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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Book Trailer Contest For Teens - Win a Kindle Fire

Book Trailer Contest For Teens ~ June 1 - July 31, 2012

The San Jose Public library is offering an amazing summer reading contest for teens. First Prize is a Kindle Fire.
Here are some of the details: 

Teens: want to do something more imaginative than just writing a review for the Summer Reading books
that you have read? Create and submit a book trailer review for summer Reading, and you could
win a Kindle Fire! Upload a short clip, no longer than 4 minutes, to YouTube, providing your review
of the book. Be creative! The contest is open to all participants in the Teen Reading Celebration.

How to enter:
  • Create your own book trailer, reviewing a book that you read for Summer reading. 
  • You can submit more than one video, but each video has to be for a separate book.
  • Post the video on YouTube using the tag: SJPL2012SRC
  • Sign up for the Summer Reading Program. To learn more, go to 
  • When you log the book you read on the Summer Reading website, make sure to include a link 
  • to your video in the review field.
  • Entries will be judged on creativity and content by a panel of library staff.

Please let me know if you review my book, Spell Check. I'd love to see your video!
Adults 18+: check out the San Jose Public Library's Summer Reading Contest for you. 
First prize is also a Kindle Fire.

Warm Wishes and Good Luck!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Janice De Jesus's Book Signing at Orinda Books

Azalea Press's publisher, Karen Mireau, and Janice De Jesus, author of Omstruck, at Orinda Books.

Janice De Jesus knows how horrible it feels when a relationship ends.  Omstruck offers practical, heartfelt advice on how to survive heartbreak and turn it into an opportunity to heal and grow.

Healing Through Heartbreak

Yoga is an empowering and natural tool to help you recover from a loss or break-up.  Author Janice De Jesus is holding a book signing today, May 19, 2012 at Orinda Books at 2:00PM where she'll discuss her new book, Omstruck.

Janice De Jesus and Omstruck: Healing Heartbreak Through Yoga and Meditation

In OmStruck, Janice De Jesus, familiar to many Lamorindans as a Contra Costa Times feature writer, offers practical tools and spiritual support for surviving the aftermath of a breakup or the a loss of a loved one. "I really want to touch people's hearts," Janice says. "It is my hope that even those unfamiliar with yoga will be encouraged to try it and experience its benefits." An avid yoga practitioner for 13 years, Janice is also a Certified Pilates instructor and student yoga teacher.

Omstruck (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780984697700

Published: Azalea Art Press, 

Sunday, May 6, 2012

STAR Testing and Earth Magic

Sunday's Serene Teen 

So many teens face STAR Testing next week, and many twenty-somethings are wrapping up college exams, so I decided to see what advice the cards have for you.  Why wait until Wednesday?  Today's card is WATERFALL from Steven D. Farmer's  wonderful Earth Magic Oracle Cards deck.  

This card acknowledges that "you have come to the edge of your comfort zone" and asks you to move beyond the edge without struggle.  Like water, allow yourself to flow around the barriers that block your way.  Breathe through your tension and allow knowledge to stream into you, then through you onto the test.  Relax.  I know you will succeed.

Summer is almost here!

Ease and grace,