Wednesday, November 30, 2011



From Robin's fab blog:

My editor sent along my first “official” review! When I wrote DITCHED, I knew I wanted to keep it light and funny all the way through. So I was blown away to read what Kirkus had to say about DITCHED…

A Love Story
Author: Mellom, Robin
Zany comedy dominates this romp through the prom night from Hell.
When Justina literally finds herself lying in a ditch beside the road at the end of prom night, she hobbles to a nearby convenience store to get help. There she tells her sad tale to the clerk and a sympathetic customer. Justina and prom date Ian have remained just friends, and each seems a safe prom date for the other. Justina yields to her mom’s wishes and wears a thrift-shop dress with everything dyed blue to match. Mellom tells Justina’s story using various stains on the dress as a framework for introducing increasingly crazy episodes. The emphasis stays on comedy as Justina’s tale of the night progresses, such as how she missed the chicken Marsala dinner and eventually including an incident involving a three-legged Chihuahua. Throughout, Justina receives cynical advice about men from her convenience-store audience, but a thread of real romance lurks just below the surface. Has Ian really ditched Justina, or is he caught in a similar comedy of errors? In any comedy readers can trust that everything will come out all right in the end, and that it will be a fun ride getting there. The author displays a well-developed touch for the absurd.
For readers with a funny bone that needs a tingle, this should hit the spot. (Comic romance. 12 & up)

Sunday, November 27, 2011


a bit too blue...

 ...a stylish backdrop for book covers!

other new features:
  • print/pdf button for each post
  • social links for easy sharing
  • page navigation for important info
  • tabbed slideshow of clients' book covers
  • google analytics code added for tracking
  • "back to top" button
  • directory of posts
  • snazzy shadow effect for photos :)
Thank you, LIA KEYES, for my amazingly easy to navigate and fabulous refreshed blog!

Thursday, November 17, 2011


  ©Angela Townsend 2011

I am thrilled to announce the sale of Angela Townsend's AMAROK to Kate Kaynak at Spencer Hill Press.

From Publisher's Marketplace:
Angela Townsend's AMAROK, set in a remote Alaskan town, when a runaway is kidnapped by an evil man and his black wolf, whom she later discovers is a boy enslaved by an ancient shaman; she must find the strength to save herself and the wolf, and in turn discover what love truly means, to Kate Kaynak at Spencer Hill Press, by Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency (NA).
"Emma’s life has been hell since she moved from sunny California to a remote Alaskan town. Abandoned by her father, and living with the guilt of causing her mother’s death, she makes a desperate dash for freedom from her abusive stepfather. But when her car skids off the icy road, her planned escape leads to further captivity in a world beyond her imagining. Dragged across the tundra by an evil mountain man and his enormous black wolf, she learns that love can be found in the most unexpected places. Amarok, as she’s nicknamed the wolf, is a young man from the gold rush era enslaved by an ancient shaman. Emma’s gentle touch and kind heart win his love and devotion. When a vicious native —trapped in bear form by the same Shaman—attacks the travelers, Amarok suffers the razor-like claws to protect Emma.  As Amarok lay dying, Emma finds the strength to face her fears, and sets off on a terrifying adventure to free the wolf she’s come to love. She must find the totem to liberate him, and face down the evil shaman, a Siberian mammoth hunter from the ice age. Emma has found her strength, but will it be enough to keep her and Amarok alive?"
Angela is also a fantastic artist---that mammoth above is art from her book! 

Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana.  As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places.  Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology.  Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing.  A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars.  Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.  She resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.


Sunday, November 13, 2011


Jacqui Robbins is not only one of the Grand Poupas of my writing village, a perennial conference roomy and a fab wife and mother, but Jacqui Robbins KNOWS SHE IS A WRITER.

In the flurry of our daily lives, many of us forget that we are writers. We forget to write. We tell ourselves we are too busy, too needed by others, too tired, frustrated, blocked, etc, etc, etc.

Perhaps you have a manuscript on your computer, a book or two on the shelves of B&N, or in Jacqui's case, 5 million copies of THE NEW GIRL AND ME distributed in Cheerios boxes throughout the country plus a copy or three sitting on bookstore shelves next to two or three copies of TWO OF A KIND. If you are writing, you are a writer and you owe it to yourself and your readers to put pen to paper and share your gift.

