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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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2018 Will Be a Great Year For Books

What a year 2017 has been. At the end of January, I got two offers on my middle-grade novel THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and now the book has a publisher, a cover (isn’t it pretty?!), a jacket, chapter illustrations, and it’ll be on shelves in six months from today! It feels like…
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A Writer’s List of Thanks

I just finished writing the acknowledgements for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and they’re extensive! Nothing we do in this world is done within a vacuum, and this book has been blessed by a lot of people during its life so far. With Thanksgiving next week, I thought I’d highlight some of the…
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My Book Has a New Name

I have a confession to make: I’m terrible at coming up with titles for my books. It’s true. One of the novella’s on my harddrive is called “Death Story”. (It’ll change before the book gets published.) The novel I’m working on now is called “Trees”. Very inventive. (Not really.) And the title for my book…
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10 Reasons to Read Banned Books

It’s Banned Books Week, and while it’s sad that we need a Banned Books Week, I’m so glad we have it. In case you’re new to Banned Books Week, it started in 1982 after the number of books being challenged in schools, bookstores and libraries swelled. Challenged books are ones that have received requests for…
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Lessons From C.S. Lewis and Tolkien’s Hobbit

I’ll never forget reading about how J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis sat around in a pub in England having heated discussions about the way books should be written. Oh how I wanted to be a fly on that wall! I can just imagine them, sitting in a dark corner, pints on the table in front…
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Read a Book Day! 10 Reasons Why You Should

Yes, today is National Read a Book Day. The special day and extra spotlight is always welcome, but personally, I think reading a book should be celebrated every day. Books are amazing things and reading them has even more amazing benefits. (I’m biased, of course, seeing as I write books, but before I was a…
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A Week of Perspectives

Last week was one of wonder, sadness and inspiration. Four things happened that gave me a lot of perspective on life: How short it is, how incredible it is, how precious it is. First was the total solar eclipse. I’m a bit of a space geek, so when I heard the path of the total…
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