Two Weeks Until The Philadelphia Writing Workshop!

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The Philadelphia Writing Workshop will be taking place two weeks from tomorrow. Have you registered yet?

Don’t miss out on all the great writing advice you’ll get from a terrific group of authors (including yours truly!), the chance to rub elbows with agents and editors, and the opportunity to have your manuscript professionally critiqued.

It’s guaranteed to be well worth your while! If you are attending, be sure and stop by the two sessions I’ll be teaching on writing for MG/YA aand outlining your manuscript using the grid method.

Hope to see you there!

Wonderful Wednesday With Waterbury Arts Magnet School

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My son and I had a wonderful Wednesday courtesy of Waterbury Arts Magnet School in Waterbury, CT. They chose TRAVELER and DREAMER as their spring book club reads and invited me to be their guest of honor for a dinner and book discussion.

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(Special thanks to Sydney for posing with me!)

They were awesome! Such a great group with so much insight and so many clever comments. And they were especially welcoming to my son, who happens to be the real-life inspiration for the character of Danny. Author life can be a real joy some days, and this was one of them. I also walked out with a swag bag full of terrific stuff! Total win!

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A Song Of Character Arcs And Spin-Offs

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So. It’s finally over. Finito. Done.

Game of Thrones ended last night and depending on which of my friends you follow on social media, it either ended with a bang or a fizzle.

I’m sort-of between the two camps. Parts of the finale were tremendously satisfying –  I won’t spoil it for those of you who haven’t watched yet by going into detail – but the new ruler of Westeros was a complete surprise and a good one.

And yes, we lost some fabulous characters, but those that remained will no doubt remake the world. There were also characters in that mix that will cause a good bit of friction, so my mind – like any good readers mind – plays those scenarios into the future.

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YA Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

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Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the GREEN TEAM–but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a red team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

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