The ABCs: Bookitcon Edition with Avery Roe (Kendall Kulper)


Today on the blog we have a special guest post from one of the fan authors from BookitCon. (To find out more about BookitCon see below.) Joining us today is Kendall Kulper, author Salt & Storm. Kendall is doing an ABCs post for her her character Avery Roe.


Accessory: Scrimshaw necklace
Avery lives on a whaling island off the coast of Massachusetts rich in history and magic. Her family has traditionally made its living crafting and selling good luck charms to sailors, so she would be all about a necklace with a beautiful charm. This particular charm is an example of scrimshaw, a kind of art form created by whalers on long sailing expeditions. Sailors took pieces of whale teeth or bone, carved images into them, then darkened the lines with ink and gave the pieces away to their friends and loved ones. There are only a handful of traditional scrimshaw artists left in the world (who, these days, work in synthetic whalebone, recycled piano key ivory, or found whalebone), making these charms extra special. (Side note: long before I wrote SALT & STORM, my favorite piece of jewelry was a scrimshaw necklace my dad bought for my mom on their honeymoon)

Book: The 1930s Random House Edition of Moby Dick
Obviously going to have to go with Moby Dick here, since Avery would love to read more about whales and whaling (and she would be intimately familiar with the real story behind Moby Dick: the sinking of the whaleship Essex by a huge, maddened whale), but I can’t just choose any copy. My favorite is the 1930s Random House edition, illustrated by Rockwell Kent, a groundbreaking artist who worked in woodblock prints. His images for Moby Dick are so stunning; gorgeous and evocative, they show an innovative and intimate style well ahead of its time. I loved these pictures so much, I paid homage to them in SALT & STORM by making one of the main characters, Tane, an artist in Kent’s style.

 Clothing: Red velvet jacket
One of my favorite parts of the redesign of SALT & STORM’s cover is the choice the designer made for Avery’s clothing. I was adamant that my strong, independent main character not just be a pretty girl in a pretty dress standing by the ocean, and so when I first saw the image of this tough (and fully covered!) girl running for a storm, I pretty much did backflips. But what I love more than anything is her cute, practical, and eye-catching little red jacket. It’s so perfect: period-appropriate, region-appropriate (hello ocean breezes), but still vibrant and reflective of Avery’s inner fire and spirit. Love it.

The ABCs: Bookitcon Edition with Avery Roe (Kendall Kulper)Salt & Storm (Salt & Storm, #1) by Kendall Kulper
Amazon, Goodreads

Dream-teller. Storm-raiser. Prisoner.

Avery Roe is her mother's captive, and she has fought her whole life to escape and take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island. Though the island is nothing more than a windswept rock out in the ocean, the witch's power is legendary, and it is Avery's birthright. But when Avery foretells her own murder, she knows her life is about to change--many times over. Amid the swirling currents and rising storms of betrayal, first love, and family secrets, she fights to save herself.

Kendall Kulper:
Author of SALT & STORM and DRIFT & DAGGER (9/8/2015)
Little, Brown Young Readers

Bookitcon: Chapter Two

(Full list can also be found here:
Albert Borris
Amanda Foody
Anna Breslaw
April Lindner
AV Geiger
Barbara Dee
Beth Fantaskey
Charlotte Huang
Claire Legrand
Emma Chase
Eric Smith
Jodi Meadows
Josh Berk
Julie Chibbaro
Julie Eshbaugh
Karole Cozzo
Kathryn Holmes
Kendall Kulper
Kit Grindstaff
Lee Kelly
Lisa A. Koosis
Mackenzi Lee
Martina A Boone
Mia Siegert
Nancy Norbeck
Phoebe North
S Usher Evans
Sandy Hall
SJ Goslee
Victoria Scott

Bookitcon: Chapter Two is a charity book event. We currently have 30 incredible authors in our lineup. The book event will include meet-n-greets with the authors, along with two panels and the opportunity to get all of your books signed by all of the authors!

If you purchase the VIP ticket, you will also be invited to a VIP dinner/after party with the authors, along with getting an extra hour to get your books signed!

2:30- 3:30pm VIP signing! (open to VIP ticket holders only)
3:30- 6:00pm Regular signing! (open to all attendees)
3:30- 4:15pm Surprises in Publishing Panel!
4:30- 5:45pm Facts + Fiction Panel!
6:00- 8:00pm VIP Afterparty! (open to VIP ticket holders only)

Panel: Surprises in Publishing
Moderator:    S Usher Evans
Panelists:  Anna Breslaw
Kathryn Holmes
Lee Kelly
Jodi Meadows
Julie Eshbaugh

Panel: Facts vs Fiction
Moderator:    Claire Legrand
Panelists: Beth Fantaskey
Sandy Hall
Kendall Kulper
Mia Siegert
Eric Smith

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Sunday, August 7th, 2016

I decided to start UBUbiz because I wanted a way to combine my passions for reading, business, and charity/community service. After wracking my brain for months, the idea of Bookitcon suddenly appeared! This is my second year hosting Bookitcon, and I can’t wait.

