Fabulous foursome Author Panel

Calling all PDX (Portland) friends! Tomorrow night, Tuesday July 28th, from 6:30-8:30 pm, I’ll be at the Garden Home Community Library for an author panel. I’ll be joining Rosanne Parry, Cindy Brown, and Jerrold Packard to talk about (and answer your questions about) books, writing, and reading. Wow! Four authors for the price of–well, absolutely free! That’s

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Saturday Story Starter

It’s July! How did THAT happen? I swear it was spring just a moment ago… Apologies for the slump in story starters. I have been busy writing writing writing. I’m just about finished with copy edits on MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP, which means I’ll be posting a sneak preview soon, and I’m also knee deep in cooking

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Audibly impressed

So just last night I finished (finally — juggling too many deadlines around here) listening to the amazingly talented Amy Rubinate narrate my book ABSOLUTELY TRULY. I am completely and utterly bowled over. Completely and utterly! It is perfect. In absolutely truly every way. Thank you, Amy, from the bottom of my heart. You are a ROCK STAR,

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Fan mail Friday

Wow, am I behind on answering mail again! Sorry, folks–that’s what happens when you’re a writer on deadline, and I’m juggling TWO of them… I have some great fan art to share with you this week, though. First up is a wonderful group portrait of the book club girls by Claire. (As always, if you

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Oregon Spirit Book Award

I’m thrilled to announce that my book ABSOLUTELY TRULY is the winner of this year’s Oregon Spirit Book Award in the Middle Reader category! *::* throws confetti! *::* This award is presented each year by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE) to “the author of a distinguished contribution to children’s literature or young adult literature that

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Calling all young artists!

  Hey there Betsy-Tacy fans — I just read about this competition in the Mankato (Minnesota) Times, and since there are so many fine young artists who visit my blog, I thought I’d pass the information along!  The contest is being sponsored by the Betsy-Tacy Society and Mankato’s Carnegie Arts Center, and winners will be announced at this summer’s

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A big time in the Big Apple

A number of you have asked me about the Edgar Awards and my trip to New York last week. Here’s the full scoop, complete with about a zillion photos! It all began with this: And why was I invited to attend the Edgar Awards banquet? Because my book ABSOLUTELY TRULY was a nominee! As you may

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In the Spotlight: Leila Howland

There are few things I enjoy more than shining a spotlight on authors and books that I love. I have a treat for you all today — Leila Howland is stopping by my blog to dish about her delightful new book The Forget-Me-Not Summer. Leila Howland Isn’t she gorgeous? Talented, too. Leila is best known for her YA

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Countdown begins…

… in 48 hours, I’ll be in the Big Apple! On Tuesday night I’ll be at Books of Wonder (6-8 pm) for a pre-Edgar Awards bash & book signing with my fellow nominees. Come join us! Click here for full details. Then on Wednesday night, it’s time for the Edgar Awards — squeeeeeee! The event is black

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