Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lisa Grace, Maria Semple, Jeaniene Frost & Chloe Neill 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)Maria SempleMaria Semple spent her first two years in Spain where her father had gone to write a play, but instead ended up writing the pilot for the TV series Batman. They packed up for Los Angeles, where Maria mainly remembers being driven around the hills in a Mercedes convertible with the latest Stephen Sondheim playing on 8-track. Wanting to expose the children to a change of seasons, her parents moved the family to Aspen in the early seventies. There, Maria became an expert skier, pot-smoker and delinquent. She was sent away to boarding school at Choate Rosemary Hall and loved every minute of it.
College was at Barnard, where Maria had big plans of becoming a novelist or an English teacher. Those dreams got derailed when she sold a movie script to Twentieth Century Fox just after graduation and moved to LA. She got into TV when her friend Darren Star-- whom she'd met on the ski slopes in Aspen years earlier-- gave her a job on Beverly Hills 90210. Thus began a fifteen-year career in television, writing for good shows like Ellen,Saturday Night Live, Mad About You and Arrested Development. And bad shows nobody needs to know about.
She had a baby and quit television. When it was time to get back to work, she resisted Hollywood and gave novel-writing a try. THIS ONE IS MINE is the result. Writing it was the most fun work experience of her life.
Maria Semple

This One is MINE paperback

 (taken from her site)
Chloe Neill
I was born and raised in the South, but now make my home in the Midwest, just close enough to Cadogan House and St. Sophia's to keep an eye on things. When not transcribing Merit’s and Lily's adventures, I bake (a lot!), watch entirely too much television, root for my favorite college football team (Go Big Red!), spend time with friends, and play with my dogs, Baxter and Scout.

Chloe Neill
Firespell book (signed)

(taken from her site)
Jeaniene Frost
Jeaniene is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Night Huntress series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to thirteen different countries. Jeaniene lives in Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she swears like a sailor, rarely cooks, and always sleeps in on the weekends. Jeaniene and Matthew are the proud parents of Gypsy, their very spoiled dog who believes Jeaniene’s only purpose in life is to cater to her. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cookbooks frighten her. Jeaniene is represented by Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

 Jeaniene Frost
4 Night Huntress Series bookmarks
2 business cards
4 bookplates (signed)

Image of Lisa Grace(taken from her site)
Lisa Grace
Lisa Grace lives on the waterfront along the west coast of Florida with her husband and daughter. "When the summers get too hot, we migrate to our cabin in the northern woods of Wisconsin along with our golden retriever and our pet opossum. We leave our manatee, dolphin, and porpoise at home in the gulf, somehow they manage to get along just fine without us," Lisa says. 
Lisa Grace
Angel In the Shadows hardback (signed)
Makeup Glamour Brush Set from Mary Kay Cosmetics ($28)
Mary Kay Triple Action Lip Enhancer ($15)

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

Lisa Grace

Jeaniene Frost

Maria Semple

Chloe Neill

Dont know what Birthday Phenomenon is? Check it out here


Giada M said...

Lisa Grace site layout is very cute and I could read Angel Excerpts! Can't wait to read the entire book!*_*

In Jeaniene Frost site I could discover more about Night huntress books and there's a section with podcasts and videos! And the site is green (and I LOVE green :P

Maria Semple site has a very simple and at the same lovely homepage. I like it because it's easy to navigate.

What I like about Chloe Neill site is the International Covers
& Release Dates section. And I love her blog with always interesting posts!*_*

Giada M.

fabgiada @ gmail.com

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Lisa sounds way cool. That's exactly the life my husband and I strive for.

ChickLitGirl said...

Jeaniene's website is awesome. The green and black background is perfectly eerie, and projects the themes of her books flawlessly.
Maria's website is really fresh and calming. I love the single book quote on the home page, and that picture.
Chloe's website is nice and simplistic. The covers of her book look really fun and sassy, I would really like to read them!
I like the eye catching background of Lisa's site and that quote 'The difference between vampires and angels? Angels are real.' os so true!

elizabeth said...

I like Lisa's background with the lightning. I also like that she has an exerpt of her book on her website.

Jeaniene's website is great. I like that her sidebar is full of News.

I liked that on Maria's website she has Cleverly Inked listed under the Friends link. That is awesome! I also liked reading her About page.

Chloe's FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS section is great. I really enjoy learning a little bit more about characters after I read a book.

Andrea said...

I love that Lisa's site is set up like a book and that the forums are easily accessible.

I like how Jeaniene has listed her news all the down the sidebar.

I LOVE Maria's site! The photograph on the homepage is beautiful and really sets the tone for the rest of the page. It's streamlined, easy to navigate and has a great color scheme.
I also like how each time you revisit the homepage, the quote changes.

Chloe's site was very simple and easy to access. You could find whatever you were looking for.

bookaholic said...

I love the simplicity of Maria's blog. And I absolutely adored her 'Friends' section...you are so lucky that you get to be a part of it!!

