Our wonderful local indie bookstore Blue Willow Bookshop celebrates their 20th birthday this Saturday, October 1! They’ll have refreshments, goody bags, and, of course, many great books. Please stop by and wish them a happy birthday!
This week I’d like to wish a Happy Re-Launch to local author Donna Maloy, just in time for Halloween! Donna’s middle grade novel CELIA AND THE WOLF, previous winner of the Award for Best Juvenile Fiction from Bookstore Without Borders, has gotten a beautiful makeover with this gorgeous, spooky new cover!
Which one is the real monster?
Celia Ashleigh, otherwise known as The Fox, is a powerful shapeshifter and spy-in-training, like other firstborns in her family.
Remy Broussard’s family are werewolves. And the Guardian of La Cluse is on a crusade to wipe out monsters like them. He’s kidnapped Remy’s little sister and plans to kill her when she changes for the first time on All Hallow’s Eve.
When Remy begs for help, Celia doesn’t hesitate. But the closer she comes to finding the madman and his captive, the more dangerous her task becomes… and the more hopeless.
What will happen if she makes a mistake and the hate-filled Guardian discovers…
Celia is something more than human, too.
“A thrilling adventure with a fiery, engaging heroine you will not want to take your eyes off for a second!” —Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of Ghost in the House, and the Princess Juniper series
Local KidLit Events
SEPTEMBER 28, WEDNESDAY, 5:00 PM: RIDLEY PEARSON, MG AUTHOR
The NYT bestselling author of the Peter and the Starcatchers and Kingdom Keepers seriesRidley Pearson will discuss and sign his new novel for kids, LOCK AND KEY: THE INITIATION. The first book in this new trilogy introduces the origins of the rivalry between literature’s most famous enemies Sherlock Holmes and James Moriarty, told from the perspective of James’s observant little sister, Moria.
Before James grew up to be a ruthless, remorseless villain, he was a curious boy from Boston, with a penchant for trouble and an acid tongue. Thrown into a boarding school against his wishes, James winds up rooming with a most unlikely companion: a lanky British know-it-all named Sherlock Holmes ( Lock to his friends). An heirloom Bible, donated by the Moriarty family more than a hundred years ago, has gone missing, and it doesn’t take long for the two to find themselves embroiled in the school-wide scandal.
Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Ridley Pearson for book personalization, please purchase LOCK AND KEY from Blue Willow Bookshop.
OCTOBER 4, TUESDAY, 7:00 PM: JESSICA BRODY, YA AUTHOR
Jessica Brody will discuss and sign her books for teens and tweens, A WEEK OF MONDAYS. Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks is having a serious case of the Mondays. She gets a ticket for running a red light, she manages to take the world’s worst school picture, she bombs softball try-outs and her class election speech (note to self: never trust a cheerleader when she swears there are no nuts in her bake-sale banana bread), and to top it all off, Tristan, her gorgeous rocker boyfriend suddenly dumps her. For no good reason.
As far as Mondays go, it doesn’t get much worse than this. And Ellie is positive that if she could just do it all over again, she would get it right. So when she wakes up the next morning to find she’s reliving the exact same day, she knows what she has to do: stop her boyfriend from breaking up with her. But it seems no matter how many do-overs she gets or how hard Ellie tries to repair her relationship, Tristan always seems bent set on ending it. Will Ellie ever figure out how to fix this broken day? Or will she be stuck in this nightmare of a Monday forever?
SEPTEMBER 28, 10:00 AM: SCBWI BRAZOS VALLEY: MTG & WORKSHOP
Local author Tammy Hensel presents Creative Nonfiction: From Style to Genre.
OCTOBER 1, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM: RWA LONE STAR CONFERENCE
Hilton Garden Inn – Houston Cypress Station
COST: $120 Members, $130 Non-members
Featuring NYT Bestselling Author, Kerrelyn Sparks and Romance Author and Marketing Wiz Jennifer Fusco!
Are you struggling to make a homerun with your writing? Or even make it to first base? It’s time to get in the game! NYT bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks presents a new sports-inspired strategy that will coach you on how to complete a book and make sure it doesn’t go into sudden death!
Jennifer Fusco began writing romance in 2010 as a way to expend the excess creative energy that wasn’t exhausted by her day job. In addition to her novels, Jennifer is also the author of the popular Market or Die books for authors.
OCTOBER 1, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-3:00 PM: INDIE PUBLISHING 101: EASY E-BOOK AND PRINT PRODUCTION
Writespace: NOTE: There is a LARGE Silver Street event at this time, so please allow extra time to find parking.
COST: Early-Bird Pricing until September 26, $40 Members, $50 Non-Members. After September 26, $50 Members, $60 Non-Members
If the idea of book formatting fills you with dread, or if you have tried to create an e-book, but it doesn’t come out right, this workshop is for you! Whether you are new to print and e-book creation, or are just looking for tips and shortcuts, you’ll be surprised how easy it is to create professional-grade print and e-books when you have the right tools and techniques.
In this hands-on workshop with D.L. Young, we will create our own e-books and learn how to make a reusable template for novels and short stories. We’ll also go through the steps for creating a print version of your book. Please bring your laptop, and let e-book expert D.L. Young take you through the process step-by-step.
Please see website for software requirements before registering!
OCTOBER 3, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI HOUSTON: MTG & WORKSHOP
Tracy Gee Community Center
Join SCBWI and Emmy-winning children’s television writer and story editor, Jennifer Hamburg as she discusses The A-Zs of Writing Children’s Stories for TV & Picture Books, Too! Jennifer’s picture books include A Moose That Says Moo, Monkey and Duck Quack Up!, and the upcoming Billy Boo is Stuck in Goo. Her middle grade book series, Hazy Bloom and the Tomorrow Power, comes out in 2017.
OCTOBER 4, TUESDAYS FOR 6 WEEKS, 5:00-7:00 PM: THE WRITER’S TOOLBOX: AN EXPLORATION AND PRACTICE WITH K.C. SINCLAIR
The Women’s Institute of Houston
Ever read a book or article and sit back and sigh at what a pleasure it was–how it made you think, how it made you feel, how it made the world melt away–and then moments later wonder how the author made that happen? All writers have tools that they use to engage their readers, express ideas, and make them sigh. From voice to dialogue to description, we will explore masterful examples of writers using their tools and then try to use them ourselves. Each week, the class will focus on one characteristic of powerful writing. We will read short articles about craft, study examples from famous writers, and exercise our own writing muscles in fun, collaborative activities in class. Then, writers will be able to take the ideas home and do a little practice of their own in order to bring it back to the class and get praise for the way they’ve sharpened their skills. Writing can be overwhelming, but with a few key tools, writers will have the confidence and inspiration to get started. Hopefully, after the class, we’ll also have a group of friends to help us continue!
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APRIL 7-8: NEBRASKA WRITERS GUILD SPRING WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, LAVISTA NE
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