Friday, August 30, 2013


Hi everyone!!  So, Agent T just told me about this great opportunity for writers :-).  The Full Circle Literary Team is holding a writer's boot camp called:


Just click the link for more details.  It sounds really awesome, you guys.  In addition to learning how to make your writing stand out, you also get to submit your query letter and pages for review.  AND the agents may ask for more pages if they like what they see!!  I can tell you from experience: Agent T gives really fantastic, thoughtful feedback.  If you're a writer, I'd definitely recommend checking it out :-).

Hope you have a great weekend,

Ninja Girl

Monday, August 19, 2013

PEACHES by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Hi all!  I've been in a reading/reviewing slump lately.  Ugh.  As I understand, it happens to a lot of bloggers, but this was a first for me.  Anyway, I'm back and here to spread the word about the great (and not-so-great) books I've read J.

Three Georgia peaches are in for one juicy summer…

This book drew me mainly b/c it's set in the South.  I always enjoy a good Southern read, and this YA was the perfect book for a hot summer day.  Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson is a tale about three girls and a struggling peach orchard.

Birdie, my favorite character, is one of those MCs you can't help but like.  She's innocent and inexperienced--and trips over her own feet in front of cute boys named Enrico :-).  But Birdie has a courageous spirit that won't let her give up on her family's orchard even when all the odds are stacked against her.

Leeda, the good girl (who's still doesn't measure up to her perfect older sister), and Murphy, the too-smart-for-her-own-good bad girl, could care less about the Darlington Peach Orchard.  The girls have absolutely nothing in common--until one amazing summer changes everything.

One of the things I loved best about this book was the setting.  The Darlington Peach Orchard was a character as much as any of the MCs.  I really felt like I was there.  In the heat, tasting the sweetness of the peaches.  So many people depended on this place.  Picking peaches is backbreaking work, but the migrant workers do it b/c the orchard is their livelihood.  In one scene, an early frost threatens to destroy everything.  In a last act of desperation, Birdie sets fires between the rows of trees, burning any spare wood she can get her hands on.  Loved this scene.  It showed Birdie's bravery and also how everyone was connected to the orchard.

I also loved the friendships.  In the beginning, the girls are so separate.  Murphy loves to do wild things that'll probably get her into trouble; Leeda likes order and having control; and Birdie is just so innocent.  Their friendship develops through days spent picking peaches and nights out skinny dipping at the lake.  The orchard becomes a safe haven for all three of them.  It's like this magical place where everything else melts away.

The romance was sprinkled in at just the right moments.  Birdie and Enrico were so sweet together.  And poor Birdie!  This was her first experience with a boy she liked, and she had no idea how to tell him, and then???  He up and disappears back to Texas b/c peach season is over.  The three girls embark on a road trip, chasing Enrico and Birdie's happy ending… but you'll have to read to see how that meeting turns out ;).

Lots of humor, friendships, romance and Southern flavor.  Peaches was a great summer read--a great anytime read--and I'll definitely be checking out more of Anderson's work!

Happy reading,

Ninja Girl

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Teaser Tuesday: PEACHES by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading. Here are the rules:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open it to a random page
  • Share two "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO REVEAL SPOILERS! (Be sure not to spoil the book for others!
  • Make sure your sentences don't reveal something important!)
  • Include the title and author to, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!

"That summer, at a bar on Mertie Creek, two truckers by the names of Saddle Tramp and Mad Dog emerged from a night of drinking booze and listening to Kenny Chesney on the jukebox to find girls' underwear--one thong, one Days of the Week (Sunday), and one monkey face--lying across their windshields.  That same summer, rotten fish of an unidentified variety was found in the vent openings of several bathrooms at the Balmeade Country Club, and nobody suspected the connection."--pg. 1, Peaches

First two rocking sentences of this fantastic book :-).  I loved everything about Peaches, but this opening was hilarious--and also made me buy the book in the first place!  (Note to self: Need to do a review of this one :))

Happy reading,

Ninja Girl