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1. Giveaway: Special ARC of RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard

RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers. To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change. Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she

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2. If You Were Me and Lived In … Hungary: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World | Series Giveaway

Enter to win a full autographed set of the If You Were Me series, by award-winning author Carole P. Roman; including the newest addition If You Were Me and Lived in … Hungary: A Child’s Introduction to Cultures Around the World! Giveaway begins January 24, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends February 23, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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3. Archie Joins the Humble Bundle Bandwagon; Image Scores with 2nd Bundle

ALBV logo 285x300 Archie Joins the Humble Bundle Bandwagon; Image Scores with 2nd BundleBy Bruce Lidl

Following immediately on the conclusion of the second Image Comics Humble Bundle, Archie Comics has joined the Humble Bundle comics movement with its first release. Humble Bundles are curated collections of digital comics available under a “pay what you want” revenue model. Customers can choose their payment amount for the basic pack, or spend extra money for additional content. Customers can also choose what percentage of their payment goes to the publisher, to the Humble Bundle company and to a charity picked for the bundle, in this case either the Hero Initiative or the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Also, all Humble Bundle comic collections are sold in variety of formats, with absolutely no DRM restrictions embedded in them.

Past digital comics Humble Bundles have proven very popular and generated considerable revenue for publishers and charities. The first Image Humble Bundle in April 2014 received almost $400,000 in payments, while the just completed Image bundle got over $450,000, and appears to have been the highest grossing comics bundle so far.

Today’s Archie bundle contains Afterlife With Archie Magazine #1, The Fox: Freak Magnet, Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Collide Vol. 1, and The Best of Archie Book One. Customers that pay more than the going average price also get The Death of Archie, Archie Meets KISS, The Best of Archie Book Two, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #1, and Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Collide Vol. 2., while those who pay $15 or more will receive all of the above plus Afterlife With Archie Vol. 1: Escape From Riverdale, Archie Comics Spectacular: Party Time, Archie: The Married Life Vol. 1, and Sonic/Mega Man: Worlds Collide Vol. 3. Other incentive titles will likely get added over the course of the bundle’s two week run.

At this point, the sole remaining publisher holdouts from Humble Bundle appear to be Marvel and DC. While initially designed for independent video gaming publishers, even rather large gaming companies have used Humble Bundle since its inception in 2010, including EA and THQ. Interestingly, Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment participated in a gaming Humble Bundle in November 2013 that included comics themed games Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, distributed through the Steam gaming platform. Whether that might indicate a broader Warner Brothers/DC openness to the Humble Bundle philosophy remains to be seen.

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4. Coloring Page Tuesday - Sledding Penguins!

     Ping, Pong, Pepe and Pip are taking the sled out for the day. Although Pip can't get his beak out of a book.
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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5. Monday Mishmash 1/19/15


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Another Campus Crush  So last week I mentioned that fans asked for another Campus Crush story for Mike since he didn't get his HEA. I thought I was going to write a novel for him, but this series insists that it's made up of novellas, and that's what his story has turned into. More details to come.
  2. Friday Feature  I have some Friday Feature spots available this month and next (and beyond, actually) so if you have a new release or upcoming release and would like to be featured email me khashway(at)hotmail(dot)com.
  3. Spotlight and Giveaway  The very sweet and awesome Megan McDade is hosting me on her blog this month and in addition to interviews and guest posts, there's a giveaway (winner's choice of a paperback of Touch of Death or The Monster Within). Check it out here.
  4. Winter Ball  My daughter attended her first school dance last Friday. It was three hours of me sitting on a hard cafeteria stool, but seeing her dance and run around with her friends made it worth it. She's only in second grade, so seeing how outgoing she is really makes me happy. That girl is not afraid to be who she is. :) I'm a proud mom.
  5. Winter Blues  Anyone else have the winter blues? Some of my 2014-year-of-ickiness has carried over and I'm hoping to be finished with it by the end of the month so I can get back to life as usual. And I could really use some sunshine and warmer weather if anyone can make that happen. ;)
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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6. Candlewick Press - Best of YA Giveaway

TIME Magazine recently published their 100 Best Young Adult Books of All Time and 100 Best Children's Books of All Time lists. Candlewick Press is offering a chance to win 6 of their titles which appeared on the YA list!

