Tuesday, February 26, 2013

LITTLE RED HOT by Eric A. Kimmel

LITTLE RED HOT is a super-fun Tex-Mex re-imagining of Little Red Riding Hood from the gifted Eric A. Kimmel, with bright and lively illustrations from Laura Huliska-Beith. I just saw it in real life for the first time, and it is a real charmer, perfect for fractured fairy tale fans.

Little Red Hot loooooves to eat hot peppers, the hotter the better. Why folks say that she could eat the fire out of a stove, but to that she'd answer, "Fire ain’t hot enough." When she gets into some hot water with the wicked SeƱor Lobo, she knows exactly how to stop him in his tracks... with a little help from a Jalapeno Pie. 


Thursday, February 21, 2013

FISH WHISTLE by Daniel Pinkwater

If you follow me on Twitter you've probably already seen me babbling about this, but here it is in the long-form version:

I'm thrilled to tell you that Daniel Pinkwater's FISH WHISTLE is finally available as an e-version.* This is a collection of very short (and hilarious) essays and stories, many of which were originally presented on NPR's All Things Considered.

These little stories are like comfort food for me. I love these the way that I love stuff by James Thurber and David Sedaris - they are instant mood-lighteners, and you don't even need a prescription. Topics range from Hot Peppers (and the eating of them), to Crazy Dogs (and the training of them), to Art (and the making of it), and everything in between. What they have in common is great good humor.

The book originally appeared in 1990 but hasn't been electrified till now. The content has been somewhat refreshed for the new edition and there's a new introduction, so while it is not a carbon copy of the paper edition, all of Daniel's favorites, and more importantly all the fan favorites that we get requests about so often, are included.

AND the collection is currently selling for a mere $2.99 -- get em while they're hot.

**Praise for FISH WHISTLE... From Publishers Weekly

"An inspired satirist, Pinkwater speaks for all who suffer from those "Who Only Stand and Snarl," instead of doing their work; for fat people who can't lose weight; for those who can't find a real Jewish deli; for everyone benighted by life's perversities. In a lighter vein, the author tells about times at home with his wife Jill, their dogs and good friends. But readers will perhaps be most charmed by memoirs of Pinkwater's Polish immigrant parents, especially his father, who is the inspiration for "Fischvistle" and other affecting pieces."

From School Library Journal

"Readers familiar with Pinkwater's books for children will enjoy this collection of humorous adult essays. The man is mad, and so are his comments. He takes on the characters of his small town in upstate New York, as well as those of his childhood; he comments on his weight problem and various methods of weight loss; he recalls incidents experienced while traveling the world. No topic is sacred, and all are cynically hilarious. "

From Library Journal

"Almost anything-- Mad magazine, shopping malls, being a writer, air travel--will set off and away his fancy flutters on a brief, airy little excursion. He is a writer with whom the reader goes lightly. He writes to amuse, and rarely does one feel that the effort of facetiousness is too ferociously sustained... the book is wholesome medicine for gloomy moods."

* The fine print: Currently FISH WHISTLE is only available for Kindle, though other e-reader versions are forthcoming. It should be downloadable throughout the world (though foreign price depends on local currency and is not set by us.)

** Reviews for the original hardback edition.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Marissa Meyer at HVYAS

As many of you know, each month I co-host an awesome event for YA book lovers at Oblong Books and Music in Rhinebeck. The Hudson Valley YA Society has been going strong for two years now, and I'm proud to say that the events just keep getting better and better. WE LOVE YA BOOKS AND READERS!

I want to draw your attention to the event TOMORROW, Sunday Feb 17 at 4pm, because it is going to be very special indeed. We're celebrating the release of Marissa Meyer's SCARLET (the sequel to the amazing CINDER).  If you haven't read CINDER, it's essentially a reimagining of Cinderella, if Cinderella was a cyborg. SCARLET picks up where Cinder left off, but also introduces two new characters... Little Red Riding Hood, and a very big very bad Wolf indeed. These books are thrilling and addictive and we're SO excited to meet Marissa Meyer.

But it's not JUST Marissa... what makes this one even cooler is, she'll be in conversation with her editor and publisher, Liz Szabla and Jean Feiwel. If you are curious about the "behind the scenes" world of book publishing, this is really the event for you. Come with questions! There will also be some very special giveaways and prizes. Oh and of course cupcakes... mustn't forget those. :-)

To RSVP for this event, click here.

If you can't make it but would like to order signed books, click here

Hope to see you at Oblong!

x Jenn

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentines Day 2013

Each year one of my talented illustrators designs a Valentine for me, which I send to clients, colleagues, editors and friends. (This started because I am always too swamped in December to do regular holiday cards, and it stayed because I love it, and I think people like getting unexpected mail!)

This year's card is by the talented Raul Gonzalez III. Raul is a fine artist who is new to the Children's illustration game, but is an up-and-comer. He's currently working on two graphic novels that are forthcoming from Chronicle Books, and has just done sketches for his first picture book. Yay!

So happy day, everyone. LOVE!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Writers Digest Webinar 3/7

I'm delighted to say that I'll be teaching a Writers Digest Webinar for the first time on March 7. The topic is "Beyond the Query" -- because let's face it, there's a ton of info out there about how to write a query letter, but not a ton about what happens NEXT. So there will be info about how to research agents, red flags and the like... but also useful information about how to navigate the agent-author relationship, what to do while you're on submission, following the path of a book from your brain to the bookshelf, what to expect when you're expecting (an offer), and tons more.

EVERY participant will get to ask questions, and EVERY question will be answered. Additionally, every participant will be able to submit a query for critique. So whether you're a new-newbie or you've been around the block a bit, hopefully you'll gain useful information and insight. Consider it "everything you've always wanted to know about Agents but were afraid to ask." ;-)

I promise that this will be an ENTERTAINING, CANDID and INFORMATIVE 90 minutes. I can't wait.

ETA: Can't make it to the live event? Don't fret! Registration comes with access to the archived version of the program for one year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation, nor to get the query critique.

For more info or to sign up for this webinar, click here!

Any other questions about this? Feel free to ask in the comments.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013


I'm so proud of this debut novel from Miriam Forster. It's a murder mystery set in a fantastical world that reminds me a bit of Tamora Pierce, a bit of Jacqueline Carey... it's just so good, and Miriam is a new talent to watch.

About the book: Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a little girl. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. She makes her way as Matron's errand girl, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow.

Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city's handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die. Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls' deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls--but also her life.

See the official Book Trailer (which I have to say is RAD)

A great interview with Miriam on the Cynsations blog

For more information about Miriam and her work:


"Forster makes a strong debut with a fresh South Asian inspired fantasy/mystery crossover...Forster's well-crafted story and confident prose are rich, packed with small details that immerse readers in her sumptuously imagined world." -- From the Publishers Weekly starred review

"With fantastic world building and a wonderful heroine, City of a Thousand Dolls intrigued me from the first page."--Cindy Pon, author of Silver Phoenix
"A fantastical murder mystery with a creative premise, heart-pounding pacing, and characters with secrets to keep."--Cinda Williams Chima, author of best-selling
The Exiled Queen