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Meg Cabot in conjunction with Avon are teaming up with Greenpeace Princess Mia whom we have all gotten to know over the years in the books and on the big screen is going to be featured for the last time in  Meg Cabot’s latest book, Forever Princess.  Alas, do not fret, the clever folks at Avon and Meg have found a way to give Mia her own voice.Ransom My Heart  is a new book penned by the princess herself.  As the princess has had so many romantic notions and adventures it is only fitting her new book is a romance.  Meg and Princess Mia care about the environment and that is why they have chosen to team up.  But it is not enough for Meg and Mia to talk about Greenpeace they have really stepped up and are paying it forward by donating the advance and royalties from Ransom My Heart to Greenpeace.  Additionally, if you go to the  Greenpeace website you can find Meg Cabot e-cards, an exclusive Q&A with Meg and Princess Mia, info on what you can do to help, and much more.

PS According to Meg’s website, Princess Mia will continue to blog even though she is not going to be the subject of a book. 


Borders annouces its 13th annual Original Voices Awards
January 15, 2009, 6:28 pm
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The Original Voices program highlights exceptional emerging writers. Finalists in four categories were chosen from the more than 150 books selected for the OV program in 2008. The winners from each category receive a $5,000 award.  

Awards are fantastic for us to find new treasures and of course for the authors that receive them. Please remember to visit your local Borders today as they work to weather this tough economy. 


Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips jump up and down

because she is all over the stacks.   Glitter Baby, is on sale right now, and mark your calendars for Susan’s new hardcover, What I Did for Love, on sale later this month!

To start the party Avon is throwing a  Susan Elizabeth Phillips sweepstakes.  Enter for a chance to win copies of both of her new books, one of two exclusive signed Glitter Baby bibs!  You have nothing to loose so enter the sweepstakes today,

THE LACE READER is the feature book selection at Barnes and Noble this month

24/8 is in good company as we started our year featuring THE LACE READER and Barnes and Noble has done the same.  According to the author Brunonia Barry,  “…this means that I’ll be online every day this month discussing the book and answering questions.”   Be sue to visit Barnes and Nobel and you can ask a question yourself.  
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Geraldine Brooks is criss crossing the country

on tour with her latest release PEOPLE OF THE BOOK.  Her last book MARCH, received the pulitzer prize, yes that is right the pulitzer.  She is obviously talented and has an amazing background.  PEOPLE OF THE BOOK takes Geraldine back to a place she once called home, Bosnia.  Follow the history of a rare book and the clues that Hanna Heath a rare-book expert. finds in its pages.   

Definitely a fascinating author to come out to meet and her about her newest book.    To learn more about her tour dates go visit both links:  http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Events/EventSearchProc/1,,sapid_1000052201,00.html and http://www.geraldinebrooks.com/events.html.  It is clear this book will be another great read, so much so it caught the eye of  Catherine Zeta Jones who scooped up the film rights to the book.  So pulitzer or not, hopefully we will see the story on the screen.

Fans of Sesame Street that live on the east coast
January 7, 2009, 2:49 pm
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you are in for a treat.  Author Michael Davis a television insider tells the story of Sesame Street in his new book STREET GANG.  Whoever thought of this adorable title deserves a raise. 

Michael is touring on the East Coast in January so you can come out and hear his engaging and entertaining stories . While there you will definitely want to pick up a copy of the book for yourself or anyone that grew up with these adorable and lovable puppets in their lives.   Sesame Street celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2009 so there are many of us out there that were influenced by this special street and the brilliant individuals that brought it to PBS. 

To view Michael Davis’s schedule of appearances go to this link: http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Events/EventSearchProc/1,,sapid_1000008689,00.html.

Can you tell me how to get how to get to Sesame Street….

THE LACE READER is featured at 24/8 Book Club
January 4, 2009, 2:58 pm
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See what we are reading at 24/8 Book Club. Just finished sending our reviews over for posting this week and have fun Q & A with the first time Author Brunonia Barry in The Dish and Author’s Spotlight features.  Don’t forget to check out the Party Room where thanks to HarperCollins we were able to have a book club read with us and share their thoughts on this book. 

We are working on selecting our next feature at 24/8 so stay tuned.

The Bookfool has her best of 2008 list posted
January 3, 2009, 2:38 pm
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A new friend of the 24/8 community the Bookfool has posted her favorite reads.  We said this is the time of year the lists come crawling out of the woodwork but that is why it is such a paradise for avid and recreational readers alike. 

As the Bookfool has read 142 books, which is her new personal best,  she has plenty of material to select from compared to the rest of us.  Pretty amazing indeed, looking forward to checking out a number of those listed on her blog, http://bookfoolery.blogspot.com/2008/12/2008-reading-year-in-review.html.

 Happy Reading

USA Today list of the best books of 2008
January 2, 2009, 2:28 pm
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See if those on list are titles you have read or if you agree with their selections, http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/2008-12-17-meyer-10-picks_N.htm?csp=34.  Many of the  best of lists posted include the same titles by the same authors but there is always one pearl that is unique to each list so keep looking.

Best of 2008 Books from Barnes and Noble
December 30, 2008, 9:49 am
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It is enjoyable to check out the best of  book lists from sources all over.  As 2008 is drawing to a close we will be able to view more of these lists. Nice to see reads you would place on the list and then to discover new treasures you have somehow missed.

Barnes is sharing their favs in a number of categories that present something for everyone.  Some of the categories are:  Best Life Story, Favorite Haunting Historicals, and Best Stories on the Edge.

Once you visit this page you will be drawn in to check out the links to learn more about the featured books. So visit this link when you have the time to be absorbed, http://www.barnesandnoble.com/collection/list.asp?r=1&PID=20800.