Wait Wait…It’s Me!

wait waitIf you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that I’ve been taking a break for June. Mostly, it’s been good–I’ve been writing more, and I’ve also had the time and energy to knock some long-standing items off my to-do list.

One of those items was “try to get on Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me,” my favorite NPR news quiz show. I’ve been listening for years, and they always say “If you want to play on air, call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT!”

So, finally, I called. I left a rambling message about being a writer and having two little kids and listening every week while I hang their cloth diapers up to dry… and lo and behold, they called me back.

All Four Stars by Tara Dairman CoverSo if you listen to the broadcast this weekend, YES, that’s me (!!) doing the listener limerick challenge. It was exactly the mix of fun and terrifying that I had always imagined. I even got to talk a little about my books ALL FOUR STARS (about the 12-year-old restaurant critic) and THE GREAT HIBERNATION (where the adults fall asleep and the kids take over the town government).

The Great HibernationCalling the number was on my to-do list, but actually being on the show? Total bucket list item–now crossed off. Also, my voicemail is about to get upgraded. ūüôā What a week.

(The only irony is that I now have to break my own social media blackout to share the news, ha!)

PS, ¬†If you missed the show but still want to listen, never fear, it’s online, too. It’s the 6/23/18 episode featuring David Wise.

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Winner of THE GREAT HIBERNATION!

The Great HibernationThank you so much to everyone who helped me celebrate the cover reveal for The Great Hibernation,¬†illustrated by Rebecca Green,¬†and to¬†everyone who entered my ARC giveaway.¬†The randomly selected winner is…

**** Jennifer Doyle ****

Congrats, Jennifer, and happy reading!

The Great Hibernation¬†will be available for preorder soon, and I’ll share links when this is possible. I’m also planning¬†to hold launch events in Austin, New York, DC, and Colorado this fall, so keep an eye on my events page as the year progresses!

(Also, in case you missed it, Rebecca posted a sneak peek at an interior illustration from the book on her Instagram yesterday. I can’t wait until everyone gets to see all of her whimsical, wonderful work!)

This Friday at Second Star to the Right!

Second StarGreetings, friends!

If you’re in the Denver area, I invite you to¬†come out this Friday, April 1, to see me and Jeannie Mobley at Second Star to the Right Children’s Books on Tennyson street. We will be reading from our middle-grade books, answering questions, and doing a craft starting at 6:30 pm.

Second Star has also posted an interview with both of us on their blog.

This event is part of the¬†Tennyson Street Cultural District First Friday Art Walk, meaning that lots of artsy shops, galleries, and restaurants in the area will be open late and having special programming. It’s a fun time for kids and adults alike.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

A whole new format for Gladys in 2016!

All Three CoversAs this year draws to a close, I’m thrilled¬†to share one more very nice piece of news for the All Four Stars series…

THERE WILL BE AUDIOBOOKS!

My publisher, Penguin, has licensed audio rights to Ideal Audiobooks for¬†All Four Stars, The Stars of Summer,¬†and¬†Stars So Sweet.¬†I don’t have all of the details yet, but I believe that they will all be recorded and released in 2016.

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On a personal note, I love listening to audiobooks, so this is a dream come true/author bucket list item for me.¬†On a more practical note, I love that this new format will give¬†kids with learning differences who need or prefer to listen to books access to Gladys’s adventures. And I think it’s great that families and groups of friends will be able to listen together if they want to, too.

I’ll share more news about the audiobooks here when I have it. In the meantime, dear readers, I hope that you’re having a very happy holiday season. This news has certainly made mine a little sweeter.

Interview, giveaways, and pics from my panel!

Over at the excellent¬†cooking blog kitchen frolic, Stephanie has kicked off a new Q&A series today by interviewing yours truly. We chat about writing, food, camels, and what’s coming in the¬†All Four Stars¬†sequel. Thank you for being such a terrific AFS supporter, Stephanie!

Also today,¬†my fellow 2014 debut author Linda Vigen Phillips has a lovely review of¬†All Four Stars¬†up on her blog. She will also be giving away an AFS swag pack to one lucky commenter, so feel free to leave a comment if you’d like to enter to win!

Speaking of giveaways, I also have a GoodReads giveaway running this week for one signed copy of All Four Stars.

And finally, here are a few pictures from my middle grade author panel yesterday at Denver’s adorable indie bookstore BookBar. I teamed up with amazing authors Jessica Lawson and Lauren Magaziner for some dramatic readings from our books, fun trivia with prizes, and a lively Q&A session. (You can see the full album here)


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STARS, WITCHES, and BECKYDramatic readingMiddle grade authorsIt was SO much fun. Many thanks to our Colorado writer friends (and some new young fans!) who attended. And if you’re looking for a signed copy of¬†All Four Stars,¬†BookBar has a few left!

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!

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. ūüôā

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!