Spring Fling Writing Contest

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez and Ciara O’Neal‘s “Spring Fling Writing Contest” takes place between April 1-3. I’ve been selected as a winner in the past and I’m really excited to enter again. I enjoy entering writing contests because it gives me a chance to write about a topic that might not work for a full book,Continue reading “Spring Fling Writing Contest”

2021 Fall Writing Frenzy Contest

As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I LOVE entering writing contests! The prizes, the writing community’s support, and the chance to write about a topic that might not work for a full book; all reasons they are so much fun. I just finished reading through my current middle grade manuscript so going back intoContinue reading “2021 Fall Writing Frenzy Contest”

From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks

Description: Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime? A crime he says he never committed. Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined toContinue reading “From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks”

9 Middle Grade Food Stories

This post may sound similar to one I had posted previously about cookbooks for kids, but now I’m talking only about middle grade novels that center around food. Again, this list was compiled as I researched for my next middle grade manuscript and I have to say, this has been some delicious and taste-bud-delighting research.Continue reading “9 Middle Grade Food Stories”

2021 #ReadICT Reading Challenge Update

If you didn’t see my original post on the 2021 #READICT Reading Challenge, here is the link to the original post. Check it out to read more about the challenge and to see the first four books I read for the it. As a reminder, every year in Wichita, KS the Wichita Public Library partnersContinue reading “2021 #ReadICT Reading Challenge Update”

#50PreciousWords Writing Contest

Every year, Vivian Kirkfield hosts a writing contest called #50PreciousWords to challenge authors to write a SUPER short story. It can be no more than 50 words and it must have a beginning, middle, and end. Definitely not an easy feat, and not for the faint of heart. Here is the information you need toContinue reading “#50PreciousWords Writing Contest”

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

Description: When her family moves from Pakistan to Georgia, Nurah wants to blend in, yet she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts. And in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in. She wants to winContinue reading “Unsettled by Reem Faruqi”

The Voice That Won The Vote by Elisa Boxer

Description: In August of 1920, women’s suffrage in America came down to the vote in Tennessee. If the Tennessee legislature approved the 19th amendment it would be ratified, giving all American women the right to vote. The historic moment came down to a single vote and the voter who tipped the scale toward equality didContinue reading “The Voice That Won The Vote by Elisa Boxer”

The Nightmare Thief by Nicole Lesperance

Description: Maren Partridge works in her family’s dream shop and hand-crafts any dream imaginable. The shop has one rule. Dreams cannot be given to a person without their consent. Her sister, Hallie, has an accident that leaves her in a coma, and Maren’s certain she can cure Hallie with a few well-chosen dreams. And whenContinue reading “The Nightmare Thief by Nicole Lesperance”

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