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...]

Page Through The Parks: Yosemite!

I've never been to Yosemite National Park. This is something I'm longing to remedy. In the meantime, I can live vicariously, along with all of you, through Barb Rosenstock's THE CAMPING TRIP THAT CHANGED AMERICA. This lovely picture book, illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein, tells the story of how John Muir and Theodore Roosevelt saved an American treasure for all of us to enjoy. I asked Barb a … [Read more...]

Page Through The Parks: Yellowstone!

Our Page Through The Parks adventure continues this week in Yellowstone National Park, the setting for my YA debut novel FAITHFUL. I first visited Yellowstone in my late twenties, and nothing could have prepared me for the wonder. The landscape would be amazing enough by itself, but add the wildlife, hot springs, geysers, and history, and it is one of the most marvelous places on this … [Read more...]

Page Through The Parks: Grand Canyon!

I couldn't be more excited about our August "Page Through The Parks" plans! We now have a Facebook page, so please follow along for live updates. It's fitting that we're beginning our tour in the Grand Canyon, one of the most majestic places on Earth! But before I begin, please make sure you read to the bottom. Giveaways!! If you are a reader, each of us is giving away books on Goodreads. And … [Read more...]

Karen Romano Young & HUNDRED PERCENT

I'm delighted to have a guest on the blog today - Karen Romano Young. Her debut middle grade HUNDRED PERCENT is out this week, and it's getting wonderful buzz, including a Kirkus starred review! Here's a bit about Karen: Karen Romano Young has dived to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean in a tiny submarine, crunched through Arctic ice in an icebreaker, and visited labs, museum workshops, and … [Read more...]