Friday, November 28, 2014

The Cephalopod Coffehouse: Best Books of November

Today I'm participating in the monthly meeting of the Cephalopod Coffeehouse, where we sign up to write about the best book we've read this month.



This month I read more than one great book, so I'm going to recap ALL the great books I read this month. The first was The Curse of the Granville Fortune by our friend Kelly Hashway:




I grew up reading the books in the Nancy Drew series and the title reminded me of the classic stories I read as a child. But this book is much, much better. From page one, the story pulls you in and the action doesn't let up until you reach the final page. I highly recommend it!

The second was this fantabulous book by another great blogger friend, Medeira Sharif:




The Attic of Sand and Secrets tells the story of a young learning disabled girl whose mother is kidnapped. Not only is Lily inspiring, the book takes you on a fun adventure that includes a magical trip that happens every time she visits the attic in her closet. Plus, is it just me, or is there something about the fantasy of having a secret bedroom passageway that just seems so magical to a young reader?

The third book was The Good Sister by Jamie Kain. Jamie was in my very first critique group, which I think was on AOL. Yes, it was that long ago. After a successful career as a romance novelist, Jamie is setting the young adult world on fire with this book:




I love stories like 13 Reasons Why and If I Stay. The Good Sister reminded me of that. It's that same level of awesome! One sister dies and in the aftermath, her surviving sisters must deal with their own imperfections. Jamie has created relatable characters and a riveting plot and I know we'll see many, many more books from her. 


What's the best book you read in November? Feel free to add your link to the list below if you'd like to join in on your own blog!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving. For my non-American readers, Thanksgiving is a day when we're supposed to give thanks for all of our blessings. Technically, we're supposed to give thanks for the bountiful harvest of the previous summer season, but since it's 2014 and many of us get our "crops" from here...




...mostly we just do this.



And this.



And this.



If we have a houseful of bored kids, we do this.



And then we go to bed early, so we can get up and do this.



What are you doing for Thanksgiving?

Sign up for my 25 Roses blog tour, which is happening January 5-9! I'll be linking to the sites hosting me each day to send some traffic your way.


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Monday, November 24, 2014

My BIG Announcement!!!

My agent and I have decided Halloween is our lucky day.

I signed with her on Halloween day in 2011.

I sold my second book, 25 Roses, the week before Halloween last year.

And this year, I sent her the final revisions for my chapter book series, Piper Morgan.

Guess what?

I SOLD THE SERIES!




Simon & Schuster has bought the rights to Piper Morgan Joins the Circus, as well as three more books in the series (still to be written). I'm over-the-moon excited.

Here's the Publisher's Marketplace announcement. (Those of you who follow me on Twitter already know this news, so forgive the repeat of Friday's excitement!)