Saturday, January 10, 2009

The move

Hello everyone, I have some updates on me and the Readers' Sanctuary. I'm sorry that I haven't went back here, I was busy with school work and everything else that got thrown at me. I was going to try and update the Readers' Sanctuary not too long ago and deleted EVERYTHING basically. So I kind of just got fed up with it and left for a while. Then got busy again. But now I have an actual schedule written down and I'm more organized. So I plan to be reading A LOT of books and writing A LOT of reviews.

But....

Not on here. I created a new blog, I will not be transferring any of my reviews, I will just write up the review again after I've read the book again. If you would still like to follow me and have your blog on my list, go to Nocturnal Reviews. Which is my new review blog. Just email me.
My new email is mandywriter92@gmail.com
To anyone who would like to contact me and to any authors or publishers who come here and would like me to promote their book.

Happy reading!

-Mandy

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Tom Tancin Interview


Tom Tancin

Tom Tancin Website


Here is my interview with Mr. Tancin, I'm sorry it's so late. I haven't been on much lately due to my schedule, also I have been having e-mail issues. Finally got this through myspace, thank god!
I have read Mr. Tancin's, The Man in the Moon, which you can find my review here!, and I have Watched in my reading pile right now! So expect to see a review for that really soon. :)
He is an amazing writer and he just completely drags you into his story and makes you feel like you're really the character. I will completely recommend him as a writer! So, you should pick up some of his books!


1.) At what age did you begin writing and what made you pursue a writing career?

I started writing when I was in 7th grade (13 years old). I started because of a challenge by my English teacher in 7th grade and never stopped. However, I didn't want to publish the books and I didn't take writing seriously until I was in college, somewhere between my sophomore and junior year. I was 22 at the time so I had 9 years of writing under my belt when I started to really take it seriously. And two years later, I am even more serious about writing and becoming even more dedicated every day.

2.) If you weren't a writer, what would you be doing?

I am actually a 7th grade life science teacher and that is exactly what I wanted to do! I have two careers that I enjoy.

3.)What other hobbies do you have besides writing?

Listening to music, watching movies, reading mystery/thrillers, and just taking a moment to relax (it's not very often I have the moment).

4.) When you are writing, do you write by pen or by computer? Why?

I write on by computer for really only one reason. I can type faster than I can write with a pen so it is easier to keep up with my ideas when typing. Plus it is easier in the end because I don't have to type up the whole story.

5.) What is your ideal writing spot?

I like to write in at my computer desk with my headphones on. Sometimes, when I need a change of scenery, I take my laptop outside to work.


6.)Do you have a favorite food or snack you like to eat while writing? If so, what are they?

I don't snack or eat when I'm writing so I don't have a favorite. I am usually too involved in the story to eat!

7.) Did you have any trouble at all writing in a female's point-of-view?

This is an interesting question that comes up a lot. It was difficult at times but I think that Lindsey isn't faced with typical female specific problems or situations. I think she runs into situations that would be handled similarly by both genders. She is a very dedicated detective that doesn't have time for her teenagers. She regrets it but she loves what she does and she can't force herself to change the situation. But she does love her kids. I don't think that is something that only a female would deal with. But there were some cases where I struggled, luckily I have a lot of strong females in my life to model her after.


8.) Do you have any advice for aspiring writers out there?

Write! If you love writing, and you most likely do, keep writing. I write for myself. That means I write what I would like to read and I write it because I enjoy sitting down and creating characters and stories. If you enjoy it, then write for yourself. Then it will be a success from day one! And if other people enjoy it as well, then it is a huge plus!


9.) Who are some of your favorite authors?

Erica Spindler is #1!!! I also really enjoy books by James Patterson. I started reading a few more authors, but I don't always have the time to read that I would like. Usually I have to choose between writing and reading and since writing is my passion that usually wins. I am always in the middle of a book though, it just takes me months to finish it.

10.) Do you have any favorite books? If so, what are they?

I love Killer Takes All and Copycat by Erica Spindler. I like Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.


11.) How did you get the idea to write The Man in the Moon?

Well I got the idea for a killer obsessed with the moon a few years before I started to actually write The Man in the Moon. I came up with the idea one night while looking at the full moon and thinking "what if someone was obsessed with the moon?".

Separately, I came up with the idea for Detective Lindsey Scott. I thought "what if the number one crime solver in the country was a woman and, while being the best in her field, she had a broken personal life?". When I combined Lindsey Scott with the killer obsessed with the moon, The Man in the Moon was born and it took me only months to write the story since everything was so developed.


12.) Watched, your next novel in the Detective Lindsey series, can you tell us anything about the book?

Watched is about a group of serial killers that work cohesively to target webcammers. Lindsey Scott has to put her six months vaction with her teenagers on hold to solve the crimes before it gets out of control. And, because she gets involved, her 15 year old son Tyler becomes a target.