Bookitcon: Chapter Two isn’t just your ordinary book event. I’m working with the nonprofit Grace in the Mud and two K-8 schools in Camden, NJ to help them grow their outdated libraries. The proceeds from this event will be benefiting them.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Things Books Made Me Want to Do


Books are definitely persuasive beasts. Between making you want to visit places and eat all the food it is hard to walk away from a book and not be inspired to do, eat or visit something. I equally love and hate this. I have wanted to visit the most random of places, eat all the Cheetos and french fries and you imagine, and book a flight immediately. Nature of the beast I guess. Here are 10 of the books that made me want to do things:


Anna and the French Kiss




In Real Life

do4Want To Go Private?


Two-Way Street


The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love


The Summer I Turned Pretty


Maybe One Day


Breathe, Annie, Breathe


Since You’ve Been Gone

What books made you want to do things?

*Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish



On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)


As book bloggers and readers we have a ton of books. At any given time I have about 100 books I want to read at once which we all know isn’t possible. But with those 100 books I usually have a few in mind that I want to read (unless I’m in a mood reading phase). Currently I have 6 books that I have my eye on to read next, and one that I am desperate to show up on Edelweiss so I can download it and the read the crap out of it.

On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Published by Delacorte Press
Amazon, Goodreads

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.


On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)Wait for Me by Caroline Leech
Published by HarperTeen
Amazon, Goodreads

Set on a Scottish farm in the spring of 1945, Wait for Me begins as Paul, a severely burned German prisoner-of-war, is sent to the farm to work. Lorna, the farmer’s teenage daughter, soon discovers that in wartime, your family and your allies might not actually be your friends, and your enemy might turn out to be the love of your life. Lorna’s friendship with Paul, and their developing love for each other, is challenged by Lorna’s own prejudices and by the intolerance of her soldier brother and her friends in the village. Ultimately, the events which bring peace to Europe will tear Lorna and Paul apart. What will Lorna have to give up in order to find Paul again?


On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)Caraval (Untitled, #1) by Stephanie Garber
Published by Flatiron Books
Amazon, Goodreads

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by Harlequin Teen
Amazon, Goodreads

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory “Mouse” Dodge, it’s a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime.

Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at public high school. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she’s imagined, there’s one she never dreamed of—that she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with the lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory faces a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants, and the truths that need to be heard.


On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)For This Life Only by Stacey Kade
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Amazon, Goodreads

A young man struggles to move forward after the death of his twin brother in this gripping, coming-of-age tale about loss, redemption, love, and the moment you begin to see the world differently.

Three minutes.

Jacob Palmer died for three life-changing minutes.

And when he woke up, nothing was the same. Elijah, his twin brother, is dead, and his family is broken. Jace’s planned future is crushed, along with his pitching arm. Everyone keeps telling him that Eli’s in a better place, but Jace isn’t so sure. Because in those three minutes, there was nothing.

Overwhelmed by guilt and doubt, Jace struggles to adjust to this new version of the world, one without his brother, one without the certainties he once relied on. And then Thera comes into his life.
She’s the last girl he should be turning to for help.

But she’s also the first person to truly see him.


On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)Wrecked by Maria Padian
Published by Algonquin Young Readers
Amazon, Goodreads

Everyone has heard a different version of what happened that night at MacCallum College. Haley was already in bed when her roommate, Jenny, arrived home shell-shocked from the wild Conundrum House party. Richard heard his housemate Jordan brag about the cute freshman he hooked up with. When Jenny formally accuses Jordan of rape, Haley and Richard find themselves pushed onto opposite sides of the school’s investigation. But conflicting interests fueling conflicting versions of the story may make bringing the truth to light nearly impossible--especially when reputations, relationships, and whole futures are riding on the verdict.


This is the book I am desperate to show up on Edelweiss. I’m about half way through the first and I need more!

On my Radar: Top TBR Books (and a dream book)Corruption (Disruption, #2) by Jessica Shirvington
Published by HarperCollins
Amazon, Goodreads

The thrilling finale to bestselling author Jessica Shirvington's Disruption series.

