Tuesday, June 27, 2017


One week 'til pub day!!! To celebrate, I'm giving away a signed hardcover copy of THE RELUCTANT QUEEN over on Twitter:


Retweet on Twitter by 6/28 for a chance to win!

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

ALA 2017 Schedule

Very excited for ALA this weekend!!! I'll be in Chicago at the American Library Association Annual Conference on both Saturday and Sunday.

On Sat 6/24:
1pm Signing JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN ISLANDS at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt booth #3111
2pm Signing THE RELUCTANT QUEEN at Hoopla (Midwest Tape) booth #4420

On Sun 6/25:
9am YA Author Coffee Klatch in Room S105
10:30am The 2017 Alex Award Panel in Room W179a, followed by signing THE QUEEN OF BLOOD
1:00pm "Science Fiction/Fantasy Adult Books with YA Appeal" Panel in Exhibit Hall on PopTop Stage, followed by signing THE RELUCTANT QUEEN
2:00pm Signing THE RELUCTANT QUEEN at HarperCollins booth #3611

Hope to see you there!

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10th Anniversary of INTO THE WILD!

Today is the 10th anniversary of the publication of my 1st book, INTO THE WILD!!! Thank you for sharing this journey with me!



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

THE RELUCTANT QUEEN Excerpt -- Chapter Two

Just two weeks until release day for THE RELUCTANT QUEEN! Time to post another chapter! Chapters 1 and 2 are now available to read here: http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/ReluctantQueenexcerpt.htm #RQCountdown 


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Thursday, June 15, 2017


I've got news!!!!!

So happy to announce the sale of my next middle-grade book, STORM GUARDIANS, to my wonderful editor Anne Hoppe at Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! It's about lightning beasts... and resisting injustice.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

THE RELUCTANT QUEEN Excerpt -- Chapter One

Today marks three weeks 'til pub day of THE RELUCTANT QUEEN!!! To celebrate, I posted the 1st chapter here: http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/ReluctantQueenexcerpt.htm #RQCountdown

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

26 Days Until The Reluctant Queen!

Harper Voyager is going all out for the July 4 pub day of THE RELUCTANT QUEEN, Book Two of my Queens of Renthia epic fantasy series. My editor said there'd be fireworks above the East River! #RQCountdown


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Tuesday, June 06, 2017


I am thrilled to announce that today is the pub day for my very first picture book, ROAR AND SPARKLES GO TO SCHOOL, illustrated by the amazing Ben Whitehouse and published by Hachette / Running Press Kids!!!


Aren't they cute???

Here's the official description:

Let first-day-of-school worries soar away with Roar and Sparkles!

Roar is worried about his first day of school. He's worried that he'll have to do really hard things, like molt his scales or fly over a volcano. And what if his teacher doesn't like dragons?

Big sister Sparkles reassures Roar that school is fun! And when the first day arrives, Roar finds his worries melt away. He meets new friends, plays dragon games, listens to fun stories, and finds a way to thank his sister for her support.

And here's a sneak peek at the first few pages: 

I loved writing this book, imagining Roar and Sparkles and their dragon-esque world.  I loved seeing the illustrator, Ben Whitehouse, bring them to life.  And I love that today it's going out in the world -- flying on dragonback to kids who might be a little nervous about their own first day of school.

Happy book birthday, my little dragonets!  Fly high!

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