Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Oh wow guys. Things have been insanely busy for me. I'm not sure if I've actually ever been this busy, or at least in a very long time. Last week was the first week of school, my sister got married and I finished my revisions. Busy, busy times.

BUT now things have seemed to slow down and I plan on...sleeping. Ha! Okay, maybe not ALL the time. But more of it. Defintely.

And I've got WINNERS to announce for my celebration contest!

Angelina Hansen is the winner of GOOD ENOUGH by Paula Yoo

Tina Jones-Jovanovic is the winner of WHAT WILL YOU BE, SARA MEE? by Kate Aver Avraham 

Congrats guys!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Korea's Got the Coolest Stuff

A friend of mine sent me this link and I was like: "A virtual grocery store? Brilliant!"

But the thing is, if anyone can do it, Korea can. They are so technologically advanced and service orientated, it's totally expected.

Basically, it's a shopping experience catered for those too busy to shop. Tesco (similar to the American version of Walmart) has created a virtual supermarket in a subway station. While waiting for your train to arrive, why not get your grocery shopping done in the meantime?

I know, it's a busy mom's dream come true.

First, browse through the products on the wall. Then scan the bar code of the item you want with your cell phone. And viola! A basket of your goods will be delivered directly to your apartment!

See? It's cool. Very cool.  

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Christine Fonseca Interviews Me

Hey guys! I've had the honor of being interviewed by Christine Fonseca over at her blog: Opening the Door to New Worlds.

Christine is a school psychologist by day and lover of books by night. So she began to blend the two together and wrote parenting and advice books for kids that delve into the often turbulent world of emotional intensity and giftedness. In addition to writing books related to giftedness, she writes contemporary, fantasy, romance, and gothic novels for teens.

Please stop by here and say 'hi'!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Party Time!

Oh my gosh guys. You are absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for all of your kind words and congratulations. It was totally a Christmas-in-July-day. Each of your messages were like little presents. You guys ROCK!

And now it's time to PARTY!

For starters, we need music. If you ever get a chance to see the Nanta show, I highly recommend it! These drummers are amazing.

A party is never a party without food. Today's party choices are:

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake (my family's favorite)

GAMES! Look to your right at the side bar. Be sure to vote for your favorite type of chocolate!

And most importantly: CONTEST TIME!

As many of your know, I lived and taught at an international school in Seoul, Korea for the last 8 years. While there, I fell in love with the country and its people. So I wrote a book about my experiences.

So as you can imagine, I'm a fan of Korean-based literature. To celebrate, I'm giving away three Korean-based books in three different genres: picture book, middle grade, and young adult.

Here they are:

About the Book:

Will she be an artist? A cook? A writer?

Sara Mee is turning one, and her family and friends gather for her tol, or first-birthday celebration. Food and presents abound, but most exciting of all is the traditional Korean prophecy game, called the toljabee, which predicts what Sara Mee will be when she grows up.

ARCHER'S QUEST by Linda Sue Park
About the Book:

Twelve-year-old Kevin, a Korean American math whiz, is shocked beyond belief when a young man, complete with bow and arrows, crash lands in his bedroom. And that's just the beginning. The man, called Skillful Archer, claims to be a legendary ruler from ancient Korea. While Kevin tries explaining contemporary life to the man he nicknames Archie, the young ruler teaches Kevin about focusing his thoughts in an attempt to help him return to his kingdom.  
GOOD ENOUGH by Paula Yoo

How to Make Your Korean Parents Happy
1. Get a perfect score on the SATs.
2. Attend Korean church every week, no matter what.
3. Don't talk to boys. (They will distract you from your studies.)
4. Get into Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, Brown, Penn, MIT, Stanford, University of California at Berkeley, Smith/Mount Holyoke/Bryn Mawr/Wellesley. Then get into Harvard or Yale Law School and/or Harvard or Yale Medical School.
5. Become a Korean doctor. When all else fails, marry a Korean doctor.

Aren't these fantastic books? You know you want them! Fill out the form below and mark which book you prefer. I will choose one winner from each category.

Contest ends Aug. 13th.