Spotlight on Brightly

Dear Kids, Family Members, and Teachers,

Please check out this terrific website for kids’ books called Read Brightly. Log on at https://www.readbrightly.com.

So get a clue, Readers, and investigate these tabs on the site: The first is “Ages and Stages” where you can peruse reading lists for ages 0-13+. The second is “Popular Topics,” such as Animals, Beloved Characters and Classics, Books Boys Like, Books Girls Like, Educator Resources, Family and Friendship, Kid-approved Books, Parenting Advice, and more. Plus, there are interesting feature articles. Kids, get lost in books this summer. Happy, happy reading all summer!

 

 

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Suspenseful Cover-up

Dear Readers of All Ages,

Drum roll, please–Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets¬†now officially has a front cover! It’s stunning…but I can’t release it yet. Awww, shucks!

So get a clue, Readers, and watch on November 1st for the great Cover Reveal. Then, please weigh in with your comments.

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Summer is Simmering–Finally!

Dear Readers,

San Diego gets socked in each spring with a thick Pacific marine layer, a.k.a., “May Gray” and “June Gloom.” But, yay! It’s finally burning off. Off came the patio furniture covers and winter blankets; away went the black walking coat; out came sundresses and sandals.

So get a clue, adults. Join your kids and me in saying, “Welcome, Summer!” I love that its bright sunlight and birdsong enter my windows before 6 a.m. That it warms my early-morning walks with my dog, Jimmy Lambchop. The way it coaxes a profusion of flowers from every crevice. And its sweet scents, like a freshly laundered linen dress, that drift through my windows at dusk. Get ready. Things are heating up. Summer’s simmer is coming to a rolling boil!

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Get Your Lion On

Dear Readers,

Is it time in your personal or professional life to let risk-taking become part of your “living on the growing edge”? Want to stop limiting yourself? Stop comparing yourself to others? Flee your fences? Own your expertise? Roar like a lion?¬†These were the questions posed by Marni Freedman as she discussed her book, Permission to Roar, last Saturday in San Diego.

Her favorite three strategies: Risk 10% or more. Be willing to make a mess. Celebrate every single risk you take.

So get a clue, Readers: Read the book. Then, get your Lion on! Wear your invisible superhero cape. Practice roaring until it’s a habit. Clucking is for Chickens.

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Got It Covered–Almost

Dear Cover Browsers,

Most of my writing time this May has been spent working with the publisher and designer on the cover for Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets. The process hasn’t always been easy, but it’s been worth it.

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” But the truth is most people do! Think about it. You’re shopping for a new book. The cover must catch your eye and be compelling enough so the volume finds a new home in your world.

For us Middle Grade (preteen audience) writers, the cover must be age appropriate, yet have “wow factor,” plus reveal something irresistible about the characters and story–enough for the book to grab the hand and heart and stick like Crazy Glue.

My vision for my cover has changed during the negotiation process with the publisher and designer over points enormous and minuscule. One moment, I’m disappointed when a cherished idea is rejected. Then, I’m elated when one is approved! Suddenly, a great idea I hadn’t thought of enters the mix. When I can remain objective, it’s inspiring to behold the designer’s artistry, the publisher’s expertise, and my wishes shift and merge. It’s definitely a give-and-take process, making the cover better with each round. As of today, we’re almost there! Later this year, I will have the great “Cover Reveal” for your take on our efforts.

So get a clue, Readers, and get my book, cover and all, next February. I hope it grabs you and doesn’t let go long after you’ve finished reading it, cover to cover.

 

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Very Mysterious!

Dear actual or wannabe mystery-book-loving Readers,

I just discovered and joined a mystery book blog! (Though figuring out how to navigate it is still a mystery.)

The site contains comprehensive lists and commentary about cozy (non-gory) mystery books and series for all ages and allows input from readers.

I certainly hope to see Nutmeg Street: Egyptian Secrets mentioned and praised there early next year. Hint, hint….

So get many clues: If you’re a mystery fan, or want to become one, join at https://www.cozy-mystery.com/blog to start lurking in its shadows with me.

 

 

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