Vegas and now lives in Alabama with her husband and three small daughters. Although she has been a substitute teacher and a homecoming princess, she has never been a substitute princess. Yet. She’s still scanning the Want Ads…
Lindsay Leavitt 
6 Princess For Hire bookmarks (signed) 

(taken from her site)
Heidi R. Kling
Born and raised in California, I grew up all over the Golden State, changing schools every few years as my parents moved searching for the ‘ideal’ spot to raise their family. From very early on, I discovered a love of writing and creating—whether my words were in the forms of songs or poems or neighborhood plays. Even if I was at a brand new school, I always felt at home putting pen or marker or crayon to paper.

In high school I discovered acting and was cast in the role of the whimsical Clarisse in the spring production of Fahrenheit 451, a dystopian story of a world without books; a bleak and disturbing future where books are banned—burned by fireman—and preserved only through people’s memories.

This story changed the way I viewed life and I decided I wanted to be a writer. For real.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz—an enchanting college nestled among redwood trees overlooking the Pacific Ocean—I was introduced to the amazing world of literature. I studied Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway, and along with my merry band of creative writing hopefuls, helped save the creative writing major from being extinguished by a grouchy old professor who said, “No good books have been written this century, why have a creative writing major at all?” (True story!) Because of our protest, they ended up reinstating the major and I earned my degree in both literature and creative writing. My YA short story, “Dear Mr. Moon” was published in a college anthology the year I graduated.

After college, I wrote and directed for my own children’s theatre along with then multi-talented boyfriend/now husband. Those were magical years watching my words being performed on the stage, being surrounded by engaging and talented teens and kids, living so close to the inspiring sea.

Sadly, the curtain had to fall when we relocated to New York for my hubby to attend medical school. Not a huge fan of change, I was terribly homesick for my beloved California, but found myself working in the most eclectic jobs of my life: a nursing home activities person and a costume shop employee. Many shenanigans ensued. My creative energies sparked back to life, I applied for a spot in the MFA Writing for Children program at the New School. My imagination leapt picturing myself hanging out in hip, Greenwich Village coffee shops with edgy, beret-wearing writers. Turns out my imagination wasn’t that far off—though beret-sightings were few and far between—I did find the perfect setting to practice my voice and learn more about the genre of writing that seemed innate to me: writing for teens and young adults.

It wasn’t until years later, after our son was born and we were living back in California, that I started writing the novel that would become SEA. And I wouldn’t take back even one day of the journey getting here

Heidi R. Kling
14 Sea bookmarks

Christine Johnson, author of 'Claire de Lune'
(taken from her site)
Christine Johnson
I grew up in, moved away from, and finally came home to Indianapolis, Indiana. While I was in the “away” part of that adventure, I was living in Chicago, Illinois, where I went to DePaul University and met my husband. I majored in Political Science. For the record, Political Science is a totally useless degree. But it’s also totally fascinating and I loved studying it. I fall into that trap a lot. I graduated with about nine million extra credit hours because I was forever taking classes that seemed “interesting” instead of classes that I needed to fill requirements.

After college, I lived in Chicago for several more years with my husband. I had a string of jobs – some I liked, some I hated, but none of them ever stuck with me as a career. Writing is different. For this job, I could be a workaholic! Anyway, after several more years in Chicago, my husband and I moved back to Indianapolis. (We got tired of constantly looking for street parking in Lakeview.)

Now, I live in an old house in an old neighborhood with my husband and kids. I have too many books and a weakness for anything sweet. I love yoga and cooking, but I’m not much of a movie person. I like watching soccer, and always look forward to the first sweater-worthy days in the fall. But mostly, I like making things up and writing them down and having people read them. So, that’s what I do, and I’m very, very lucky to be doing it!

Christine Johnson
6 Claire de Lune stickers

(taken from her site)
Kristen Tracy
My name is Kristen Tracy and I wrote Lost It. This is my first novel for young adults. I've also written a lot of poetry. Some of it's on the web. (If you find any of it, keep in mind that I invent about 50% of the material in my poems.) My second teen novel, Crimes of the Sarahs,was released in Spring 2008 from Simon Pulse. My first middle-grade novel, Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus, was released in Summer 2009 from Delacorte Books for Young Readers. My third young adult novel, A Field Guide for Heartbreakers, is coming out from Hyperion-Disney on June 1st, 2010. My second middle-grade novel, The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter, will also be out in 2010.
Kristen Tracy
A Field Guide For Heartbreakers ARC (signed)
Lip Smuckers Lip Frosting

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


Erika said...

kristen's site was a lot of fun to browse through. her about me section wasn't a typical biography, it was more like an interview, so it was very fun to read.

christine's side had a lovely layout that went well with her book, and i liked that. i also liked that she has a contact form- they make authors so much easier to contact!

heidi had a beautiful banner,,and it was nice that she featured some reviews for sea on her blog.

lindsay's site was so adorable. i loved that princess for hire had its own standalone website full of fun features. i really liked the old hollywood section!

elizabeth said...

I like how Kristen's website has all of her books on the homepage.

I like Christine's layout. I love the color and the leaves.

Heidi's layout was also beautiful. I like the header with the girl to the side and the waves in the background. Her Links section makes it easy to follow her.

Lindsey's website is fun to look at. I like here header and layout with the dandelions.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Happy Friday, Liz! I have an award for you at my blog today! :-)

ChickLitGirl said...

