The Nerds




JEAN VALLESTEROS
Creator | Editor

       

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. Remembering as a kid the excitement that would overcome me whenever I stepped into a library. I would spend most of my younger days sitting in the aisles and easily getting lost in the stories, the adventures, the characters and the settings that came bursting from within the pages and pulling me into them, allowing me to journey through my own imagination. At some point, I had also discovered comic books as an alternative form of literature and became an avid subscriber to Marvel, Archie, DC, Disney and many more. It became an amazing form of entertainment for my growing mind and an outlet for my creativity as a youth. Even now as I have matured into an adult, I still find appreciation in all styles of storytelling including but not limited to stories of horror, suspense, drama, mystery, action and romance.

In early summer of 2011, I decided to open up a blog just to share my thoughts and ideas about the books that I was reading. Unbeknownst to me, there was a huge community of book lovers on the Internet. It was great! Being able to discuss the books that I had been reading with others, I really didn’t know what to expect but it turned out for the best. Also getting the chance to meet new people along the way and develop some great friendships.

I was reading Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck and I instantly fell in love with the series. This is when I began to wonder how amazing it would be to get to know the author and receive answers to my questions about her work first-hand from the creator. In an effort to reach out to Mrs. Houck, a reply came back to me almost instantly! She was extremely humble and easy to talk to, making the conversation (not to mention my first effort in speaking directly with an acclaimed author) much more comfortable. From there on the wheels kept turning and I realized that this communication between myself and a well known author could be a great event to share with my growing number of followers. Furthermore, I would like to give thanks to Colleen Houck and Katie of Sterling Publishing for donating items for my giveaway and for giving me the opportunity to share it with everyone. It is because of them that my blog is the way it is now.

Other than reading, I enjoy cooking, exercising, and life in general. I really hope you guys will find my blog to be fun, exciting, and informative. I thank you for visiting my blog. I also would like to extend my thanks to all of the authors and publishers; because without their dedication to their work and all the generous offerings, JeanBookNerd blogsite may not have been able to attract such an awesome, interesting and dedicated group of individuals that share the same love for reading that I have.



OLIVIA
Middle Grade Journalist

"My name is Olivia. I am 8 years old and in the 3rd grade. I like to play with my puppies, read, art, dance, sing, and yoga. I like to read at the gym, school, and at home. My mom wants me and my brother to read every day. I like to visit our local library. Sometimes I stay up until10pm to finish a book. :) I like to read books with interesting characters."



CHLOE
Middle Grade Journalist

Hi, my name is Chloe. I am in the fourth grade and I am ten years old. My favorite subjects in school are English, reading, and math. My hobbies are reading, ballet and figure skating. For my birthday, my parents got me a Kindle Fire HD7. We go to the library often. I have books in my backpack, in my desk at school, in my mom's car, in my room, in my skating bag, in my dance bag - Everywhere! My favorite kinds of books are history, mystery and fantasy. I love reading!




SARAHJANE DIPALMA
Journalist

 
I’m 22 years old, and currently I’m influencing the minds of British teens into reading under the guise of an English teacher. I love reading and you will never find me without a book or my kindle, if I don’t have a book, it just feels wrong. Likewise, when I start reading a book, I have to read it till the end, with no peaking and no skipping chapters…and if its part a series, I will stick with it to the end, just so that I know what happens. (Longest series I have read has been 15 books…and I’m still hoping for a 16th.) When I’m reading, I am completely lost to that world, I can read for hours without realising that time is in fact passing by. 

I enjoy writing too, which is why I like writing reviews. Maybe one day I’ll write a novel, but right now I’m happy getting lost in other people’s worlds. I will only recommended books that I would recommend to a friend, and when I love a book, I love it passionately. I will gush and stutter to my heart’s content trying to convince you just how great it is, without revealing too many spoilers, hopefully. 

Since childhood and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, I have a passion for all things supernatural (Cassandra Clare, Maggie Steifvater, Becca Fitzpatrick), but I also have a soft spot for stories with drama at the centre. I just love books ok!




JAMES VALLESTEROS
Photographer | Artist | Costumer | Journalist | Videographer

       

James Vallesteros a freelance artist and photographer who is an admirer of all things geeky and nerdy. He enjoys a good fantasy book and transforming the characters onto digital canvas. With a keen eye for photography, He tries to capture the essence of the cosplay culture and community at conventions and gatherings. James also has a fandom of almost everything and it is showcased through his art and cosplay.



GREGORY WONG
Journalist | Videographer

        

Gregory Wong enlisted in the U.S Army in 2008 pursuing the MOS 25B (IT Specialist). He graduated from Airborne school and was then stationed at Fort Bragg NC with the 82nd Airborne Division. Later I served in the 78th Signal Battalion in Japan and then returned to Bragg to become part of the 112th Signal Battalion (Special Operations) Airborne. After the Army Gregory pursued a marketing job with PTS (Professional Training & Simulation) and finished my Army career in the Army Reserves. He currently manage social media for several companies and the fan club Jurassic Park Motorpool. Gregory reside in LA constantly chasing his dreams and pursuing new ideas.



ERIK WERLIN
Journalist | Videographer

      

Erik is a 28 years old digital artist, Photographer, Director, Editor and everything in between. He is an all around geek and nerd. Erik loves reading and telling great stories. He loves science fiction and fantasy stories more than anything else. With an artistic eye, Erik tries to incorporate love of nerd culture with passion for stories to tell new stories in both photography and videography.