What an amazing week this has been for the Gang! We have a whole bunch of cool things to share with you guys, but first we want to make an "EXTRA! EXTRA!" announcement...
Thanks to reporter Susan Feinstein of the New York Times, the gang was featured today in the print version of the New York Times as well as the online version. You can view the article by clicking HERE.
We have had an overwhelming response from so many of you that we wanted to thank each and every one of you who either commented or emailed us directly. You have no idea how great it feels to know that what we are doing is appreciated. We do ask that all of you who have sent us an email today be patient with us as we received over 200 emails so far from you guys! AMAZING!!!
Well, for all of you who are veterans of TLGBRS, there is so much to talk about, so we will just touch on a bit. First of all, we want to thank you all for being patient and sticking with us while we took our little "vacation" from blogging. IT was well needed. Great news is that we read a ton of books during that time and are going to start posting our reviews right away. Secondly, we have been thinking hard how we can make the site better for you guys and have come up with some really good ideas (well, we think they are) that we will be sharing with you probably in the next Scoop. We have reviews, interviews, triple threats, giveaways, contests (your fav!) and more! For those of you who are new here, a triple threat is where we read an awesome book, and do a review, interview, and giveaway of the book to one or a few lucky winners. So much is on the horizon we don't know how we are going to do it all, but we will.
Next order of business- BEA.... It's right around the corner, Book Expo America is almost here! The Gang is SuPeR excited to be attending BEA 2010 this year and more excited to be sharing it with you guys! If you remember a while back in one of our Scoops, we mentioned that both Mara and Dave will be attending which means that the ARC's that we will be picking up, we will have 2 of each! You know what that means, don't you??? Well, if you know us you do. It means another MEGA BOOK GIVEAWAY CONTEST is on the horizon. Yup, we will be giving away every book we bring home (1 copy for us, 1 for you guys!) and hopefully there will be a ton. We can not wait to attend and are super psyched to go meet tons of people that we know from online in person! Are any of you guys attending?? If so, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know you will be attending and we can try to hook up there.
We definitely want to thank Susan and the New York Times again for telling the world about TLGBRS. It was really cool, but more importantly, gets the word out there that reading can be a ton of fun and blogging about it as a family can be even more fun! Oprah or Ellen - if you are listening out there, it would be such a cool idea to have the Gang on your show to talk about family book blogging! (come on, can you blame us for trying??)
Lastly, as we are sure most of you are most interested in, we wanted to let you know that our little Bella has grown so much! Well, she is only about 9 lbs, but she was only around 3 when we first showed her to you guys. She shouldn't grow too much more so she is almost fully grown. She has been such a joy to the family, you have no idea. She is also super duper smart! Mara and the girls have been working on training her to do tricks almost every day and she is almost ready for Ringling Bros! (well, maybe a bit more training before the circus) She is so adorable and we figured we would end the post with some updated shots of her. What does this have to do with books or reading you ask?? Well, for your information Bella will be guest posting here soon enough. She is even sending out her query letters to a few publishers as we speak for her new YP (young pup) novel, "Ruff, Ruff" which we are so proud of her for!
Thanks all and we are really looking forward to a great Spring with you all! If you are new to our site and are interested in joining us in our adventures, please sign up to follow our site by clicking on the "follow" button with google friend connect on the right hand side of the site. All you need is a working email address. We really appreciate you signing up to follow us as the more people who do, the more books we have access to review for you and the more contests and fun events we are able to bring you. Any questions, please feel free to email us.
The Lateiner Gang