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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-11-25 23:04
Subject: SCONES AND SENSIBILITY
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I can't believe it's almost time for the December 22nd release of my critique buddy's debut middlegrade novel, SCONES AND SENSIBILITY!

As a HUGE fan of both L.M. Montgomery and Jane Austen, I can tell you that I heart the main character, Polly Madassa, and that you will too!

To celebrate this fantabulous book's release, author Lindsay Eland is holding a contest that just may allow YOU to get your hands on a copy of your very own! Check it out!
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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-10-04 14:50
Subject: Just Right!!!
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Too Purpley!

This one doesn't hit shelves for a few months yet, but I loved it so much (almost as much as I love its author), I just had to post an early review over at YABC.

TOO PURPLEY! is made of awesome!!!!!!

I'll just have to update and feature it more as the publication date gets a bit closer.
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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-10-02 22:30
Subject: Another Awesome Book!
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PositivelyPositively by Courtney Sheinmel is an important book that stands head and shoulders above its peers. With a very real voice, it captures the important "firsts" of a girl who must move on with life after her mother dies of AIDS complications. Count on an emotional journey, including a powerful scene in chapter seven. Read my full review over at YABC!
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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-09-29 21:43
Subject: Bounced E-mails
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I've had some long-term technical difficulties that I didn't even know about. If I haven't responded to an e-mail sent to my "julie AT juliemprince DOT com address, please assume that I never got your message. We're talking within the past...say...six months!!!  *le sigh*
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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-09-26 23:42
Subject: SCBWI Arizona
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What a fabulous show they put on at their annual "Welcome to Our House" Conference!
I had such a great time re-connecting with friends and colleagues, and I learned a ton from this year's amazing faculty:


Jennifer Rees,
Senior Editor,
Scholastic Press
Miriam Hees, Publisher,
Blooming Tree Press
Katherine Jacobs, Associate Editor,
Roaring Brook Press
Laura Rennert, Senior Agent,
Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Loraine Joyner, Art Director,
Peachtree Publishers
Bradford Hees, Editorial Director,
Blooming Tree Press

Thanks to everyone who participated and to everyone who came up and talked to me throughout the day. I loved working at the conference again this year!
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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-09-23 11:18
Subject: Libba Bray Blog Tour
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I love reading Libba Bray's blog (libba_bray), and I know she has a wild personality. When I agreed to host her blog tour over at YABC (Young Adult & Kids Books Central), I knew we'd be in for a real treat. I was right!

Check it out!


 
Going Bovine
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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-09-05 17:35
Subject: It's Time to Give it Up
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I have had a heart-to-heart with my lovely (and brutally honest) writing partner and come to an alarming realization: my book reviewing is keeping me from writing!

 

Of course, this had occurred to me previously, but the examples she pointed out made it too obvious to ignore.

 

When I started reviewing, the purpose was clear. I wanted to be well-read within the children’s and young adult genres. I wanted to help promote books and authors that I loved. I wanted to be able to break down plots and identify what I loved and what I disliked about certain books and storylines. I knew this would help me in my own writing. I was right.

 

But, for the past several months, my reviewing has dropped off significantly, and my guilt over that has kept me from writing (ie: I can’t justify writing anything new right now, when I’m so far behind with promised reviews). Sure, I have the obvious excuse of having a brand new baby. Pregnancy and newborn care are time consuming, energy draining, and downright exhausting! But, I have also been fighting with this review vs. writing balance that shouldn’t even exist.

 

So, I’m planning to finish reading the books I’m working on and the ones that I feel committed to reading and/or reviewing (I always agree to read the books sent to me, I do not agree to review them, although I try), and then I’ll retire from reviewing. I still intend to do casual and periodic reviews on my blog when I feel compelled and on the YABC and TRT sites if Kim and Jen will let me. I will also continue my author interviews for Teacher-Librarian Magazine and other forums (blog tour stops for YABC and here on LJ), as I think they help me stay connected in the kidlitosphere. That is very important to me.

 

Basically, I no longer intend to pressure myself or to feel guilty about not getting to certain reviews that I “should” do. I refuse to “should all over myself” any longer!

 

It’s time to get busy writing and stop making excuses for not following my dream!

 

If you have any questions about my news, please fire away via e-mail: julie AT juliemprince DOT com

 

Otherwise, I’ll still be around, so please stop by and say hi!

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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-08-30 18:59
Subject: Author Interviews
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As some of you may be aware, I write the Author Portrait column for Teacher-Librarian Magazine.

I've interviewed people like LJ's own Laurie Halse Anderson and Coe Booth, along with E. Lockhart, M.T. Anderson, Chris Crutcher, Suzanne Crowley, and a few others.

I'm wondering who YOU would like to see interviewed in the coming months?



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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-07-10 13:59
Subject: More Books
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Oh, yeah!
I forgot to list a few of the other books I read during maternity leave:

MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD
HUNGER GAMES
THE GRAVEYARD BOOK
CATCHING FIRE

How could I forget these titles?!
I listened to a couple of audio books as well. :-)

Plus, I'm currently reading FATE.

I'm a happy, happy reader, if a reviewer who's behind in reviewing.
A few of them are up on YABC's site: www.yabookscentral.com

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Julie M. Prince
Date: 2009-07-07 14:42
Subject: Books, Books, and More Books!
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Thank you all for the many congratulations on The Littlest Prince!

Life is chaotic and exciting right now, as we fit the newest member of our family into his own little niche.

There has been little time to read since June 6th, but as I come back to the land of the living, I've started to find time to catch up
on reviews from when I was reading like mad while expecting. Some people knit booties, I read!

Some books that stood out during this period:

I'M REALLY NOT TIRED written by Lori Sunshine, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler
ALSO KNOWN AS HARPER by Ann Haywood Leal
and
ABSOLUTELY MAYBE by Lisa Yee

I also read and may be writing up reviews on:
I NEED MY MONSTER written by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam
GOOD NIGHT WORLD
11 BIRTHDAYS
EMMA-JEAN LAZARUS FELL OUT OF A TREE
THE I LOVE YOU BOOK
DISTANT WAVES
LEAF
THE PATRON SAINT OF BUTTERFLIES
CHRISTIAN THE LION
NEWES FROM THE DEAD
HECK: Where the Bad Kids Go
A GARDEN OF OPPOSITES
I'M YOUR PEANUT BUTTER BIG BROTHER
THIS LITTLE BUNNY CAN BAKE
CHASING BLUE

In the TBR pile, we have:

HOLES
MAMA'S KISS
TEENAGE FAIRY PRINCESS
MEXICAN WHITE BOY

and too many others to list!

So, as you can see, we have the old, the new, and everything in between!
I know I missed some in each category. I can assure you that I loved some of these and I "dis-loved" some (including some that shall remain unnamed because I disliked them so much). I can't wait to fill you in on why I loved some of these and dis-loved others.

I'm still posting reviews on YABC (www.yabookscentral.com), TRT (www.teensreadtoo.com), and ALAN (http://www.alan-ya.org/), so watch for my reviews there as I get caught up!

Tell me what's new with you! What have you been reading, loving, and dis-loving?!






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