And a few more links

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman CoverHappy Friday, folks!

It’s the last day of Emu’s Debuts launch week for All Four Stars, featuring a recipe for “Amazeballs” by Megan Morrison! Yum! And in case you missed them, there was also an interview with cover artist Kelly Murphy (featuring alternative cover sketches!) and a hilarious compendium of Emu kitchen disasters. Comment on any post for a chance to win a signed hardcover–winner announced on Monday!

My fabulous friend and fellow debut author Jessica Lawson (whose The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher I adore) is also giving away a copy of AFS to a lucky commenter!

Heidi Schulz (whose debut MG novel Hook’s Revenge comes out this fall!) has me at her blog with an “In the Middle” interview! Find out which dessert in AFS is my favorite.

I was also interviewed by restaurant critic John Lehndorff yesterday on Boulder KGNU’s “Radio Nibbles”! The five-minute chat starts at 25:45.

Finally, I’ve posted pictures from both my 7/10 NYC launch party at Books of Wonder and my 7/17 Boulder launch party at Boulder Book Store at my author page on Facebook.

Launching All Four Stars has been a wild, wonderful ride so far, and I’ll try to gather my thoughts on the entire process at some point in the coming weeks. But for now I’ll just say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has supported me and my first book in person and online over this past week. I’ve been so honored and humbled by your enthusiasm for my work. Read deliciously!

The ALL FOUR STARS celebration continues!

Flat Gladys finds a brownie. Yum.

Flat Gladys finds a brownie. Yum.

Hello, friends!

I’ve been remiss at posting links over the last few days thanks to my sister’s wedding. But my Internet friends have been doing an awesome job of celebrating All Four Stars in my absence–and offering giveaways!

I currently have interviews up at the following places. Thank you so much to all of these bloggers for your fantastic questions!

Jessica Spotswood (including an ARC giveaway of All Four Stars and Pennyroyal Academy!)

Leandra Wallace (including a cupcake pin giveaway!)

Smack Dab in the Middle
(Tamera Wissinger)

Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire (Mindy McGinnis)

EMUsBadgeAnd last, but certainly not least, it’s launch week for All Four Stars at my beloved group blog, Emu’s Debuts! Yesterday, Jeannie Mobley kicked things off with a post about cake (as in “Let Them Eat Cake”–fitting on Bastille Day), and today the Emus are sharing pics and reviews from their adventures with “Flat Gladys,” who has been traveling the country reviewing meals. And more fun is scheduled all week–comment on any post to enter to win a signed copy!

ALL FOUR STARS is here!

all four stars tour buttonAll Four Stars hits the shelves today! Hurrah!

I’m celebrating all over the place today. At Candace’s Book Blog, I’ve written a “Meet the Characters” guest post that introduces the four main kids in the book.

I also have a release day post up at OneFour Kidlit, the terrific community of 2014 debut authors.

I’m also interviewed at the Fearless Fifteeners, by one of next year’s crop of debut authors!

My dear friend Krista at Mother.Write.Repeat. has a special post up today detailing a real-life kitchen disaster, and she’s giving away a copy of All Four Stars.

And thank you to Faye at The Social Potato and Louise at Lone Star on a Lark for these heartfelt reviews!

I’m probably missing some links, but I’ll do my best to round them up next week. I’ll be scarce on the Internet this weekend, with my sister’s wedding looming, but first up is my book launch party at Books of Wonder tonight. Can’t wait!

Thank you so much to everyone who has already Tweeted, blogged, and Facebooked, and made today feel like a giant party. 🙂

The ALL FOUR STARS blog tour – stop 7

all four stars tour buttonWe are one day away from publication!!

Today’s official blog tour stop is an interview at Finding Bliss in Books. Thanks for having me, Blythe! Lots of travel-related chat in this one, plus my favorite and least favorite foods. And don’t forget that this is another chance to enter to win free copies!

I also have a new interview up at Spirit of Children’s Literature. If you would like to see pictures of donkey meat and get a sneak peak at what happens in the sequel to All Four Stars, head over there. 🙂

And thank you to Brenda at Log Cabin Library and Lisa at Fic Talk for these delicious reviews.

When I post tomorrow, I’ll be a published author!

 

The ALL FOUR STARS blog tour – stop 6

all four stars tour buttonAnd the tour keeps rolling!

Today you can read another excerpt from All Four Stars at For the Love of Words–it’s the scene where Gladys cookes apam balik, or Malaysian peanut pancake. Yum.

I am also at Word Spelunking (isn’t that the best name for a blog?), where Aeicha has both reviewed the book and interviewed me. We talk a good deal about food. 🙂

And yesterday, this piece went live on the parenting blog Babble: “Delicious Debut: This Book Might Turn Your Kid Into a Foodie. I love that title, and I loved doing the interview with the hilarious Alice Gomstyn. Plus she gave me a chance to shout out some other terrific foodie middle-grade books, including my fellow 2014 debut author Kate Hannigan’s lovely Cupcake Cousins.

There’s also a new review of AFS up by Dre at Sporadic Reads, and plenty more on the way!

