I am participating in three separate promotions this month. Each one is a little different, but all offer a chance to win great prizes.
Plus, with 35 authors participating—most hosting individual giveaways of their own on the hunt—our Spring basket is overflowing with dozens of treats we’re eager to give away! Enter April 5-9 for your chance to win!
Authors Participating in the Hunt
Alex Gordon • Amanda Uhl • Angela Roquet • Angelica R. Jackson • Angie Wilder • Anna Durand • Anne McClane • Ben Westerham • Cailin Briste • Casi McLean • Christine Grabowski • CM Lally • Donna R. Mercer • Honey Phillips • J.M. Walker • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jim Stein • Joanne Dannon • Judith Sterling • Katherine Gilbert • Kathryn Knight • Kerry Blaisdell • Kristine Smith • Lia Davis • Lisanne Harrington • Michelle Jo Quinn • Shae Banks • Shereen Vedam • Soraya Naomi • Stephanie Queen • Taylor Marsh • Viola Calvary • Zoe Dawson • Zoe Forward
I’m thrilled to be a part of this event. My book, Dickensen Academy is featured today (April 5th). I even talk about where I’d go on spring break if money were no option. You won’t want to miss it.
Bookmark this get-together and tell your friends:
April Rafflecopter, April 6-May 6
The last six months
After a few months where I wrote very little and marketed a lot, I have found a better balance. Although I still make time for social media, ongoing promotions, and administrative tasks, my focus is back to writing.
~ Over 100 positive reviews
~ Listening to my audiobook, which released in January, and hearing my characters come alive
~ Watching my book soar to the #1 new release spot in Children’s Coming of Age Fantasy in September
~ Having the book selected for the 2018 SCBWI Recommended Reading List, targeted at librarians and educators
~ Placing 3rd in the 2018 International Digital Awards
~ Selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2019 Chanticler Paranormal Book Awards (Finalists will be selected next month)
The next Six Months
I am well underway with the sequel to Dickensen Academy and hope to get it to my editor within six months (hopefully much earlier.). The working title is called Dickensen Secrets. I’m also very busy with my critique groups and partners.
Two new activities have been added to my writing life: editing and school visits. To learn more about each, click on my website’s newest tabs. I am very excited to talk to about 1,100 students (5th- 8th graders) over the next five weeks at three separate events.
If you haven’t had a chance to read Dickensen Academy, here is more information about it.
Category/Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Fantasy, appropriate for age 10 and up
Amazon Rating: 4.7-star rating based on 75 reviews
Dickensen Academy isn’t a typical boarding school. The faculty is hiding an unbelievable secret within their fine arts program. When Autumn Mattison receives an invitation to attend the high school, she yearns to escape her overbearing father yet remains reluctant to leave her mother and brother. Her doubts fade away when a vivid dream convinces her she belongs there.
Away from home, Autumn discovers a unique school environment that awakens her creative potential, and her new friends become like a second family. However, as she uncovers more about the dark side of the school and struggles with its curriculum, she questions whether Dickensen Academy is truly where she belongs.
When tragedy strikes, Autumn must learn to believe in her own power and stand up to her greatest fear or risk having her memories destroyed to protect the school’s secrets. Caught between secrets and dreams, can she find her true self?
Where to Buy:
The paperback, eBook, and audiobook are available on many online sites, including Amazon.
Join me on Saturday, April 13, from 1:00 - 5:30 for SCBWI Western Washington’s KidLit Write-In & Sketch-In at Bellevue College!
Write or sketch for four uninterrupted 45-minute blocks, designed to maximize productivity, alongside your peers who will offer encouragement and lots of writing/sketching mojo. At the top of each hour you will hear inspiration, advice and writing/sketching prompts from some of our very own SCBWI chapter’s successful authors. (I will be speaking at 3:00)
Bring your work in progress or work from our writing/sketching prompts.
What: KidLit Write-In & Sketch-In
When: Saturday, April 13 from 1:00 to 5:30 pm - (Check-in at 12:30 following the Monthly meeting). Lunch is on your own or bring a sack lunch. Or, you can purchase, at an extra cost, a box lunch at time of registration.
Where: Bellevue College Paccar Auditorium N-201. Free parking! Closest lots are 13 and 14. Building N is on Coal Creek Road near the South Entrance (corner of Coal Creek Road and Snoqualmie River Road). See Map.
$20 for SCBWI International members
$30 for everyone else
Box lunch available to purchase at an extra cost.
This is a fun way to spend the afternoon writing/sketching within a creative community. Working on your manuscript in a room of creators is energizing, motivating and productive.
We hope to see you there
Join me to celebrate the release of my debut novel. I will give a short presentation about the book and my road to publication. Bring your questions for a Q&A session. There will be light snacks, prizes, and giveaways.
For more details or to register for the event, click here: REGISTER
My book release coincides perfectly with this year's Pacific Northwest Writers Conference. On Friday night, I will be signing my books along with dozens of other northwest authors. Scary, but exciting.
The signing event is open to the public, and it's free. I'd love it if you stopped by to support me. Plus, you will have a chance to meet many other authors.
Let me know if you plan to attend, so I can look for you.
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