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1. NOT My Year in Photos!


I've been struggling to post a plethora of photos using my phone because that's where all my photos are! Blogger even has, as one of the photo sources, From Your Phone. It displays almost twenty photos, but my phone contains more than fifteen hundred photos! Clearly, I must research updating my blog from my phone.

Until then, Merry Christmas!
Danette Haworth

Alfie & Casey

Vicerys (How I've missed you!)


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2. How's Your Holiday Season Going?

My holiday season has never been easier. My kitchen was ripped out in September--and has only now been put back together--and my downstairs carpet will be ripped out a few days before Christmas to have new carpet reinstalled. This construction is due to a major leak discovered late summer.

Again, my holiday season has never been easier! I mean it! This year, I didn't--COULDN'T--cook for Thanksgiving. Christmas--I can't decorate downstairs because EVERYTHING has to be moved off the carpet a couple of days before Christmas. (There is a landing upstairs where I will put a small tree and the presents--a Christmas corner, if you will.)

No mess & no stress,
This season's a success!

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3. New Website Address for Danette Haworth!

Hello all!

Somehow, my dot com domain name got swiped a few weeks ago. I'm trying to get the dot com address back, but now Danette Haworth is dot net website!

Yay! I'm back online!

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4. Website Down, The Mouse, and School Visits

Hello all! It's another dreary day here in the Sunshine State. I like to tell people we have only two seasons: hot, and hot and rainy. Do not visit THE MOUSE in summer! You'll likely be drenched to the bone, then frozen by the AC. (That's when they swap you out for an aminatron, ala Stepford Wives). And when it's not raining, the heat and the humidity will press you right down to a smear on the concrete, which The Mouse's minions will wipe up and dispose of before anyone notices you're missing.

Now to the subject at hand: My website is down. This is a problem for me because I wanted to update my school visit schedule. Because I don't know how soon the site will be back up, I wanted to let you know I have begun to book visits for next school year. Twenty-minute Skype visits are free to groups who've read my work. If you'd like me to visit in person, I have a variety of presentations and I also provide writing workshops for students who want to polish or publish their work.

If you're interested in having me visit, send me a message! My email address is dhaworthbooks at yahoo dot com.

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5. Flash Fiction Contest with Prizes and Critiques!

You don't even have to be female to enter the WOW! Spring 2014 Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by WOW! Women on Writing--you just have to write your best 750 words or less and pay a ten dollar entry fee (additional ten dollars for critique).

I've entered several of their contests, placed and not placed, and I highly recommend not only the contest, but the website itself. When I started writing seriously in 2007, I discovered Wow! Women on Writing,and I felt I'd found friends, people to whom I could learn from and whose words encouraged me.

If you've never visited their site, you've got a lot of good stuff waiting for you. Check out current articles and contests, and don't forget to pore through the archives. This is the kind of website that makes you feel as though you are in the company of friends.

Good luck, and have a great day!

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6. A Whole Lot of Lucky: Behind the scenes look at title development

Titles--heartache city! The title must do everything a synopsis or query does: grab the reader, provide a summary, and hint at the action yet to come. A lot of time goes into working up a good title, and it's not just the author's work, either. The editor, the editor's coworkers, and sales and marketing all have their say; everyone's input must be considered.

Titles cooked up and rejected for A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY:

  • Two Flavors of Lucky
  • The Year of My Magnificent Luckiness
  • Three Million Dollar Girl
  • The Duplicitous Luckiness of Hailee Richardson
  • Serendippitydoo
  • Lucky Me
  • Impossibly Possibly Lucky
  • Hailee Richardson, Girl Millionaire
My editor and I brainstormed pages of titles and promptly rejected most of them. The problem lies in the word "lucky:" phrases involving "getting lucky" are imbued with the wrong kind of nuance! Also, we wanted to avoid words like jackpot or other buzzwords that are too close too gambling. (This was hard, because even the buying of a lottery ticket is gambling.)

My sister suggested "A Whole Lotto Lucky," and the powers that be loved her suggestion! With a bit of morphing, my sister's words became A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY.

Now you can try your luck without all the heartache my editor and I went through! For a free, signed hardcover of A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY, just enter the Goodreads contest!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette Haworth

A Whole Lot of Lucky

by Danette Haworth

Giveaway ends March 31, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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7. Be Lucky--Win a Free Book!

