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Feuer und Feder by Kathy MacMillan

Feuer und Feder

by Kathy MacMillan

Giveaway ends July 18, 2017.

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Next Week: Nerd Camp NJ!

I’m on my way to Nerd Camp NJ next week, and I hope you’ll join me!

Nerd Camp NJ is an EdCamp “unconference” with an exclusive focus on literacy instruction. It appears with the hashtag #nErDCampNJ as a means of emphasizing the capitals E & D for EdCamp. All attendees come to Nerd Camp to present and attend workshops for FREE. Click here to check out the lineup of great picture book, middle grade and young adult authors attending!

Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Chatham High School
255 Lafayette Avenue
​Chatham, NJ 07928

Register here!

Community Book Signing 12:30-2:00 PM:  Over 60 authors will be participating in the author meet and greet at Chatham High School on May 20th from 12:30pm until 2:00pm. The authors will spend the morning presenting panels and workshops to K-12 teachers, administrators, librarians and pre-service teachers from the New Jersey area, and they’ll be available to the entire community for book signings in the afternoon. Barnes and Noble in Morris Plains will be holding an in-store book fair the week before on Saturday 5/13 so young readers can purchase books prior to the day of the signing. Staff from The Curious Reader bookstore will be selling books at the event.



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Join Me at Artomatic this Saturday!

This Saturday at 7 PM, I’ll be appearing at Artomatic, Crystal City, VA’s DIY arts festival, for Character Building in Fantasy alongside adult fantasy author Daniel M. Ford.  Hope to see you there!

Vornado/Charles E. Smith | 1800 S. Bell Street
Crystal City, VA

Character Building in Fantasy

Saturday, April 29 at 7 PM

Worldbuilding is fun, but someone’s got to live in that world, and compelling characters will make readers want to stay put. Join Daniel M. Ford, author of The Paladin Trilogy (Santa Fe Writers Project) and Kathy MacMillan, author of Sword and Verse (HarperTeen) for a lively discussion on selecting the right characters to tell your story, and how to make fictional people seem real.

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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.


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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!


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.


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!


$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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