Guest Post & Giveaway: Ann Angel on The Power of Secrets in Things I’ll Never Say

Ann Angel

By Ann Angel

Right about the time I pitched my first anthology, a writer friend said she’d hate that sort of work.

“It would be so time-consuming to read all those stories,” she said. “I can’t imagine having to edit all that content and you’ll have to write all that front and back matter and it will take away from your own writing.”

Even though everything she said is true,

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

The cat on the cover was modeled after Anne’s cat!

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

The 10,000th Try: Rejecting Rejection with Anne Bustard from The Writing Barn. Peek: “That I had a story was the good news. That it was deeply flawed, the bad. And that I must start completely-from-the-very-beginning-over, the scariest.” Note: check out Anne’s newly redesigned official author website.

Reviews: Positive,

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By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Beyond Bollywood: South Asian American Middle Grade Fiction from From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. Peek: “Our stories are funny, tragic, brave, silly, and, most importantly, varied.” See also Diversity in YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults by Malinda Lo from Diversity in YA.

A Valentine from the Teacher by Louise Hawes from Write at Your Own Risk.

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New Voice: Debra McArthur on A Voice for Kanzas

Debra with Midge, Italian Greyhound and writing helper

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Debra McArthur is the first-time novelist of A Voice for Kanzas (Kane Miller, 2012)(author blog). From the promotional copy: 

“Kanzas” Territory in 1855 is a difficult place to settle, particularly for a 13-year-old poet like Lucy Thomkins. 

Between the pro-slavery Border Ruffians and Insiders like her father who are determined to make Kansas a free state (not to mention the snakes and the dust storms),

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Author Lena Coakley Interviews Author Alan Cumyn on Tilt

By Lena Coakley
 

Alan Cumyn is the author of many acclaimed novels for both children and adults.

Books in his Owen Skye series have won the Mr. Christies and Hackmatack awards and were nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award.

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Teaching to Learn by Louise Hawes from Write at Your Own Risk. Peek: “I know now, what this mildly famous author missed by not working with new and emerging writers. He missed the chance to grow, to change, to be inspired far beyond his own lonely dreams.”

Pacifiers or Catalysts: Your Choice by Kristi Holl from Writer’s First Aid. Peek: “What fills our lives–what quells our anxiety–can be either positive or negative.

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Guys Read: Thriller by Jon Scieszka from Debbie Gonzales at ReaderKidZ. Peek: “Gripping tales of ghosts, ghouls, and the odd pirate will most certainly enthrall the most reluctant reader. Who could resist reading about ghost vision glasses, monster hunters, or a wish machine that conjures up the desires of the dead?” Note: Melissa Sweet is the author-in-residence this month at ReaderKidz.

World Fantasy Con Wrap-up by Lena Coakley from The Enchanted Inkpot.

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Getting Banned from the LA Review of Books: a series of posts by Ron Koertge, Ellen Hopkins, Susan Patron, Lauren Myracle, Sonya Sones. Peek from Lauren: “…every book deserves a fair shake, regardless of its perceived moral stance, its alleged ugliness or depravity, or the number of lives it has or hasn’t saved.”

Nominate a Book for the Cybils 2011: Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’

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