Royal Wedding countdown…

April 28th, 2011

Will you be watching the Royal Wedding tomorrow?  I’ll be there, front and center.  Well, not there there.  Here there.  In front of the TV.  Hoisting a cuppa tea in William and Kate’s honor.

Here’s a fun game to play while you’re waiting for the festivities to begin, courtesy of my friends on the Betsy-Tacy listserv.  First, pick a title — Lady if you’re female, Lord if you’re male.  Add your grandmother/grandfather’s first name, the name of your childhood pet, and the street you grew up on.  You can hyphenate the last two for extra aristocratic oomph.  And there you have it — the name on your engraved invitation!

I’m Lady Evangeline Patches-Lowell.

See you tomorrow!  I’ll be the one in the fancy hat.


Sneak peek at a new cover

April 25th, 2011

Isn’t it gorgeous?

The art department at Simon & Schuster, my publisher, is BRILLIANT.  Particularly Lucy Cummins, who is the brains behind this beauty of a new cover.

By the way, the background looks grey in this picture, but in real life it’s SHINY SILVER FOIL — how cool is that?! It makes the book look like it’s been gift-wrapped.

And yes, that’s Becca Chadwick in the picture.  She’ll have chapters of her own this time around, including the very first chapter, which I’ll be posting soon, I promise!


Thank you, Bowling Green!

April 20th, 2011

Having one’s picture book  mentioned in the same breath as GOODNIGHT MOON would give any writer a thrill.

It certainly gave me one!

A big smooch of appreciation to the good folks at Bowling Green State University’s  Curriculum Resource Center, who just recommended my BABYBERRY PIE for readers who enjoy Margaret Wise Brown’s classic bedtime tale:  “Like Goodnight Moon, Babyberry Pie is a sweet, soothing getting-ready-to-sleep rhyming story that children will want to hear over and over.”

What higher praise could I ask for than that?


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