I love the 'Extras' section on Chloe Neill's blog. Her music list is so cool!

Jeaniene Frost's header is very interesting with the full moon and graveyard shadows...spooky!

luiloth said...

Maria Semple - Fun! (F5, F5, F5) Me, refreshing her home page trying to read all the sentences. I liked the colors and enjoyed the little details; the rotary phone is the same shade of orange as the banner on her contact page.

Chloe Neill - The .pdf printable book list is a great idea making it easy to find the information on when each book was released and which series it belongs to.

Jeaniene Frost - I liked the dropdown links on her beautiful banner. My favorite page was the one about the Night Huntress Creatures mythology.

Lisa Grace - I like the "book style" of each page, the forum for posting Angel Sightings, the videos, (the gorgeous guy on the cover is Judas?!).

Emma Kate "Coops" @ Whats Cracking Coops said...

On Maria's site, I liked that she had a "Friends" page which included some great links. Including yours! :)

On Chloe's, I liked her FAQ's. They were really good, really relevant questions to aspiring authors.

On Jeaniene's, I really liked the "bookshelf" feature she had on her sidebar! It was really good to get an idea of what she was reading :)I also liked that she included agent contact info.

On Lisa's, I enjoyed the video! :) Also very easy to navigate through amazon.

Elizabeth Morgan said...

I love the lightning in the background of Lisa's site.

The front page is awesome and moving. Love the View of the picture Maria has.

It is so nice to see when you come to a website and the books are on the front page. Chloe does an awesome job with that.

EVA SB said...

On Lisa's site I liked reading the scripts for the web audition.

I like the layout and design of Jeaniene's site. It is very easy to navigate. And I liked her creatures FAQ.

On Chloe's site I thought the printable book list was a great idea. And I liked the extras page especially the music playlist.

The design of Maria's site is so simple and effective. I also love the splash screen with different quotes everytime you refresh the page.

brizmus said...

So many amazing authors have contributed to your birthday phenomenon! awesome! Maria semple's page is cute! I love the orange telephone on the contact page!

Chloe Neil writes two novels a year (wow!)

Jeaniene Frost has the coolest cover ever. Creepy beautiful graveyard with that awesome moon and the super cool font!

Lisa gRACE is looking for an agent to represent her historical thriller. Good luck, Lisa!

mountie9 said...

I actually went to her site a couple of weeks ago to find out her contact information to request a book for my raffle. The site is wonderful and easy to find what you are looking for -- and she is sending me a signed book for my raffle at
contestmom AT hotmail DOT com

YzhaBella (aka Kate) said...

Wow,. I can't get over the generosity of these authors! So many have contributed for your Birthday Event! Happy Birthday!

I like how Jeaniene Frost's site has everything "now" right ton the front page! I also like how she has a few trailers posted there!

Chloe Neill's site is very informative, but I could really have fun sprucing that one one!

Cheers peoples!
Kate aka YzhaBella

Tina said...

About the Lisa's site I like the book layout I think it's very original. The Jeanie Frost's website is really cool. I like the frontpage because it's very visual and atractive.
Then, the Maria Semple's web is very clear and well-structured. I also love the friend's section, I like to know new blogs :)
Finally, in the Chloe Neill's one, I LOVE the extras' section, specially the buttons and the music playlists.

Brianna Bruce said...

1. Lisa Grace's website was spectacular. Lightning graphics=amazing!

2. The layout of Jeaniene Frost's website was dark and mysterious-perfect for her books, I bet.

3. Maria Semple's website was my favorite. I loved the picture with the sentence that I assume came from one of her books (I am going to have to check out this author's work!)

4. Chloe Neill's website was fresh and neat, which was nice.

Four extra entries, I believe! Thanks so much!

Brodie said...

Ooh I love the excerpts page on Lisa's site - I've been interested in her novel so I'll be reading that in a minute!

On Chloe's site - the international covers page. I love seeing the different cover designs each country has for novels, so that was cool!

On Maria's main page, "I'm a jailed crazy, a sobbing drunk in the garden, a diseased pirate, the scorpion king of Venice. " made me LOL. I like that she had a "Friends" page (which I saw a link to your site on!), some great links to check out!

I love the Writing Resources on Jeaniene's site, such a great help!!

Kailia Sage said...

Lisa Grace-- I love the layout and simplicity of her site!

Jeaniene Frost-- It is so original! Making the graveyard green with a single tree and a full moon!

Maria Semple- I like the colors and the home page with the picture and the sentence form one of her book (?)

Chloe Neill-- I loved her FAQs

Readerly Person said...

Okay, this is influenced by the weeping angel episode of Doctor Who, but my favorite thing about Lisa's site? The angel statue in the top left.

Jeaniene's header is great - clean, eerie, pretty.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE the different quotes that pop up on Maria's site when you refresh. That is a great idea.

Chloe's site is clean, simple, easy to navigate - a refreshing break from crazy too-much-going-on sites.

- Rebecca