Whatever Wednesday: FIFTEEN LOVE, MAKING WAVES, and the KAC

November 16th, 2011

Hey, everyone!

Time flies when I’m having tons of fun writing the next prettyTOUGH book! Is Thanksgiving really right around the corner? I’ve been hard at work on the sixth and final series book, FIFTEEN LOVE, while adding the finishing touches to the fifth book, MAKING WAVES. In between, I was lucky enough to attend a few festivals and signings this fall with the amazing members of the Kid Lit Authors Club. Below are some pics. :)

Collingswood Book Festival

Cyn Balog and her adorable daughter :)

Neshaminy Mall Barnes and Noble

Collingswood Book Festival

Neshaminy Mall Barnes and Noble

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Wednesday!  :)

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Whatever Wednesday: October Book Review Club

October 5th, 2011

The first Wednesday of the month means another edition of The Book Review Club hosted by Barrie Summy, author of the I So Don’t Do Mysteries series. Today, I’m featuring two fabulous young adult novels about popularity by two amazing authors – Amy Holder’s The Lipstick Laws and Alissa Grosso’s Popular.

Not only are Amy and Alissa super talented authors, but they’re both super sweet and super fun. I was lucky to spend time with both ladies (along with other amazing authors, Ellen Jensen Abbott and Cyn Balog) at the Collingswood Book Festival this Saturday.  Check out the shades. :)

 

Three reasons why I loved Amy Holder’s The Lipstick Laws

1. HumorThe Lipstick Laws is bursting with unforgettable one-liners. And Amy is just as funny in person as she is on the page.

2. Characters – From mean girls to wannabe queen bees, the characters were fun, feisty, and fabulous.

3. Voice – Amy’s fun voice is full of energy and she keeps the pages turning. By the time I was finished with The Lipstick Laws, my abdominal muscles ached from too much giggling.

Three reasons why I loved Alissa Grosso’s Popular…

1. Unique concept – Each chapter is told in the point of view of a different character. And Alissa pulls off this tough writing task with ease.

2. Uncommon characters – Speaking of characters, Alissa does an amazing job making each one memorable.

3. Unforgettable Ending – I will never, ever forget the twisty ending of Popular. And I’m not the only one. :)

Both Alissa and Amy’s novels tackle teenage popularity in their own unique and incredible way. If you haven’t read these goodies by this talented twosome, make sure you add Popular and The Lipstick Laws to your TBR pile ASAP.

For more middle grade, young adult, and adult book reviews and recommendations, click here.

Happy Wednesday! :)

Disclosure: I often receive ARCs and/or books for reviews (sometimes because I’m an author and other times because I beg). However, I do not blog about every book I receive, only the ones I absolutely adore or feel the need to recommend to fans of sporty lit.

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Whatever Wednesday: HEAD GAMES in ESPN Rise Magazine!

September 14th, 2011

Hey, everybody!

I’m so excited to share some amazing news. HEAD GAMES was featured as a SPORTY SUMMER BEACH READ in ESPN Rise Magazine! :)

:) :) :)  Yay!!! :) :) :)

Happy Wednesday!

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Whatever Wednesday: What I Did on my Summer Vaca and PAYA

August 24th, 2011

Hey, everyone!

First an earthquake yesterday and now a hurricane is heading our way. It’s been a crazy week at the Jersey Shore.

If hurricanes are churning, then that means summer is coming to an end and we’re heading back west. *sniff* My daughter starts school in two weeks. Classes are back in session at Rowan and Stockton in a few days and *gulp*, I’ll be sitting on the other side of the desk for the first time in ten years! Yup. I’m going back to school to earn my MFA at Rutgers University. I’m so excited to be surrounded by other writers and really dig into fiction.

In the meantime, below are some summer vacation pics. The Mikulski tribe crossed the country, ate a ton of food, spent a lot of time at the beach, and had a blast at my cousin’s wedding. Enjoy!

:) Trip to LA :) 

I was lucky enough to snag an invite to an Under Armor Event in Hollywood. Jane Schonberger and I worked out with Gunnar Peterson and Jessica Szohr from ‘Gossip Girl’, picked up some awesome gear, and chatted with celebrity trainers. Check out the complete article about the event here.

Hollywood Hills

Eating our first In and Out Burger – Yum :)

Malibu

:) NYC :)  

Fun dinner with my fairy agent and Three Seas Sisters

:) My Baby Cousin Got Married :)

Isn’t she pretty?

 :) Jersey Shore :) 

Fireworks at the beach

What did you do on your summer vacation?

PAYA: I’m super excited to attend my very first PAYA event this Saturday. I’ve heard so many great things about this event which raises money for local libraries and I’m so honored to attend. Come out to support the libraries and have tons of fun with YA authors. Check out more details about the event here.

