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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Trailer

You know we can't get enough of this trailer. Thank you to Sony, I've updated MM's with the newest trailer (no it's not a brand new one), that features the August 21st, 2013 release date on it. We're a little over 2 months away from it's release! Can you guys believe that? ENJOY the trailer!

The Bane Chronicles: Vampires, Scone & Edmund Herondale OH MY! Check out today's Cover Reveal!

EW gave us our first look at Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan's installment of The Bane Chronicles: Vampires, Scones & Edmund Herondale, which is being released next week on June 18th, 2013. Check it out! 

Here's what EW quoted in their article:

From the official description of Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale: “When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?”

EW confirmed that they will indeed be releasing the covers for each installment as they're released through December 2013.  Here's a look at what we've received so far with The Bane Chronicles covers:

Hot Off The Presses: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing to Partner w/ Shindig for "HOT YA SUMMER CHAT SERIES"

You all know how much we at Mundie Moms love our author chats. We've personally hosted over 100 YA author chats, so when this press release arrived in my inbox I might have done a little fangirl Simon & Schuster dance. THIS Summer, Simon & Schuster is hosting a HOT YA SUMMER CHAT SERIES featuring some of our favorite YA authors. This exciting new chat series KICKS OFF TODAY w/ Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian! 


New York, NY, June 11, 2013– Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing has partnered with Shindig to offer YA readers and fans an exciting new program to regularly engage with authors through their patented large scale video chat event service. Simon & Schuster will debut the program for fans of YA literature beginning every Tuesday at 7PM EST starting on June 11th, 2013 and will continue throughout the month of July. Fans that RSVP for the events can participate for free and have the opportunity to purchase their favorite authors’ books directly from the chat room site.

New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian will launch the chat series by discussing the eagerly awaited sequel in the Burn for Burn trilogy, FIRE WITH FIREParticipating authors will include Lisa McMann, Andrew Smith, Corey Ann Haydu, John Corey Whaley, Abbi Glines, Neal Schusterman and Carmen Rodrigues.

“We are very excited to partner with Shindig and to provide a place where our avid readers know they can return week after week,” says Paul Crichton, VP, Director of Publicity. “It’s also a great way to give readers who may not live near a common tour market the opportunity to interact with their favorite authors.”

“We are thrilled to be pioneering the new frontier of online reader engagement with Simon & Schuster. Stated Steve Gottlieb, Founder of Shindig. “Simon & Schuster recognizes that readers around the world are looking for meaningful ways to interact with their favorite authors, from the comfort of their homes.”
The schedule for the chats is as follows:

June 11 – Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian (BURN FOR BURN)

June 18 – Lisa McMann (CRASH)

June 25 – Andrew Smith (WINGER)

July 2 – Corey Ann Haydu (OCD LOVESTORY)

July 9 – John Corey Whaley (WHERE THINGS COME BACK)

July 16 – Abbi Glines (BECAUSE OF LOW)

July 23 – Neal Schusterman (UNWHOLLY)

July 30 – Carmen Rodrigues (34 PIECES OF YOU)

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, one of the leading children’s book publishers in the world, is comprised of the following imprints: Aladdin, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Beach Lane Books, Libros para niños, Little Simon®, Little Simon Inspirations™, Margaret K. McElderry Books, Paula Wiseman Books, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Simon Pulse, and Simon Spotlight®. While maintaining an extensive award-winning backlist, the division continues to publish acclaimed and bestselling books for children of all ages. In addition to numerous Caldecott, Newbery, and National Book Award winners, Simon & Schuster publishes such high-profile properties and series as Eloise, Olivia, Raggedy Ann & Andy™, Henry & Mudge®, The Hardy Boys®, Nancy Drew®, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Nickelodeon’s® Dora the Explorer®, and SpongeBob SquarePants. 

For more information about Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, visit our website at Simon & Schuster, a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at

About Shindig
Created by music industry pioneer Steve Gottlieb, Shindig is a revolutionary platform for large-scale video chat events. The patented technology enables hosts to give a talk, be interviewed, or show multimedia presentations, to online audiences of thousands. Audience members can see and be seen by one another in a shared environment, and are free to engage in private video chat conversations with one another at the click of a mouse. Best of all, selected participants can be brought up to "share the stage" with presenters to ask their questions "face-to-face" before the entire gathering.  In short, the dynamics of physical events at internet scale.
Shindig events can be recorded and repurposed for follow-on use, quickly generating an invaluable video archive of new content. Past events have included video chat book tours, press conferences, crowdsourcing events, paid seminars, lead generation events, online conferences, online nightclubs, video chat listening parties, webinars and more. Shindig recently hosted an unprecedented 3 day program of over 50 online author talks live from BookExpo America to readers across the globe.
A demo reel of the platforms capabilities can be viewed here.
For more on Shindig, please visit

Twitter Tuesday - Julie Cross

I don't know if you're like me, but I love the Olympics, and I always wonder what it's like behind the scenes for these elite athletes. How do they cope with everyday stresses and overwhelming tragedies? We've seen those stories where athletes succeed in spite all odds being against them. We fall in love with them and cheer them on all the more because we know their background and pain they went through to just be at the top. And it seems every single one of them has a burden that they carry into competition because no one's life is simple and happy all the time.

