Take the Beach Bag Quiz & enter to WIN a FREE copy of REUNITED

Q: Which of These Items Belong in your Beach Bag? A) A tub of Crisco (for sun-tanning) B) An obnoxiously large boom-box that only plays AM radio. C) A thermos of piping hot Ovaltine! D) A paperback copy of REUNITED. (CORRECT ANSWER: D.  REUNITED, now available in paperback! Enter to WIN a FREE COPY here.  Or, buyContinue reading “Take the Beach Bag Quiz & enter to WIN a FREE copy of REUNITED”

What makes a great book club

Last week, I had the honor of doing my first book club visit as a published author, thanks to my friend Connie, one of my biggest cheerleaders. Though not technically young adults, Connie’s book club branched out from their typical reading fare in order to include my YA novel, REUNITED.  The afternoon started with aContinue reading “What makes a great book club”

Toilet Papering the Yard – from the pranksters at The YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes

Welcome to “Toilet papering the Yard,” which, in addition to being an obnoxious yet biodegradable Halloween prank, is also the name of my group in  the YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes.  If you’ve never hopped with us before, the YAmazing Race is the coolest blog hop ever featuring over 50 YA & MG authors and tonsContinue reading “Toilet Papering the Yard – from the pranksters at The YAmazing Race with MGnificent prizes”

Calling all Los Angeles Reader Girls! (and boys)

On October 25th at 7:00pm, I’ll be doing a reading/book signing at the Glendale Americana Barnes & Noble along with the fabulous Carmen Rodrigues (34 PIECES OF YOU) and Suzanne Lazear (INNOCENT DARKNESS).   We’ll also be talking about the process of of seeing a Young Adult novel into the world.  So, if you’re a YA fan and/or an aspiring writer, please joinContinue reading “Calling all Los Angeles Reader Girls! (and boys)”

Emily Bronte & Me

So, I finally got a copy of Glitter Magazine & took a good, long look at their Books That Rock spread that features REUNITED, which just so happens to be right next to WUTHERING HEIGHTS.  I realize it doesn’t actually mean anything, but to see my book next to WUTHERING FREAKING HEIGHTS delights me wayContinue reading “Emily Bronte & Me”

Last Stop: Blue Bunny

I’m still riding the high from last night’s excellent reading/book-signing at Blue Bunny Books & Toys.  Or maybe it was all those cupcakes I ate. 😉 So happy I got the chance to meet some local tweens & teens as well as some lovely and enthusiastic booksellers.   Of course, no Road Trip Book TourContinue reading “Last Stop: Blue Bunny”

Sandwich, a personal history.

1. A long time ago, I was in an all-girl band called Sandwich.  We only played one song, also called Sandwich. 2. Once, I invented a sandwich. The ingredients were: Fluff, Nutella, and sliced bananas on white bread. I called it the “HW Yummy” (patent pending). 3.  Last night, I had the honor of doingContinue reading “Sandwich, a personal history.”

Road Trip Stop #2 (where we meet the future authors of America)

The Road Trip Book Tour continues!  Yesterday, Kristen-Paige & I had a WONDERFUL meet & greet at the Manchester, NH Barnes & Noble.  And we were THRILLED to see so many of our new Pinkerton Academy & Londonderry Middle School friends/Future Authors of America.  How much do I love meeting teen readers & writers?  Continue reading “Road Trip Stop #2 (where we meet the future authors of America)”

My Middle School Marathon (with a high school visit & a book reading thrown in there, too)

Kristien-Paige and I are still recovering from our back-to-back school visits yesterday at Pinkerton Academy & Londonderry Middle school.  Not to mention the fact that we capped off our day with a book-signing at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford.  But, boy, did we have fun! I don’t know what they’re putting in the drinking waterContinue reading “My Middle School Marathon (with a high school visit & a book reading thrown in there, too)”

On the Road Again

Tomorrow morning, Kristen-Paige Madonia & I kick off our Road Trip Books Hit the Road tour with two school visits (Pinkerton Academy & Londonderry Middle School) followed by a reading at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, NH at 7:00pm. Whew. I’m tired just thinking about it. Our plan is to rendezvous at the school, but untilContinue reading “On the Road Again”