{thanks for the love, D.i.YA!}

I was pleased and grateful to see A LA CARTE get such kind words from guest blogger Doret Canton at Diversity in YA Fiction. Being mentioned alongside of such great authors as Angela Johnson, Jacquline Woodson and Christopher Paul Curtis is indeed an honor, thank-you!

Speaking of ALC, last August, fantabulous Knopf book designer Kate Gartner started working with the new cover for my first YA novel, and while the new MARE’S WAR cover has debuted first, today you get a sneak peek of what else Kate’s been up to on our behalf.


Not entirely sure when this paperback version of ALC will hit the bookstores, but look for it around next autumn!

Lots more love to go around today. Don’t forget to check out the CYBILS AWARD website to see the names of the 2011 winners! I am PULLING for Rot & Ruin to win from the long list of fantasy and science fiction nominees. (There are tons of other great books, but that one is stupendous.) For whom are you especially cheering? Do tell!

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