It's been 22 years since 9/11 happened. In recalling that horrific moment I reviewed the intervening years and sensed that the cloud of debris dust never actually settled but spread like a long evening shadow over our psyches. In contrast, this past weekend I attended the RMC-SCBWI writing conference in Golden, Colorado. I met so many new people who spoke about their publishing journeys. The hope was contagious. I topped off the weekend at the DCPA show A Little Night Music. The lyrics "Isn't it rich? ...Send in the clowns," gave me goosebumps. My spirits soared. Today, of all days, let’s embrace hope and joy. We can do this, make it better. We got this.
THE NETAHS, DOWN IN THE VALLEY, book 2 in the series
“I loved this sequel to The Netahs: Into the Wilderness…! I was completely wrapped up in the fantasy world, and was rooting for Josh and his Netah community, all animal shape-shifters but with very relatable t(w)een problems.
The story picks up where the first left off, with Josh now deep into the Netah community and trying to find his place as a half-human. Add the complication of his outlaw Netah father and we have Josh torn in different directions, all while trying to figure out who he is as a halfling. I can see kid readers strongly identifying with Josh all while getting lost in the Netah world. The plot moves quickly, which had me forget about time as I read.
This series is one I’ll be recommending for younger YA readers, which can be hard to find books for. Perfect for fans of Rick Riordan books and the Netflix series Sweet Tooth, The Netahs series is going to appeal to reluctant and avid readers alike. Highly recommend it!”
--Fleur Bradley, award-winning author of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel and Daybreak on Raven Island
RELEASE Date is coming this summer, so stay tuned. Get your name on the pre-order list, and I'll send you a special invitation to the launch party events as they are scheduled.
It’s the end of the school year and spring is in the air. As you plan your celebrations, don’t forget that May 1 is School Principals’ Day, followed on the 2nd by Teacher Appreciation Day. A kind word of thanks is free. Once you’re riding high on that kindness train, have some fun with Different Colored Shoes Day (3rd), which is also Bike to School Day, a double whammy. There are so many inane, serious, ridiculous National Days of something, and if you want a good laugh, check it out at https://nationaldaycalendar.com/may/. I prefer the ridiculous, like combining a Mother’s Day (14th) with a Dancing Like a Chicken Day party (same day). Who’s in?
I was a happy writer, until this happened: I discovered two pair of holey socks in a row. Fast forward to today when I waded through my emails and found one from my favorite ski sock maker, Smartwool. I watched their clever video https://www.smartwool.com/second-cut/recycle.html about how they will take my holey socks and make them into something new...and warm!
Aren't you happy I shared this with you so you too can help save the planet and the socks? Check out the retailers who will help make this happen on this link. second-cut-project-retailer-list.html Happy Earth Month!