Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July Author in the Spotlight Wrap-up + Giveaway

July Author in the Spotlight Wrap-up + Giveaway

Anything but Ordinary Giveaway ends at midnight tonight.  Hurry and Enter.

What the heck?  It is the end of July already?  I can hardly believe that I go back to work in 16 days and students will arrive in my classroom in such a short amount of time.  July just flew by.  My brother got married, we spend the 4th at my in-laws and last weekend we went camping and visited the literary place of Walnut Grove, MN.  Home of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I had a great month, reading.  I participated in two read-a-thons and read lots of great books including Anything but Ordinary by Lara Avery, July's Author in the Spotlight.

If you would like to enter for a chance to win one of four books of Anything but Ordinary please enter here:  Anything but Ordinary giveaway

Please check out my book review of Anything but Ordinary.  Lara Avery has created a fascinating contemporary book that is a mixture of love story, drama and tragedy.  Her characters are emotional beings who have suffered because of a accident that changed each of their lives in dramatic ways.  Anything but Ordinary reminds the reader that life is fragile and that anything can happen.  Bryce is a well developed main character that you can relate to and Avery draws the reader in from the very first page with her writing style.

Anything but Ordinary Book Review

Next you can check out the Author Interview of Lara Avery.  She shares her favorite authors and books as well as giving the back story behind her young adult novel.  Lara also tells us a little bit about what she is writing now and it looks good, hint, hint.

Lara Avery Author Interview

Lara wrote a guest post on the subject of summer.  She talks about why her book, Anything but Ordinary takes place in the summer and she shares her personal summer reading experiences and adventures.

Lara Avery Guest Post

It has been a pleasure to work with Lara Avery this month and I would like to thank her for being the July Minnesota Author in the Spotlight.  I met Lara Avery at the Twin Cities Book Festival in October, 2012.  Anything but Ordinary was recently released and Lara was bubbly and on cloud nine.  She gladly handed me a copy and I am so glad I was able to feature her on BookSnob.  Please check out Lara's website at