I’ve been keeping a secret for months – which has been SO HARD! You know I love gossip and even more, I LOVE TALKING!
Well, now I can finally tell you all about it!
DC Comics, the home of Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman, will be creating two imprints for Young Readers! DC Ink will be for YA readers and DC Zoom will target middle-grade readers from 7-15 years old. I’ve been invited to author a graphic novel featuring the character Black Canary for DC Zoom (when I say invited, I mean I campaigned for this project for months. I LOVE BLACK CANARY, and I wanted her to have her own book for younger readers).
You may be familiar with Black Canary from the CW show Arrow. In my book, Black Canary Ignite, you’ll get to meet teenage Dinah Lance as she first discovers her powers, and then her place in the world of Gotham City.
(ART TO BE REVEALED LATER!!!)
I can’t divulge any more details about Black Canary Ignite but I can tell you that the reason I love Dinah so much is because I’ve always felt she’s a bit like me – really loud, usually breaking stuff, but with a huge, huge heart.
Can you imagine poor Dinah in middle school, before she learned to control her powers? Trying out for the cheerleading team? Or CHOIR???? I was told by my middle school principal that I was the loudest student IN THE WHOLE SCHOOL.
If this happened to me, what do you think happens to poor Dinah???
Black Canary Ignite doesn’t have a publication date yet. While you wait, lovers of manga should check out the sequels I did to Avalon High which tell the story of King Arthur reincarnated as a high school student (as graphic novels). Middle Grade readers will enjoy From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess, a Princess Diaries series which I wrote and illustrated! (I will NOT be illustrating Black Canary Ignite! Another artist will be doing this!)
It’s that time of year again! I’ll be spending the holidays here in Key West with friends and family, experimenting with new recipes that I’ll try to share with you on Twitter/FB/ and Instagram (I can’t guarantee they’ll be any good, but they’ll be SUPEREASY)!
Speaking of supereasy, have you, like me, not even started your holiday shopping yet?
Then here’s a supereasy and practically FREE gift idea for the book lovers in your life:
Send a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) to my PO Box (address below), and I’ll return it to you filled with the autographed bookplates (indicate how many you’d like, and if you’d like them personalized), bookmarks and postcards pictured here (jewelry not included)!
Send the SASE to:
P.O. Box 4904
Key West, FL 33041-4904
Send your SASE now (RIGHT NOW) so it can be sent back to you in time for the holidays, and so that you can then give the enclosed items to your friends/loved ones!
For a guide on which of my books are appropriate for which age range, click here.
If you’re like me, you’re so late on your gift-giving that whatever you order now will have to be a New Year’s Gift: THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THIS!
Since most of us can agree that 2017 has been kind of on the crappy side, honoring the birth of 2018 with gifts seems TOTALLY appropriate to me.
And I’ll have LOTS gifts for you in 2018: Look for an announcement in February 2018 about brand NEW books from me coming in 2018-2019!
(This is just a random “party” video from a movie I like. SisQo, Vitamin C and the cast of the movie Get Over It are in no way affiliated with my February announcement.)
I went to see Tangled this weekend! It was really fun, but of course with the holidays and everything, it got me reflecting on “the princess thing.” Now that I have nieces and a lot of friends who have daughters, I’m always hearing about “the princess thing” from someone.
“Please don’t get my daughter any princess stuff for Christmas. We’re not doing the princess thing in my house. No offense!” (FYI, if you have to say “no offense” to someone, you have already offended them.) “I just don’t want her thinking that some prince is going to come rescue her.”
I don’t know where these people have been, but princesses have been rescuing themselves in fiction for quite some time now. … Continue reading
Every time you turn on the news, there is some story about how at the airports, they want you to go through one of those X-ray scanners that take a picture of your naked bits!
In my opinion, the fact that there might be a nude photo of me (especially an EXTREMELY UNFLATTERING ONE) floating around out there, possibly even being shown on the national news by my boyfriend Brian Williams, means that the terrorists have won. … Continue reading
All my husband wanted for his birthday was to relax, so we embarked on a quest to make that happen.
But it’s super hard to relax when so much exciting stuff is going on. You know what I’m talking about: Bristol Palin on Dancing with the Stars. Someone finally figuring out an easy way to clean feet. This funny book, which has a hilarious title, and an even more hilarious cover (the insides are pretty hilarious, too).
So while I was busy not keeping my promise to blog every day (ha, THAT was stupid) some stuff went on. Here’s what:
I saw the movie The Ghost Writer, in which very bad things happen to not one, but TWO writers who are hired to write ghost write a politician’s memoirs. Though I’m not a ghost writer, I could relate, especially to the part where the writer has two weeks to finish the book. I decided it would behoove me to follow his example (not the part where he tries to solve the murder of the former writer) and try to finish the book I have due. Which should explain my lack of blogging. … Continue reading
He Who Shall Not Be Named In This Blog took me to see Killers the other night. (I’ve been feeling a little down about the oil. Who hasn’t been? It’s not here yet in Key West, but according to this map, it’s coming eventually).
To my surprise, I left the movies feeling less horrible, which means Killers did its job.
I was even more surprised when we walked past our local coffeehouse and found it packed (at 10PM at night).
I peeked in and realized that, as usual, everyone had forgotten about a VERY powerful group of people who don’t speak up very often (except when you forget to call).
A group who, like Andy Rooney on 60 Minutes, think “Gaga” is just something babies say, and that Justin Beiber would be so much better looking if he just got his hair out of his eyes. … Continue reading
I’ve been getting tons of questions recently—everything from “Should I go to the prom even though prom sucks?” to “Does my liking Taylor Swift make me not a feminist?” to “Can I get a copy of your new book Insatiable to review for my book site?” to “Is it true that blond girl from Life Unexpected is going to star in the Disney Channel movie of Avalon High?”
I’m having the best time on my book tour in SoCal (even if I did bring three bathing suits and it’s been too cold so far to go outside in them).
But today was the first day of the LA Times Book Festival . . . and it was warm enough for kids to sprawl on the green grass of the UCLA campus and lose themselves in a good book (which I saw kids doing everywhere I looked)!