Read This!: FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG by Victoria J. Coe

Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang (Fenway and Hattie, #2)Fenway and Hattie and the Evil Bunny Gang by Victoria J. Coe

Summary: When evil bunnies invade the Dog Park, Fenway’s hot on their trail. Hattie seems understandably alarmed, though she clearly doesn’t appreciate his efforts. She shoos him out of the garden and fills in holes as fast as he can dig them! Fenway wonders if his beloved Hattie could be working against him, until she brings home a cage with a bunny inside. He can hardly control his excitement – she captured one of the intruders! But when Fenway realizes Hattie actually likes the bunny, he’s crushed. Is his heart big enough to accept that Hattie can love another pet, too? In this sequel to Fenway and Hattie, these two best buddies learn that making the right choice can be tough, but being a real friend is the greatest choice of all.

Fenway is back, and this time he’s battling an evil bunny who’s trying to steal his beloved short human’s affections. The dramatic irony of Fenway’s dog’s-eye point of view of his Dog Park (backyard), Eating Place (dining room) and people like Food Lady and Fetch Man are just as endearing and hilarious as in the first book, but it’s Fenway’s undying devotion to Hattie that will keep readers cheering for him, even when he messes up. Through Fenway’s eyes, the reader sees Hattie contend with challenges in her friendships and the responsibilities of pet sitting a neighbor’s rabbit, and will understand the nuances even as Fenway himself remains blissfully clueless.

FENWAY AND HATTIE AND THE EVIL BUNNY GANG is out now.

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SWORD AND VERSE is a finalist for the 2017 Compton Crook Award

I’m so excited to share that SWORD AND VERSE has been chosen as one of 6 finalists for the Compton Crook Award, awarded by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, Inc. (BSFS) to honor the best first novel of the year written by an individual author in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror genre.  The Award was named in memory of Towson State College Professor of Natural Sciences Compton Crook, who wrote under the name Stephen Tall, and who died in 1981. Professor Crook was active for many years in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and was a staunch champion of new works in the fields eligible for the award.

2017 Compton Crook Award Finalists

 

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Today! SWORD AND VERSE is featured on THE AUTHOR’S SHOW!

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Linda Thompson of The Author’s Show about my debut novel, Sword and Verse, and that interview is being featured today!  Click here to listen.

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One week left to bid in DCI’s Online Auction!

Bid on these terrific items by March 31!

To support its 2017 Scholarship Fund, Deaf Camps, Inc. is holding its first-ever Online Auction from March 1 to March 31.  Check out the many handmade items, travel packages, gift certificates, and event tickets – but especially these items of interest to the bookish:

picture4A Middle Grade or Young Adult Manuscript Critique (up to 400 pages) from my AMAZING agent, Steven Malk of Writers House

The value of this item is listed as $8000, but honestly, it’s priceless. Not only does he represent both the 2016 and 2017 Newbery Medal winners, but there is simply no one like Steve for unlocking the potential of a manuscript and giving you the feedback you need to get it to the next level – and the knowledge of the market to know where to pitch it. JUMP ON this opportunity, MG and YA authors!

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A Picture Book Manuscript Critique, again from the AMAZING Steven Malk of Writers House

See above.  Did I mention how amazing he is?  Shall I also mention that he represents picture book luminaries like Bob Shea, Matt de la Pena, Jon Klassen, and Mac Barnett? You WANT this, picture book authors.

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A One-of-a-Kind Copy of SWORD AND VERSE, signed and annotated by little ol’ me

Get your own super-special copy of my debut fantasy novel, SWORD AND VERSE, autographed and supplemented with maps, story secrets, and all the symbols of the language of the gods your little heart could desire!

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$100 toward any Stories By Hand program

My Stories By Hand programs bring basic American Sign Language to libraries, schools, camps, childcare centers, and homeschool groups through stories, songs, and fun activities.  Find out more about the range of programs available at www.storiesbyhand.com.

 

More about Deaf Camps, Inc.:

deaf camps inc logoDeaf Camps, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run non-profit organization dedicated to providing fun, safe, communication-rich camps that promote the physical, spiritual, and social development of Deaf/hard of hearing children and children learning American Sign Language.

