It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 6/4/18

So excited to see my book mentioned on the excellent Beagles and Books blog!! A blog after my own heart — it’s all about rescue dogs and kidlit!

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Beagles and Books is excited to share another edition of It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a community of bloggers who link up to share what they are reading. Kellee Moye of Unleashing Readers and Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts decided to give it a #kidlit focus and encourage everyone who participates to visit at least 3 of the other #kidlit book bloggers that link up and leave comments for them.

Our Reads This Week:

The Haunted Serpent by Dora Mitchell

Spaulding Merriweather lives with his Aunt Gwen, a mystery writer because his paranormal investigator parents are busy with their TV show. After being homeschooled for most of his life, Spaulding is ready to attend regular school and make some friends his age.    He quickly discovers making friends is harder than he thought especially when you mention seeing an undead man in the woods.  Things…

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illustration, MG books, writing

Pre-order Giveaway for The Haunted Serpent!

My debut children's mystery, The Haunted Serpent, is coming out on June 5th, 2018! To celebrate and to thank everyone who orders a copy in advance, I'm doing a little giveaway! To enter, please email your name, mailing address, and proof of purchase (receipt, screenshot of receipt, etc.) to hauntedserpentcontest@gmail.com. Or fill out this Google… Continue reading Pre-order Giveaway for The Haunted Serpent!

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Best. Surprise. EVER.

The interns started howling with excitement today when they unpacked the mail--look what we got a lovely big box of!!! (Yes I can too end a sentence with a preposition.) I keep thinking about seven years ago, when I started this goofy little story in our creaky old house at the top of Cemetery Hill...and… Continue reading Best. Surprise. EVER.

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Book Review: The Zanna Function, by Daniel Wheatley

Just finished another fantastic book by one of my fellow 2018 debut authors, Daniel Wheatley! The Zanna Function (JollyFish Press) offers a unique, STEM-infused take on a Harry Potter-type magical school adventure. There's so much to love about The Zanna Function. Mystery, brainteasers, diverse characters, a fascinating world that's part of the regular everyday world, but still… Continue reading Book Review: The Zanna Function, by Daniel Wheatley


Autosave Hell and other Writers’ Pet Peeves

via My top 6 writing pet peeves I just have to share this fantastic guest post by Amy Karian. It made me feel so much less alone! I didn't know that other writers have that thing happen where you've got three characters in a scene, and somehow the third one just...slides out of existence. (Amy… Continue reading Autosave Hell and other Writers’ Pet Peeves

books, MG books

Book Review: After Zero, by Christina Collins.

After Zero, by Christina Collins. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, September 2018. We all say things we wish we could take back -- the stupid joke no one laughed at, the mispronounced word, the awkward conversation with a crush. They're the comments that haunt you at night, the ones that replay in your mind's eye over and over until… Continue reading Book Review: After Zero, by Christina Collins.

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It’s here! The Haunted Serpent COVER REVEAL!

It's finally time-- I can show off the cover for The Haunted Serpent! I've been waiting FOREVERRRR (okay, several months, anyway): Ta-da! I'm also super excited about the copy my publisher came up with for the jacket flap: "Spaulding Meriwether just wants to make friends at his new middle school, but sharing his theories about… Continue reading It’s here! The Haunted Serpent COVER REVEAL!

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Haunted Serpent is in Booklist!

Waiting for the reviews to come in has been TERRIFYING, but so far, so good! You can't read the full text unless you have a Booklist subscription, but here's my favorite part: "Mitchell’s well developed kid characters and excellent caricatures (both written and visual) of the evil adult despots make this paranormal read engaging and… Continue reading Haunted Serpent is in Booklist!

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Book Review! Tiny Infinities, by J.H. Diehl

Tiny Infinities by J.H. Diehl My rating: 5 of 5 stars From the jacket: "When Alice's dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family's old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an… Continue reading Book Review! Tiny Infinities, by J.H. Diehl

art projects

The Groke.

Still trying to paint or draw every day! Today's is a little sketch of a mysterious creature known as the Groke from Tove Jansson's delightful Moomin books... (Created with amazing Photoshop brushes available at http://www.grutbrushes.com!)