I seem to be taking longer and longer between updates here—if you want the most current information, my Facebook fan page is a better source.
But I am writing this on my birthday, which seems like a good time for summing up. The big news is that I have TWO books coming out in August: Sabotaged, the third book in the Missing series is due on August 24, and Into the Gauntlet, the tenth book in the 39 Clues series, is due on August 31. Should be a big couple of weeks.
Because these release dates coincide with my own kids’ first week of school, all my book promotions in August will be in central Ohio, near where I live. When those details are firmed up, I’ll post them on my calendar. A few weeks after the books come out, in September, I’ll hit the road to talk about both Sabotaged and Into the Gauntlet a little farther afield. It looks like I’ll head to California and then to the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.—again, I’ll post exact details when I have them. If it’s a long tour and I’m really jet-lagged I may end up scrambling information about the two books in really bizarre ways—which should give readers even more incentive to come out and see me on the road. (Just writing that has made me start pondering: How would the kids from the Missing series and the kids from 39 Clues get along, if they ever met?)
Here are a couple other tidbits from the past few months that might be of interest:
- The State Library of Ohio is distributing posters across my home state to encourage reading. The governor, first lady and various others—including Ohio authors—get to be on these posters. I am starting to hear from various friends and relatives, “Hey! I saw you on a poster at my library!” I really hope nobody mistakes it for a “Wanted” poster. If you want to check out or even download one of the posters, go to http://www.library.ohio.gov/Marketing/MediaCenter/READposter
- A TV interview I did a while ago in the Baltimore area has recently become available online. Go to http://www.abookandahug.com/books-alive and click on my interview to watch it. Or, watch one of the other authors!
- Various readers choice award voters have been very kind to Found lately. Found was selected as the 2009-2010 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award, for Grades 6-8, the 2010 Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, and the 2009 Buckeye Children’s Book Award for grades 3-5. Thank you!