A Book Launch!

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(Photo by my friend Michelle Sterling, the brains behind the #littlelitbookseries. You can find her here and here.)

My debut middle grade novel has been in the world and on shelves for a couple of weeks, and it has been such a special time. There was a reading and a kid-party and shiny gold pens and baseball cookies and Cracker Jacks and cool Insta-shots with baseball gloves.

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I even made the front page of the paper!

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But most importantly, there was this.

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And this.


Aren’t I lucky?

For more information about the book and links to order it, click here.

And Richmond-area-folk! I’ll be at bbgb on April 1st. Not a joke! Mark your calendars for 4pm. More info ASAP.

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The Friendship Experiment meets A Rambler Steals Home


The thing with publishing is that it’s always going to be easier (and more fun!) to navigate if you have some people¬†by your side.

The thing with those people is that you didn’t know you would become friends, but you did.

I feel super lucky to have bumped into Erin Teagan along this road. We share a publisher and an editor and lots of the nitty gritties of this whole thing, and it’s been so wonderful to know her. She is smart and kind and has been the best encourager. And here’s the cover of her middle grade novel, The Friendship Experiment.¬†

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Don’t you love it? You can get it on November 1st, 2016!

I’m leaning on her every move because my book comes out a couple months later, in February of 2017. Have you seen its cover yet?


And over the past year-ish, we’ve both been lucky enough to get to know many other debut middle grade authors. If you are looking to spruce up your shelves, this is a spectacular place to start.

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Friends stick together. Put Maddie and Derby in your get-to-know-and-read-and-love pile. We can’t wait for you to get to know them!




In Mary’s Garden: Cover Reveal

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So this is a huge treat because I don’t think I have done a cover reveal on this blog before! If you’ve got to start somewhere, I’d suggest something spectacular. And that’s what I have for you.

A few weeks ago, I tweeted this:

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Tina and Carson Kugler have created a masterpiece in this book. Isn’t there something so spectacularly meta about artists creating a book about an artist? And artists who smoosh their individual styles together to imagine something entirely new?

It makes such beautiful sense.