Novel Madness 2018 FINALS

Yes, it's two of the sixth graders' all time favorites: The House of Hades and Hunger Games. Both novels have loyal followers. The contest will be decided this Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Stay tuned!

2014 YA/NA Blogfest!

October is the month for discovering fantastic new adult and young adult books! Click the banner to get to My Crazzy Corner where blog host Apryl Baker lists all the authors participating (including me!) There's a hottest guy contest and a giveaway. Make sure you check back here on October 18 for the brand new... Continue Reading →

Win a Free Copy of My Book!

Today UNDER THE ALMOND TREES is featured on the historical fiction blog Novel Pastimes. There's  an interview with yours truly then a question. Answer the question (it's an easy one--your opinion) and you're entered to win a free copy of the book. Pass it on! DAY TWO interview is up on Novel Pastimes. Check it... Continue Reading →

Novel Madness Winner 2014!

Hunger Games takes the top spot! The final round of voting in this year's Novel Madness pitted Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins against The Candyshop War by Brandon Mull. My students listened carefully to both persuasive speeches and cast their votes. Hunger Games won with two-thirds of the ballots.  


Author Angela Fristoe, over at Turning the Pages, is hosting a giveaway this month. By following my blog, you've already got a chance to win! So with Danica McKellar starring on Dancing With The Stars, I began feeling a bit nostalgic. I loved watching The Wonder Years when I was growing up and the romance... Continue Reading →

Novel Madness 2014

NOVEL MADNESS is here again! This annual contest crowns my students' all-time favorite book. In teams of six, they brainstormed titles. The initial list was 25 books. As a class, they voted on the top sixteen. Although some favorites are consistent, new titles appeared too. Hunger Games and Holes are  here for the third time.... Continue Reading →

Owain Featured on Character Blogfest

All month, DelSheree Gladden has been featuring characters from various novels on her blog. Earlier this month, she posted artwork depicting Evan and his flying horse, Clyth. Today she's featuring an interview with Owain, the groom from In the Winds of Danger. Find out how Owain feels about High Meadow, Evan, and Davyd. Learn what... Continue Reading →

Phyl Manning: Elephant Contest

ELEPHANTS*PACHYDERMS ELEPHANTHOLOGY* ELEPHANTS Sure, they can paint—but only YOU can write. Yes, about elephants. We’re hosting a two-level contest with (a) modest $$ winnings and (b) possible inclusion in Elephanthology, a planned anthology of elephant lore—short stories of fiction or narrative nonfiction (imaginative writing, not articles per se), poetry, flash fiction . . . all published with author’s... Continue Reading →

Novel Madness Round Two!

Winners of Round Two Yesterday we had our second round of speeches and voted to eliminate four more books. Listed below are the novels still in the competition and the matchup they will face tomorrow. Winners of tomorrow's voting move into the semifinals! Matilda by Roald Dahl vs. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets... Continue Reading →

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