Author: Samantha

How I Learned to Love (and Learn From) My Kids’ Favorite Books

I’m excited to have a guest post from author Michael Noll today. I love talking about craft, learning about craft, and, especially, books on the craft of writing, so I’ve been looking forward to checking out Michael’s book THE WRITER’S FIELD GUIDE TO THE CRAFT OF FICTION, which comes out on Tuesday, Feb. 27. How…
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Book Birthday Bash: Legends of the Lost Causes

  Happy Book Birthday to LEGENDS OF THE LOST CAUSES! Ladies and gents, we would like to introduce: A band of orphan avengers. A cursed stone. A horde of zombie outlaws. This is Keech Blackwood’s new life after Bad Whiskey Nelson descends upon the Home for Lost Causes and burns it to the ground. With…
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Book Birthday Bash: The 11:11 Wish

  Happy Book Birthday to THE 11:11 WISH! In this middle-grade novel, wishes, magic, and dares abound when a tween math whiz tries to fit in at her new school by wishing on a magical cat clock only to suffer catastrophic consequences! Megan Meyers has a foolproof plan to reinvent herself at her new middle…
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A Year Ago I Sold My Book

This week marks a year since I accepted an offer from Simon & Schuster to publish my novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST. It’s been an amazing, strange, glorious, surreal, wonderful year. This novel was first written in 2010 under a name that’s a bit of a spoiler name, so I won’t share…
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Book Birthday Bash: Road to Eugenica

  Happy Book Birthday to ROAD TO EUGENICA! In this young adult novel, there are two dimensions – And the girl who connects them. Yesterday, Drea Smith couldn’t do anything spectacular—even walking and texting at the same time was a challenge. But today, she suddenly has more answers than Google, can speak and understand numerous languages,…
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Author Kim Tomsic Talks About Dares and More…

It’s wonderful to share a debut year with friends, and when their middle-grade novel is as fun and heart-warming as Kim Tomsic‘s THE 11:11 WISH, it’s delightful. So, we thought it would be fun to interview each other about our books. (My interview will be on her blog later this year, so look out for…
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Book Birthday Bash: Keeper

  Happy Book Birthday to KEEPER! Welcome to the book birthday bash for Kim Chance’s young adult novel KEEPER! We’re so glad you’re here! When a 200-year-old witch attacks her, sixteen-year-old bookworm Lainey Styles is determined to find a logical explanation. Even with the impossible staring her in the face, Lainey refuses to believe it—until…
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Book Birthday Bash: Spin the Golden Light Bulb

  Happy Book Birthday to SPIN THE GOLDEN LIGHT BULB! Thank you so much for coming to the Birthday Party for SPIN THE GOLDEN LIGHT BULB! To get this party started, we thought you might like to know a bit about our guest of honor, the first of The Crimson Five middle-grade books. So let’s…
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Book Birthday Bash: Gunslinger Girl

  Happy Book Birthday to GUNSLINGER GIRL! In this young adult novel, seventeen-year-old Serendipity “Pity” Jones inherited two things from her mother: a pair of six shooters and perfect aim. To escape her abusive father and a dead-end life, she runs away, only to end up in the most decadent, dangerous city on the continent:…
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Coming Soon… Parties For Books

It’s a new year! New possibilities. New opportunities. And most importantly new BOOKS! We’re now in 2018, the year my debut middle-grade novel, THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, will be on bookstore shelves. The hardcover is already available for pre-order at numerous retailers, as well as on Kindle from Amazon. It’s a strange…
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