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The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

Rob, sickly and devastated by the death of his mother, moves to a hotel with his father for a new start. But after he comes across a caged tiger in the woods outside the motel, the unexpected find helps him overcome his sadness and open up to a new friend.

The Tiger Rising is a National Book Award finalist (2001).

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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. Along the way, we are shown a miracle--that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is in the Top 25 to be voted on for Best of the Best ranking by reader vote: http://time.com/100-best-young-adult-books/

Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci

An unforgettable debut novel that follows an antisocial cinephile as she meets a quick-witted artist who's savvy enough to see through her sci-fi disguise. 

Boy Proof will celebrate its 10th anniversary in February 2015.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, Illustrated by Jim Kay

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. 

Soon to be a major motion picture!

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

A dystopian thriller follows a boy and girl on the run from a town where all thoughts can be heard--and the passage to manhood embodies a horrible secret.

Feed by M. T. Anderson

Anderson takes on consumerism in this smart, savage satire that has captivated readers with its view of an imagined future that veers unnervingly close to the here and now. 

Feed is a National Book Award Finalist (2002).


Thanks to Candlewick, you can enter to win all 6 books using the Rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway is open to the US and Canada only, and ends Monday, January 26, 2015.

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7. An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir | Advanced Reader Copy Giveaway

The Children’s Book Review | January 16 Enter to win an autographed advance reader copy of An Ember in the Ashes (Razorbill, April 28, 2015), by Sabaa Tahir, and a T-shirt. One (1) winner receives  An advanced reader copy of An Ember in the Ashes autographed by Sabaa Tahir. An Ember in the Ashes T-shirt. Age Range: 12 and up Giveaway begins January 16, […]

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8. THUNDERSTONE by Barbara Pietron: $25 Amazon Giveaway

Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron Genre: YA paranormal romance Published: November 12, 2013 Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota.  Then she meets Ice, the local medicine man's apprentice.  Suddenly, her simple family gathering becomes an exciting – and terrifying – week

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9. Wanted! Have you seen Ralfy Rabbit?

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To celebrate the publication of Wanted: Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar by Emily MacKenzie Bloomsbury is running a digital hunt for #RalfyRabbit. Every day from Monday 12th January until Friday 16th January a blogger will be hiding a different Ralfy image somewhere on their blog. All you have to do is find the image and tweet to be in with a chance win an exclusive Ralfy prize. Today I’m hosting the hunt!

Here is today’s clue to find the Ralfy image hidden on Playing By the Book:

If Ralfy reformed and decided to swap books rather than steal them, where on my blog would he go? Look in my side bar for the book shaped parcel!

Once you have found Ralfy Rabbit, you need to share the image on twitter tagging @kidsbloomsbury and @playbythebook along with ‘I found #RalfyRabbit’

The prize is an ‘I love books’ kit that includes Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar book, mug, t-shirt, sticker sheet and signed print! You can only enter once per day, and your entry only counts if you have the right image for the right day.

Please submit your entry by 5pm (UK time) on each day.

The full line up of participating blogs is:

Monday 12th January Library Mice
Tuesday 13th January Fiction Fascination
Wednesday 14th January Wondrous Reads
Thursday 15th January The Book Sniffer
Friday 16th January Playing by the Book

On January 19th , Bloomsbury will announce the five winners via Twitter! There’s one winner for each day. The hunt is open internationally.

Still have questions? Tweet @KidsBloomsbury.

Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar is the exciting debut from Emily MacKenzie. It publishes in the UK on Thursday 15th January 2015.

Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn’t just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime. Luckily, a new friend is on hand to find a law abiding solution to his voracious appetite for all things literary.

Emily MacKenzie

Emily MacKenzie

A huge advocate of libraries, Emily hopes that Ralfy will help to encourage a love of them in a new generation “With the recent cuts to libraries I want to remind children and parents about the joy of books. I hope they’ll explore the huge range out there and reap the benefits of their local library, just as I did as a child”.

Originally from Northumberland, Emily grew up beside a beautiful pine forest near a little village called Slaley. She moved to Scotland to study Graphic Design at Edinburgh College of Art and after graduating, spent seven years working in-house as a cover designer for a publishing company. In 2011 she took the plunge to go freelance in order to concentrate on her love of illustration and print making, and to pursue her dream of one day having her own children’s books published.

