October 31st, 2008

dreaming, When Rose Wakes, Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden's Halloween Memories

Christopher Golden has posted an essay he wrote some years ago for a Cemetery Dance anthology. Entitled HALLOWEEN MEMORIES, it's a real treat - and a true story! Read it at Golden's blog, where he shares some other exciting news.

Also check out Christopher Golden's guest blog at MTV.com, in which he discusses the magic of Halloween.

Soulless, Christopher Golden's newest release, is the perfect Halloween read.
wings, believe

Poetry Friday: Spooky by Classics IV

In the cool of the evening when ev'rything is gettin' kind of groovy
I call you up and ask you if you want to go and meet and see a movie
First you say no, you've got some plans for the night,
And then you stop - and say, "All right."
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

You always keep me guessin', I never seem to know what you are thinkin'
And if a fella looks at you, it's for sure your little eye will be a-winkin'
I get confused, 'cause I don't know where I stand
And then you smile - and hold my hand
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

If you decide someday to stop this little game that you are playin'
I'm gonna tell you all what my heart's been a-dyin' to be sayin'
Just like a ghost, you've been a-hauntin' my dreams
So I'll propose - on Halloween
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little girl like you

- lyrics to Spooky by Classics IV

I've chosen this song for one of my two black cats, whom I miss terribly.

Here's your trivia for the day: The song now known as Spooky began as an instrumental piece by Mike Sharpe, a saxophonist. Then The Classics IV recorded it with lyrics written by James Cobb, Buddy Buie, and Harry Middlebrooks, Jr. It has been covered by many artists, including Dusty Springfield and Imogene Heap.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Be safe and have fun today and tonight.

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readergirlz: Melissa Walker Becomes a Diva

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The author of August’s featured novel returns… this time, as a rgz diva.

October 31st, 2008 (Seattle, Wash.) - readergirlz (rgz) proudly welcomes Melissa Walker as its newest diva. Melissa, whose novel Violet in Private was featured in the rgz forum in August, was all the rage with participating teen readers. Now Melissa’s countless fans and readergirlz everywhere will hear more from the author as she officially joins rgz with a focus on blogging.

Melissa is the author of the popular and award-winning Violet series (Violet on the Runway, Violet by Design, and Violet in Private) about an unlikely supermodel navigating the ups and downs of the fashion world. Violet on the Runway was a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, and was hailed by National Public Radio as a book for teens who hate to read. Her next book, Lovestruck Summer, comes out in May 2009.

“Melissa's an author we’ve all had a lot of admiration for,” said Dia Calhoun, co-founder of readergirlz, “so it’s a huge thrill for us to have her as part of the team, helping to connect girls to books and the world with technology.”
Melissa lives in Brooklyn and has a BA in English from Vassar College. She has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. Visit her blog at www.melissacwalker.com

About readergirlz
readergirlz is the foremost online book community for teen girls, led by six critically acclaimed YA authors - Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Holly Cupala (A Light That Never Goes Out) Lorie Ann Grover (On Pointe), Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard), Mitali Perkins (First Daughter: White House Rules), and Melissa Walker (the Violet series). readergirlz is the recipient of a 2007 James Patterson PageTurner Award.

To promote teen literacy and leadership in girls, readergirlz features a different YA novel and corresponding community service project every month. For more information about readergirlz, please visit www.readergirlz.com and www.myspace.com/readergirlz or contact divas@readergirlz.com

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