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WRITE THIS is a monthly writing prompt from the good folks at the Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators (SCBWI). I’ve never participated because I’m usually rewriting or pushing to write another story (I’m half way through the first … Continue reading

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AN MMGM 2nd Anniversary Celebration

A few notes before the celebration begins… 1) The winner of Carter Roy’s two book BLOOD GUARD series is  CINDY TRAN. You can check her review blog out at Cindy Reads A Lot.  Congratulations! I’ll get those out to you … Continue reading

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Happy International Childeren’s Book Day 2015

This yearly celebration coincides with Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. Each year a different country is given hosting honors which allows them to choose the theme and have a guest author post his or her thoughts. This year United Arab Emeirtus … Continue reading

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Yes, the entire list is here, from book apps and picture books through YA and non-fiction. It’s an impressive collection of literature. What’s even more exciting is the book ALWAYS in the MIDDLE nominated for the MG Fiction Award has … Continue reading

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Favorite Middle Grade Reads 2014

I’m all filled up. Not from holiday dining but from reading a total of 68 MG books this year! What better time than now to celebrate my favorites for 2014. Yes, it’s the second annual Always in the Middle GOLDEN … Continue reading

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All You Need is Time and a Little Luck

Whew. Glad to have those elections over. Now I can go back to watching TV without the mute button on. If you have time and are close to either Utah, Colorado, Arizona, or Texas, be sure to stop by and … Continue reading

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A Year of Marvelous Middle Grade Monday! Are You Kidding?

Fifty-two reviews in one year. It’s been a fun ride and one that will continue. This week though it’s time to celebrate with my first ever monster-size giveaway. But first a look back at the titles… IDA B DEAD END … Continue reading

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THE BIRTHDAY JINX for The Writer’s Voice

Another day, another contest, and The Writer’s Voice is a dandy hosted by four coaches, sixteen agents, and covers three weeks. I was randomly drawn to enter my story, The Birthday Jinx, so here is the query and the first … Continue reading

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The Most Important Slush Pile of All

I taught creative writing (among other things) to 11-12 year old students for 20 years. I’d go home weekends with a pile of stories to read. The range of abilities was tremendous. Most could put a 1-3 page story together, … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning

1. Great pitch contest going on right now at SC WRITE. A wide variety of genres are accepted and the requirements are easy to master. Give it a try! 2. Colorado Humanities Book Awards Finalists Announced. You can find all … Continue reading

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