A new bridge to my world

Nissitissit Bridge in Brookline, New Hampshire

Covered bridges are magical, aren’t they? A throwback to a time when horse and wagons clip-clopped over their wooden floorboards and the voices of people long gone echoed in their rafters, they’re a bit of an endangered species. Here in New England, you can still find them tucked away on country roads, though, and this past weekend my husband and I did just that on a quick day trip.

After a refreshing hike through a quiet forest, we spotted this covered bridge on the way to our picnic destination. Of course we had to pull over! (I need a bumper sticker that says, “I brake for covered bridges!”) Truly Lovejoy would love this, I thought, as I got out of the car to explore. The heroine of my Pumpkin Falls mysteries lives in a fictional town in New Hampshire that boasts a covered bridge a bit like this one.

We walked through it, of course — you can’t visit a covered bridge and NOT walk through it! And I got to thinking about bridges in general, and how they carry us from one spot to another. And that got me thinking about this website, which in a sense is a bridge from your world into mine. 

You may notice that my “bridge” looks a little different these days! This website has had a refresh, thanks to my talented friends at Winding Oak. We’ll also be refreshing my official Facebook page while we’re at it. What has been the “Mother-Daughter Book Club” page will soon be “Heather Vogel Frederick’s Books.” Stay tuned!

Some things never get old

One…

Two…

Three!

My author copies arrived this week — always a banner day! This means I finally get to share my new “baby” with family and close friends. And place a copy where I can look at it often, like any proud mama.

For authors, books really are our babies. We pour our hearts and souls into them, and then send them out into the world to make their own way and find their own readers. I hope some of my books, including this one, find you and make their way into your heart!

 

 

The countdown begins…

… just 28 more days until it’s time to head back to Pumpkin Falls again!

That’s right, there’s another rollicking mystery on the horizon featuring middle-school sleuth Truly Lovejoy! 

The book is available now for pre-order from your favorite bookseller — and keep an eye on this blog, as there will be giveaways to celebrate as publication day (January 31st) approaches …

 

Top Secret!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it … listen to this podcast with Book Club for Kids about my Spy Mice books!

Even more exciting?  VALERIE PLAME is the celebrity reader!  And she’s absolutely terrific.  (If you don’t know who Valerie is, she’s a real-life former spy!)

Click here to listen…

Or, if you want to download the podcast, you can snag it for free on iTunes, on Stitcher, or on Soundcloud.

Enjoy!

And many thanks to wonderful readers Ashley, Fatima, Josue, Mark, Marissa, and Bryan from LA’s Ambassador School of Global Education for participating in this podcast!  You rock!

Mission bonus:  Can you guess my favorite book?

Kind words

I’m b-a-c-k!  Did you miss me?  I’ve been on a trio of back-to-back trips, and am home again for a bit before I hit the road once more.  Busy summer ahead…

Before I tell you about my travels (look for more on that tomorrow), I want to share some lovely reviews of ONCE UPON A TOAD.  Thank you, bloggers extraordinaire!

Click here to read one from Hannah, and here to read another from Book Aunt (love that name!).  Texas librarian Pamela Thompson, YA reviewer for the El Paso Times, was generous with her praise:

“Clever, cute, quirky, and good clean fun, Once Upon a Toad delivers non-stop laughs and outrageous antics!”

Wow — thank you, Pamela!  (Click here to read the rest of her review.)

Flamingnet Teen Book Reviews loved it, too — click here to read what this 13-year-old reviewer had to say.  And check this out — Flamingnet selected my book for a “Top Choice” award!

I’m blushing from all the praise…