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Across the Pond a book for the young and young at heart. YA, teen, romance what ever you like to call it.

With the book now being available in book stores I have started to receive some new reviews from the book launch, including this one which is my first at AMAZON UK.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Across-Pond-Storyheart/dp/1436371767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1248385667&sr=1-1

I also have been asked and produced a guest interview at another blog

http://mariah-readingadventure.blogspot.com/2009/07/here-is-interview-with-storyheart-what.html

And the third and final good news for today is that my blog has received the :Humane Award”

According to this award’s description, it is to honor certain bloggers who I feel are kindhearted individuals. They regularly take part in my blog and always leave the sweetest comments. If it wasn’t for them, my site would just be an ordinary blog. Their blogs are also amazing and are tastefully done on a regular basis. I thank them and look forward to our growing friendships through the blog world.


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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In the week when Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronalda agreed to transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid for eighty million pounds ($131,215,730). The World Twenty20 crickets tournament is going on. in rugby the British and Irish Lions are touring South Africa heading for the first test match, France beat New Zealand, and lesser teams such as the USA, Canada, Russia etc are playing. And the Penguins finally pick up the Stanley Cup in the seventh and final play off game, more or less without the help of Sydney Crosby. I’d though for my Sunday blog I’d go into a sporting event, which unlike most of what I’ve listed above American’s actually follow and “almost” understand. The sport of NASCAR… okay so I use the term sport loosely.


When NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing) was formed in 1948, there was a definite shortage of new cars in the post-war era. The feeling was that race fans wouldn’t stand for new cars being beat up on a race track while they were driving a rattletrap pre-war automobile, so “Modified” cars were the early staple of NASCAR racing. In some instances during the early days, rental cars were actually used as race cars by point-chasing drivers who had no locked-in “ride” for an event. Cars were typically either driven to the track or “flat-towed” behind pick-ups and family sedans. From those early days NASCAR now sanctions over 1,500 races at over 100 tracks in 39 states, Canada, and Mexico. NASCAR has presented exhibition races in Suzuka City, Japan, Motegi City, Japan, and Melbourne, Australia.

NASCAR is one of the most viewed professional sports in terms of television ratings in the United States. Internationally, NASCAR races are broadcast in over 150 countries. NASCAR holds 17 of the top 20 attended single-day sporting events in the U.S., and claims 75 million fans who purchase over $3 billion in annual licensed product sales. Many marketers consider NASCAR fans the most brand-loyal in all of sports and as a result, Fortune 500 companies sponsor NASCAR more than any other Motor Sport.

SO WHY NASCAR?

Okay so NASCAR is popular, and in the southern states perhaps even a religion, but where did the idea come from.

Just think… highly sponsored teams, vehicles with tremendous horse power, cheered on by thousands, going round and round in a circle, with spectators dressed up in the colors of their favorites, and spectacular crashes that add to the mix.

Basically NASCAR is a modern version of Chariot racing.

The most famous arena was the Circus Maximus, which was 600 meter’s long and 200 meter’s wide. It could hold up to 250,000 people (25% of the population of Rome). Seats ran in tiers around the arena Chariots were pulled by two or four horses, and were driven seven times around the ring at extremely fast speeds. Great skill was needed and sometimes accidents happened, drivers were also trampled to death on a regular basis. Big crowds turned out to watch the races. The racers were divided into teams, red, white, blue and green, and their fans wore these colours. Huge bets were placed on the races.

At one end of the track, there were boxes where the chariots waited. The judges sat above them and started the race by dropping a white handkerchief. A fence ran down the middle, called a Spine, and the chariots went around this. Chariots were pulled by two or four horses, and were driven seven times around the ring at extremely fast speeds. Great skill was needed and sometimes accidents happened, drivers were also trampled to death on a regular basis. Big crowds turned out to watch the races. The racers were divided into teams, red, white, blue and green, and their fans wore these colours. Huge bets were placed on the races.

At one end of the track, there were boxes where the chariots waited. The judges sat above them and started the race by dropping a white handkerchief (flag?).

Even today, these arenas would be spectacular. Seating 250,000 people, it would be the biggest stadium in the world. Today the largest stadium can hold 120,000 people, so this shows how far advanced the Romans were two thousand years ago.

So the next time, you see a NASCAR event, just think.

