Friday, September 28, 2012

Did you win?!?!?

Did you remember to enter Sheri Larsen's big, huge, GIGANTIC giveaway? If you did, make sure you hop over to here so you can see who won. I can't wait to read Brianna McBride's entry!!

Congratulations to all the winners!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Updated Cover for Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors

I'm so excited to show you the updated cover for my upcoming middle grade novel.

What do you think?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Inside Look of Cracking the Code: Spreading Rumors

When people ask me what my new book is about, I immediately start rattling off the chapter titles. Sure, I do have a quick little blurb of what it's about (When eleven-year-old Toby Karlson accidentally hip checks the school district’s oldest secretary, his life turns into a big rumor), but it's the chapter titles that I think are really cool. I thought I'd share a few... CODE 1: No Matter What, Don’t Hip Check Little Old Ladies CODE 2: Sometimes Taking One for the Team Means Putting Your Head in a Toilet CODE 3: Listen to Your Coach, Even if You Think He’s Crazy CODE 4: Just Because You’re the Captain Doesn’t Mean You Should Climb a Gazebo CODE 5: Arguing With the Ref Won’t Get You a Dance Trophy What do you think? Silly, huh? The one thing that I've heard from the fifth and sixth graders who have already read the book was that they really liked the humor. That made my heart sing. Kids nowadays have so many commitments between school, sports, music lessons, etc. If they can read something that makes them laugh (and learn a few lessons - shh!!!), then that's all I can ask for as a parent. Did you have a favorite book that you read over and over, as a child, that you loved because of the humor? My favorite was Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein. I LOVED that book - still do.

Monday, September 10, 2012

A Giveway Bigger-Than-A-Shopping-Mall!

Here it is..the details of Sheri Larsen's HUGE, HUMONGOUS, MASSIVE, OUT-OF-THIS-WORLD, did I mention, HUGE?, giveaway. Please take it away, Sheri!

Today, I invite you to celebrate with me!! I've signed with Literary Agent Paula Munier of Talcott Notch Literary! And because our literary community is so freaking fabulous and generous, I'm having a Bigger-Than-A-Shopping-Mall GIVEAWAY!! The giveaway consists of:
  •  two separate Rafflecopters with multiple giveaways 
  • and one grand prize Rafflecopter giveaway - to enter for the grand prize, you must enter either giveaway #1, #2, or both. 
There's only one mandatory entry. Everything else is up to you!! I know Rafflecopters can be a pain, but it was the only way to organize such a huge giveaway. The giveaway is open until September 27thWINNERS will be announced on September 28th. (Entrants may win more than one prize!)

Thank you so much for entering, spreading the word, and celebrating with me!!

Links to Rafflecopters: 
Giveaway #1
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway #2

a Rafflecopter giveaway Giveaway #3 

a Rafflecopter giveaway I've donated a chapter critique in Giveaway #1. Here are my credentials in case you decide to enter that giveaway:

I've been working for a medium-sized press since 2007. Over 25 books that I've edited have won awards including Mom's Choice, Teachers Choice, Purple Dragonfly, and many, many more.  Not only am I an editor, but I'm an award-winning writer. the links above and see all of the great prizes! Good luck to you, and especially Good Luck to Sheri!!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Giveaway...coming soon!

To help celebrate the wonderful news of fellow writer (and hockeymom) Sheri Larsen signing with an agent and her many offers on her YA novel, Marked Beauty, Sheri is having a MASSIVE giveaway from September 10th through September 27th. Winners will be announced on September 28th.

Seriously, there will be a ton of prizes and all you'll have to do is come back here and follow the directions. Easy, right?

I'm so happy that Sheri is on her way to publication that I wanted to help by giving away a three chapter critique. Now, not to toot my own horn, but since working at Ferne Press for the last five years, I've edited over twenty books that have won awards.

So..take that as you will, but remember to head back here on September 10th for all of the details.