Thursday, July 24, 2014

Come Visit me On Facebook!

I'm sure you've noticed that I'm not very good at updating this blog. But, I do have an author page on Facebook that I update regularly, so please come hang with me there. I'd love to see you!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

My First Smack Dab in the Middle Post

I'm super happy to be a part of Smack Dab in the Middle, a blog made up of Middle Grade authors. Every month has a different theme. This month's theme is Summer Reading (man, how I love to read in the summer). Check out my first post: Summer (Reading) in the City. But be forewarned, you will not be able to get a certain song out of your head!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Will I See You? Updated!

Been a bit busy 'round these parts! Busy is good though, right? Right!

So, here's what I've got going on:

On May 15th at 4pm, I'll be a The BookMark Shoppe located at 8415 3rd Avenue Brooklyn. This is an awesome bookstore and the owner's, Christine and Bina, are wonderful!

Starting May 16th (and every month on the 16th) I'll be blogging for the first time at Smack Dab in the Middle. This months theme is Summer Reading. I've got something fun up my sleeve. Just hope I can pull it off!

May 28th at 4pm, I'll be at the Stapleton Branch Library located at 132 Canal Street Staten Island. This library was recently renovated and it's beautiful!

May 31st from 6-8:30, I'll be partying it up with a bunch of other authors at the Kids Author Carnival at Jefferson Market library located at 425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th Street) NYC. Games + books + Authors = FUN! Doors open at 5:30. I pasted the flyer below.

Not book/author related but, oh so important! Sometime around my birthday (June 23rd), my braces WILL BE COMING OFF!!! I'm already planning my first meal!

JUST ADDED: June 12th (time to follow) I'll be visiting Hamilton Grange Library at 503 W. 145 Street.

July 10th (time to follow), I'm doing a workshop at Imagination Academy at the 67th Street library located at 328 E 67th Street NYC.

That's it for the moment! I hope to see you soon!  Here's the flyer for the Kids Author Carnival:

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


My dad is an awesome swimmer. When he was younger, he and his friends swam from the Red Hook piers (Brooklyn, NY) over to Governors Island and back, numerous times. My mom is petrified of water and cannot swim. I guess you can say that I'm in the middle. I can doggie paddle but that's it. I don't like waves (but love the sound of them) and if I’m at the beach and in the water, I must be able to touch the bottom at all times. I will never take a cruise and if, by some weird situation, I'm ever forced to, I will pack a blow-up dingy.

All this to say that I so admire what this young Olympian is doing (see below). With summer right around the corner, get your kids swimming lessons. Not only can it save lives, but they'll be able to cool off and enjoy themselves. Plus, they won't have to pack a dingy which I imagine, will be a big pain.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Dream Seeds

Have you ever planted a Dream Seed for someone? Or, maybe someone planted one for you? Don't know what a Dream Seed is? Come on by Latin@s in Kid Lit where I'm guest posting today and you'll find out!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spring and Things

Every year toward the end of Winter, I gleefully point out budding trees to my husband. And every year he denies seeing a single bud. It's become our silly tradition. But this year ... *sigh. I refused to allow myself the spying of buds because it's just been so cold and snowy that I didn't want to be disappointed by the still sleeping buds. But last night, driving home, I noticed the tree branches swaying in the glow of the street lamps and my heart leapt! BUDS! Glorious, glorious, buds! It really is Spring! Oh Spring, how I love you!

Okay, so now that you know all of that ^, I want to share scenes from Saving Baby Doe's book birthday with you! And boy, I sure wish I had one of those cupcakes right now!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What You Don't Know About Bookstore Shelves

Okay, I've been debating on whether or not to write this post but I just gotta. Also, please know the following is about all books, not just mine because all authors work really hard on their books (I'm talking sprouting gray hair, missing important family events and maybe even a few tears) and every book deserves a chance in the world.

