Ocean Photographer – Lee Caldwell

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Stunning ocean shot by my talented New Zealand friend, Lee Caldwell. Click on the photo to visit his site:  

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Three Experts on How to Write a Thriller

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While my next YA book isn’t a thriller, I do enjoy reading how other genre writers approach their craft. Last summer, I made a concerted effort to watch a lot of classic noir films. It was time well spent. Below is a Wall Street Journal article about three authors on how they approach the genre.

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Book Nook: Great books for teens – the White Pine Nominees

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The White Pine™ Award reading program offers high school-aged teens at all grade levels the opportunity to read the best of Canada’s recent young adult fiction and non-fiction titles. Award winners are announced in May, 2016. Nominees include: All the Rage By Courtney Summers Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she […]

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Book Nook: Great books for Grades 7-8 Red Maple Nominees

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The Red Maple™ Award reading program is offered for the enjoyment of students ages 12 to 13, in Grades 7 and 8. This program aims to get readers engaging in conversation around the books and encourages them to use critical thinking while reading. Awards are announced in May, 2016. Nominees include: The Cat At The Wall […]

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Book Nook: Amy Mathers Teen Book Award & the Winner is….

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Amy Mathers Teen Book Award The Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, established in 2014, honours excellence in teen/young adult fiction. The prize is awarded annually. To be eligible, the book must be an original work in English, aimed at readers aged 13-18 and written by a Canadian or a Permanent Resident of Canada. 2015 Nominees: […]

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Book Nook: Canadian YA books you may have missed in 2015

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Below is a list of Canadian authors with YA books published in 2015. By no means is this a complete list… also, check out my list from 2013.                                                                  

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Guest Interview with Debbie Ridpath Ohi at inkygirl.com

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Debbie Ridpath Ohi writes and illustrates wonderful children’s books. I have at least three (see below) and my nephew loves them!       For fun, Debbie doodles using found objects, creating some really unique and beautiful drawings like this one. You can check out more of these at: http://debbieohi.com I was honoured to be a guest […]

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Book Nook: 2015’s Governor General Children & YA Award Nominees

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Governor General children and young adult nominees in 2015 you may have missed. Congratulations to all those on this list!      

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THE JOCK AND THE FAT CHICK: Wins cover award contest

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The Romance Writers Association’s Yellow Rose Chapter, located in Texas, awarded The Jock and the Fat Chick with their First Place Cover Design Award. Congratulations goes to the designers at HarperCollins for making such a great cover!     

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Guest Interview at: alockwoodbooks.com

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Audrey is the author of YA fantasy books, including a trailer teaser to her latest works: The Never Silent – A 17-year-old con artist from 1840s Manhattan impersonates his best friend to board an old sailing ship in order to find his friend’s killer.   Audrey interviewed me for my book, THE JOCK AND THE […]

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