Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Kindness of Book Crossers

When browsing through the “Alice Bliss” copies on Book Crossing, we stumbled upon a touching story of one of the traveling books! The New Zealand and Australia journey previously blogged about has continued! Book Crosser Discoverylover was supposed to pass off the copy, but instead, personally hand delivered it to Sherlockfan on December 23rd in Upper Hutt, New Zealand! Read the below entry to learn more!

Discoverylover actually forgot to take the book to our Wellington Bookcrossers Christmas meeting but, kind young woman that she is, she hand delivered it to my home where she found me confined to bed and feeling very sorry for myself. At the time she came I was just about to start another book but a quick browse into “Alice Bliss” and I was hooked.

I wasn’t going anywhere and was able to read the book straight through in one session. Plenty of tissues in my bedside table were a help. I loved it. While I don’t remember exactly what my relationship with our four children when they were fifteen was like we do have three 15 year old grandchildren and I could emphasise with such a lot of the mental turmoil going on in the lives of that age-group in this book.

Sherlockfan is planning to pass the copy off to her daughter to read. We’re so excited for her to blog about her opinion! Want to continue following the journey yourself? Click on the picture of New Zealand below!

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Alice Needs YOUR Help! Find Out How!

More copies of “Alice Bliss” have officially been sent out around America, as well as one copy to France! We’re anxiously awaiting the traveling on Book Crossing to begin! You can follow along yourself by clicking here and scrolling around the already traveling copies!

We’d also like to announce something special we’re doing through everyone in the campaign. “Alice Bliss” deserves some screen time and we’d love YOUR help in creating a promotional video! If you or a friend have a copy of “Alice Bliss” – we’d love if you could come up with a quick 10 second clip that features Alice traveling! Ideally, it would be great if you could make the book “travel” from the left side to the right side! It can be as simple as the clip below!

It does not have to be stop motion like the one above! Keep it simpler and have you and your friend pass the book to each other! Try to keep the book out of frame entirely and then remove it entirely so that we can edit everyone’s clips together seamlessly! Any questions, shout them out! We’d love to help you!

Once you have created your masterpiece, send it to our email address: wheresalicebliss@gmail.com so we can incorporate it into the final project! Feeling creative? Make more than one! We’d love to see what you can do!

Otherwise – we’ll keep you posted on the travels of the new copies! We’re so excited to get started on a new wave of the Where’s Alice Bliss? campaign!

The Australian Journeys of “Alice Bliss”

Starting with Book Crosser wombles in Caboolture, Australia, a triangular journey has begun! Wombles passed her copy off to discoverylover in Wellington City, New Zealand, who then sent the copy to Skyring in Canberra, Australia. On December 10th, discoverlover wrote the following review:

I should really have journalled this a while ago, but I got distracted with figuring out what to write without spoilers, and so I didn’t. The short review is LOVED IT! Since reading it I’ve bought at least 2 (and maybe even 3) copies of it to give to people. I’ve lent this copy to my Mum who said she loved it too. She apparently needed a bucket to mop her hanky out in at the end, and I needed a toilet roll!

I’m probably going to give this to Sherlockfan at the meetup on Tuesday.

Can’t wait to read more by Laura! 

We are so happy that this reader was excited enough to buy even more copies to share! We’ll be checking the website to keep you updated on these future copies. Discoverylover plans to pass the novel on to fellow Book Crosser Sherlockfan on a meet-up on Tuesday. We’re excited to see what they have to say about “Alice Bliss”! To follow the journey yourself, please click here!

Below is a map generating the journey of this copy of “Alice Bliss” –  zoom out to follow the lines and see where the copy has traveled!:

School Library Journal Announcement & More Australian Travels!

We have fantastic news! The School Library Journal just announced that “Alice Bliss” made the best books of 2011 list in the Adult Books for Teens category! We are so proud and would like to thank everyone who has read the novel and contributed to the “Where’s Alice Bliss?” campaign! Check out more information by clicking here!

And even more great news! Book Crosser Elddau1 from New South Wales in Australia has continued Skyring’s “Alice Bliss” journey! The copy started at the New Zealand Book Crossing Unconvention and journeyed to the National Library of Australia in Canberra! It was here, on November 26th, that Elddau1 was given the copy at the 2011 Canberra Christmas Lunch! Here’s a beautiful picture of the library at night time!

Below is the review of “Alice Bliss” written on the Book Crossing website by Elddau1:

This was very good. It was also the right book at the right time for me. (It was the anniversary of the passing of my FIL. And I think about my brother every day.) I was hoping for some insight and there wasn’t really any but it was a comfort to ‘share’ the same thoughts and feelings with someone who had been there – and the author must have, to get it so right.

Apart from a personal connection, it was an excellent book in itself. The characters were very real and well done. I was right there in the Workshop. Previously I loved ‘Being Emily’ and this one reminded me how that book felt for me. And with maybe a little of Stephanie Plum’s characters in the ‘burg’? The ending felt a little off pace for me though – but where would you end it?

A very good read, with depth and impact. (Amazing for a ‘first book’.) There was so much in this book – but rather than me write about it, you should just read it and feel it for yourself.

The copy will hopefully be passed off to a friend this week, so stay posted on the journey! If you’d like to follow it yourself on Book Crossing, click here!

Sarah Ballance’s Spotlight on “Alice Bliss”

We are thrilled to feature author and Book Crosser, Sarah Ballance, who wrote a  Wordpress blog review on “Alice Bliss” today!

“Oh, Alice Bliss. If only I’d known ahead of time . . . or maybe not. This isn’t a story one can prepare for, and it’s not one from which a person can turn away. ALICE BLISS is a slice of life—a timely American classic from the day the words first hit the page…”

To read the whole review, please click the logo below!

A Quick Bio:
Sarah and her husband of over fourteen years live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep.  She often jokes that she writes to be around people who will listen to her, but her characters aren’t much better than her kids.  Fortunately, her husband is quite supportive, having generously offered to help her research “the good parts.”  She’s never had to ask twice.

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A “Wild Release” at the McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Military Base!

Book Crosser icicletoez just reported that they wildly released their copy of “Alice Bliss” at the Joint Base – McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey! A U.S. Military branch! The release occurred on November 12th – so if you’re in the area, go check it out and try to snag the copy!

Want a hint as to where to find it? After Alice has a track practice, where is she most likely to go in the school afterwards? Also – be sure to follow the journey on BookCrossing by clicking here!

If you would like to read icicletoez review on “Alice Bliss” – please click the below logo to link to her blog! Thank you!

Wanna see exactly where the base is? Zoom out for more!

Good luck and happy hunting!