Monday, December 1, 2014

DESERTED is ON SALE for $.99!

Get it while it's desert-hot!

The desert can be dangerous...especially when you've been deserted.

Seventeen-year-old Kara is done spying on people for her father, the wealthy and morally corrupt businessman Dr. Ellison. Last summer, when her father’s project literally blew up, she fell hard for one of his victims: Leo, the hot musician who made her question her family’s rules. Now Leo’s clear across the country, and Kara’s ready to reinvent herself in Las Vegas.

Of course her father has to mess up that plan, too. He claims a rogue environmental group wants him dead because of his latest alternative energy business venture, and that he needs Kara back on his payroll as the only one he can fully trust. With nowhere else to turn, Kara sends Leo a distressed text message – just before she’s kidnapped, a bargaining chip of the vigilantes who are determined to end her father’s moneymaking plans.

Leo is battling the pains of his last run-in with Dr. Ellison but he wastes no time hopping a plane to Vegas to rescue Kara. As he struggles to find her, the pair tries to learn all they can about the project Dr. Ellison is directing in the hopes of using the information to free Kara. Because if there’s one thing they’ve learned from Dr. Ellison, it’s that no risk is too big when it comes to fame and fortune, life and death.

Thanks, readers, for your years of support!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Library Lost&Found #6: Why Did the Turkey Go to the Library?

In honor of Thanksgiving weekend leftovers, today's LL&F is not an abandoned object, but rather someone who got lost and then found the library.

In the words of a favorite blog's ( turkey cakes, "Goble, goble!"

Have a great holiday season, aka Buy Books For All!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Library Lost&Found #5: I Don't Like the Drugs But the Drugs Like Me*

*with apologies to Marilyn Manson

Tip of the Day: Check out the fabulous authors and illustrators coming to the Rochester Children's Book Festival on Saturday, November 19!

Sometimes the items found inside the library are unidentifiable without using the human sense of taste, like this baggie of [basil? oregano? crushed bud?] greens tucked inside a book, apparently from lot #7166:

Or this pile of [flour? crushed chalk? coke?] white powder in the parking lot:

And just in case you were uncertain on this, the best place to keep your tobacky tin is inside a book on CD case:


Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Library Lost&Found #4: Happy Birthday!

Tip of the Day: Need some book suggestions? Check out my reviews on LiveJournal and Rochester & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine

I've mentioned library donations before -- those boxes of books, DVDs, & CDs that patrons bring us to resell in our Friends store. We get some awesome new materials that bring in cash flow so I can keep offering programs like my upcoming Hallow-Teen Psych Night (my favorite YA program of the year!).

But sometimes you can tell when a donor is merely cleaning out a family member's house -- or their own -- and just can't bear to throw anything away. So they figure they'll bring their crap to the library.

Because really, as much as outdated technology makes me sad in some ways, we can't easily sell VHS tapes anymore.

You know what we really can't sell? VHS home videos.

You know what we really really can't sell?

Thank the lords they also gave us the sequel. I didn't want to be left hanging!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Library Lost&Found #3 (or Send In the Clowns*)

*They're already here!

Tip of the Day: Ask your local public library when they hold their used book sales. Not only will you find some true gems at these events, but you'll score great deals and support the library for the coming year!

Some Library L&F items fall into the category of "lost in the stacks" and "found while staff were weeding/searching for something else legit."

One such recent type of L&F item was brought to my attention by a fabulous colleague while she was weeding the stacks. It really doesn't need any more commentary than the item itself provides (circa 1984):

And in case you need to know what exactly what this entails:

Obviously the book wouldn't be complete without an appendix of clown face make-up ideas:

If my life as an author and librarian doesn't work out, you know I'll be going full Clown Ministry. Boo yeah!

Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Library Lost&Found #2 (or Car Alarming)

Tip of the Day: There's still time to enter my giveaway for two new YA novels!

Some items that are stashed in the library's Lost & Found wouldn't be humorous if they were encountered, say, on a street corner. Or the side of the road. Maybe even at a gas station. 

What makes them funny is that someone:

a) saw the items in the road/library parking lot, 
b) brought them into the library to be a good samaritan,
c) and our staff put them in the Lost & Found bin.*

Here is one such case:

Yes, one day I came into work and found a hubcap in our Lost & Found bin.

Immediate thoughts:

a) would anyone who lost a hubcap actually check inside the library for it?
b) omg take my picture with my eyes looking through the holes!

Anyone missing a hubcap?


*Please note I love my staff and adore that they put these items in Lost & Found, because what is the other choice? Tell the supposed do-gooder who brought it in to put it back where they found it? Immediately throw it in the garbage? No, we must respect the Lost & Found items!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Library Lost&Found #1 (or Cat-astrophe)

Tip of the Day: If you missed WriteOnCon this week, that's OK! Check out the archives and speaker list for current agent and editor information.

For the past six years, I have wanted to blog about this topic, and finally, after three years of collecting photos, I am taking the plunge.

What am I talking about?

Library Lost&Found, of course!

Background: I am in charge of the Circulation Department at my library, and with that I inherited "management" of the Lost & Found. This highly evolved area consists of a plastic crate (probably a lost & found item itself back in the day) sitting on a small table in the cart room.

At any one time the L&F may be full of the following items:

  • Mittens/gloves
  • Notebooks/pens
  • Umbrellas
  • Canes
  • Sunglasses/reading glasses
  • Action figures
  • Sippy cups/bottles
  • Flash drives
  • Etc.
However, there is the occasional time where something completely outlandish ends up in the L&F and I think to myself one/many of the following:
  • Who could forget that?
  • Who would bring that into the library in the first place
  • Who would own that in the first place?
  • Why did we even save that in L&F instead of throwing it out? 
While I am considering the above, I am also usually laughing hysterically and I thought I should share that hilarity with the blog-reading world.

I started collecting photos about three years ago, and it evolved from just items that were placed in the L&F to also include:
  • Notes/letters/school assignments found around the library
  • Items stuck in books
  • Items donated to the library
Now, to kick off Library Lost&Found, this is a recent item that was donated to the library. Keep in mind, we don't actually accept clothing donations...yet somehow these furry faces found their way into our building with a box of books....

A number of questions arise:
  1. Why did someone think printing cat faces all over the front of a giant t-shirt would be attractive?
  2. When they realized it wasn't attractive, why did they think the library would want it?
Oh, wait, I guess the library did want it since I'm wearing it. But only because it was too amazing to pass up adding the tongues and tail and then gifting it to my director. 

But the kitty print itself is all natural, baby! MEOW!

Until next time...

Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing