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Book 3 cover!

Very excited to see the cover for book 3, The Missing Juliet – lovely design as always by the folks at Bold Stroke Books. Coming in November, 2013.

The Missing Juliet 300 DPI

ALA Nominations finalists

Very excited that The Secret of Othello is one the final nominations list for the American Library Rainbow List!  The list features many amazing stories for LGTBQ and straight readers of all ages.  I’m personally excited to see Kristin Cashore, Julie Ann Peters, Leslea Newman, Jennifer Lavoie and Liz Hand on the list.

 

Also listed is The Boys of Summer, which includes a Fisher Key story about Sean Garrity and a summer romance with a troubled boy.  Chronologically it takes place the summer before Mystery of the Tempest. I had a lot of fun writing Sean in his own story.

 

 

The final list will be announced in January at the ALA Midwinter Conference.  They discuss the works there, and I’d love to be a fly on the wall – well, not really, it would make me very nervous :-)

 

 

 

Silver Moonbeam Award!

Extremely happy that Mystery of the Tempest has won a Silver Moonbeam award in the YA division for mystery/suspense.

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards highlight works by independent publishers and are one of my favorite ways to find interesting, exciting fiction. Thank you to them for their hard work all year round.

 

Just in time for the dog days of August, this anthology of gay YA stories! It includes a Fisher Key story that I had a lot of fun writing.

Very delighted that Mystery of the Tempest is a finalist for Book of the Year in the YA division from ForeWord Book Reviews.  Happy dance!   The final results will be announced at the American Library Association meeting in June in Anaheim.  This award is geared toward bringing independent publishing excellence to librarians and book buyers, and I’m delighted to be included.   

 

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Teen hero

Sarah McKinley, 18 years old, hasn’t had it easy. She’s a teen mom and a widow as well, living in rural Oklahoma. Home alone with her baby, she called 911 when two armed robbers high on hydrocodone came knocking at her door.  She used a shotgun to defend herself, killing one of the men.

Here’s to Sarah, for bravery and courage in a terrible situation.

Ceara Sturgis

When honor student Ceara Sturgis took her senior portrait in Copiah County, Mississippi, she wore a tuxedo instead of the drape that female students usually wore.  The high school principal then told her the picture would not appear in the yearbook.  The ACLU in Mississippi sued, just like the ACLU tends to do when our civil rights are infringed.  As part of the recent settlement, students will no longer wear gender-specific clothing and Ceara’s portrait will appear with her class in the school library.  The school library will “amend its anti-discrimination policy to add language affirming its commitment to following the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution.” (Read more at U.S. News)

In chapter 2 of “Mystery of the Tempest” there’s reference to a similar case involving Denny and Steven’s friend Robin.

When will schools learn that young adults are entitled to the same protections and rights as the rest of us?

 

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