Tag Archive | middle grade books

Sandra Smith Returns — Anakalian Whims

Sharing a recent interview I did over at Anakalian Whims! Sandra Smith grew up on a farm with a tremendously large garden. She maintains that if you can’t taste the soil on a carrot, it’s not fresh enough. Although she now lives with her husband, cats, and three chickens in the city, she still manages […]

There & Back Again: Amtrak, Awards, & Ana

It’s been a while since I posted. First, I was super busy with the last two books. Then the hubby and I traveled to Chicago by train for the IBPA Publishing Conference and Awards dinner. You may recall that Treasure was a finalist for cover design. Though it did not win the gold, it did […]

Seed Savers-Treasure, Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist!

It’s been a while since I posted. Not because nothing is happening, but quite the opposite– I’ve been very busy. But first things first: I am thrilled to announce that Seed Savers-Treasure is a finalist for a coveted Benjamin Franklin Award. Read the press release here. Treasure is a finalist in the Children’s/YA cover design […]

Does a Book Series Have to be Read in Order?

I would argue “no.” Case in point: prequels. Or one better–-is there ever really a beginning? (Or an ending for that matter?) What about those books that are told out of order (I’m thinking of Jodi Picoult’s first book, Songs of the Humpback Whale)? Or a series written out of order such as the Chronicles of Narnia? […]

Seed Savers-Treasure Awarded Gold

In September, Seed Savers-Treasure was awarded a gold Mom’s Choice Award. What is Mom’s Choice? Mom’s Choice Awards are not just book awards.  The Mom’s Choice Awards “evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators.” (From their website.)  I’ve seen it compared to the Good Housekeeping Seal. A Mom’s Choice Award is a […]

Seed Savers-Treasure at ALA 2018

If you’re lucky enough to be attending the ALA annual conference in New Orleans this coming weekend, don’t forget to stop by the IBPA booth where you can browse the many quality indie titles. I’m happy to announce that my book, Seed Savers-Treasure ,will be on display at the booth. Take a look at Treasure and all […]

Excerpt from Seed Savers Treasure

  In celebration of the rerelease of Treasure today, I’m posting an excerpt from the book that explains the title. Enjoy. From chapter 8: Ana reached down and pulled something from the pocket of her sweater. She rested her closed fist on the table and opened it slowly like a flower opening its petals to […]