Post Conference Goodies

Last week’s Texas Library Association conference was absolutely wonderful. I got to visit with the great students at Baranoff, sign books at my publisher’s booth, and hang out with a whole bunch of authors – some were old  friends, and some new friends. I especially enjoyed meeting Tricia Hoover and Jessica Lee Anderson’s fellow Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels at their ice cream social.

But the best part of conferences for me is the books I bring home. I acquired several ARC’s and some off the shelf copies of quite a few books. I’m reading them now and will post my reviews as I finish – and then I’ll give them away. I love giving books away after I’m done with them. Someone else gets to read them and I get more space on my shelf.

I just finished Dry Souls from debut novelist Denise Getson. It’s the newest release from CBAY – coming out this May. I was able to spend a little time with Denise at the conference and she is a lovely person. I’ll post that review soon, along with a giveaway.  Some of the other ARCs I’m looking forward to reading include:

Calli by Jessica Lee Anderson

Sir Gawain the True by Gerald Morris (one of The Knight’s Tales)

Middle School: The Worst years of my Life by James Patterson (with Chris Tebbetts)

Mousenet by Prudence Breitrose

I’ll be posting reviews soon!

Why I Write – Thanks Baranoff Elementary Students!

Yesterday I had a school visit to the Buffaloes at Baranoff Elementary School in  Texas.  I had a great time sharing about story elements and talking some about my book, Secrets of the Cheese Syndicate. We even got a little Cajun storytelling in before the end. I’ve been out of the library and classroom for almost two years now and I will confess I miss that daily interaction with the students – although I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the day.

Thanks to Book People for setting up the visit and for Madeline Smoot’s service as chauffeur and escort extraordinare! And special thanks to Baranoff’s librarian, Susan Jetton and her wonderful parent volunteers for inviting us and providing such great hospitality – lunch was yummy!

But most of all, thank you to the students at Baranoff. Your energy and enthusiasm reminded me why I write – to share stories with children. This author is grateful for the opportunity to share mine with all of you.