Emily lives in Edinburgh with her husband Alan, and hopes to one day live by the sea in a cottage with a vegetable patch, a yellow front door and a cat called Crayon.

W: www.emilymackenzie.co.uk / T: @emilymackenzie_ / F: Emily Mackenzie illustration

Download the Ralfy Rabbit activity pack here

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10. Candlewick Prize Pack with 6 of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Young Adult Books

Enter to win a prize pack with 6 of the listed Candlewick titles from TIME Magazine's Top 100 Young Adult Books. Giveaway begins January 15, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends January 31, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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11. Coloring Page Tuesdays - Storytelling Snowman

     Storytelling Snowman shares his tales with the wee fuzzies of the forest, to keep them warm in winter.
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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12. Win 6 of TIME Magazine's Best Young Adult Books from Candlewick Press

READERS!  You have come on a very exciting day! Today we are celebrating with Candlewick Press about the exciting announcement from Time Magazine. Ten of their books were given "BEST OF" nods and now is your chance to receive ALL SIX Young Adult winners!  Just fill out the Rafflecopter, then make sure to check out all the Candlewick winners below! GOOD LUCK! *Giveaway is US/Canada

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13. Take a Journey with The Ultimate Reading Quest ~ January 5th to 19th, 2015...

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WATCH THE VIDEO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE READING QUEST.

Happy New Year from all the Authors in the Ultimate Reading Quest! This year myself, and all the Quest authors, want you to enjoy your reading experiences more than ever! So in 2015, the Ultimate Reading Quest has more, more, more! More authors and more books, means more mystery, more danger, more intrigue and more edge-of-your-seat adventure awaits you! We want you, our readers, to be able to fill that Kindle, tablet or E-reader you got for Christmas, with fabulous reads to take you through 2015. The Quest is so much fun! Who doesn't love searching for treasure? The ULTIMATE READING QUEST is about finding books that are “perfectly” suited to your reading taste by clicking on choices. To thank you for participating, the authors have decided to give away oodles of prizes for free! Enter your name to win Amazon cards and free books from authors! Plus a whole store of treasured books are just waiting to be discovered by you!

Enjoy your journey as you travel through the QUEST! Don't forget to enter the raffle on the first page of the Quest. And please leave comments or questions for the authors of the Quest. We would love to hear from you. What are you waiting for? Click on the button above or below to get started on your QUEST for the next ULTIMATE READ!

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14. Giveaway: Utopia, Iowa by Brian Yansky (US/Canada)

 

Utopia, Iowa

by Brian Yansky

Releases: 2/10/15 from Candlewick

 

About the Book
 
Jack Bell has an unusual gift—or curse, depending on your point of view. And he’s not the only one. In Utopia, Iowa, anything can happen.
 
For the most part, aspiring screenwriter Jack Bell is just your typical Midwestern kid. He’s got a crush on his hot best friend, Ash. He’s coping with a sudden frostiness between his once crazy-in-love parents. He’s debating where to go to college next year—or whether to go at all. But then there’s his gift (or curse): Jack can see dead people, just like the kid in The Sixth Sense. Lately, the ghosts are more distracting than usual, demanding that Jack get to the bottom of their mysterious deaths—all while avoiding the straitlaced Detective Bloodsmith, who doesn’t believe in gifts or curses and can’t help wondering why Jack keeps turning up at crime scenes. Is there a happily-ever-after in Jack’s future, or is that only the stuff of movies?
 
 
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Brian Yansky is the author of Alien Invasion and Other Inconveniences and its sequel, Homicidal Aliens and Other Disappointments, as well as Wonders of the World and My Road Trip to the Pretty Girl Capital of the World. He lives in Austin, Texas. You can find him on Twitter at @BrianYansky.
 
