Coming Soon: A New Lendle!

The good people behind Lendle is hard at work on their next version!

Lendle believes no one on the Web comes close to matching the design and features they initially launched, and they have no intention of sitting still while others play catch up.

Lendle has created a new look, adding some new features, and all of this will add up to an even better, more social experience. They will be doing some testing on the new Kindle Fire and launch not long after it ships – sometime before the end of November.

Stay tuned – the Lendle gang is eager to show you their newest project!

SEEN This Week 10/31/11

Happy Halloween! Hope everyone has a safe and spook-tacular holiday of few tricks and lots of treats! In the meanwhile, here are some author and book world treats for the week:

Birthday wishes go to Slush Pile Reader, which celebrated the big day on October 26.

Kelle Groom (I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl) will have a reading and book signing November 5 at Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno’s amazing Musehouse: A Center for the Literary Arts in Philadelphia. Their new web site is now open with photos from Musehouse’s grand opening.

One of the greatest adventures involving a young girl ever told can be found in Pierre van Rooyen’s The Girl Who Tweaked Two Lions’ Tails.

Live chats with Kristal McKerrington on are temporarily suspended, due to the injury of her jaw. There are many procedures that need done to repair the damage, and she will start the road of healing November 21.

Matthew Munson updated a blog he wrote in November 2010 about being on the autistic spectrum, having dyspraxia and learning BSL with its very visual and emotive language.

Kate Rigby featured Bill Booker’s Trippers on her blog Trippers is a semi-autobiographical account of Bill’s trip on the road in 1971.

The Island of Whispers by Brendan Gisby was featured October 23 on the Indie Books Blog.

Naomi Bulger celebrated her six month book-iversary by giving away books, a box of famous Australian chocolates, an antique postcard from Paris, Venetian lace, some hand-made ceramics and more.

A silent auction was held October 12 to benefit the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame The event drew to a close with the top-selling items being a vacation in California going for $2,250 and a Floridian vacation for $600. A new class of inductees will be introduced November 15.

Check out the newest Giles Paley-Phillips interview on Book Chatter Cath’s blog.

Jennifer Thomson had a piece on 9 Ways to Keep Us Watching The Walking Dead on

Jim Beck (Black Rooster Creations) has a new interview posted on Self Publishing Review.

Do you have news you’d like to see in a future column? Either post it on a related site or email before the following week. Also follow me on Twitter @lacarrington1.

Book of the Week 10/31/11

Long after I’d created a recommended reading list October 12 for World Arthritis Day, I discovered yet another reading gem in Christine Schwab’s Take Me Home from the Oscars: Arthritis, Television, Fashion, and Me (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011)

A brilliant account of her secret battle with rheumatoid arthritis, Christine Schwab appeared as a fashion and beauty journalist for 20 years on some of the top programs in the United States: Oprah, Entertainment Tonight, and Live with Regis and Kelly, among others. During most of her fast-paced career, she’d hidden her diagnosis from the public.

In Take Me Home from the Oscars, readers have glimpses of Christine reflecting on her past and understanding how she was able to manage to pull off such deception. Her turning point came after an evening at the Academy Awards being cut short due to unpredictable and intense pain from her RA.

However, readers don’t have to have RA or any other type of arthritis to appreciate the inspirational message of Take Me Home from the Oscars, but if you do, this is a book to add to your reading list. Many can identify from reactions to medications as Christine did, finding answers to controlling (or even curing) her condition, with courage, optimism, determination, all the while never slowing down in her career.

Take Me Home from the Oscars contains no fluff, just an honest look behind the public exterior of the Christine we’d seen for many years, not knowing her true suffering until now. This book not only inspires and motivates, but also the reader can’t help but root for Christine in her journey, including her current project of being a spokesperson for the National Arthritis Foundation.

A great story with “never give up” themes, Take Me Home from the Oscars is five-star reading for everyone.

Author Profile: Kelle Groom

Earlier this year, I had an opportunity to read an intense memoir by Kelle Groom as part of a book review project for Free Press. Prior to I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl, I wasn’t familiar with her work, but after reading her current book, I couldn’t help but not only delve into her previous publications, but also share a profile with others. Click here for a complete list of her books.

Official Bio:

Kelle Groom’s memoir, I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl (Free Press/Simon & Schuster 2011), is a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice” selection, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick for Fall 2011, a Barnes & Noble “Best Book of the Month,” for June 2011, an O Magazine selection, and an Oxford American “Editor’s Pick” for Fall 2011.

Her poetry collections are Five Kingdoms (Anhinga Press 2010), Luckily (Anhinga 2006), and Underwater City (University Press of Florida 2004).

Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry 2010, The New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry, among others, and has received special mention in the Pushcart Prize 2010 and Best American Non-Required Reading 2007 anthologies.

She is the recipient of both a 2010 and a 2006 Florida Book Award, a State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs grant, Barbara Deming Memorial Fund grant, and fellowships from the Millay Colony for the Arts, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, American Antiquarian Society, Black Mountain Institute, University of Nevada -Las Vegas in partnership with the Library of Congress, and Ucross Foundation.

She teaches creative nonfiction in the low-residency MFA Program at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe. Former poetry editor of The Florida Review, she is now a contributing editor.



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Twitter: @KelleGroom

Facebook: Kelle Groom – I Wore the Ocean in the Shape of a Girl

Profile: Maniac Exchange

Covering the pulses of Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh and other metropolitan cities, Maniac Exchange is an online publication formed as part of Maniac Magazine offering articles via their web sites and social media outlets.

What does Maniac Exchange do? They promote, encourage, cultivate, inform, showcase, stimulate and share its wild side, while living fashionable, adventurous, ambitious, full and fabulous lives.

In addition to online magazine features, be sure to check out Maniac TV, the blog, and even do some Maniac shopping! There’s always fresh news and fashion on Maniac Exchange for all the Maniacs in us.


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Facebook: Maniac Magazine

Twitter: @ManiacMagazine

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