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Today I’m delighted to wish a happy pub day to two books that couldn’t be more different, or more wonderful!

WHISPER OF THE TIDE follows Sarah’s debut novel, SONG OF THE CURRENT, out last June.

Caro and Markos have settled into a routine: Wake up, eat breakfast, and try to figure out who might attempt to assassinate Markos today . . . so the currents aren’t exactly calm. Markos is in constant danger, and his claim to the throne is shaky without the support of an army. When a powerful Archon offers Markos the military might he needs in exchange for marrying his daughter, Caro and Markos must decide which is more important: their love for each other or the fate of Akhaia.

Rich with shipwrecks, lost treasure, old and new enemies, dark magic, and … [more]

I’m delighted to wish this marvelous, funny book and it’s author, Paul Acampora, the very happiest of book birthdays!

Ellie Magari just learned that her mother is dead. Perhaps that would be sad if Ellie had ever met the woman. Exactly who was Ellie’s mom? Does it even matter that she’s gone? Perhaps a dead mom can still help Ellie figure out what it means to be a girl in the world today. Either way, Ellie wouldn’t mind a role model beyond her master chef Dad.

Fueled by the bighearted sounds of ’80s rock and roll, plus large doses of Cyndi Lauper’s girl-power joy, Confusion Is Nothing New is about friendship, family mysteries, and the perfect pizza. It’s also about fathers and daughters and girls who understand that it’s good to make things, but breaking [more]


Today I’m delighted to celebrate, Upstart Crow Literary client, Stephanie Ledyard’s marvelous picture book debut, Pie is for Sharing. Editor extraordinaire, Neal Porter & I did a joint picture book intensive at The Writing Barn where we met Stephanie and fell in love with her work. Since Pie *is* for sharing, we happily both signed on to work with Stephanie on this lovely and lyrical manuscript. Illustrator, Jason Chin’s radiant illustrations bring the sense of community and inclusivity to life in a way that feels as satisfying as a slice of homemade pie. But you don’t have to take my word for it, this book has garnered FOUR starred reviews!

★”This idyllic, joyously inclusive picture book takes an ordinary concept—sharing— and makes it extraordinary.” —Horn Book

★”A quiet story about sharing becomes a … [more]


I am so delighted to wish Upstart Crow Literary client, Cate Berry, a very happy pub day for her debut picture book, Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! This book is a pure joy to read and hear. In fact, when I first heard Cate read an earlier version aloud at a picture book intensive weekend at the Writing Barn, I *HAD* to sign her as my client.

I mean…come on…watch this…

If you’re local to Texas you can catch Cate at a bunch of upcoming events. If you’re not Texas local (or can’t wait to score your own copy of the book that Publishers Weekly called a “a buoyantly subversive anti bedtime tale” and Kirkus said is “a definite do for bedtime” pick up a copy wherever you love to shop for [more]

Instant Pot fans, today is the day!  THE INSTANT POT NO-PRESSURE COOKBOOK, Laurel Randolph’s follow up to her runaway bestseller, The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook , is on sale today from St. Martin’s Press.

This book takes readers beyond the boring basics, providing delicious and unique recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, such as:

Spiced Banana Steel-Cut Oats

Shakshuka with Harissa and Feta Cheese

Vietnamese Brisket Tacos

Biryani with Currants and Cashews

 

Whatever your pleasure, this book has you covered. Pick up your copy here and here, or at your favorite cookbook retailer.  Congratulations, Laurel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I’m delighted to wish a superb book and it’s author, Angie Smibert, the very happiest of book birthdays!

BONE’S GIFT is a supernatural historical mystery about twelve-year-old Bone, who possesses a Gift that allows her to see the stories in everyday objects. When she receives a note that says her mother’s Gift killed her, Bone seeks to unravel the mysteries of her mother’s death, the schisms in her family, and the Gifts themselves.

In a southern Virginia coal-mining town in 1942, Bone Phillips has just reached the age when most members of her family discover their Gift. Bone has a Gift that disturbs her; she can sense stories when she touches an object that was important to someone. She sees both sad and happy–the death of a deer in an arrowhead, the pain of a [more]

Today is the day, folks! The day that the eighth book in the marvelous, colorful, silly and happy series, SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS, is available — aka your lucky day!

A group of sloths arrives at the Grumpy River for a synchronized swimming competition, and the Super Happy Party Bears are thrilled. They throw a party to celebrate their team, but the sloths just…sleep.

The residents of the Grumpy Woods can’t help but notice the giant pile of snoozing sloths, and Mayor Quill plots to get rid of them by shutting down the competition…until he unexpectedly gets the opportunity to show off his swimming moves.

Illustrated in full color!

Praise for Super Happy Party Bears: Knock Knock on Wood : “The pure delight of the story will easily draw youngsters in and probably turn a … [more]

Happy book release day to Beth Hautala and her wonderful middle grade novel, THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS.

Eleven-year-old Olivia Grant has a knack for finding lost things. She can find lost rings, pets, and even her elderly neighbor’s misplaced glasses. There’s only one thing Olivia has never been able to find–her brother Jacob’s toy ostrich. It wasn’t until the day Jacob lost his ostrich that Olivia noticed how different he was: Jacob is autistic, and though she’s his little sister, Olivia often feels like the older of the pair, his caretaker. In fact, apart from being Jacob’s sister, Olivia’s not really sure who she is.

So when summer break begins, and the local community theater announces auditions for an all children’s production of her favorite show, Peter Pan, Olivia jumps at the [more]

I’m over the moon to wish Adam Smyer’s KNUCKLEHEAD a happy book birthday!

In Knucklehead we meet Marcus Hayes, a black law student who struggles, sometimes unsuccessfully, with the impulse to confront everyday bad behavior with swift and antisocial action. The cause of this impulse is unknown to him.

When Marcus unexpectedly becomes involved with the brilliant and kind Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But when his demons return, he is no longer inclined to contain them.

 

You can pick up your copy from the Akashic Books website or from Amazon.

Congratulations, Adam!

 

 

★“This book is bold in how it treats the reader as an insider to the reality of American blackness. It can be, in turns, lyrically poignant, cynical, hilarious, and infuriating.” —Foreword Reviews, … [more]

I’m delighted to wish two marvelous books the very happiest of book birthdays!

A TAXONOMY OF LOVE is Rachael Allen’s third YA novel. It begins with the moment Spencer meets Hope, the summer before seventh grade. It’s . . . something at first sight. He knows she’s special, possibly even magical. The pair become fast friends, climbing trees and planning world travels. After years of being outshone by his older brother and teased because of his Tourette syndrome, Spencer finally feels like he belongs. But as Hope and Spencer get older and life gets messier, the clear label of “friend” gets messier, too.

Through sibling feuds and family tragedies, new relationships and broken hearts, the two grow together and apart, and Spencer, an aspiring scientist, tries to map it all out using his trusty system … [more]