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National Novel Writing Month Young Writer's Program

I forgot to post that my segment for "The Writer's Block" for National Novel Writing Month's Young Writers Program is up! Thanks so much to Chris and Tavia for letting me participate!

To read my contribution, check here! :)

Shriners Hospital for Children visit and film shoot

Outside shot

First shot of the day...where I had to make a basket. Yeah, that was tough!

Still filming that scene because I kept missing the basket!

Tammy Robbins from Community Relations and Chris Layhe (Chris Layhe Associates, Inc.)--our producer/director.

In between takes...

On camera! (Look at that awesome Sony!)

I'm finally back from St. Louis and I've got pics to share! These were taken during the filming of the videos for Shriners Hospital for Children in St. Louis. I had a wonderful time and learned so much about the film biz!

I've got SO much to catch up on, so the blog may be a little quiet this week. But I hope you like the pics! :)

You'll be able to watch the actual video on Shriners's Website after January 1. Woo hoo!

It's Banned Books Week!

It's time to CELEBRATE! That's right it's BANNED BOOKS WEEK!

Thank you to the American Library Association for bringing attention to this cause! Let's all read a banned book or two this week and pass them onto friends.

One of the most challenged books of 2007? Believe it or not, super author of YA and MG Lauren Myracle. Yeah, apparently TTYL offended people. Insert eye-roll here. (Lauren, you rock! Shoot for the '08 list!)

I'm off to read Judy Blume's Forever and then tackle the rest of the books on the top 10. Anyone with me?

For more info, check here! Let's all exercise our right to read whatever we choose!

Chasing Blue (Canterwood Crest) cover reveal!!

Ta da! It's the second cover for my Canterwood Crest series! This is for CHASING BLUE and it comes out in March 2009. On the cover, you're looking at Sasha (left) and her arch rival Heather (right).

A giant shout out to Design Goddess Jessica Sonkin for this brilliant, amazing and fab cover. Woo hoo!

What do you guys think?

Author Visit: Donna Freitas


Antonia Lucia Labella has two secrets: at fifteen, she's still waiting
for her first kiss, and she wants to be a saint. An official one. Seem
strange? Well, to Antonia, saints are royalty, and she wants her chance
at being a princess. All her life she's kept company with these kings
and queens of small favors, knowing exactly whom to pray to on every
occasion. Unfortunately, the two events Antonia's prayed for seem
equally unlikely to happen. It's not for lack of trying. For how long
has she been hoping to gain the attention of the love of her life-- the
tall, dark, and so good-looking Andy Rotellini? Too long to mention. And
every month for the last eight years, Antonia has sent a petition to
the Vatican proposing a new patron saint and bravely offering herself
for the post. So what if she's not dead?

But as Antonia learns, in matters of the heart and sainthood, things
are about as straightforward as wound-up linguini, and som…

My first live radio gig at Homeschool Companion on LifeTalk

Yesterday, I did my first live radio show for Homeschool Companion on LifeTalk Radio! A giant thanks to the lovely and fantastic Celeste Perrino-Walker who hooked me up with the gig. You rock!

The hosts, Candy DeVore and Rose Gamblin, were incredibly sweet and I had the best time chatting with them. Thank you both for inviting me!

Here's a link to the MP3 in case you'd like to hear it. I start about 15 minutes into the segment and I talk for about 45 minutes. I answer questions about homeschooling, writing for magazines, my volunteer work with the Effingham County Humane Society, surgery at Shriners, snagging an agent and much more. It's my first live radio show, so don't be too harsh! ;)

If the above link doesn't work, you can also find it here.

Now, I've got a super-cool clip when I approach more radio shows. :)

Tyrney Steinhoff & Hot Shot--my feature article in Listen Magazine

Something for my horse crazy friends to check out! My article, "Tyrney Steinhoff & Hot Shot," is the cover story for the September issue of Listen Magazine. Yay! :)

Tyrney was a great girl to interview and it was a fun piece to write.

You can view the link below to read the entire article.

Take the Reins ARC!!!

