Category Archives: book recs

My LIST of reasons that everyone should know and love Christa Desir

When you write a novel with someone, you get an inside look at how their brain works, how their family works, and how their life works. The more time I spend with Christa, the more I think she’s an amazing person. So today, instead of sharing a FEAR LIST, like we did w/ our characters […]
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#CharactersWelcome – author Courtney Stevens

HOW WE MET: I met Courtney before either of us were agented – 2010? 2011? We’d both entered in a one-sentence pitch contest, and I begged her to let me read her submission. It was fab. (ME AND COURT AT SCBWI 2012 – SHE NO LONGER HAS THAT HAIR, AND I NO LONGER HAVE THAT EXTRA […]
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YA SCAVENGER HUNT – (hosting author Nina Berry!)

SCAVENGER HUNT HAS FINISHED!!! CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS!! I’VE EMAILED YOU!! – JO Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At […]
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Summer Reads – so far…

So. I haven’t done as much reading this summer as I thought I would. A big reason for this is having deadlines on TWO books – one for first pass edits (LOVE BLIND – cover soon!), and one to turn in (A FOREVER THING – my Addams Family meets a John Hughes movie) ANYWAY. The […]
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What I’ve Been Reading…

I haven’t posted in ages. There are a few reasons for this, none of which anyone wants to hear 😉 BUT. I’ve started a few YA novels over the past few years that read really young to me, so I stopped. And then Christa Desir suggested I write MG since the last YA she read […]
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March, Vegetarianism, Reading ALL the things, and other Miscellany…

So. I thought March might be a good month to jump in a few fun things. It’s reading month or something similarish (Wow, I’m even too lazy to double-check this for my post) and it’s national health or nutrition awareness month (or something similar – see comment about “laziness” above), which I know about because […]
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Where I Turn My Blog Into a Foodie Blog For A Week

One of the perks of my job is that I’m offered books in exchange for review. I rarely do this but with a son who is allergic to a million things, this felt like a safe bet. LOVING it so far. Will be posting my favs this week. (AMAZON)    (BARNES) So far I’ve made […]
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Mental Illness, Misconceptions, and YA lit

I’ve read in a few places now about how Robin Williams was suffering from a form of dementia, which would explain his suicide. All I can think is – and DEPRESSION DOESN’T??? Every morning I take Synthroid to keep my thyroid running normally – this keeps my brain working and my heart working and my […]
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