And stayed tuned for an exciting announcement about the Pretty Tough Series! :)

Happy Wednesday!

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Whatever Wednesday: Why Do You Love Softball?

August 3rd, 2011

Hey, everyone!

It’s been an awesome summer so far. Lots of time with my tribe at the beach, boardwalk, pool, and parks. Love it. :)

I also love this video. Check out why these amazing athletes, including two-time Olympic medalist Jessica Mendoza, love softball! :) Thanks, Pretty Tough, for another fun promo video. :)

And check out what people are saying about Stealing Bases! :) Yay! :)

“Stealing Bases is a worthy read. Keri Mikulski pitches a great story filled with wonderful writing. The story will hit you fast and doesn’t slow down until the end. I am very curious to see what will be next for Keri Mikulski, whatever it is, I will be reading.” – Book Cellar

“Kylie is the most edgy girl so far I have met in Keri’s books. She had a little mean streak, which was fun and she was taking risks which makes her an interesting person to read about. I also loved to read how things work at the softball field, Keri is a real softball expert and you read her love for the sport between the lines. Sporty and fun and great characters and plot! Don’t miss out this book! 5 stars!” – Marjolein’s Book Blog

“I really liked the competitive feel when Kylie was playing ball. With the teams egging each other on, it felt like you were sitting there playing with the team, chewing gum and sunflower seeds. As a softball player in my teen years, I loved reminiscing with Kylie and her team as they played their way to the Desert Invitational. The added bonus of boys, prom, and high school make this a well-rounded, fun and flirty read. I wish this book was around when I was a teen. It would be a great addition to any library. Sports fans are sure to enjoy reading about Kylie’s adventures in Stealing Bases.” – Lost for Words

“Once again, Ms. Mikulski just a fantastic job on writing this series. I enjoyed reading each one and enjoy getting in the feel of the characters. I love learning about sport and the passion the characters have for it. I can’t wait to read the next book. This is a series I hooked on and can’t get enough of!” – Books With Bite

“Stealing Bases is another great installment in the Pretty Tough series that blends sports, romance, and great characters.” – A Good Addiction

“I seriously love this series.  Not only is it very fun to read, I also feel like I am learning something about sports.  Each book in the series focuses on a different sport and each book really explains what the sport is all about.  It’s a very interesting concept, especially for what seems like such girly books.” – Katie’s Book Blog

“I played sports in high school, I played basketball and softball so I could really relate to Kylie’s feelings about the games as well as understanding some of the lingo, but I still think that you could get into these books even if you’ve never played sports. I really liked this book, it’s a great  book for both sports lovers as well as lovers of chick-lit!” – A Reading Adventure

Happy Wednesday! :)

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Whatever Wednesday: STEALING BASES Blog Tour and Soccer, Soccer, Soccer

July 13th, 2011

Hey, everyone!

Did you see the AH-mazing World Cup soccer game on Sunday? Wow! I’ve been so pumped up after watching the US Women’s National Team defeat Brazil that I’ve spent the entire week thinking about and channeling the team’s never give up attitude. That’s what I love about sports. One game, one athlete, one season can inspire millions of lives. I can’t wait to watch the final on Sunday.

Also this week, STEALING BASES is on tour with The Teen Book Scene! Five fabulous book bloggers, Erica (The Book Cellar), Corrine (Lost for Words), Mariah (A Reader’s Adventure), Katie (Katie’s Book Blog), and Kari (A Good Addiction) were kind enough to put together and participate in my blog tour. Check out the entire schedule and links here. Did I mention how much I love book bloggers? They’re super sweet, super supportive, and super smart. Thanks, Erica, Corrine, Mariah, Katie, and Kari! :)

Happy Wednesday!

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Happy Birthday, Stealing Bases!!

July 7th, 2011

Yay!!! :) :) :) STEALING BASES hits bookstores today! :) :) :)

“Stealing Bases is the perfect book for any girl who’s ever balanced sports with school, falling in love, and dreaming big. It felt so real – I loved it!”

Jessica Mendoza – Olympic medalist, ESPN correspondent, USA Softball, and President of the Women’s Sports Foundation

Happy Summer! :)

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Whatever Wednesday: STEALING BASES is almost here!

June 29th, 2011

Hey, everyone!

The countdown is on. STEALING BASES hits bookstores next week. Yay! :) And now I can finally share with an exciting secret I’ve been keeping for months.

Jessica Mendoza, two-time Olympic medalist, USA Softball, ESPN correspondent, and president of the Women’s Sports Foundation, took time out of her busy schedule to read STEALING BASES. And here’s what she thought about the novel…

“Stealing Bases is the perfect book for any girl who’s ever balanced sports with school, falling in love, and dreaming big. It felt so real – I loved it!”