Do you guys know that shelf space in a bookstore is expensive and well sort after real estate? What this means is just because a book is on the shelf at this moment doesn't mean that it will always be. If that book doesn't sell pretty quickly, it gets the boot never to return again. Yup, the store will send back any and all books not sold in order to make room for the next book. This doesn't look good at all to the publisher. In fact, the publisher might not ever want another thing that particular author writes. 

This is not to blame the bookstore in any way. This is a business and businesses must make money in order to keep their doors open. Plus, I love bookstores and would live in one if I could. Heehee. That goes for libraries too.

So if you're thinking you'd like to read a certain book, please go and get it, otherwise it will disappear like it never even existed.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Post Saving Baby Doe Book Launch

Whewwww! The book launch was so ... GREAT! Guys, if you ever find yourself in Downtown Brooklyn, you must stop into BookCourt General Books (163 Court Street)! From the beautiful space to the awesome people who work there, just wonderful!

The book SOLD OUT and made BookCourt's bestseller list and gets to be placed on a special shelf! *sniff* Did you hear that? THE SPECIAL SHELF! Also, I believe it will be offered at 30% off, so if you want a copy and you're in Brooklyn, get over to BookCourt!

So if it's okay, I'd like to ask two things of you. One, if you read and like Saving Baby Doe (or The Trouble with Half a Moon), could you do me a huge favor and leave a review online? And if you're on goodreads, could you leave one there too and maybe give me some star love? I appreciate any kind of love you're willing to give!

Okay, on to number two. You probably don't know this but shelf space in a bookstore is HOT real estate! That means if the book doesn't sell pretty quickly, they SEND them back to the publisher and will not re-order the book. How stinky is that?! This leads me to ask for another favor, pretty please with sugar on top. If you intend to buy the book (man, I feel terrible asking this! forgive me, please!) don't wait too long? Ewww, now I feel dirty!

If you do get the book and would like a signed bookplate, bookmark and related swag (free, of course!), just email or message me and I'll get everything out to you asap.

I want you to know how much I appreciate all of your help. The job of being an author does not stop after the writing is done. We have to then fight for our babies so that they'll be out in the world happy, healthy and reaching the people they need to reach. So a big THANK YOU goes out to you!

Anyway, here are some cool photos from the launch!!

This last photo is my childhood BFF who I haven't seen in years! Yay! So good to see her!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Book Launch for Saving Baby Doe!

Did you guys enjoy my nutty videos? I hope they gave you a good belly laugh! They're good for the soul!

Also, I want to remind everyone that the book launch for Saving Baby Doe is TOMORROW! Here are the deets:

I hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Saving Baby Doe Release Day!!!

Oh, my gosh! It's finally here! My baby, Saving Baby Doe, goes out into the world all alone today! World, please treat her with kindness. She's come a LONG way.

A big thank you to my editor, Stacey and to Penguin Young Readers Group for taking a chance on me!

And, here's a thank you and a giveaway for all of you!

Also, what good is a series of video's if you don't have a blooper video, hmmm? Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

One Day to SAVING BABY DOE release!

Holey guac, guys! Saving Baby Doe is releasing tomorrow!! Here's the last video in the 5 days 'till release day fun (it's my favorite but don't tell anybody! Ha!) Feel free to share my nuttiness! I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Nutty Release Day Video # 4

These video's were SO much fun to make! This next one embarrassed my husband, the camera guy, but I'm not sure why since I was the one-- well, take a look! Haha!!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Secret Stuff Part 3

Saving Baby Doe is almost here and that means another video in my, 5 days until release, video series. I think this one will definitely perk your Monday righttttt up!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

4 Days Until the Release of Saving Baby Doe!

Hey everyone,

Hope you all are enjoying your Sunday! I try to keep my Sunday's lazy but that hardly ever works. What about you? Do you play catch-up on laundry or ignore it's plea's from the basement, like I do?

So, with just 4 days until release day, here's the first and second video for Saving Baby Doe. I hope it adds some smiles to your day!

Friday, March 14, 2014

I may or may not have lost my mind.