 
 
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10 US/Canada winners will receive a hardcover copy of the book.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30-60 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

Name 5 movies mentioned in the chapter sampler https://www.scribd.com/doc/250251129/Utopia-Iowa-by-Brian-Yansky-Chapter-Sampler

 
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15. Hissy Fitz, by Patrick Jennings | Book Giveaway

Enter to win an autographed hardcover copy of Hissy Fitz, by Patrick Jennings. Giveaway begins January 9, 2015, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends February 8, 2015, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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16. Giveaway: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES #ACOTAR #international

A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but

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17. Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniversary Blog Tour

Thanks to Macmillan for including us on the 40th Anniversary blog tour for Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt.

I'm so excited that I'm offering up a copy of the 40th Anniversary Edition of the book in a quick giveaway. It's open internationally and ends Saturday, Jan 10. The book won't be out until Tuesday, Jan 20, so if you don't win my giveaway, you can preorder your copy right here! Enter using the Rafflecopter below, and look up the hashtag #Tuck40th to find the other 39 blog tour posts on the tour!

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What if you could live forever?

If I could live forever, I can think of a million things I'd like to do. I'd knit and sew a lot. I'd try to help alleviate poverty and counteract global warming. I'd take a boat out to sea and try to chip away at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch--that's sure to take up a whole lot of time. I'd take classes in everything: languages, math, science, and every art form available. I'd bake millions of cookies, pies, cakes, and other desserts. I'd adopt every stray cat that crossed my path (especially the black ones).

When I was younger, I thought I'd like to just stay home and read forever. And I'm sure, if I could live forever, I would make sure I had somewhere to keep my books. But there is a whole world out there to see, lots of things to do. I'd try to do them all, especially the things that scare me the most. For example, while I love to sing, I really hate being in front of an audience. I would look for opportunities to sing and maybe speak publicly, or even act. I'm also really scared of swimming in the ocean. I mean, I can go for a little dip at the beach, but when I can't see or feel the sandy bottom anymore, I really start to freak out.

Of course, there are practical considerations to living forever. How do you pay for everything? Won't people wonder how I stayed young or managed to outlive everyone else? Would I have to go into hiding to protect myself? I really don't relish the thought of having to work for a paycheck the rest of my life, or spend my life on the run, so I'm sure some strict investment and retirement plans, legal action, and/or winning the lottery might have to come into play.

I'm not sure I'd be lonely, because I do like being alone, and I feel like I can make friends with whoever else happens to be alive at the same time. The worst case scenario I can think of is if I outlived every other earthly life form (including cats), and no benevolent aliens came along to invite me to travel through space with them for eternity. Then, I'd probably regret living for so long. I'd also avoid any kind of wrongdoing--especially things that could land me in jail! A life sentence seems way worse when it's never-ending.

I'd spend the rest of eternity making friends, traveling, making things, reading (and maybe writing) books, singing, baking, and trying to change the world. I'd knit, and sew, and raise an army of black cats. Actually, even if I can't live forever, I think I'll do those things anyway.

Except maybe the swimming in the deep ocean part.

About the book

2015 marks the 40th anniversary of Natalie Babbitt’s celebrated, ground- breaking title Tuck Everlasting (Anniversary edition on sale January 20). In celebration of the anniversary, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will publish a special anniversary edition featuring an introduction from Wicked author Gregory Maguire.

Tuck Everlasting asks readers “What if you could live forever?” Doomed to, or blessed with, eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less of a blessing than it might seem. Then complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

Upon the book’s publication in 1975, Natalie was greeted with concern from parents and educators who were stunned to read a book about death written for children. She is an author who challenges her readers and thinks the best questions are the ones without answers.

This 40th anniversary will introduce a whole new generation to this timeless classic. The book has sold over 3.5 million copies in the US alone, and has never been out of print since publication. 

About the author

Natalie Babbitt is the award-winning author of Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Knee-Knock Rise, and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-Ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Knee-Knock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Connecticut, and is a grandmother of three. 

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18. Coloring Page Tuesday - Sledding Bear!

      I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and have a fabulous new year! This sledding bear plans to!
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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19. Coloring Page Tuesday - Santa Lists

The Special Edition e's news with a holiday wish for YOU went out today. CLICK HERE to have a look!

     It's been an amazing year and I've been so grateful to be able to share it with you, my loyal followers. Thank you for your continued interest and support. I wish you and your loved ones a very merry holiday season and happy new year!
     I know you've been good, but Santa is checking to make sure.
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THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA! Makes a GREAT teacher gift! Click the cover to learn more!
     Don't live in Georgia? Check with your local bookseller - Sterling has a version for each state.