“Are you really watching modern day chariot racing?”



Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
Across the Pond
http://acrossthepond-storyheart.blogspot.com/
http://across-t-pond.com


OTHER SUNDAY UK BLOGSABOUT

THE GRAND NATIONAL
WHY UK DRIVES ON THE LEFT
MOTHERS DAY ACROSS THE POND
ABOUT THE UNION JACK
ENGLISHMANS VIEW ON BASEBALL
WHAT IS BOXING DAY
BRITISH TV TRANSPLANTS
WHO WAS SAINT GEORGE?
BOBS YOUR UNCLE
SWEET FANNY ADAMS
EUROPE’S GOT TALENT – WELL PERHAPS
GOBSMACKED, BOBBIES AND AN ARM AND A LEG
BIG BEN… OR IS IT?
THE USA NEEDS A CITIZENS CHARTER

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As anybody who has read me reviews interviews or heard my comments on either my own radio program or where I have been a guest, you will know I am a great believer in what I call the “Small Blogger”. These are the people who read, write and live books are “The ‘sham wow’ of Teen/YA literature”.


blog spot name
Jenn’s Bookshelf
blog address: http://jennsbookshelf.blogspot.com


How long have you been blogging?

Since March of 2008

What books do you read?

I read all types of books: mainstream fiction, young adult, thriller, horror, chick lit.

What is your favorite book and author of 2009?

So far, Everyone is Beautiful by Katherine Center

What is your favorite author/book of all time?

I can’t pick just one book. My favorite authors are Stephen King, John Steinbeck, James Patterson, Suzanne Collins…I could go on and on!

How many books do you have in your library? 400-500

(WOW!!)

How many books do you read a week?

3-4

Not counting yours, what is your favorite blog to follow?

No More Grumpy Bookseller (http://nomoregrumpybookseller.blogspot.com/)

When is your favorite time/location to read?

Early in the morning, sitting in my reading chair, drinking a cup of coffee

If you could be a character in any book who would that be and why?

I’d love to be a character in a Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte novel. The female characters are generally very strong, independent women.

Have you ever thought about or actually written a book yourself?

Perhaps when I was young, but no, not recently

If you had a chance to advertise your blog in any way you could, what would you chose and why?

Word of mouth! I think that’s the best way to advertise.

If you had a chance to interview any one author who would that be and why?

Stephen King or James Patterson. I think they are both tremendously talented writers.

What is one thing about you that readers might not know?

I have a ten year old son with ADD who is a reluctant reader. It’s been my goal to introduce him to the amazing world of reading. He’s recently discovered a few series that he’s enjoyed, and it warms my heart to see him read for pleasure!

(That’s fantastic!)

If people are interested in being a guest on your blog or sending a book to you and your blog what is the best way to contact you?

I have both a contact me and review request form on my blog. Please fill out this information to submit a review request.

Thank you so much for being my guest Jenn, keep up the great work and good luck with your blog and your son reading more.


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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As anybody who has read me reviews interviews or heard my comments on either my own radio program or where I have been a guest, you will know I am a great believer in what I call the “Small Blogger”. These are the people who read, write and live books are “The ‘sham wow’ of Teen/YA literature”.

Today my special guest is Liv from Liv’s Book Reviews

Hi Liz, welcome to my Across the Pond tell me about yourself.

Name I write under – Liv

Blog spot name – Liv’s Book Reviews

Blog address – http://livsbookreviews.blogspot.com

How long have you been blogging?

Let’s see here…I think it’s been since February 2008 which seems like SO long ago. When I started, I never imagined that I’d keep it going this long. In that time, I’ve done over 300 posts and written over 100 reviews. What’s funny is that at first I exclusively posted reviews. No memes, no random posts, no features, no nothing. Now, I don’t post as many reviews as I should. I post waaay too many posts about nothing. Haha. I guess that’s the way it goes.

What books do you read?

I mainly read young adult fiction and within that, contemporary and urban fiction. It’s the stuff I relate to most. But lately, I’ve been adding more and more “adult” books to my pile. I’ve requested a bunch of Jodi Picoult’s books from Bookmooch as well as James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces and Seabiscuit. I’ve been branching out more.

What is your favorite book and author of 2009?

