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I'm an author and arts administrator living in New England with my family and pugs. I'm also a caffeine addict and voracious reader. My latest middle grade fantasy novel, COMET RISING, is available now from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky!

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HOLLOW DOLLS Cover Reveal

I’m so excited to share the cover for HOLLOW DOLLS, the first in a new duology set in the same world as SHADOW WEAVER! As I’ve talked to readers over the past couple years, many have asked to know more about Simone, the mind reader. She was one of my favorite supporting characters in SHADOW WEAVER and I can’t wait for you to read her story too.

Thanks so much to Sourcebooks art director Nicole Hower and artist Erwin Madrid for crafting a fabulous cover to kick off this new series. I just love how it captures so many elements from the book – the mystery, the hint of magic, and the library setting. I hope you love it too!

Also, I’m running an ARC giveaway on Twitter today – RT to enter! (Open internationally and ARCs will be mailed when I receive them in June).

So without further ado……

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOLLOW DOLLS

Available January 1, 2020 

How can you keep secrets, when someone’s in your mind?

Simone is a mind reader. She knows a great many things about everyone she meets, but she can’t seem to remember anything about her past or where she came from. After finally being free for the first time in a long time, she sets off, determined to find her home.

When she stumbles across a man with two minds inside him – the real one, shoved deep down, and one of a body walker, someone who can take over a person’s body against their will – Simone is even more eager to leave her old life behind.

As Simone dives deeper into her history, she learns truths she never could have imagined. But when those she loves start disappearing around her, Simone knows only she can stop the evil.

Set in the same fantasy world as the Shadow Weaver duology, this series starter weaves a tale of secrets, power, magic, and the long path to home.

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BIRTHDAY BASH GIVEAWAY 2019!

May is upon us! Granted, it’s been a bit colder and rainier than usual so far, but I have high hopes for the rest of the month. May is my favorite. It finally starts to get warm, everything turns green, and of course, it brings my birthday (today!).

It also brings my annual tradition of throwing a little party here on ye olde blog to celebrate! And what’s a party without gifts? This year I’m giving away an ARC of THE STAR SHEPHERD, the illustrated middle grade fantasy I co-authored with Dan Haring! It won’t be out in stores until 9.10.19, but you can enter the giveaway for a chance to read it early 😀

The giveaway will run from today through midnight EST Wednesday May 22, 2019 and is open internationally. One winner will be selected. So, grab a slice of cake, put on a party hat, and enter to win. Good luck!!

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Comet Rising Release Day!

I’m so excited that Comet Rising, the sequel to Shadow Weaver, is finally out in the world today! This is the conclusion to a story that I’m so proud of, and I just can’t wait for you to find out what happens to Emmeline, Dar, Lucas, and their new friends. 

I can’t thank the amazing teams at Sourcebooks and New Leaf Literary enough for all their work on this series and tireless efforts behind the scenes, especially my editor Annie Berger and agent Suzie Townsend. You’re all amazing and I’m so grateful I get to work with you!

And dear readers, thank you so much for reading this series – I hope you enjoy Comet Rising!
 

BUY THE BOOK:

Comet Rising is available through any of these retailers:

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

Comet Rising Launch Party – with Special Guest Monica Tesler (Bounders Series)!
Friday, January 4, 2018 @ 7pm
Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140

A Year for Hope and Healing

There’s no question that 2018 was a rough year for me, but the good that happened has set the stage for even more great things to come in 2019. And that’s what I’m focusing on: hope for the good that’s just around the corner.

So I’ll keep this year’s goals post short and sweet. Last year I completed almost all my Must-Dos and none of my Want-to-Dos or Might-Dos. Maybe this year, I’ll accomplish a little more!

 

MUST DO:

WANT TO DO:

MIGHT DO:

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2019? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS!

 

2018 – A Year of Extremes

This year has felt like several years all squished into one. So much has happened in my tiny corner of the universe (let alone the insanity going on nationwide in the political arena).

In many ways, it’s been an amazing year. Our little boy Logan is a toddler now. He learned to say his first few words (Mama, Dada, Dog, Wow, Tree, and more), and how to crawl, then walk (and run!). It is absolutely incredible watching him grow. On the writing side of things, this has been the best year yet. 2018 began with the launch of a new book (SHADOW WEAVER!). It even got starred reviews and was nominated for the New England Book Award and the Texas Bluebonnet (still pretty darn floored about this). My superhero agent Suzie sold not one, but TWO new duologies for me, meaning that for the next 3 years, I’ll have two books out each year (yes that’s kind of nuts, but also awesome and wow am I excited about it!). I even got my first ever royalty check – not a thing I’d expected to happen for a while, but a very, very welcome surprise!

But while all that was happening, some of the hardest things we’ve had to go through also happened this year.  I debated whether to include them in my year end post. I usually like to keep things upbeat here on the blog, but I also believe in transparency and leaving those challenges out felt wrong, even deceptive. Art is a part of life; we can’t create it in a vacuum. Traumatic events have ripples and impact. Yes, I had a ton of wonderful things happen–which I’m incredibly grateful for–but it was also a year filled with considerable loss.

[Trigger warning suicide and other traumatic events]

 

 

In the spring, my brother-in-law committed suicide. It was – and still is – devastating for the entire family and has left behind a hole that can never be filled. One of my first memories of meeting my husband’s family was at his brother’s 13th birthday party. It still just seems unreal that he could be gone.

On my side of the family, both my parents’ dementia came to light and had grim results. In September, my mom was hospitalized after being catatonic for 3 days before my dad realized he should call 911 (she had dangerously low sodium levels and a BP of 233/180 – and no, that’s not a typo). While she has mostly recovered in a physical sense, mentally she isn’t the same person she was even just this past summer. Now that she’s wheelchair bound and needs round the clock care, she’s moved into an assisted living facility. My siblings and I tried to convince my dad to move in with her, but he insisted he didn’t need it and instead chose to live alone at their house, hoping that she’d be coming home very soon.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, my dad suffered a massive stroke. It’s the nightmare scenario of having elderly parents who live alone. No one knew it had happened until my mom called me on Monday morning worried she hadn’t seen him all weekend. From what we can piece together, he was disoriented from the stroke and fell out of bed as he was trying to turn off the light on his nightstand. He was on the floor unable to move for at least two days before I found him. While that was certainly one of the most traumatizing events of my life, I’m so grateful I found him alive. He spent 3 weeks in the ICU before he was stable enough to go to a rehabilitation center, and soon he’ll go to a skilled nursing facility. He can’t speak or move one side of his body, but he knows we’re there and he can hug us with one arm and answer yes/no questions. It’s awful to see my once very active father like this, but really, it could have been far worse.

Finally, add to all of the above the fact that a kind elderly friend who has been a surrogate grandmother to me for the past 2 decades also passed away this fall, and it’s been one hell of a year.

So, if you’re reading this, hug your loved ones a little tighter, OK? 

 

Anyway, let’s end on a more positive note, shall we? Despite the hard times, there really were so many bright spots this year too. Here are some of my favorite highlights from 2018:

HOW DID 2018 TREAT YOU? WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN THE NEW YEAR?