Tag: The Boy The Boat and The Beast

Beast is in its Second Printing! Thank You, Readers

This Thanksgiving week, I’m incredibly thankful, becauseĀ THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST has gone into a second printing! When I was writing this book, I thought it would never get published. It received a LOT of rejections along its journey. But it’s a story from my heart and I was so thrilled to finally…
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Celebrating Spooky Middle Grade Books

I’ve always loved spooky stories. Give me a monster, a pair of old bones, or a cracked grave stone, and I’m hooked… as long as I can close the book if I get too scared. šŸ˜‰ When I wrote THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, I didn’t set out to write a spooky book.…
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Election Giveaway!

It’s election time, and I’m thrilled to join other authors to support voting. Voting numbers are often far lower than the population, but democracy can’t run properly unless people are making their voices heard. This is why throughout history people have fought for the right to vote. It’s OUR world, OUR country, and everyone should…
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How to Silence the Bully in Your Head, And Other School Visit Questions

This month, I’ve been lucky enough to visit schools and talk to students about THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, and each visit has been wonderful! But as much as I enjoyed talking to the hundreds of kids in each group about my book, the most precious moments have been the ones where kids…
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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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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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A Busy Bookish Los Angeles Trip

Right after my book launch celebration for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST, I headed to Los Angeles for the annual Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Summer Conference and a bunch of other bookish activities. I’ve been attending the SCBWI LA conference for the past five years as the Regional Advisor of…
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It Was a Beastly Book Launch

July 28 was a humbling day.Ā Austin’s wonderful indie bookstore BookPeople graciously hosted my launch celebration for THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST and it was AMAZING! I was so excited that my parents, aunt, childhood friend and goddaughter flew in to join my husband and I, making the party a week of fun. We…
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ALA 2018 and Launch Day!

What a week this has been. I spent last weekend meeting booksellers and librarians from all over the U.S., who had joined together in New Orleans to attend the American Library Association’s Annual convention. I’ve been going to the Texas Library Association convention for years and am always amazed at how huge it is. But…
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Book Birthday Bash: The Boy, The Boat, and The Beast

  Happy Book Birthday to MY book THE BOY, THE BOAT, AND THE BEAST! In this middle-grade novel,Ā a boy washes up on a mysterious, seemingly uninhabited beach. Who is he? How did he get there? The boy canā€™t remember. When he sees a light shining over the foreboding wall of trees that surrounds the shore,…
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