Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Welcome Back, Idol!

I'm tired so I'll try to make this quick. IDOL HAS REDEEMED ITSELF! Or should I say, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler did? I say yes, they did! After last season, I decided not to watch anymore. I mean Kara and Ellen really didn't cut it for me. I like Ellen but, eh? AND, Kara. Oh, Kara. After what happened with bikini girl ... um, eww. Tacky.

Enough of that.

Lots of great singers but the last guy tonight, Travis Orlando? O.M.G. Heartbreaking. Talented. Cute. Inspiring. YES, please. I hope he goes all the way. Bring it on home, papi!

Good night!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Thank You, BCCB

I am ever so grateful for the recommended review I received from The Bulletin of the Center of Children's Books. Here's some of what they said:

"... Vigilante has a nice way with subplots and solid daily-life details that bring the book particular warmth. Life in the projects, with a few criminals making things tough for the decent people, and with a vertical neighborhood of interconnected relationships created in the apartment building, is portrayed with candor and even some affection.

... the story is told with considerable appeal and accessibility, and kids won't have to lead the same life as Dellie to recognize her travai."

Thank You, BCCB! You've made my day.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I just want to do God's will. And he's allowed me to go to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land. So I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man.
                                                                                                     - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Indies & Libraries, Oh My!

I had a wonderful day talking to indies and librarians yesterday. First, the stores themselves were just beautiful; from the selections to the d├ęcor. The people I spoke to were just really warm and welcoming. And the libraries! Big, small, new (three floors!) & old (charming—complete with creaky wood floors and big fireplaces with mantels). The librarians were, in a word, AWESOME! Not only that, but check this out people:

I almost kissed my beautiful book but I think the guy in the background (see first pic) would've really thought I was NUTS! I was already waving my arms and hopping.
I simply heart the library. After all, this writing stuff quietly began inside of one.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

And the Beat Goes On

Visited five libraries today and met five awesome librarians! Thank you all for making me feel so comfortable. Tomorrow, letters go out to schools and Saturday, New Jersey indies, here I come!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Doing Right by Red Hook

Congratulations to all the writers who've made the "Quick Pick" list and especially to my friend, fellow Red Hooker/Penquin brother, Torrey maldonado!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

These Boots Were Made for Walking

Though I didn't spy The Trouble with Half a Moon sitting on a shelf, I did meet some awesome booksellers who placed orders for it! For my SI peeps: Clove Lakes Bookstore on Victory/Clove Rd. and B&N on Richmond Ave placed orders and should be getting it in, I'd say by Wednesday. For my Brooklyn peeps, B&N on Court and Atlantic, Bookcourt on Court Street, The BookMark Shoppe on 3rd Ave (I'm also having an event there in March, will keep you posted), Greenlight Book Store on Fulton Street and B&N on 7th Ave. So, go forth and read!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Hello, My Name Is:

I'm on my way out to visit some awesome indie booksellers today! Will I spy The Trouble with Half a Moon? I'll keep you posted!

Friday, January 7, 2011

The Trouble with Half a Moon Release Day

For years, I imagined the wonderful party I’d have the day my book was released; the cake with my cover on it, the music, the food, the dancing and the people. But when the time came, I wasn’t feeling a party. The only excuse I can come up with for this change of heart is that I must’ve played the party over and over in my head so much that I was partied out!

While I didn’t have a party, I did have a really, really nice day. In fact, it felt better than my birthday! First, a great lunch with friends and family, then later in the day, a great dinner with my parents. After dinner, I visited a couple of bookstores and introduced myself. One box store and one indie. Both were very nice and are placing orders since they didn’t have the book in stock, but the people in the indie also spoke of having an event in their store! Kewl, I say! And THANKS, too!

On another note, back in September or October (can’t remember which right now) I started writing a monthly column for, The Red Hook Star-Revue (Brooklyn, NY). Last month, they interviewed me and yesterday, they ran the article complete with a big copy of TROUBLE’S cover. I stared at it for a few seconds and once again, I was reminded of just how much I’m in love with it.


Anyway, check out this awesome gift my sister-in-law/bff gave me at lunch. It’s so perfect!

Thanks, Michele!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

On The Eve of Publication ...

My book, The Trouble with Half a Moon, will be released into the wild tomorrow. I wrote as hard as I could. I laughed and I cried writing and reading it. I truly feel this story is one that was meant to be told. After all, I have carried it in my heart for years and years. I hope you enjoy it. It is yours now. I hope it touches you; inspires you somehow. Do whatever it is meant to do. I believe with all that I am that it has a purpose. I hope it finds you.