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FREE E-book Download – Changelings: Book One of The Twins of Petaybee by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough and Anne Mccaffrey

September 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Suvudu.Com has made “The Changelings: Book One of the Twins of Petaybee” by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough available for FREE download!

Click here to download and save yourself $7.99! The ebook is available as PDF and is also available for free from Amazon – Kindle, Sony Reader, BN.com and Scribd.

Book Description:

They are Ronan Born for Water Shongili and Murel Monster Slayer Shongili. Twin brother and sister. Children of Yana and Sean. Children of Petaybee. As such, theirs is a destiny deeply intertwined with the sentient planet that is their home. For Ronan and Murel are more than human. Like their father, each can transform into a seal and converse telepathically with the planet’s creatures–such as the friendly otter whose life they save one day from a pack of ravenous wolves.

But the twins’ bravery has unforeseen results when a visiting scientist witnesses their startling metamorphosis and becomes obsessed with their capture. To protect their children, Sean and Yana send them to stay with a powerful family friend on an orbiting space station. But no one realizes that Ronan and Murel hunger to discover the origins of their shape-shifting talent-and that their search for knowledge will place them squarely in the path of peril.

Meanwhile, Petaybee is changing–and much faster than an ordinary planet’s natural evolution. It appears that portions of the sea are heating up and a landmass is suddenly rising from the depths. To investigate the startling occurrence, Sean heads out to the open water in his seal form. But the newly unstable region holds untold mysteries–and the potential for disaster.

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American Idols Live! Tour – Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL)

September 3, 2009 Leave a comment

It’s DAY FORTY-TWO of the American Idols Season 8 Live! Tour at the Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL). I’m gathering all the articles/reviews/videos/interviews here. All tweets are left behind in this post. For a round-up of Tour/Album news for Adam and Kris, click here.

Fair warning : I only care about Adam/Kris/Allison…

Check back – once they are up, All PERFORMANCE VIDEOS (Adam/Kris/Allison) will be on PAGE 2. The Rest of the Top 10 will be on PAGE 3.

ARTICLES

OK! Magazine on Adam (Scan)
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Allison Iraheta: The ultimate interview, Part Two by Fred Bronson

What do you remember about singing for Simon, Randy, Paula and Kara?
We were in the hotel waiting in line and [a contestant named] Akeelah went in a couple people before me and she left pissed off and I hoped I wouldn’t leave like that. I wouldn’t be pissed. I’d be sad. You know, it sucks. They have us in line seeing people before us come out with the Hollywood ticket or not, and it’s just pretty sad. So I went in and I was so scared and the judges knew that. They told me.
Were you scared because you had been watching the judges for so many seasons?
That too, yes. I’d heard so much about Kara as well. This all-time writer is a musician, she sings and she’s going to be the judge. But you know, she’s amazing. I was hoping to make it to Hollywood Week. That was my major goal, at least Hollywood Week. I sang “At Last” and I know I didn’t do so well. I thought, “That’s it. I’m going home.” I remember Randy said, “You’ve got something.” And Paula said, “You’re very distinct. There’s something different about you.” Kara as well. They all saw something in me, potential or something, because I know I did not do so great and I was so scared. After they said, “You’re going through,” I was so happy and, course, Simon said, “Hold on. That was just a 7 out of 10.” I thought, “Gee, thanks for bursting my bubble, Simon.” But I got the golden ticket to Hollywood! I came out and my two aunts, my dad, my brother, my sister, my cousin, my niece and nephew were out there. They were crying. My mom was crying, obviously. I remember Ryan asked her, “Do you need an ambulance or something, ma’am? Are you OK?”

