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Let’s Take This Show on the Road

Hook’s Revenge comes out in little more than a month! Can you believe it?

I’d love to celebrate with you. Here is a listing of where you can find me. (Additional details on my events page.)

If you are local to me (or in the mood to travel), please consider coming to one of my launch parties:

Cedar Hills Powell’s in Beaverton, September 19 (International Talk Like a Pirate Day), 7:00 pm

Salem Oregon Public Library, September 20, 3:00 pm

In early October I’m going on tour with my lovely friend Emma Trevayne, author of one of my favorite middle grade books ever, Flights, Chimes, and Mysterious Times!

Heidi Emma Collage

Along the way, we’ll be meeting up with some other fantastic writers and celebrating all things middle grade. Come see us in:

Seattle with Kevin Emerson, Wednesday, October 1 (Panel moderated by Martha Brockenbrough) Details

Salt Lake City with Matthew J. Kirby and Jennifer Nielsen, Friday, October 3 Details

Denver with Lindsay Eland, Sunday, October 5 Details

Portland with Shelby Bach, Tuesday, October 7 (Panel moderated by Kari Luna) Details

And in November, some of my favorite local writers and I will be taking a road trip to:

Boise with Miriam Forster, April Tucholke, and Robin Herrera, Friday, November 14th Details

I have a couple other appearances in the works. I’ll be sure to update you as soon as I can!

Hope to see you soon!

On My Mind: August 11, 2014 (and a giveaway)

If you are impatient super excited for the giveaway, scroll down to the bonus item.

Road trip! My family and I just got home from an awesome summer road trip. Here are a few photos:
road tripWe drove about a thousand miles and had about a thousand little adventures. Ocean, mountains, caves, a jet boat ride up a river, ATVs, and yes, I fed a giraffe. (It was scary.) We had a really lovely time.

My debut book comes out next month! Last week, I got my first copies. You guys, they are so beautiful. Look!

Hook's Revenge

Want to see more? Hook’s Revenge has an amazingly good illustrator, John Hendrix. He just posted pictures of the interior art. Here’s one:

Isn’t it gorgeous?! The rest can be seen here, on his tumblr.

You all know my history with terrible selfies, right? Well, I accidentally took a good one. How did this happen?

Mind if I talk about my book some more? Because it really is on my mind.

School Library Journal gave Hook’s Revenge a starred review!

Among other really nice things, they said, “The evocative language moves beyond simple description and engages the audience’s imagination. Most notable, however, is the wickedly funny narrator who doesn’t hesitate to add his amusing commentary and pointed dislike for the audience to the narrative.”

Read the full review here.

I was also just interviewed on Riffle. Swing by to hear about books kid-me would have loved and why I am over the moon for Atticus Finch.

Pie. I’m thinking about pie.

Bonus Item
Want to be among the first to hear about events, giveaways, and book news?

No? Okay.

Well, do you want to win stuff?

Yes? Good!

I’m giving away a signed hardcover of Hook’s Revenge and a $25 gift card (maybe to you?)! Enter by signing up for my newsletter in the month of August. I promise not to email you too often and to always try to be entertaining.

Sign up in my sidebar, over there on the right, under where it says “I also have a newsletter,” or sign up on my Facebook page.
Good luck!


Thank you to everyone who participated in my #PirateFace giveaway! There were entries on tumblr, twitter, Facebook, instagram, and even a blog post. After looking at them all, one thing is clear:

Your pirate faces are amazing!

Here is a sample (unless you want to skip to the winner—in which case, scroll on):

But now for the winning entry! The honor goes to a Facebook entrant, Rachel Maughan, and her adorable daughter terrifying young pirate offspring!

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Rachel and her family win:

  • Peg-leg pirate pencil sharpener
  • Pirate stencil kit
  • Loot (a fun pirate card game)
  • An annotated advance copy of Hook’s Revenge!
  • And signed Hook’s Revenge swag!

A special mention to Stephanie Barth who posed with a chicken, of sorts. I’ll be sending her a signed Hook’s Revenge poster!

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Thanks again for playing along, mateys! Glad to have ye on my crew!


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