 

Check out all the items for bid  here and make your bids, knowing that every dollar raised goes straight to Deaf Camps, Inc.’s 2017 Scholarship Fund. Thank you for helping us get needy kids to camp!

The DCI Online Auction is run through CharityAuctionsToday.com. A credit card is required to register and bid.

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Read This!: SUFFER LOVE by Ashley Herring Blake

Suffer LoveSuffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake

Summary: “Just let it go.” That’s what everyone keeps telling Hadley St. Clair after she learns that her father cheated on her mother. But Hadley doesn’t want to let it go. She wants to be angry and she wants everyone in her life—her dad most of all—to leave her alone. Sam Bennett and his family have had their share of drama too. Still reeling from a move to a new town and his parents’ recent divorce, Sam is hoping that he can coast through senior year and then move on to hassle-free, parent-free life in college. He isn’t looking for a relationship…that is, until he sees Hadley for the first time. Hadley and Sam’s connection is undeniable, but Sam has a secret that could ruin everything. Should he follow his heart or tell the truth?

When I first started reading this book, I didn’t think I would like the two main characters very much. But less than twenty pages in, as I got to know them better, I started to fall in love with both of them. (And don’t even get me started on Sam’s friend Ajay. I burn, I pine, I perish for an Ajay-centric novel.) That experience is the whole point of this sensitive, deeply involving story: it’s easy to judge the choices other people make, but there’s always more behind them. Sam and Hadley’s relationship, by any sane standard, should be impossible. But it’s real and lovely and deliciously steamy. Ashley Herring Blake writes some of the best makeout scenes I have ever read. Filled with characters who are both deeply flawed and deeply likable, this is a book that will suck you in.

SUFFER LOVE is out now.

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Welcome to the world, FEUER UND FEDER!

The German translation of Sword and Verse, titled Feuer und Feder, is out today from Beltz!  The German title translates to “fire and feather” or “fire and quill”.

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German translator: Julian Haefs

Cover designer: Carolin Liepins

Order it now from Beltz or Amazon.de!

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10 Things You Can Do to Put Off Writing/Editing and Still Feel Like You’re Working

…brought to you by the terrifying plot point I am supposed to be fixing right now.

1. Sharpen pencils. Writers need pencils, right? Really, you are just making life easier for Future You. It’s preparation.pencils

2. index-cardsDecide you need index cards to attack the particular plot problem you are working on. No, those index cards in the drawer won’t do. Go to the office supply store and spend an hour picking out just the right size, color, and style. Maybe you need sticky notes too! That could even be a separate trip!

3. Light a candle to call the Muse. Spend fifteen minutes sorting through your candle selection to find the perfect scent to match the mood of the scene you are supposed to be working on.

The answer is always Oxford Library, but that doesn't mean I can't spend time asking the question.

The answer is always Oxford Library, but that doesn’t mean I can’t spend time asking the question.

4. Make a cup of tea. Not only does this put off the inevitable moment when you have to sit down and work, it guarantees a break in an hour when you will have to go to the bathroom.

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5. When you get up to go to the bathroom, make more tea. See? It’s an endless cycle.

Please note that my house does NOT look like this.

Please not that my house does NOT look like this.

6. Search for images for your screensaver or Pinterest board to get you into the mood for the scene. Spend fifteen minutes artfully arranging them and/or writing cagey comments about what they represent.

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7. Make a playlist of music to inspire your writing. This yields lots of fodder for procrastination: you can spend time making the list, tweeting and blogging about it, and then spend lots of time before you write deciding which songs to listen to.

cat-with-headphones-728x4098. Post a pithy observation about writing on Twitter with the #amwriting hashtag. Then look through the other entries under that hashtag, because it’s all about being a part of the community.

9. Read one sentence of your scene and then decide you need to do more research on an obscure plot point. So it will be more real to you, of course

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10. Write a blog post about how to procrastinate. It definitely counts toward your platform as a writer.

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Oh, look at that!  My tea is cold.  Time to go make another cup…

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