Friday, June 24, 2011


Isn't Kristi from Story Siren just awesome! It's like her day on ALL 4 ALABAMA!!!

She is offering up the best package!!!


of Cherry Cheva's 

To Do List:
  • Ace SATs
  • Ace finals
  • Ace AP physics project
  • Avoid murdering lab partner
  • Submit Yale application
  • Resolve possibly evil twin situation
Due date: December 15th
Countdown: 11 days

By the time Kate Larson accidentally fell asleep at three a.m., she'd already done more work in one night than the average high school senior does in a week. Getting into Yale has been her dream for years—and being generally overworked and totally under-rested is the price of admission. But when she opens her eyes the next day, she comes face-to-face with, well, her face—which is attached to her body, which is standing across the room. Wait, what?

Meet Kate's computer-generated twin. Kate doesn't know why she's here or how to put her back where she belongs, but she's real. And she's the last thing Kate has time to deal with right now. Unless. . .

Could having a double be the answer to Kate's prayers? After all, two Kates can do more work than one. Or will keeping her twin a secret turn her dream future into a living nightmare?


Cass McKenna much prefers the company of ghosts over "breathers." Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody... and Cass loves dirt. She's on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.
But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass's whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.
As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim's life, she's surprised to realize he's not so bad--and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it's time to give the living another chance...



Day 32: Item 1: SIGNED BOOK

Have you ever visited the Story Siren?

No? Well you should. Kristi runs an amazing book blogging site!

She is on top of the hottest titles and debut authors! Well her generosity does not end with just book reviews and cover shows..she also has a few items up for auction!

We start with this SIGNED COPY of

Before this all happened, the closest I'd ever come to getting physical with a guy was playing the board game Operation. Okay, so maybe that sounds pathetic, but it's not like there were any guys at my high school who I cared to share more than three words with, let alone my body.
Then I met Wes, a track star senior from across town. Maybe it was his soulful blue eyes, or maybe my hormones just started raging. Either way, I was hooked. And after a while, he was too. I couldn't believe how intense my feelings became, or the fact that I was seeing-and touching-parts of the body I'd only read about in my Gray's Anatomy textbook. You could say Wes and I experienced a lot of firsts together that spring. It was scary. It was fun. It was love.
And then came the fall.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


The absolutely lovely Kelly Creagh is offering up a WONDERFUL package!

a SIGNED COPY of her book

Cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when she is paired with Varen Nethers for an English project, which is due—so unfair—on the day of the rival game. Cold and aloof, sardonic and sharp-tongued, Varen makes it clear he’d rather not have anything to do with her either. But when Isobel discovers strange writing in his journal, she can’t help but give this enigmatic boy with piercing eyes another look.
Soon, Isobel finds herself making excuses to be with Varen. Steadily pulled away from her friends and her possessive boyfriend, Isobel ventures deeper and deeper into the dream world Varen has created through the pages of his notebook, a realm where the terrifying stories of Edgar Allan Poe come to life.
As her world begins to unravel around her, Isobel discovers that dreams, like words, hold more power than she ever imagined and that the most frightening realities are those of the mind. Now she must find a way to reach Varen before he is consumed by the shadows of his own nightmares.
His life depends on it.




Kelly will do a character sketch in the book!!

As a child, Kelly would hold elaborate one-kid plays for patient relatives, complete with song, dance, and over-the-top melodramatics. Then, whenever Mom or Grandma called for a break, she would venture outside to slay dragons, run from make-believe ghosts and create magical feasts for fairies out of mud and pinecones.
In the third grade, Kelly wrote her first book titled Pink Lettuce, a story about a young girl who comes to the aid of her mad scientist neighbor, helping him to return his potion-pink lettuce patch to its original green and leafy luster.
Kelly holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre Arts and Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Today, she finds true joy in transcribing her dramatic daydreams onto the stage of the blank page. When not writing or curled up with a good book, Kelly can be found teaching, learning and performing the ancient art of Bellydance.


The lovely and talented Brenda of Daisy's Etsy Shop 

is offering a beautiful 

Each one has an adorable statement!
Stretch Your Wings
There are always two cups at my table
This "bee" longs to______


Be sure to check out her shop for even more fun items: cards, bookmarks, etc.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


You are bidding blind on this one guys...

