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love right now

It’s time again for a few things I love right now…

*Author and acclaimed singer/songwriter Mimi Cross sent me a link to her song called The Canyon. She’s been reading CROSSED, and thought I might enjoy the song. And oh, I did. It is beautiful! Take a listen.

Also, the novel EDENBROOKE was just released by Shadow Mountain (who also published the FABLEHAVEN series and–shameless self-promotion!–my novel FRESHMAN FOR PRESIDENT).

EDENBROOKE received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Congrats to Julie!

I read this book in draft form and can’t wait to read it again in print. If you like clever, well-written Regency romance with humor and heart, it is absolutely for you. In fact, I think this book is the kind of novel that is a slam-dunk for everyone–and it would be a lovely pick for a book group, too.

The author, Julianne Donaldson, was a fellow student in my class (taught by Janette Rallison) at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference back in 2009. Which brings me to the next thing I love right now…

This year’s conference is open for registration! Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers is one of the best conferences around. This year the instructors will be Cynthia Leitich Smith, Tim Wynne Jones, Matt Kirby, and many, many more! Agents and editors will also be on hand. They’re also having a contest and a fellowship award of $1,000 to further the winning author’s work. Click here for more information.

I also love spring. And the fact that when I go running I get to see snow-capped mountains and trees in bloom at the same time. SO. GORGEOUS.

What do you love right now?




+ comments (8)
  • bandreoli
    April 3, 2012

    looks like i’ll have to pick up a copy. . .



  • Ashley R.
    April 3, 2012

    Edenbrooke looks really good! I’ll have to add it to my ever growing list.
    I love SPRING. It should come faster. I love The Anne of Green Gables series. Fabulous! I love good authors (Shannon Hale, Ally Condie, James Dashner, Jessica Day George, Brandon Mull, etc.). I also love smiles. πŸ™‚



  • Rebecca Belliston
    April 3, 2012

    I’ve been wanting to read Edenbrooke for several weeks. I keep hearing such great things about it. It’s next up on my list.



  • Natalie Zaman
    April 4, 2012

    Mimi’s music is gorgeous πŸ™‚

    Loving right now… a bit boring, but the mega clean out in progress that is happening in my house NOW. <3 clearing clutter, rediscovering things I thought were lost, and new, wide open spaces…



  • Libby
    April 4, 2012

    Oooh, Edenbrooke sounds exactly like something I would love! Can’t wait to read it.



  • Lizzy
    April 7, 2012

    I LOVE dancing. And chocolate. And the fact that I don’t have to sit around on Saturdays anymore waiting for some gorgemous thing to do to fall out of the sky. And my dance teachers Miss Megan, Miss Jen and Miss Brittney. And the rest of my dance team. I would keep going but the list could make an entire page. πŸ˜‰



  • Mimi Cross
    April 20, 2012

    Ally, I’m so glad you love Canyon! Thank you for sharing the song on your blog.

    I can imagine Ky and Cassia hiking through The Carving . . . it’s like I wrote this song for them . . .

    Thanks again!
    (And thank you, Natalie!)



  • Mimi Cross
    April 20, 2012

    P.S. EDENBROOKE is on my list!




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