Happy book birthday and another giveaway!

November 4th, 2014

What an embarrassment of riches for me this fall!  Happy book birthday to me … again!

Absolutely Truly cover 2014

It’s officially here!  ABSOLUTELY TRULY, my other new baby (the first one was A LITTLE WOMEN CHRISTMAS) goes on sale today in bookstores everywhere!

And in more good news, ABSOLUTELY TRULY is a Top Ten pick on the Winter 2014-2015 Kids’ Indie Next List! 

(That makes five consecutive sentences ending in exclamation points. Can you tell I’m excited?)

What does this mean?  It means that our wonderful independent bookstores LIKE MY BOOK!  (Yet another exclamation point.) I’m absolutely truly thrilled.

Eagle Harbor Book Co., one of those wonderful independent bookstores, was the inspiration for Lovejoy’s Books, the fictional family-owned store in Pumpkin Falls that’s part of the setting for ABSOLUTELY TRULY, and plays a central role in the mystery. Click here to read about THAT fun research trip. And click here to read an excerpt from ABSOLUTELY TRULY.

I’ll be visiting Eagle Harbor Book Co. in a few weeks for a book signing. Click here for the full run-down on that event, and others.

Now, let’s celebrate….

I have two copies of ABSOLUTELY TRULY to give away. If you’d like to win one, tell us about your favorite bookstore in the comments below. Why is it your favorite? What makes it such a special place?

Winners will be chosen at random at midnight on November 19th. US and Canada only, please. Share this giveaway on your blog or Facebook or Twitter or other social media for additional entries. (If you tweet or blog or otherwise share on social media, please leave a link in the comments below so I can assign you an extra entry.) 

Heading to Concord, Portland, and Seattle!

November 3rd, 2014

I’m hitting the road soon here, and I have a few more fall book signings to pin to my calender in addition to next Saturday, November 8th’s fun bash in Midland, Michigan. I hope those of you in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Washington might be able to come join me!

Concord sign

I’m VERY excited to be returning to my old hometown (not to mention hometown of the Mother-Daughter Book Club) for a book signing! I’ll be visiting the Concord Bookshop on Sunday afternoon, November 16th at 3 pm, where I’ll talk about both of my brand-new books, A LITTLE WOMEN CHRISTMAS and ABSOLUTELY TRULY.

LittleWomenXmas_1Absolutely Truly cover 2014
Next, I zip back to my current hometown (Portland, Oregon) for a signing at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing on Thursday, November 20th at 7 pm.


Portland, OR

After that, it’s on to University Bookstore in Seattle on Thanksgiving weekend — Saturday November 29th at noon — for a super panel of YA and middle-grade authors.

seattle sign

On Sunday, November 30th, I’ll take the ferry over to Bainbridge Island for a 3 pm signing at Eagle Harbor Book Co., one of my all-time favorite bookstores and the inspiration for Lovejoy’s Books in my new novel ABSOLUTELY TRULY!  How fun is that?!

Portland, OR

And finally, I’m back to Portland again for the Oregon Historical Society’s annual book bash, Holiday Cheer! That’s on Sunday, December 7th from noon to 4 pm.


Lots of fun to come!  For a full schedule of events, click here. Hope to see many of your shining faces in the next few weeks!

Seattle, here I come!

January 24th, 2013

News flash!

I’m dashing up to Seattle over the weekend to see friends who are in town for the American Library Association’s midwinter conference, and the good folks at EAGLE HARBOR BOOK CO. on Bainbridge Island have invited me for an impromptu Meet & Greet (and book signing) on Monday January 28th at 4 p.m.

The bookstore is just a short walk from the ferry, so hop on over and come see me!

Bainbridge ferry
bainbridge ferry 2
 (and yes, it really is this beautiful)

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