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What is a "zona"?

I’d like to thank the committee and planners of the Connecticut Library Association Annual Conference for being so welcoming…and forgiving of a speaker recovering from laryngitis. I had a wonderful time, and enjoyed giving my talk. I also wanted to answer a question posed in the question and answer period…an audience member mentioned a word… Read more »

Book Club Meeting!

Over on NineteenTeen, the teen history blog I co-host with Regina Scott, we’ll be holding the first meeting of the Young Bluestockings Book Club tomorrow, February 16. We’ll be discussing Patricia C. Wrede’s Mairelon the Magician, so if you’ve read this book (or have been thinking about it), please come over and join the discussion!

Going to be anywhere near Middletown, RI?

Because on Saturday, January 30 I will be, and would love to see you! I’ll be at the Middletown, RI Library (700 West Main Road) kicking off their “Meet the Author” series and talking about books and writing. It’s at 3 pm, so if you’re around, please come say hello! *** January has been less… Read more »

Halloween weekend…

Any Cape Codders out there? On Friday, October 30 I’ll be at the Yarmouth Library for a talk about writing geared especially for teens, but all writers are welcome! Then on Saturday, October 31, I’ll be signing books at Where the Sidewalk Ends on Main Street in Chatham from 2-4. It’s been a crazy month,… Read more »

Reviews (said with a big sigh of relief)

Remember what I said about the anxiety of waiting for reviews? I can breathe a little easier now–reviews of Betraying Season from Booklist, Kirkus, and VOYA are making me pretty happy. Here are some quotes: Booklist: “As in the previous book, this is a full-bodied story that wonderfully combines elements of romance, fantasy, and history….Whether… Read more »

Twas the Night Before Release Day

The day a book comes out is, at least for me, a mixed day. Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking, “what’s not to be happy about?” Well, it’s not that I’m not happy–thrilled, even. But what non-writers may not understand is what a l-o-n-g process publishing a book is. For example, I completed Betraying Season… Read more »