Adam Lambert shines brightest on ‘American Idol’ tour by Andy Downing

Adam Lambert might have finished as runner-up on “American Idol” this past season, but the Idols Live tour, which took place Wednesday at a packed Allstate Arena, belonged almost solely to the 27-year-old California native.
Lambert entered the arena to the strains of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” drawing some of the night’s loudest cheers as he slithered around his microphone stand like a particularly seductive cobra. Decked out in fingerless black gloves, a knee-length, faux-lizard jacket (complete with shoulder spikes) and tight leather pants, Lambert looked like a cross between David Bowie in “Labyrinth” and a grungy extra from John Carpenter’s “Escape From New York.” Despite his obvious celebrity, the singer appeared most comfortable portraying the outsider; songs touched on venturing alone into the cosmos (“Starlight,” “Life On Mars”) and feeling out of place right here on Earth (an eerie “Mad World”).
While Lambert’s emergence is a clear boon to the Idol brand—the series hasn’t developed a true breakout star since Carrie Underwood—it made for an anticlimactic close to the three-hour event. Sure, Idol champ Kris Allen brought an All-American charm to light-soul takes on Kanye West (“Heartless”) and the Killers (“All These Things That I’ve Done”), but he lacked Lambert’s dynamic stage presence and stylistic range.
The rest of the evening was, to put it politely, a mixed bag… Allison Iraheta prowled the stage like a feral cat and howled like a banshee on a trio of mostly-excellent rock songs.

Idol chatter by TOM ALESIA (topic is Danny Gokey, but Adam is mentioned)

Gokey said Lambert has kept his feet grounded despite the hysteria surrounding him.
“We joke about it all the time,” Gokey said. “We have so much fun with it. He’s really good about it, too. We wouldn’t do it if it offended him. We respect each other. We like to tease each other. But we’re quick to support each other.” He continued: “He handles fame well. I think he’s the same person he was when he came on the show. I definitely do.”

American Idol Tour: Part VI – Kris Allen By Colleen Joyce

PopStar: We are all very excited about your upcoming album; can you tell us about it? Kris Allen: It’s going well. We are writing with some really cool people from LA and New York. We are getting some good songs in and I think it is going really well.
PopStar: Are you writing any songs yourself? Kris Allen: Yeah, absolutely. Doing a lot of co-writing stuff as well.
PopStar: When can we expect a release of the album? Kris Allen: We are trying to do sometime in the middle of November, close to Thanksgiving.
PopStar: When you are not on stage performing or driving from one city to the next, what do you like to do in your off time? Kris Allen: There is not a whole lot. I have had two days off throughout the whole tour. One day was when we were in Florida so I went to the beach and did nothing all day. The other day I was in Atlanta and I went and watched The Hangover by myself in the movie theater.
PopStar: You and Idol star Adam Lambert did fun backstage interviews of each other that ended up on YouTube. You guys talked a lot about each other’s music style; on tour what is your favorite Adam Lambert performance? Kris Allen: On the tour, the one that I get to hear the most is the Bowie one because I go on after him. So I hear that one a lot; I think it is really good and the crowd gets along with it. He is in his element when he is doing that Bowie stuff. It is very cool.

Here’s a scan of a UCA newspaper interview that Daniel Allen (Kris’ brother gave). He’s a much better interview than Kris! And he gives us album info! (as well as tons of nice quotes about Adam) – scans from Gossipcandy.

Kris’ album comes out on Nov 17 and will feature songs he has written and also songs co-written by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder, The Fray and Chris Daughtry, Daniel said.

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VIDEOS OF INTERVIEWS/ W/ FANS

Collection of photos

Adam with fans



Fox Indepth on Adam LambertYT link
Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Fox In-depth on Adam Lambert“, posted with vodpod

PERFORMANCE PHOTOS ETC.

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Radio World Premiere – Cowboy Casanova by Carrie Underwood

September 3, 2009 Leave a comment

ETA: Here’s a more countrified version from Carrie’s official YT channel

Thanks to this someone who ripped Carrie’s new single “Cowboy Casanova” from her new album “Play On” off the radio (Seattle 100.7)… I don’t know how long this’ll stay up on YouTube though… here’s a mirror link (in case it gets yanked) I’m not really into country, but I kinda dig this… (even though it sounds like a rip-off of “Last Name” which in turn sounded like a rip-off of “Before He Cheats”)

Carrie’s new album drops on November 3.

ETA : Download the radio edit version from this link. Countrified web-ripped version here.

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