     I create my coloring pages for teachers, librarians, booksellers, and parents to enjoy for free with their children, but you can also purchase rights to an image for commercial use, please contact me. If you have questions about usage, please visit my Angel Policy page.

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20. Jesse Klausmeier's OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK - interview and giveaway!

I’ve just had the great pleasure of experiencing OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK, the new book written by Jesse Klausmeier and illustrated by Suzy Lee. I also feel the need to give a shout-out to the designer - Sara Gillingham Studio, because a lot of design considerations went into this book. It’s an engineering feat of smaller and smaller books being opened one within the other all the way through.




     So how does an author create a book like this? Let’s find out!

Q. Jesse - Congratulations on such a brilliant book. I adore OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK!
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Thank you so much, Elizabeth! And yes, the designer, Sara Gillingham played a tremendous role in the design of our book. As a debut author, I cannot express how incredible it has been to be teamed up with such award-winning talent like Sara, Suzy Lee, our editor Victoria Rock and the team at Chronicle. (This is Jesse with a piece by Suzy.)

Q. So truly, how did you come up with the idea for this book and how did you present this manuscript to Chronicle?
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I had the initial idea of a book-within-a-book-within-a-book when I was five years old. Like most kids, I wanted to postpone bedtime as long as I could, and I thought a book that never ended would accomplish that goal nicely. One day, I decided to write that book, and with some help from my Grandma Iyla, the first version of OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK was created.

      Fast-forward twenty-odd years. I had joined SCBWI and was actively involved in my Los Angeles chapter. I had written a handful of manuscripts, but was mostly reading and studying the craft. I found myself particularly drawn to conceptual picture books. As I read more and more of them, it struck me that I had yet to find one with the concept of a book-within-a-book, and the active nature of reading. So, I started searching for that book. When I was confident the idea hadn’t been done, I wrote the manuscript. But because of the unique format, I had no idea how to submit this type of proposal.
      As luck would have it, the Los Angeles chapter of SCBWI had a writing retreat coming up, and Victoria Rock from Chronicle was on the faculty. I signed up right away because through all of my research, I had identified Chronicle as the ideal publisher for this manuscript. At the retreat I read my story aloud to Victoria in a small group and explained my vision for the book. We talked about it a bit, and at the end of the session Victoria asked if she could take my manuscript back to Chronicle. A few months later, she acquired it.

Q. Jesse, you were an assistant editor at Penguin Group’s Dial imprint. (A different house from where the book was published.) Did that give you an advantage when presenting such a tricky idea?
A.
I actually sold the manuscript before I was hired at Dial. Honestly, I just really, really love books and I think my passion showed when I pitched my concept to Victoria. I had done my homework and could talk about what other books were out that celebrated reading, but also how my book was unique and filled a need in the market.

Q. Did you work closely with the illustrator and designer to get the concept working right?
A.
It was a great team effort between Suzy, Victoria, Sara and me. We communicated throughout the entire project, which is quite unique. I saw illustrations and Suzy saw drafts of my manuscript; we were all committed to making this book the best it could be. We played around with design, format, and text until each piece felt right. As the book continued to develop it became like a game of, “What if/Yes, and…” to see how many layers we could weave into the book without making it feel heavy.
      Ex. What if each of our characters brings an object with them into their book to show that we interpret stories through our own personal lens?
      Yes! And, what if our characters switch their objects when they close their books to show that when we read a story, we gain a new perspective?





Q. I love the chain text and characters!
A. Thank you! I personally find stories with chain text/repetition so satisfying, so that means so much to me.

Q. What is the official term for a book like this that builds upon each previous page/character and then circles back around?
A.
Hmmm… you know what? I’m not sure! I’m such a fan of chain text that I use it twice in the book: once with the overall story, and again within Giant’s teeny-tiny Little Rainbow Book.

