Friday, May 05, 2017

Hudson Children's Book Festival 2017

Tomorrow, Sat May 5, I'll be at the Hudson Children's Book Festival in Hudson, NY. So excited!!! The festival is from 10am to 3pm, and I'll be reading from ROAR AND SPARKLES GO TO SCHOOL at 12:30pm. Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Paperback Release Day for THE QUEEN OF BLOOD!

Today is the mass market paperback release day for THE QUEEN OF BLOOD (Book One of The Queens of Renthia)!!! You can now experience bloodthirsty nature spirits in an all-new bendy and extra-portable format!

I squealed when I saw them. Really loudly. Loud enough to startle the cat. You see, when I was a kid, I was only allowed to buy mass market paperbacks, so that's the format that all my childhood favorites are in (like The Blue Sword, The Pawn of Prophecy, Dragonsong, Arrows of the Queen, The Sword of Shannara, The Summer Tree...). So it feels extra special to have my book look just like those.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

TLA 2017

Very excited to be heading to San Antonio for the Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Conference!!! I'll be there on Friday 4/21/17. Here's my schedule:

10:00-11:00am Signing in the HarperCollins booth for The Queen of Blood
1:30-2:30pm Panel: "YA Authors Writing for Adults" with Zach Anner, Sarah Beth Durst, and David Williams
2:30pm Signing (immediately following panel) for The Queen of Blood
3:15-4:00pm Signing in Author Signing Area for Journey Across the Hidden Islands

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017


I am over-the-moon excited to announce that today is the pub day for my newest book, JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS!!!

This book began on a random afternoon a couple years ago.  I remember I was in the kitchen, probably looking for some cheese (I love cheese), and I said to my husband, "I want to write a book with a winged lion."

He said, "Great!  Um, anything else?"

"Winged lion," I said.

"Don't you need, I don't know, a plot?  Characters?"

"Winged lion."

"Um, okay.  Have fun."

And that's how this book was born.  Everything else -- the islands protected by a magical barrier, the monsters that hunt in the sea and sky, the sister princesses, the journey to the dragon -- grew from that one solitary idea.  Sometimes that's how it happens: one stray thought sparks a whole adventure.

JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS is a fantasy adventure for kids, published by Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  It's about two sisters, one winged lion, and a LOT of monsters.

The traditional Emperor's Journey is meant to be uneventful.  But as the princesses Seika and Ji-Lin -- twin sisters -- travel to pay respects to their kingdom's dragon guardian, unexpected monsters appear and tremors shake the earth.  The Hidden Islands face unprecedented threats, and the old rituals are failing.  With only their strength, ingenuity, and flying lion to rely on, can the sisters find a new way to keep their people safe?

For more about JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS, including the first two chapters, please visit my website.  And welcome to the Hundred Islands of Himitsu!!!

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM out today in paperback!

Very excited that the paperback edition of THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM is out in the world today!!! And with a lovely new cover! Thanks so much, Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt!  Monster is so excited to now exist in an all-new, much more bendy format.

*shares cupcakes with everyone*

(Cover art by Manuel Sumberac)

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Monday, March 06, 2017

ALA Alex Award Medal

Look what came in the mail! My ALA Alex Award medal for THE QUEEN OF BLOOD! It's so cool, and heavy! Thanks, American Library Association!


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Starred Review for THE RELUCTANT QUEEN!

Starred review from Publishers Weekly for THE RELUCTANT QUEEN!!!  Yay!  So happy!

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Announcing THE DEEPEST BLUE!!!

I'm thrilled to announce that there will be a 4th Renthia book! Sold THE DEEPEST BLUE, a companion novel to my Queens of Renthia series, to Harper Voyager, for publication in spring 2019!!!


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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Excerpt from Journey Across the Hidden Islands

Just posted the first two chapters of my upcoming MG fantasy book, JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS! Check 'em out here:

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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Redesigned Website

Cue drumroll and trumpets...  Very pleased to unveil my newly redesigned website:   Tah-dah!  Do you like it???