This is for a prize package from 

Neil Gaiman's work has been honoured with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honoured with 4 Hugos, 2 Nebulas, 1 World Fantasy Award, 4 Bram Stoker Awards, 6 Locus Awards, 2 British SF Awards, 1 British Fantasy Award, 3 Geffens, 1 International Horror Guild Award and 2 Mythopoeic Awards. 

Neil and his team will be selecting the prize personally!


The adorable and lovely Susan Gregg Gilmore is offering up a yummy prize package!

A SIGNED copy of  



A True Southern POUND CAKE

Yep - you read it correctly! Baked with Susan's own loving hands and delivered to your door!

*Please note that this wonderful package will not deliver until August, when the book comes out in paperback!

Susan Gregg Gilmore was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1961. She began her writing career at the University of Virginia as a reporter for the school’s award-winning newspaper, The Cavalier Daily.
After graduating in 1983, she assumed a secretarial position with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
A year later, she entered graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, earning a Master of Arts in American Studies. She remembers asking a favorite professor about pursuing a writing career, and he told her she needed to live life first.
So she did.  She married in 1985 and with her husband, Dan, has now raised three daughters.
She has made hundreds of cupcakes for bake sales, chaired school book fairs, volunteered in inner-city schools and taught Vacation Bible School all the while writing for papers including the Los Angeles TimesThe Christian Science Monitor and the Chattanooga News-Free Press.
While on staff at the Free Press, Gilmore wrote a weekly column about parenting in the South.
Her first novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, is rooted in summer vacations spent with her paternal grandmother and grandfather, a revival-bred preacher, who after church on Sundays, always took his granddaughters to the Dairy Queen.
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2008) was called a “stand-out coming of age novel” by NPR’s Alan Cheuse and was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) 2009 Book Award Nominee.
Her second novel, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2010), was recently named a 2010 SIBA Summer OKRA Pick.
Gilmore currently lives in Chattanooga with her family.


We hope everyone is having a wonderful first week of summer!

We are thrilled to let y'all know that we have now passed the $7000.00 mark in our efforts to raise money for Tornado Relief!


We cannot believe how amazing you all are! 

Well we are not done yet! Days 26 and forward are STILL LIVE! 

Please note that we made an adjustment to the bidding cycle after Day 25. We decided to extend all auctions that are still live a few more days than 5...they are now live for 8 DAYS (from their posting date)!

So Day 26 auctions will be closing tomorrow, June 23! 
So if you were watching those auctions and thought you had lost worry they are still there to grab!

Be sure to check the right sidebar for updates on closings & dates!

Thank you again and keep up the bidding!

-Courtney & Crystal

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Day 29: Item 2: SIGNED BOOK

Well, guys it just so happens that a lovely friend of Courtney has decided to part ways with a beloved SIGNED book...

This book was given out at an event in Arizona (yes this is the same event Courtney attended in Arizona for Project Book Babe & yes they got into tons of fun, friendly, and authorly trouble out there ;o) ). There were some amazing authors in attendance and Stephenie was one of them!

This is the mass market paperback movie edition


What a wonderful book package! Bid on your chance to win a 


 Michelle Zink's Prophecy of the Sisters is the first in an amazing trilogy!

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.
Lia and Alice don’t know whom they can trust.
They just know they can’t trust each other.
a SIGNED copy of 

Guardian of the Gate - book 2!

If you have not read the first two books in this awesome trilogy then this is the auction for you! Begin the journey and wait for the stunning conclusion on August 3, 2011!

Michelle Zink lives in New York with her four children.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Day 28 Item 3: signed copy of The Wise Man's Fear

To finish out the Patrick Rothfuss books, we also have a signed copy of The Wise Man's Fear, Patrick's newest novel.

For nearly four years, fantasy and science fiction enthusiasts have been eagerly awaiting this second volume to Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles. The first volume, The Name of the Wind, won the prestigious Quill Award and was recently voted as the third-best SFF novel of the decade on In this linchpin book of the trilogy, Kvothe continues his perilous sear

Day 28 Item 2: Signed copy of The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss item 2 of the day! He also sent a signed copy of The Name of the Wind!

The story revolves around Kvothe, an enigmatic red-haired innkeeper who, as he shares his incredible life story with a renowned scribe, turns out to be much more than he appears. Born into a family of nomadic court performers, Kvothe's unconventional education was broadened by spending time with fellow travelers like Abenthy, an elderly arcanist whose knowledge included, among other things, knowing the name of the wind. 

