Author: Autumn
•2/15/2010 10:35:00 PM
Linger Cover LargeIn Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other.  Now, in Linger, they must fight to be together. For Grace, this means defying her parents and keeping a very dangerous secret about her own well-being. For Sam, this means grappling with his werewolf past . . . and figuring out a way to survive into the future. Add into the mix a new wolf named Cole, whose own past has the potential to destroy the whole pack.  And Isabelle, who already lost her brother to the wolves . . . and is nonetheless drawn to Cole.

At turns harrowing and euphoric, Linger is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love -- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold -- in a way you will never forget.

Comes out in stores everywhere July 20th. Pre-order here.

Enter to win an advanced review copies of LINGER, Sisters Red, The Dead-Tossed Waves, and The Replacement on Maggie's blog
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Author: Autumn
•2/09/2010 11:39:00 AM
There has been a lot of snow and rain here lately, which brings to the forefront one of my biggest, most irrational pet peeves ever. And this got me thinking. Every one has pet peeves right? Now being the lovely, neurotic mess that I am, I'm fully aware I have more pet peeves than the average bear. But there cannot be anyone out there who is irritated by nothing; I refuse to believe it.

There are two kinds of pet peeves I believe: those that are rational and those that are ... not.

For me, an irritant I consider rational is gum chewing. I can't even chew gum because I run into it so many places it should not be. On guest's plates, under chairs, all the places people put it when they're too damned lazy to use a trash bin. I hate when people chew it with their mouths open like cows, and I HATE when people chew it at work, especially secretaries and servers. I consider this rational because it's gross. It turns my stomach, and it's not sanitary.

Irrational on the other hand, there is no reasoning behind. You can't say why it bugs you, not even as basic an answer as "it's gross" comes to mind. Nevertheless, you find it so so annoying. I thought about it and I came up with three for me. I am sure there are more.

The biggest one, and the reason I wrote this in the first place, is drivers whose windshield wipers are going faster than the weather calls for. When I am driving and I see someone whose wipers are on the fastest speed possible when it's barely drizzling out, I CAN'T STAND IT. It gives me anxiety because I can't turn them off/down. I've nary a clue as to why this irritates me, but it always has.

The second one is boys who cry on TV. I'm not a huge fan of crying in general, but I understand its merits. And I would never say anything to a real male in real life who was crying. But in any movie, TV show or even reality show when I see a guy cry I just want to yell at him to suck it up. And when I am in my own home, I do yell at them. Ask my family.

The third one on my list is probably the most ridiculous: Tobey Maguire. The Spiderman guy. I’m sure he’s a perfectly lovely gent, but I can barely stand to watch anything he’s in. There’s something indefinable about him that rubs me the wrong way. Creepy! Sorry.

I need to know that I am not alone in this. So I implore you to share: What inexplicably bugs the heck out of you?
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