Sunday, December 16, 2012

SCBWI Holiday Party

On Tuesday, December 11, SCBWI authors, friends, families and librarians gathered at Alamosa Books. Here is a wonderful display of local author's books:

As promised, I sang Christmas Carol Spoofs based on young adult novels. Several local authors, as well as random people from the audience helped sing. There were also several wonderful kids who volunteered to play bells and other instruments. I'm the one in the jester's hat.

To find the last song in my three-part holiday series, head on over to Spellbinders.
It's called A VERY FROSTY KISS, MISS or Edward the Vampire.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Night Before Christmas

Take Me There is being featured over at A Book Lover's Review. There is an excerpt from the novel that occurs on Christmas Eve as well as an opportunity to win an autographed copy of the book. Head on over and check it out!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Twinkle Light Parade


This was the float Alamosa Books created for Albuquerque's Twinkle Light Parade. See the Christmas tree in the left hand corner? Now check out the close up below...
Sean and Elizabeth, the owners of Alamosa, decorated the tree with books. Forget Me Not is one of the featured titles, along with May B. by Caroline Starr  Rose and Circle of Secrets by Kimberley Griffiths Little.

The three of us, along with several other local authors, will be at Alamosa Books in Albuquerque, on December 11 from 6-8 p.m. In addition to mingling with librarians and conducting a multi-author book signing, we will be collecting books for the Albuquerque Public Schools - Title One Homeless Project. This project has already served over 400 students this year alone. A book is a gift a child may treasure forever. If you are not located in the Albuquerque area, consider donating books to your local homeless shelter, or better yet, partner with a local bookstore and start a book drive of your own.

As part of the evening's entertainment, we will be singing Christmas Carol Spoofs. I must give kudos here to the staff at Alamosa (Chris Warner, Megan Herceg, and Corey Bowen) for helping me brainstorm these wacky songs. They were the ones who suggested zombies and brought out a host of Jonathan Maberry books (see last weeks post for the Zombie song as well as for tips for creating your own holiday spoofs).

To see my second song spoof - "Hunger Games Holiday Traditions," visit the Spellbinders Blog.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Girl Bullies

When I asked the girls on my bowling team if they could give me some help on the article I was writing about Girl Bullies, at first they thought I said "Girl Bowlers." I guess that's what I get for trying to interview social workers at a bowling alley.

All joking aside, my three bowling comrades had a lot of insight about the phenomenon of Girl Bullies. To read the article I wrote for Simon and Schuster's Tips on Life and Love, visit the S and S site here.

Here is an excerpt from the article...

Girl relationships are complicated social structures often fraught with strict (but shifting) rules, mind games, and sometimes crueltythe perfect breeding ground for bullies.

I've been examining the phenomenon of girl bullies for my verse novel, Forget Me Not, where cyber-bullying drives a girl to attempt suicide.

I asked Laurie Bartlett, former teen counselor, along with Andy Cullen and Lynne Ortiz, school social workers, if they thought girl bullies were more common in the current generation. Lynne says there have always been girl bullies while Andy believes they are more prevalent today than ever.

Andy says its hard for schools (and adults in general) to always be aware when bullying is taking place because so much of it occurs over electronic media. Cyber-bullying is more accessible to kids because parents and teachers don't see it or hear it and therefore can't intervene.

A teen can be dumped by their best friend, find out a classmate has been involved in a fatal car crash, and receive three hate texts all via cell phone in the time it takes to drive home from the grocery store.

Without a word being spoken.

To read the rest of the article go to Simon and Schuster's Tips on Life and Love.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Have a Very Zombie Christmas

Author Caroline Starr Rose and I marched in the Twinkle Light Parade dressed as Candy Canes to promote our upcoming multi-author book signing at Alamosa Books. Come on over if you are in Albuquerque:

Alamosa Books
Tuesday, Dec. 11
6-8 p.m.
Local Authors, Food, Music

For entertainment we will be singing Christmas Carols based on young adult novels. If you'd like to see the spoof I wrote for Jonathan Maberry's Rot and Ruin Series, visit the Spellbinders Blog.