On My Mind: August 11, 2014 (and a giveaway)

If you are impatient super excited for the giveaway, scroll down to the bonus item.

Road trip! My family and I just got home from an awesome summer road trip. Here are a few photos:
road tripWe drove about a thousand miles and had about a thousand little adventures. Ocean, mountains, caves, a jet boat ride up a river, ATVs, and yes, I fed a giraffe. (It was scary.) We had a really lovely time.

My debut book comes out next month! Last week, I got my first copies. You guys, they are so beautiful. Look!

Hook's Revenge

Want to see more? Hook’s Revenge has an amazingly good illustrator, John Hendrix. He just posted pictures of the interior art. Here’s one:

Isn’t it gorgeous?! The rest can be seen here, on his tumblr.

You all know my history with terrible selfies, right? Well, I accidentally took a good one. How did this happen?

Mind if I talk about my book some more? Because it really is on my mind.

School Library Journal gave Hook’s Revenge a starred review!

Among other really nice things, they said, “The evocative language moves beyond simple description and engages the audience’s imagination. Most notable, however, is the wickedly funny narrator who doesn’t hesitate to add his amusing commentary and pointed dislike for the audience to the narrative.”

Read the full review here.

I was also just interviewed on Riffle. Swing by to hear about books kid-me would have loved and why I am over the moon for Atticus Finch.

Pie. I’m thinking about pie.

Bonus Item
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I’m giving away a signed hardcover of Hook’s Revenge and a $25 Powells.com gift card (maybe to you?)! Enter by signing up for my newsletter in the month of August. I promise not to email you too often and to always try to be entertaining.

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  1. GIRAFFE ENCOUNTER! That is so awesome. It looks like you had a great time!

    Also, can we discuss the gorgeous factor of that artwork?

    • We can discuss it all day long. I made myself president of the John Hendrix Fan Club. 😀

  2. Wow! the artwork is flawless. Really great job. I also signed up for the newsletter 🙂

    • Wonderful! Thank you!


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