Interview: Kirby Larson & AUDACITY JONES TO THE RESCUE!

I loved Kirby Larson's writing as soon as I first "met" her through her Newbery honor-winning novel HATTIE BIG SKY. I've met her for real since then - and she's a delightful person as well as an amazing author. I'm truly honored to have her today on the blog, talking about her newest book (an Amazon Best Middle Grade Book for February!), writing historical fiction, writing about animals, and more. … [Read more...]

Kent Davis and A RIDDLE IN RUBY

I'm so pleased today to welcome my friend - and critique partner - Kent Davis. Kent's debut middle grade novel, A RIDDLE IN RUBY, is out now and is a terrific page-turner, imaginative and loads of fun. Here's the description from his publisher, Greenwillow Books: "Ruby Teach, daughter of a smuggler and pirate, has been learning how to swindle and steal and pick the most complex locks for as … [Read more...]


It's book launch day for my sweet friend Joy Preble's latest book FINDING PARIS. This promises to be one heck of a fabulous read. School Library Journal said, "An intricate guessing game of sisterly devotion, romance, and quiet desperation." I invited Joy to write a guest post, and she has written something wonderful:  I was twenty years old before my mother told me that her father—my … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Anne Bustard & The Helpful Delete Key

One of my closest friends from my time at Vermont College of Fine Arts is author Anne Bustard, so I'm especially thrilled that her debut novel ANYWHERE BUT PARADISE is out today. Even more especially since Anne's novel was bought by Egmont, and she was one of the orphaned authors of their "Last List". (Luckily, Lerner Group has acquired Egmont's titles, including Anne's.) I'm even more especially … [Read more...]