If you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough. 

This month, everyone has the chance to be lucky! 
Win a Free hardcover of A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY! 

Kirkus Reviews pinned a nice, big, blue star on A Whole Lot of Lucky, so what are you waiting around here for? Enter now at Goodreads!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Whole Lot of Lucky by Danette Haworth

A Whole Lot of Lucky

by Danette Haworth

Giveaway ends March 31, 2014.
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8. Young Writers Writing Well, and Come See Me, May 26th!

I've read and reread the entries to my writing contest at least three times. The prompt was to describe what it's like to be a new kid or to encounter a new kid. I was surprised by the number of students who described themselves as quiet. Many spoke of not raising their hands or avoiding things that would cause them to get noticed. They worried people would think they were weird.

The honesty in some of these essays was heartbreaking. These students were so brave to share their true feelings in print, and I was impressed with their insights and observations. A few of the essays contained humor and melancholy in one fluid narrative--that's quite an achievement for young writers.

I'm proud of all the students who entered. It was hard to select winners with so many well-written essays to choose from. But choose I did. Tomorrow, I start my visits to morning announcement to award prizes.

Look for winning essays to be posted on my website in June! In the meantime, come to the Barnes & Noble Waterford on May 26th, 5:30-7:00 p.m., where I'll be signing copies of The Summer of Moonlight Secrets!

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9. The Summer of Moonlight Secrets

The Summer of Moonlight Secrets by Danette Haworth. Walker Books for Young Readers, Bloomsbury. Publication date June 2010. Review ARC from publisher. Middle Grade.

The Plot: Allie Jo, eleven, lives at The Meriwether, an old hotel in Florida that used to be five-star and is still pretty famous and interesting. Chase, thirteen, is visiting The Meriwether with his travel writer father. Tara is a girl with a secret -- what is her secret? And what can Allie Jo and Chase do to help?

The Good: The Meriwether is an old resort, a bit run down perhaps (some of the top floors are not just unused, windows are missing and rooms unusable), but still popular and still serves its Famous Blueberry Pancakes. Since Allie Jo lives at the hotel, it's her personal playground. While guest rooms and kitchens are off limits, she can eat as many Famous Blueberry Pancakes as she wants and take the secret hidden staircase up to the abandoned fifth floor. Haworth weaves interesting historical tidbits into her description of The Meriwether, such as secret staircases for nannys and porters and fainting couches.

Allie Jo's best friend is away for the summer. Soon she and Chase, as well as Sophie, twelve, another summer guest at the hotel, are friends. I love the easy friendship these three fall into. Chase and Sophie fall for each other, and there is a cute kiss and holding hands. What is great? Is that Allie Jo doesn't care. There is never a hint of jealousy on Allie Jo's part, and Chase and Sophie don't do anything to seriously exclude Allie Jo.

And then there is Tara. Tara, mysterious, nice, gracious, and a few years older than Allie Jo. Allie Jo, despite living in a hotel surrounded by people, is actually a pretty lonely child. She is friendly with the staff of the hotel; has great parents; at school, it is different. She is mocked as a "hotel rat" without money and has only one friend. Chase and Sophie become Allie Jo's friends, but Tara -- Tara is different. Tara is Allie Jo's secret; Tara is Allie Jo's puzzle; Tara is secrets; Tara is someone who trusts Allie Jo, and sees Allie Jo as a wonderful person and friend. Allie Jo begins to see Tara as not just a friend, but as something even more special. Knowing that Tara has run away -- not sure what parts of Tara's story to believe, Allie Jo, begins to see Tara as a potential sister. Allie Jo has a tape recording made by former guests at the hotel, two sisters, and she replays this tape recording of sisters over and over. A sister, who wouldn't go away, who would always be there. After all, Chase and Sophie are only at the hotel for the summer. Is Tara her answer?

I don't want to give too much of Tara's mystery away. She trusts only two people to see her -- Allie Jo and Chase. When she tells the story, her language is a bit off, her observations a bit odd. Where is her family? Is she a runaway? When she does reveal her secret, will Allie Jo and Chase believe her? Will they betray her?

Haworth does a terrific job of balancing Allie Jo's independence and autonomy with caring parents, inc

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10. IRA 2010 Chicago

First off, what a wonderful, beautiful city!