In celebration of SAVING BABY DOE's birthday next Thursday, tomorrow (3/15), I will begin 'unleashing' the TOP SECRET stuff I've been working on for the past several weeks. I had a blast putting it all together and promise that it will be funny as heck. The madness will continue through Wednesday (3/19) so don't forget to check back daily to see the next nutty thing.

Can't wait!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Top Secret Stuff to be Revealed Soon!

Oh, my gosh! Just 3 more days (Saturday, the 15th) until I reveal the TOP SECRET stuff I've been working on! My advice to you is get your giggle pants on!

Saturday, March 1, 2014


I've been crazy busy with the release of SAVING BABY DOE on March 20 and the release party at BookCourt (info on that below) on March 22nd! But, I just had to stop by to tell you that I'm working on something top secret and beginning 5 days before the book hits shelves, you'll find out exactly what it is. Hint: You're gonna laugh!

Okay, that's all you'll get out of me at the moment! Here's the info on the release partayy. Please come by and say hi if you can! There will be cupcakes and stuff!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Launch Partayyy

I didn't have a book launch for The Trouble with Half a Moon and I've always regretted that decision. That is why I'm having one for Saving Baby Doe. YAY! I hope you can make it AND I HOPE IT DOESN'T SNOW!! Here are the deets:

Where:  BookCourt General Books

163 Court

Street Brooklyn, NY

(718) 875-3677

When:  3/22/14 @ 4pm

Will I see you there, huh? Huh? 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

SAVING BABY DOE book trailer! Yeehawww!

I write this post sending virtual hugs to Betsy Bird at fuse #8. Today, she generously revealed the trailer for SAVING BABY DOE. I'm feeling all the mushy feels ... :D

Before I post the link, I'd like to say that if you're in need of a book trailer, Tim Eddy from nifty productions, is definitely your guy. I really can't say enough good things about him. Okay, I'll try. He's smart, he 'gets' books, is easy to work with, responds to emails quickly and his fee is extremely reasonable. Like, I didn't HAVE to steal cash out of my daughter's piggy bank to pay him! So, Tim, Tim, he's your man, if he can't do it ... well you know the rest!

Hey, I'm gonna post the link to the trailer now. You may want to pop some popcorn. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Back? Good! Here it is:

WHAT DO YOU THINK? I'm in love with it, that's for sure! Please feel free to share, I could use all the help I can get.

Many thanks!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Food Drive

This is such an awesome idea, I just had to share it with you!

In my first book, The Trouble with Half a Moon, Dellie, the main character, rescues a little boy who never has enough to eat. Sadly, this part of the story is true for me. As a kid, I knew a little boy in this situation. So, when I came across this article today, I thought, BRILLIANT! Feeding the hungry has just been made easier. 

If you're able to, please consider donating. I'm off to do it right now. No one should go hungry, especially children.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

SAVING BABY DOE giveaway!!

In the mood to try and win something? You are? What a coinkydink! It just so happens that there are 4 signed advanced reader copies of SAVING BABY DOE up for grabs on goodreads! I'm also throwing in bookmarks and silicone bracelets! Check it out:

Good luck!

Monday, November 18, 2013

There's no denying it ...

I have a New Yawk (Brooklyn) accent! Some things you just can't hide. If you'd like to hear it for yourself, take a listen to my interview on blog talk radio. Here's the link:

So, I've been MIA for a while and I really don't have an excuse. I mean, I've been busy getting some marketing/publicity things done for SAVING BABY DOE (coming out in MARCH!!) and the days have just been flying by. I just can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here--- wahhhhh, I want my flip-flops!

One of the things I had done for SBD is a book trailer! I'm so excited for you guys to see it I think I might burst! It's really cool and awesome and really captures the book. I'm going to reveal it on January 23rd with the help of some pretty wonderful and generous book people.

Welp, off to my second home-- the Post Office. Oh, I have an official author page on facebook that I update regularly so come visit me there! Here's the link:

Monday, August 26, 2013


I've always loved getting a behind the scenes look at movies and books I've enjoyed so I just had to ask Manjari Sharma, the very kind and talented photographer for the cover of The Trouble with Half a Moon, for permission to share my favorite out-take with you guys.

