The Harmswood Academy Trilogy: Nocturne Falls Universe

The Harmswood Academy Trilogy:

Nocturne Falls Universe

Reading Order

Harmswood Academy Trilogy

Book 1: The Truth About Cats & Wolves

Book 2: When Tinker Met Bell

Novelette: “The Meddlesome Misadventures of Merri and Bright” (from Merry and Bright)

Book 3: Besphinxed


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[New Podcast] Ana’s Asteroid by Megan Hutchins, narrated by Alethea Kontis

For you Audiophiles: This week’s episode of Cast of Wonders (Young Adult Fiction Podcast) is now live!

Episode 301: “Ana’s Asteroid”

by Megan Hutchins, narrated by Alethea Kontis


Want to hear more stories narrated by Alethea? Check out this list!

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The 2013 YA Summer Reading Flowchart

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The Princess and David B. Coe

My dear friend, fantasy author David B. Coe has invited me over to his website today and asked me a few insightful questions as part of my blog tour.

Find out what I have to say about fairy tales in this economy, genre bending, and the YA market — just click on over here.

Once again, be sure to leave David some love in the comments!

Thanks you!



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All In the Family

YALSA’s The Hub published an article about “Finding a Strong Family Connection in YA…Yes, It Can Be Done!”

So many YA books are about kids who are orphans, or who have difficult family situations. But there do exist some–a few–which concentrate on families working together to solve problems and help on adventures. (There just need to be more families like The Incredibles.)

Jessica Miller “decided to hunt around through the books I’d read recently for examples of strong families and was pleased to find some great reading choices! These are books where the parents care and are actively involved in their children’s lives and books with families made stronger throughout because of the obvious and open love between parents, children, and siblings.”

I am honored that Enchanted was named second on her list of six recent books with strong family ties. Hooray!!

I highly encourage you to read the rest of the article here.

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Tonight I’ll be doing a Young Adult event for Teen Read Week at the Rockville Public Library, and then it’s off to Capclave for the weekend…so this picture seemed appropriate:

This person really does live in our apartment complex. Let’s hear it for cool neighbors!



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Nifty Site of the Day

The nifty site of today is the Book Blogger Directory — the “Big Blog of Book Blogs” — most specifically, this page which lists a plethora of YA Science Fiction and Fantasy blogs.

Definitely worth checking out!

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Nifty Site of the Day

Kat Cooks the Books: In which Kat, a Florida librarian, makes food based on her favorite kids books…and posts the recipes. Why, yes, it is as fun as it sounds. And there are pictures! Definitely worth the pit stop.

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13 Little Blue Reasons

I finished Maureen Johnson’s The Last Little Blue Envelope this morning at the bookstore. The premise of the book is this: Virginia (the main character) spent all last summer hopping around Europe (starting in England), following the instructions in thirteen little blue envelopes her artistic Aunt Peg left her before she died of cancer. Only in Greece, before she had a chance to read letter number thirteen, her backpack was stolen. This story begins when she is contacted by Oliver, a boy in England who somehow found the letters and wants to get them back to her. Now, Ginny finally has the chance to read (and comply with) that last little blue envelope.

Ironically, the bookstore closed last night when I was on the last chapter. I thought to myself, “Oh, I have to open first thing in the morning. I won’t lug this book all the way home just for one chapter. I’ll just finish it in the morning when I have time.”

Which led to me being annoyed all night. I even had dreams about how the book might have almost ended. Coupled with a migraine and insomnia, this is not something I’d recommend to any of you in the future. But I will tell you–I now have an inking of how Virginia felt when she couldn’t get her hands on that little blue letter.

Overall, I found The Last Little Blue Envelope highly enjoyable. I’m not jumping up and down saying it was the best book I’ve ever read, but it was a lot of fun, and I’ll go see when they make it into a movie. (Isn’t that always the way these days?) While the writing for the most part was concise and moved the story along (a trait that many authors are forgetting–thank you, Maureen), there were a couple of lines that jumped out at me:

“Painting, writing. Both just stains on the page.”

“We have the mad one here. Strange things seem to find her. She’s like a party in your pocket.”

Books like this make me want to do a complete 180 and leave fairyland to write contemporary YA…but I’m not sure I’m ready for that yet. We’ll see. Right now, I’ll just be glad that I have John Green and Maureen Johnson to keep me occupied.

And, goodness, how reading this book made me miss England. Maureen is there right now (I stalk her on Twitter), and I am excessively jealous. Yes, I am very glad I didn’t marry that lying, cheating citizen of the United Kingdom I was engaged to that one time, but a part of me is still sad that I had to lose a country in the breakup. I miss my England, with its cream tea and its traffic circles that go clockwise. I still have friends there, and a promise of a football game and Guy Fawkes Day…and Dulles airport is RIGHT HERE and I’m so incredibly tempted sometimes to break my bank and hop over the pond just to wave and play hopscotch on the cobblestones and throw a penny in Trafalgar Square fountain and fly right back home again.

But, unlike that Virginia, I do not have thirteen blue excuses and a tidy little bank account. So for the meantime, I will stay here in this Virginia and enjoy the bookstore’s weighty population of British customers, and dream.

Assuming I can sleep tonight.

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My First Kindle Mini-Collection

For only $2.99! Small Magics and Other Stories contains:
“Small Magics”
“Unicorn Gold”
“The Giant and the Unicorn”
“The Scientist’s Daughter”
“The Monster & Mrs. Blake”

“Unicorn Gold” and “The Scientist’s Daughter” are original to this collection and have never before appeared in print.

These stories are all YA appropriate and would be fun for middle-grade readers and above.

Also, the covers on all the stories and books are artwork or photography all my own. (Except for The Nightmare, of course, but that’s public domain.)

Let’s see if this Amazon widget works, and you can go check it out straight from here!


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