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News on Middle Grade novel- Chatelaine: The Thirteenth Charm

I have some new exciting news…

Kendra Levin of Viking has acquired my first middle grade, CHATELAINE: THE THIRTEENTH CHARM in a pre-empt. It’s slated for a winter 2016 release.

I can’t wait to share Kat’s story with you. Here’s a synopsis:

CHATELAINE is a middle-grade novel set in a rundown Scottish castle during WWII. The lady of the manor has set it up as a temporary boarding school for children escaping the Blitz. But something is not right with that castle or that lady, and the children begin disappearing one by one. There are clues that hint that a spy is in the house; there are signs that can’t be denied that there is a sinister magic. It’s a race against the clock for one girl, her two younger siblings, and her new best friend to get to the bottom of things.[Continue Reading...]

Darlene Beck Jacobson and WHEELS OF CHANGE

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Today on the blog I'm pleased to host an interview with Darlene Beck Jacobson, whose debut middle grade WHEELS OF CHANGE is an inventive look at a window of history as the car was making its debut. Here's just a bit of the great review Kirkus gave … [Continue reading]

Loglines and Elevator Moments

If you read my "Synopsis" post, you'll see that you've already got a start on crafting a logline. But we're going to take it a step further. A logline is a one-sentence summary of your story. Think about a movie poster, with its brief but … [Continue reading]

Writing the Synopsis

Each time I attend a writing conference I'm reminded that one of the trickiest things to do correctly is write a synopsis. And yet the synopsis forms the basis of a query, so the more powerful you can make your synopsis, the better your … [Continue reading]

Lindsey Lane’s Debut THE EVIDENCE OF THINGS NOT SEEN

Okay kids, this novel is an incredible read - moving, mysterious, and deeply engaging. It is not for the faint of heart, nor for the easy-reader; it's a novel for those who love to think and be prodded out of their comfort zone. I devoured it in a … [Continue reading]