Watched is a lot different than The Man in the Moon. I say that in a good way! It has much more graphic violence and it details the murders and the investigations more vividly so the reader is put into the story even more than The Man in the Moon. It also, due to the topic, teaches a very important lesson on internet safety.

13.) Do you have any other upcoming projects?

I am working on preparing my YA sci-fi/thriller series Time Warriors (cowritten with Chris Wolf) for publication starting in June 2009. The series follows four friends as they become a team to regulate time travel known to the world as the Time Warriors. I am excited about the project because the first book in the series was the first book I wrote. Of course it is now in a different form than the original but it holds a special place in my life because it was the start of my writing journey.

It is also a really busy time because I am working with the illustrator on the covers for the 4 book series and I'm working with the graphic designer that will do the title text and cover blurb layouts. The series titles are as follows:

Time Warriors: Induction (June 9, 2009)
Time Warriors: Expansion (Fall 2009)
Time Warriors: Division (June 2010)
Time Warriors: Resolution (Fall 2010)

Along with that, I am working on the 3rd book in the Detective Lindsey Scott Thrillstery Series. I can't reveal plot, title, or pub. date yet but I will say it is in development.

14.) Do you have anything in common with Lindsey Scott?

My dedication to my work. I usually make work my priority. It seems I am always working. I am a full time teacher and a full time writer so I have double the work load which leaves me little time for family and hobbies. The bonus is that I love my jobs so work isn't so bad!

15.) Do you ever come up with play lists for your book? If so, what are some of the songs?

I always have music playing while I write. I usually create a playlist of songs for the books, but sometimes they overlap with more than one book. I am always using movie soundtracks to write and I am always on the lookout for a new one. My favorites are The Chronicles of Narnia (from both movies). I also usually include music from Daughtry, Within Temptation, Maroon 5, and more. But it varies, and sometimes the lists change in the middle of the book. The one thing that is certain is that there is always soundtrack music on my playlist! If anyone has some suggestions of soundtracks I might enjoy for writing please email me! tomtancin@destifire.com

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Thank you for taking the time to interview me! I appreciate all of your support and everything you do at The Reader's Sanctuary!


Thank you so much Tom Tancin for letting me interview you! It was a pleasure getting to know you better. Hope everyone enjoys this and you should REALLY check him out, like, right now!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina


Savvy Girl by Lynn Messina

Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks; 1 edition (August 1, 2008)
Paperback: 272 pages
Reading Level: Young Adult



Summary [from the book]:

Seventeen-year-old Chrissy Gibbons has landed her dream job—a summer internship at her favorite magazine, Savvy. Being an intern is hard work, but the job becomes a lot more fun when Chrissy is befriended by a glamorous fashion editor who takes her to all the best parties. As the summer winds down, though, Chrissy realizes that in the whirlwind of parties and boys, she’s been neglecting what could be her big break in the magazine business: an opportunity to compete against other interns to become Savvy’s first teen columnist.
Chrissy struggles to come up with a winning subject for her column—and in the process, she discovers what is most important to her.


My review:

I think this was pretty good. When I first go the request to read this book, I was like, "Oh, lord. Basically a biography." And I was freaking out because I wasn't sure I'd like it. It took me a little while to get into, but once I did I really liked it. Magazine internships sound a little like fun and hell in the same package. I'm glad Chrissy ended up getting it in the end. This isn't really my type of book, but I really enjoyed it. I recommend it for anyone interested in this type of book and who isn't. It's not written like a biography, like I expected. You can't even tell it is one!
Mrs. Messina did a lovely job telling Chrissy's story.

My rating:

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A note:

Hi everyone! I'm sorry I've been gone for so long. I've been really busy. I finished this book a few days ago, but just now had a change to update the RS. I'm almost done with my next book, so look out for my next review! :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs

Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs

Publisher: Mira Books (September 1, 2008)
Hardcover: 471
Reading Level: Adult


Summary[From the book.]:

Unexpected change can be like a breath of fresh air—A little brisk at first, but magic for body and soul. . .

Chicago cartoonist Sarah Moon tackles life's real issues with a healthy dose of sharp wit in her syndicated comic strip Just Breathe. As Sarah's cartoon alter ego, Shirl, undergoes artificial insemination, her situation begins to mirror Sarah's own difficult attempts to conceive. However, Sarah's dreams of her future did not unclude her husband's infidelity: snag number two in Sarah's so-called-perfect life.
With Chicago—and her marriage—in the rearview mirrow, she flees to the small Northern California coastal town where she grew up, a place she couldn't wait to leave. Now she finds herself revisiting the past—an emotinally distant father and the unanswered questions left by her mother's death. As she comes to terms with her lost marriage, Sarah encounters a man she never expected to meet again: Will Bonner, the high school heartthrob she'd skewered mercilessly in her old comics. Now a local firefighter, he's been through some changes himself. But just as her heart is about to reawaken, Sarah discovers she is pregnant. With her ex's twins.
It's hardly the most traditional of new beginnings, but who says life and love are predictable. . .or perfect? The winds of change have led Sarah here. Now all she can do is just close her eyes. . .and breathe.

