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I just saw that  my publisher, Schwartz & Wade, have a site where you can see the covers and selected pages of each of their books. Now, I thought that was cool enough. If someone is looking for a book for their child, this is the perfect place to go shopping without leaving the comfort of their chair, couch or bed.

Even better, I noticed that the banner for the page is from my book, The Dandelion’s Tale. Well, that just made my day!

Stop by the page and see all of the absolutely wonderful books and worlds that Schwartz & Wade has to offer.

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Thank you to the staff of Womrath’s Bookstore in Bronxville, NY for being the perfect hosts for this past weekend’s book signing. This was the big local signing that a lot of my peeps (aka friends and family) were looking forward to attending.

There was only one drawback. It was an absolutely beautiful, warm day – the first since fall began! The normally bustling town was much quieter than usual. We writers love rain! Rain drives people to bookstores.

My peeps came, bought lots o books, and made it a very special day. As the guys from Ghost Hunters say at the end of every episode, “On to the next!”

I wanted to share some pics from the event. Hope you can be in the future ones!

Ah, the before picture of my author table. Every time the book pile went down. more were added!

Ah, the before picture of my author table. Every time the book pile went down. more were added!

Best pic of the day. Me surrounded by my niece Jessica and her friend Marina.

Best pic of the day. Me surrounded by my niece Jessica and her friend Marina.

My head was down a lot as I signed books!

My head was down a lot as I signed books!

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My niece Kathryn eyeing those cookies and donuts!

Nice little set up to greet folks as they walked by the store.

Nice little set up to greet folks as they walked by the store.

 

 


I have to admit, I’ve been blown away by the reception The Dandelion’s Tale has received. Reviewers and readers have been so positive. When you write a book and have a chance to share it with the world, there’s always that voice in the back of your head, worrying what the feedback will be. Writers always assume the worst. 🙂

Booklist just printed the following review and I thought I’d share it with everyone.

Dandelion’s glory days are coming to an end. Her bright yellow flower has evolved into just 10 seedpods, and she is concerned no one will remember she ever existed once the seedlings blow away. When Sparrow learns about her fears, the bird suggests writing down Dandelion’s memories. The two happily collaborate: Dandelion reminisces about squirrels and meadows, and Sparrow pecks the memory in the dirt. The morning after a storm, Sparrow discovers Dandelion didn’t survive and neither did her story. But all is not lost. He can tell her story and finds the perfect audience: new little dandelions that started as 10 seedlings. The charming illustrations are in blues, browns, and greens when the bird and plant are conversing, and tinged in golden light when memories are related. The ink, watercolor, colored pencil, crayon, and digital media pictures have an old-fashioned feel and showcase the moving story of keeping memory alive. Although sophisticated in concept, this feels right for the age group and would be beneficial in helping children cope with losing a loved one.

It’s been such a thrill to walk into bookstores and libraries and find copies everywhere. Random House/Schwartz & Wade have been amazing every step of the way. I’m busy getting story time and appearances lined up throughout the rest of the year, so hopefully I’ll be in your neck of the woods some day!

If anyone is interested in a school visit (in-person or remote), just contact me through the comments here and I’ll be happy to see if I can accomodate. It’s been a while since I was in school. It will be fun to see how things have changed. Do they still give detention? Ah, the glory days.


Ever wanted to see the creative process behind the illustrations in a picture book? Rob Dunlavey, the incredible artist for The Dandelion’s Tale, was recently interviewed at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.

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You’ll get to see the progression of the artwork, from Rob’s early sketches right to the finished product. It’s the first time even I’ve gotten to see it. Makes me wish I kept at art when I was a kid.

The Dandelion’s Tale will officially be born on Tuesday, March 11th!


It’s just 7 days until my first picture book, The Dandelion’s Tale, is released. I’m kicking everything off with a story time reading in Brooklyn at Powerhouse on 8th on Sunday, March 16th at 11:30am. I haven’t been to Brooklyn in a loooong time. This is the perfect reason to make my return.

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I’ll be reading the book along with my dandelions, aka my teenage daughters. The book was written for them when they were toddlers and I can’t think of a better way to do story time than with the most special girls in my life. We’re practicing every night and trying to awaken our inner actors. It’s been fun. Kind of like putting on a little play.

We’ll have crafts for the kids that attend and promise to have a lot of fun. Hope to see you all there!


I know I’m going to date myself here with this, but when I was in grammar school, aside from recess, my favorite part of school was getting the 4 page book catalogue. They were handed out every quarter. My parents encouraged me to read and would let me pick out 2 to 3 books each time it came around.

Trying to choose which ones to get was always harder than hitting a curveball (which I never figured out – but I could throw one!). After I gave my teacher the slip with my payment, I counted the days until we’d get a call to send someone to the office to bring up a box. Within that box were all the books we kids had ordered. I used to volunteer to get the box. It got me that much closer to my coveted books.

And oh what a wonderful smell when we opened the box. I swear, if someone creates a cologne or perfume that smells like new books, I’m buying a lifetime supply.

Those days are loooong gone, but as a writer, I still get to experience that thrill when my author copies are delivered. Today was one of those special days. My copies of The Dandelion’s Tale are finally in my hot little hands. I’ve waited almost 4 years to actually hold a copy. And that smell. Can’t beat it.

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Rob Dunlavey is the incredily talented artist who crafted the illustrations for The Dandelion’s Tale. I thought you’d find it fascinating to see how his creative process worked when coming up with the illustrations. So cool to see the concepts grow (kinda like a dandelion)!



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