Thank you to all the new subscribers and to everyone who continued to visit here while I was too busy controlling flood damage to update my site. We are finally settled into a temporary home but still work at our house every day to clean up the mess left by Harvey. Last weekend I squeezed out enough free time to attend a half day at SCBWI-Houston’s conference on Saturday and to attend Bruce Coville’s workshop on Sunday. Both were fun and inspiring. It’s been a while since I’ve had time to write but Saturday night I pulled out a story concept I’d thought of years ago and starting putting meat on an outline. It felt great to be writing again. I hope things are going well with all of you.
Book Friends Spotlight
This has been an eye-popping six weeks and I am stunned by some of the offers of assistance we have received, not just from close friends, but from people I know primarily online. Friends have shared their homes their cars, their labor, their expertise in real estate and renovations, their food, and their clothes. One SCBWI Blueboard friend and her husband even offered to drive down from a faraway state to help us rebuild our house!
In honor of the kind folks who offered their time (and often their money) to help us, today’s spotlight is on books that feature characters who helped others in times of need. Please click on the cover images to read more about these books.
Happy Book Birthday!
I’m sorry to have missed so many book birthdays and conference updates in September and the first half of October. I can’t catch up, so I’m going to pick up from here and keep moving forward. However, I’ve updated the slideshow on the sidebar with new fall releases and will be adding more soon. These books are already added to the Book Friends Bookshop, so please please click and look!
SAM & EVA
Written and Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
When Sam starts drawing a super cool velociraptor, Eva decides to join in. But Sam isn’t too happy about the collaboration. Soon Eva and Sam are locked in an epic creative clash, bringing to life everything from superhero marmots to exploding confetti. But when their masterpieces turn to mayhem will Sam stay stubbornly solo or will he realize that sometimes the best work comes from teamwork?
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Local Author Events
OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY, 9:00 AM- 5:00 PM: TWEENS READ 2017
South Houston High School, South Houston
Twenty-five authors will discuss their books in panel sessions and answer questions from the audience. There will be five breakout time slots with a variety of panels at each time slot. Several food trucks will be on-hand to sell food during the lunch break, and Blue Willow Bookshop will be on hand to sell books.
OCTOBER 25, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM: CASSIE BEASLEY, MG AUTHOR
Blue Willow Bookshop
From the bestselling author of Circus Mirandus comes TUMBLE & BLUE, the magic-infused story of a golden gator, two cursed kids, and how they take their destinies into their own hands.
When the red moon rises over the heart of the Okefenokee swamp, legend says that the mysterious golden gator Munch will grant good luck to the poor soul foolish enough to face him. But in 1817, when TWO fools reach him at the same time, the night’s fate is split. With disastrous consequences for both . . . and their descendants. Half of the descendants have great fates, and the other half have terrible ones. Now, Tumble Wilson and Blue Montgomery are determined to fix their ancestors’ mistakes and banish the bad luck that’s followed them around for all of their lives. They’re going to face Munch the gator themselves, and they’re going to reclaim their destinies. But what if the legend of Munch is nothing but a legend, after all?
OCTOBER 19, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION:
Don’t Blow Your Cover – Tips on Nailing Your Book Design & Formatting
La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00
People DO judge a book by its cover. In fact, the second thing they look at is the formatting of the interior. No other component is more important than how your book appears on the shelf. Learn from expert, Ella Richie, publisher of the 2017 Independent Publisher Award for Best Regional Nonfiction. Learn why the book Contraflow received the award and how you can learn to use the same methods.
OCTOBER 21, SATURDAY, 7:00 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD MASQUERADE GALA
Marriott North Houston, 255 N Sam Houston Parkway East
COST: $60, includes 2 complimentary tickets for the giveaway raffle
Join the Houston Writers Guild for our first annual Masquerade Gala. The event will start at 7pm with a sit down plated dinner accompanied by light jazz. Following a short message from the leadership, the event will flow into a night of dancing, giveaways, and culminate in a costume contest around 11 pm. Come have fun, dance, dress up in your finest or come in costume, and support your Guild. There will be a cash bar for those who would like to partake.
OCTOBER 24, TUESDAY, 6:30-9:00 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL
Guest Speaker: Elizabeth White Olsen – Writespace
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