My review:

Just Breathe is now another one of my favorites. I've read one of her books before, called Summer by the Sea, and I loved it. Susan Wiggs created an amazing storyline and amazing characters. It was beautifully written. I think that almost every woman can relate to Sarah in some way or another. I got through this book pretty quick even though I hardly have anytime to read. I jump at any chance I can though. I just, absolutely loved it. Everyone and everything was so real to me when I was reading it, I had really vivid images in my head of everyone and the world she created in a small town in California. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Susan Wiggs, and reading Just Breathe again one day.

My rating:

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If you would like to purchase this book, please feel free to look around at the Readers' Sanctuary's Store. :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Updates[9/2/08]

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Alright, for some updates. Some sad news. :( I hate sad news. But, you have to give it sometime or another. So, here I am. Giving really sad news.

My mother is starting to give me a time limit on my computer for a little while until I get caught up on my schoolwork. I have to work a certain amount of time on my schoolwork during the day. AND I have to show her what I did that day when she gets home! Which sucks! It's because I'm a bit behind due to stupid Fay!! *hisses at Fay*

So that means I won't be able to do the second edition of my weekly post.[a.k.a New Releases this week!, Spotlights, and Reader Interviews.] >> I'll only have time to put up my reviews for what I read. Which is okay, but I'm really bummed out about not having enough time to continue what I just started last week. It's infuriating!

I just finished Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs, which I had to read more a club I joined called Book Divas. Which I will be posting my review soon! By the end of the day, I promise.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week so far and I hope you won't miss the weekly posts too much. Hopefully sometime soon I will be able to start it up again.

Happy reading!

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Let's recap![August 25th- August 31st]

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Monday

Book releases for the week of August 25th-August 31st!

Excerpt:

Hello all and greetings to wherever you may be. Here is the first post of my new ideas for the Readers' Sanctuary. Some may be Young Adult and some may be Adult. I hope everyone enjoys it and finds some great books to read in the many books that are being released this very week! Happy reading!

To read more, click here!

Tuesday

Spotlight Tuesday

Excerpt

Today is Spotlight Tuesday on the Readers' Sanctuary. So that means we are going to Spotlights for one author, one book, and one Reviewer's blog. Enjoy!

If you want to read more, click here!


Wednesday

Reader interview.

Excerpt:

Here is my very first reader interview!! I really hope you enjoy getting to know Emily through our interview! :) Have fun!

If you want to read more, click here!


Book reviews this week!


Anatomy of a boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

here!




Severed Ties: Volume 1 by Kevin Krohn


To read my review, click here!




All right, here are things coming up this week! September 1st-September 7th.


Monday: Books coming out for the week!-You'll have to wait and see!


Tuesday: Spotlights- Not completely figured out.

Wednesday: Reader Interview with Dani!




Okay, well. I would love to know what everyone thought of my idea. Would love to know what you thought of last week. So, e-mail me or comment an tell me!
Also, in the poll for last week:

Question: How do you like the Readers' Sanctuary?

I love it!=71%

I really, really like it!=28%

It's okay. . .=0%

I hate it!=0%

So, 'I love it!' won! Thanks you guys! Glad you are loving the Readers' Sanctuary!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Wednesday's Reader Interview[August 26, 2008]

Here is my very first reader interview!! I really hope you enjoy getting to know Emily through our interview! :) Have fun!

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Name and/or Nickname: Emily/Em
Age: 15
Website URL: The Literary Lair



1.) If you can remember, when did you first get into reading, and why?

Hm, well I guess I just gradually started reading more and more through elementary school but I started reading almost compulsively around 8th grade when I first read "Look For Me by Moonlight" by Mary Downing Hahn.

2.) How often do you read?

I read pretty regularly, usually only a few paragraphs at a time though since I'm easily distracted.

3.) Do you have a favorite spot that you like to read at, if so where?

My favorite spot to read is in my room, on my bed, in the little corner where all of my pillows are.

4.) What are your favorite books?

Definitely the 'Twilight Saga'(of course), the 'Vampire Kisses Series', Tantalize, and Nick&Norah's Infinite Playlist.

5.) What are some books that you've read that you absolutely hated?

LORD OF THE FLIES! I use it for my scrabble scores; that's how much I hate it >< 6.) Did you have a favorite book when you were younger?

Well, in elementary school my favorite book had to be 'Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret' by Judy Blume.

7.) What's your favorite genre of books to read?

Teen Fiction/Fantasy

8.) What are some of you favorite authors?

Stephenie Meyer, Ellen Schreiber, and Edgar Allan Poe.

9.) Are there any book releases that you are excited about?If so, which ones?

I'd have to say the newest book in the 'House of Night' series.

10.) What are some of your hobbies?

Writing, reading, singing, and just talking with my friends.