Q. You obviously have a passion for books. What was your influence behind OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK?
A.
Two books in particular had a huge influence on OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK:
     THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK by Jon Stone and illustrated by Michael Smollin was the first book I experienced where the narrator spoke directly to the reader. In my story, the reader is the character that kicks off the book. The directive to open this little book instantly engages the reader and demonstrates that she or he plays an active role in the story. The reader is a character in the story, and their name is capitalized in the text at the end with, “You close this little red book...”
     THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR by Eric Carle stands out for its innovative design. As a child, I found the collages and the die-cuts pages captivating. I had never seen anything like it, and it blew my mind. I want to blow little minds by playing with format and delivering something unexpected.

Q. OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK received great reviews. How did that feel for your debut book?
A.
I mean, it felt awesome, and also a little bit insane. To get starred reviews and be on best of the year lists is every author’s dream. Winning the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor last year was amazing. I wish Suzy and Sara lived in the states so they could have been there. I hope I get to meet them in person one day.

Q. You’re no longer in New York, but I can’t imagine you’ve given up your passion. What is your book life like now? (I’m sure I’m not alone in saying I’ll be looking for whatever you come up with next!)
A.
Oh, certainly not! I’m still as passionate about books as ever. Unfortunately, I’ve had some pretty serious health issues so most of my focus is dedicated to treatment, but I’ve been able to do 3-4 book events a year. I’m writing as much as I physically can, and luckily, there are always more fantastic books for me to read!

Wishing you improved health and much continued success!
A. Thank you, Elizabeth. I wish the very same for you!

Check out this sweet book trailer on YouTube, which gives you the full idea of how the book works:


GIVEAWAY!
Chronicle Books has kindly agreed to give away one free copy of OPEN THIS LITTLE BOOK to one of my lucky followers. Must live in the US to win - enter below.

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21. Ali Maier's MOM MADE US WRITE THIS - Guest post and giveaway!

Today's guest post is like Christmas in July - just the other way around! Welcome to Ali Maier!

      As a mom of two kids close in age, I have always been fascinated by their relationship. There are days that they get along like the best of friends, making up games, laughing, whispering and having so much fun together. There are also days where every action or word of one sibling seems to infuriate the other. And there are those in-between days, where they simply co-exist, living in the same house, but doing their own thing, completely independent of one another. There is something so unique about the relationship between siblings.
      My children and their interactions were the inspiration for writing my book series, Mom Made Us Write This. As a family, we spent many, many hours in the bookstore or library, scouring for good books. We were always searching for books for my children to read independently as well as books to read together as a family. Eventually, I started writing short stories on my own for my kids to read.
      Maggie and Max, the 10-year-old twins in the Mom Made Us Write This series, are loosely based on my own children, Maddie and Matt. I started writing stories for my family about fictional siblings, Maggie and Max, doing the day-to-day activities that my kids did. In my stories, Maggie and Max were constantly experiencing the same events, like going to the zoo, from very different perspectives. One day Maggie and Max would get along so well, then struggle to understand each other the next. I wrote the stories to share with my family to make them laugh, but also to illustrate to my children how two people can have very different perspectives of the same event.
      Eventually, my collection of stories became a book, the first in the book in the series entitled Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer.
      I am so excited about the book, because it is a wonderful read for families. Sometimes it is a challenge for everyone in a family to get along, and that’s ok. It’s important for children to know that you can love someone and still disagree sometimes. As long as you love and respect each other, you can resolve any disagreement. Journaling is a wonderful way for siblings to share their feelings, to explain their point of view, and to resolve conflicts. I hope that reading Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer encourages families to start journaling at home. Sharing a journal with a family member or friend is an amazing way to learn more about each other, plus it is a fun way to encourage writing in an entertaining, unique format.
      I hope that your readers enjoy the he-said, she-said journal of Maggie and Max in Mom Made Us Write This In The Summer. Available on Amazon or ask at your local bookstore.
      If you have a funny, family story, share it with me at ali@MomMadeUsWriteThis.com. Your family adventure could make it into a book someday!!

      Also Available in the Mom Made Us Write This series: – Mom Made Us Write This: Family Quiz Book - A hilarious question and answer book for families! Mom Made Us Write This: Write Your Own Shared Journal - Max and Maggie’s 100-page challenge gives kids a goal – find a journal partner and work together to fill 100 pages with fabulous writing. Mom Made Us Write This During School – Coming November 2015

GIVEAWAY!
     Ali is offering a free copy to one of my lucky followers. Must live in the US to win - enter below:

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22. Coloring Page Tuesday - Happy New Year!

