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Befriended: Pip Harry on Rowing, Friendships, and Passion

(Woo! We have an actual feature icon thanks to our buddy, Alex, who also is responsible for our site design.) We’re back with another BEFRIENDED chit-chat with one of my favorite Australian authors, Pip Harry. She’s responsible for writing two books I’ve loved/devoured/wanted to kiss and hug, Head of the River and I’ll Tell You Mine. When I […]

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September 5, 2014 - 11:30 am

Alexa S. - Reading about Pip’s rowing experience was so fun! I loved hearing about her years involved in the Head of the River competition, both as a coach and as a participant. It’s great that she learned things she can apply to the other parts of her life too!

An Interview With Author Laura Nowlin

Happy Friday, friends! This morning I was so excited to share my review of If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin. I couldn’t stop myself from prattling on about the million and a half reasons I loved Laura’s story. It’s lovely and so beautifully written — I just wish I had a smidgeon […]

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March 30, 2013 - 10:42 am

Laura Nowlin - Magan, your questions were so well thought out and interesting! And your review is making me blush! I’m so glad RBR was the first stop on my blog tour.

March 30, 2013 - 10:17 am

Magan - Aneeqah, I’m so glad! You should definitely read If He Had Been With Me. Absolutely! Don’t be nervous for what happens. Really, the writing is just so dang good. I completely agree — love that true love was depicted instead of something that’s overly romanticized. Thanks for stopping by!

Alexa, I loved reading her answers too. I re-wrote my questions about 50 million times because I just had so many to ask. I loved the book so much! So glad you’ve added it to your TBR!

Lisa, YAY! I am so glad! I loved that too — that the story was more than just a story for Laura. I love how personal it was. Whoa, buddy. Read it soon, please?

March 30, 2013 - 12:01 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - This interview is making me even more exited to pick this novel up!! I’m already nervous for the tragic ending that at’s the end, and I love how emotionally conflicted the author was when she sat down to write the scene. I can only imagine how hard it was! This romance also sounds so authentic, and I love how the author tried to show what true love is.

Fantastic interview, you two! I can’t wait to pick this one up now! <3

March 29, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved reading what Laura had to say about her book. It really, really sounds like a book I’d want to read – and it’s already been added to my TBR 😉

March 29, 2013 - 11:41 am

Lisa [is busy nerding] - What a great interview! You can tell you loved the book from the questions (and from the adoration statements, ofc) but hearing Laura’s responses and her deep connection with the story and characters makes me want to read this all the more! Hooray!

Celebrating Release Day with Author Marisa Calin

Twitter has an amazing way of connecting people. Not only have I had the pleasure to make some wonderful friends through 140 characters but a few weeks ago as I was reading an August release, Between You & Me, I sent a tweet to the author to tell her I could not put it down. A […]

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August 16, 2012 - 2:35 am

Emilia S. - I am in soccer and creative writing clubs. My favorite is the creative writing club because I get to work with others on different writing themes. We just did a really awesome haunted themes and coming up with different types of nightmare short stories.

August 15, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Makaela - I was in the Mad Science club back in the 90’s. I loved it. I was also in a book club for advanced readers. I loved that too. I hated/was too shy to talk to people, individuals or any type of theater. I really haven’t changed much.

August 12, 2012 - 6:38 pm

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - I am so intrigued by this book and cannot wait to read it!

Theatre was absolutely my favorite! My favorite role was Kate in a mash-up of several Kate/Petruchio scenes from Taming of the Shrew. I got some crazy bruises and jammed my finger on my acting partners’s forehead (whoops!) while practicing the stage combat, but it was such a blast!