If I had to pick just one, I’d say Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers. That book was just so real and emotional and precise. As it was her debut novel, I’m excited to see what she has coming out next. This year I also read Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld which was released a while back but it has definitely become a favorite of mine. Those two books outshine every other book I’ve read so far this year, I think.

What is your favorite author/book of all time?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Hands down. I give the same answer every time. That book is phenomenal. It’s just got so much to offer to everyone. It can’t be classified as a “girl book” or a “boy book” or even a young adult book. I had my dad read it and he loved it. And that’s saying something because my dad normally sticks to his murder mystery books. I’m really excited to see what Catching Fire has in store for Peeta and Katniss.

How many books do you have in your library?

Maybe 120? I don’t buy a ton of books because they’re super expensive but I do make good use of Bookmooch. It’s kind of funny though because I’m super particular about how my books are shelved and organized. I have them all in alphabetical order by the author’s last name and I only shelve the books I’ve read and liked. If I haven’t read them they go under the bed in a pile. If I don’t like them, they go to Bookmooch.

How many books do you read a week?

About two, which is not enough in my opinion. I used to be able to read a lot more but now that I’m in high school, my education and my studies are my priorities, which doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for reading. I do try to sit down and read for a little bit each night though. It’s a nice little ritual. And it helps me to slowly and steadily get through my books.

Not counting yours, what is your favorite blog to follow?

Oh gosh. I don’t think I can pick just one but I’ll name a few…I love Reviewer X because Steph’s amazingly blunt and tells it like it is. Plus she gets tons of great ARCs so it’s nice to get an early opinion. I also really like Pop Culture Junkie because she posts about all sorts of book-related stuff, not only reviews. As for non-book-related blogs, I like Color Me Katie and Little Brown Pen.

When is your favorite time/location to read?

Late,late,late at night, laying on my bed. It makes me feel rebellious. Haha.

If you could be a character in any book who would that be and why?

Maybe Diana Holland from the Luxe series. Which might sound strange because so far Diana’s been pretty unfortunate. I like her because she’s sassy and spunky. Plus, it would be fun to be a part of that whole drama-filled world. So either her or Katniss. Because Katniss is just bad-a**. And she gets Peeta.

Have you ever thought about or actually written a book yourself?

Actually, no. I don’t think I’m that great of a writer. I’ve tried to write some short fiction pieces for school before and it was a disaster. All of my ideas are just ridiculous. I’m better at opinion writing. And I like that more too because it’s personal and direct. I have thought about going into the publishing industry in some other form though. Like as an editor or publicist or…something else. Writing’s just not for me.

If you had a chance to advertise your blog in any way you could, what would you chose and why?

Oh dear. I have a horror story about this. So last year, my cousin mentioned that I had a blog to the school librarian. Bad. Because the librarian told all of the teachers. So a bunch of the teachers that had had me as a student over the years were now aware of the fact that I was publishing my thoughts/opinions on the internet and that I was actually getting a little bit of attention for it. A few comments here and there. And then the principal caught wind of it and he thought it would be a great idea to give me some sort of honor in front of the whole school. I swear, I bawled for an hour. And, I know, I know, the internet is a public thing and it’s out there for everyone to read, but the odds are that none of those teachers would have ever known what I was doing. Which is the way I wanted it. For me, my blog’s a private thing that I’ve only told a few people about. It’s like an escape. So. If I was able to advertise my blog I don’t know if I would. I kind of like it the way it is. Although it would be quite cool to have an excerpt of a review of mine published in a book or two or something like that. I have a little blurb in John Green’s Paper Towns which makes me sooo happy.

If you had a chance to interview any one author who would that be and why?

John Green. But not just interview over the internet. I’d want to go sit at a coffee shop and video tape it all. Because while John Green is an awesome author, he’s also an awesome person, and to be able to sit and talk with him would be beyond cool.

What is one thing about you that readers might not know?

Ummm. I have no idea! Maybe my age? People are always surprised to learn that I’m just in my early teens. I’m no college student.

If people are interested in being a guest on your blog or sending a book to you and your blog what is the best way to contact you?

email. livsbookreviews@gmail.com I try to respond to all of the emails that I get.

Have you ever seen a tree kangaroo? (that is just for me, one of my fave weird animals)

No! But I’m going to google them right now. :)

Thank you so much for being my guest Liv, good luck with your blog and keep up the great work


Author of Young Adult Romance/Fiction book
“Across the Pond”

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