You can check out more of Manjari's awesome work here:

I love this shot so much! What do you think of it?

Monday, July 22, 2013

More Contest!

Did you know THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON has a facebook page? It does and I'm running a fun contest over there. The winner will receive an advanced uncorrected copy of my newest middle grade book (ages 10 & up), SAVING BABY DOE. Come by and check it out!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Advanced Reader's Copies!!!

You know what makes the ending to vacation not so bad? Coming home to SAVING BABY DOE ARC's!! There is nothing like opening a box of love.

Although it doesn't come out until March 2014, it's now available for pre-order! And yes, I ordered it!

If you're a blogger who would like to review SAVING BABY DOE, hit me up and I'll send you an ARC.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


Soooooo, it’s that time! What time? Contest time! For a chance to win a signed copy (and swag) of my next book, SAVING BABY DOE, all you have to do is leave me a comment about the cover at one of these fine places: the wonderful world of facebook, here on my blog ( or tweet me @DanetteVig. Easy peasy, right? Yeah, I gotchu!

Alert! Alert! There will be two winners! Repeat: two! 2! Dos!

In two months my cutie patootie six year old niece, Aiva, shall pick the winners out of something more amusing than a hat. I will then contact the winners for their mailing info.

Are you ready? Yes, I’m ready!

I’d like to introduce you to the cover of my next book, SAVING BABY DOE. *throws confetti* *jumps around crazily* *bites nails*

Imaginations, please cue drum roll!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

SAVING BABY DOE contest coming soon!

Whew! It's been a long time, huh? I was busy with SAVING BABY DOE revisions but I am done now! Yeehawwwww! Also, my editor deserves a medal. Seriously, I don't know how she does what she does but that woman has like, superhuman eyes or something.

Okay so, I have permission to share the cover to SBD! I'm going to hold some sort of contest and the winner will get a signed copy of the book! Plus, I'll throw in any swag I come up with. Stay tuned for the deets!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Florida Middle School Students Show The Trouble with Half a Moon Some Love!

On April 27th, I'll be taking part in April is for Authors in Palm Beach Florida. I'm really excited about this! I mean, me and Florida are best buds! So, if you're anywhere near Palm Beach, please come by and say hello. You can read all of the deets here:

While I'm in Florida, I'll visit with the students of  Roosevelt Middle School. Even though I haven't met these students yet, I already know how AWESOMELY AWESOME they are! How do I know you ask? Just take a look at this book trailer they made for Trouble!

These students, along with their Media Specialist, did an amazing job. They acted out scenes and even wore costumes! There was even a half moon involved! I'm not embarrassed to say that I teared up while I watched. Students, you have made my week! Thank you and I'll see ya soon! xoxo

Friday, March 22, 2013

Gone Revising!

I'm hard at work revising my next book, SAVING BABY DOE, for my editor. This is my view at the moment and will continue to be for many weeks to come.

Do you see how that little snowman dude photobombed the shot?

Friday, March 1, 2013

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing Hop: the traveling blog that asks authors whom they consider the NEXT BIG THING, and then has them pass along the questions for those authors to answer in their blogs.

I'm unbelievably honored to have been tagged by, Sofia Quintero, author of the young adult novel, EFRAIN'S SECRET and forth coming novel SHOW and PROVE. You can read an excerpt of SHOW and PROVE Here. These are the rules: Answer ten questions about your current Work in Progress on your blog. Tag five writers/bloggers and add links to their pages so we can hop along to them next.

What is the working title of your book?

The working title for my next middle grade novel is, SAVING BABY DOE, due out in 2014.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I'm a big time nurturer so setting out to protect the most vulnerable of us-- babies, came as natural as breathing for me.

What genre does your book fall under?

Like my first book, THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON, this book is Realistic Fiction.

Which actors would you choose to play your character in a movie rendition?

