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Treat yourself: free download of two wondrous new MG fantasies

Just in time for the holidays, two of my editing clients are staging a joint book launch on November 22nd.

It has been both my privilege and my pleasure to be a guide along the way for these two marvelous middle grade authors, and if you love magical fantasy and stories about worlds-within-worlds, you owe it to yourself and to any young readers in your life to download these books–and indeed, all the titles in both series.

chimney-thief-cover-final-copyEmma Warner-Reed is launching Book 2 in her Calendar House series about Welsh orphan Dotty Parsons in Dotty and the Chimney Thief. In this tale, Dotty has to track a missing friend, in the process uncovering new clues about herself, her late mother, and the world of magical chimney sweeps hidden inside her Great-Uncle Winchester’s labyrinthine old house in Yorkshire. A perilous new threat menaces them all—and Dotty cannot be sure who is friend and who is foe.
magora-3Marc Remus is launching Book 3 in his award-winning Magora series about young Holly O’Flanigan [who coincidentally is also an orphan] in The Bridge in the Fog. This series brings to vivid life the world of Magora—a place where art and magic are one in the same, and where voracious creatures called the Unfinished are both feared and persecuted. In this installment, Holly and her three best friends at Cliffony Academy of the Arts must tread a fine line between helping the Unfinished and potentially unleashing a nightmarish danger upon Magora.

Both series have proven popular on Amazon and I think if you download them, you will see why. And the downloads are free!


Birth announcement for Melissa Roske’s debut novel!

I am beyond excited this morning: Melissa Roske, one of my “ducklings” as I secretly call my writing students and freelance clients, is celebrating a huge milestone today. Her first novel, KAT GREENE COMES CLEAN, is available for pre-order on Amazon today. I’ve already ordered two copies, one for her to autograph next June when the book finally comes out, and one for my iPad. you know, so I can carry KAT around with me everywhere.

screen-shot-2016-10-16-at-12-03-39-pmAnd to celebrate, she’s offering a book giveaway over at Nerdy Book Club, along with an interview with Nathan Duffey, the artist who created the cover.

Days like this I am extra-grateful that I’ve got two new knees: because now I can really do a happy dance for Melissa. [Which I am doing due to the beat of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” in case you’re interested.] I was privileged to be there as a kind of midwife, easing Melissa though the first few revisions of this warm and funny and insightful middle grade novel. So it gives me deep joy to know that soon everyone else is going to have the chance to find out for themselves what a fantastic writer she is.


Honored to be the guest expert on POV in a new book

Here is where I have been lucky enough to escape for the past three weeks.

© Photo by author

© Photo by Nancy Butts

Sadly, it didn’t take long to get sucked back into the stressful routine of chores, errands, and deadlines once I returned to the real world. I call this dreaded period of time after a vacation “re-entry” syndrome, and I’ve got it bad.

A bit of good news has helped ease my re-entry a teensy bit, however. I am excited to announce that I’ve got a chapter in a new book by fellow ICL instructor Chris Eboch. It’s called You Can Write for Children, and she was kind enough to designate me the guest “expert” on POV, using some material from the six-part web series I published here. I am so honored to be included, and hope you will check out the book. Chris’ other book on writing, Advanced Plotting, is one I have long recommended to clients and students.