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BYWAYS: Behind the Header

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I love the Byways header, which features some of the magical, mythical creatures inhabiting Libery’s wild places. It adapts its hues to suit the setting. It shifts like a Changer to show which brother’s story you’re holding. (You noticed that, right?) AND, it blocks a good portion of Hannah Christenson’s cover illustrations. So I thought you might enjoy a peek at unseen things. Over the next several weeks, I’ll show you what’s going on behind the scenes. Continue reading BYWAYS: Behind the Header

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!

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SALE! Byways Books

Free eBooks! In celebration of the kick-off of the Byways series on July 4, 2014, I’m offering an Anniversary Sale. For the next few days, the first two titles are FREE! Nab them for yourself. Tell a friend about the sale. Bonus points to anyone who brings the series to the attention of a school teacher. More festivities to follow soon!





BYWAYS: Giveaway & Review Drive

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Coming Soon. Everything’s coming together for the May release of Byways Books #5, #6 and #7. Over the next month or so, there’ll be cover reveals, more state-related posts, and even a couple of character introductions. But before that, I thought I’d run a giveaway & review drive. Here’s how this will work … Continue reading BYWAYS: Giveaway & Review Drive

NEWSWORTHY: Local Author Exhibit

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Last weekend, I attended the reception for the San Diego Public Library’s 49th Annual Local Author Exhibit. To take part, you contribute a book written during the previous year, which is then included in a huge display on the downtown library’s first floor. Continue reading NEWSWORTHY: Local Author Exhibit

BYWAYS: Delaware

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Every Byways book is a story, but it’s also a game. There’s an educational element to this series of kids chapter books. Details in each story are borrowed from its assigned state. (As in the United States of America.) Byways will work through all fifty in order of ratification, so Book #1 covers our first state—Delaware. Sharp-eyed readers will spot cities and towns, icons and emblems, famous firsts and claims to fame. Hide and seek. Search and find. Fun and learning. Continue reading BYWAYS: Delaware

FOLKS: Jovan Johns

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 “Have you seen Zane?” asked Ian.

Laurel nodded to a blue bottle with a long neck on the windowsill. It held a cluster of winter roses. “He snuck those in earlier.”

“Are you sure it wasn’t Jovan? He strikes me as the thoughtful one.”

—excerpted from Byways, Book 1: On Your Marks

Jovan Johns is mild-mannered, bookish, peace-loving, and musical. Nobody understands why Jovan is best friends with Zane, but these cousins have been inseparable since childhood. Continue reading FOLKS: Jovan Johns

FOLKS: Laurel Johns

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“Were you checking on your couriers?”

“I do like to keep an eye on things.” Ian was the founder of all of Liberty’s post offices. His couriers delivered letters and packages throughout the land. As often as he could, he flew far and wide to visit them.

Laurel laughed. “Liberty’s couriers watch the sky, checking to see if the Postmaster is watching.”

“My friends love it when I drop in for a chat!”

“You’re lucky Uncle Vanek keeps things running smoothly around here whenever your wings are restless.”

—excerpted from Byways, Book 1: On Your Marks

Laurel Johns is Ian’s third wife. She’s sweet and petite, gentle and generous … and much stronger than she looks. Her life took an unexpected turn when Ian’s family hired her to cook, clean, and look after Zane, who was just a tiny baby when his mother died. Continue reading FOLKS: Laurel Johns