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January 24, 2014

A boy in a small town who has a different way of seeing.
A curious girl who doesn’t belong.
A mysterious notebook.
A missing father.
A fire.
A stranger.
A death.

That’s what the book jacket says this story is about.

I think it’s actually a love letter to grandmothers, especially those as magical as Zoomy’s. Here, let me introduce you:

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Published on January 24, 2014 06:04 • 36 views • Tags: blue-baillett, blueberry-jam, danger-box, foodfic

January 17, 2014

When its jacket compares a book to Harry Potter, it’s almost a guarantee that the story within won’t measure up. In fact, I’ve only read one novel that I’d put in the HP category, and that’s Skin Hunger.
Until now.

As with HP and SH, the glory of this book lies in the details: the good vs. evil students split between a crystal palace and a dungeony tower, separated by a lake that is itself divided down the center – clear water meeting swamp sludge.

And surely the “Evers” and the “Nevers” themselves must also be readily divisible, right?

Of course not; like in real life, people are never so easily categorized! (And if Chainani’s characters were, this would be a terribly boring book.)

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Published on January 17, 2014 06:41 • 26 views • Tags: foodfic, pigs-feet, school-for-good-and-evil, soman-chainani

January 3, 2014

Hey everyone! Food is such an essential thing when writing. I mean our characters have to live off of something, right? There are certain things in each of my stories that if you know me, then you know why they’re there- like Barqs Root Beer and Galaxy milk chocolate bars!

But one of those things that’s really important to me is finding a way to connect my characters to each other. In the scene below, Emma and Dominic (two of the main characters from the Bella Vampires Series) are finally connecting to each other. This meal that Dominic makes for Emma is so vital because there was such a HUGE disconnect between the characters in the beginning- he was a total jerk!


“So, what are we making?” I asked as I looked over the ingredients- artichokes, eggs, a lemon, some parsley, olive oil, dry white wine, and salt and pepper.

“We are not cooking. I am cooking for you. I am going to make you artichoke frittata. It is delicious. It is like an omelette but different. You will enjoy it.”

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Published on January 03, 2014 18:49 • 42 views • Tags: barq-s, bella-notte, foodfic, guest, jesse-kimmel-freeman

December 31, 2013

Every December as the year winds down, we look back over all the things that’ve come and gone with the flip of calendar pages – everything from music to fashion, movies to technology, books to cuisine. Maybe 2013 didn’t see lots of monumental events like the election of a new president or the demotion of a planet, but lots of changes did occur in one of my favorite areas: Words!

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Published on December 31, 2013 07:45 • 29 views • Tags: 2013, appletini, food, selfie, word, words, year

December 20, 2013

With Christmas approaching the little ones are wondering if they are on Santa’s naughty or nice list. As adults we are also doing our own naughty and nice lists, but with food. This time of year brings out all the bakers and foodies. There is so much to taste and share. We have work parties, school parties, family tradition recipes, big dinners and family gatherings. Let’s face it all these activities would be pretty boring without food and sweet treats. (Okay and alcohol but that is another post. LOL!!)

Food makes us feel happy, comforted, warm and sometimes even naughty – like when I eat a whole box of chocolates, or you eat that last piece of pie or cake at midnight. And how many times have we crammed those last few bites into our mouth when our stomach was already stretched so full it felt like it might explode.

But the holidays are not the only times we think about food. Every event in our lives, happy or sad, big or small, revolves around food. We eat at birthday parties, date nights, and even funerals. So is it any wonder that as authors our stories revolve around food?

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Published on December 20, 2013 12:02 • 31 views • Tags: author, candy-ann-little, foodfic, guest, holiday-dishes, unforgiving-ghosts
Samantha Manns had perhaps the most poignant and productive response to the loss of a loved one that I’ve ever heard.

When the 18-year-old’s grandmother passed away, Samantha thought, “Maybe I can’t be happy right now, but I can do things to make other people happy.”

Specifically, 89 other people; Samantha pledged to perform one act of random kindness for each year of her beloved grandmother’s life.

So far she’s done everything from giving blood to baking a cake for a lonely senior, and to both share her progress as well as “inspire people to commit their OWN acts of kindness,” she’s started a Facebook page.
To check in with Samantha, offer her suggestions for future kind acts, or get ideas to follow in her footsteps, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/89Acts



Do you know a toast-worthy teen you’d like to see featured here at BWATE?
Comment below with your email address so we can get a post together!

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Published on December 20, 2013 11:57 • 19 views • Tags: 89, acts-of-kindness, samantha-manns, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy

December 10, 2013

How about a heart-warming story on this icy cold day?


Maybe what Joey Prusak witnessed while at work in Dairy Queen wasn’t a major crime, but it sure violated the law of human decency. When a visually impaired customer unknowingly dropped a $20 bill, the woman in line behind him wordlessly picked it up and put it in her own purse!

Find out what happened next:
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Published on December 10, 2013 16:29 • 34 views • Tags: dairy-queen, eye-witness, joey-prusak, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy

December 6, 2013

In my first novel, Beatrice Munson, food has a big part in the book. It's a novel about women, friendship, love, laughter, change, chocolate cupcakes, and even Bunco.

That's just the tip of the iceberg really. Beatrice Munson, as a character is loved by all who read the book. She's a big personality whose defining moment in life was to either travel to Egypt or get a boob job...she chose Egypt.


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Published on December 06, 2013 10:45 • 30 views • Tags: author, beatrice-munson, cupcakes, foodfic, guest, lorena-bathey

December 3, 2013

If you live somewhere cold like I do, you can use this story of a sunny teen today:

Miranda Fuentes may not have founded Surfers for Autism, but she certainly took it to the next level. When she discovered the Florida-based group that uses surfing as a means to enable autistic kids to blossom, she herself was struggling to communicate with her own autistic brother. Surfers for Autism was able to help Miranda’s brother open up, which in turn strengthened their sibling relationship.

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Published on December 03, 2013 07:59 • 101 views • Tags: miranda-fuentes, surfers-for-autism, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy

November 26, 2013

I love when one of the Toastworthy Teens I've highlighted does something even BIGGER!

Check out Max Wallack's new book:

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Published on November 26, 2013 08:39 • 29 views • Tags: author, max-wallack, puzzles-to-remember, teen, teens, toast, toastworthy