My advice.....follow Jacqui's lead. To do this, you must click on the following link and read Jacqui's WORKING IS IN PROGRESS.

OK, you read it? Great. Now turn off your Explorer, your Firefox, your Safari. Open up Word or Pages and get back to writing.

See you 1,000+ written words from now:)
This is a repost from March 2010. I love Jacqui's poem and I think it should be the NaNo anthem.

Friday, November 11, 2011

CAMOUFLAGED an original poem by Jill Corcoran


I dream of a world of peace, equality and love. May 2012 be the year my dream comes true. 
Camouflaged in
Army greens
United States Sergeant Jesus Martinez
Cruises along Baghdad streets
Feared by enemies
Embraced by Iraqi citizens
Proud missionary of justice, equality and freedom.

Camouflaged in
A t-shirt and jeans
United States Sergeant Jesus Martinez
Cruises along Beverly Hills streets
Feared by shopkeepers
Mistrusted by Anglo citizens
Impatient for his next Tour of Duty.
© Jill Corcoran 2009
 Thank you, Veterans! Hugs, love and appreciation to you on your day and every day!

Friday, November 4, 2011


I am thrilled to announce the sale of Jennifer Arena's 100 SNOWMEN to Margery Cuyler at Marshall Cavendish!

100 SNOWMEN is a a mathematical rhyming romp with a Where's Waldo artistic twist. The book is perfect for little ones learning to add plus I predict will be a favorite for the 100 Days of School.

I don't want to give anything away but let's just say there is a mathematical truth in this book that is amazing and will surely captivate both kids and teachers alike...adding a whole new spin to the 100 Days of School 100 Collections that every little one must create.

 Jennifer Arena most recent picture book One Little Flower Girl won an Oppenheim Gold Award and was featured on Martha Stewart's wedding website.  Jen has written over 50 books for kids under her maiden name, Jennifer Dussling, and under the pseudonym Tennant Redbank, including fiction and nonfiction, licensed and original. Her first book, Stars, was published in 1996, and has never been out of print, and some of her other titles are Gargoyles, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs, Slinky Scaly Snakes, Pink Snow and Other Weird Weather, Fair Is Fair, Deadly Poison Dart Frogs, Gotcha!, and The Rainbow Mystery. Her books have been published by Scholastic, Grosset & Dunlap, DK, Scholastic, Kane Press, and Bearport Publishing and translated into French, Spanish, and Arabic.

Jen is also the Editorial Director for Random House BFYR and the line manager for Stepping Stones, editing early chapter books and Step into Readings.When she's not writing or editing, you can find Jen in her garden, on a volleyball court, or curled up with a good book.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011


art by J Beth Jepson

DARE TO DREAM...CHANGE THE WORLD, Kane Miller, Fall 2012 seeks to inform, inspire, ignite middle graders to imagine, persevere and to act.

This collection of work by 30 amazing poets pairs biographical and inspirational poems focusing on persons who invented something, stood for something, said something that defied the naysayers and not only changed their lives but the lives of people all over the world.

The poets themselves were chosen not only for their superb talent but because they too have informed, inspired, and ignited young people throughout their careers with their actions and with their words.

As I put the final touches on the manuscript and excitedly anticipate artist/illustrator J Beth Jepson artistic interpretation of the collection, I am excited to reveal the names of the poets of DARE TO DREAM:
  • Alan Katz
  • Alice Schertle
  • Bruce Coville
  • Carol Tanzman
  • Curtis Crisler
  • David L. Harrison
  • Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Elaine Magliaro
  • Ellen Hopkins
  • Georgia Heard
  • Hope Anita Smith
  • Hope Vestergaard
  • J. Patrick Lewis
  • Jacqui Robbins
  • Jane Yolen
  • Janet Wong
  • Jill Corcoran
  • Joan Bransfield Graham
  • Joyce Lee Wong
  • Joyce Sidman
  • Julia Durango
  • Kelly Ramsdell Fineman
  • Laura Purdie Salas
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins
  • Lisa Wheeler
  • Marilyn Singer
  • Rebecca Kai Dotlich
  • Rose Horowitz
  • Stephanie Hemphill
  • Tracie Vaughn Zimmer


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