• Contests

    WIN a small group set of The Storyspinner for your classroom or library

    Some of you may know that my parents are school teachers, and my mom has been a literacy coach forever. I’m aware that every classroom needs books to be used for small groups, RTI, independent reading, and in-class libraries.  I’d like to provide six copies of The Storyspinner to four teachers or librarians to have for their schools or classrooms.  Entering is simple: Email me a brief paragraph on how you would use The Storyspinner in your classroom or library before July 15, 2015.  I’ll post all of the entries on my blog on July 16. Encourage your friends and coworkers to vote for your entry in the blog post’s…

  • Book Release,  Contests

    Launch Party, giveaway winners, and one more teaser!

    It’s been a crazy awesome week!  I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and praise for THE STORYSPINNER!!  Thank you!! If you’re in Houston, come help me celebrate! Blue Willow Bookshop is hosting my launch party tomorrow (Saturday, March 7th) at 2 p.m. I’d love to see you there. There will be treats!! I’m sure most of you are here for the GIVEWAY announcement.  The winners are listed below: Cassie B. won The Reader’s Package (A $50 gift card to a retailer of your choice, a personalized hard copy, a jade pendant and swag!) Melody G. won The Writer’s Package (A $50 gift card to a retailer of your choice,…

  • Book Release,  Contests

    The Storyspinner will be out TOMORROW!!

    Four years ago…I finished my first book. Three and a half years ago…I signed with my agent. Two and half years ago…I wrote my fourth manuscript. Twenty-two months ago…Simon & Schuster bought it. Eighteen months ago...I revised the crap out of it. Three times. Twelve months ago…I saw the cover. Eight months ago...I held the first printed copy. Six months ago…It was read by my peers. Two weeks ago...I held the final finished copy. TOMORROW…I’ll finally be a published author.   It’s so very surreal to write that sentence. I feel excited, and panicky, and a little bit nauseous because this thing that’s been a huge part—no—that’s dominated my life…