My letter F pick for my 2022 A to Z challenge was Fable by Adrienne Young, a book I’ve been meaning to read for a good, long while. If you love pirate-type adventurous YA with a mystical, magical feel (though there’s only the faintest touch of anything like magic), Fable, and it’s sequel, Namesake are the books for you. This book has an outrageously stunning cover, rich and masterful world-building, and vibrant characters woven together so beautifully, I swear I could smell the salt in the air and hear sails… Read more A to Z Book Review: Fable →
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Glowing Stars My letter “E” book for 2022 just blew my head off my shoulders. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has been out for a few years and I heard good things about it so I added it to my list. Holy WOW! What a book! I came into this expecting typical chick lit about a woman finding empowerment and maybe love. It was that, but it was SO not that. I can’t begin to get into the layers of complexity or the masterful way her backstory unraveled… Read more A to Z Book Review: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine →
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5 Stars My letter “D” pick on my A to Z reading list for 2022 was The Dispatcher by John Scalzi. I caught this on Audible for free, but I’ve always liked Scalzi, so it was an easy pick. I was not disappointed. Though a short read (or “listen” as it was on audio), it was no less compelling. The premise is this: somehow, for some unknown and never explained reason, murdered people now come back from the dead. They return to the place they considered home, naked and… Read more A to Z Book Review: The Dispatcher By John Scalzi →
This Saturday I’ll be appearing (along with a load of other terrific children’s and YA authors) at the Manheim Community Library in Manheim, PA for Children’s Book Day. Join us on April 2 as we celebrate National Children’s Picture Book Day and International Children’s Book Day with a FUN!draising event featuring local authors, cookies, activities, and lots of fun! Story Times at 10:30-11 am and 1-1:30 pm! Meet local authors of children’s and young adult books. Books will be available for purchase. There will be cookies and raffle baskets! Fun… Read more Join Me For Children’s Book Day! →
BLUE has been named a 2022 Independent Press Award Distinguished Favorite in Teen Fiction. Check out all the honorees here. Many thanks to the judges and to IPA for this honor – and for giving me the terrific first-world problem (and total humblebrag) of running out of room on my book cover. I am blessed.
My pick for the letter C in my A to Z Book Read was Copper Sun by Sharon Draper. Copper Sun gives us a story from two points of view: first, we meet Amari, a West African girl of fifteen, living an idyllic life with her tribe. She’s being happily courted by the man she will be married to in a year’s time, she hates chores like any teenager, loves her mother’s cooking, and dotes on her younger brother, a child of ten. All of this changes in every terrible… Read more A To Z Book Review: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper →
I am extremely happy to announce that BLUE won the 2021-2022 Reader Views Reviewers Choice Gold Medal in Young Adult Fiction, and a Bronze Medal in the 2021-2022 Reader Views Overall Grand Prize for Fiction (chosen from all category winners). In addition, BLUE was named Reader Views Kids Best Teen/Young Adult Book of the Year. See a complete list of winners HERE. When I set out to write this complicated, heart-wrenching, oddly hilarious story, I never dreamed it would get the amount of accolades it has garnered so far. I… Read more BLUE Wins Gold From The Reader Views Literary Awards →
My Letter B Read was The Bone Spindle, a fairytale retelling of Sleeping Beauty with a delicious twist: the beauty is a sleeping prince named Briar Rose – and the “Rose” name identifies him as a member of a powerful family of witches blessed with light magic. Fi, historian and cultural anthropologist extraordinaire teams up with treasure hunter Shane (secretly a Princess of a war clan and able to swing an axe like a champ) to go after a hidden treasure in a fallen kingdom. Instead she gets roped into… Read more A To Z Book Review: THE BONE SPINDLE →