9/11/2012

Goodbye, Blogger

It's with mixed feelings I point you in a new direction: http://myramcentire.com/

I've decided to make the move to WordPress.

This blog has seen a lot of action over the past few years, but its direction has wandered. I've let other forms of social media replace the communication and connection I used to feel here, and I miss that. Some of my most precious friendships were formed in the early Blogger days.

I hope you'll come visit at myramcentire.com, and that I can get back to making personal connections.

Thank you!

8/24/2012

Update and a Dance

There are a LOT of changes coming to myramcentire.com, and I'll be announcing those soon, along with announcing prize winners and other exciting things!

A lot of my neglect has been due to my current deadline, and it's only going to get worse until I finish this first draft. However, as always, I am finding so much inspiration in dance, and I'm in love with this routine by Dave Scott. I want to write it into a story, and luckily I have JUST the one!

For now, enjoy!


8/20/2012

Populazzi by Elise Allen GCC Interview


Welcome to the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit, a  web ring of YA authors dedicated to bringing you the latest news about YA releases and interviews with the fabulous people responsible for them.

I'm honored to be a new member, and look forward to hosting all the members here. Today I welcome Elise Allen, author of Populazzi to the blog! (Elise is doing a HUGE giveaway on her blog, so make sure to go here to check it out!)


POPULAZZI


"WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be?  Would you grab it?  Would you stick with it, no matter what the consequences?
Cara Leonard always wished she could be one of  those girls: confident, self-possessed, and never at a loss for the perfect thing to say.  One of the Populazzi.
It always seemed impossible… but now could be her chance.
When Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life… with the help of The Ladder.  Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms herself into the perfect girlfriend for guys higher and higher on the Popularity Tower, she can reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi, the most popular girl in school.
The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment — a straight climb up — but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted.  And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right."

ELISE ALLEN

After starting her career in television, ELISE ALLEN has emerged as a vibrant new voice in teen fiction.  She is the co-author of Hilary Duff's New York Times Bestseller Elixir,as well as its sequels, Devoted and True.  She received an Emmy nomination for her work on the PBS show Dinosaur Train, and fulfilled a lifelong dream when she wrote for the Muppets.  She lives in Los Angeles, where she indulges her inexplicable desire to run marathons.  Visit her at www.eliseallen.com, or on Twitter @EliseLAllen.





  1. If you could have one wish that would allow you to do something you've always wanted to do (and Ryan Gosling isn't an appropriate answer), what would it be?

Is Hugh Jackman a more appropriate answer?  Just wondering.  I mean, it would have to be Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, but still…
If not, I’d wish to go on one of those multisport tours.  Have you seen these?  Each day you go out and spend all day biking, or hiking, or horseback riding, or canoeing… you get the idea.  That’s how you get from place to place, then each evening you bed down in a fabulous inn.  A friend of mine did that in Costa Rica on horseback.  I’m not sure where I’d want to do the tour – maybe Australia, or the south of France, or Tuscany... crap, now I’m going to spend the next several hours procrastinating work while I drool over the Backroads website.


2. Why?
Okay, back from my sojourn on the website.  I’d want to do that because I always feel better when I’m outside and physically active, and I love seeing new places.  I recently went on a trip through Europe, and I don’t have the words for how overwhelmingly wonderful it was to travel from Edinburgh to Florence, stopping in several cities along the way, soaking in each town’s vibe and history. 
The key to this hypothetical dream trip of mine would be forcing myself to journal along the way.  I swore I’d do that on the European jaunt, and I didn’t at all.  It pains me because even though I felt like I was living in the moment and taking everything in, journaling is the perfect way to seal those memories… and I missed that opportunity.
I feel like I’m ending on such a morose note!  Ah, well – I’ll consider it a writer’s cautionary tale.  A public service announcement in favor of journaling.

Thanks so much for having me on the blog, Myra!  Now I have to get back to that Backroads website…

BONUS BOOK TRAILER (and don't forget Elise's contest!): 

7/22/2012

One Wish with Jennifer Echols GCC Interview


Welcome to the Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit, a  web ring of YA authors dedicated to bringing you the latest news about YA releases and interviews with the fabulous people responsible for them.

I'm honored to be a new member, and look forward to hosting all the members here. Today I welcome Jennifer Echols, our fearless GCC leader, to the blog! 

SUCH A RUSH


High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business--until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers--and the consequences could be deadly.


Engrossing and intense, SUCH A RUSH is a captivating adventure that is sure to keep readers soaring.    


JENNIFER ECHOLS


Jennifer Echols is the wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story.  Now, Gallery Books is proud to publish her first hardcover novel SUCH A RUSH (Gallery Books/MTV; July 2012; $16.99), a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Now, for my questions!

1. If you could have one wish that would allow you to do something you've always wanted to do (and Ryan Gosling isn't an appropriate answer), what would it be?

I want to learn to surf. It’s the only thing on my bucket list. 


2. Why?
I grew up on a lake and love the water. I’ve been trying to move to the beach in Florida for most of my adult life. But the beach where we go in the Gulf of Mexico doesn’t have surfable waves. I want to be the dad in The O.C., the old uncool guy who surfs every morning and doesn’t care what you think. When I finally make that trip to California or Hawaii for surfing lessons, maybe I’ll be disappointed, but I don’t think so. Surfing seems like the perfect combination of water and action.


Thank you for visiting, Jennifer!