"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us." —J. R. R. Tolkien

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

May you celebrate it among many friends and drink plenty of blood wine!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Holiday Shopping and Book Signings!

If you guys are anything like me, then you're determined to be on the ball this year when it comes to holiday shopping. Yes, I already have a few presents taken care of (thank you, Comic Con)!

In the event you're looking for gifts for kids and teens or anyone who loves to read, remember that...
(wait for it)

Signed books make GREAT holiday gifts!

I'll be signing books twice this Saturday, November 30, 2013.

12:00-1:00 at The Book Spot in Round Rock, TX

2:00-4:00 at the Arboretum Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX

         

Please come see me! These are my last book signings for the year!

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And if you want more ideas for holiday gifts for teens, check out the Round Rock Holiday Gift Guide!
Okay, yes, it does actually feature SOLSTICE as a choice, but there are other awesome suggestions, too!

CHECK IT OUT HERE!

Monday, November 25, 2013

THE EMERALD TABLET ebook is Free!

Happy Monday!

In celebration of the ebook release of book 2 in my Forgotten Worlds trilogy, book 1, THE EMERALD TABLET, ebook is free for the week! 

The series is perfect for Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans. Get it while it lasts!

Free THE EMERALD TABLET

DOWNLOAD THE EMERALD TABLET FREE FROM AMAZON

DOWNLOAD THE EMERALD TABLET FREE FROM BARNES & NOBLE




And then continue the story with book 2, THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD!

THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD EBOOK ON AMAZON

THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD EBOOK ON BARNES & NOBLE



ABOUT THE BOOKS:

THE EMERALD TABLET:
Benjamin and his best friend Andy are different from normal. They love being able to read each other's minds and use telekinesis to play tricks on other kids. In fact, they are getting all set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin's mirror starts talking. Suddenly, Benjamin's looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace which can only be reached by a teleporter inside the ugly picture in his hallway.
And that's the most normal thing he does all summer.


THE NAVEL OF THE WORLD:
At the end of summer school, Benjamin was given one task—find his missing brothers. Should be easy right? But Benjamin can't locate a trace of them anywhere. Then he finds a mysterious file written in ancient Lemurian with his name on it, which wouldn't be so weird except the file happens to be several thousand years old. Who would have known about Benjamin that long ago? And then Benjamin and his friends begin to wonder, have they been looking not in the wrong place, but in the wrong time? 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The Writing Ninjas Attack Austin Comic Con!



On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 22-24, 2013, the Writing Ninjas will be performing a stealthy but deadly assault on the Austin Comic Con.  We will be at booths #428/430 where we will be signing copies of our books.


Our postcards!



Come by our booth for candy, free books, and the chance to get your favorite Writing Ninja books signed.

THE AUTHORS!
OUR FEATURED BOOKS!

Solstice Border Crossing The Sweet Dead Life The Veil Brains For Lunch: A Zombie Novel in Haiku?! Scorched Dear Teen Me


Monday, November 04, 2013

10 Things: A Week in Review

So I've been buried with edits for my KING TUT story (title still TBD, coming Fall 2014 from Starscape/Tor), but I'm taking a quick break to recap some of my highlights from the last week!

1) Texas Book Festival!
I had a blast on the GIRL POWER(S) panel this year at Texas Book Festival! Such a great crowd. I always love seeing the turnout for the festival. So many families come out to spend the day, sharing in the love of reading!

L to R: E. E. Charlton-Trujillo, Me, Stephanie Kipp McLain, and fellow panelists Cynthia Leitich Smith, Kami Garcia, and Jessica Khoury. 
Not pictured: moderator Sean Petrie


Me with Cynthia before the panel. 

Note: Cynthia and I will be signing this weekend, 
Saturday,November 9th at 2:00pm at the Round Rock Barnes & Noble


2) School Visit/Book Fair
I spoke to 4th-8th grade students this past Friday at Annunciation Orthodox School in Houston. Great faculty, parents, and students!

With librarians and Caldecott Honor illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger (2nd from left) at the Book Fair kickoff Greek spaghetti dinner!


I had to snap a picture of the ghost cake at the book fair dinner :)


 3) Fun Football
I ran into fellow Austin author Donna Bowman Bratton at my son's football game. Our teams played each other.

Our awesome sons!


4) What I'm reading right now!



5) A random study in what keys I use most on my keyboard :)



6) I learned Rainbow Loom!




7) Both my kids have hypodontia (yes, look it up).
As a result, my daughter got two baby teeth removed this week. She looks like a vampire that has been defanged.


8) What does the Fox Say?
I snagged my daughter's new t-shirt before she could wear it. Such a catchy song...


 9) Houston BookRave!!!!
This was such a fun event! I got to hang out with a bunch of fellow authors and readers all day, talk about books, and sign books!

With author Mary Gray (The Dollhouse Asylum)

 10) Upcoming signings!
I adore this display at the Arboretum Barnes & Noble! It makes me feel so loved. Thank you!!!!


I case you are dying to catch me out and about somewhere, my events for the remainder of the year are below. Please come see me!

November 5, 2013 - Region 2 Library Conference, Corpus Christi, TX

November 9, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing with author Cynthia Leitich Smith, Barnes & Noble, Round Rock, TX

November 19, 2013 - Region 12 Library Jubilee, Waco, TX

November 22-24, 2013 - Austin Comic Con, Writing Ninjas of Texas Booth

November 30, 2013, 12:00-1:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing, The Book Spot, Round Rock, TX

November 30, 2013, 2:00-4:00 pm - SOLSTICE Signing, Arboretum Barnes & Noble, Austin, TX