Posted by: deirdrea | February 18, 2010

Great ARC Giveaway Contest! Linger, by Maggie Stiefvater!

Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love — the light and the dark, the warm and the cold — in a way you will never forget.

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie’s blog.

Hi, everybody!

We’ve got a new podcast episode up! This one features debutante author Carrie Ryan, whose book, “A Forest of Hands and Teeth,” has gained many accolades, and will be made into a movie this year. It’s been rumored that Kristen Stewart may star as Mary.

And there’s a pretty cool book trailer out, too!

Plus, you can check out our podcast to learn more about Carrie and her writing! It’s short (34 minutes 20 seconds), it’s fun, and it includes tons of great ideas about books, movies, lawyers, zombies, etc. Even if you don’t particularly care for zombies, you’ll love it, I guarantee!

And remember, you can still enter our contest to win an ARC of Megan Whalen Turner’s new book “A Conspiracy of Kings.” All you have to do is tell us why you love Sophos! Scroll down a couple of entries if you would like to see the official rules!

Winter Bobcat, originally uploaded by Ignorance is living in Bliss.

Hi, everybody!

I thought you might enjoy this picture of one of our beautiful native wildcats today.

Also, there was a sad story in the local news recently. Two teenage boys, one 13 and one 17, were trapping bobcats illegally on government land, using leghold traps. If you’d like to read the article, it’s here:

Two things really bugged me about this. First, leghold traps are unnecessary and cruel. And secondly, the boys are quite young. I really don’t like the thought of young boys growing up to be cruel.

I’ve been reading a lot lately, and one of the things I picked up is Thomas More’s “Utopia.” I was reading it the same day I saw this story, and it really interested me that More said what St. Francis, Albert Einstein, and many others have also said, that people who mistreat animals are very liable to mistreat human beings, too.

Well, I’ll stop with the heaviness, for now. I hope you can enjoy the lovely photo!

Also, don’t forget! If you love Sophos, from the Queen’s Thief series, tell me why, and I will enter you to win an ARC of “A Conspiracy of Kings!” The complete rules are in the entry below, the one with the Renaissance art.

Enjoy, and stay well!

Posted by: deirdrea | January 15, 2010

Tell Me How Much You Love Him! (Sophos, that is…)

Portrait of a Young Man

Sophos, perhaps?

OK everybody, this is it! The Great Mount Kisco Library ARC giveaway! And the ARC we are giving away is Megan Whalen Turner’s A Conspiracy of Kings! Here’s what to do, to be entered in the contest:

  1. Post a response to this blog, telling us why you love Sophos
  2. Your response can be in any format you want! You can:
  3. Write a song
  4. Paint a picture
  5. Make a movie
  6. Write a letter
  7. Make a toy — whatever!

HOWEVER, all responses must be family-friendly (G to PG13).

ALSO, you can only post once. If you enter more than once, we’ll have to disqualify you.

You have from now until February 1st to post your entry. That way, you should get your ARC in time for Valentine’s Day!

And, believe me, it will be a big WRENCH for me to give this book up. I think you’ll really enjoy it! And if you don’t love Sophos now, you definitely will after you read the ARC!

What? You don’t think the painting I picked looks like Sophos? Well, how about this nice young man, from 15th century Italy!

A Youth, by Filippino Lippi

A Youth, by Filippino Lippi

Maybe not? Well, show us your idea of Sophos, and you could win our ARC!

Basil the Bookworm, originally uploaded by ApplesInMyBra.

Hi, everybody! Isn’t this photo awesome? I hope you enjoy it!

Some of you may know that we love books AND animals at the Mount Kisco Library, and we think the combination can’t be beat! So, we’re going to be re-starting our very popular “Read to Rover” program next Tuesday, January 12th, at 5:30 PM. It’s open to all kids who can read — come by the library, drop us a line, or call us, and you can sign up to practice reading to a dog!

And, on Tuesday, January 19th, we’ll be hosting a Community Conversation for families, sponsored by the New York Council for the Humanities! We’ll be reading and discussing an excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King’s “American Dream” speech, and finding ways to make the dream come true in our community! This program is open to students from 8 to 12 years old and their parents. It will be happening in the early evening, from 6:30 to 7:30.

Finally, I have some great news for “Queen’s Thief” fans! We are almost ready to give away our ARC of “A Conspiracy of Kings!” In my next post, I’ll let you know what you should do get a chance to win it!

That’s it for tonight — Happy New Year, and enjoy the snow (if you are getting it).

Check back in a couple of days for the ARC contest!

Hi, everybody!

I thought I would send you all this little angel for New Years. He’s from the Manor House at Hemingford Grey (aka Green Knowe) and I think he’s lovely!

