I'm working on a contemporary romance, and this quote is from early in the story. This makes me smile and I'm glad it came out of my head. I don't love the website I used to make this so I'll keep looking (it did weird things to the font when the thing I typed wasn't a letter), but for now, enjoy.
Today I mailed off Secrets of the Mine to the Tybee Island Book Festival, to be considered for inclusion in their festival next September. I love events like this, where authors and the community come together to celebrate literacy and all the great books out there (the fact that I've always wanted to visit Tybee Island and Savannah is an added bonus here--I've been in love with Savannah ever since I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and my used copy from Paperback Swap had a news clipping about one of the actual characters in the book, Lady Chablis...who isn't actually a lady). Keep your fingers and toes crossed for me!
JR Simmons is the author of a series called Ragesong, and my youngest is sort of a major fangirl for him and his books. She's done book reports and school projects on the first book, Awakening, and the second book in the series, Uprising. My kid has wanted to review the series on my blog for awhile, and it took me a few months to get it together, but here it is--a review and interview of Ragesong by his #1 fan.
did you get the idea for the series?
JR: The idea for Ragesong began to
float around in my head a few years before I wrote book one. I've
always loved music and fantasy, and I wanted a way to tie the two
together. I wanted music to play a role, but I wanted to focus
on swordplay and medieval violence. When I first came up with concept,
Joraus and Swyf were slated to be two bumbling idiots named Grutnik and
Yorken. All I knew was that they would turn into something cool when
they entered their world and in ours they would be silly fairies, and
I kept the girl on the swing because she fits Maggie's story perfectly, though I did add flowers to the swing. The rest has been changed completely. I love the blues and pinks, and I've always wanted a moon on the cover. I also added Maggie's trailer in the background!
If you live in the Salt Lake metro area, the library is hosting a local authors event on Saturday, September 27 at the Viridian Library in West Jordan. It' an all-day event where you can browse tons of books in multiple genres, meet authors, learn about their books, and get your own signed copies! I'll be there, too, and I'd love it if you'd come say hi.
I found out yesterday that Secrets of the Mine was nominated for an Indie ReCon Live award for best new children's book. I'm so excited! I never win anything, not even scratch off lottery tickets, so being nominated for something other than biggest dork ever (according to my kids, I'm the unanimous winner every single day) feels kind of amazeballs.
Since my latest offering to the literary canon is a midgrade novel, I thought it would be fun to showcase another MG author. Monique Bucheger is touring the blogosphere with her new release Being West is Best. It's getting solid reviews, and it's perfect for your tween reader!
FLORIDA. This author is from Florida, therefore I already love her. If you know me at all, you know that no matter where I live (and I've been all over) Florida will always be my home. I'm thrilled to host Rebekah Lyn and her new release Jessie, because I too lived near the Kennedy Space Center. I call tell you that there is nothing so spectacular as watching the space shuttle light up the sky during a night launch, or watching a launch from the beach miles away and the sheer force of thrust rumbles the ground enough so the individual specks of sand dance. It's amazing! Looking forward to reading this!
Jessie's story spans almost a decade, January 31, 1961 to July 20, 1969. I hope readers enjoy this excerpt. The beach chapter is one of my favorites. ~Rebekah Lyn
June 4, 1965
“Come inside to change,” Eleanor instructed. The sternness in her voice caused Jessie to look at her. He took in her red cheeks and Mrs. Maisey’s hand covering an embarrassed smile.