Happy book birthday and another giveaway!

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.) 

Calling all Bay Area fans!

California, here I come!

For those of you who live in the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ll be appearing at the Castro Valley Library on Tuesday, November 16th from 6:30-7:30.  This event is a writing workshop geared for 4th-8th graders (with wiggle room in the age range), and the library is asking participants to pre-register, so give them a call at 510-667-7900.  A book signing will follow.

The Castro Valley Library is at 3600 Norbridge Ave, Castro Valley, CA 94546.  Hope to see you there!

Happy Birthday to Babyberry Pie — and a giveaway

My first picture book entered the world this week — ta da!

I say “my” first picture book, but I really should say “our” picture book, because it wouldn’t be the luscious little volume it is without the gifted Amy Schwartz, who provided the incredibly charming artwork.  Look for an interview with Amy here on this blog next week.

Meanwhile, I’m kicking off Pie-a-Palooza 2010 with a blog tour that starts today on There’s a Book.  Mother-daughter book club fans won’t want to miss this one, because Danielle is giving away a copy of Pies & Prejudice — my other new “pie”!  Click here to read the fresh-out-of-the-oven interview.

Meet me in St. Louis … and Minneapolis, and Chicago

Confession:  I am a truly pathetic blogger. 

I had the best of intentions when I was on the road recently, honestly I did.  But real life is so deliciously distracting.  There were friendships to renew, and amazing booksellers to meet, and wonderful schools to visit, and delightful readers to talk to, and new cities to explore (Chicago, you know I’m talking about you).

Plus, most of the time I forget to bring my camera.  Or if I remember to bring it, I forget to take pictures.  (Like I said, pathetic.)

Still, I managed to document a few highlights:

Pudd'nhead Books in Webster Groves, Missouri

Who can resist a bookstore deep in the heart of Twain territory with a name like this?  Or one with a sidewalk sign like this to greet an author on the night of her book signing?

In Minneapolis, one of the schools I visited was Holy Spirit, where I received a welcome fit for royalty.  As I entered the lobby, not only was I serenaded by a talented young violinist, but I was also greeted by this flock of charming young ladies and their hand-decorated signs:

Talk about feeling special!

The following day brought more delights as I traveled to the town of Wayzata.  Imagine working at this bookstore:

and having beautiful Lake Minnetonka there to greet you whenever you stepped outside:

I wouldn’t get any work done at all, would you?

Chicago was my last stop.  Oh my.  Some people leave their hearts in San Francisco, but I definitely left mine in the windy city.  Of course, the fact that it was 70 degrees the entire weekend I was there didn’t hurt.  Nor did the fact that I was ensconced on the 35th floor of a hotel overlooking Lake Michigan.  Here’s what dawn looked like from my room:

And here’s what the world’s most perfect room service breakfast looked like when it arrived a short time later:

You’d faint if you knew how much it cost.  I just about did.

Somehow I managed to forget to take pictures at wonderful Main Street Books in historic St. Charles, Missouri, and at the amazing Book Stall in Winnetka, Illinois, and at totally awesome Anderson’s Bookshop in Downers Grove, Illinois.  And where are the pictures of me with all the fabulous young readers (and their moms and dads) who came to see me?  And the pictures of me at the numerous schools who welcomed me so warmly?  And me with all my new bookseller friends? 


Next time, I’ll be a better blogger.  That’s a promise.

Fall 2009 Author Tour

Woman with suitcase



My bags are packed, I’m ready to go…

I’ll be hitting the road soon on my first-ever book tour!

In the lineup this fall are Portland,
St. Louis, Minneapolis, and Chicago — check out the details below.  Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, October 13th 

Barnes & Noble
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
1317 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR  97232
(503) 249-0800



Thursday, October 15th 

Barnes & Noble
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Vancouver Plaza
7700 NE 4th Plain Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 253-9007


 Sunday, November 1st  

Main Street Books
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
307 South Main Street
St. Charles, MO 63301
(636) 949-0105



Monday, November 2nd 

Pudd’nhead Books
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
37 S. Old Orchard Ave
Webster Groves, MO  63119
(314) 918-1069


 Tuesday, November 3rd

Barnes & Noble
7:00 p.m.
West County Mall
113 West County Center
Des Peres, MO 63131
(314) 835-9980



Thursday, November 5th 

 The Bookcase
5:oo p.m.
607 East Lake Street
Wayzata, MN  55391
(952) 473-8341



Friday, November 6th

 The Book Stall
7:00 p.m.
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL  60093
(847) 446-8880



 Saturday, November 7th

 Anderson’s Bookshop
2:00 p.m.
5112 Main Street
Downer’s Grove, IL  60515
(630) 963-2665



Tuesday, November 10th

 A Children’s Place Bookstore
7:00 p.m.
4807 NE Fremont Street
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 284-8294

(Joint appearance with Cindy Hudson, author of
“Book by Book:  The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter
Book Clubs”)