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Holy Horses! Two Bits of Horse-Sized News to Share!!

December 27, 2013

Dear Friends:
I want to share two bits (horse pun intended) of Horse-sized (there I go again!) news here FIRST. I prefer posting things like this on my web site blog and linking them to social media. So, please keep an eye out for future announcements on pattycakes.

1) HORSE CLUB--My very first early chapter book is hot off the presses and available from Penguin/DK (DEC 2013) starting this week. You can find it at wherever they sell books. Lucky (horse shoes, okay I will stop...for now) me.

HORSE CLUB is a story about a young girl, Emma, (named after my one of my ancestors: Big and Little Emma--and Emma Dryden!) who LOVES, LOVES, LOVES horses almost as much as she adores her older sister, Amanda (named after another ancestor!), and who dreams of riding in a horse show with her one day.

Please click on my EARLY CHAPTER BOOK link on my home page for a more complete description, a glimpse of the gorgeous cover, and the first review of this--my first-ever early chapter book! (Thanks, Night Owl!)

2) I am featured in the Illinois Reading Council's Winter Journal in its Insights from Illinois Authors!* It's an interview about me, my writing process, my ILLINOIS READS award, and more. I feel both honored and humbled to be included in this important journal. They sent me their questions a few months ago and I carefully crafted my responses. Let me know what you think of it. Thanks!

*PS I will be linking the journal story to my web site as soon as I get a link. So, please check back if you'd like to read it!)

Well, that's all for now. Here's to magical and miraculous things ahead for all of us in the New Year!

xx oo

PJM