     It's one day early, but I don't want to miss your parties with this brand new baby New Year! I wish you all a year filled with joy, good health, and your own personal definition of success!
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     When the birds return to Water Street, will anyone be left to hear them sing? A miner's strike allows green and growing things to return to the Red Hills, but that same strike may force residents to seek new homes and livelihoods elsewhere. Follow the story of Jack Hicks as he struggles to hold onto everything he loves most.
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23. Kelly Light's LOUISE LOVES ART - Giveaway!


I fell in love with Kelly Light's new book the minute I saw it, because I was exactly like Louise! And I adore the line, "I love art. It's my imagination on the outside!" I'm thrilled to have Kelly here today to talk about LOUISE LOVES ART!

Q. Kelly, congratulations on your debut picture book and it’s overwhelming success! How’s it been for you?
A.
Thanks Elizabeth! It was so great to spend some time with you at the Decatur Book Festival this August!
      The release of Louise Loves Art has been beyond anything that I ever imagined. Harper Collins and my editor, Alessandra Balzer at the imprint, Balzer and Bray have supported the book amazingly. I was always so focused on getting published that I never applied my imagination to what happens after publication. It has been new and awe inspiring and overwhelming.
      The best part of a very busy Fall 2014, was getting to be with kids. I traveled all over the United States and talked about art and heard from so many children “I love art!” That fills me with hope and inspiration.

Q. So, is LOUISE LOVES ART an autobiography?
A.
Yes and no. Louise is like me, in that she is a little girl obsessed with drawing. I was as well. Louise is the older sibling. I was the younger sibling. I was the one who messed up my older brother’s stuff. Louise also has an unrestrained confidence. I knew who I was, I was an artist. Having that identity certainly helped my confidence, but I was a little more shy.

Q. I was Louise myself - I was seldom seen without a drawing pad tucked under my arm as a kid. And I did portraits of all my friends. How did art show up in your early years?
A.
I remember always drawing as far back as I can remember. I tell the kids, when I talk to them, I drew on every scrap of paper in the house. Every piece of mail, every napkin in the napkin holder. My Mom and Dad had a diner when I was a kid. I drew on every green and white guest check.
      One of the reasons I thought up Louise was remembering back to being a kid in the 1970’s. There was so much art in school. In every school subject we did book reports, dioramas and bulletin boards. When my own daughter was in fourth grade, she was lucky to have art class twice a month. Her teacher waited until May to do a project with his class because the rest of the school year’s lessons were determined by the testing in Long Island.
      I thought about my artsy kid and what if I grew up with out art surrounding me? Who would I be? That’s when I started drawing Louise.

Q. Gads, I can't imagine! You did a lot of licensed artwork in an early career - did that help you grow into the artist you are now?
A.
Absolutely.
      Licensing, for major cartoon properties is a lot like advertising. You have to think fast. You have to distill your ideas into their simplest form. Usually one image. You have to convey a story, a feeling, personality….very simply. You also draw a lot. I used to have to fill a wall with concepts every day. Then, maybe one would get used. You learn that ideas aren’t all precious. You get them all out, then look around... learn what is viable and useful. Keep moving.
      Sounds a lot like publishing, right?

Q. LOUISE LOVES ART is a perfect marriage of words and pictures working together - how did you approach that?
A.
I think in pictures. I drew for months with only two sentences written . “I love art. It’s my imagination on the outside.” I had a running narrative and dialogue in my head. A whole hour and a half animated movie. When the storyboard was done, the sketches were finished… I picked the fewest words possible to add to the pictures. What were they saying? What needed to be said? That was it.
      I don’t follow any writing rules. I really do believe “Give me any chance, I’ll take it. Read me any rule, I’ll break it.” The only rule I believe in is being real and speaking and acting from my heart. That includes however I get the work done. For me, it’s an unconventional process. It’s also difficult and involves a lot of swearing, loud music, wine and bubble baths. Maybe some chocolate.

