Archive for the ‘Children’s Fiction’ Category

Summer of Lost and Found: Interview & Giveaway!

One of the coolest things I get to do as an author is read other favorite authors’ books before anyone else. In the case of phenomenal MG author Rebecca Behrens, that means I was able to read her debut novel, … Continue reading

The Spirit of Texas List: A Texas-Sized Bundle of Cool Stuff!

I was super excited and humbled to be invited to participate in TLA’s Spirit of Texas Middle School list this year. Texas librarians know how to make an author feel loved – and this list makes it clear that teachers … Continue reading

So Much Sunshine! Florida, China, and Rainbows in Texas

I am delighted to announce that my book was selected for the Florida Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award for 6-8 graders! They made a very cool video, too. With music! And fancy graphics! If you watched the video, you discovered … Continue reading

Texas Sweethearts at TxLA 2016!

The week all the Texas librarians and ALL the Texas authors look forward to is almost here! The annual Texas Library Association Conference starts next week in Houston. I’ll be there on Wednesday, April 20, signing books at the Overlooked … Continue reading

A Spring Full of School Visits and Conferences

Wow! There’s a lot going on this spring for me, so much that it’s hard to do it all, and find time to write all the books and keep the kids fed and alive… I’ve pretty much given up on … Continue reading

5th Annual March MG Madness Giveaway: 5 Hardcover Copies of Wish Girl!

Happy Sunday! And happy March MG Madness over at Aeicha’s superb blog, Word Spelunking. If you love middle grade books, you’ll want to keep an eye on that blog all month, as the giveaways are off the hook! I’m delighted … Continue reading

I Joined the Texas Sweethearts (and Scoundrels)!

Hey, y’all! Big news! I joined a group of amazing Texas-based writers this month, the Texas Sweethearts and Scoundrels. I am beyond thrilled to be in the company of some of my favorite writers. P.J. Hoover, Jo Whittemore, K.A. Holt… … Continue reading

Want to Cry? I’ve Got You Covered + Giveaway!

Happy book birthday to me! Today is the release date for Wish Girl in paperback, and I am SUPER happy to share with you the lovely book trailer that’s rolled out today on Cynthia Leitich Smith’s fabulous blog, Cynsations. Trot … Continue reading

Valentine’s MG Giveaway: Win ALL the Books!

I have this great friend named Lynda Mullaly Hunt, who writes the most phenomenal books, and who knows pretty much ALL the other MG authors out there, and once a year holds a contest for librarians and teachers to win … Continue reading

What Librarians Wish For (& Wish Girl Giveaway Winner)

Wow. Want to know how to make an author cry with happiness? I ran a contest to give away five paperback copies of Wish Girl to a librarian or teacher, and asked those commenting on my blog to post their … Continue reading