My first view of it was from above, in my comfy Economy Plus seat I'd been bumped up to. Chicago is silver, just in case you didn't know. For all my worries about hailing a cab, all I had to do was enter a queue with an official taxi sign, and I was ushered to the next available cab. Whew!

The smoke-scented taxi whisked me away. I forget how pretty the northern landscape is until I see it again--the fir trees, red buds, tulips--TULIPS! You really don't see those in Florida unless it's Easter and they're on top of the dinner table.

Chicago's skyline is beautiful. And as we entered the downtown area, I felt like I was in a movie. Doormen stood in front of buildings and smartly dressed people pushed their way inside through revolving doors.

My room--oh my gosh--my room! Walker Books is a generous publisher! My suite YES THEY GAVE ME A SUITE! was on the twenty-second floor and I had a gorgeous view.

After I got settled in, I met up with the Walker group: Melanie Cecka (Thank you, Melanie, for assuring me that leafy green lettuce was not furrowing between my teeth!), Katie Fee (You are too funny!), Emily Easton (When I spotted you on the couch, I recognized you immediately as a fellow literary type), Beth Eller (You are a riot!), and my wonderful editor, Stacy Cantor (Thank you so much for the excellent conversation and breathless fun!)

Melanie Cecka, Stacy Cantor, Danette Haworth, Emily Easton, Matt McElligott, Kate Messner

And now some name dropping! Not only did we dine in an exquisitely decorated restaurant, I laughed and talked with the gracious and warm Kate Messner (right), funny and nice Kirby Larson, Matt McElligott, who had some good stories, Chris Kurtz, Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Donna Knoell (educational consultant), Susan Boham (teacher), and Claudia Katz (professor of Children’s Literature). Excellent conversation and food!

The convention center was humongous. Al Gore was there! I didn't see him, but he was there, so I get to drop his name! Henry Winkler was there! THE FONZ and author of the Hank Zipzer books. I didn't see him either!

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11. The Winner of Violet Raines


The winner is Brenda R. Brenda, thanks for leaving a comment for Danette on Thursday’s post, and your prize is a copy of her book! I think you’ll really love it.

Stay tuned for Monday when I tell you how to use a REALLY cute picture book. Are there any other kind?

In the meantime, I hope you are reading books and using them, and if you ever have any ideas for activities or books, send them my way with a comment on any post. :)

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12. SCBWI Miami

Ignore the fact that SCBWI Miami took place in January--I've finally downloaded/uploaded my pictures, and I want to post them. (Click to make them larger.) I was not only an attendee, but I also appeared as a speaker on the First Books Panel, along with Marjetta Geerling and Debbie Reed Fischer.

Linda Bernfeld, SCBWI Regional Advisor of Florida, (on the right) is ready to party down after months and months of planning! It paid off, Linda! From left to right, the other conference attendees are Lynne Hansen, Shannon Hitchcock, me, and Angelina Dunbar. Lynne writes YA horror and gave me great tips on how to drum up book signings. Shannon and I had some great conversations, and Angelina was my conference buddy.

I'm standing next to Marjetta Geerling, Alex Flinn and Mindy Weiss. Marjetta wrote Fancy White Trash and signed my copy with a fancy pink pen. She told me YA doesn't have to be depressing and she was right! I read her book, loved it, and saw positive themes throughout the novel even in the midst of serious subject matter. Alex Flinn is the author of many books and the recipient of many awards. Go Alex! Mindy is a Blueboard friend and it was nice to meet her in person.

The great Lisa Yee! What can I say? I loved Millicent Min! Don't let Lisa's small stature and cuteness fool you--she's sharp as a razor and really funny (very quick texter, too).

Gaby Triana worked behind the scenes for months to get the conference going. Not only is she the author of several award winning novels and a nice person to boot, she's hot, too!

Donna Gephart wrote As If Being 12 and 3/4 Wasn't Bad Enough, My Mother is Running for President! My daughter snagged this book from me when I got home and she loved it! Donna and I had exchanged a few emails before the conference, and I was eager to meet her. She is a warm and caring person, and I love her for that.

I had a blast hanging out with Debbie Reed Fischer. She introduced herself as a military brat like myself, and said we had much to talk about. The author of Braless in Wonderland and Swimming with Sharks, Debbie is quick, funny, and just as pretty as the models she writes about.