My characters, Lionel and Anisa, are Afro-Latino and sadly, there are very few young Hispanic actors out there today who come to mind. I'd love for up and coming unknowns to be cast in these roles. However, I do have someone in mind to play the role of my main character's mother and she is Judy Reyes best known for playing Carla Espinosa in Scrubs. She also starred as Angela in Rashaad Ernesto Green's film, GUN HILL ROAD.

What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Thirteen year old Lionel finds himself stuck between popularity and doing what's right after he and his best friend, Anisa, find an abandoned baby at a construction site.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

SAVING BABY DOE will be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

First drafts usually take me seven to eight months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

It gives me hives to try and compare my book to others already out there and will only do so if my life depended on it. I hope that's not the case here! I'll just say that when I sit to write I'm not thinking of anything other than my next sentence. Weird? *shrugs* Probably.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I wrote this book because like most people, abandoned babies break my heart. If I could rescue, raise and love every single one of them, I would.

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?

What I hope will pique the reader's interest in this book is the fact that you are much more capable of doing things than you might think. In the wise words of Mr. Owen, a neighbor of Lionel's, "You'd be surprised at what you're capable of doing when it comes down to the nitty-gritty." This holds true both for adults and teens alike. Sometimes, you just need a little nitty-gritty to get things done.

Below are my tags of other authors:

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

Ellen Oh

Torrey Maldonado

Ty Allen Jackson

Tameka Fryer Brown

Wednesday, January 16, 2013


I had braces put on today, people! Me! At my age?! Ugh. I was having some issues with my teeth and seriously needed things to move. Both my girls had braces and I find myself asking them questions since they're so well seasoned. 

Promise me that if you happen to see me and I happen to have something stuck in my braces, you'll tell me? Or, slip me a note or something! Did I ever tell you the time I saw Nicholas Cage (before his weird hair thingy) in Peter Luger's Steakhouse? There he was enjoying his dinner and there I was smiling like a cat eating a firecracker ... with a piece of SPINACH stuck in my teeth! Now just imagine that AND the braces. 

Holey Smoles.

Also, the visit with Florida Virtual School was awesome! Thank you to Jeanne Giardino-Zanegood for inviting me and a very special thank you to her daughter, Ellie, for suggesting The Trouble with Half a Moon! Yayyyyy Ellie! 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Florida Virtual School Visit

Tomorrow, January 15th at 7pm, I will be celebrating Literacy Week by visiting with Florida Virtual School! It's sort of like a Skype visit only we meet in an online room. I'll be able to share what my journey to publication looked like by showing my PowerPoint presentation-- complete with an 11 year old me plus the report card that changed my life. I think it's gonna be pretty darn cool.

I'll try not to think about how everyone on the other side of the camera will most likely be enjoying warm Florida weather while I'm sitting in a cold and gloomy NYC. I'll try but I can't promise anything ...

See ya tomorrow, Florida!

In case you'd like to check out the line up, here's the link:

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Attention Children's Authors!

This past summer, I took my ten year old niece to a book signing for this book: 

I cannot tell you how moving that evening was and of all days, I didn't have tissues in my bag! 

Elissa Montanti, the author of this book, simply asked a question one day: can I help? She wanted to help  children around the globe who needed it the most: the children of war, children who have stepped on landmines while they played soccer with their friends, victims of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis. Children who have greatly suffered because of the decisions the adults around them have made. These children are missing limbs, have lost their eyesight, have been burned and worse. These children come from countries where they cannot get the type of medical care available in America. Care that would ensure them a better life.

 Elissa started with just one child and she didn't let red tape stop her, or fear of the unknown for that matter. 60 minutes, CNN and The Huffington Post are just a few who have interviewed her. Tyler Perry-- yes, THAT Tyler Perry, saw the 60 minutes interview and helped Elissa renovate a house where these children could stay while they receive care, which Shriners hospital provides at no cost. This house is called the "Dare to Dream House." Today my niece,  her mom and I visited Elissa. My niece has so many ideas of her very own to help the children who come to Elissa, her heart has always been full of love for others and I am so proud of her.

