Holiday Happiness and Advance Copies of My Next Two Books

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Way back in January, when I got my first check from Bloomsbury, I knew exactly what I wanted to do to celebrate it and reward both myself AND my family: book a family holiday! So I did…and this weekend, it finally happened. We stayed in a cottage in the middle of pine woods, with a little lake just behind it, and 14 fluffy ducklings swimming around that lake with their parents. (Also with a shop nearby that conveniently sold bags of duck and swan food!) We took nature walks and went swimming and drove out to a safari park and and and…

It was an amazing weekend for the boys and for me and Patrick. I loved it.

Now that we’re back, I’m crashing with the M.E., but it was totally worth it. So I’m spending my time lying on the couch sorting through photos and editing a short story that will be published later this year, while I look forward to getting copyedits for my next MG fantasy book sometime in the next few days.

And speaking of my next two books…

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Shannon Hale and Mette Harrison have organized an amazing auction to raise money for refugees. All of the money raised will go to Lifting Hands International, a charity that gets lifesaving supplies directly to refugee camps. (And I really do mean EVERY cent of the money raised will go there, because an anonymous donor has chipped in to pay all the administrative fees! So you can be confident that every penny you pay will be going directly to the cause.)

You can see the whole catalogue of items (and register as a member of the auction, so that you can make your bids) here. There are so many amazing offerings from authors, editors, and agents…

And I’m offering two items, too. If you’ve read Masks and Shadows and want an early copy of my next adult book, Congress of Secrets, you’re in luck: you can bid to win an early, signed Advance Reading Copy of Congress of Secrets here! I’ll send you the signed ARC as soon as I have it, probably in June – nearly 5 months before the book’s publication!

And if you’re waiting impatiently to read my next MG fantasy…you can bid to win an early, signed ARC of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart here! You’ll get the signed ARC in the mail as soon as I get my own copies – probably in August, which is around 8 (!!!) months prior to publication!

And whether you bid on one of my items or on any of the other amazing offerings in that auction, you’ll be doing real good for people who desperately need it. This is a cause I care passionately about, and I really hope you’ll check out the full auction!

Now my littlest boy is home from his morning of childcare, and it’s time to put down the computer and start playing with trains and reading picturebooks with him.

Happy Tuesday!

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