Oooh, wow. I haven’t done one of these posts in over a year. Let’s pick up where I left off. There’ve been so many books since we last chatted! ~CJ
The Sisters Grimm series proceeds with The Unusual Suspects. Since it’s such a long-runner, you’ll see more covers crop up in coming weeks. Pleased to see one of my favorite characters (the pink-winged Puck) featured on this one. I like to mix classics into my reading pile, especially if I haven’t read them since I was in elementary school myself. DId you know that The Indian in the Cupboard kicks off a series? I’ve been watching for & collecting the remaining titles whenever I’m out thrifting. And I very much enjoyed The Ravenmaster’s Secret: Escape from the Tower of London, both for the story and its setting. This historical adventure may be a bit gritty for sensitive readers (it kicks off with a hanging), but I liked that Woodruff didn’t romanticize the era. This ended up being one of my favorite bookish finds for 2018.
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May might always be the ONLY month when I can achieve an all-cover on the BINGO boards for the reading challenges over at Middle Grade Carousel. Thanks to #BookADayMay and a bit of strategic book selection, I get to share this:
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Summer Reading! Time for a fresh sticky post for my August BINGO board, part of the Summer Reading Challenge for #MGCarousel at Elymnifoquent.com, where Elza and I blog about middle grade books.
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Can’t read those tiny book covers? I’ve listed the titles/authors. Continue reading #MGCarousel – Summer Reading Bingo
Hey! If you want a good deal on the first book in a great series, The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare is available in digital format for $1.99 right now. Check your favorite online bookstore to see if they’re participating in this sale price!
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Let me tell you a story. We’re making steady progress with recording audio editions of the Byways Books. Book #3, Over the Bridge: A Zane Johns Adventure has been uploaded, and we’ve already recorded Book #4, Up the Mountain: A Ganix Johns Adventure. Watch for these titles (and more) as they appear in the catalogs at Audible, iTunes, and Amazon!
After finishing Book 2, I launched straight into the third volume of Henry H. Neff’s The Tapestry series—The Fiend and the Forge. So far, I Continue reading #amreading: The Fiend and the Forge
Ink on Paper. As the stack of Byways print editions grows, it’s been exciting to make one of my earliest visions for the series come true. When you get an author-signed copy, they come with these personal touches… Continue reading BYWAYS: Personal Touch
Good News! The paperback editions of the first four Byways Books are showing up in online venues. That means you can order them anywhere books are sold!
“That man’s branch is severed from our tree. His star is fallen from our sky. His name is cast into the sea. May the depths take him.” Silence hung heavy in the house as the clan leader cursed his own son. “May his blood spill, may his bones break, may flames consume him. He is an enemy of this house. Should he trespass upon this clan’s holdings, my own dagger will spill his entrails, my own hands will wring the breath from his lungs. That man will meet his end.”
—Galleries of Stone, Book 1: Meadowsweet, Prologue
Reader Art. I’ve been away, and it’s lovely to be home again. One of my favorite parts of returning was finding new art in my inbox. I’ve featured Skylee’s art before. When she secured her print edition of Meadowsweet, she kicked off her re-read with art. And I have permission to share!
Continue reading ART: Prologue [Galleries of Stone]
Everything isn’t quite ready for the release of the next three Byways books, so I’m giving myself (and my illustrator and my editors) a small extension. The trio of titles will come out next month instead. I’ll keep you posted! ~CJ