The Glittering Court Paperback Release Day and Giveaway!

I am so excited to share this post with you today! I am part of Penguin’s Paperback Release Day Blitz. The romantic, sometimes scandalous, and often intriguing tale “The Glittering Court” is out today in Paperback. If you have not had a chance to read this one give it a chance. To me, it feels like a blend of historical fiction and fantasy. The second in the series “Midnight Jewel” comes out in June.

The best part about this post?!! There is a giveaway link below for a chance to win one of ten copies of “The Glittering Court.” Good luck!!

Description from publisher: 

Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…


Link to the Giveaway:

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Enter for a chance to win one (1) of ten (10) copies of The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (ARV: $10.99 each).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 28, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 5, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 7, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.

RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.

Multipurpose Library Puffs and a giveaway!

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So why am I posting a picture of giant pom poms? Because they are stinking awesome! They were an impulse purchase from Joann’s Fabric Store last year. I am a sucker for glittery objects and these were on clearance for under a dollar. My Mister was less than enthused and asked what I was going to do with them. I think I replied with “The real question is what can’t you do with them?!!”

When I took them to work, my fellow Librarians were pretty excited. I mean giant cheap pom-pom kind of excited. We really are easy to please! Since then I have used them in lots of programs.

  • They became Wuzzle fluffs for Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration. The kids tossed them at the Cat’s hats.
  • They were asteroids and moon rocks for two Space story-times.
  • Teens threw them at each other for our Maze Runner program. They are really soft no matter how hard you throw them!
  • The white ones will be used for an indoor snowball fight.
  • The black pom-poms became rocks to throw at Orcs and trolls for our Hobbit Day party.

That is just a small example of what we have used them for. They are pretty durable for passing through that many programs and kids hands! It’s proof that sometimes the most random purchases can be super useful. You can still find them online here.

I am sure that we will come up with more ideas in the future. Till then … What would you use them for? The best answer gets a package of giant pom-poms of their own! Leave a comment below with your answer and I will pick my favorite. You have until September 30th to answer! Be creative and be wacky!


Vintage Virtue – A shop you should check out

Craft handmade items are my number one weakness. There are so many cool artists out there with wonderful handmade items for sale. I spend way too much money buying geeky things, library related things, and gifts for friends. One store that every geeky librarian should know about is:

Vintage Virtue

We all have to wear boring lanyards with our name badges so why not geek it up with some cool badge reels. Vintage Virtue has an amazing selection of Badge Reels for almost every fandom. She is even willing to create custom reels if you can’t find your favorite character. Right now she is making me some seriously cool Star Wars reels with Boba Fett and Ahsoka Tano. She also offers geeky earrings, tie clips, hair bows, and much more. Bonus- They are all affordable and you get free shipping! Whoot!

Check out some of her uber cool work:




Have a happy Friday!!!



Product review- Crayola Window Markers and Poster Crayons

Today I wanted to review two products from Crayola. I am always looking for new art supplies to help me create library displays and artwork. Crayola for the most part has some great items that are not super expensive.

Crayola Poster Crayons-

These little dudes come in an 8 pack of red, green, blue, yellow, white, purple, orange and brown. The crayons are more of a muted shade like chalk, rather than the traditional bright colors. They are also fatter than regular crayons. I got these to make a book menu board for a foodie display. I didn’t want chalk for the smear factor and these actually worked really well. I used them on black poster board and they really gave that menu chalkboard look that I was going for. They were also only $2.99 at Wal-Mart. This is what my poster board looked like. (sorry for the terrible photo- The glass has a ton of glare)


I would give them 4 out of 5 stars. The biggest downfall was that the tips did not last long. If you are going for a more detailed look you will have to find a sharpener for these crayons.

Crayola Window Markers- 

I really love using markers on windows and we have lots of glass where I work. Most window markers are either super expensive or you can only buy one at a time. These were around $2.99 to $3.99 for an 8 pack. I tried them on the windows to our library which are inside the building. They go on really smooth but really light. The box shows a vibrant application (yay marketing) and good coverage. Well, they are okay. The only colors that really showed up were blue, green, orange and red. The white, yellow, grey and brown were hard to see. When I tried to add more layers of color the first layer would come off. I wish I could show a picture but they did not show up well on my camera. I can see these being really fun for kids at home. They just did not live up to my expectations. The kids kinda noticed them but they had to come up to the window to see my drawings. FYI- They are also bit difficult to get off. They wipe off fine with a wet towel but they also leave this weird residue behind. Our custodian was a bit annoyed when he was cleaning my windows and had to use the super heavy duty cleaner to get it all off.

Great for kids, not for window displays- 3 out of 5 stars.