School Visit through The Country Bookshop

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.

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Middle-grade March (and a bit of April) Madness

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.

Fire Dragon


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


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


Thursday April 2nd: Matt Myklusch: SEABORNE: THE LOST PRINCE

Friday April 3rd: Laurie Lyn: VILLAIN KEEPER

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Creative Spaces Interview

Thanks to Jenn Bertman – author of the upcoming Book Scavenger – for the creative spaces interview!  Check out her blog, her books, and other authors’ creative spaces here. Here’s a photo I took while writing at Bull Street Gourmet and Market to get everyone in the creative space mindset.


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HarperChildren’s Tumblr Giveaway

Embedded image permalinkHarper 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.

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First, the cover of this book is gorgeous. The story is really interesting. It’s sort of a cross between BIG LOVE and FIRESalvageFLY. 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.

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The book hooked me immediately because, hello, super chickens. I loved that the main Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmercharacter, 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!


I’m so happy I got to read the arc.

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Staff Picks

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 :)

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Fearless Fridays on the FearlessFifteeners blog.

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.

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Hey Kid! Interview

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.

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Literary Rambles Interview (+ arc giveaway)

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!


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