Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Pies from Nowhere by Dee Romito

Can there be any better way to learn history than through a beautiful picture book? My friend Dee Romito brings a very important historical event to life in Pies from Nowhere: How Georgia Gilmore Sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Georgia Gilmore was an important figure in the Civil Rights movement, and now we get to see her story with Dee's beautiful prose and illustrator Laura Freeman's vivid illustrations. Scroll down to read all about this new picture book and to buy your own copy.


This stunning picture book looks into the life of Georgia Gilmore, a hidden figure of history who played a critical role in the civil rights movement and used her passion for baking to help the Montgomery Bus Boycott achieve its goal.

Georgia decided to help the best way she knew how. 
She worked together with a group of women and together they purchased the supplies they needed-bread, lettuce, and chickens. And off they went to cook.
The women brought food to the mass meetings that followed at the church. They sold sandwiches. They sold dinners in their neighborhoods.
As the boycotters walked and walked, Georgia cooked and cooked. 

Georgia Gilmore was a cook at the National Lunch Company in Montgomery, Alabama. When the bus boycotts broke out in Montgomery after Rosa Parks was arrested, Georgia knew just what to do. She organized a group of women who cooked and baked to fund-raise for gas and cars to help sustain the boycott. Called the Club from Nowhere, Georgia was the only person who knew who baked and bought the food, and she said the money came from "nowhere" to anyone who asked. When Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested for his role in the boycott, Georgia testified on his behalf, and her home became a meeting place for civil rights leaders. This picture book highlights a hidden figure of the civil rights movement who fueled the bus boycotts and demonstrated that one person can make a real change in her community and beyond. It also includes one of her delicious recipes for kids to try with the help of their parents!

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Dee Romito is an author and former elementary teacher. Her middle grade books include THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, POSTCARDS FROM VENICE, and co-authored BEST. NIGHT. EVER. She blogs about writing at WriteforApples.com and is Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children's Writers and Illustrators. While she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. You can visit her website at DeeRomito.com.

Originally from New York City, Laura Freeman lives in Atlanta with her husband and their two children. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts and began her career working for various editorial clients. She has illustrated over twenty children's books, including Hidden Figures written by Margot Lee Shetterly, the Nikki & Deja series by Karen English and Fancy Party Gowns by Deborah Blumenthal. In addition to illustrating books and editorial content, her art can be found on a wide range of products, from dishes and textiles to greeting cards. Visit Laura's website at lfreemanart.com.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Introducing The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig: A Love Story by Don Zolidis

There's nothing as exciting as seeing your book on shelves for the first time--even if you're an acclaimed playwright. Don Zolidis has published 97 plays which have been produced over 10,500 times in 61 countries. But today is the day he gets his first book in print everywhere. And it looks like a must read! Scroll down to read all about The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig (A Love Story).


Janesville, Wisconsin (cold in the sense that there is no God) 1994.

The worst thing that's ever happened to Craig is also the best: Amy. Amy and Craig never should've gotten together. Craig is an awkward, Dungeons & Dragons-playing geek, and Amy is the beautiful, fiercely intelligent student-body president of their high school.

Yet somehow they did?until Amy dumped him. Then got back together with him. Then dumped him again. Then got back together with him again. Over and over and over.

Unfolding during their senior year, Amy and Craig's exhilarating, tumultuous relationship is a kaleidoscope of joy, pain, and laughter as an uncertain future-and adult responsibility-loom on the horizon.

Craig fights for his dream of escaping Janesville and finding his place at a quirky college, while Amy's quest to uncover her true self sometimes involves being Craig's girlfriend?and sometimes doesn't.

Seven heartbreaks. Seven joys.Told nonsequentially, acclaimed playwright Don Zolidis's debut novel is a brutally funny, bittersweet taste of the utterly unique and utterly universal experience of first love.

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Don Zolidis grew up in Wisconsin, went to college in Minnesota, and is mostly known for being a really funny playwright. For the past five years, he's been the most-produced playwright in American schools. His more than one hundred published plays have been performed tens of thousands of times, and have appeared in sixty-four different countries. He currently splits his time between New York and Texas, and has two adorable boys who will someday read this book and have a lot of questions. He aspires to owning a dog. The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig is his first novel. He's hard at work on the next one. Visit Don at http://www.donzolidis.com/.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Halloween Ride Guest Post

I'm so excited to welcome Sammy and Gregory to my blog today. Who are Sammy and Gregory? They are the fun main characters in Elaine Kaye's latest picture book, Halloween Ride: A Gregory Green Adventure. Today, Sammy is interviewing Gregory about Halloween. Scroll down after the interview to read all about the book and buy your copy!

