Bug Smoot has finally been released into the wild!
Congratulations to thunderchikin on the release of his first fantastic book, SOUL ENCHILADA!!!
You're in for a wild ride when you open this book, and it doesn't stop until the very end. Unique doesn't begin to describe the premise, and I challenge anyone to come away from it without first falling in love with its main character.
Here's my own review:
Ain't no way that's happening...not as long as Bug's around.
Son and I visited the Tucson Festival of Books today.
I forgot how tiring it can be to walk around in the third trimester. I need a nap.
But, it was definitely worth the trip, as I got to see lots of friends:
Jennifer J. Stewart
and a bunch of other friends from SCBWI AZ, The Gila Gang, and online .
I also got to listen to some authors I'd never met in person speak, like:
Those last three were on a panel together, and they bantered back and forth like a veteran comedy troupe!
There were readings and signings and panels...oh my!
Kids activities, music, food, and so many things to do, we didn't know what to look at next. What fun! There's just nothing better than hanging out with other book-lovers!!
And there's still one day left! If you're in the area, you MUST stop by!
Speaking of janni , have you guys read Bones of Faerie yet?
**I had all of this post done once before and due to a technical glitch, I lost most of it and had to start over with all the names and links, so if I forgot someone, please forgive my tired brain. I really need a nap now! **
Susan Taylor Brown (aka: susanwrites ) is holding a suhweet contest on her blog. The prize is a copy of SAY THE WORD by Jeannine Garsee (aka: onegrapeshy ), one of my favorite contemporary YA authors. I fell in love with her work when I read BEFORE, AFTER, AND SOMEBODY IN BETWEEN. Okay, and her hilarious LiveJournal blog doesn't hurt either. I just adore this woman's writing!
SAY THE WORD is due to hit shelves on March 17th. I've read the book, I've reviewed the book, and I'm telling you...you want it for your own collection!
As further proof of my adoration, I can tell you that I'm not even blogging about this to win a free book. I already have it, after all. I'm telling you because it's JUST THAT GOOD! So get on over and enter the contest. Susan's made it easy enough, so what's stoppin' ya?
If you haven't been over to the Cybils Blog to check those out yet, you really should go and take a look. What a great group of winners!
This year, I got an up close and personal look at what goes into pulling these awards together, and color me impressed! So many people dedicated to great children and young adult literature coming together in the Kidlitosphere to coordinate the honors!
I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a final-round judge in the middle grade fiction category with a great group of insightful people who really care about getting great books into the hands of kids.
Here are the panelists and judges in the middle grade fiction category:
Panelists (Round I judges)
Judges (Round II)
In the end, this book came out on top: The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd.
Congratulations to all the winners, and a special thanks to everyone who works behind the scenes to make these awards happen!
the comments by his fellow nerdfighters, they're definitely worth reading!
These are very intelligent observations (not surprisingly, most are by teenagers) about
the book industry and about the state of pleasure reading in today's society.
I'm not sure if non-nerdfighters can view the comments, but I think anyone who hasn't yet
joined the nerdfighter ning really should.
If you're reading my blog, you're probably interested in books, and that means you'll have a lot
in common with these folks! Trust me!
So, remember how I said I just HAD to have a chat with Sarah Mlynowski about how she managed to put such a unique spin on things in her Magic in Manhattan series?
Well I finally got the chance to do just that.
Check it out!
I was glad to see ALVIN HO short-listed in the CYBILS middle grade fiction category, because I'd read it a few weeks prior and really enjoyed it. I haven't read the others yet, so I'm definitely looking forward to getting my hands on those!
Will be posting my review of this one pretty soon. What a fantastic and fascinating read!
My writing partner has been bugging me for ages to read this one. After really enjoying Catherine Gilbert Murdock's PRINCESS BEN, and then enjoying a lovely conversation over dinner with the author, I decided I really should read DAIRY QUEEN. Holy moly has this one got voice! What I learned: if my writing partner says, "you've got to read this one," I WILL!
I'm going to have to chat with author Sarah Mylnowski, because this book is so funny. I need to find out how she put such a unique spin things.
So...what have you been reading?
I feel so blessed this year, with all my friends and my wonderful (growing) family.
My book reviewing has been so fun and has had the added bonus of teaching me a lot.
My guest-editing gig at Teacher-Librarian Magazine doing author interviews for their monthly column continues to give me the opportunity to meet and talk to so many inspiring authors.
Most of all, my writing has grown as I work on my craft and learn what works and what doesn't. I'm glad I'm doing what I've always wanted to do. Writing full-length fiction is much harder than I ever dreamed, and focusing on it has been a challenge, but thanks to my fantastic critique partners (and in particular, my local writing partner who gives me all the nudges and shoves I need to stay focused), I have trudged along and not given up.
This year has also been a hard one. It's our first Christmas without my father, and even writing those words brings me to the brink of tears. But, I feel him near me and hold all of our memories close to my heart.
It is with much love and admiration that I send out Christmas wishes to all of you who have become a part of my life, virtually or otherwise!
Merry Christmas to You!!