Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blog Tour! When I'm not Writing with Lauren Baratz-Logsted


Little Women and Me by Lauren Baratz-Logsted 
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy 
Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release: November 8, 2011
ISBN-10: 1599905140
ISBN-13: 978-1599905143
Buy the Book: Amazon

About the Book: 
Emily is sick and tired of being a middle sister. So when she gets an assignment to describe what she'd change about a classic novel, Emily pounces on Little Women. After all, if she can't change things in her own family, maybe she can bring a little justice to the March sisters. (Kill off Beth? Have cute Laurie wind up with Amy instead of Jo? What was Louisa May Alcott thinking?!) 

But when Emily gets mysteriously transported into the world of the book, she discovers that righting fictional wrongs won't be easy. And after being immersed in a time and place so different from her own, it may be Emily-not the four March sisters-who undergoes the most surprising change of all. Lauren Baratz-Logsted's winning confection will appeal to fans of Little Women as well as anyone who enjoys a modern twist on an old favorite.
 


About the Author:
Lauren grew up in Monroe, CT. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, where she majored in psychology.

In addition to writing, Lauren’s daughter keeps her busy, accounting for the rest of her time. Lauren’s favorite color is green and she loves penguins.
 
 
WHEN I'M NOT WRITING
A Guest Post by author of LITTLE WOMEN AND ME!
 
I'm a bit of an oddball. Most of my waking hours are consumed with either writing or reading. You already know about the writing part, but in terms of reading I tend to be - what's the word? - voracious. So far this year, I've read 141 books, and this has actually been a less-voracious-than-usual reading year for me; one New Year's Eve, I made the resolution to read 365 books in the coming year and succeeded - I know, crazy, right?

Some of my favorite YA novels I've read this year are Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver; Please Ignore Vera Dietz, by A.S. King; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs; and Cryer's Cross, by Lisa McMann. My favorite adult novel read in 2011 is The Old Romantic, by Louise Dean.  
 
There are actually a few things I do besides writing or reading, believe it or not. In my family - which includes my husband Greg and 11-year-old daughter Jackie, with whom I write The Sisters 8 series for young readers, http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/sisters8/ - we are big on TV. We like Terra Nova, House, Glee, The New Girl, Raising Hope, Parenthood, Revenge, The X Factor, Once Upon a Time, and Pan Am. And that's just what we watch on regular TV! We also Netflix things and buy DVDs. Our current addiction is The Big Bang Theory. Oh, and I also take a break from writing every day at three p.m. to catch up on General Hospital. (Do you think Crazy Lisa is really dead? I don't think Crazy Lisa is really dead. And is it possible that Jake is alive? But how are the writers going to pull that off since for once there was, in fact, a body? The mind reels.)

I also love to spend time with my kid. She's seriously cool and I know it'll be just a blink in time before she's off to college and on her own, so I'm making the most of every moment.

As you can see, what with my intense writing/reading/viewing/hanging-out-with-my-kid schedule, there's very little time left over to do anything else, which means I spend very little energy on either cooking or cleaning. I do know how to use the buttons on the microwave and so long as there's nothing crawling, I figure the old homestead is clean enough.

You can read more about Lauren's life and work at www.laurenbaratzlogsted.com. 
 

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