Sammy: What’s your favorite holiday?

Gregory: Halloween! I love dressing up, getting LOTS and LOTS of candy, and scaring you.

Sammy: Me?

Gregory: Yeah, you. You scare easily.

Sammy: So, do you. And let’s not get into all that again.

Sammy: You looked really cool in your pirate costume. When can we hunt for treasure?

Gregory: We can go as soon as this interview is done!

Sammy: Okay, it’s done!

Gregory: No, Elaine Kaye wouldn’t be happy with us if we quit now.

Sammy: Right. And we should make the author happy. Okay, so when we saw the broom and got on it, did you think you’d have to fly it yourself? You’re many years away from getting your learner’s permit, and there wasn’t even a steering wheel!

Gregory: I didn’t think it would be too hard.

Sammy: Well, it’s a good thing it could fly on its own. *snickers*

Gregory: Hey!

*Sammy laughs harder*

Sammy: We all know you love pea soup. Do you really think that was pea soup in the witch’s pot?

*Gregory shivers* Gregory: I sure hope not!

Sammy: It smelled like pea soup.

Gregory: And looked like pea soup.

Sammy: Until she added her secret ingredient.

*Both boys stick out their tongues in disgust*

Gregory: That’s one soup I’ll never try!


BLURB: One Halloween night, Gregory and his teddy bear Sammy go trick-or-treating, hoping for lots and lots of candy. But Sammy is scared of everything and is constantly asking, “What’s that?” Gregory gets annoyed until one of those things turns out to be a flying broomstick. And this broom wants them to go for a ride. Where will it take them? 

*Story picture book Ages 4-8.




Pea Soup Disaster: Amazon / Nook / Kobo

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Elaine Kaye is the author of A Gregory Green Adventure series. She first created Gregory Green after her son, who loved her homemade pea soup.
Kaye has worked as a library assistant and teacher's assistant in elementary schools in the Sunshine State. She currently lives in Florida, but she has called Michigan; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Okinawa, Japan home.
She is a grandmother of three boys.


Enter here to win a signed paperback copy of Pea Soup Disaster, a hand-stitched bookmark, and a pea pod key chain! Open to all from September 16, 2018 – October 1, 2018!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Friday Night Stage Lights by Rachele Alpine

Rachele is my publishing sister times three. We have the same agent, same publisher, and same editor! So the fact that I love all her books is a bonus. Today she has a new book out that I can't wait to download to my Kindle. Scroll down to read all about Friday Night Stage Lights and buy your copy! 


The Cutting Edge meets Step Up in this hilarious M!X novel where the worlds of football and ballet collide.

Brooklyn Gartner eats, sleeps, and breathes ballet. But after her mom gets remarried and moves them to Texas, everything changes. Thanks to her star football player stepbrother, her family is football obsessed. And thanks to a new conditioning program, the middle school football team starts to take classes at her dance studio—the only place Brooklyn felt like she belonged.

She has a chance to escape if she can get into her dream high school, The Texas School of the Arts, where she’ll be able to pursue her passion for dance. Brooklyn just has to get through the big All-City showcase first, where a ton of scouts will be there, including one from TSOTA.

But when Brooklyn’s dance partner gets injured, she has to turn to an unexpected ally—Logan, a boy on the middle school football team—to help her get through the showcase. With some fancy footwork, teamwork and a little understanding, can Brooklyn make her mark, and dance her way onto a bigger stage?

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One of Rachele Alpine’s first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. Rachele is a high school English teacher by day, a wife and mother by night, and a writer during any time she can find in between. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio where she writes middle grade and young adult novels. Visit her at RacheleAlpine.com

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Introducing A Tuba Christmas by Mary Uhles

It's been a busy month for this author, who released The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee on September 4th. A Tuba Christmas is another holiday-themed picture book and the illustrations are beautiful. Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy.


With a family that loves music as much as hers does, it was only a matter of time before it was Ava's turn to pick out an instrument. Her mother plays the piano, her father plays the violin, and one brother plays the cello while the other plays the clarinet. As soon as Ava selects an instrument, she will be able to join them as they practice for the annual holiday concert. And her family has definite ideas on what instrument Ava should select, from the piano to the flute to the violin. But Ava isn't interested in any of them. Ava wants to play the tuba. And she gets her wish. But playing the tuba isn't as easy as it seems. And there is no place for a tuba in the annual concert. But with the encouragement of her music teacher, Ava finds a place for her and her tuba in a special holiday celebration.

