Friday Favorites #1: Janette Rallison

Friday Favorites is a weekly meme hosted here, that spotlights a favorite author, book, series, publisher, cover, blog, etc. Basically whatever bookish thing that you love, recommend, and want to tell others about. Just pick one and link up to my post each Friday to share. You can use the graphic I used above, the other one here, or your own.

When I first got into reading Young Adult Fiction after college and the first few years of my marriage (since I didn't really have time to read for enjoyment too much during that time for some reason), All's Fair in Love, War, and High School was one of the first books I picked up. I just randomly grabbed it from the library. I enjoyed it's sarcasm, humor, and light romance. It was just a really fun read with several lol moments. It was written by Janette Rallison and I decided I wanted to read more of her books.

Since then, I have read pretty much every single one and own almost all of them as well. Most of them have continued to be fun, but they also delve into some heavier subjects here and there, and the endings always leave me with a smile on my face.

Let me give you two examples of her humor:

“Madame Bellwings, Memoir Elf Coordinator, was not at all pleased with this request, because elves who write the memoirs of teenage girls have the habit of returning to the magical realm with atrocious grammar. They can't seem to shake the phrases "watever" and "no way," and they insert the word like into so many sentences that the other elves start slapping them...and for no apparent reason occasionally call out the name Edward Cullen.” 

My Fair Godmother

Reese took a step toward me, and his brows pushed together as he considered Colton. He lowered his voice, but not low enough. “Isn't that the guy you asked me to throw soda on?"

Colton's head jerked up. He stared first at Reece, then at me. "You asked him to throw soda on me?"

"Of course not. The boy is delirious, That's what happens to children when they're malnourished. They start hallucinating." I put my hand against Reese's forehead as though checking for a temperature. "I'm afraid he has a serious case of it."

Colton folded his arms and continued to glare at me. "No, Charlotte, you have a serious case of it, and I'm not talking about malnourishment."

Reese stepped away from my temperature check and toward Colton. "She said you wouldn't melt like the Wicked Witch of the West, but you might fizz a little." Reese turned back to me. "He never did fizz."

"I'm about to," Colton said. "Just watch for a few more seconds.”

It's a Mall World After All

And then this is a quote I just love:

“That's the magic of books. They're never quite the same for any two people. When you read one, you automatically make it your own.”
My Unfair Godmother

There are several humorous moments in each of her books. I would love to share at least one or two with you. In fact, I started typing one up and then realized it was going to take a full page and decided that you will just have to take my word for it until you can read them yourself. :)

Janette actually started writing under a pen name, Sierra St. James, as an LDS author. One of my favorite LDS books was written by her, What the Doctor Ordered. It has some seriously hilarious moments and some great romance! She writes in the YA genre under her own name, but currently has begun writing books under a new pen name, C.J. Hill, for her YA sci-fi and paranormal books.

I love Janette because she has great characters, plots, and plenty of humor. I also love that she writes books that are clean. You can read her post about why her characters don't swear here. There are just so many scenes that I love re-reading because they are so hilarious or they have that first-kiss sweet romance.

I wrote briefly about one of my favorite scenes here, when I talked about her short ebook, A Longtime (and at one point illegal) Crush. That scene is so humiliating for the character, but so hilarious just the same. Just to give you a hint: He has a car just like hers, same color, make, and model. She's coming out of Wal-Mart and gets into, what she thinks, is her car. She also thinks he is a criminal when he approaches her in while she's trying to get the car to start and wants to know what she's doing. Get the gist? :D

I also read her blog for some great lol moments all the time. She is seriously hilarious and I love what she has to say.

Here is a blurb about Janette from her website:
Janette Rallison is old. Don't ask how old, because it isn't polite. Let's just say she's older than she'd like to be and leave it at that.

Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as "an eccentric cat lady." She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family's fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.

Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn't have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can't actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let's just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)

You can find her here:

So, if you're looking for a light, humorous, and romantic read, pick one of hers up!

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