Fan mail Friday

The connection between reader and writer is a special one, isn’t it? I ponder it often. In a way, reading a book is a long conversation between the writer and the reader — at least I like to think of it that way.

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Yours Truly is here!

Actually, it’s been here for a while… but we still need to celebrate, right? How does a giveaway sound? Good? OK, then, let’s do it! I have two copies of YOURS TRULY to give away. It’s the second in my Pumpkin Falls mystery series featuring middle school private eye Truly Lovejoy and her family. This time

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Behind the scenes with Shannon McManus … and a giveaway!

You all thought I’d forgotten about Becca, didn’t you? Not a chance. This brings to a close my blog interviews with the five amazingly talented voice actors behind the audio versions of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series (brought to you by Ideal Audiobooks — three cheers for Ideal!). You’ve heard from Emma (Amy Rubinate), Jess (Cris Dukehart), Cassidy (Kate Rudd), and

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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

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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

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Missing address — calling Candy!

  Does this look familiar to anyone?  It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon here and I’m answering some mail, and came across this charming letter that doesn’t have a return address. Candy, if you’re reading this, please get in touch with me in the comment section below! I’d love to reply to your letter!

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Saturday Story Starter

One of my favorite books when I was growing up was Elizabeth Enright’s The Saturdays. If you haven’t read it yet, you simply must. MUST. It’s the first in a four-book “quartet” about the Melendy family, and in this one, the four siblings (who live in New York) battle weekend boredom by pooling their allowances

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Fan Mail Friday

It’s been a while, hasn’t it?  Summer sped by in a blur, and here it is September, and the beginning of my favorite time of year. I love fall. I love the way the air feels, when there’s that tiny bit of a chill at night letting you know autumn is on the way. I love

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Fan Mail Friday

So how many other writers have been immortalized in CAKE?! Am I the most fortunate author in the world or what?! This is lovely Stephanie’s WISH YOU WERE EYRE cake that she dreamed up for her middle school’s “Bake A Book” activity. Cool, huh? I absolutely adore everything about this confection — the Eiffel Tower, the dresses, the

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Saturday Story Starter

Look where I was earlier this week! Seriously the best ice cream ever. So this month’s story starter is simple:  write about ice cream!  Your favorite flavor, your favorite place to buy it (or maybe you prefer to make it?), your favorite time of year to eat it, your favorite ice cream memory — or

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