Today!

…is my farewell post over at Emu’s Debuts. My time as a debut author is drawing to a close, so it’s time for me to move out and make room for some new hatchlings. What an extraordinary run it’s been. My farewell includes links back to some of my favorite posts over the last two years.cropped-emubanner_v11

…is my middle-grade panel at The Voracious Reader in Larchmont, NY! (6:30 pm) Hope to see you tonight for some tricks, treats, truth, and dares. Larchmont poster

…is the day that I belatedly reveal that Abbey is the winner of Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel! Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway of this terrific YA thriller.VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD by Lauren Sabel

…is your last day to enter to win a signed ARC of The Stars of Summer OR a signed hardcover of All Four StarsI will draw and announce a winner tomorrow. (Enter by leaving a comment, and earn extra entries by Tweeting and/or subscribing to my e-newsletter and saying so in the comment.)The Stars of Summer by Tara DairmanHappy Monday!

 

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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!

It’s launch week for TALKER 25!

t25-coverOver at Emu’s Debuts, we’re all celebrating the launch of Joshua McCune’s fantastic debut YA novel, Talker 25. Here’s the blurb about this epic book:

It’s a high school prank gone horribly wrong: sneaking onto the rez to pose next to a sleeping dragon. Now senior Melissa Callahan has become an unsuspecting pawn in a war between Man and Monster, between family and friends and the dragons she has despised her whole life. Chilling, epic, and wholly original, this debut novel imagines a North America where dragons are kept on reservations, where strict blackout rules are obeyed no matter the cost, where the highly weaponized military operates in chilling secret, and where a gruesome television show called Kissing Dragons unites the population.

I read an advance copy of this book–the first in a trilogy–a couple of months ago, and it knocked my socks off. If you loved The Hunger Games, or are fascinated by dragons, or find reality TV to be twisted and scary, I think you’ll love this book.

Plus, you can win a free copy by commenting on any of our launch week posts at Emu’s Debuts. And extra copies are up for grabs if you enter the dragon-naming contest!

You can find Talker 25 online at IndieboundAmazonBN.com, or at your local bookstore.

Meanwhile, on my other blogs…

It’s raining blog entries!

EMUsBadgeToday I have a pretty personal story up at Emu’s Debuts about a recent phone call I had with my mom, whose been having health issues over the last year. But it’s ultimately a happy tale! It’s called “A Different Kind of Call.”

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Also, over at OneFour Kidlit, we middle-grade authors are kicking the year off with the opening lines from our books. There are so many terrific ones–I want to read all of these books right now!


Colorado is for writersTomorrow, I’ll have a new Colorado is for Writers interview up here with Stephanie Blake, author of the Colorado Book Award finalist The Marble Queen.


And many thanks to those who checked out yesterday’s post on my favorite funny reads of 2013. I’m always looking for more laugh-out-loud books, so if you have any recommendations, please don’t hesitate to share!

Links, a giveaway, preorders, ARCs, and a new interview series!

Whew! I guess the title says it all. Dear blog readers, it seems that I have quite a few things to catch you up on! Let’s jump right in.

Fair Coin by E.C. Myers1) I have a new post up at Emu’s Debuts called “How Being a Debut Author Turned Me Into a Book-Buyer” (which is also rather self-explanatory as blog post titles go). In the comments section, I ask people to share their own book-buying habits and advice on how to choose which books to buy and which ones to borrow. And all commenters are entered into…

2) A giveaway of Fair Coin by E.C. Myers! The winner will be announced next Monday, November 18, so please leave your comment this week if you’d like to enter. You will have your choice of a hardcover, e-book, or the brand-spanking-new audiobook of this fabulous, Andre Norton Award-winning novel if you win!

3) If you clicked on that Fair Coin link above, you found yourself at IndieBound.org, a great site that helps you find books you want for sale at your local independent bookstore. And guess what other book you can now find on that site, and from several other booksellers? (Hint: I wrote it.)

That’s right–All Four Stars is now available for preorder! The sites where you can order it are all linked on this website’s Books page. I’ll make additional links active as it becomes available from more booksellers. The book releases officially on July 10, 2014. Exciting!

ARCs of ALL FOUR STARS!4) Even more exciting than seeing my book for sale online has been holding the advance reading copies (also known as ARCs, or bound galleys) in my hands! They arrived on my doorstep in October, and they are gorgeous. All but one are already out there circulating among early readers, but I hope to get a few back and be able to do a giveaway or two at some point. Stay tuned!

Taste Test by Kelly Fiore 5) And last, but not least, I will be kicking off a brand-new blog series right here two days! It’s called “Foodie Kidlit Friday,” and will focus on awesome books for kids and young adults (and, let’s face it, us adults who love kidlit!) that feature food and cooking themes. I’ll be getting things started with an interview of Kelly Fiore, whose debut YA novel Taste Test (set at a reality cooking show for teens) released recently and knocked my socks off. And one lucky commenter will win a signed copy from Kelly!

I’ll be aiming to do this series every other Friday (on weeks alternating with the Colorado is for Writers series, which posts every other Tuesday). And in addition to interviews, I’m also planning to start sharing recipes for dishes featured in All Four Stars! So, this should be a very fun series indeed.

That’s all I’ve got for now, but pop back by on Friday for the Taste Test extravaganza. Thanks!

ALL FOUR STARS has a cover!

Gladys is hereIn case you haven’t already seen on Facebook and Twitter, today is the day that the cover for my debut middle-grade novel, All Four Stars, gets revealed to the public!

The party’s happening over at Emu’s Debuts, where you can see the actual cover, and at Mother.Write.Repeat., where my lovely fellow Putnam author Krista Van Dolzer is interviewing me about the book itself.

So feel free to pop on over and welcome Ms. Gladys Gatsby–as envisioned by brilliant cover artist Kelly Murphy–into the world!

Thanks, and links

First off, I’d like to thank everyone who commented, e-mailed me, and shared links on Twitter and Facebook about my recent post “First drafting: Now 96% faster.” I’m so glad to hear that some of the techniques I shared are resonating with fellow writers. I’m planning to do a (much shorter) follow-up post soon on a wacky new revision technique I’ve been trying, so stay tuned!

In the meantime, I have two new blog posts up elsewhere today:

Kayak In “So much for a quiet summer” (at Emu’s Debuts), I talk about all of the progress that’s happened on All Four Stars (copyedits! first pass pages! cover!) during the supposedly “slow” publishing season of summer.

SKY JUMPERSAnd in “GETTIN’ LUCKY: An Interview with Peggy Eddleman, Author of SKY JUMPERS,” (at OneFourKidLit) I talk to the terrific Peggy about her debut middle-grade post-apocalyptic adventure book, which I (and, more importantly, my MG-aged writing students!) couldn’t put down.

And tomorrow, right here, the Colorado is for Writers series will pick up again with Donna Cooner, author of the YA novel Skinny! See you there.