Sunday, May 31, 2009

Book Signing in San Antonio

I am doing a book signing on Saturday, June 6th, in San Antonio. Here's the info for anyone in the area who'd like to come:
Saturday June 6 from 11am to 2pm at
Temple View Books
20079 Stone Oak Parkway #104
San Antonio, TX
This is my favorite place to do book signings. Here's a picture of me last year signing copies of my first two books.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Summer Reading Thing

I'm doing the Summer Reading Thing on LDS Publisher's blog. Here's a list of books I'll be reading this summer:
1. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
2. Agent in Old Lace by Tristi Pinkston
3. Tower of Strength by Annette Lyon
4. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
5. Tribunal by Sandra Grey
6. Lockdown by Traci Hunter Abramson
7. Lemon Tart by Josi Kilpack
Interestingly, these are all books that were released this year. I'm making a huge effort to read mostly only 2009 releases this year. It's kind of a fun challenge and great preparation for Whitney Awards reading.
The 3rd annual Whitney Awards will be held next spring. I did some heavy duty reading earlier this year to vote on the finalists. So, to cut down next year's reading, I'm trying to read as many as I can early on. I've already nominated a couple of awesome books.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Harry Potter and Other Movies I've Never Seen

In light of my recent Harry Potter post, I decided to come clean and admit all the movies I've never seen. Let me preface this by saying, I'm weird, I know. Here's a list of movies I've never seen:

Harry Potter movies (soon to be rectified)
National Treasure
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars (the new ones. I watched the original 3 when I was a kid)
Bourne Identity series (It doesn't count when it's playing at your cousin's house and the adults are watching, but I'm chasing a one year old around to make sure he doesn't break anything.)
Chronicals of Narnia
Pirates of the Carribean
Star Trek
X Men
Fantastic Four
Spiderman (only saw the first one and don't think I'll ever watch the rest)
Men In Black (even though I love Will Smith. It just looks so dumb)
Dark Knight
Indiana Jones movies
Davinci Code (or that new one)
The Mummy movies

Chances are, if a movie makes big bucks, I probably won't be watching it. Yes I know, I'm weird.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Harry Potter. . . Finally Part 2

So, my friend, Amanda, and I made a deal back in November. If she read Twilight, I would read Harry Potter. Amanda's read Twilight and New Moon months ago, and I've very slowly read Harry Potter. The last 30 pages have gone unread for almost a month. Tonight, I finally read those 30 pages and can finally say that I'm done. Sorry it took so long, Amanda. You'll probably never want to make a deal with me again.

Thanks Julie for lending me the book and sorry it took so long. So, the verdict? It was okay. I have no criticisms. I like Harry and his friends. For some reason, I just couldn't get into it. It didn't make me want to devour it. Many people have said that Book 1 is not the best and it gets better with Book 3 and so on. I believe them, but I don't think I'm in it for the long haul.

I've only recently started reading Young Adult. I love it. In the past 4 months, I've read almost only YA. But I like girly Young Adult books. I like princesses, fairies, fairy godmothers, young maidens that bring down evil empires, frogs that have to be kissed, princes who fall in love with the lowly girls, and girls who break evil curses. I devour those books. While I find no fault with Harry, I just couldn't get into it.

My friend, Kira, has lent me the first two movies. I for sure will watch them, and she said I could borrow the rest. So, I don't think I'll read the rest of the books, but I do think I will watch all the movies. Reading the books is just too much time to devote to something that doesn't grab me. I have too many other books I want to read. I know that I'll miss out on a lot of stuff that's in the books and not the movies.

After I watch all the movies, I'll just have to grab Erin, Julie, and Amanda and go to Cold Stone to let them fill me in on what I missed. And anyone else who wants to come. So, this weekend, I'll watch my very first Harry Potter movie. I know, it's weird that I've never even seen any of the movies.

My book is headed to libraries

My husband was searching the Salt Lake county library system and found this:!1020637~!3100001~!3100002&aspect=subtab13&menu=search&ri=1&source=~!horizon&term=MICKELSON%2C+MARCIA&index=PAUTHOR#focus

My new book, Pickup Games, is on order for their libraries. It looks like they have ordered almost 40 copies for their libraries. That's exciting news.