August 12, 2012 - 2:40 pm

Magan: Shelve It -- August 12, 2012 - […] and non-fiction upcoming releases + A review of The Lonely Hearts Club by Elizabeth Eulberg + We’re celebrating Marisa Calin’s Release day with a giveaway + A review of Call the Shots by Don Calame Related Posts :Estelle: Shelve It (8/5/2012) Magan: […]

August 12, 2012 - 3:47 am

Anary - Well I think my favorite extracurricular activity when I was in HS was joining different contest;essay writing,singing,or a drawing contest and being the head of our choir:))

August 12, 2012 - 12:02 am

Rebecca - I LOVE this post! It’s so nice to hear that you met up and had a great chat. It’s always nice to connect with authors 🙂 My favourite extra curricular was probably art. It was relaxing and fun.

August 10, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Jasmine Rose - I really wasn’t an extra-curricular type of person. The only sport I ever liked was track & field and the only reason I did that was so I could run hurdles. I hated all the extra running besides my 100m hurdles 😛

August 9, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Diannosaurreads - My favorite extra curricular activity was probably tennis. It was a pain though playing in the summer since it got so hot 🙁 but it was still fun!

August 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Nisha - I would have to say my favorite extra curricular activity was volleyball. Got to hang out with my friends and have some fun.

August 9, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Anni - Love this interview (you have such a way with words!) and I’m excited to pick up Marisa’s book.

August 8, 2012 - 7:58 pm

Joy @ Book Lagnaippe - I loved this post. How great would it be to just be able to sit down to coffee with an author and just talk…amazing.

I was the overachiever. I really enjoyed Spanish Club, French Club, Choir, Drama, and BUMS (Bearcats United in Making Spirit) which would make all the posters for sports games to hang in the halls and the fields and decorate the lockers of the players.

August 8, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Wendy - In high school, I loved to tutor middle/elementary students on their homework. I felt extremely satisfied that I was helping someone understand how certain things (math, reading, etc) worked.

August 8, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Hemborgwife - Well from in 9th grade it was drama then the sophomore you had a lead role in the play dumped me and I was mortified to go back! After that is evolved into more of the juvenile delinquent category of sitting outside Starbucks and being really loud with my friends or going to the beach and eating! Well and other things that are best left to 2002!

August 8, 2012 - 12:06 pm

Cassie K - Probably Art and the Novel! I really liked it. It was at the end of the day, last period. You brought whatever book you were currently reading, and you would read for about 30 minutes or so, then you draw one of the scenes that you were reading on a piece of paper, and you had to make it look like what you saw in the book. Then when you were done, you had to present your art and explain why you chose the scene and what’s going on in it. It was a great class overall!!! 🙂

August 8, 2012 - 12:33 am

Kristen - Oh, what a great interview! I feel like I was sitting down next to you and Marisa at the coffee shop. Such a fun way to get to know an author. 🙂

I was home schooled, so pretty much everything was extra-curricular (haha!). It would probably be piano though. Love music.

August 7, 2012 - 11:50 pm

Liz - Amazing story, I love this. I love how social networking connects authors and readers, and this is probably the best example of that I have seen. It’s back stories like this that make me want to read books I otherwise wouldn’t think of.

August 7, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Amazing! Estelle, I am so excited that you went out to lunch with her! How fun! I swear, we book bloggers are so lucky to be able to have all these cool experiences. Marisa sounds so nice, and I can’t wait to read her book! Happy release day to her!

In school, I was a major choir girl. I loved, loved, loved being in every single choir I could cram into my schedule. I was in three of them my senior year alone. It was my main identifier, and some of my best high school memories come from that time in high school. 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 11:00 pm

Jessica - My favorite activity was Key Club. It was a volunteering club and was tons of fun! And I’m so jealous that you got to have lunch with Marisa! It sounds like you guys had a great time 🙂

August 7, 2012 - 10:20 pm

JennyC - Art club or the band:)

August 7, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Jessica Celina - Favorite extra curricular activity?
Could it be the chemistry lab? I hate sports!

August 7, 2012 - 8:56 pm

VeganYANerds - I think it is so fantastic that you and Marisa met up, twitter really does bring people together!

My fave extra-curricular activity was our yearly activity month, we got given a huge catalogue and got to pick a different activity for each week, it was so much fun and a great way to start the summer.

