Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Book of the Year!

I'm thrilled that Hicklebee's, a fabulous independent bookstore in San Jose, CA., has chosen Cold Hands, Warm Heart as its Book of the Year. The staff was unanimous--which makes me really proud.

If you don't know Hicklebee's, you should! It is more than one local store, it's a national leader in promoting children's literature.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sick Kids Love to Read, too.

I've gotten requests from hospital schools and libraries, so I'm starting a campaign. I'm donating copies of "Cold Hands, Warm Heart" to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. If the spirit moves you, please purchase and donate a copy to your own local hospital.
I'm happy to send an autographed book plate that you can paste into the book. Contact me here or at for more details about donating to Lucile Packard or your local hospital/transplant center.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

She's funny! Dani's got that sarcastic humor that I really dig.

Really great review by blogger Abby the Librarian
She captures how I aimed to combine a serious topic with humor.
Thanks Abby!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hug a Children's Author

If you are in the SF Bay Area tomorrow, head over to a participating bookstore for Kids Otter Read Day Around the Bay. So many great authors, so many great independent bookstores.
I'll be at Linden Tree in Los Altos from 1-3 pm. Hugs by request.
Here's the link for who is reading where.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Vampires and Organ Donation-- The Yuck Factor

Thanks to author blogger Georgia McBride for such a great review. Read it here.

It's interesting to me how several recent reviews mention that the reviewer was reluctant to read a book on organ donation, but how the story (because of the humor and romance) sucked them in.
I wonder why people seem so less squeamish about subjects like vampires and even date rape and anorexia, which are pretty standard YA fare. What is it about organ donation that ratchets ups the yuck factor?

Saturday, May 02, 2009