Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Local Young Writers: Free Workshops coming NOW!

Hi, y’all! I know writers and readers from all over check in here from time to time, but this post is particularly for my local Central Texas writers. I am teaching three FREE writing workshops in the next few weeks, … Continue reading

How Can I Thank You, Dear Author? Here’s How!

As an author, I am frequently asked to contribute copies of my books to charity events, or schools in need, or to Skype to a class or book club, etc. I am totally delighted to do such things when I … 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

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

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

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

Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars: Worth Fighting Over

Hi, y’all! I’m popping in today to leave a review about my friend Cory Putman Oakes’ newest book, Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars. She very graciously gave me a signed ARC copy to give away here as well! The only problem … Continue reading

Wish Girl in Paperback & a Giveaway

Hip hip hooray! It’s always a Big Deal when a book is first released, right? Well, as it turns out, it’s even a Big Deal to authors when a book comes out again… in paperback. This means your publisher believes … Continue reading