How do you live with yourself when you've deceived the one you love?
How do you move on when the person you've been fighting to save betrays you?
Two years ago, Maggie Stevens began the hunt.
Four weeks ago, Maggie's world fell apart, when she finally found what she'd been looking for. And when Quentin, who had blindly trusted her, unravelled her web of lies.
Now, Maggie lives in the dark. But she's not about to stay there. Not when she still has to bring M-Corp down. Not when there is still a chance she could win him back.
In the exhilarating conclusion to Disruption, Maggie must do whatever it takes to show the world the truth. And the price for her quest?
But for who?

What are the books on your radar?














Collection or Obsession: Anna and the French Kiss



I don’t know if you guys know this, but I love Anna and the French Kiss. I know right? SHOCKING. I like never talk about that book and I like hardly read it…oh wait, never mind. You would have to never have read my blog, spoken to me, read my tweets or looked at my Goodreads to know that I love that book. I say it all the time that it is just a book that makes me feel good. It makes me happy and it makes me feel like I have just been given a huge hug.

Somewhere along the line my love of this book has grown into a collection of epic proportions. It started innocently enough when I just wanted to get all the ARCs, matching paper back and matching hardcovers. When word got out about that then I started getting gifted foreign editions. When word got out about that Stephanie Perkins made the happiest Anna fan there is and started to send me foreign editions THAT ARE SIGNED! I mean what is this life??

Yesterday I was looking at my updated collection:

collection2.0Thanks Stephanie for the newest addition!

I realized that I am missing some books to really make this collection a thing of beauty. I still need a few to fill some holes and there are some foreign editions that I am dying to get my hands on. So I made a list. What is that list you say? Well I’m happy you asked:

First and formost I need the UK Lola and the Boy Next Door. Do I collect Lola and Isla? Not really. But I have the UK of the other two so I need Lola to fill that gap. Also I need a new hardcover of the US Anna. I lent it to someone and it was never returned so I need to replace that.

Okay, on to what you really want to see, the foreign edition:


1st Cover, German Edition (I have the 2nd cover but I LOVE the first so much!)


2nd Cover, Italian Edition (I have the 1st (thanks Steph!) but I really want this one too.)


Turkish Edition


Vietnamese Edition (would you look at that cover??)


Indonesia Edition: This one is my unicorn. I have wanted this one for over a year and it just hasn’t happened.

Will I ever find these? I don’t know. But I do know that I need them.

So I ask you, collection or obsession?

*all foreign edition covers were located on Stephanie Perkins’ blog and not not belong to me.




Champagne Wishes and Crafty Dreams 8 – Card Making (4) & Other Projects


It’s been about a month since my last crafty post so I thought I would check in and show you what I have been working on. It has not been all cards for me lately. I have gotten a new toy that help me make candy boxes and I have gotten into making postcards as well. Actually making post cards is now one of my favorite things to do.  Anyway, here are some of the things that have gone out and been received


Ginger is a HUGE pineapple lover so I went a little over board with her pineapple love and made her whole birthday gift a theme. I hand cut the pineapple on the card out of a journaling card I had. It gave the front just the pop I was looking for. And the pineapple paperclip on the envelope? Removable.


Probably one of my most favorite cards I have made. I was walking down my street on my way home and got this idea for Morgan‘s card. It turned out EXACTLY how I wanted it to. I almost feel like I want to make a bunch of different ones and have a boxed set of them. Hmm…


Danielle just got this one yesterday so I’m happy to finally share it. I got the idea on Pinterest to make books on the cover. With the help of her Goodreads I added the titles of some of her favorites. My favorite part? The “Special Birthday Wishes” stamp. I raised it with foam dots and I love it.



As I said above, Ginger loves pineapples so when I was looking for something to put her pineapple earrings in, I decided to make this “candy box” and embellish it with a pineapple and a tag. I love this little thing. The tool is really awesome to make them.


I had signed up for a postcard swap with Uppercase. Instead of buying a postcard I decided to make my own and make it very book nerdy. This is the beginning of my postcard making obsession.


When I showed off my swap postcard Daphne mentioned how she would die if she got something like that. Well I offered to make her her own postcard and the above was born.


And finally I had to send a thank you postcard to the person that sent me a postcard in the swap. I came up with this creation and sent it off. I loved the mix of colors on this one.

So there you have it, what I have been up to craft wise. I have some new things I have done that I am sending off as a thank you to someone, some pocket letter swaps I signed up for, and of course new cards, that will make their way into next month’s post.

What did you think about these creations?

*If you need a card or a postcard for something, contact me and we can talk.