Julie Cross was inspired by her own gymnastics and coaching background to write a story in a competitive gymnastics setting. But, this story is not just about athletes; it's about surviving against tragic odds. I read an early copy of this story, and I'm have to post a quick review here which I'll update when I read the finished version.

First, I love Julie's writing style; the plot rhythm of Letters to Nowhere is just as page turning-ly fast as you'd expect from any of her action-packed sequences in the Tempest series. But, LtR is a contemporary story and I expect certain things from a well written contemp. First, the characters have to be believable and most of all real. Karen is one of my favorite contemp protagonists. She is a girl who struggles with not only staying on top of a competitive sport, but also with the tragedy that has forever changed her life.

I love how Julie introduced Coach Bentley and most of all, Jordan. The parallel between Jordan and Karen's coping processes made for the best kind of reading -- the kind where you feel all the feelings the characters are going through and you appreciate their struggles all the more.

I gave this book 5-stars and I wish I could tack on a few more. Go add it to your goodreads TBR and go buy it, at your favorite e-tailer, when it's released sometime this August. If you'd like to read about the inspiration and choice of the self-publishing route for LtR, go read Julie's post on her blog.

Here's the official synopsis, and I think you'll see why I loved this story so much:
A Mature YA contemporary set in the tough world of Elite Gymnastics. Grief, love and pursuing dreams are at the forefront of this emotionally powerful coming-of-age story.

Seventeen year old Karen Campbell has just lost both her parents in a tragic car accident. Grief stricken and alone, her gymnastics coach opens his home to Karen, providing her a place to live while she continues to train, working toward a spot on the world championship team.

Coach Bentley’s only child, seventeen year old Jordan is good-looking and charming enough to scare away a girl like Karen—someone who has spent ten times more hours on balance beams and uneven bars than talking or even thinking about boys. But the two teens share a special connection almost immediately. It turns out Jordan has a tragic past of his own, grief buried for years.

As Karen’s gymnastics career soars, her nightmares and visions of the horrible accident grow in strength. She can only avoid facing her grief for so long before it begins to surface and ultimately spin out of control in a very dangerous way. Can discovering love and lust (simultaneously) help with the grieving process or will it only provide a temporary distraction while waiting for reality to hit full force.

All I Need by Susane Colasanti, Book Review

By: Susane Colasanti
Published by: Viking
Released on: May 21st, 2013
Source: arc from publisher to review
3 Stars: It's a Good Beach Read
Purchase it from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads

The last night of summer is only the beginning.

Skye wants to meet the boy who will change her life forever. Seth feels their instant connection the second he sees her. When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it’s obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did—and if she will ever see him again. Even if they find their way back to each other, can they make a long-distance relationship work despite trust issues, ex drama, and some serious background differences?

Teen favorite Susane Colasanti returns to the alternating-voice style of her beloved debut When It Happens in this Serendipity-inspired story about summer, soul mates, and the moments that change our lives forever

It's Summertime and that means it's time to hit the lake, beach, pool and anywhere else you can find to keep cool, with a book in hand. Susane's newest release ALL I NEED is one of those reads that is perfect for laying out by the pool, or relaxing at the beach. It's a light and fluffy romantic read, that doesn't dive too deep into realistic relationships, problems, and everything in between. If it isn't Summer time where you live, then don't worry, All I Need is still a book I'd recommend picking. It's one of those enjoyable reads you grab when you don't want to read something heavy, or find yourself too emotionally invested with what's going on with the characters. It's an all around good read.

All I Need is that nice, fun, light weight read you can sit and devour in a couple hours, and enjoy every moment you spend doing so. 

One of the things I liked about All I Need is the lighter tone it had. I like how Susane was able to tackle issues all teens deal with like sex, friendships, family relationships, heartbreaks, jealously, loyalty, figuring out how to pursue your dreams, going to college and everything else that we've all either dwelt with at this age, or are dealing with now, without anything being heavy. There are times when I except to be completely invested with a book mentally, emotionally etc, and then there are times when I just want to sit down and read a story without having to connect with it on that kind level, but can still enjoy it while I'm reading. This is one of those reads for me. 

Another thing I like about All I Need is the way the story is told. It alternates between Skye and Seth's point of views. In doing so I liked seeing the two of them individually, as well as when they were together. I felt like Susane did a great job at allowing me understand Seth and Skye. Their relationship in my opinion was realistic. They're not perfect people, their relationship isn't perfect, but together they have something special. That part of their relationship made sense. They had enjoyable, fluffy, summer romance that grew into something much more.  I liked that they had to figure out how to make it work. 

Seth's from the "other" side of town, has to work to support himself, has had his heart recently broken, isn't looking for love, and as the story continues starts his first year at college. Skye on the other hand comes from a well to do family, is a senior in high school, has the dramas that come with high school, best friends who are fighting, and parents who are some what involved with what she's doing. Somewhere in between all this is a relationship that centers on soulmates, and finding your true love. Set at the beach, and fueled by romance, ALL I NEED is definitely a summer romantic read I'd recommend picking up.