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BLUE Is The 2021 SPARK Award Winner!

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.

A to Z Book Review: ALIAS GRACE

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

What’s On Tap For 2022?

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?

Farewell To 2021

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

A Book Review Roundup

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

Where Did I Get The Inspiration For BLUE?

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?

BLUE Excerpt: Blue & Jules

In this scene, Blue is returning to school after Holiday break, and unfortunately, so is Maya. My stomach tightens so hard I feel like I’m going to puke. I glance at my phone again, and the texts from last night are still there. Maya’s back at schoolmy mom saw her mom at Target Maya is backdid u see her pic on IG Did you hear about Maya? I shove the phone back down in the pocket of my coat and I blow on my fingers to get them warm. I… Read more BLUE Excerpt: Blue & Jules