After his parents are brutally murdered by mythical beings known as the Chandrian, Kvothe vows to learn more about the godlike group, and after suffering through years of homelessness, he finally gets his chance when he is admitted into the prestigious University. But the pursuit of arcane knowledge brings with it unforeseen dangers, as the young student quickly learns.

Day 28 Item 1: Signed

The awesome Patrick Rothfuss has donated a signed copy of The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle

It looks like a children's book. It has pictures. It has a saccharine-sweet title. The main characters are a little girl and her teddy bear. But all of that is just protective coloration. The truth is, this is a book for adults with a dark sense of humor and an appreciation of old-school faerie tales.

There are three separate endings to the book. Depending on where you stop, you are left with an entirely different story. One ending is sweet, another is horrible. The last one is the true ending, the one with teeth in it.

The Adventures of the Princess and Mr. Whiffle is a dark twist on the classic children's picture-book. I think of it as Calvin and Hobbes meets Coraline, with some Edward Gorey mixed in.

Simply said: This is not a book for children.


Good Morning Everyone!

IT IS DAY 28!!!

We cannot believe how well this campaign is going! 

It has been a crazy journey and we wanted to take today to give a few updates.

Shipping: For any items that are in our possession & have been paid for; they are to be shipped out this week to the winners! So please watch over the next week for receipt. 

Payments: If there is an item that you have not paid for yet, please do or send us an email about any issues you may be having.

Posting: We still have days that are live and we still have items that will be posted! We have a few authors/publishing companies that have things being sent to us. AS SOON as they are in our possession or we have full details on the items we will post them. 

As you all have, hopefully, been able to see we are trying to raise as much as possible for Hackleburg, Alabama. It is still a town devastated and reeling. It is because of y'all that we are even able to post items, giggle uncontrollably due to the star status of our contributors and to be able to take heart that this community continues to be AMAZING! 

Thank you.

For anyone who is curious, we are now at the $6500 mark!! 

- Courtney & Crystal

Friday, June 17, 2011

Day 27: Item 3: SIGNED BOOK

Black Belt Treasures of Camden, Alabama (Courtney's hometown) is donating a 


 by the late Kathryn Tucker Windham

Kathryn Tucker Windham was a pioneering female journalist in the South. By the close of the Civil Rights era, her hometown Selma, Alabama, newspaper had been taken over by corporate owners, and she sensed it was time to move on. She launched a new career as part social worker, part roving documentarian--photographing and writing about the people and places that fascinated her. When the national storytelling phenomenon took hold in the 1970s, she became a significant part of it. Then came a stint as essayist on National Public Radio's All Things Considered. She also wrote and performed a one-woman play, and served as consultant to public broadcasting. She is one of Alabama's best-known citizens, widely honored--yet she still keeps a busy schedule of public appearances, continuing to write, photograph, and tell stories. Seeking to put her worldly house in order, the nine autobiographical essays in this volume help tidy up the facts and folklore in her professional attic. In sum, Twice Blessed is an intimate visit with a generous spirit.

"I think we need to be put back in touch with our be reminded of what's important, like memories about people we loved, or things that happened to us that affected our lives, things we can laugh about and shed a few tears about... I think storytelling is a way of saying 'I love you. I love you enough to tell you something that means a great deal to me.' "
-- Kathryn Tucker Windham

Kathryn Tucker Windham (June 2, 1918 – June 12, 2011)[1] was an American storytellerauthorphotographer, and journalist. She was born in SelmaAlabama and was raised in nearby Thomasville.
Windham got her first writing job at the age of 12, reviewing movies for her cousin's small town newspaper, The Thomasville Times. She earned a B.A. degree from Huntingdon College in 1939.[2] Soon after graduating she became a reporter for the Alabama Journal. Starting in 1944 she worked for The Birmingham News. In 1946 she married Amasa Benjamin Windham with whom she had three children. In 1956 she went to work at the Selma Times-Journal where she won several Associated Press awards for her writing and photography. A collection of her photographs is on display at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. She died on June 12, 2011. The 2004 documentary filmKathryn: The Story of a Teller, directed by Norton Dill, chronicles Windham's life and varied careers. (From Wikipedia)
This marvelous Alabama storyteller & writer passed away last weekend (June 12) at the age of 93. 
She is one of the great personal influences in our own Courtney's journey through writing.
Yesterday Courtney blogged HERE about this great loss to the writing community.