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Helen loves to write for kids. Her books for children’s publisher Sleeping Bear Press include M is for Meow: A Cat Alphabet, Z is for Zeus: A Greek Mythology Alphabet, Lily’s The Victory Garden and Little New York, E is for Eiffel Tower: A France Alphabet, F is for Friendship: A Quilt Alphabet, T is for Twin Cities: A Minneapolis/St. Paul Alphabet, Finnegan and Fox: The Ten Foot Cop and B is for Beacon: A Great Lakes Lighthouse Alphabet. Helen L. Wilbur has been a librarian, run a catering business, acted, taught school, and worked in the electronic side of the publishing world. She has a B.A. in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago and an M. L. S. from Columbia University. Visit Helen's website at http://www.helenwilbur.com/

Mary Reaves Uhles has illustrated several books, including The Little Kids’ Table by Mary Ann Riehle, A Tuba Christmas by Helen Wilbur, and the poetry collection Kooky Crumbs by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, TN. Visit Mary's website at maryuhles.com/.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Introducing The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee by Alice Faye Duncan and Mary Uhles

Usually when I profile a book on this blog, it's because of the author. In this case, though, I'm highlighting a new release by a very talented illustrator. Mary Uhles is a fellow Middle Tennessean who has a very impressive portfolio of work...and her latest book, written by Alice Faye Duncan, reminds us that the most wonderful time of the year is on the way! Scroll down to read all about it and get your copy.


The Volunteer state is GREAT! When Carly visits her cousin Teddy in Tennessee for Christmas, she discovers how amazing it is. She hikes the Great Smoky Mountains, dances to bluegrass music, tastes Nashville’s famous hot chicken, and meets more than one Elvis Presley. Every day, Teddy gives her a special Tennessee gift, from 12 rockers rocking and 11 eagles nesting to a mockingbird in a tulip poplar tree.

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Alice Faye Duncan graduated from library school at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (UTK). She is a native Tennessean who works as a librarian in Memphis and has written multiple children’s books including Honey Baby Sugar Child and Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop. Learn more about Alice Faye online at alicefayeduncan.com.

Mary Reaves Uhles has illustrated several books, including The Little Kids’ Table by Mary Ann Riehle, A Tuba Christmas by Helen Wilbur, and the poetry collection Kooky Crumbs by Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis. A graduate of Ringling College of Art and Design, Mary lives with her family in Nashville, TN. Visit Mary's website at maryuhles.com/.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Introducing The Story Collector by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb

Kristin O'Donnell Tubb was the first author to make me feel welcome among my local SCBWI chapter members, so I'll always have a special place in my heart for her. I couldn't think of anyone more deserving for the honor of writing the true story of a young girl who grew up in the New York Public Library. And it's no surprise that the book is getting a LOTTTTT of buzz! Today is the day you can get your own copy. Scroll down to read all about it and click to buy!


In the tradition of E. L. Konisburg, this middle-grade mystery adventure is inspired by the real life of Viviani Joffre Fedeler, born and raised in the New York Public Library.

Eleven-year-old Viviani Fedeler has spent her whole life in the New York Public Library. She knows every room by heart, except the ones her father keeps locked. When Viviani becomes convinced that the library is haunted, new girl Merit Mubarak makes fun of her. So Viviani decides to play a harmless little prank, roping her older brothers and best friend Eva to help out.

But what begins as a joke quickly gets out of hand, and soon Viviani and her friends have to solve two big mysteries: Is the Library truly haunted? And what happened to the expensive new stamp collection? It's up to Viviani, Eva, and Merit (reluctantly) to find out.

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Kristin O'Donnell Tubb is the author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different, Selling Hope, and The 13th Sign. She lives in Tennessee with her family. Visit her website: www.kristintubb.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Introducing Potion Problems by Cindy Callaghan

If you have kids and Amazon Prime, you may have heard of the popular streaming series Just Add Magic. It's based on a book written by the very talented Cindy Callaghan. Now there's a Book 2 in the series, and it releases today! Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy.


Kelly Quinn and her friends must figure out a way to save a beloved local store and find their infamous Secret Recipe Book, which has gone missing in this sequel to Just Add Magic (the inspiration for the family-friendly TV series)!

