Book Trailer Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies

As many of you know, New York Times best-selling & award-winning author Cynthia Leitich Smith hosts a renowned kidlit blog and she graciously accepted my invitation to launch the book trailer for Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies on Cynsations today. Thank you, Cyn!! Click HERE to see the book trailer and short post. The trailer was created […]

Thankful For Many Splendid Things – New Client, Cynsations Post and More!

To me October is all about celebrating the many blessings we encounter partly because growing up in Canada, the Canadian Thanksgiving holiday always fell on the second Monday in October. So once October arrives, I naturally begin recounting the many splendid things I’m grateful for and this month I’ve much to be thankful for. I’m […]

ReaderKidZ Review – Grandfather Gandhi

There’s been so many exciting things happening for me and my friends in 2014. Today, I’d like to share a special book with you and an incredible journey of inspiration, passion, and perseverance. The book I’m referring to is Grandfather Gandhi, co-authored by my dear friend Bethany Hegedus and Arun Gandhi, illustrated by Evan Turk […]

Texas Book Festival 2013 Children’s and Young Adult Lineup Revealed

Today is more than just a hump day. Today, the Texas Book Festival revealed their children’s and young adult author and illustrator lineup for the two day event on October 26 & 27, 2013. I’ve got goose bumps trailing up and down my arm as many local Austin SCBWI and Texas authors and illustrators are […]

Book Review – Poison by Bridget Zinn

I don’t normally blog about young adult literature on my blog NOT because I don’t love reading it but because I write for  younger readers who read picture books, chapter books, early readers and middle grade novels. But every once in awhile a book comes along that I feel is a cross-over to those upper […]

Debut Author Interview: Natalie Dias Lorenzi

I’m thrilled to have Natalie Dias Lorenzi with us today to talk about her debut middle grade novel Flying the Dragon (Charlesbridge, 2012). She’s a teacher, mother, wife, traveler, freelance writer and author. She writes book reviews for Biblio links, contributes to Emu’s Debuts, her agency’s author blog at the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, and […]

Literary News in and Around Austin

There’s so much happening in and around the Greater Austin area and I’m looking forward to filling you in on all things literary! Screened-in porch at The Writing Barn This past Wednesday, I spent the day at Bethany Hegedus’ The Writing Barn with writing buddies Donna Bowman Bratton, Samantha Clark, Nikki Loftin and Vanessa Lee who […]

Author Shana Burg and her new novel Laugh With The Moon

I remember vividly sitting around Shana’s kitchen table with authors Don Tate, Bethany Hegedus and Donna Bowman Bratton when Shana was working on her new novel Laugh With The Moon (Delacorte, 2012). Like all of Shana’s work, I really loved this latest project of hers. Her main character, Clare, was real and authentic and I […]

Austin SCBWI Meeting and News

There’s a lot going on in our Austin SCBWI community and this week is no exception. Author/illustrator Salima Alikhan will address how to take criticism and turn it around so it motivates you as opposed to letting it depress you. Her talk “Writerly Despair: How to be Inspired Rather Than Crippled by Criticism” takes place […]

On Top of the Hen House — Meet My Literary Agent!

Hen in bucket at Barrington Living History Farm Life can turn on a dime. Or if you’re a hen living in a coop, life can turn when your egg hatches. And this week my egg that I’d been sitting on for so long, finally hatched! I’m happy to announce that the enormously talented  Erzsi Deàk, founder […]