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to prepping these mini tree-nut tarts for Thursday’s launch party at Books of Wonder in NYC. See you there? 🙂

The ALL FOUR STARS blog tour – stop 5

The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher - coverIt’s Monday, which means it’s time to announce the winner of my giveaway of Jessica Lawson’s magnificent debut novel, The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky ThatcherCongratulations to Lindsay Eland, who is the winner! *cheers*

Monday also means that the All Four Stars blog tour is back at full swing. At Xpresso Reads, I have a guest post up called “Diversity is Delicious.” I think that the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is important, and I thank Jenni for giving me a chance to write a little about my own path to including diverse cultures in my writing. The post is about a very special teacher I had in high school and the culinary experiences that helped me get out of my picky-eating bubble.

all four stars tour buttonI’m also interviewed today over at With Faith and Grace, which is my lovely friend Allison’s blog. We talk about the publishing process, and there’s a whole new chance to win a copy of the book. The giveaway ends this week, so hurry on over!

There have also been some terrific new reviews over at Carina’s Books and Great Imaginations. I’m really enjoying hearing what new readers are enjoying in the book, and noting their intelligent critiques. Keep the opinions coming!

The ALL FOUR STARS blog tour – stop 4

all four stars tour buttonHappy July 4 to all who are celebrating!

Today was the fourth stop on the official All Four Stars blog tour, and a great day for recipes. Over at A Baked Creation, Sylvia has created a crème brûlée recipe inspired by the opening scene from the book! Check out her beautiful pictures. As a bonus, it’s flavored with osmanthus (which, I admit I had to look up. It’s a flower that tastes like peach or apricot–yum!).

AND, over at Spirit of Children’s Literature, Katie has concocted a recipe for “Mrs. Anderson’s Aztec Brownies with Caramel Walnut Glaze,” inspired by the experimental brownies that Mrs. Anderson bakes (and Charissa adores) in All Four Stars. These have ancho chile powder and ground ginger in them, and look absolutely amazing!

Foodie Kidlit Friday iconI can’t wait to try these recipes, and will be linking both of them from my own four-star recipes page for the future!

Hope you had a delicious day, and I’ll check back in on Monday with the next stop on the blog tour and the winner of The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson!

The ALL FOUR STARS blog tour – stop 3

all four stars tour buttonToday is the third stop on the official All Four Stars blog tour! Over at For What It’s Worth, Karen is featuring an excerpt from an early chapter of All Four Stars. Many thanks, Karen, for your enthusiasm for the book! 🙂

Also, over at Pop! Goes the Reader, Jen (who wrote this wonderfully in-depth review of AFS last week) has created a desktop wallpaper inspired by the book. It features macarons, and it is adorable. 

Finally, the radio interview I recorded last weekend at KRFC in Fort Collins is now available online for listening! Eleven-year-old junior broadcaster Lacy Miller asked me such fantastic questions; her mentor Vincent Burkardt is really doing something special with this program. Here are some pics from recording day, including a couple of the three of us. (Yes, I am the shortest.)

Outside the studio

Outside the studio

Pre-interview chat

Pre-interview chat

In the hotseat!

In the hot seat!

Vincent, Lacy, and me

Vincent, Lacy, and me

Gettin' silly

Gettin’ silly

Finally, today is the last day to enter to win The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson by commenting here!

The ALL FOUR STARS blog tour – stop 2

all four stars tour buttonToday, for the second stop on the official All Four Stars blog tour, I’m being interviewed at The Reading Date! Lucy has asked me some terrific foodie and literary questions, and my list of restaurant recommendations in NYC expands. 🙂

I am also at Literary Rambles today! My guest post, “The time it takes to get it right,” is about  my looong journey to publication, and there is also a giveaway going for commenters.

Finally, All Four Stars got a lovely review yesterday from Katie at Spirit of Children’s Literature (which will also be featuring a recipe and an interview with me in the next week). Katie’s reviews have a unique focus on spirituality that I find fascinating, and I love what she illuminates about the book.

(And don’t forget that I’ve got my own giveaway going on–win The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson by commenting here!)

The ALL FOUR STARS blog tour – stop 1

First of all, great news: All Four Stars has been named an Amazon Best Book of the Month for July! Many thanks to the editors there who selected it–I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Secondly, the official All Four Stars blog tour has now begun! Hooray!
all four stars tour button

The wonderful Wendy Darling of The Midnight Garden and I have been working hard together behind the scenes to bring you 10 days of fun posts and bonus material leading up to the book’s release on July 10. Today’s post is Gladys Gatsby’s Foodie Tour of NYC,” which will take you all over Manhattan to culinary spots that inspired scenes in All Four Stars! You can also enter quite a nice giveaway of final copies of the book, courtesy of Penguin.

Here are the rest of the stops scheduled for the tour. I will try to post links here daily, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, July 1st              The Midnight Garden
Wednesday, July 2nd        The Reading Date
Thursday, July 3rd            For What It’s Worth
Friday, July 4th                 The Spirit of Children’s Literature
                                       A Baked Creation
Monday, July 7th              Xpresso Reads
Tuesday, July 8th             For the Love of Words
Wednesday, July 9th        Finding Bliss in Books
Thursday, July 10th          Candace’s Book Blog

Review stops, July 7th – 10th: CuddlebuggeryGreat ImaginationsLone Star on a LarkLog Cabin LibraryThe Hiding SpotFic TalkCarina’s BooksKaren Brissette @ GoodReadsBook JemsSporadic Reads The Social Potato Reviews

Finally, don’t forget to enter to win a copy of Jessica Lawson’s incredible debut novel, The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, right here on this blog!