Day 5: “E” is for Emily Ungar!

In a shocking display of self-promotion, I decided that today there is no other option except for "E" for "Emily Ungar." With my book cover release yesterday, I am going to proudly add myself to the alphabet.

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LIBERTY BELLE cover reveal day!!

IT'S HERE!!I am SO thrilled to finally reveal the cover to LIBERTY BELLE today!! The designers at Anaiah Press did an amazing job with the cover, and they really blew me away. I kept opening the cover before reveal day and grinning like the Cheshire Cat because it just captures the spirit of the book… Continue reading LIBERTY BELLE cover reveal day!!

Day 2: Babysitters Club series

The letter "B": BABYSITTERS CLUB SERIES I would be an absolute traitor to my generation if I didn't mention what is arguably the best series for those straddling the lines between Gen X and Gen Y: The Babysitters Club series by Ann M. Martin. It's hard to find a thirty something who didn't have at… Continue reading Day 2: Babysitters Club series

Day 1: “A” Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt

The book: I'm so lucky that the A to Z blog challenge starts with my absolute favorite YA book ever: A SOLITARY BLUE by Cynthia Voigt. It's book 3 in the Tillerman family saga. I've read the whole saga, and it's fabulous. However, this book really stood out for me. The dual settings of the academic,… Continue reading Day 1: “A” Solitary Blue by Cynthia Voigt

Follow my #atozblog challenge: best MG/YA for the young Gen X!

 I am incredibly excited to participate in the A to Z blog challenge this month: April 2014. With my head buried in writing fiction and often reading 4 books at a time, it's easy to neglect my ambition to build up my own blog as well as search for other blogs to follow. This challenge will… Continue reading Follow my #atozblog challenge: best MG/YA for the young Gen X!

Why I chose to debut LIBERTY BELLE with Anaiah Press

A few weeks ago, the announcement became official: my middle grade contemporary book LIBERTY BELLE will debut with Anaiah Press in August 2014. I am beyond excited! I've been writing and working hard for years to arrive at this day, and it's finally here. I'd like to tell you a bit about why I wrote… Continue reading Why I chose to debut LIBERTY BELLE with Anaiah Press

Writers’ quiz: Are you a plot planner, a character creator…or a centaur of both?

I dug out my first novel the other day. The one I started in 2005, when I'd just landed an editorial job I loved and had free time to write in the evenings. I worked for 2 years on that women's fiction novel. As the equivalent of the photocopied practice worksheets we filled out in… Continue reading Writers’ quiz: Are you a plot planner, a character creator…or a centaur of both?

Why #PitchWars was a sweet kick to the derriere (in a good way)

I write in a hole. I admit it. I'm a social person, but when it comes to writing I've always kept to myself. Tapping out a chapter in the dark on my iPhone, holed up in the office with just a desk lamp on. I kept my writing and querying wins and losses mostly to… Continue reading Why #PitchWars was a sweet kick to the derriere (in a good way)