Kelly Quinn and her best friends, Darbie and Hannah, are having the worst day ever! Their Secret Recipe Book accidentally gets included in frenemy, Charlotte’s used book drive. Not good. 
As if that’s not enough, the girls find out that their cooking program is on the chopping block at school, thanks to big budget cuts. 

Kelly & Company decide to take matters into their own hands and apply for famous TV chef Felice Foudini’s Recipe Challenge. The prize? $10,000 and webisodes on Felice’s site. With the Book and the special ingredients from their beloved mentor, Senora Perez’s, store LaCucina, the girls are sure to win.

But when they turn to Senora Perez, for help, they discover La Cucina is in danger of closing!

Then Kelly gets a mysterious delivery—a package with the missing Secret Recipe Book with a note: “From KE.” KE is one of the Book’s authors, but who is KE exactly?

It’s up to Kelly, Darbie, and Hannah to get to the bottom of the mystery, save the cooking program, and help Senora P. keep her store!

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Cindy Callaghan is both an award-winning writer and business professional. Her writing niche is ‘tween girls. Few other writers today match Cindy’s prowess in this genre. “I just ‘get’ them,” she says. “Somewhere inside me, I think maybe I still am one.” Her books: JUST ADD MAGIC (2010), LOST IN LONDON (2013), LUCKY ME (2014)/LOST IN IRELAND (2016), LOST IN PARIS (2015), LOST IN ROME (2015), LOST IN HOLLYWOOD (2016), the award-winning SYDNEY MACKENZIE KNOCKS ‘EM DEAD (2017), JUST ADD MAGIC 2: POTION PROBLEMS (2018) and SALTWATER SUMMER SECRETS (2019) magically capture the tween voice and experience. Cindy holds an MA and MBA, and has over twenty years of business experience. The Delawarian (by way of Los Angeles (USC)) is a Jersey girl at heart. She lives in Wilmington, and escapes to her PA mountain retreat whenever time will allow. Visit her at https://cindycallaghan.com.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Introducing Power Play by Beth McMullen

I've been eagerly awaiting today's book release since I heard there were going to be more books in the Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls series. Beth McMullen made book #1 in this series SO fun! Scroll down to read all about Beth's new book and make sure you buy a copy!


Abby and the rest of her friends go international as they embark on their first “official” Center mission in this second book in the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series.

After discovering the truth about her spy school/boarding school—and her super-spy mom—Abby Hunter is ready for her next adventure, but what’s about to happen is something she never would have guessed…

Everyone at The Smith School is obsessed with Monster Mayhem, the latest reality video game craze. But when Drexel Caine, the mastermind behind the game is suddenly kidnapped, it becomes clear that the kidnappers are playing for more than just special badges.

After Drexel’s son—who is Abby’s friend, Toby—receives a cryptic message, Abby and her friends discover the kidnapping is part of a bigger scheme that could take down The Center for good.

With the help of Abby’s frenemy (and reluctant mentor), Veronica Brooks, the group tackles their first official Center Mission. They tangle with the world’s most notorious hacker, get in trouble for the possible theft of the Mona Lisa, and prepare for the ultimate showdown in London. But not before they have to contend with one more hurdle: the agonizing Smith School Spring Formal. Along the way, they discover they are much stronger as a team they can ever be alone.

And with a little luck, they might just save the world.

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Beth McMullen is the author of the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series and several adult mysteries. Her books have heroes and bad guys, action and messy situations. An avid reader, she once missed her subway stop and rode the train all the way to Brooklyn because the book she was reading was that good. She lives in Northern California with her family, two cats and a parakeet named Zeus, who is sick of the cats eyeballing him like he’s dinner. 

Visit her at BethMcMullenBooks.com.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee

Barbara Dee has been gaining attention for her important middle-grade books, including Star-Crossed, which introduced us to a lovable character with a same-sex crush. Her latest book takes on the all-too-important issue of eating disorders--an issue that's made its way to the tween age group.


Misfit Tally is forced to room with queen bee Ava on the seventh grade field trip to Washington, DC, and discovers several surprising things about her roommate—including the possibility of an eating disorder—in this timely new novel from the author of Star-Crossed and Halfway Normal.

During a class trip to DC, twelve-year-old Tally and her best friends, Sonnet and Caleb (a.k.a. Spider) are less than thrilled when they are assigned roommates and are paired with kids who are essentially their sworn enemies. For Tally, rooming with “clonegirl” Ava Seely feels like punishment, rather than potential for fun.

