November Tea and a Book: The Lark, by E. Nesbit

Continuing with novels written by women in the early 20th century, November's Tea and a Book offers The Lark (1922), a mostly adult novel written by famed children's author, E. Nesbit, who wrote such classics as The Treasure Seekers, The Wouldbegoods, Five Children...

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January Tea and a Book — Penny Plain by O. Douglas

I'm getting back in the swing of things! After a year of struggling with attention span, ending with a very sad December in which we had to say goodbye to our dear kitty, I find myself craving sweet, simple reads. Lately I found a balm for my heart in Penny Plain...

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Welcome to my new webpage design!

Feel free to stay awhile and explore! I am so grateful for the genius, artistry, and patience of my designer, Madeira James, along with her team at xuni.com. This is the fourth iteration of my website in our 11 years of working together, and recently I confessed to...

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Part III: Ghost-free SPOOKY Films

Today I conclude my 2019 spooky film recs with some Ghost-free viewing options! All film synopses are from imdb.com. Cold Skin (2017) -- Unrated In 1914, a young man arrives at a remote island near the Antarctic Circle to take the post of weather observer only to find...

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Christmas glee, part I

I've been on the hunt for a miniature Nativity set for a while now. The problem is . . . the human figures in most Nativity scenes have given me a mild case of the creeps since I was a little kid. I don't mean baby Jesus, of course. I'm just more interested in the...

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Friday Five: Nice things

I haven't been a very good blogger lately, mostly because I'm desperately trying to finish up a revision. But I did want to check in with five nice things on a Friday:1. The Dark Between is a finalist for the Oklahoma Book Award. It's such an honor to be included in...

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The GRIM Blog Tour — with Giveaways!

The GRIM Anthology releases in 8 days! To celebrate, Harlequin Teen is offering a blog tour with fabulous giveaways!Prizes:-- At every stop on the tour, the blog will be hosting a contest for a giveaway of 1 copy of GRIM-- Grand prize: At every stop on the tour, a...

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It’s 2014 — shall we chat about goals?

We made it through another year! Let's celebrate with tea and a good book. :)I'm not going to do an extended recap/evaluation of 2013, even though I enjoy reading those posts from other folks. Instead I will list some goals for 2014:1. Journal/blog more. This post...

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Monday Giveaway for librarians and teachers!

Wendelin Van Draanen, Gennifer Choldenko, Ruta Sepetys, and me!Earlier this month, I had the honor of joining the above ladies for a series of school visits, talks, and signings that benefited the school libraries affected by the tragic Moore tornado. Thank you,...

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Catching my breath

Gosh, it's been a whirlwind lately. First, in case you missed it, I wanted to share the "Behind the Scenes" video Steve and I made in Cambridge this past summer with the help of Harry, a grad student at Corpus Christi College. Though the video is expertly edited by...

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The Dark Between Blog Tour and Scavenger Hunt!

The Dark Between is going on tour! Join our 10 stops along the way to learn more about the book AND to enter for a chance to win a cool prize pack, including a finished hardcover copy of your very own. Here are the tour stops (each will reveal a different...

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Spring comes to campus

Here in central Oklahoma it often feels like we go straight from summer to a very brief winter before spring comes 'round again. When the thermometer hits 80 in March, I panic -- 100+ temps can't be too far off, right?And yet . . . on days like Saturday, I have to...

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How do you take YOUR heroes?

FIRST -- Congrats to ERIN L, winner of last week's giveaway! Now, back to today's post . . .A while back I posted about Bulletproof Kinks, and though I didn't list it at the time, I think one of my major kinks is the Jaded Hero. Lately, a certain TV show has made me...

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Celebratory GIVEAWAY!

Guess what? I have a new look to my website! Also to Twitter, Facebook, and even this blog. Thank you for the fabulous makeover, Xuni.com! To celebrate, I'm giving away a pile of books. This past week I had the privilege of retreating with a bunch of amazing YA...

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