Presenting...the advanced reader copies (ARC) of TAKE THE REINS (CANTERWOOD CREST)

*insert screams here*

The crazy-beautiful spine...

I grabbed TTR and took it to the library to show my fav librarians, but...the library was closed. As it is EVERY Monday. How long have I lived here?!

Let's just pose with the book at the library anyway!

And if pictures aren't's a vlog! :)

Book Review: Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Recently, I finished debut YA author Maggie Stiefvater's LAMENT. Faeries. Tension. Romance. Thrill. LAMENT has all of those and more. The book opens with sixteen-year-old Dee Monaghan trying not to, well, throw up from stage fright. (A girl after my own heart! We both share that pesky stage fright thing...) But lucky Dee gets a beyond gorgeous guy to swoop in and help her feel better.

The tension between Dee and Luke (the previously mentioned hot guy) is INSANE. (Damn, Maggie! Seriously!) I was getting Edward and Bella hotness vibes.

Maggie turns up the heat and makes LAMENT a page turner when Dee discovers she's a cloverhand--one who can see faeries. This sets Dee, her family and her friends on a dangerous path with killer faeries on the loose.

Do Dee and Luke stick together and make it out alive? You'll have to read LAMENT to find out!

Maggie's writing is edgy, fresh and beautiful. The book has several lovely illustrations and after reading LAMENT, it made me realize jus…

Canterwood Crest Website is LIVE!!

It's a double post day!The Canterwood Crest Website is officially LIVE!!A giant thanks to Jo at Glass Slipper WebDesign. Jo is the fastest, friendliest and coolest Web designer on the planet and she was a dream to work with. If you need a Website, I highly recommend that you check out her portfolio. I hope you check out my new Website and let me know what you think!! :)

Chasing Blue (Canterwood Crest #2) is up on Amazon!

Wooo hooo! My second book, Chasing Blue, is up on Amazon! No cover yet, but I'll share it as soon as I can! How insane that book 2 of the Canterwood Crest series is up and ya'll haven't read the first one yet. :)

Btw, do you like the grapic on the side? ------> (BlogSpot only! Sorry LJ friends!) I made that in Fireworks and I think it represents the book well. Canterwood's school colors are hunter green and gold.

Books for my St. Louis trip

I've started to gather books for my trip to St. Louis and since I wanted to try different genres and new authors, I got some help from 1001 Books for Every Mood by Hallie Ephron. It's a cool book with lots of recommendations, summaries and tidbits about, obviously, 1001 books.

So, for trip reading, I've got on my list:

A Confederacy of Dunces
Girl, Interrupted
Girl with a Pearl Earring (then I'll have to watch the movie!)
The Historian (tried it and didn't have time to finish it, but I'm ready now!)

Anyone read any of these? My bookbag will be full. Especially since it's going to have those books plus YA and MG.

I made the mistake of watching The Black Stallion over the weekend and now I'm obsessed with the series again. I <3 Walter Farley. I'll be rereading a couple of those books on the trip.

I'll be doing a Diary of a Debut Author video from Shriners and am excited about it!

Canterwood Crest Website teaser

A teaser of what's to come! :)

Shriners Hospital video host!

Fantastic news!!

In a couple of weeks, I'll be going to St. Louis to the new Shriners Hospital for Children. Why? I'm going to be hosting a video tour of the new facility! The lovely Tammy at Shriners hooked me up--thank you!

I had spinal surgery at Shriners in 2000 and this is such a great way to give back. Plus, I get to pull out my inner Kelly Ripa and be a host. Fun! I'm so excited and now I must shop for a camera worthy outfit. Pictures of possible clothing choices to come!

Chasing Blue (Canterwood Crest) has a pub date!


Chasing Blue, the second book in the Canterwood Crest series, has a pub date on Simon & Schuster's Website!

Chasing Blue hits stores on...March 24, 2009! :) Woo hoo! The cover isn't up yet, but you'll find it here when it goes live. It's quite awesome, I must say. *grins*

Now, you only have to wait 8 weeks from Take the Reins to Chasing Blue. Awesome.