Lifetime’s Remake of Flowers in the Attic: It’s Almost here!

Re-released with a movie-tie cover

Less than one week to go until Lifetime’s remake of Flowers in the Attic premieres. I haven’t been this excited about a movie in a long time.

The first time I saw the trailer for the remake, I got chills and goosebumps. How amazing is this?

Original paperback cover with the "window"

Original paperback cover with the “window”

I read Flowers in the Attic as a freshman in high school. It became my favorite book instantly, and influenced my life in many ways.

I became obsessed, joining an online fan club on Prodigy back in the day when the “internet” was divided into services and you couldn’t communicate with people on other services. When I went on to college and learned how to create websites, I created one of the first ones dedicated to V.C. Andrews.

Flowers in the Attic is one of things that inspired me to write. I wrote fan fiction before I knew there was a term for it.

Now, it’s been years since I’ve read the book. I once owned all of V.C. Andrews’ works in first edition paperbacks, the ones with the holes in the cover and the photo inside. I’ve since donated or sold them off.  But now I’m re-buying the Flowers in the Attic series in e-book format.

Flowers in the Attic inside photo

Photo inside the cover

I also bought the unabridged audiobook, which I’ve been listening to in preparation of the movie. It’s amazing how the words just come back to me, and I know what the narrator is going to say before she says it.


Christopher Dollanganger was my first ever “book boyfriend”…and listening to the audiobook, I think I’m falling in love with him all over again.  🙂

E! Online reports that Lifetime is already planning to film the sequel, Petals on the Wind. I hope that’s true!


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Road Trip Wednesday: Scary Books & Movies

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered.

This Week’s Topic: Halloween! What’s your favorite scary book or movie?

I don’t do scary. Nope. Not at all.

The last scary books I read?

I think I was in junior high. Maybe even elementary school. And even though that was ages ago, looking them up on Amazon and seeing the book covers again sent chills down my spine and I got goosebumps. For realz.

The last scary movie I watched?  What Lies Beneath, which I dragged my husband to see with me in theatres, because it starred Harrison Ford. Yeah…never again.  *shudders*
It’s kind of ironic given that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  The things I really like about Halloween are the pumpkins (carving and eating), the costumes, walking around the neighborhood in the dark, the crisp fall air.

And the candy. Definitely the candy.



ONE MORE WEEK! The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Begins October 11, 2012

Who else is excited for The Vampire Diaries‘ return next week? It’s the only TV show I watch anymore (aside from the 5 last episodes of Smallville I still have yet to see) and I can’t wait.

What do you think? Will Elena become a vampire? Will her friends be able to find a loophole and save her?

I’m not sure what to think.  TVD is known for its plot twists, so I could definitely see an 11th hour save preventing her transition and turning her back to human.  But I could also see a little “Vizzini logic” happening — “The audience will be expecting a loophole, so we won’t give them one!”  What I’m hoping for? Something completely new and different — Elena becomes something that is neither human nor vampire.

(If you didn’t get the “Vizzini” reference, why have you not seen Princess Bride yet?)

Pumpkin Carving Part 2: Young Adult Themed Patterns

Divergent Pumpkin

UPDATE September 19, 2015: Want to learn how to carve pumpkins like these? I’m creating a set of step-by-step video tutorials. Check out Carve Awesome Pumpkins for more info!


Welcome to week 2 of my Pumpkin Carving series.  Last week, I shared tips for carving great pumpkins.  This week, I’m sharing some pumpkin carving patterns based on young adult book covers and characters.

But First — TWO Contests!

 Win a pumpkin carved with your choice of book cover! Contest ends October 15, 2012.

If you came here from Novel Novice to enter for the Paper Towns pumpkin or Divergent pumpkin, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post!

Pumpkins I’ve Carved

FREE Pumpkin Patterns

A friend asked about a pumpkin carving pattern featuring the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.  I couldn’t find one, so I made one myself. The lettering on the book is beautiful!  You can see a pumpkin carved with it a above.  I’m offering the pattern FREE from my blog.   Enjoy!

I found a great collection of patterns on Kate Hart’s blog.  She has a total of 20 book cover patterns available for FREE.  Some of the patterns include:

divergent pumpkin


hush hush pumpkin

Hush Hush

anna and the french kiss pumpkin

Anna and the French Kiss

hourglass pumpkin

















I think that Anna and the French Kiss pumpkin is calling my name… 😉


Vampire Diaries Pumpkin Carving Patterns

I’m updating this blog post to add these new Vampire Diaries patterns from Ultimate Pumpkin Stencils:

I’ve wanted a Damon pumpkin for a while now. It’s definitely on my carving list!


Check Out This Carving Master!

Alex the Pumpkin Geek is a professional pumpkin carver. He does some really awesome work — both in the carving and in the creation of the patterns.  If you’re interested in having Alex carve you a pumpkin, you can contact him through his website.

Next Week?

Part 3 of my Pumpkin Carving series will feature Twilight pumpkins. Check back next Sunday!