Book Sightings

One of the most exciting things about being an author is not only seeing my own books in print, but seeing other books by authors I know in the bookstores. So, I was pleasantly surprised to see all of these books face out at one of the local Barnes and Noble here in Austin: Eternal… Read more »

A Good Time to be a Flux Author (and some other stuff)

Over at the Flux blog, Andrew has been announcing some pretty great news about the Flux authors. Carrie Jones and Brian Yansky received some very nice reviews for their novels, Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend (Carrie) and Wonders of the World (Brian). Christine Kole Maclean and Simone Elkeles won an Independent Publishers Book… Read more »

Happy Book Release Day

I’m sure that most of you know this by now, but if not, Cynthia Leitich Smith is currently guest blogging at Greg Leitich Smith’s blog. And…Happy Release Day, Cyn! Her new YA novel, Tantalize, came out today.

Story of a Girl

I finished Sara Zarr’s wonderful debut novel, Story of a Girl, a few weeks ago. There’s not much more I can say about this novel that others haven’t already said. Great characters. Great dialogue. Great story. I like that Zarr began the novel three years after Deanna’s incident (getting caught with an older boy, Tommy… Read more »

Super Cyn

Save for some useless facts about my agent, I didn’t write much about the Austin SCBWI Conference. However, The Wonderful Cynthia Leitich Smith has listed a bunch of reports on her blogger site. See the listings here. And while you’re there, take a look at her entire site. It’s a wealth of information for those… Read more »

Fugging John Green

John Green is a fugging1,2,3 genius. Just like with Markus Zusak, I am insanely jealous of John Green. Looking For Alaska, his Printz-winning debut novel, is easily one of my favorite books off all time (JG is a master of dialogue). And now, JG had gone and written another brilliant book, An Abundance of Katherines…. Read more »

Banned Books Week

Break out the confetti. Pop some champagne. Why? Well, because it’s Banned Books Week. Every year, the American Library Association celebrates the Freedom to Read with Banned Books Week. From the ALA website: “Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be… Read more »

Damn You, Markus Zusak

I mean this in the nicest way possible: I hate Markus Zusak. I finished I Am The Messenger almost two weeks ago. Even now, I can’t stop thinking about the book. He wrote the type of novel that is both inspirational and entertaining. He wrote a moral story without being too moral. He reminded me… Read more »