Juniper (Monica Furlong)

Juniper (Monica Furlong)

A few weeks ago I put out the call on Twitter for young adult and middle grade books with very strong fantasy settings, as I'd been challenged with the setting on one of my current WIPs. I was fortunate to hear back from enough kind people to assemble a reading list of seven or eight titles, which I promptly put on hold at the library. I was familiar with some titles already (Princess Academy, which I was more than happy to reread), and introduced to others for the first time (Darkbeast, which is waiting on my nightstand as I type), but there was one that caught my eye particularly: Juniper, a middle grade novel by Monica Furlong.

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Announcing #BiYABooks!

Announcing #BiYABooks!

Friends, it's January. I know many of you are polishing up some very ambitious resolutions for the new year, but as I sit here watching my first snowfall of 2016, there's nothing I want to do more than curl up with a mug of hot chocolate in a cozy chair with a new book. If you feel the same way you're in luck, because this year, I'm launching something that targets both New Year's resolutions (broaden your reading horizons!) and that desire for cozy couch reading:

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A Sisyphean Task

A Sisyphean Task

Well, it's been a time. I've been busy (day job, immigration paperwork, health insurance paperwork, writing deadlines, freelance deadlines, Pitch Wars deadlines), just as you've all been busy, I'm sure. And the end of it, for the moment, is this: It's almost time to let go of the WIP, send it off into the world, and see what fortunes befall it. And we all know what that means: It's time to start writing another book.

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September in (Reading) Review

September in (Reading) Review

So it's been...ridiculously busy. After six months in Australia and a month in my hometown, the Australian and I finally landed back in Boston, where we'll be for the next foreseeable while. We touched down after a red-eye flight on the morning of September 1st, and I immediately started a six-day work streak, and things pretty much went from there. We took a few days off to drive to Michigan for the very last Booktopia (more on this later), but other than that, it's been nonstop EVERYTHING settling back into our apartment, working my butt off, and generally running around like a headless chicken. Things look like they'll continue this way for a while, but in the meantime, here's all the good stuff I read in September! (Hold onto your hats, folks. This one's a long one.)

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