Happy National Book Lover’s Day!

This same thing happens to me every time I open a book.

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REALM BREAKER Cover and VILLAIN KEEPER/QUEST MAKER Giveaway

Look at the lovely cover art! It compliments the first two books in the series nicely. Take a look. If you’d like to enter the giveaway for books one and two: VILLAIN KEEPER and QUEST MAKER you can do so HERE.

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Cover Reveal for REALM BREAKER

YA (and Kids) Books Central is revealing the cover of the final book in my The Last Dragon Charmer series: REALM BREAKER tomorrow at 10 am. Yay!!! (And thanks very much to YABC!)

The link will be live 10am on June 21st. Once the time comes, check it out here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/blog/it-s-live-cover-reveal-realm-breaker-by

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Thinking about writing…

thinking about writing

more to come…

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For fun: Who are you in the Greater Realm?

In my The Last Dragon Charmer books, the characters fight with swords, magic, and teeth. Some are honorable, some fierce, some loyal and good. See where you would fit into their world by taking the quiz.

Are you a mighty Elderdragon or a honorable Elite Paladin. Do you fight with sorcery, magical items, or with your wits. Maybe you’re an enchanter or spellcaster. Or maybe, just maybe, you’re a noble and magnificent horse.

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Mailing List —>

If you follow the arrow up there and look to the right of the page, you’ll see my mailing list sign up. (It’s through MailChimp.)  For future release information, and to possibly see some cool things like alternate cover art sketches, book previews, and short stories and articles, just click the picture or the link and follow the directions from there.

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Charlotte with Friends

Last week I visited two great schools in Charlotte, NC – Idlewild Elementary and Charlotte Secondary School – thanks to Park Road Books and with two wonderful authors: David Fulk (RAISING RUFUS) and Miriam Spitzer Franklin (EXTRAORDINARY). Click the links to check out the bookstore and the wonderful books. (Also, visit Park Road Books for signed copies of our books.)

Pics to come. Probably. Until then, here is a gif of some creepy-ish but happy bear-like pokemon?

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SIBA and The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Long List 2016

VILLAIN KEEPER is on the long list for the SIBA Poppy’s Pants Jr. award (named this year in honor of Pat Conroy). It’s the cat’s meow to be in such great company! http://sibaweb.com/siba-book-award

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There’s no place like home…

Last Friday, I visited The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, NC – just a few miles from the house where I grew up. Actually, I remember going to the bookshop as a kid – as well as the ice cream parlor on the corner. There is something magical about seeing the bookstore and the ice cream parlor still there.  (I borrowed the pic from The Country Bookshop website and the shop is just as charming as it looks. More so, in the spring when the trees are budding and blooming. If you find yourself near Southern Pines, NC, definitely stop by.)

 

 

Also, look at the great white board dragon sign I had waiting for me.

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On this trip, I spoke about my books and writing at two schools – Westmoore and West End, and had an afternoon event at the bookshop. What a great time I had! And look at all the books I got to give out to students.

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I had a lot of fun. At Westmoore it was hat day, so if you squint you can see lots of hats going on in the pic. I wish I had known. I would have loved a good reason to wear a hat!

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It’s really nice to share my book with readers, and sharing about it near where I grew up is certainly special.

 

 

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Spellbound in Asheville

Last Wednesday I visited Asheville, NC, the setting of The Last Dragon Charmer series and home to fantastic local bookstores. I partnered with the magical Spellbound Children’s Bookshop for an author visit at Hall Fletcher Elementary, and I have to thank Spellbound and the school and students for a warm welcome.

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I have to mention, Hall Fletcher has a great media center and beautiful murals on the school. The shine like sun rays.

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Spellbound’s new location is at 640 Merrimon Ave. There is a large new book area and a great classroom and used book room as well. (And the shop is just above The Hop ice cream shop. Did I mention at the store event there was a delicious ice cream cake? Well, they’re was.

Of course, I also had to buy a few books while I was there. I got an autographed copy of Sound by Alexandra Duncan and two great books for my niece and nephew.

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Spellbound’s new shop is great! I had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people, and got some great books. Check out the new shop if you’re in Asheville. Not only are there great books but they also have cool events for kids and teens. And, I lest I forget, there are also autographed copies of VILLAIN KEEPER and QUEST MAKER available.

 

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