Twitter giveaway–today only!

Hello, folks! Today only, on Twitter, I’m giving away a hardcover copy of All Four Stars AND an arc of The Stars of Summer to one lucky person! All you have to do to enter is retweet the status you’ll find at this link:

https://twitter.com/TaraDairman/status/577438379941347328

Gladys with two books

This is part of the larger #mgMarch project, in which a different middle-grade novel is being given away every day of the month. So follow the hashtag for more giveaways as March continues!

(And if you’re not on Twitter, don’t worry–I’ll be doing another giveaway soon. And even if you don’t win that one, you don’t have too long to wait for The Stars of Summerit’ll be on bookstore and library shelves in less than two months!)

And the winner of UNDER A PAINTED SKY is…

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey LeeMelissa @Novelty Podcast!

Congrats, Melissa!

For those of you who didn’t win, I hope that you’ll consider supporting a debut author by preordering or purchasing a copy of Under a Painted Sky (it publishes one week from today), or by requesting it as a purchase in your local library system (if they don’t have it on order already!).

Thanks to all who entered, and keep an eye on this blog for upcoming giveaways, including as Krista Van Dolzer‘s brilliant debut middle-grade novel, The Sound of Life and Everythingand maybe even one or two more of my own Stars of Summer ARCs!

Giveaway: Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee!

Greetings, friends! We haven’t had a giveaway around here in a while, so I’m excited to offer you a chance to win an advance copy of Stacey Lee’s incredible debut YA historical novel, Under a Painted Sky.

Stacey and I share an editor, so I was lucky enough to get my hands on an ARC of her book a couple of months ago. I tore through this tale of adventure and friendship, and was awed by the author’s ability to bring a completely new twist to the Western genre. I couldn’t recommend it more highly. (And neither could Kirkus or Publishers Weekly, which both gave this book starred reviews!)

Under a Painted Sky by Stacey LeeA powerful story of friendship and sacrifice, for fans of Code Name Verity

Missouri, 1849: Samantha dreams of moving back to New York to be a professional musician—not an easy thing if you’re a girl, and harder still if you’re Chinese. But a tragic accident dashes any hopes of fulfilling her dream, and instead, leaves her fearing for her life. With the help of a runaway slave named Annamae, Samantha flees town for the unknown frontier. But life on the Oregon Trail is unsafe for two girls, so they disguise themselves as Sammy and Andy, two boys headed for the California gold rush. Sammy and Andy forge a powerful bond as they each search for a link to their past, and struggle to avoid any unwanted attention. But when they cross paths with a band of cowboys, the light-hearted troupe turn out to be unexpected allies. With the law closing in on them and new setbacks coming each day, the girls quickly learn that there are not many places to hide on the open trail.

This beautifully written debut is an exciting adventure and heart-wrenching survival tale. But above all else, it’s a story about perseverance and trust that will restore your faith in the power of friendship.

Stacey’s website (with preorder links)

GIVEAWAY ALERT! You can enter to win an ARC of Under a Painted Sky by leaving a comment on this post. You can also earn up to two extra entries by posting about this giveaway on Twitter and/or Facebook.(Please mention or link your follows and extra posts in your comment to get credit for them.)

Sample Tweet:
Win an ARC of ‘s riveting, multi-starred UNDER A PAINTED SKY at s blog!

Sample FB status:
Win a copy of Stacey Lee’s riveting, multi-starred debut novel, UNDER A PAINTED SKY, Tara Dairman’s blog!

I‘ll announce a winner next Tuesday, 3/10. Good luck!

 

And a one, and a two, and a one, two, THREE!

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Exciting news to share this morning: There will be a THIRD Gladys Gatsby book, coming out in 2016! Here’s the announcement from my agency.

I’m so excited that the foodie adventures of Ms. Gatsby and her friends will be continuing, and that I’ll get to work with my wonderful editor Shauna Rossano and her team at Putnam on another project.

2016 is a ways off, but All Four Stars is out now, and The Stars of Summer is coming your way very soon, on May 5! You can find order/preorder links for both books here, and I’ll be updating my events page soon with details about launch parties in Colorado, New York, and hopefully a couple of other east coast cities.

Meanwhile, feel free to whip up some bluebarb crumble today to celebrate Gladys’s new lease on life. She’d definitely approve! :)

Two fantastic holiday surprises

I’m not a big gift person. Maybe it’s because I’ve already been through the experience of selling off all of my possessions (in anticipation of our epic round-the-world trip), and I never want to have that much stuff to get rid of again. Or maybe it was the trip itself; living out of a backpack taught me how few physical items I truly need to get by (though we always made room for a book or two).

All of that is to say that I’ve reached the point in my life where Hanukkah and Christmas and birthday presents don’t really appeal to me anymore. Or, at least, I thought they didn’t…until this year, when my sister-in-law gave me this:

Gladys doll

I mean, OMG. It’s Gladys!!

Based on Kelly Murphy‘s cover for The Stars of Summer, Etsy custom doll designer Kaiya’s Room got her absolutely perfect–from her hairdo to her freckles to her camp t-shirt to her ADORABLE, DETACHABLE LOBSTER BACKPACK.

So, yeah…Heidi has officially ruined me for all future gifts. :) Doll-Gladys is now sitting atop my mantle with my author copies of All Four Stars and ARCs of The Stars of Summer, but don’t worry, I take her down frequently for hugs.

Cybils-Logo-2014-Web-LgI didn’t think the holiday season could get any better for me and Gladys, but we were in for one more excellent surprise. Bright and early on the first day of 2015, I learned that All Four Stars had been named a finalist for a Cybils Award!

I love the mission of the Cybils, which is “to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.” It’s a huge boost to have my first novel honored according to these criteria.

I was also thrilled to see that my agency-mates Laurie Ann Thompson (Be a Changemaker) and Deborah Underwood (Here Comes the Easter Cat) were among the finalists for YA nonfiction and for picture books. Hooray! Their books are fantastic.

You can find the full list of finalists here in the many categories the Cybils cover. There are so many titles in there that I’m anxious to read! Many, many thanks to the judges for their time and effort selecting them, and good luck to everyone in the next round.

 

Winners, and guest post!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered last week’s giveaway for Natasha Wing’s books The Night Before Hanukkah and The Night Before the Night Before Christmas. The winners are Sara and Clare! Congrats, guys, and happy reading.

LinkBackButton-02Continuing with the holiday theme, I have a guest post up today at one of my very favorite book blogs, Pop! Goes the Reader. Not surprisingly, I’m talking about holiday food…but perhaps surprisingly, I’m revealing some not-so-Gladys-approved shortcuts that I’ve been known to take from time to time. Many thanks to Jen for inviting me to participate in her “Authors Talk Holidays” series!

Tonight at the Tattered Cover!

Tattered_Cover_logoThis evening at 7 PM, I’ll be taking part in a panel at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Highlands Ranch, CO! Teaming up with me are two of my very favorite middle-grade authors, Jeannie Mobley (Searching for Silverheels and Katerina’s Wish) and Jessica Lawson (The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher). Lucky, lucky me!

We’ll be talking about strong heroines in middle grade, discussing our own books, asking trivia questions and giving out prizes, and, of course, signing!

Here’s the Facebook invitation if you’d like RSVP. Hope to see you tonight!