Yay! This is an absolute dream come true for me since I’m a huge Jessica Mendoza and USA Softball fan!! :) :) Thanks bunches to Jessica!!

Happy Wednesday!

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Pay it Forward: The Author Edition

June 21st, 2011

Congratulations, Suzanne Young! :)

Her fabulous book, A Need So Beautiful, releases today! Suzanne is such a sweetie and to celebrate her book’s birthday, I’m participating in a blog tour and giving away a special prize.

A Need So Beautiful is about Charlotte, an angel of the Forgotten who feels the Need – a powerful urge to help someone usually a stranger.

Like Charlotte, an amazing author took time out of her busy schedule to help me – a stranger. We exchanged emails. She sent me book suggestions to help strengthen my writing. She assisted me with my agent decision. She gave me priceless advice like – ‘force yourself to write everyday’ and ‘the only thing you can control in this business is your writing’. Advice I still use today. In fact, I don’t think it was an accident that after her selfless help, I snagged my first book deal. I’m forever grateful to this incredible author and person. :)

To ‘pay it forward’ today, I’m giving away a first chapter critique and a Skype chat here. Hopefully, I can help someone like my author mentor helped me. :) Thanks, Alyson Noel! :)

There are a ton of other authors and bloggers participating in this release day special and giving away lots of fabulous prizes. Check out the links below.

First 3 chapter critique (Jessica at Confessions of a Bookaholic: http://www.totalbookaholic.com/)

YA Lit Swag Bag (Sara at Novel Novice: www.novelnovice.com <http://www.novelnovice.com/> )

Hourglass Order from TBD – Int (Corrine at Lost for Words: http://lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com <http://lostforwords-corrine.blogspot.com/> )

Random Books (Jessi at The Elliott Review: http://elliottreview.blogspot.com <http://elliottreview.blogspot.com/> )

2 Header/Button Packs (Jessica at Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile: http://www.hopelessbibliophile.com/)

First 3 chapters Critique (Cindy at Books Complete Me: http://www.bookscompleteme.com/)

First 15 pages Critique (Kari at A Good Addiction: http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/)

Signed ARC of Hereafter (Kari at A Good Addiction: http://agoodaddiction.blogspot.com/)

Query Letter Critique (Shannon Messenger: http://ramblingsofawannabescribe.blogspot.com/)

Signed copy of Invincible Summer – US/Can (Hannah Moskowitz: hannahmosk.blogspot.com <http://hannahmosk.blogspot.com/> )

First Chapter Critique and a Skype Chat (Keri Mikulski: http://kerimikulski.com/books/pay-it-forward-the-author-edition/)

Signed copy of Tell Me a Secret with signed TMAS art print – US (Holly Cupala: http://www.hollycupala.com/search/label/blog)

Signed copy of Chasing Brooklyn – US (Lisa Schroeder: www.lisaschroederbooks.com <http://www.lisaschroederbooks.com/> )

The Pledge Swag Pack including ARC (Kimberly Derting: http://kimberlyderting.blogspot.com/)
Daisy Whitney’s Blog: http://daisywhitney.com/blog/

Then, click here to enter the contest. Below are how to earn extra entries.

Earn one extra entry for each of the following:
Take a picture of an author’s book in the wild and tweet it to us and the author
Post a positive Amazon review for a book you loved
Donate a book to a library or classroom
Tweet a good deed you plan to do this week, using the #ANeedSoBeautiful hashtag

Earn 10 extra entries for each of the following:
Take a picture of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL in the wild and tweet it to us and Suzanne Young
Post an Amazon review for A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL
Donate a copy of A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL to a library or classroom

Happy Release Day, Suzanne! :) :) :)

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Whatever Wednesday: Stealing Bases, Softball, and NJSCBWI

June 8th, 2011

Hey, everyone!

Wow! I can’t believe STEALING BASES‘ book birthday is only one short month away! I’m so excited! :) :) :)

To celebrate the upcoming release, I’ve been watching the Women’s College World Series. Congrats, ASU!

In between tons of softball viewing, I was lucky enough to facilitate a characterization intensive and panels with the Kid Lit Authors Club at the New Jersey Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference.

We had a blast hanging out and chatting with tons of fellow authors, agents, and editors. Check out the fabulous Alissa Grosso, author of POPULAR below. :) I can’t wait to crack open my signed copy tonight.

Speaking of events, I’ll be at the Moorestown, New Jersey Barnes and Nobles tomorrow from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. with the Kid Lit Authors Club chatting about summer reads and STEALING BASES. :) If you’re in the area, please stop by and say ‘hi’.

How about you? What’s new?

Happy Wednesday! :)

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