There are so many book birthdays this week that I’m going to cut the Book Friends Bookshop spotlight short, and only feature one book from a middle of the map publisher.
This week’s book is by Shari L. Schwartz, published by Cedar Fort in Springville, Utah., TREASURE AT LURE LAKE is a middle grade novel about survival and adventure. This was Shari Schwartz”s debut novel, written especially for reluctant readers. I hope we will see more books added to her page soon!
Happy Book Birthday!
We have five books to celebrate this week! If you have the chance, I hope you get to go to a launch party or signing event for one of these!
Sophie Foster is struggling. Grieving. Scrambling. But she knows one thing: she will not be defeated.
The Neverseen have had their victories—but the battle is far from over. It’s time to change tactics. Make sacrifices. Reexamine everything. Maybe even time for Sophie to trust her enemies.
All paths lead to Nightfall—an ominous door to an even more ominous place—and Sophie and her friends strike a dangerous bargain to get there. But nothing can prepare them for what they discover. The problems they’re facing stretch deep into their history. And with time running out, and mistakes catching up with them, Sophie and her allies must join forces in ways they never have before.
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Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.
But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.
She needs to get rid of him, and fast.
Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.
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Written by Katy Duffield
Illustrated by K.G.
Laughter is the best medicine when you’re a little alien feeling under the weather. Little Alien is sick. And sick is extra-terrestrial bad when you have two scratchy throats, five ears that hurt, and three runny noses. Splatch Sputter Spurt Luckily Mama and Daddy Alien have an arsenal of lunar decongestants and meteor showers on hand to make him feel a little better (not to mention a Milky Way milkshake to help the medicine go down). Even so, the family’s alien pooch, Mars Rover, can’t stand to see his little buddy feeling out of sorts. Can a loyal pup’s funny tricks finally coax a smile?
Written by Alane Adams
Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos
It’s winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over―ready for a young boy to go skating!―but Georgie’s ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands―and discovers what Christmas is all about.
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Written by Ame Dyckman
Illustrated by Zacharia Ohara
Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: “Lemmings don’t jump off cliffs.” But Foxy can’t get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They’re too busy jumping off. After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn’t being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can’t read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can’t return to reading it, either.
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Local Author Events
NOVEMBER 9, THURSDAY, 7:00 PM: MARY LINDSEY & C.C. HUNTER, YA AUTHORS
Barnes & Noble, Pasadena: 5656 Fairmont Parkway, Pasadena
Mary Lindsey, award-winning, RITA(R) nominated author of romance for adults and teens, will sign and discuss her newest young adult novel HAVEN. This is the first book in a three-book series, following a community of shifters and spell weavers whose ancestors fled persecution during the Würzburg and Bamberg witch trials of the 1600s. Rain Ryland has lived on the streets his entire life, bouncing from one homeless shelter to another, so when his mother dies and a court orders him to move to a tiny town in the Texas Hill Country to live with an aunt he’s never met, he knows his life is about to change—he just has no idea how much.
Seventeen-year-old Friederike Burkhart has a legacy to protect. She also has a pack of wolf shifters to lead, a coven of spell weavers to guard, a murder to solve, and a boatload of homework on top of it all. The last thing she needs is a nosy human in the mix. But when another dead body turns up, Freddy realizes she can trust no one and is in over her head. Maybe the hot human boy could be the key to finding the killer.
As Freddy and Rain team up to solve the murders and stop more deaths before her pack is exposed, they find themselves the next targets. Can they uncover the killer before losing their lives…or their hearts?
C.C. Hunter’s THE MORTICIAN’S DAUGHTER is the first in a new series. Seventeen year-old Riley Smith’s dad’s job is with the dead . . . and he’s bringing his work home with him. Once again, Riley is the new kid in school and her dad’s career has her back to being dubbed a freak. Truth is, she’s a much bigger freak than her classmates think. The only company she keeps these days is the dead who follow Dad home from work. She can see them. She can speak to them. And Fate seems to think she can help them solve their last problems so that they can move on to the other side. Which is odd, because with the loss of her mother and her father’s alcoholism, she’s got enough problems of her own. But nothing could prepare her for the next tormented young spirit who darkens Riley’s door. The young woman’s death wasn’t the accident everyone believes. Soon Riley finds herself face-to-face with the killer and her only protection comes in the form of another spirit, Hayden, a boy her age with a heart-melting smile and understanding eyes that make her feel safe. If she can escape becoming the killer’s next victim, Riley knows she’ll have to help Hayden move on too, but what if she can’t let him go?
NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY, 3:00 PM: MARY LINDSEY, YA AUTHOR
Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive
See description above for Mary Lindsey’s HAVEN.
NOVEMBER 12, SUNDAY, 4:00-6:00 PM: MARY LINDSEY & C.C. HUNTER, YA AUTHORS
Katy Budget Books, 2450 Fry Rd
NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY, 8:30 AM-2:00 PM: WEST HOUSTON RWA MTG: ALL DAY WORKSHOP
Memorial Drive Christian Church, 11750 Memorial Dr., Houston
COST: Members $20/Nonmembers $25. Lunch will be provided by Panera Bread.
Laurie Schnebly Campbell presents two workshops:
10 MINUTES TO GLORY: YOUR EDITOR/AGENT PITCH:
Participants finish this workshop ready to draft their pitch from start to finish and present it with a more compelling delivery.
CHALLENGING COUPLES IN LOVE:
While it’s easy to create conflict between a hero and heroine whose kingdoms are at war, everyday life can be a tougher setting for plausible conflicts…especially when both people are inherently likable. But the same conflicts that trouble real-life couples—plus the same solutions recommended by marriage counselors—can work equally well for fictional couples.
NOVEMBER 11, SATURDAY, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: WRITERS FAMILY REUNION
Writespace, Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards #212
COST: Half day: $50 members, $60 non-members, Full day: $95 members, $115 non-members
The Writers’ Family Reunion is a one-day gathering and Build-Your-Writing-Community event designed to give writers an opportunity to develop friendships with other writers, learn from more experienced writers, and fortify their knowledge of craft and career. All levels and all genres are welcome! Just as a family reunion nourishes ties amongst long-lost relatives, the Writers’ Family Reunion is an opportunity for the large, diverse family of writers living in and near Houston to come home to one another and nurture the deep love of writing that we share.
Along with opportunities to meet local writers, attending writers will have the opportunity to discover fantastic local literary resources; form new critique groups, join existing ones, or just learn about them; and bolster their knowledge of how to complete projects, submit, find agents, and publish.