I also wanted to let you know that I posted the 2nd half of our interview with acclaimed author, Megan Whalen Turner, today! Please give it a listen!

Posted by: deirdrea | December 30, 2009

Posted by: deirdrea | December 23, 2009

Christmas Greetings — Plus, an exciting new podcast episode!

Christmas Greetings, originally uploaded by deirdrej.

Hi, everybody!

Some of you might remember that last year I posted about my cousin Helen, who won an EEC wide art competition for high school students. This year, Helen has designed a beautiful Christmas card, which I wanted to share with you — (her school is using it as their official card!)
The colors don’t come out perfectly in my camera phone photo — but isn’t the drawing lovely?

For those who celebrate, I wish you a happy and blessed Christmas, and for those who don’t I wish you a joyous and peaceful new year!

In other news, we’ve got a new and exciting podcast episode up and running — an interview with Megan Whalen Turner, whose “Queen’s Thief” books have won all kinds of accolades and awards.

Here it is, if you’d like to listen:

Or, you can go to the podcast page.

That’s it for today, everyone! Stay well, and enjoy the day!

Posted by: deirdrea | December 17, 2009

A Conspiracy of Kings! And some other news

Hello, everybody! I hope you’ve all been well, this gray and chilly winter, and I wish you all lovely winter holidays!

I have just returned from my very first trip to Florida. I had a fantastic time, and saw the most awesome people, birds, beasts and flowers. Plus, our concert for the Lucia-fest was really beautiful! Dominique (our director) got a (VERY well deserved) standing ovation!

While in Florida, I made some new friends — look!
The Manatees' Lunch
Isn’t he beautiful? He’s a manatee, and his name is Buffet, he lives in the Sarasota Aquarium with his brother, Hugh, and a sea turtle, and, as you can see, he is very fond of Romaine Lettuce. I love him!

In other news, we received the ARC of Megan Whalen Turner’s new novel, “A Conspiracy of Kings” at our library, (YAY!) and I just finished reading it last night. So here is my completely spoiler free (I hope) review.

The cover of the ARC for Megan Whalen Turner's new novel

The cover of the ARC for Megan Whalen Turner's new novel, to be published on March 23, 2010

Megan Whalen Turner has done it again! A Conspiracy of Kings is a fast-paced, intricate adventure story, in which, once again, the plot is completely character-driven, and a thread of magic winds through the complex train of events in an entirely believable way. Here is a list of some highlights of the tale, which doesn’t (I hope!) give too much away.

I. We see ALMOST all of our favorite characters again. Especially those who rule nations (Well, I think any MTW fans would be able to tell that from the title ;-D).
2. MWT also introduces a few new characters, some of whom are beyond awesome. (Well OK, some are also exacrable, but in a good and necessary way).
3. Anyone who has read any of the promotional literature or blurbs will have gathered that the book is about Sophos. It is, and Sophos rocks!! (Incidentally, there was some talk of moustachios on some of the boards ’round about. Haters of facial hair, be at ease. Only previously bearded characters sport beards in this book — there is no new facial hair to speak of).
4. MWT’s writing has always shown great mastery of Point of View. This book is no exception. There are specific points of view, point of view shifts, deliberate breaks in the narration, shifts from narrative to dialogue — & they are all brilliant. I can guarantee, you’ll love Sophos’s narration, plus who he’s talking to.
5. Then there’s the psychology. I think you’ll be amazed at how Sophos’s situation, and his reaction to it, “fit” our modern world, too, and some of our own situations.
6. Plus, there’s the great MWT tradition of stories within stories. That’s here, too — and the stories are the best yet! I was laughing out loud!
7. And, there are dreams….waking and sleeping. But I’ll say no more about them, lest I say too much.
8. And there’s at least one “loose end.” But it is neither accidental nor annoying. The plot winds up beautifully — but I was left knowing that there was more to know, and content to wait another few years for the knowledge. ;-D

That’s it! My completely spoiler-free review! I loved the book, and I think you will, too. Of course, I did not see the final version, or the final art, which I understand will include a map. There is no map in the ARC, and I would have loved one. Which is another reason I’ll be very happy to see the published book in March.

BTW, everybody, if you’d like to find out more about Megan Whalen Turner’s books, or her fans, she has a website here:

And there’s a site for discussing her books here

That’s it for today, everyone! I hope you enjoy the photo, and the review, and I wish you very happy holidays!


Posted by: deirdrea | November 3, 2009

October Snow

October Snow, originally uploaded by melissajane307.

Hi, everybody!

You haven’t heard from me in a while, partly because so much has been happening that I hardly know what to start writing about. But, now that November is upon us, and most of the leaves are gone, I thought you might enjoy this photo of October snow in rural CT.

I’ll be back soon, with more pictures and lots of news!

In the meantime, enjoy!

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