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Looking forward to: Sally Slick!

June 21, 2013 · Comments Off on Looking forward to: Sally Slick!

My writing neighbor, Carrie Harris–

Wait. I fear that when I said, “Writing neighbor,” you had no idea what I meant.

meant: this one time, when I was a debut author, there was this other debut author in the Elevensies book group who had a last name that was pretty close to mind (Harris, Haskell–I always sat next to Harrises in school) who had the same town as mine listed next to her name. We both assumed there was a clerical error.  But no! We both live in the same little town in Michigan.  We both debuted in 2011.  And we both have HA- surnames.

So, my writing neighbor, Carrie Harris, who is my neighbor geographically, chronologically, and alphabetically, has a new book coming out in December.

Every hero has a story. This one starts with a girl and a racing tractor.
Sally Slick knows she’s meant to be more than a Midwestern farm girl. What she wants more than anything is to be an inventor when she grows up—and she has the custom-built racing tractor to prove it. But good girls in 1914 don’t go off to the city in search of adventure. Everything changes when Sally’s big brother comes back from Chicago with a robot in hand and mobsters on his heels. With the help of her friend, wannabe hero Jet Black, Sally will risk everything to protect the people she loves.
Those bad guys are about to get a giant wrench thrown right into their plans.
And it’s got a truly gorj cover. Gorge? Gorgeous, you know, but abbreviated?  How do you spell that?
Sally Slick Steel Syndicate 200dpi
Oh, stop listening to my blather.  Go listen to Carrie instead.

Categories: Books!

Bad Hair Day

November 25, 2012 · Comments Off on Bad Hair Day

My friend, fellow Elevensie and down-the-road neighbor (we live in the same small town AND had debut novels in the same year–what the heck are the chances of that?!?), Carrie Harris‘s new book is out:

And in honor of that day, my Lady of the Pink Unicorn Zombie Dress would like me to tell you all about her bad hair day contest:

Post a bad hair picture anywhere on the internet WITH A LINK TO THIS POST [Mer: Carrie’s post! Not mine.]. Your picture must have a link to qualify. If you win the drawing, and it turns out that your picture doesn’t have a link, I’ll have to draw another winner, and I’ll make a sad face, and you wouldn’t want that, would you?!?! Your pic can be old or new. If you don’t have one, go crazy with the scrunchies and TAKE ONE. You can enter as many times as you want (once per day), but each entry needs to be unique. So change up the picture or the text or SOMETHING. Post on your blog, put it on twitter, make a bad hair tumblr–whatever! Find some way to change it up. And don’t forget to register each entry in the Rafflecopter [on her page].

Soooo… in the spirit of good sportsmanship, and that I would never plug a contest I wouldn’t enter… Here’s me, circa 1986, doing my best imitation of a poodle with a mullet.

Ah, eleven. That was my magically awkward age. I was in an all out hair war, begun when I was ten and started developing intractable cowlicks that we eventually realized were curls. The mullet didn’t help, but what came after was no better, either. I unrocked the short curls for all three years of junior high that came post-mullet.

Not to out my BFFs from the time (l to r: Pam, Esther, Chaitra, me), who had hair struggles of their own–but I think it’s clear that I had the WORST hair of that group. The worst fashion sense, too. I mean–goofy, puffy-painted oversized tee and pink pedal-pushers! I don’t think that was even on-trend for the time, honestly.

So. Yeah. Don’t leave me hanging, after those reveals!

Categories: Giveaways

Total Randomosity Leads to Awesomeness and Zombies

July 22, 2011 · Comments Off on Total Randomosity Leads to Awesomeness and Zombies

I tend not to think that the world of children’s writers is highly crowded, but in my sleepy small town south of Ann Arbor of 8,000 people, there are not one but two YA/MG authors with books debuting this year.  And another YA/MG author altogether who just got an agent and will hopefully be selling her book Real Soon Now.

I mean, 3 kids’ authors in Ann Arbor would make total sense.  There’ s a population density to support it.  But 3 kids’ authors in Saline?  A mystery!

I will tell you all about Amity sometime later, perhaps when she gets an offer on her book, or perhaps when I just can’t restrain myself any longer…  But in the meantime,  Carrie Harris, the first Saline writer I mentioned, has already seen the launch of her book!

It’s called Bad Taste in Boys and it’s about zombies.

I have been a bad neighbor and have not yet read the book, but Carrie is having a signing in Ann Arbor tomorrow (at Nicola’s Books if you’re local), and I totally plan to get in there, get a book, get it signed, and you know, actually meet her!  And spend the car ride home from the lake the next day actually reading said book.

If nothing else, I have to find out what the sugar lips on the cover meaaaan.

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