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!