30 Hot Holiday Toys Under $25

I love doing toy roundups for RetailMeNot. No matter how old you are (sigh), toys are fun, and learning about the newest, hottest, and funnest (it’s a word, I swear)

SLJ Summit 2018

Fun night at the SLJ Summit 2018 signing books (and meeting other authors) at the Follett Book Fair for Capstone Publishing.

Pink Day at Capstone

My publisher, Capstone, went pink for breast cancer awareness this week. It’s still astounding to me that people speak openly about breast cancer. When my mother got sick, cancer was

Pink Hair and Other Terrible Ideas – COVER

Yippee! Pre-order on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

What are we teaching boys when we discourage them from reading books about girls?

Shannon Hale on the nonsense that is “boy book” vs. “girl book.” Tell ’em, Shannon.

Eight Tips to Working with a Freelance Book Editor

This month I wrote a feature for RWR (you’ll need a membership to the RWA to see it online) about Eight Tips to Working with a Freelance Book Editor. Fun

Booksellers Navigate New Trends in Middle Grade

I loved this quote in Publishers Weekly spotlight on middle grade: Much has changed about middle grade publishing since the debut of Harry Potter, but the core difficulty remains the

15 Instant Pot Recipes to Try This Fall and Winter

I’m over at RetailMeNot this week talking about how to use your Instant Pot as the weather gets chilly.

Using Young Adult Novels to Make Sense of #MeToo

This is an excellent article in the New York Times about YA lit exploring the topic of sexual assault. And here’s another great article in School Library Journal about teens

Happy 20th Anniversary, Harry Potter

This week, I’m blogging over at From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors about the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter here in the U.S. Click over