Texas Book Festival & NCTE

Hi all! I have a couple of big events coming up this November. I hope to see you at one or the other! But first, the winner of my Rafflecopter giveaway (drumroll, please......): a Rafflecopter giveaway If you plan to attend the Texas Book Festival (in Austin, Texas), here's my schedule: On Saturday, November 5, my panel is SUPERNATURAL STORYTELLERS. Location: Capitol Extension Room E1.026 … [Read more...]

Things That Go Bump In The Night

" 'Hainted, it is, with grindings and screeches...' page 23, THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE. Ghost. Phantom, apparition, spook. Commonly thought to be the spirit of a dead person appearing in lifelike form. The Scots, it turns out, are very into ghosts. The word wraith first appears in 18th century Scottish romantic literature; the word bogey first appears in Scottish poet John … [Read more...]

Creepy Cryptids!

This week I have a special treat for all you tricksters - and a special guest. Christine Hayes, author of MOTHMAN'S CURSE, has written us a tantalizing guest post - and she's attached a great giveaway of her own! Here's Christine: There’s something irresistible about a mystery, and cryptids may be one of the most tantalizing mysteries of all. Cryptozoology is the study of creatures that haven’t … [Read more...]

Haunted Castles of Scotland

What is it about castles, especially the ancient castles of the British Isles? I love them, and so, it seems, do many of you. Here's my guess as to why they are fascinating: they're big and elaborate; they're old and so have plenty of interesting history; and many of them are apparently haunted. As I researched haunted Scottish castles I discovered a couple of interesting things. First, many … [Read more...]

Spooktacular October Giveaway!

October is one of my favorite months. I love the fall colors, the crisp air, the anticipation of holidays. And I've always been a fan of the "spooktacular" aspects of Halloween. So, this October, as I'm celebrating a little more than 6 months of THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE, I'm running a spooktacular and creeptastic giveaway - just in time for Halloween! You'll find the entry … [Read more...]

Christina Diaz Gonzalez & RETURN FIRE

I met Christina Diaz Gonzalez the year that both of our debuts launched, 2010. Hers, THE RED UMBRELLA, is a stunning historical novel that I adored. Now she's working in new territory, with books that blend fantasy with elements of mysteries and thrillers. Her latest, RETURN FIRE, is out now! Please give readers a brief synopsis of your sequel to MOVING TARGET (which I'm just finishing now - … [Read more...]

Social Media For Kidlit Writers

Every so often, I like to revisit the topic of what social media we all "should" be using. (Here's my caveat: there are no hard and fast rules; things change quickly in this realm; do what feels right for you.) Social media serves several functions: you connect there with friends and colleagues you connect there with readers you learn about what's happening in the industry you can do … [Read more...]

Gaming The Library

A library to the uninitiated (i.e., young students everywhere) can be a bit confusing. Fortunately, we've got a game for that! For librarians, teachers, parents, readers, book groups......the clever Kirsten Cappy of Curious City has created an Event Kit with a fun and interactive game that encourages students to find puzzle pieces hidden in different books (books that should be familiar to … [Read more...]

Louisiana Libraries Need Us

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Page Through The Parks event that Liz Garton Scanlon, Barb Rosenstock, and I ran this month. Congratulations to all the winners of our books and especially to Mandi, the winner of our teacher/librarian giveaway. We love kids, books, the great outdoors, and our National Parks, so this was truly a fun thing for us. And also huge thanks to Nerdy Book … [Read more...]

Page Through The Parks: Tour’s End!

In this last Page Through The Parks post, a reminder that we have some giveaways. I'm giving away 3 copies of my YA novel FAITHFUL here. Liz Garton Scanlon is giving away 3 copies of her picture book IN THE CANYON here, and Barb Rosenstock is giving away 3 copies of her picture book THE CAMPING TRIP THAT CHANGED AMERICA here. And we have an awesome Rafflecopter giveaway, that you can see … [Read more...]