This is what it looks like when children's writers party! Kimberly Lynn constructed all the decorations, and she did a fantastic job!

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13. Oh Miss Violet

Danette Haworth, author of Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning, has created this down-home, likable character in Violet. She is such an ordinary young girl, living a life of fun and innocence with her best friend, Lottie, when Melissa moves to town, changing everything.

Violet is now expected, by both Melissa and Lottie, to wear makeup, talk about boys, play truth or dare, and become this mischieveous little being. Violet doesn't like change, enjoying her simple life just the way it is, but she wants friends, especially her friendship with Lottie to remain just as close as it has always been. She doesn't want to grow up as fast as the other girls seem to want to, but is unclear as to how to remain herself amongst Lottie and Melissa.

When Lottie and her family begin to go through a crisis, Violet soon learns that in order to stay the same person, she has to give in a bit to the change. Her character is incredibly strong and likable, definitely one middle grade girls can relate to and look up to.

Another blogger compared Violet to Veda in the famous movie "My Girl." Though the story plots are not at all similar, Violet and Veda are very similar in their character and their desire to never change. Getting older is inevitable in life, but both girls fight against it, tooth and nail.

Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning was a lovely, heartwarming little book I've been recommending to young girls left and right. It's beautifully written with such a simple, yet large concept. Definitely a great purchase for libraries or for your own girls!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

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When you’ve lived in the same sleepy town your whole life, you get real comfortable. As comfortable as a favorite pair of old shoes that that you’ve broken in good. And that’s just the way Violet Raines feels about Mitchell Hammock, Florida. What’s the point in a new pair of shoes that’ll just blister your feet?

It’s the summer before junior high and Violet looks forward to spending lazy days with her best friend, Lottie, and feeding the fish under the old net bridge with Eddie. And on scorching hot days, the three like to collect cups for a free BrainFreeze at the gas station nearby. Since they live in Florida, they get to do that a lot.

Then Melissa moves to Mitchell Hammock from Detroit, with her big city ideas and her highfalutin ways, and the atmosphere between her and Violet becomes charged with friction as quickly as the sudden downpour in a summer thunderstorm. Florida is the lightening capital of the world and by the end of the summer, Violet has been burned more than once and has also managed to hurt both of her friends. Somehow, Violet has to figure out how to repair the damage she’s done to both Lottie and Eddie, even if it means including Melissa. In the process, she just might find out that it’s fun to try on that new pair of shoes, and that, in time, they can become just as comfortable as the favorite pair you’ve worn forever.

Danette Haworth has crafted a beautifully written, pleasurable read. In VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING, Violet’s spunky, blustery voice is a terrific contrast to her sweet, gentle soul. There is something about Violet that reminds me of Opal in Kate DiCamillo’s BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE. I rarely read a book more one once, yet as I flipped back through the pages to write this review, I found myself caught up in reading it again. This is one of the many reasons that I am awarding VIOLET RAINES ALMOST GOT STRUCK BY LIGHTNING a gold star. Don’t miss this one!

This review was originally posted here at Teens Read Too.

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15. My post is violet, Violet

To celebrate the release of Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning, Danette Haworth is running a contest to win a goodie bag which includes a copy of the book. Check it out.

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16. Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning

In many ways, Violet Raines Almost Got Struck by Lightning (Walker Books, August 2008) is a coming-of-age story, but here's the thing...  Violet Raines is coming of age on her own terms and in her own sweet time. 

Danette Haworth's debut middle grade novel is perfect for kids like Violet who aren't in a hurry to grow up, girls who are still more interested in mud pies than makeup.  Violet faces her share of issues -- a long time boy friend whose really nice eyes she's suddenly noticing, a new girl who just moved to town from the city, and a best friend who thinks that glamorous lifestyle is pretty interesting.  It throws Violet for a loop, and when her friend's family faces financial troubles, Violet has to decide what's really important through all those crazy changes.

There are so many things to praise about this novel  -- the lively, quirky characters, Violet's fabulous voice,  the Florida-in-summer setting, painted so perfectly I kept swatting imaginary mosquitoes while I read.

I loved this book.  Really loved it, the way I love fireflies and lake swimming and ice cream cones in summer.  Any kid you know who loves that sort of thing is going to love it, too.

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