So, here's where I'm going with all of this. After I read Elissa's amazing and inspiring book, I asked myself what I had to offer these sweet kids, and the answer came: books. I mean, I'm an author, right? I'm around other children's authors, so why not set up a comfy reading corner filled with books signed by their awesome authors? It would be a great addition to an already beautiful house. 

If you're an author of children's books (from picture books to young adult) and you're with a traditional publisher, I kindly come to you and ask if you'd like to donate a signed copy of your book for the kids who come to stay at the Dare to Dream House. As authors, we know the magic a book can bring. Will you help me bring some of that magic to the kids who need it the most?

Please feel free to share this with your author friends! 

You can read about Elissa and the Dare to Dream House here:

Email me at: for mailing information.

Gratefully Yours,


Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Day at the White Plains Public Library

I spent yesterday at the White Plains Multicultural Book Festival. Let me tell you, the White Plains Public Library knows how to throw a fest! Plus, it is a gorgeous library. This is what you see as you walk into the children's area:

How beautiful is that? There were also tiny points of light on the ceiling made to look like stars.

Inside, there were comfy reading spaces that made me want to settle in and read. It really is an awesome place. There was a whole lot more to see but it was crowded and I didn't want to seem creepy snapping pictures of strangers and stuff.

I was honored to be a part of this festival. I think it is so important for children of all colors to see themselves inside a book. At one point in particular, I witnessed something pretty great. It was a moment that should have been captured in a photo really, but yeah, there's that creepy factor again. What I saw was an African American family consisting of three small boys standing at a table looking through books featuring Barack Obama. At that moment, I was hit with a warm fuzzy feeling. Those three boys are now able to "see" themselves as the President of the United States! We have come so far and no matter where you stand politically, I hope you have a warm fuzzy feeling too.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Westchester Multicultural Children's Book Festival

Tomorrow, 10/13 at 3:10, I'll be reading from my book in Trove Galaxy Hall at White Plains Public Library for the 1st Annual Westchester Multicultural Children's Book Festival. If you're around, come say hi!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Four Magic Words

I haven't been doing school/library presentations for very long but in the very beginning, I'd stress out a little  a lot when I thought about standing in front of an audience. That is until my husband looked me in the bulging eyes one day and said something that helped ENORMOUSLY. It was simple but it was magic. He said: just tell your story.

*Mind officially blown*

So, if you're sitting there reading this and you've got a visit coming up that's causing your heart to palpitate, relax and simply tell your truth. Tell your story.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dearest Judy Blume,

I found you while trying to prove my fifth grade teacher wrong after she said I was a weak reader. How dare she write such a terrible LIE on the back of my report card! I had to prove her wrong so I immediately set out to my local library. There was one thing I hadn't counted on and that was falling in love ... with DEENIE, ARE YOU THERE GOD? IT'S ME, MARGARET and BLUBBER. When those love affairs ended, I simply craved reading. I craved Sunday's spent in my room with a book, the reading cave I created underneath my quilt using my dollhouse lamp for light when I should have been asleep. I needed to read the way I needed to breathe and still do. It was such a gift and I thank you for it. I can only hope that my books help someone somewhere in the same way yours has helped me.

I send you much love and many prayers for a speedy recovery. 


Friday, July 27, 2012

Stinky Self-Doubt

As an author, I get to meet with students and share my journey of how I went from being a struggling young reader to published author. One of the things I talk about is self-doubt. Young or old, self-doubt deceives you into thinking it will protect you from the hurt of rejection. What it’s really doing is holding you back, tying you down, keeping you from moving in the direction you want to go. It keeps you from dreaming because it’s safer to lie low where no risk is involved. It’s the voice in the back of your head that tells you not to bother trying out for that team, that part in the school play or that job. After all, there’s somebody else who can do those things better than you can and you’ll only end up embarrassing yourself. It’s the voice that sometimes asks: “Just who do you think you are anyway?”

