Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/duewafraziershow/2013/11/17/interview-with-ya-author-danette-vigilante

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: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanetteVigilante?ref=hl

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:  http://manjarisharma.com/

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! https://www.facebook.com/AuthorDanetteVigilante

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 (http://danettevigilante.blogspot.com/) 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: http://www.aprilisforauthors.org/

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! https://vodcast.palmbeachschools.org/player/F2P2Y

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: