Monday, June 15, 2009

First Review and a Shark.. :)

I was thrilled to open up my inbox on Friday and find a link to this review of CHANGE UP.. 

The second book by Keri Mikulski is a strong, fun and real good new YA novel. In a sea of dark Ya novels that seems to be the trend now, Keri Mikulski has launched a fresh read, that is, in my opinion, THE book pick of this summer. It is really good. Screwball, the first book, was great. And with Change Up, Keri Mikulski has reached a new book peak. Even if you are not that into sports, you will love this new sunny novel. And for the second time, Keri Mikulski's book is rated 5 stars! Make sure you got this book in your beach bag!

Thanks, Marjolein!! :) 

Right now, I'm in between college teaching assignments, CHANGE UP promotion, finishing up revisions on a new sporty novel and spending some much needed down time with the family. 

Here's what we've been doing during our down time.. 

1. Quiet time on the beach before the vacationers roll down 
2. Walking and riding bikes on the semi-deserted boardwalk
3. Playing tons of basketball and soccer at the local field
4. Hanging out with visiting family and friends - love summer!
5. Looking up stuff that washed up on the bay - like this shark and the biggest sea turtle ever (didn't have my camera)..
What do you like to do during your down time? 

Cute Kaci Moment: Kaci just ran into my office jumping up and down, smiling, and screaming.. "Mommy, ice comes from water. Ice comes from water. I love ice and I love water." :) Gotta love three.  

Happy a fabulous day! :) 


Kwana said...

Congrats on a great review!

Casey said...

Looks like you have a great lineup of visits on your sidebar! Have fun. And keep enjoying summer. I think it's going to go by fast!

Kathy Holmes said...

How refreshing they found your book refreshing - I think this is a good sign. Congrats!

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Kwana!!

Summer does go by fast!! ;) You too, Casey!

Thanks, Kathy!! I was excited to hear that because I try to keep my books upbeat even if they are emotional at times. :)

adrienne said...

I love quiet time on the beach, too - we try to go early and leave when the crowds arrive.

Tabitha said...

Woohoo!! Congrats on the great review!

And great picture of the shark! My boys would be jealous. :)

Lenore said...

I love ice and I love water too.

Kelly said...

Sounds like a great summer so far!
Great review!!!
I have a journal for each child where I write down funny things they say (I wish I did it
EVERY time, but I still do have some great entries).
Get that child some ice water! ;)

PJ Hoover said...

Congrats on the fabulous review! i can't wait to buy it!

Keri Mikulski said...

I'm with you, Adrienne! ;)

Thanks, Tabitha! I thought Kaci would be psyched, but she was a little freaked out. :)

Ha, ha!! Kids are great. :)

What a great idea, Kelly! I'm going to steal your idea (if you don't mind). :)

Thanks, PJ!! :)

Alyssa Goodnight said...

Congats on the review! I gotta admit, I love a light, sunny read--enough with the dark already! Although I'll read that too. :)

Enjoy your summer!

Big Plain V said...

It made my day to hear such a nice review of your book. You deserve it.

Dru said...

Congrats on the great review.

I like to walk around the city and people watch or read a good and entertaining book.

Carrie Harris said...

Congrats on that fabulous and well-deserved review!

We've been spending a lot of time at the park in our backyard. I think I like the merry go round as much if not more than my kids do.

Miss Chevious said...

i don't care how small the shark is...i'd still run screaming down the beach. i'm such a girl.

Marjolein said...

lovely blog post Keri, so glad you liked the review :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Alyssa! Me too.

Awe, you're the best, Big Plain V! Thanks. :)

Thanks, Dru!! And meet amazing athletes in the meantime. :)

Thanks, Carrie! I'm with you. I love re-living my childhood through Kaci. :)

Me too, Miss Chevious! I hate sharks.

Thanks again, Marjolein! I'm so glad you loved CHANGE UP. :)

Angela said...

Great review! Love what the kiddo said about ice and water--cuteness!

Stacy Nyikos said...

Awesome review. That must feel really good (and a relief).

Can't wait to see your sinful post. That thing was hard!

Caryn Caldwell said...

Congratulations on the great review! That had to feel good. :-)

As for the shark, my husband and I just got back from visiting his parents in South Carolina. While we were swimming in the ocean one night the guy next to us on the beach went fishing and caught a shark! At least it was a small one.

Barrie said...

That was a nice review! I like the beach for down time too. :)

Keri Mikulski said...

Thanks, Angela! I'm loving three.

Thanks, Stacy! I'm thinking about it now.. :)

Yikes, Caryn! I would have freaked. :)

Thanks, Barrie. :)

Kelly H-Y said...

Yay!!!! Congrats on the awesome review! I know I'm much more apt to pick up a YA for my nieces that has that kind of review, versus one that has 'dark' undertones! I'm excited about this ... for me and for them! :-)

Sarah Laurence said...

Congratulations on your great review! It’s good to hear you are enjoying some well deserved down time. I like a quiet beach too. For down time I like a walk in nature, especially by the sea, reading and having a beer with my husband or friends on the deck and of course hanging out with the kids and laughing. Simple pleasures. Nice to catch up with you!