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The Fire Horse Girl

My first book, The Fire Horse Girl, is about a teenage girl living in China in 1923 and determined to immigrate to America to escape her curse and find freedom. Jacket Copy: Jade Moon is a Fire Horse — the worst sign in the Chinese zodiac for girls, said to make them stubborn, reckless, and … Continue reading

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YA Scavenger Hunt – Authors Announced (It’s BIG!)

Hello Everyone! It’s that time again. We have less than two weeks until the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you reserved plenty of time for this one because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, I said 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, … Continue reading

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Seeing People, Not Differences

Originally posted on Nerdy Book Club:
When I first started writing The Fire Horse Girl, I obsessed over getting all the details right. The book opens on Chinese New Year, and I combed through every New Year tradition I could find and jammed most of them into the first chapter (don’t worry, Cheryl Klein, editor…

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What is a Fire Horse?

Originally posted on Kay Honeyman:
I was already writing about a girl traveling through Angel Island to America when I discovered the year of the Fire Horse. In much of the Western world, we use a linear measurement for time, the years parading forward into the future.  The Chinese use a cycle to measure their…

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Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt

Hello! I am Kay Honeyman, your hostess for this leg of the hunt. On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least … Continue reading

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Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors Announced

Spring 2014 YA Scavenger Hunt Authors Announced! Hello YA fans. It’s time once again for our Spring YA Scavenger Hunt. For those of you who’ve joined us before, welcome back! I am on the Blue Team! If you’re a newbie, you’re in for a treat! Twice a year we seek out fantastic YA authors with … Continue reading

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Why I Write Realistic Fiction

I was at the Montgomery Book Festival last week on a “Just Keeping it Real” panel with Christina Mandelski, Stasia Ward Kehoe, and Jessica Warman (all fabulous and so much fun to spend the day with). Our books span the various genres under the umbrella of realistic fiction– mystery, romance, coming-of-age, historical. An audience member … Continue reading

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Fire Horse Girl Info and Inspiration

I could live my life on Pinterest. It caters to all my quirks in addition to my love of cork board. I created this Pinterest board to the YA Scavenger Hunt last month. I’ll post the link here in case you want to look around. It has some of my favorite websites about Angel Island … Continue reading

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Put down the book and back away.

Happy Banned Book Week!   Celebrate your right to read by picking up a banned or challenged book. I put together some of my favorites in the link below.   Click here to see my board of some of my favorite banned and challenged books! “If there’s one American belief I hold above all others, … Continue reading

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Authors Announced – YA Scavenger Hunt Fall 2013

I am excited to take part in the Fall 2013 YA Scavenger Hunt. Authors post tons of bonus material (extended scenes, cover reveals, extra info). Readers win books (each author gives away at least one book).  I’m on the Blue team! Click here for the YA Scavenger Hunt’s website. Posts go up Oct. 3 at noon … Continue reading

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