Author: Samantha

What is #HomeToMe — a Giveaway

  This month, I’m participating in a wonderful giveaway geared around the idea of home. The #HomeToMe Middle Grade Mega Classroom Giveaway features 16 books that all explore home in different ways, including my book, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. Home is one of the central themes of my book. In fact, getting…
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Book Birthday Bash: Dare You To Lie

  Happy Book Birthday to DARE YOU TO LIE! In a small town full of equally small minds, this smart-mouthed, ass-kicking heroine plans to bring down the boys that exploited her, no matter the cost. Because justice isn’t blind, she’s blonde—and she’s coming for them. We’re so happy you’re at our party for young-adult novel…
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Book Birthday Bash: After Zero

  Happy Book Birthday to AFTER ZERO! In this middle grade novel, twelve-year-old Elise carries a notebook full of tallies, each page marking a day spent at her new public school, each stroke of her pencil marking a word spoken. A word that can’t be taken back. Five tally marks isn’t so bad. Two is…
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Book Birthday Bash: Ten After Closing

  Happy Book Birthday to TEN AFTER CLOSING! This young adult novel chronicles the events before and after a hold-up at Café Flores, during which two teens from very different backgrounds are held hostage and explore a relationship that might have been, all while scheming to stay alive. Sometimes it takes the unimaginable to learn…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Splintered Light

  Happy Book Birthday to THE SPLINTERED LIGHT! Here’s author Ginger Johnson to introduce this middle-grade novel… “When my oldest son was a baby, I spent a lot of time pushing a stroller and walking the neighborhood streets in a sleepless haze. This coincided with reading a collection of essays about physics, cosmology, astronomy, etc.,…
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Book Birthday Bash: Seventh Born

  Happy Book Birthday to SEVENTH BORN! Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life. Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that,…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Hotel Between

  Happy Book Birthday to THE HOTEL BETWEEN! In this middle-grade novel, a boy uses the enchanted doors of a magic hotel to travel the world in search of the father he never knew. It’s the first in a middle grade adventure series full of world travel, wondrous magics, and hidden dangers. We’re so happy…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Magic of Melwick Orchard

  Happy Book Birthday to THE MAGIC OF MELWICK ORCHARD! This middle-grade novel tells the story of 12 year-old Isa, who finds herself becoming invisible to her family when her younger sister develops cancer. But everything changes when she discovers a mysterious orchard that offers hope, a little magic, and possibly a lot more trouble……
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I’m Going to the Texas Book Festival!!

It’s official! I’m a featured author at the 2018 Texas Book Festival, and I can’t be more honored and excited. I’ve been going to the Texas Book Festival for years, getting inspired as I listen to authors talking about their craft and books. It’s hard to believe that this year, I’ll be one of them,…
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Book Birthday Bash: If This Were a Story

  Happy Book Birthday to IF THIS WERE A STORY! This middle-grade novel is a story about ten-year-old Hannah and how she uses her imagination to overcome bullying at school and problems at home. We’re so happy you’re at our party for IF THIS WERE A STORY. Join in the fun… PARTY SOUNDS… There would be…
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