Some Housekeeping and the SECRET PROJECT Preview!

Happy...June? October? Valentine's Day? What's going on? Where am I?

It has been a crazy-busy last few weeks, filled with lots of fun things (buying a house! going to the beach! the baby learning how to say mama!) and insane things (packing our apartment :( deadlines :( trying to get the baby in day care :( :( :( ). I've been neglecting this little blog, so here's a quick recap of ALL THE FUN STUFF!

-I'll be back at this year's Boston Teen Author Fest! I am SO thrilled about this--it was a totally awesome experience last year, and I can't wait to see all those bright happy book-lovin' teens again.

-I'll also be speaking at the Morristown Festival of Books! I hail from humble Morristown, and I'm super excited to be a part of their second annual book fest! If you live in New Jersey or New York--check it out!

-I'm working on a teacher and librarian's guide to Salt & Storm! Are you a teacher/librarian who wants to get your kids interested in the history of whaling? Looking for a side dish to spice up Moby Dick? Want to focus on folklore? Salt & Storm is a rich retelling of an amazing (and often-overlooked) aspect of American history! The guide will be ready to go this September, so if you have any suggestions about things you'd like to see or how to better integrate it into your lessons, send me an email with the subject line "SALT & STORM Teacher's Guide."

-DRIFT & DAGGER will be out in a little less than three months! Three months sounds like an insanely long time and yet September 8 sounds like it'll be here, like, tomorrow, so cue confusing freak-out. Leading up to the pub date I'll be revealing some fun things about the books, so keep checking back (and follow me on Twitter) for more info. (And, as always, if this book strikes your fancy, it's available for pre-order!).

-And finally, the SECRET PROJECT! I've been a little cagey about this the last few weeks as the details are being worked out, but oooooooh man do I love this thing. Aaahh I can't wait to teeelll youuuu everythiiiiing!!! And I will! Monday! Come back here for a big surprise and a BIGGER giveaway!

-That's it! Have a puppy picture: