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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, THE STAR SHEPHERD, is available now from Sourcebooks Young Readers!

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THE STAR SHEPHERD Release Day

I’m beyond thrilled that The Star Shepherd is finally out in the world this week! It’s such a special story and I’m so proud I’ve had the chance to be part of this project, co-authored and illustrated with Dan Haring. The Star Shepherd is about a boy and his dog, stars and family, saving the world and finding one’s own path. I hope you love it as much as we do!

“Readers will relish this fantasy with high suspense and clever plot twists. Highly recommended.”

-School Library Connection

THE STAR SHEPHERD

Neil Gaiman meets How to Train Your Dragon in this beautifully illustrated middle-grade novel about a boy, his trusted dog, and his best friend, as they race to save the stars before their light is extinguished for good.

When the world first formed, the night was black and filled with dark creatures. The Elders knew their people couldn’t survive under such a threat. So they gave their hearts to the sky in the form of stars to keep evil away.

Now, eleven-year-old Kyro is a Star Shepherd like his father. He’s spent his life tucked away in the small town of Drenn. There, the family watches the night sky for falling stars―and rushes to rescue them when they do.

When too many stars start falling at once, and disappearing before they can be saved, Kyro’s father journeys to report the threat. But when he doesn’t return, Kyro, with the help of his best friend, Andra, and his trusty dog, Cypher, must find a way to save the stars before the dark creatures make a terrifying return.

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Join Dan Haring and I as we celebrate the launch of The Star Shepherd! Events will include reading, Q&A, book signing, and general revelry. 🙂
Monday, 9/16/2019, 7pm
Anderson’s Bookshop
Naperville, IL
Saturday, 9/21/2019, 3pm
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA

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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

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SHADOW WEAVER is out today!

”Dark, yet dazzling.”
-Booklist, starred review

The new year is a time for new beginnings and I am so excited to be launching a new fantasy series for middle grade readers today with Shadow Weaver! Emmeline and her shadow, Dar, are two of my favorite characters that I’ve had the pleasure of writing, and I can’t wait for you to meet them and join them on their adventures.

Thank you so much to the amazing teams at Sourcebooks and New Leaf Literary & Media who have been 200% behind this book from the very beginning, especially my agent Suzie Townsend and editor Annie Berger. You are the absolute best and I’m so lucky to work with you!

And thank you to all the booksellers, bloggers, and librarians who read the book early. You helped make Shadow Weaver a Kids Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild Selection. And of course, thank you to new readers – I hope you enjoy Shadow Weaver! 🙂


If you’ve already pre-ordered Shadow Weaver or read an ARC, thank you so much!

Learn more about Shadow Weaver

BUY THE BOOK:

Would you like a signed copy? You can order them through Porter Square Books here. Simply put “signed copy” and the name to make it out to in the order comments and I’ll sign your book before it’s shipped to you!

Shadow Weaver is also available through any of these retailers:

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UPCOMING EVENTS:

I’ll be signing books at the following stores in January with more to come in February and March!

Shadow Weaver Launch Party
January 6, 2018 @ 3pm
Porter Square Books
25 White St
Cambridge, MA 02140

Shadow Weaver Book Signing
January 23, 2018 @ 7pm
Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Shadow Weaver Book Signing
January 26, 2018 @ 6pm
RJ Julia Booksellers
768 Boston Post Rd
Madison, CT 06443

Shadow Weaver Book Signing
January 27, 2018 @ 2pm
Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
413 Main St
Middletown, CT 06457

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SHADOW WEAVER Pre-order Party!

Only two more months until Shadow Weaver hits shelves on 1/2/2018 – I can’t wait for my second series to be out in the world and for everyone to meet Emmeline and her shadow, Dar!

Did you know that pre-ordering is one of the nicest things you can do for an author? People who pre-order books RULE. Many of you have told me you’ve already ordered Shadow Weaver which makes me so happy that I decided I needed to say THANK YOU with a little pre-order swag party!

ELIGIBILITY:

Have you pre-ordered Shadow Weaver? Then 1) you ROCK and 2) I’d love to send you a Swag Pack!

THE SWAG PACK INCLUDES:

HOW TO REQUEST A SWAG PACK:

Simply fill out the form below after you have placed an order for Shadow Weaver (We’re operating on the honor system so you do not need to provide proof of purchase.). Limited to one swag pack per pre-ordered copy of Shadow Weaver. Offer open internationally until midnight EST 1/1/2018. Please note that swag packs will be mailed out beginning in December.

WHERE TO PRE-ORDER

“But wait! What do I do if I want to pre-order and I haven’t yet?”

I’m so glad you asked. You can pre-order from just about any retailer, but I highly recommend ordering a signed copy directly from my local indie bookstore, Porter Square Books.

Shadow Weaver is also available for pre-order through any of these retailers:

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Pre-Order Party Swag Pack Claim Form

Shadow Weaver Pre-Order Party Form
(in case there are any questions regarding your address or message)

Again THANK YOU to everyone who’s pre-ordered Shadow Weaver! You’re the BEST!

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Summer Reading Prize Pack Giveaway

Happy Summer! I have very fond memories of lazy summer days reading on the porch or under a tree.  It was a favorite past-time for this introvert bookworm.

So, since it’s summer and I just announced my next middle grade duology last week, how about a summer reading giveaway? And since my books have that creepy fairy tale retelling feel, I thought I’d give away a set of MONSTROUS and RAVENOUS along with two of my favorite YA retellings, SPINNING STARLIGHT by R.C. Lewis and THIS MONSTROUS THING by Mackenzi Lee.  One lucky reader will win them all!

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The Details: The giveaway will run from today through midnight Sunday August 7, 2016 and is open internationally. One winner will be selected for the prize pack. Enter below, and good luck!! 😀

 

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