I have been discussing a book proposal with Zonderkidz, the juvenile and YA division of Zondervan Publishers, so when I got an e-mail a couple weeks ago about a special on Zonderkidz e-books I went to the site and downloaded several to see what kind of thing they were doing these days.
Last night I read Nikki Grimes’s A Girl Named Mister. According to her website, “New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. Her distinguished works include ALA Notable book What is Goodbye?, Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade, the novels Jazmin's Notebook, Dark Sons, and The Road to Paris (Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books).” In other words, she’s good.
Between my husband's heart attack and my bronchitis, this has been a week spent in recovery. We are grateful to be able to do this in such a beautiful part of the Northwoods.
The phone rings at 5 AM. It’s my brother-in-law. I look vaguely around my office over the garage where I have been sleeping due to the family reunion and try to figure out why he is telephoning me from the house. Only he isn’t in the house. He’s in a town 45 minutes away. He’s telling me my husband has had a heart attack and they just sent him by helicopter to the Cities. “By the time you get there, he should be coming out of the procedure.”
In the end, 28 of 30 bloggers posted something about my novel, Glastonbury Tor last week. Most also tweeted, posted links on Facebook or reviews on Amazon and other book sites for a total of 74 mentions in six days. Not at all bad. The thing that struck me was that very few of these reviewers were profound or particularly articulate. They simply love books, and people who read their reviews pay attention to what they have to say.
LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents. Her books come out of her cross-cultural experiences and her passion to use story to convey spiritual truths in a form that will permeate lives.
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