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 →
I am over-the-moon thrilled to announce that Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) has named BLUE as their 2021 SPARK Award Winner in YA! This is an enormous honor, and I am beyond thrilled that they chose my my multi-layered, sad, happy, complicated, sappy, hard-to-explain book. BLUE was a real labor of love, and I couldn’t be more proud.
My goal in 2022 is to read my way through the alphabet, at least one book per letter (more if I have time). My choice for the letter A was ALIAS GRACE by Margaret Atwood. My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Grace Marks has been incarcerated these many years for her part in the murders of her former employer, Mr. Kinnear, and his housekeeper. A (willing?) accomplice to the bloodthirsty dealings of her former coworker (lover?) and convicted at the age of 15, there are enough details – and of course, Grace’s impressionable… Read more A to Z Book Review: ALIAS GRACE →
Now that the whirlwind of 2021 is behind us, it’s time to regroup and set the stage for next year. My writing plan is severely ambitious. That’s a nice way of saying I’m out of my freaking mind and I may well be updating this blog from a tiny, padded room this time next year. Here’s the rough outline: Publish one YA novel – this one a holiday romance! Look for an announcement in early fall. Finish drafting and query one new manuscript (an extension of my NaNoWriMo project, a… Read more What’s On Tap For 2022? →
What a year it’s been! I started out the year with a manuscript in hand, a posse of great Beta Readers, and a lot of high hopes. I found an outstanding cover and interior designer, and in April, it was Cover Reveal Day for BLUE. From there, I took a breather and hammered away at another manuscript, and also managed to publish three novellas and two novels in another genre under my alter ego pen name. Summer arrived, along with a return to in-person book festivals! I had a great… Read more Farewell To 2021 →
I’m going to be tooting my own horn for a bit, so please indulge me. I’m very grateful to anyone who reads my book, but doubly grateful for those who take the time to review, as well. Here are a few reviews of BLUE I’d love to share: “Overall: 10.00 out of 10. DeLano has an excellent ear for teens’ idiomatic speech . . . This is a fast-paced novel focused more on feelings and the social world of teens . . . An easy read for its intended audience.”–… Read more A Book Review Roundup →
I’m always curious about story origins, and I thought I’d share a bit about this book. BLUE was a blend of two real-life things. First, I had a friend who went through a horrible event. On Christmas Eve, she was driving home from her closing shift at her retail job, it was dark and she was on a rural road. A young man who was intent on ending his own life threw himself in front of her SUV. She couldn’t stop in time, and ended up striking and killing him.… Read more Where Did I Get The Inspiration For BLUE? →