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Tuesday, March 26, 2013


This is no joke, blogfrogs: The Key & the Flame releases in one week into the wild! I am beyond excited--more like a puddly mess of adrenaline. So to fill the time between then and now, I am announcing Blog Tour 2013!

What the heck is a blog tour?
I knew someone would ask. It's kind of a blogging blitz--I hop all around the blogosphere like a manic leprechaun, chatting with bloggers, posting fun tidbits, and yes, giving stuff away. It's a lot of fun, if tiring. Below is the schedule. If you're a book blog fiend, you can visit a different site every day. If you just can't take that kind of pressure, well, read the schedule. That's fun too. (I'm kidding. I didn't put this thing together for my health. Go visit.)

April 2, 2013 (Pub Day!)
The Lucky 13s
Melanie Crowder, author of Parched, introduces The Key & the Flame and offers a sneak peek of Chapter 1

Smack Dab in the Middle
Tamera Will Wissinger (author of Gone Fishing) and I dish about character motivation and the joy of writing for middle grade

my own little blog
our final Countdown to Pub Day Party Giveaway! books, swag, gift cards, you name it!

April 3, 2013  Hobbitsies
a guest post on creating the real and fantastical worlds in The Key & the Flame

April 4, 2013  IceyBooks
my publication journey from draft to contract--in dialogue!--and another chance to win a free book

April 5, 2013  I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
an interview on the ins and outs of the writing process, plus we give away a copy of the book

April 7, 2013  A Two-fer!
The Hiding Spot
I chat with illustrator Karl Kwasny on creating the gorgeous cover for The Key & the Flame--and give away another free copy!

Girls in the Stacks
a chance to gab with the girls via podcast--and pass on another free copy to some lucky winner! (Note: Find the giveaway here.)

April 8, 2013  The Book Muncher
a guest post on things I've learned about publishing and a swag bag giveaway

April 9, 2013  GreenBeanTeenQueen
I reveal my deep and abiding love for all things library

April 10, 2013  The Mod Podge Bookshelf
time to share some embarrassing snippets of childhood writing

April 11, 2013  From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle-Grade Authors
Amie Borst & I chat about MG, and yes, I part with another free copy of The Key & the Flame

April 12, 2013  The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Orchid interviews me about our mutual love of magic portals and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and we give away yet another copy of The Key & the Flame (NOTE: Giveaway will follow shortly after the interview; Orchid's still reading the book.)

April 13, 2013  Fantasy Book Addict
We gab about fantastical things and give away some awesome swag

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