Mark your calendars for a book signing

Hot off the press: I’m going to be at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing on Tuesday, May 14th at 7 pm!  Click here for full information.

I’ll be talking about and signing copies of the new paperback edition of ONCE UPON A TOAD, as well as my recently relaunched SPY MICE books and any other books they happen to have on hand (MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB fans, I’m talking to you!)

It’s a double feature, too — I’ll be sharing the spotlight with Robyn Parnell, author of the new middle grade novel THE MIGHTY QUINN.

Come join us for an evening of fiction and fun!

ONCE UPON A TOAD

Toad treats

Are these adorable or what?!

Toad treats

I had a Skype visit this afternoon with a delightful group of moms and daughters from Iowa, and LOOK what they made for treats in honor of my book ONCE UPON A TOAD!

That’s the only drawback to videoconferencing — I miss out on all the treats.  🙁  These are some of the most hilarious and wonderful I’ve ever seen.  Toads made out of kiwi, grapes, and dried plums?  On lettuce leaf lily pads? TOO CUTE!

 

 

Poem in Your Pocket Day

Have a favorite poem?  Today’s a great day to share it — it’s National Poem in Your Pocket Day!

Here’s a long-time favorite of mine.  It’s by Gerard Manley Hopkins.

PIED BEAUTY

Glory be to God for dappled things –
   For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
      For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
   Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow, and plough;
      And all trades, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
   Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
      With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                                Praise him.

Ah, Spring …

Spring 2013

I took the dogs for a walk today at lunchtime (my reward for a good morning’s work — we writers have to find ways to bribe ourselves to stay focused), and oh my, how Spring has sprung! The air smelled wonderfully of lilacs and apple blossoms and sweet growing things, the sky was impossibly blue, and the Pacific Northwest was showing off her best self with more shades of green than I even knew existed.

Who could possibly not love Spring?

Spring 2013 2

 

SPY MICE giveaway!

Giveaway?  Did someone say giveaway?  Oh yeah, baby … it’s time to celebrate!

:: tosses confetti ::

The SPY MICE are back with a whole new look, and here to help me celebrate with a mini blog hop (of COURSE it’s a mini blog hop–these are mice we’re talking about) are my friends Debbie at The Styling Librarian and Courtney at Stiletto Storytime!  We’ll be giving away three sets of THE BLACK PAW, FOR YOUR PAWS ONLY, and GOLDWHISKERS to three lucky readers!

Click here to head over to The Styling Librarian’s interview with me, and click here to read my Q&A with Stiletto Storytime.

All you have to do to enter is tell us:  Who’s your favorite fictional spy?

Leave a comment below answering that question, or  use the snazzy Google entry form at The Styling Librarian or Stiletto Storytime.  Share on your blog or Facebook or Twitter (using hashtag #spymice) for additional entries. Deadline is Wednesday, April 17th extended to Sunday, April 21st at midnight.  U.S. and Canada only, please.  (If you tweet or blog or share on Facebook about this giveaway, please leave a link in the comments so I can assign you an extra entry.)

Tell your friends and help spread the SPY MICE love!

 

New THE BLACK PAW

NEW For Your Paws Only

NEW Goldwhiskers

 

SPY MICE!

My SPY MICE are back, with a whole new look!

I’m thrilled to announce the relaunch of all three SPY MICE books — THE BLACK PAW, FOR YOUR PAWS ONLY, and GOLDWHISKERS!  Sporting fabulous new covers, along with Sally Wern Comport‘s sassy interior illustrations, the international mice of mystery are ready to whisk readers off on a trio of tail-biting adventures.

I couldn’t be happier with my wonderful publisher (take a bow, Simon & Schuster) for splashing out on this, and to celebrate, I have lots of fun in store, starting with a SPY MICE website (click here).

Hope you’ll visit it, take a look around, and scamper off to read the books.  Please tell your friends and share the SPY MICE love!

Up next:  a SPY MICE giveaway! Check back soon, mouselings…

 

New THE BLACK PAW

NEW For Your Paws Only

NEW Goldwhiskers