Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I have two books releasing today!

That's right. TWO BOOKS. On the exact same day. What are the odds?

First up: the paperback of THE FORBIDDEN FLATS! Now, for the first time ever, you can get the set in either hardback or paperback. Curious about how pretty they look together? Let's take a look, shall we?

Here are the paperbacks, cozying up to each other side by side.

And here the backs are, like they're walking off into the sunset.

And the spines.

And here they all are together! Looking all pretty and matchy.

And THE FORBIDDEN FLATS paperback releases today! It's online and in bookstores everywhere. Like here:

So what is the second book releasing, you might ask?

It's a book I contributed to, along with some other best-selling authors. An amazing photographer, Jonathan Diaz, started the Anything Can Be Project as a way to help kids with pediatric cancer to know that anything was possible. He shot them in costume and living their dream-- no matter how fantastical or realistic it was.

I was chosen to write the story for a sweet, spunky, ADORABLE 4 year old girl named Braelyn, who was diagnosed two years ago with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Her dream was to be a super hero and saved her stuffed friends who were tied up on the train tracks with a train barreling toward them. It was such a joy and honor to write her story. I am beyond grateful to have been able to be a part of such a wonderful project.

The book is filled with photographs that are downright incredible, with kids who are brave fighters with big dreams. Nearly two dozen authors (Liesl Shurtliff, Tyler Whitesides, Sara B. Larson, Chad Morris, Ally Condie, J. Scott Savage, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Frank Cole, Kristyn Crowe, Clint Johnson, Ilima Todd, Adam Sidwell, Lehua Parker, Stephen Reid Andrews, Sharlee Glenn, Jess Smiley, Linda Gerber, and Bobbie Pyron) have contributed modern-day fairy tales to this book and let me tell you: IT IS BEAUTIFUL. AND AMAZING. AND INSPIRING. Something to put on your coffee table; something to read to your kids; something to enjoy every single bit of yourself. You can get the book online or in bookstores.

If you want to find out more about everything that went into this incredible book, check out this KSL news article, and glimpse a peek at a picture of Braelyn in her superhero costume. Then check out the Anything Can Be Project site, and see some of the videos that show what goes into each shoot.

And there's still time to enter my reviewer appreciation giveaway! You can earn entries by leaving reviews (or get entries for the ones you already left!) for Sky Jumpers or The Forbidden Flats on Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes and Noble.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway Announcement!

For all of you who have left reviews for SKY JUMPERS or THE FORBIDDEN FLATS, and for all of you who will in the future, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!! Your thoughts about a book make a huge difference when other people are trying to decide if it's the right book for them.

To thank you for your reviews (past and near future), I'm having a giveaway! For every review you leave on Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, or on Facebook, or a blog, you get entries to win a fabulous prize. What could this prize be, you ask?


One lucky winner will get three soon to release hardback books from some of my very favorite authors. These books are all Middle Grade books, and are all about to be huge hits. All three are seriously amazing, and I am so excited to give them away! You guys are going to love them all.

Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Facebook, or your blog, and leave a review. It doesn't have to be long-- it just has to include whatever you thought about SKY JUMPERS and/or THE FORBIDDEN FLATS. Easy, peasy. Then paste the review link into the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Feel free to copy and paste that same review in multiple places to get more entries.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Authors United Against Child Slavery

I am very grateful to have been able to join with Authors United Against Child Slavery, where authors unite to raise funds for Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.), a nonprofit that organizes undercover operations to free many of the 2 million children being trafficked as sex slaves around the world. It is such an awful, terrible, heinous thing, and I am so glad that the organizers of Authors United Against Child Slavery have come up with a way that we can all help.

So what can you do? Donate money to O.U.R., so they can continue freeing as many kids as possible. Not only will you get the good feelings that come along with helping out someone in so great a need, but you'll also receive a book from one of the participating authors as our way of saying thank you.

Participating authors are donating their books in exchange for donations

  • Donate $20 to receive a free book from a participating author (book prizes selected at random).
  • Donors of $40 or more will receive two free books, a series, or a bundle (selected at random as well). 

Nearly 200 books have been donated by generous authors to help raise funds for this great cause--see the list of participating authors/books below!

Donate and get a book anytime up until July 4, 2015

Give freedom, get a book


Donate directly to O.U.R. through the Authors United Against Child Slavery Campaign

Authors and book bloggers who wish to help, please fill out this online form


Participating Authors/Books 

I don't know of a cause anywhere that is more worthy of donations than this one. I hope that if you have the means, you consider donating (any amount!) to O.U.R.