Well, I’ll tell you. You’re the person who is going to kick self-doubt to the curb. You’re going to start with just one step in the direction you need to go in order to achieve what it is you want. Once that first step is taken, your journey has started. Will you be nervous? Yes, but you have to keep pushing forward. As the actor, Will Smith, once said: “The mastery of self-doubt is the key to success.” And as I say: Don’t allow self-doubt to take your eyes off the prize because if you do, the prize will never be yours.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

First Will Read 4 Food Author Visit

Yesterday was my very first Will Read 4 Food author visit. I spent the morning with 6th and 7th graders at the Brooklyn School for Global Studies in Carroll Gardens (Brooklyn, NY). The kids were awesome. They had such great questions for me! A BIG thank you to Judy, the librarian, for bringing me in and to the wonderful teachers who told me things about my book and how their students reacted to it that made my heart swell. Really.

Also, can't forget Dawn. Thank you, Honey Bun for thinking of me!

The collected food went to Food First located in my hometown of Red Hook (also Brooklyn). I truly hope this is gonna be a thing.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Me & the Sunshine State

TROUBLE and I had an exciting time visiting libraries and bookstores while on vacation in Florida last week. Let me tell you, I was treated so very kindly by staff and students! A big thank you to Natalie at the Orlando Public Library and to Pam at the Windemere Public Library. I hold libraries responsible for my love of reading and most importantly, my wanting to become an author. Big hugs to you guys! Oh, and guess what? One of the middle schooler's liked my New York Accent! Or, should I say my New Yawk accent?

The bookstores had TROUBLE on the shelves underneath the Sunshine State Young Readers Award list heading which had me sw-oo-ning! Thank you to all the bookstores and especially to Geoffrey at the Barnes & Noble on Colonial Drive for making me feel so welcomed.

So, even though it rained the WHOLE time (except for a day and a half) while I was there, I smiled the entire time because Florida has shown me the love! As a thank you, dear Florida, I'd like to offer schools and libraries free Skype visits. Comment here or email me if you're interested!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Oh, the Places I'll Be!

If you're in Orlando Florida on Tuesday, June 5th and you're looking for something to do, I'll be talking about my journey from being a not so good reader to a published author at the Orlando Public Library at 10:30 a.m. and the Windermere Branch at 4 p.m.  I'll also do a short reading from my book THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON and will answer any questions you may have.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award video

I just came across this really cute Sunshine State Young Reader's Award video. If you're a fan of Lego's,  you should check it out. Plus, ya know, I'm on the list.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sunshine State Young Reader's Award

So thankful and happy that THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON has made the Sunshine State Young Reader's Award List (grades 6-8)! *jumps for joy* I love me some Florida! 


Tuesday, April 24, 2012


Finally got around to making a short video on what sparked the idea for THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON. Warning: I say ummm a lot.

Paging Dr. Vigilante

Okay, so. About two months ago I broke a houseplant. And by that I mean, it was a stick. Yeah, just a stick. We bought it at a "flower" show last year or so but it never bloomed. Apparently, it enjoys being a stick. Anyway, I felt bad about my clumsy breakage of said stick so I grabbed the nearest life saving tool, aka, scotch tape and well, taped the oozing pieces back together. You might as well start calling me Dr. Vigilante now because not only has the plant/stick grafted but it has sprouted anew and is now a thriving stick once again. *takes exaggerated bow*

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Giveaway Goodness

Final grand total for the Goodreads giveaway: 895! Congratulations to all the winners! *applause, applause*

Thank you for entering and for wanting to read THE TROUBLE WITH HALF A MOON. Books will be sent out tomorrow. Hope you all enjoy!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Goodreads Giveawayyyyy!

799--- uh, make that 804 people have signed up for my Goodreads giveaway! I'm so thrilled by this! Thank you, good readers of GR! 6 more hours to go ...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Cool Review Surprise

Just got a nice surprise! The awesome people at the 4:00 Book Hook Newsletter reviewed The Trouble with Half a Moon in the April/May edition (pg.4). Very cool and a nice end to the day! Thank you, Book Hook peeps!