August 7, 2012 - 8:52 pm

The Bumble Girl - Oh my, this has to be one of the most nicest, well-written and sincerest posts I have ever read! It is so awesome that you were able to meet with Marisa – she seems so sweet and genuine. I cannot wait to read this book!
Hmmm, my favorite extra-curricular was ‘Selected Chorus’ in middle school. We were hand-picked and were the only ones to get solos for concerts 🙂 Made me feel really special!
Thanks for the giveaway!!!

August 7, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - That is SO awesome that you got to meet up with Marisa!! I think that’s so neat that she met up with you. =) She sounds like a totally awesome person, and it also sounds like you had a blast Estelle. I’m definitely looking forward to reading Between You and Me now! <3

August 7, 2012 - 3:31 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Of course, two hours later, I realize that I didn’t tell you what my favorite extra-curricular was in school haha. It was drama! I was very involved with the drama club, everything from backstage working with sets, props and scripts to onstage acting. So much fun!

August 7, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Caroline - My favorite extracurric was choir, followed closely by soccer :)The book sounds really good, thanks for the giveaway!

August 7, 2012 - 1:17 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Wonderful job with this post E! I think it tells the story of you and Marisa meeting quite beautifully. It also sounds like you had a fabulous time!

August 7, 2012 - 10:34 am

Rachel @ hello, chelly - I already told you this over IM but I love this entry! It’s so well-written and it’s awesome that you got meet her! I will definitely check this book out 🙂

Sweet Summertime Reads: Fall in Love With Melissa Walker

Happy Sunday, friends! Thanks for continuing to follow along with our Sweet Summertime Reads feature with Tara and Ginger! Today I’m deviating from our usual Shelve It post to spotlight an author I’ve fallen in love with, Melissa Walker. Watch my short vlog to find out why I love her books so much and then […]

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June 18, 2012 - 3:40 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Melissa Walker is such an interesting personality! I got to meet her recently at the Summer Love event at Books of Wonder (which I went to with Estelle) and talking to her made me even more psyched to read her book. Great interview!

June 6, 2012 - 6:33 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - I love Melissa Walker, SO MUCH! Thanks to you Magan & your undying affection for it, I recently read Unbreak My Heart and it totally broke my heart in the best way possible. I adore that novel, so so much. I loved what Melissa had to say about the gray areas. I find this to be true. OF COURSE cheating is wrong, but there is always so much to learn and grow from. Every story is different. I am happy to see a YA novel that touches on this in a positive way. Great interview!

June 3, 2012 - 10:45 pm

elena - Aw, Magan! I know how much you love this book and I really need to read it so I can love it too. I love her reasoning for the sailing. I never thought of it that way! Fantastic interview. 😀

June 3, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Magan - Hi Mands! Thanks so much! I’m so glad you stopped by! I will hold you to your promise! 😉 xoxo

June 3, 2012 - 8:13 pm

VeganYANerds - Hey Magan! Great intro to the interview, I can tell you really love Melissa’s books and I promise to read all 3! And, I love your top!

I really enjoyed the interview, I think it’s sweet that Melissa gets homesick while on holiday, I totally understand!

Interview with K.M. Walton, Author of Cracked

We are so excited to bring you an author interview with K.M. Walton, mastermind behind Cracked.  Magan’s review, in which she gushed over the fine line K.M. balances between serious topics and humorous characters, went live yesterday. We contacted K.M. after perusing her website (which is fabulous, by the way). She has so, so many wonderful things to […]

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June 16, 2012 - 9:27 am

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - What a great interview! It was really fun to learn more about her, and to see her fabulous website 😉

March 15, 2012 - 10:53 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - What a fun interview! And I LOVE her website too! So much fun. 🙂

March 15, 2012 - 3:12 pm

April Books & Wine - I’d totally pop champagne too if I wrote a book and then got the call.

Her next book, Empty, sounds fantastic.