Q. I know you had an incredible book tour when LOUISE LOVES ART came out. Now that you’re home, is life different? And what’s next for you?
A.
I call the Louise Tour, My BIG Adventure. Like any adventure, there were highs and lows. Successes and Peril. Fun and a little challenge.
      Life is very different. I am very different. This whole experience, the last two and a half years has changed me. I was afraid to travel alone, speak in front of people and now - I am afraid of hotels. There were a lot of hotels.
      I have time trouble now. There is never enough time. Time is the most valuable commodity. I would, if I had the time, write a science fiction novel based on that idea. Time. More time and how can we get it? Who can get it for me? I am a time junky. I need more time.
      I am comforted by how I spend my time. I spend it creating. I always created but, now, creating books for children, with my own characters and telling my own stories, I get to wind up face to face with these kids. I get to talk to them about being creative and sharing their imaginations with the world. It’s rewarding. That is the payment for the work.
      Right now, I am finishing Louise 2. I am working on illustrating a book for Beachlane Books, “Just Add Glitter” by Angela DiTerlizzi.
      So much to do, so little time.

Q. Thanks so much for sharing and congratulations again!
A.
I’m glad I got to spend some with you, Elizabeth! Happy and Safe travels on your big Adventure!

Check out this incredibly sweet book trailer for LOUISE LOVES ART (the image will take you to YouTube):


GIVEAWAY!
      Kelly has kindly offered to send a free, signed copy of LOUISE LOVES ART to one of my lucky, lucky followers! Must live in the US to win - enter below!

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24. Blue Lily, Lily Blue Giveaway

Hello, dear readers! We're starting a great run of giveaways for 2015. Today we're giving away a hardcover copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. The winner also gets a signed Dream Thieves bookplate (right) as well as a Sinner bookplate (left). Keep in mind that this is the 3rd book in the series, so you'll have to get your hands on the first two some other way if you win!

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  1. Open to US residents only. Ends 01/19/2015.
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25. Monday Mishmash 1/5/15


Happy Monday! Monday Mishmash is a weekly meme dedicated to sharing what's on your mind. Feel free to grab the button and post your own Mishmash.

Here's what's on my mind today:
  1. Editing:  I'm booked for the month of January, which is great. Now I just need more time in my day to work on my own writing projects. ;)
  2. Construction:  We are getting so close! Unfortunately, this weekend set us back a bit when a few things had to be redone. *sigh* But we are making forward process again now.
  3. Secret Projects in the Works:  I have a few things in the works that I can't share just yet. I'm hoping to be able to reveal them by the end of the month.
  4. My Office:  My office is about 99% complete, but it's missing the most important things of all—framed posters of my books. Once I get those up, I'll share pictures with you.
  5. "Best" Lists of 2014:  I'm excited to say that The Monster Within, Campus Crush (Ashelyn Drake title), and Into the Fire (Ashelyn Drake title) all made several "Best of 2014" lists! That makes me so happy!
  6. Kelly's Coven:  I'm putting out an invite to my street team, Kelly's Coven. We have a FB page where we interact, and this month I have a mega giveaway going on. If you'd like to help me promote my books and get exclusive access to content, first peeks at covers and news, and exclusive giveaways, you can join here. (Or let me know you'd like to join and I can give you access to the group.) I'd love to have you. :)
  7. Cover Reveal for 52 Likes by Medeia Sharif 
  8. Evernight Teen, January 16, 2015

    After a brutal rape and near-murder, Valerie wants to get past feelings of victimhood from both the assault and her history of being bullied. She’s plagued by not knowing the identity of her rapist and by the nasty rumors in school about that night. Valerie follows clues from ghostly entities, past victims of the rapist-murderer, contacting her through a social media site—why do all of their eerie photos have 52 likes under them? Their messages are leading her to the mystery man, although he’ll put up a fight to remain hidden.

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  9. Cover Reveal for The Milayna Series by Michelle Pickett  You've seen the cover for Milayna, book one in the Milayna Trilogy, and now the remaining covers in The Milayna Series are revealed!
  10. Book one, Milayna, is scheduled to release March 17, 2015. Book two, Milayna's Angel, and book three, The Innocent, are both scheduled for release in 2015. And for a limited time, you can pre-order Milayna (Book #1) for $2 off the purchase price! It's available for pre-order at only $2.99, but only for a limited time.
That's it for me. What's on your mind today?

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