100th Post

If you’re not from Michigan, you may not know that we all talk with our hands. See how the hand is the shape of the state? That little house is where Ann Arbor is. That star is where Lansing, the Capitol, lies. I’m going to miss that part of being a Michigander. (Or, more accurately,Continue reading “100th Post”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (18)

In which the YA Author showcases The Great and Awkward of being a teenager. This Sunday I give geometry class 1990. Proof, if you will, that I should’ve paid more attention to how I dressed. For instance, not wearing my grandfather’s shorts. (Hey, they’re geometrical.) Yes, I really did steal my granddad’s shorts. That isContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (18)”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (17) Brodi Ashton

Which treats of YA  authors sharing the Great and Awkward of their teenage years. Today I’m delighted to have another guest post! Last week we saw C. J. Omololu, goth-girl pioneer, on the cusp of becoming a bass guitarist. Sort of. This week I give you the sweet and sassy Brodi Ashton. She is aContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (17) Brodi Ashton”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (16) C. J. Omololu

Which delights in YA authors sharing the great and awkward of being a teenager. Today I invited YA author C. J. Omololu to share what she was like as a teenager. Her book Dirty Little Secrets debuted this month from Walker Books for Young Readers. It’s getting some great reviews. I ordered it immediately andContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (16) C. J. Omololu”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (15)

In which the YA author shares the great and awkward of her teenage years. I have been lining up more guest posts for this great day of celebration over here at Sparks and Butterflies. You will not want to miss the coming month of Sundays. And don’t forget, if you’re a YA author who wantsContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (15)”

My Apologies, Raymond Chandler

Have you met our beagle, Phillip Marlowe? He was pound dog. So cute, right? Good thing because his sense of smell is bigger than his brain. Beagles are just that way. They’re like detectives, sniffing out the riff-raff and whatnot. Hence, my husband named him after Raymond Chandler’s most famous book character. If only myContinue reading “My Apologies, Raymond Chandler”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (14) Tina Ferraro

Which treats of YA authors sharing the Great and Awkward of their teenage years. Today I’m delighted to have another guest post! Last week we saw Josh Berk, jazz cowboy, on the cusp of becoming a teenager. This week I give you the charming and sweet Tina Ferraro. You may recognize her from adorable bookContinue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (14) Tina Ferraro”

A Bad Fauxmance

Things to do while you’re waiting to be published: Pretend you are. I snagged this idea off Neatorama who got it from Miss Cellania. But it is indeed hilarious. At least to me. Not only can I pretend I wrote a romance novel I can put an embarrassing picture of myself on it too, somehowContinue reading “A Bad Fauxmance”

Self-Deprecating Sunday (13) Guest Post

In which the YA author shares what’s Great and Awkward about the teenage years. Today we have my first guest post with Josh Berk. This week we’ve been celebrating the upcoming launch of  his YA novel, The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin. It releases this Tuesday from Knopf books for young readers. And I’m 100%Continue reading “Self-Deprecating Sunday (13) Guest Post”