Archive | October 2013

Verse Novels Sequels, Trilogies and Series

When it comes to writing for young readers it seems that no one writes just one book anymore. That’s one of the reasons I love verse novels for young readers – they are often stand-alones adrift in a sea of sequels, trilogies and series.

That said, some of my favorite verse novels for parts of sets, so I thought I’d highlight some here.

Of course I’ll start with the incomparable Ellen Hopkins. Her verse novels CRANK, GLASS and FALLOUT form a trilogy about the long ranging effects of meth addiction.  SMOKE is the sequel to her heartrending BURNED. And the adult TRIANGLES is a companion to the YA TILT.

Sonya Sones’s books WHAT MY MOTHER DOESN’T KNOW and WHAT MY GIRLFRIEND DOESN’T KNOW form a nice little set.


Australian verse novelist Stephen Herrick’s KISSING ANNABEL  was once two novels called Love, Ghosts, and Facial Hair and A Place Like This Now it’s published in one volume.


One of my favorites for younger readers, SHAKESPEARE BATS CLEAN-UP by Ron Koertge was followed up by SHAKESPEARE MAKES THE PLAYOFFS.


Two gorgeous books that make a great choice for your first verse novel, or for verse novels for very young or struggling readers: LOVE THAT DOG and HATE THAT CAT by Sharon Creech.


Finally I can’t help but mention my book AUDACIOUS will be followed by a sequel, CAPRICIOUS to be published in 2014.

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October New Release Giveaway Hop – AUDACIOUS!


I love new releases; and every writer loves their own new release best. So for this October New Release Giveaway Hop I’m giving away a three copies of AUDACIOUS – one here, one at Angelhorn and one at Cover Your Dreams.

This is a US/Canada only giveaway for physical books but the good news is that I am giving away eBooks for international entrants, should they be the winners!

Here’s a bit about AUDACIOUS:

Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can’t do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outcast, the vengeful trouble-maker she was. Reborn as “Ella,” she plans fit in at her new school, while her perfect younger sister goes to the Catholic girls’ school and her emotionally fragile mother looks for a job. But Ella might just be a different kind of misfit. She’s drawn to a brooding boy in her art class, Samir, and expresses her confused feelings in an explicit artwork. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the horrendous fallout spreads though Ella’s life like an uncontrollable disease. Ella is expelled from school and faces pornography charges, her mother is hospitalized, her sister fails all her classes, and her distant father finally notices something is wrong.

To enter all you have to do is follow the blog or me on Twitter. Let me know if you have added the book on Goodreads, Tweeted or Facebooked the giveaway and I will give you an extra entry. Good Luck.

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs participating in the Giveaway Hop (there are a lot of them!). You can find the list here.

This entry was posted on October 15, 2013. 12 Comments


AudaciousTechnically my book has been born. I say technically because I’m not sure exactly where it is available yet, but I have heard that readers have been receiving it in the mail. So exciting!

Speaking of exciting I just drew the winner of last weeks Banned Books Week Giveaway and it is HOLLY LETSON!!!!

Send me your address, Holly and you will have your book delivered to you direct from the publisher. Congrats!

I’m also running a book mark promo this week – if you tweet, Facebook or email me a picture of AUDACIOUS on a bookstore or library shelf I will send you a bookmark. If you include a picture of your receipt I will send you a button too!

So head out on the hunt, peeps. I want to see what my baby looks like in the wild.

Happy Snapping!

This entry was posted on October 3, 2013. 1 Comment