It’s been a long time since I’ve finished writing a new novel, but right now I am oh-so-close! Last weekend’s workshop with Donald Maass was just what I needed to get the magic flowing again. I hope by this time next week my WIP is off to readers. I’m looking forward to getting started on a new manuscript.
We have a lovely bunch of book birthdays to celebrate this week. Enjoy!
Happy Book Birthday!
Three of this week’s new releases are by authors I met on the SCBWI Blueboard! Please join me in celebrating these exciting new books by spreading the word!
A CAT IS BETTER
By Linda Joy Singleton
Illustrated by Jorge Martin
Published by Little Bee Books
A sparkly necklace for me?
Yes, I am beautiful.
Thank you very much.
See how perfect I am?
From the publisher: What makes cats better than dogs? Is it how gracefully they leap through the air? How much smarter they are than dogs? How much more musical and cleaner they are? Or is it how good they are at making you think they’re all these things? Find out why cats are the purrfect pet in this fantastically funny picture book!
PRUDENCE THE PART TIME COW
Illustrated by Stephanie Laberis
Published by Henry Holt Children’s Books
From the publisher: Prudence looks like a full-time cow—she wanders through pastures, she swats flies, and she lines up for supper. But Prudence is a part-time cow—she is also a scientist, an architect, and an inventor, studying and building and dreaming and creating. To the other cows in the herd, Prudence is a bit too part-time. At first Prudence tries to fit in, suppressing all her scientific smarts and imaginative inventing. But in a moment of inspiration—Cow Power!—Prudence realizes how to show the others that she can be a part-time cow and a full-time member of the herd.
Published by Simon And Schuster
From the publisher: Twelve-year-old Ross tries to discover the formula for being funny and getting his new classmates to like him in this laugh-out-loud debut novel!
Ross Stevens has changed schools twelve times in the last three years but when his beloved Pops becomes ill, Ross and his mom must plant roots—which means no more school moves. And no more moves mean no more school exits, and Ross has perfected the science of leaving a school with an epic prank. Worse, it means he will actually have to learn how to make friends and do a science project, two things he’s never had to do before.
Then Ross hits on a hypothesis: if pranks are cool because they are funny then maybe he could discover the formula for funny! If his nerdy “peer review” partner doesn’t cramp his style and if the embarrassing notebook full of his “research” doesn’t get out, then maybe Ross can actually be happy staying in one place.
But can he really figure out the formula for ultimate middle school happiness?
Published by Penguin Random House
From the publisher: Girl looks for a sign. Enter: boy.
Rainie doesn’t have a “passion” like her friends do. She’s more of a dabbler—quick to give up and move on. But as graduation approaches, she wishes she had more direction. So when gorgeous Tuck gives a monologue that literally puts into words exactly how she’s been feeling lately, it’s a sign! Tuck is her passion. How could she not have seen it before?
Girl follows boy. Enter: second boy.
Rainie convinces her ex-BFF to let her work at the same summer job as Tuck. She’s got a foolproof plan to date him. But when she arrives, Rainie discovers things aren’t that simple. And she meets Milo, a super-cute boy who also works with her. A boy with a complicated past.
Girl needs to figure stuff out. Enter: drama.
By Dawn Husted
Cover Art by Ammonia Book Covers
For Mia Hieskety, surviving high school meant focusing on exams and avoiding stupid parties. After breaking up with the only boyfriend she ever had, dating was off the agenda. That is, until Thanatos came along.
Inexplicably drawn to Thanatos, Mia’s determined to find out who he is and why he insists on wearing gloves to school. Something is off about him. And it’s as if she can feel him when he’s near.
Without warning, she’s thrust into a sinister world and discovers a truth that she never expected. When a supernatural connection puts Mia’s life at risk, she doesn’t know who to trust–especially Thanatos. But what if she’s in love with him?
Published by Entangled Publishing
From the publisher: Emmy Duivel believes in true love: heart-stopping kisses, candlelight dinners, and a connection that lasts forever. But not the kind of kisses that land your date in the hospital. Emmy always knew she was different, but not in the supernatural sense. Not in the succubus sense.
Paul Andinn had only one job: watch over Emmy and make sure she doesn’t expose the supernatural world. It should have been easy, but the moment he looked away, she kissed that boy, and everything changed.
He should be more upset. But he can’t. Not when he’s falling hard for her.
Enter for your chance to win Melody Delgado’s ROYALLY ENTITLED, a newly released inspirational, historical romance published by Clean Reads as an ebook. This novel was a featured Happy Birthday book in April.
SHARK LADY: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist. A beautiful, lyrical nonfiction picture book about shark scientist (and all around amazing woman!) Eugenie Clark! This book not only depicts a ‘real life’ view of science, but also dozens of amazing creatures and the role that Eugenie Clark has played in shark research and ocean conservation. Contest ends June 17.
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JUNE 14, WEDNESDAY, 10:00: STORYTIME WITH MARIA ASHWORTH
Children’s author Maria Ashworth shares her book, TOMMY JAMES, THE LITTLEST COWBOY IN RECKON. Tommy James has no problem being the littlest cowboy until Bo Jones makes his way into town and stirs things up. Bo Jones knows how to get under this little cowboy’s chaps. Tommy James puts up with this bully’s snide remarks for a while, but eventually shows him he has what it takes to keep up with the big boys.
Tommy James may be little but he has the heart, determination and spirit of a giant.
JUNE 15, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION: SAHRON JERKINS WORKSHOP
La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00 See website for further details
How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript: Sharon Jenkins, aka The Master Communicator Writing Services will share some tips for self-editing your book for publication. Although one of her professional skills is book editing, she will show us how to do some of the editing on our own.
Our NFAA local chapters focus on the business side of writing, publishing and promoting nonfiction books. Meeting agendas typically include a guest speaker focused on a topic related to the publishing industry, introductions by all attendees, and a signature mastermind session where three to five attendees are selected to share a publishing-related challenge or question and receive feedback from the group. We meet on the third Thursday of each month to discuss the business side of writing, publishing, and promoting nonfiction books. We welcome experienced and aspiring writers of nonfiction.
JUNE 17, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: ACFW WRITERS ON THE STORM: LISA GODFRIES: ATTRACTING AGENTS/PUBLISHERS
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Editors @ Conferences
SEPTEMBER 15: SCBWI-ALASKA/ ALASKA WRITERS GUILD/ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA JOINT CONFERENCE, ANCHORAGE, AK
EDITOR: Stephanie Pitts, GP Putnam’s Sons Publishing
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