Lindsey's site was nice. I liked the Awesome Stuff part of it, where shes posted about a lot of freebies and things!
I think I've said it before, but I really liked how I could read about Sea, on Heidi's site, right on the home page!
I LOVED Kristen's site! Its so fun and bubbly looking! All her book covers are adorable, and I really would love to read 'a field guide for heartbreakers'!

bookaholic said...

Kristen's blog is so sweet and simple. I love the font she uses in the header.
I love everything blue in Heidi's blog...very nice.And her header is cool.
I love the cute colorful fireworks in Lindsay's site.
Christine's site is so cool...that dark,violet,mysterious feel...loved it!

Kate said...

Christine Johnson: I love the background for her page. It is sooo 'Claire de Lune'

Heidi R. Kling: Every time I frequent Heidi's site I just stare at the header. The girl is mezmorizing and fits 'Sea' so well.

Lindsay Leavitt: It is very fun and cute! The dandelion header is creative!

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luiloth said...

Lindsay Leavitt - Her website is a lot of fun. I liked the PRINCESS FOR HIRE quiz and the Old Hollywood page.

Heidi R. Kling - The website's banner is very pretty. It was interesting to read about her book, Sea’s journey to publication and how it was inspired by her husband's suggestion to write it.

Christine Johnson - I love the colors and the turquoise graphic of her name, especially the "C" with the moon through the clouds imagery that matches the cover of the book, Claire de Lune.
I also like the links for blog posts about werewolves.

Kristen Tracy - I liked the book page with the blurbs and the recommended age group for each book.

Tina said...

They're really cute. The Kristen's site is clear, and the photos are nice! In the Christine's one I love the design, it goes perfectly with the book (Claire the Lune).
I think I've already enter to the Heidi's site, well I like the layout a lot, and the trailer of Sea is great. In the Lindsey Leavitt's web I like the princess for hire section. It's absolutely cute and gives a lit of information about the book :)

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I like how Kristen shows her books on the front page.

I love the colors of Christine Johnson's webpage.

I love the bright colors of Lindsey's website.

Brianna Bruce said...

Here are my thoughts:

1. Lindsay Leavitt's design was simple yet sweet. I loved the dandelions!

2. Oh my goodness, Heidi R. Kling's website was breathtaking. I loved the sea theme (I'm addicted to anything, especially stories and artwork, that's related to the sea), and it was mystical and gorgeous. Fabulous!

3. Christine Johnson's color scheme for her website and the designs perfectly complemented her novel Claire De Lune, setting an amazing atmosphere.

4. Kristen Tracy's website was quirky and zippy and I loved the covers that she featured on the home page. I definitely want to read her novels now, just seeing the covers, although I know that you're not supposed to judge a book by that :)

I think that's four points. Thank you so much!

EVA SB said...

I love Lindsey's Awesome Stuff. Not only does she list interviews on blogs and podcasts but even giveaway posts for her books.

I love how on Heidi's Books page she explains how she came to write Sea.

I love the design and colour scheme of Christine's site.

I like the way that Kristen 'talks' to us on her site - writing all the prose as if it is a conversation.

linz said...

Kristen Tracy
I really like her bio. It's really neat and asks random questions, which are always the best.

Lindsey Leavitt
The old hollywood page is so cute! Seeing the past stars is great.

Heidi Kling
The press kit is great. A little of everything!

Christine Johnson
Her background is realy pretty. It's dark and mysterious, but it matches her book.

Giada M said...

Kristen Tracy' site has a beautiful homepage with lovely pics. I love the colours.

Christine Johnson's site has a beautiful blue layout and in her blog I could watch her book trailer.

I love the sea theme in Heidi R. Kling's site and her book is already on my wishlist. The trailer is awesome.

Lindsay Leavitt's site has beautiful bright colors with an interesting Awesome Stuff section and Newsletter.

Giada M.

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ChickLitGirl said...

Forgot to mention Christine's site!
I LOVEEE the colors on hers. The blue, with black and purple is gorgeous.

Brodie said...

Kristen's design is so cool, I love it! The colours and it just has that... funky, cool vibe to it. I that she has all her books on the main page too - a few I didn't realise she wrote, so I'm glad to have found them.

Heidi's site is just gorgeous. Blue! And what a beautiful blue theme. I so can't wait to read Sea. And I love her trailer too, Vania is miss-amazing-trailer-maker!

Do these authors all have special contacts with super amazing website designers? Lindsay's site is awesome! I love the colours, I love the feel - it's fresh, it's modern, I love all her links up the top. The books, P4H site, awesome stuff.

I reeally want to read Claire de Lune. I love the title and come on.. it's about werewolves. That says it all! I like the dark blue theme she has on her site and her blog! I didn't know she had a blog. I must follow it!

Kailia Sage said...

Kristen Tracy--I loved browsing through her site! I also liked how her bio was in the for of an Q and A!

Christine Johnson-- Loved how her background went so well with her book!

Heidi R. Kling--I loved the blue theme that gave us the feel of the ocean!

Lindsay Leavitt-- It was so cute! I loved the dandelions and the colors and how her bio was in a form of questions!

Readerly Person said...

I love love love the Dear Reader at the beginning of Lindsey's website - so cute!

Heidi's header is awesome. Period. End stop.

I really like the leaf styling around Christine's name.

The best thing about Kristen's site: "Do you really think bear safety is important? -- Absolutely."

- Rebecca