Friday, June 1, 2012

My Book, a Giveaway, Marie Antoinette Links, and SCBWI Conference News. An Update!

I never know how to title my blog posts. There is SO MUCH randomness involved!

First off, let me share news that some of you giveaway-lovers might appreciate. I'll be hosting a giveaway here on my blog next week! But before I get to that, let me tell you about a giveaway my phenomenal publisher is hosting.

Give Back to Teachers Giveaway, hosted by Rhemalda Publishing and author T.J. Robinson

The Give Back to Teachers Giveaway offers educators a chance to win a free class set (up to 30 paperback copies) of middle grade novel, THE ACADEMY DEFENDERS by T.J. Robinson, for use in their curriculum. If the winning class is within a 200 mile radius of Salt Lake City, Utah, T.J. Robinson will personally deliver the books for a class visit! For those outside of the Salt Lake City area, the author will do a live video chat with the winning class. BUT WAIT! There's more! In addition, teachers, librarians, and school administrators can sign up for a free, no-strings-attached copy of the book in electronic format, as well as a free reader's guide and an educators guide. If you know any educators or librarians, tell them to go to this link and sign up! Free e-book! Chance for a class set of free books! As a former third grade teacher, I can tell you this is good stuff!!

THE ACADEMY DEFENDERS is about 12-year old Lincoln and the group of teenaged superheroes he's joined forces with. You can find out more about the novel and the author at his website,

Okay, on to the next random thing to tell you about. My own giveaway!

Here on my blog, I'll be hosting a super-fun, Marie Antoinette themed giveaway beginning next week. Why Marie Antoinette? Because my book is a time travel Young Adult novel about three girls sent back in time to the French Revolution. Unlike the Rhemalda Publishing Give Back to Teachers giveaway, my giveaway does have one string attached... but I promise it's a painless one. Just be a follower of my blog! Let me know you're following and I'll follow you right back. :)

Be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook for giveaway bonus points... the giveaway will start on Monday, June 4th at 8:01pm, Pacific time. I hope TONS of you enter!

Before I get to the amazingly awesome links I've found on Marie Antoinette, here's a little more about my story, in case anyone is curious:

In TWISTS OF FATE, the brash and impulsive Julia must team up with her sweet and straight-laced best friend, Angie, and the malicious and power-hungry Kaitlyn in order to keep the witch-like powers of their inheritance. But these powers come at a cost. The girls are bound to serve the Fates, and their first mission sends them back in time to Marie Antoinette's Paris, and eventually, into the chaos and war of the French Revolution. Find out more at Rhemalda's website.

And now, here are some fantastic sites I've found in my Marie Antoinette fan-girling...

Last random thing... Marie Antoinette Links of Awesome!

Smithsonian Magazine at has an article about the famed Queen, including a first-person account of the writer's trip to the theater built for her at Versailles. Check it out, here!

Take a virtual tour of Versailles at, and be sure to make use of the sidebar, where you can see the Queen's Chamber, the opera hall, the hall of mirrors, and more! Follow the linky!

Last, I'll leave you with the History Channel's biography of Marie Antoinette, at, in which everything from her early years to her final legacy is covered. Read it here!

Okay. One more random thing! But this is REALLY the last one!

For anyone going to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators annual conference this summer, I WILL BE THERE! I hope we can connect beforehand and meet up! SCBWI LA, hooray!

Have a great weekend, everyone! And remember to check back on Monday night to enter my Marie Antoinette themed giveaway of epic victory--deadline to enter will be July 13th, 11:59pm Pacific time.


  1. I hope you have fun at the conference!! You'll have to take pictures to show all of us =)

    Your contest sounds awesome! I can't wait to see what you're giving away =)

    1. Huggles, Nat! Thanks, I will definitely post pictures from SCBWI. I can't wait!