Saturday Story Starter

February 6th, 2016

Well hellooooooo there!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I have a really REALLY good excuse, though — we’ve been in the middle of a move. A BIG move. An all-the-way-across-the-country-from-Oregon-to-Boston kind of move! Things are still pretty topsy-turvy around here, but we’re starting to feel settled. It’s really fun to be back on home turf (I grew up in New Hampshire and the Boston area), and I’m especially loving the snow!

On the book front, MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP is in the pipeline and ready to go. Look for it on bookshelves near you May 3rd. Wheee! This is the 7th and final (I know I said that last time but really truly final) book in the series. Click here to read a sneak peek. And fear not, although it’s the last hurrah for my book club girls, there’s more fun ahead for you with a book that will be out in early 2017 — YOURS TRULY, the sequel to ABSOLUTELY TRULY. I’m putting the finishing touches on that this spring.

What do you say we dive into a little Saturday Story Starter? I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold and snowy weekend (at least it’s cold and snowy here in Boston).

For those of you who haven’t participated before, Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, on the computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise! (And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and click here and here and click here and here and click here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)

Let’s get started, shall we?

Snow day in Boston

Ah, pink tulips and snow. Two of my favorite things! And even better together!

But what are they doing here? Who brought them? Who are they for? And what’s the story behind the tulips and the snowy winter scene we glimpse through the window? You’re the writer, so it’s your decision. Set the scene for us, and tell us a story…

Ready, set, WRITE!

And the winners are…

December 7th, 2015
  • Madison Cassidy, who started reading the series in middle school and is now a freshman in college
  • Sam, who confessed to feeling “unnaturally excited for this book” (there’s no such thing, Sam, I assure you)!
  • Olivia, who almost hyperventilated when she heard there was going to be a 7th book

Congratulations, everyone! Each of you won an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP, which will be published in May. Check your email inboxes for official notification, as I’ll be contacting you directly soon to get your mailing information.

MDBC 7 front cover

Thanks to all of you who entered this giveaway — OVER TWO HUNDRED OF YOU, I might add! Wowza! That’s a record for this blog, I think. I sure wish I had enough ARCs to send to all of you, but I’m sending my love and thanks, that’s for sure. Enthusiastic and supportive readers like you make all the hard work worthwhile.

Stay tuned, because I have several more giveaways up my sleeve, as the rest of the audio books in the MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB series have been released and we need to celebrate that, plus there’s a branch new paperback version of ABSOLUTELY TRULY! Lots of fun ahead!

 

Lookee what I’ve got!

November 23rd, 2015

MDBC 7 ARCS

They’re here! They’re here!  Advance reader copies of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP! 

HUZZAH!!  

:: tosses confetti  ::

:: makes embarrassing squealing sounds ::

:: does the HAPPY FEET dance ::

HUZZAH AGAIN!!

It’s starting to feel real, at last! And for those of you who have been asking (OK, begging), YES, the sneak preview will be posting VERY SOON! Like any day now.

I apologize for the delay, but there has been a lot going on aboard the Good Ship Frederick these days, including a cross-country move. I barely know which end is up! To make up for it, how about we have a GIVEAWAY?!?

I have THREE advance reader copies to share with a handful of you. As you know from reading this blog regularly, these copies are printed up before the final edits are made, so there will be some slight changes between this version and the final book published in May. But I’m guessing that’s not going to deter anyone from entering our giveaway contest…

To enter, leave a comment below, telling us what you’re most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

The winner will be chosen at random at midnight on December 6, 2015. Share this giveaway on your blog or Facebook or Twitter or other social media for additional entries. (If you share on social media, please leave a link in the comments below so I can assign you an extra entry.) 

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