Hello, friends! Check out this handy-dandy little calendar of my appearances this fall — spread the word! Hope I might see you at one or more of these, along with any kiddos you might know!
Hello, friends. So, the next book in the INFAMOUS RATSOS series, The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid, is due to publish in September 12th. Hurrah!
In honor of this occasion, I’m going to run a little contest over the next month (from today, 8/11, until pub day on 9/12). Here’s how it works:
Think you can handle all this Infamous fun? As Louie and Ralphie might say, GAME ON!
Friends, I have a new book coming out in September! The second book (of four!) in the Infamous Ratsos series, The Infamous Ratsos Are Not Afraid, will pub on September 12. As Louie and Ralphie might say, Game ON!
Just as the first book was all about what it means to be “tough” (and how much easier it is to be kind), the second book is about different types of fear, and what it means to be brave. So far, Kirkus Reviews says, “Readers will be following right alongside these two likable rats as Ralphie confronts his past misdeeds and Louie screws his courage to the sticking post” and calls it “Charming.”
If you’re looking for ways to support the book (and me as an author!)…
FYI, I’ll be doing a series of local author appearances at bookstores this fall, AND I’m so thrilled I’ll be attending the Book Fair By the Sea in Camden, Maine this month, the Rhode Island Book Festival in Providence in October, and nErDCampLI in Huntington, NY in November. Check out my Events and Appearances page for all the details!
Also, I’m booking school visits and Skype visits for the fall. I LOVE visiting with kids and talking about my books and writing in general (and running writing workshops, too!), so please drop me a line and let me know if you’d like to set something up.
More fun news to come — stay tuned!!
So. I had a bit of a day yesterday. Actually, it all started two nights ago, when I got a certain phone call…from the Geisel Committee.
Of course, it was my fondest hope/dream/wish that this would happen, but I never, ever really thought it would. I’m actually waiting to wake up right now and realize this has all been a dream. The past couple of weeks have been such a roller coaster, with very high highs (seeing my first novel, The Jolly Regina, finally published; joining millions this past Saturday in the Women’s March) and very low lows (a certain inauguration). But this high is stratospheric.
It’s not just the award itself, which is literally and figuratively an Honor to receive. It’s the outpouring of love and support I’ve received since the big announcement yesterday. Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who voiced their congratulations. It means everything. It keeps me going. It keeps me writing.
Big thanks to the brilliant Matt Myers for bringing the Ratsos to life with such humor and flair; to my wonderful editor, Sarah Ketchersid, and publisher (and alma mater!), Candlewick Press; and to my amazing agent, Barry Goldblatt. And a big CONGRATULATIONS to the other winners announced yesterday — and to the amazing authors and artists and books that weren’t announced yesterday. I bow to you all. Thank you for putting your hearts into your work, and putting your work out into the world.
The world can seem like a cruel and uncertain place these days. I’m just thrilled that my little story about kindness might bring some light and hope to young (and not-so-young) readers.
A few things:
Hello, friends, and Happy Wednesday! The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me, with the long-awaited (at least, to me!) publication of The Jolly Regina, the first in my middle-grade trilogy, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters. Many thanks to all of you for your support and encouragement.
Also, I’ve been working on the second Bland Sisters story AND the second book in THE INFAMOUS RATSOS series, I have a few new projects out on submission (fingers crossed!) and I’m now drafting the third and final (?) Bland Sisters adventure.
And then there was this amazing news:
In short: Life is very, very good right now, but also a bit exhausting (in the best possible way).
A few more fun things to point out:
Enjoy the rest of your week…
Hello, friends! Thanks so much to all those who participated in my Jolly Regina contest. I was so thrilled to hear from each and every one of you, and delighted (and a little intimidated!) by your pirate names (I hope you were, too). I think we’ve got a right good crew here!
Without further ado, the five grand prize winners of the giveaway are…
Janet Welz-Kavanagh, aka Jolly Wendy
Catherine Petter, aka Cutthroat Polly
Jennifer Kraar, aka Jolly Mad Dog Kate
Jennifer Gervais, aka Jolly Gertie
Tim Hebda, aka Toothless Hazel
Congrats to these winners, who will receive a signed copy of the book, a pack of Jolly Regina postcards, and an official Jolly Regina eyepatch! Huzzah!
BUT WAIT — THERE’S MORE!
Everyone else who entered will get some special loot, too. Specifically, a pack of Jolly Regina postcards and a Jolly Regina/Infamous Ratsos bookmark! The runners-up are:
Claire Bobrow, aka Cutthroat Bonnie
runthistowndotnet, aka Mad Dog Hazel
Dana Gorzelany-Mostak, aka Deadeye Gertie Mad Dog
mona861, aka Mad Dog Polly
Nancy Volkers, aka Nasty Ever-Lovin’ Vera
Lynn Alpert, aka Low Tide Annie
Cathy Bonnell, aka Cutthroat Bonnie
Laura D, aka Low Tide Doris
Emily Wayne, aka Ever-Lovin’ Wendy
brightcrested, aka Ever-Lovin’ Gertie
jpetroroy, aka Jolly Polly
Linda Mitchell, aka Low Tide Marge
connieonnie, aka Cutthroat Hazel
Amy Keyes, aka Abalone Kate
Rebecca Wright, aka Rusty Wendy
Pam Basler, aka Peg Leg Bonnie
Please email me ASAP with your full name and mailing address, so I can get these goodies out to you.
ARRRRGH, me hearties! Big congratulations to ye all, and many thanks fer playin’ — and fer supportin’ me and me book!
Happy Monday, friends!
Believe it or not, my very first (!!!) novel, The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters: The Jolly Regina pubs TOMORROW, January 10th. In honor of this very special occasion, I’m holding a very special giveaway. Five lucky winners will receive:
So…are you ready to grab some booty? Wait. That came out wrong.
Are you…ready to land some loot? Great! Let’s do this!
All you need to do is change your name.
Use the above chart to determine what your Jolly Regina name will be. Post your new name in the comments here today through the end of the day tomorrow, January 10th. I’ll choose five entries at random, and I’ll announce the winners on January 11th. Got it?
Good luck — and be sure to spread the word to any and all interested mateys!
Yours in all things piratical,