Monthly Archives: June 2011

A reader-writer-runner’s best friend…

Today was one of those summer days:

  • I saw a blue heron on my run.
  • I got some writing in.
  • I finished a good book.
So I have to give a shout out to my pal who was with me for all three of those activities. This post is for him.
Growing up, I was a completely dog-crazy and horse-crazy kind of girl and one of my favorite series of all time was Albert Payson Terhune’s Sunnybank books. I’ve kept all my old editions and can’t wait for my own children to read them. There’s just something about collies. Terhune knew that. I sneak them into my own writing whenever I can, but the very best thing is having one in my life right now.
That’s my boy….

RTW: Best Book of June

The question this week over at YA Highway is: What’s the best book you’ve read this month?
Here’s a sampling of books I’ve read this month, from chapter books on up to adult:
IVY AND BEAN: BOUND TO BE BAD by Annie Barrows and Sophie Blackall (chapter book)
INTO THE DREAM by William Sleator (middle grade)
PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard (YA)
INITIATION by Susan Fine (YA)
COMPLICITY by Iain Banks (adult)
But my favorite book that I read this month was Lois Lowry’s GOSSAMER. It’s an absolutely beautiful story about fantastical dream giving creatures who try and help an abused little boy by giving him happy memories.
I can’t wait to read about everyone else’s favorite June books!

YA Highway

Hooray! I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining the fabulous group of YA writers over at YA Highway. I am so looking forward to being a contributing member of the blog and more than honored to be a part of such a warm, vibrant community. Look for my posts in the near future, as I get to write about my passion for books, writing, everything YA, maintaining sanity, and chasing dreams.

Road Trip Wednesday: Elevator Pitch for TARANTULAS


It’s Road Trip Wednesday again over at YA Highway. This week’s topic: write an elevator speech for a favorite book. And yeah, I went for the wild card with John Browning’s TARANTULAS. I’m terrified of spiders, but this book has brought me years of enjoyment. Actually, more like, decades!

EDIT: Oops, I missed the part where you have to guess the title of the book. Well, I can’t imagine anyone’s ever heard of TARANTULAS. So enjoy.


The Pitch:
Have you ever thought about owning a pet tarantula? Well, TARANTULAS teaches you not only how to own a tarantula, but how to love one. There’s valuable information on the care, feeding and breeding of your new friend, but that’s not all. You can also learn about taking your tarantula to the pet show, the possible psychic powers of tarantulas, and how to distinguish a tarantula from other (deadly) types of spiders (very important). There is also a lively discussion regarding the damage wrought by unfair tarantula stereotypes in the media. For all spider fans, this one is a must-have. Tarantula spirit abounds!