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Tween the Weekends and Your Voice Matters (YVM 31)

To tie in a bit with the post I wrote on the Emblazoners blog on Sept. 11, I thought I’d post about an awesome idea I saw from a 13 year-old girl named Kaylee on’s Facebook page a couple of days ago. For her 13th birthday, instead of asking for presents from her friends, she got a list of needed items from a local homeless shelter and asked her friends to donate!


Picture from’s Facebook page.

Pictured here is Kaylee, standing next to Terry Davidson, director of Clark County Homeless Coalition in Winchester, KY. You can see all the donations this simple request generated for the shelter. Way to go Kaylee!

Many kids these days are bombarded with toys and gifts for birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays, and because of this, they begin to lose their meaning or importance. Kaylee’s gesture not only provided the shelter with some much-needed supplies, it also reinforced how lucky many of us are to have even the basic necessities of life that others aren’t so fortunate to have. So, the next time a birthday or other special event comes up in your household, consider having a “donation party” instead of the traditional party with gifts given to the honoree. You might find those donation gifts carry a bigger impact to everyone involved!

You can find a bunch more ‘Tween the Weekend posts right here. Go have a look and give a shout out to all the Tweens out there!

Tween the Weekends: News From Hollywood!

Here we are again, ‘tween the weekends in the last week of the month! Where did August go? Today I thought we’d look at some upcoming movies that are sure to be of interest to Tweens in the next few months. First though, I want to show you some fun pics from one of the Teen Choice Award gift lounges. Copies of A Measure of Disorder and Knot in Time were on display and picked up by two up and coming young actors.


Screen shot 2013-08-22 at 8.14.06 AMJoey Luthman is a talented young performer who appeared most recently as Teen Zoltan in an episode of Disney’s A.N.T. Farm this year. Ironically, his character built a time machine and now he’s reading my time travel adventure! He has also appeared in episodes of iCarly and How to Rock on Nickelodeon.

Joey will be starring in a movie titled Opening Night that is currently filming and releasing some time in 2014. It’s a comedy about a high school production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and looks like it could be a lot of fun!

Ty Parker picked up both A Measure of Disorder and Knot in Time. He’ll be appearing in the highly anticipated Ender’s Game, coming this November. Ty’s also performed in several skits on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last year.

I love the fact that these busy teens are still taking the time to read books! I wish you boys nothing but the best in all your future endeavors!

Okay, let’s have a look at some of the movies on the horizon that Tweens, Teens, and even Moms and Dads are salivating for! All links go to YouTube trailers for each movie.

Screen shot 2013-08-27 at 1.20.52 PMAugust:
One Direction: This is Us

Battle of the Year
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Grace Unplugged
Romeo & Juliet

Ender’s Game
Free Birds
Thor: The Dark World
The Book Thief
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games 2)

The Hobbit, Part 2: The Desolation of Smaug
Walking With Dinosaurs
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

There’s a lot of stuff to get excited about in that list and something to please just about any kind of moviegoer. I’m going to have to save my pennies to get to watch all those I’m really jazzed for, especially in November and December! Which ones are you most looking forward to? Did I miss any you’ve been dying to see? Let me know in the comments and enjoy your Tween the Weekend! Don’t forget to head on over to the Emblazoners site for more Tween the Weekend posts!

Tween the Weekends: Pick a Jenni!

tweentheweekends_bannerHere we are, ‘tween the weekends! The fourth Wednesday of each month, Emblazon will host this meme celebrating all things Tween Literature. Be sure to click on the TTW banner above and check out all the other participating blogs!

This week, I’m going to give you a peek inside the world of cover design. I’m currently in the midst of doing a redesign of the covers for the Mother-Earth Series, starting with A Measure of Disorder. As some of you probably know, Jenni Kershaw is the main character and I’m looking to put her front and center (well, maybe slightly off center) for the first time! She’s a fourteen year-old, eighth grade girl with mousy brown hair and brown eyes. You might think it would be easy to find a picture to fit that description, and in some ways, I suppose it was. But, finding Jenni has been a much tougher task. I’ve looked through literally thousands of images on nearly a dozen stock photography sites and I’ve managed to narrow the field down to four.


Jenni #1 is the one I used in the very first book preview movie I did about three years ago, soon after the book first hit the shelves. You can see it here. Candidates #2 through #4 are the newcomers and they all have positives to offer.

So, here’s where you come in. Tell me what you think! Which one of these girls is Jenni in your eyes? Cast your vote in the comments and you’ll be entered to win an ebook copy of the Mother-Earth Series Omnibus (all three books in the series) in your choice of format! So, click that comment button and pick your Jenni! I’ll reveal the winner of the contest as well as give you a sneak peek at the brand new cover in a post some time next week.

In the meantime, stop by on Friday, July 26th for another great contest with a ton of other prizes! I think the summer heat has baked my brain — someone stop me before I give away my kids! Enjoy your Wednesday and have some fun today!