I’m thrilled to announce that my wonderful editor at HarperCollins Children’s, Erica Sussman, has acquired my next two books, due out in spring 2015 and 2016 respectively. Hooray! I am so thankful to be working with Laura, Erica, and the wonderful team at Harper again!
About THERE WAS A CROOKED MAN (HarperCollins Children’s, Winter 2015):
Eleven-year-old Wren Matthews has always known she’s weird. Unschooled, happily solitary, and obsessed with astronomy, the only place Wren fits in is the regional homeschool conference. When a mysterious visitor appears and invites Wren and her long-time science-rival Simon Barker to join the ancient guild of magicians known as the Fiddlers, things get a whole lot weirder. As apprentice Fiddlers, Wren and Simon have a lot to learn, but their ordinary alchemy lessons are soon overshadowed by tainted legends of Mother Goose, battling alchemists, and dreams of the dangerous otherworld, the Land of Nod.
The sequel, tentatively titled, STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT, is due out in Winter 2016.
My husband Aaron tells me that my blurbs aren’t snappy enough, so he offered to compose the one below for me. You decide which is more enticing. :)
Wren Matthews has super powers that will destroy your face. Read this or else. PS: It’s the funniest story you’ve ever read but full of romance, adventure, and ninjas eating cheeseburgers. Did you like Harry Potter? Lord of the Rings? They stink compared to this.
**UPDATE! So, while I kind of dropped the ball by not posting about this giveaway until 5PM PST – oops! that means there were GREAT odds for those of you who entered and tweeted – thank you! I’m delighted to announce the winners:
Kelly Van Duine
Congrats to Precious and Kelly! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly to get your mailing addresses.
Thanks everyone for celebrating Story’s End!
I am delighted to give away two signed hardback copies of STORY’S END, the sequel to STORYBOUND, to two readers today!
Enter by midnight tonight and don’t forget to pop on over to the NOOK blog to download your Free Friday version of STORYBOUND!
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I’m thrilled to announce that La Vera Storia di Una Fairchild released this week, and I want to share the gorgeous trailer the wonderful team at Fanucci Editore created:
That music! So incredible!
I am thrilled to announce that Fanucci Editore will release Storybound in Italy next month! Given my Italian heritage and the fact that we still have family in Lavello, this is especially meaningful. Now I have yet another reason to sign up for Italian lessons. ;)
Check out this gorgeous cover Brandon Droman, Alison Klapthor, and the design team at HarperCollins Children’s created for Story’s End! I couldn’t be more thrilled! To celebrate, I’m giving away an ARC of Story’s End as soon as it’s available. You can enter over at Project Mayhem!
“Do You Have Any Advice For Those of Us Just Starting Out?”
Give up sitting dutifully at your desk. Leave
your house or apartment. Go out into the world.
It’s all right to carry a notebook but a cheap
one is best, with pages the color of weak tea
and on the front a kitten or a space ship.
Avoid any enclosed space where more than
three people are wearing turtlenecks. Beware
any snow-covered chalet with deer tracks
across the muffled tennis courts.
Not surprisingly, libraries are a good place to write.
And the perfect place in a library is near an aisle
where a child a year or two old is playing as his
mother browses the ranks of the dead.
Often he will pull books from the bottom shelf.
The title, the author’s name, the brooding photo
on the flap mean nothing. Red book on black, gray
book on brown, he builds a tower. And the higher
it gets, the wider he grins.
You who asked for advice, listen: When the tower
falls, be like that child. Laugh so loud everybody
in the world frowns and says, “Shhhh.”
Then start again.