But the trip is full of surprises. Despite a pact to stick together as much as they can, Sonnet pulls away, and spider befriends Marco, the boy who tormented him last year. And Marco just might “like” Tally—what’s that about?

But the uneasy peace in Ava and Tally’s room is quickly upended when Tally begins to suspect something is off about Ava. She has a weird notebook full of random numbers, and doesn’t seem to eat anything during meals. When Tally confronts Ava, Ava threatens to share an embarrassing picture of Tally with the class if Tally says anything to anyone about her suspicions. But will Tally endanger more than her pride by keeping her secret?

This is one class trip full of lessons Tally will never forget: how to stay true to yourself, how to love yourself and embrace your flaws, and how being a good friend can actually mean telling a secret you promised to keep…

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Barbara Dee is the author of Everything I Know About You, Halfway Normal (2018 CBC Notable Book, Junior Library Guild selection, YALSA Booklist “Surviving Middle School,” starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal), Star-Crossed (2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, 2018 CBC Notable Book, 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist, 2017 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best List, King County Public Library Best of 2017, 2018), and six other middle grade novels. Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. She lives with her family, including a naughty cat named Luna and a sweet rescue hound named Ripley, in Westchester County, New York. 

Learn more about Barbara Dee at BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Introducing Fairy Chase by Debbie Dadey

Who doesn't love mermaids? I've been very lucky to sit next to Debbie Dadey at book events — children's eyes light up at the mere mention of her Mermaid Tales series. Today, Debbie celebrates the launch of book #18 in the series. Scroll down to read all about this fun new book.


With the help of her fintastic friends, Echo investigates whether or not fairies really DO exist in this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure.

Echo is excited when her Aunt Crabella and Uncle Leopold visit, especially since Aunt Crabella always has amazing stories about all of her many ocean travels. But when Aunt Crabella tells Echo about the Hairy Fairy—a fairy that visits mermaids while they sleep and purposely tangles their hair—Echo is all set to catch the fairy in the act.

Shelly and Kiki tell Echo that fairies aren’t real, but Aunt Crabella says she believes they are. And what’s the harm in believing? When Echo can’t seem to catch the Hairy Fairy, she becomes determined to figure out if fairies really do exist! She teams up with Shelly and Kiki and makes “Fairy Juice” (via a recipe from Rocky Ridge) in order to go on a fairy hunt on Trident City’s majestic Sperm Whale Mountain.

But what will they find on their fairy hunt? Will all of Echo’s magical fairy dreams come true?

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Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 150 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Learn more about Debbie at DebbieDadey.com.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Introducing Postcards from Venice by Dee Romito

Writing buddies can feel like the best of friends, even when you've never met in person. That's how I feel about Dee Romito, one of my coauthors on Best. Night. Ever. Dee has a new book out today that is going on my Kindle PRONTO. You'll take one look at the cover and see why! Be sure to scroll down to read all about it.


Twelve-year-old Skyler is in for a summer of adventure in Venice, Italy, as she pursues a dream opportunity in this hilarious MIX novel that’s a companion to The BFF Bucket List.

Skyler is about to go on the biggest adventure of her life. Her mother has been relocated to Venice, Italy, and there is the possibility it could be a permanent move. While there, Skyler will be blogging and writing about the city as part of an informal internship that could lead to bigger things for her if all goes well.

One of her fellow interns, Logan is cool, cute, and Australian. But the other intern, Zara, isn’t quite as nice, and seems determined to sabotage all of Skyler’s suggestions. And with a big assignment coming up, Skyler is stumped as to what to write about.

Skyler wishes she has someone to talk to, but the first person who comes to mind isn’t even on the same continent: her BFF, Ella. Skyler knows that Ella would probably have to solution to a lot of her problems, especially the writer’s block, but they didn’t leave on the best of terms after a bucket list went a little awry. Thanks to technology, Skyler and Ella slowly begin to talk like old times.

But when one of Skyler’s blog posts gets replaced with one she never intended anyone to see, she isn’t sure if she can ever belong anywhere. With the help of some Italian magic and her oldest friend, can Skyler learn to love her new city?

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Dee Romito is an author and former elementary teacher. Her middle grade books include THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, and co-authored BEST. NIGHT. EVER. She blogs about writing at WriteforApples.com and is Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators. While she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. You can visit her website at DeeRomito.com.

Learn more about Dee at deeromito.com.