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The Awesomeness of TeenReaderCon

November 10th, 2014

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, I went to the first-ever TeenReaderCon right here in the Capital District. And it was awesome!

(Totally stole borrowed this pic from the TeenReaderCon Facebook page! You should visit the page to see the rest of the photos.)

That’s me, bottom left, along with Eric Devine, Patricia McCormick, Joseph Bruchac, Steve Sheinkin, and Jay Asher. They were so fantastic — truly lovely (and slightly crazy) people. Picture Eric doing a victory wave as he ran down the aisle when his name was announced. Imagine Joe quite literally eating his words during a terrifying fun panel in which we had to make up a story on the spot. These are truly talented authors, and I’m flattered that I was invited to be there with them. Jay blogged about TeenReaderCon here. You should read it. :) (Note to self: TAKE PICTURES NEXT TIME.)

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the hundreds of tweens and teens who came to the event! I was particularly happy to meet fellow Whovians and…hmm, what do you call people who love the show Arrow? Arrowians? Arrowheads? Smitten? Well, whatever you call us, it was great. :)

For my session, I talked about why we care about fictional characters. The great news is that I didn’t puke from nerves! Actually, I had a terrific time, thanks to the wonderful people who attended my three sessions and the fantastic volunteers who made sure I didn’t make the PowerPoint explode. Plus I got to talk about how much I loved Park Sheridan from Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park, so it was a huge win.

The TeenReaderCon committee rocked! I’ve never met such warm, wonderful, witty volunteers! From the incredible librarians and educators to the fantastic, passionate teens, everyone involved had the event running like a well-oiled machine. I did my first-ever PowerPoint presentation, and thanks to Alex and the other Tech gods, it all worked perfectly!

A huge thanks goes to Alicia Abdul, the incredible Albany High School librarian who made TeenReaderCon possible! She earned her sparkly pink tiara twice over! (It really was a great tiara! I really should have taken a picture!)

So again, TeenReaderCon committee: You guys rock out loud! You did a fantastic job, and I can’t wait to see what you do for TeenReaderCon 2: Son of TeenReaderCon!



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 11

May 15th, 2014

Today is Day 11 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour! It’s also Day 2 of RT — and it’s me with a cold that had me up in the middle of the night, coughing. But day 11 of the blog tour — YAY!!!

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Today’s blog tour stops are at We Do Write, where I’m interviewed (and you can learn a lot about the book, my writing process, and what to do with a key and an onion), and at Rockin’ Book Reviews, where there’s a review of the book. Remember, enter the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 ebook copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!

Here are the order links for the book:

Amazon – print and e-book

B&N – e-book

Chapters – print

Books-A-Million – print and e-book

Indie Bound – print

Book Depository – print

Off to the gym…and then maybe to get some cough syrup. :P



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 10

May 14th, 2014

Day 10 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour has arrived! And it’s also Day 1 of RT 2014! **throws confetti**

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Today’s blog tour stops are at WS Momma Readers Nook, where I have a guest post revealing 5 things you might not have known about me (hint: I may actually be a superhero in training) and a spotlight at C&F. Remember, enter the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 ebook copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!

Here are the order links for the book:

Amazon – print and e-book

B&N – e-book

Chapters – print

Books-A-Million – print and e-book

Indie Bound – print

Book Depository – print

And hey, if you’re in New Orleans at the RT con — say hi! :)



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 9

May 13th, 2014

Today is Day 9 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour:

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Just one stop today: a spotlight at Simplistic Reviews. Remember, enter the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 ebook copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!

Here are the order links for the book:

Amazon – print and e-book

B&N – e-book

Chapters – print

Books-A-Million – print and e-book

Indie Bound – print

Book Depository – print

Today is the last day of the pre-con Writer’s Bootcamp. Had a great time yesterday, and I’m sure today will be even better. :)



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 8

May 12th, 2014

Hello from New Orleans!!! Today is Day 8 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour:

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Just one stop today: a review at Nicky Peacock’s website. :) Remember, enter the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 ebook copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!

Here are the order links for the book:

Amazon – print and e-book

B&N – e-book

Chapters – print

Books-A-Million – print and e-book

Indie Bound – print

Book Depository – print

I’m one of the instructors at the RT Writing Bootcamp today, teaching a workshop with the always amazing Jade Lee — POV: Whose Story Is It? And later today, all the instructors will be on a panel about our one best writing tip/other advice, and dinner promises to be a ton of fun. Happy Monday, everyone!



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 7

May 11th, 2014

Happy Mother’s Day!!! Today is Day 7 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour!!!

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Today’s stops are at A Book Addict’s Bookshelves, where I do a fun guest post on the 10 things I wish I’d known before I’d gotten published, and at Once Upon A Twilight, where there is a spotlight of the book. :) Remember, enter the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 ebook copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!

And hey, it’s not too late to order a copy of the print or e-book for your favorite mom, daughter, sister, friend…or anyone! Here are the order links:

Amazon – print and e-book

B&N – e-book

Chapters – print

Books-A-Million – print and e-book

Indie Bound – print

Book Depository – print

I’m off to RT 2014! If you’re going to New Orleans for the convention, come on over and say hi. :)



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – DAY 6

May 10th, 2014

This rainy Saturday (here near Albany, NY) is Day 6 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour!!!

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Today’s stops are at Painted Words, where there’s a review of the book, and at Book Lover’s Life, where there is a spotlight of the book. :) Remember, enter the giveaway for a chance to win 1 of 5 ebook copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY! And if you’re looking for spiffy buy links, here you go (I’m so helpful!):

Amazon – print and e-book

B&N – e-book

Chapters – print

Books-A-Million – print and e-book

Indie Bound – print

Book Depository – print

Remember – TO BEAR AN IRON KEY makes a fantastic Mother’s Day present. (Hint hint!) ;)



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 5

May 9th, 2014

Day 5 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour!!!

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Today’s stops are at Crossroad Reviews, where there’s a review of the book, and at the blog of my fellow Month9Book author, Jen McConnel, where there is a spotlight of the book. :) And hey, have you read Jen’s DAUGHTER OF CHAOS yet? You should! If you love reading about witches (and, considering that TO BEAR AN IRON KEY is about, well, witches, I hope you do!), you should read Jen’s tale about Darlena…who does what no other young witch would ever dream of and chooses to wield red magic. Oooooh!

Remember, enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 e-book copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!



TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour – Day 4

May 8th, 2014

Today is Day 4 of the official TO BEAR AN IRON KEY blog tour!!!

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Today’s stops are at A Book and a Latte, where you’ll learn about what animal I’d be if I could, what book I think everyone should read, and what I’ll be doing in early June (and why I’m practicing how to yell), and at Jessabella Reads, where there is a spotlight and a review of the book. :)

Remember, enter for a chance to win 1 of 5 e-book copies of TO BEAR AN IRON KEY!

Had a terrific time last night at Flights of Fantasy in Colonie, NY — a great group of people showed up, and they got to play Multiple Choice when I asked them questions certain questions, including which famous author and editor rejected a short story of mine (and not a form letter) — a short story that later helped me fill in backstory for one of the main characters in TO BEAR AN IRON KEY. (Any guesses? If you were any the signing yesterday, no spoilers!)

Ooh – spur of the moment giveaway! First correct answer posted below gets a signed copy of KEY! Go!