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    Will I See You at the I Dream Of Popo Virtual Launch?

    COVID holidays are still going strong in the Blackburne household. Our tiny Christmas tree is still up, though the presents have been opened and scattered around the house. Our Fisher-Price nativity scene is still on our coffee table. Our four year old decided that the camel’s name was “Camel”, and that its owner was named “Camelton.” The whole thing had me thinking about a Christmas musical. “I want to be in the barn where it happens…” In the lead up to the holidays, it seemed that our plans changed by the day. There was talk of getting a motel room instead of staying with family. There was talk of outdoor…

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    I Dream of Popo Preorder Special

    I’m excited to announce that the launch date for I DREAM OF POPO is coming quickly. The early critical reception has been really fantastic. Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus magazine have both given it starred reviews. This is what they say: “A richly nuanced narrative that illuminates the interstices of one family’s diasporic experience.” —Publisher’s Weekly, starred review. “Sympathetic, gentle treatments of aging and illness convey life’s inevitabilities with a loving imagination steeped in the scent of sweet osmanthus. . . Readers will connect with this visual story on various levels or learn something new; possibly both.” —Kirkus, starred review. Several months ago, I asked if folks would be interested in a preorder…

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    YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2020!

    Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours! Go to the YA Scavenger…

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    YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2020!

    Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours! Go to the YA Scavenger…

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    Fundraiser for Mary Weber

      Edit: Congratulations to the winners Liana, Mary, Kenzi, Stephanie, Joansandy and Caylee! ___   If you follow author Mary Weber on social media, you have probably seen her recent post regarding the painful year their family has had—and the devastating circumstances they are currently working through. After a long year of scary, severe health issues, toxic mold was discovered in their home, and not only will it have to be torn down (while they are still paying on it), they are fighting for their health and facing a mountain of medical bills. For months, Mary had been dealing with a host of grueling symptoms that include weight loss, the…

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    YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2019!

    Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours! Go to the YA Scavenger…

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    Umbertouched: #Bookstagram Tour & International Giveaway (CLOSED)

    UPDATE: GIVEAWAY CLOSED! Here’s a list of the winners (please contact me if you haven’t already to claim your prize): FIRST PRIZE: @well.of.books SECOND PRIZE: @stemandsequins THIRD PRIZES: @0str1d, @meganthereader, @heatherfulreads Thank you to everyone who participated. If you didn’t win this one, make sure to  follow me on Instagram or subscribe to my newsletter (fill out the form on my sidebar) for more chances to win! As a bonus, you’ll receive 2 FREE short stories when you sign up. Welcome Readers! I am so excited to celebrate the release of my latest Young Adult novel, Umbertouched. I’m continuing celebrations this week by hosting a massive INTERNATIONAL Giveaway!!! THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS DATES: Mon, Nov. 12th – Tues. Nov. 27th @…

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    Librarians and Educators: Win the Midnight Thief Series For Your Classroom!

    I owe my writing career to supportive English teachers and librarians who encouraged me during my teen years. As a YA author, I continue to see just how important their work is. As a thank you, I am running an educator appreciation giveaway.  If you are an English teacher or librarian, please enter to win a hardcover set of Midnight Thief and Daughter of Dusk for your library or classroom.

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    YA Scavenger Hunt Spring 2018!

    Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize–one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours! Go to the YA Scavenger…

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    Umbertouched Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

    Umbertouched is due to come out 11/6/2018, and it’s time to reveal the cover and description. Isn’t it gorgeous?   Here’s the cover description: The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof.  Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples. As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas…

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