I’m going to go visit Crain’s Creek Elementary and then do a quick ‘Meet and Greet’ at The Country Bookshop in Southern PInes, NC. The bookshop even put up a window display :) It’s great to visit the area where I grew up. Check out the window and the article in the local paper – The Pilot.
Currently, there are a group of 30+ middle-grade authors giving away a book a day on twitter. All you have to do is retweet the author of the book of the day’s tweet to enter. It’s a cool thing. Here is a list of books available each day. VILLAIN KEEPER is the last book of the giveaway on Friday, April 3rd.
Also, here is a dragon to share the excitement.
March Middle Grade Madness Giveaway Schedule
Sunday March 1st: Jess Keating: OUTRUN A CROC and OUTSWIM A SHARK
Monday March 2nd: Gayle Rosengren: WHAT THE MOON SAID
Tuesday March 3rd: Kerry Cerra: JUST A DROP OF WATER
Wednesday March 4th: Laura Fitzgerald: UNDER THE EGG
Thursday March 5th: MarcyKate Connolly: MONSTROUS
Friday March 6th: Rachel Searles: THE LOST PLANET and/or THE STOLEN MOON
Saturday March 7th: Edith Cohn: SPIRIT’S KEY
Sunday March 8th: Miriam Spitzer Franklin: EXTRAORDINARY
Monday March 9th: Alison DeCamp: MY NEAR DEATH ADVENTURES
Tuesday March 10th: Dana Alison Levy: FAMILY FLETCHER
Wednesday March 11th: Jen Malone and Gail Nall: YOU’RE INVITED
Thursday March 12th: Adriana Schanen: QUINNY & HOPPER
Friday March 13th: Lauren Magaziner: THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES
Saturday March 14th: Isaiah Campbell: TROUBLES OF JOHNNY CANON
Sunday March 15th: Jessica Lawson: ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER
Monday March 16th: Tara Dairman: ALL FOUR STARS and STARS OF SUMMER
Tuesday March 17th: Paul Durham: LUCK UGLIES
Wednesday March 18th: Louise Galveston: IN TODD WE TRUST
Thursday March 19th: Jen Downey: NINJA LIBRARIANS
Friday March 20th: Robin Herrera: HOPE IS A FERRIS WHEEL
Saturday March 21st: Jennifer Torres: THE BRINY DEEP MYSTERIES
Sunday March 22nd: Varsha Bajaj: ABBY SPENCER GOES TO BOLLYWOOD
Monday March 23rd: Holly Grant: THE LEAGUE OF BEASTLY DREADFULS
Tuesday March 24th: Matt London: THE 8TH CONTINENT
Wednesday March 25th: Rebecca Behrens: WHEN AUDREY MET ALICE
Thursday March 26th: Sheila Grau: DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS
Friday March 27th: Kate Hannigan: THE DETECTIVE’S ASSISTANT
Saturday March 28th: Andrew Harwell: THE SPIDER RING
Sunday March 29th: Lisa Scott: SCHOOL OF CHARM
Monday March 30th: Heidi Schulz: HOOK’S REVENGE
Tuesday March 31st: Erin Entrada Kelly: BLACKBIRD FLY
Wednesday April 1st: Wesley King: THE INCREDIBLE SPACE RAIDERS FROM SPACE!
Thursday April 2nd: Matt Myklusch: SEABORNE: THE LOST PRINCE
Friday April 3rd: Laurie Lyn: VILLAIN KEEPER
Harper is giving away copies of VILLAIN KEEPER on Tumblr. You can enter here. The giveaway is on until the first of March. And there is a cool pic.
First, the cover of this book is gorgeous. The story is really interesting. It’s sort of a cross between BIG LOVE and FIREFLY. I liked reading about the journey of a girl who escapes a super oppressive culture and becomes her own person. She has such a distinctive voice. The way it happened felt believable to me, and she didn’t immediately break free from her upbringing. Also, the story unfolds on an interesting and futuristic earth which I found highly entertaining.
SALVAGE by Alexandra Duncan
My favorite part of this book is when the mc tells the story of how a woman sang too loud on the spaceship and alerted other spaceships to their presence and in reply another character told her it was hogwash. Sound doesn’t carry in space.
The book hooked me immediately because, hello, super chickens. I loved that the main character, Sophie, wrote letters to her abuela and great uncle and Agnes to tell the story. And it was really interesting to see which things she choose to share with each. Also, I grew up in the country and the descriptions of the farm really made me feel like I was outside on a summer day. A great read!
UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones.
I’m so happy I got to read the arc.
I was really happy and grateful to be selected for staff picks at some great bookstores:
WORD Bookstores: There is a very nice write up for February picks. It just made my Monday. (I’m writing this on Monday.) It was a better treat than lasagna. I said this to someone without explaining I was in a Garfield mood, but thoughts of Garfield and lasagna just make me so happy. You can read it and other great staff picks here!
The Country Bookshop: I visited The Country Bookshop not too long ago. And I grew up not far from Southern Pines. It makes it extra special to be one of their staff picks! Read the newsletter here. That strange smiling person in the picture is me. I’m in front of a castle made of cardboard boxes. That’s likely why I’m grinning like that. Cardboard castles are awesome. I just need it to be a little bigger so I can make camp there :)
I fear cockroaches and centipedes. And I don’t really want to eat insects. I’m not that fond of their more delicious Arthropod cousins shrimp and lobsters. But in the spirit of facing fears, I will try to overcome the ick factor. I wrote about it here on the Fearlessfifteeners blog.
Heidi Schulz (HOOK’S REVENGE and THE PIRATE CODE and more!) is doing interviews where authors write notes to their 8-12 year old selves. I was lucky enough to participate although I had a really hard time deciding what to write! I finally went with my old habit of running into poles. When in doubt, go with physical comedy, right? Check out the link.
I’ve read the Literary Rambles blog for a long time. It’s exciting now to be interviewed by Natalie! When I wrote up the answers, I’d been reading lots of blog entries from debut authors about how anxious they were when their books came out. Those entries made me feel better about any nerves I’ve had. (I feel a bit guilty being anxious because being published is a wonderful amazing thing.) Anyway, because of that I wrote some about my own anxieties when answering the questions. Please check it out and check out Literary Rambles – a great blog!