The Best and Worst of Books and Blogs (Day 1)!

Blogger Book Fair Button copyDoes anyone remember 2012? What an eventful year. U.S. re-elected Obama. Facebook went public. Kate Middleton became preggers. And my debut novel, What Kills Me, came out (that totally deserves to be up there…right?)

In any case, for the 2013 Blogger Book Fair, I invited some amazing authors and bloggers to help me reflect on the BEST AND WORST in books from the last year. I’m honored to be joined by Becca Campbell, author of Foreign Identity and Sub-Normal, Thomas Winship, author of the thrilling Vaempires series, and Kayla Curry, author of Obsidian and the organizer of this awesome fair.

Best Chapter-by-Chapter Recap of the Most Controvercial Book of 2012: Jenny Trout did what many of us could not. She endured reading 50 Shades of Grey and recapped each chapter in a hilarious and sometimes serious way. She continued her venture by reading 50 Shades Darker and is now working on 50 Shades Freed. Not only is Jenny Trout funny and opinionated, but she is also a talented author. — Kayla Curry

Vaempires- Zombie Rising Front CoverBest mash-up of popular undead things: Thomas Winship brought zombies and vampires together in his third book, Vaempires: Zombies Rising. Vamp-bies. Or zom-pires? Who cares. Awesomesauce. — Wynne Channing

Best Opossum Sorcerer Reginald from Flight of Blue by Anna Howard. He is haughty and condescending, a mighty feat for someone so small, so furry, and who often goes around unclothed as to appear incognito as an ordinary “possum.” He is often quite hilarious without ever realizing it. — Becca Campbell

Best example of sisterly love (and I ain’t talkin’ ’bout lesbian nuns): Nikki Jefford’s Twitches in Entangled. — Thomas Winship

Best come-on lines to a grieving woman (‘cuz mourning girls need love, too): Rachel Firasek’s Creating Fate. — T.W.

Imhotep VS vampsMost unlikely defeat There’s no way a mummy would ever kill a vampire. Uh…vampires are already dead! But it happened in the Tournament of Monsters on my blog at last year’s Blogger Book Fair. Rematch please. — W.C.

Best summer novel-writing adventure JuNoWriMo (, the brain child of Becca Campbell and Anna Howard, provides a tightly-knit group of support and camaraderie for writers who want to tackle a novel in June. And it’s loads of fun! — B.C.

Best example of an author who fights for the good guys Rebecca Hamilton launched her Books Against Bullying campaign to draw attention to an important issue. Support her! — W.C.

Best “thank the heavens for a heroine who puts a$$ kickin’ ahead of (a$$) kissin'”: Wynne Channing’s Zee in What Kills Me. — T.W. (I swear, I didn’t give Thomas any money to write this. Well, I may have threatened to hurt him a little.)

Best fantasy novel to make love to my eyes in a loooooong time (sigh): S.M. Boyce’s Lichgates. — T.W.

revampBest “Why Me?” lines ever (“I was drugged, I was hungry, I was angry, I had just committed my first murder, and I was covered in other people’s bodily fluids. California was not at all what I expected.”): Beck Sherman’s Revamp. — T.W.

Best uniter of independent authors Kayla Curry, coordinator of the Blogger Book Fair, deserves a huge credit for getting so many great authors and bloggers together in one place several times a year. — B.C.


b207764d1bc499b48410087677afaa11About Becca J. Campbell: An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca J. Campbell looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two. She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity.

Connect with Becca! 
Twitter: @beccajcampbell
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Author PicAbout Thomas Winship: Thomas Winship lives in New York. He holds an MBA in Management from St. Thomas Aquinas College, where he serves as MBA Director and adjunct professor of courses in English Composition, Communications, and Business. He also spent fifteen years working for a global pharmaceutical company, specializing in organizational development, talent management, and training.Tom writes in his spare time. His first novel, Temporary Insanity, was a 2008 finalist in a national contest but failed to garner industry attention. Væmpires: Revolution, his second novel (first in the Væmpires series) was published in October, followed by Væmpires: White Christmas and Væmpires: Zombie Rising.He is an avid collector of books, comic books, music, and movies. His interests are diverse: on any given day, Tom is likely to be found watching a horror movie, attending a hard rock concert, or enjoying a Broadway show.

Connect with Thomas

Website I Facebook I Twitter I Pinterest I YouTube

Goodreads I Shelfari I Amazon Author Page

6442931About Kayla Curry: Kayla Curry lives in North Platte, Nebraska with her husband and two year old son. She is always getting ideas for stories from random thoughts and places, but a lot of inspiration comes from the wide range of people she sees while working front desk at a local hotel. Journalism was an important part of learning who she was as a writer, but ultimately, Kayla’s creativity won over and she decided to write fiction short stories in her free time. She recently published the debut novel in her Mystic Stones Series, entitled, Obsidian.

Connect with Kayla! Website | Twitter Facebook | Blog | Goodreads

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