Wednesday, April 23, 2014

World Book Night and More Rock Princess Tour!

WORLD BOOK NIGHT
 
Today is World Book Night. I applied to be a book giver again, and I was thrilled to be accepted! Today I get to hand out 20 copies of HOOT to reluctant readers. Yep, just give them away. What an amazing way to promote literacy! This is the box of awesome that I picked up at Johnsburg Public Library last week. So I will be handing these babies out at different places after school.
 
READING ROCKS!
 
 
ROCK PRINCESS ON TOUR
 
Check out these tour stops this week!
 
Tuesday: Check out the Rock Princess playlist at I Am A Reader
Wednesday: A rockin' review at Domestic Chanteuse
Friday: Another review at Cover2Cover Blog
 
ROCK 'N' ROLL PRINCESSES  is now available in paperback! You can purchase it here!
Thanks so much for your support, guys! You rock!
 
 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Princesses On Tour


Thanks to Blog Tours by Elana, I have an awesome line up for you the next few weeks!

Here is this week's rockin' tour dates.


WEDNESDAY:
On April 16, stop by the Observation Desk with Katie and play GUESS THE BAND!

SATURDAY:
Come visit the Bookworm For Kids blog and read their review!



Thank you to everyone for your support! Paperback will be out at the end of this week! :)

READING ROCKS!


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Rock 'n' Roll Princesses Wear Black Ebook is Here!

Happy book birthday to me!

 

My debut middle grade novel releases today!

ROCK 'N' ROLL PRINCESSES WEAR BLACK

Music class and recess totally rock, but being teased in school and ignored at home totally stinks. Stefani Lucas is a rockin’ sixth grader who loves music and dresses like a mini hipster in all black, but there's one thing cramping her style - her lame baby brother who manages to hog all the attention from her parents.

When classmates tease her about her clothes and even double dare her to (gasp!) wear another color, Stef decides a minor makeover may be in order.  Can Stef change for others and still stay true to herself?
 
You can buy the ebook on Amazon and Kobo right now.
Paperback will be available mid-April!
 
 
Thank you all for your wonderful support! I love this writing community so much! I sincerely could not have done this without your sharing great information, critiques, your comments, tweets, posts.
 
YOU ROCK!
 
 
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Random Thoughts About the Oscars

Looky! It's me and an Oscar winner!!!!!
 
Yes, I stayed up to watch the entire Oscars last night. I have to say it was more entertaining than other years. Here are my Oscars Musings...not in order this year of watching it. These are afterthoughts!

1. I heart Ellen. LOVE her. She cracks me up and everyone else, too. I hope she hosts next year. She had me literally laughing out loud throughout the night.

2. Here's the super selfie that broke Twitter!







3. Lupita Nyong'o looked classy and lovely as usual. Her vibrant, beautiful dresses have been the highlight of every award show this season. Her speech was amazing, too.

4. Performances by P!NK and U2? Love it!

5. PIZZA!!!!! And of course Jennifer Lawrence is chowing down! Glad to see a Hollywood actress not take herself too seriously.

6. Um. Was John Travolta's wig on too tight? Wouldn't you make sure that you knew how to pronounce someone's name before introducing her??? By the way, @ has about 5k followers on Twitter! Ha!

7. Stunning dresses this year. My favorites were Lupita's flowing light blue dress, and I thought Jennifer Garner's silver flapper dress was really fun and cute! Charlize Theron looked gorgeous as usual, too.

6. Jared. Jared. Jared. Yes, he should cut those long, luscious locks. But so happy he won. I adored how he thanked his mom so eloquently and also thought of others less fortunate in his speech. Handsome and multi-talented (you all know he's lead singer of 30 Seconds to Mars, don't you?? My photo above was taken before a concert). If you haven't seen him in Requiem For a Dream, another great performance in that movie.

6. Alright. Alright. Alright. Absolutely thrilled for Matthew McConaughey. He has been my fave since he was Jake Brigance in A Time to Kill in the 90's. He is amazing on True Detective on HBO - only one more episode! His speech was thoughtful and so very quirky like Matthew. Sooooo incredibly handsome, that man. But one thing is for sure. McConaughey's gonna get older, and that Oscar is gonna stay the saaaame age.

Here's me and Matty. (okay, okay, okay. This one may or may not have been photoshopped...)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

ROCKABET on the WGN News!



So, I'm pretty darn excited, because my ABC picture book, ROCKABET, and my celebrity book recommendation site, BOOK RECS OF THE ROCK AND FAMOUS, were both featured in a cute little segment on WGN Morning News yesterday! (My mother in law messaged me the photo above.)

If you don't watch Chicago's WGN Morning News  (you can watch a live stream here), you need to. The news team is so funny! I start every weekday morning with it on. They seriously crack me up.

You can view the news clip here:
http://morningnews.wgntv.com/2014/02/26/rockabet-teaches-children-history-of-classic-rock-and-abcs/

Thank you, WGN.  ROCKABET can be purchased here!

Check out BOOK RECS OF THE ROCK AND FAMOUS here. This week I have an actress from Once Upon A Time.

Also, thank you to all the fabulous people that have shared their expertise at IndieReCon this week. What a wonderful resource for writers.

Hope you all have an awesome weekend.  READING ROCKS!



Thursday, February 20, 2014

ROCKABET Book Trailer

I played around with iMovie yesterday and made this!



You can purchase a paperback or hardcover ROCKABET book here! :)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CONTROL Yourself!


This past Friday I visited one of my favorite bookstores, Anderson's Bookshop, to see our fabulous blogger friend, Lydia Kang!  She was there for her booksigning with Rachel Caine, author of the Morganville Vampire series. Before the signing, the ladies spoke of their writing journey and fun anecdotes about the life of an author. I was so excited to not only meet Lydia in person, but get her debut YA  novel, CONTROL (signed, of course)! Lydia was as lovely and amazing in person as she is online. If you haven't visited her informative and entertaining blog, check it out here. You can buy CONTROL here.


If by chance you have been hibernating, here's the Amazon blurb of CONTROL:
Set in 2150 -- in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms -- this is about the human genetic "mistakes" that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it's not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren't like any she's ever seen -- teens who, by law, shouldn't even exist. One of them -- an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy -- can help Zel reunite with her sister.
But only if she is willing to lose him.



Have a great week, all!