THE HALLOWED ONES Selected for Choose to Read Ohio

Posted at Apr 24, 2014 3:14 am












I’m so excited to announce that THE HALLOWED ONES has been selected for the State Library of Ohio’s Choose to Read Ohio reading list for 2015-2016! 

From the Choose to Read Ohio press release:

“In conjunction with National Library Week, the State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, and Ohio Center for the Book are pleased to announce the 20 books selected for Choose to Read Ohio 2015 & 2016. The featured books, by authors native to, residing in, or associated with the Buckeye State, highlight a rich tapestry of literature available for Ohioans of all ages to read and share.

“Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) encourages libraries, schools, families, book clubs, and others to build communities of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors, illustrators, and literature.  Selected books are suitable for use in classrooms, libraries, bookstores, by book discussion groups, by families, and by other groups in various community settings. Participation may be as simple as a small group choosing to read and share a book together, or as elaborate as a community-wide reading initiative with special events and author appearances.

“CTRO booklists follow a two-calendar-year program cycle, but readers are encouraged to read and share any current or past CTRO books at any time. Previous CTRO booklists have spotlighted titles by Ohio authors and illustrators including Toni Morrison, Denise Fleming, Will Hillenbrand, Virginia Hamilton, Angela Johnson, J. Patrick Lewis, Daniel Kirk, Cinda Williams Chima, Katrina Kittle, and many others. 

“The books on the CTRO 2015 & 2016 list will be showcased at the Ohioana Book Festival, Saturday, May 10 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Fort Hayes Metropolitan Education Center in Columbus.  Free and open to the public, the festival offers author discussion panels, book signings, children’s activities, food trucks, and a book fair featuring nearly 100 authors.  Among them are several whose books appear on the new or previous CTRO booklists: Laura Bickle (The Hallowed Ones), Cinda Williams Chima (The Demon King), Jeffrey Ebbeler (Tiger in My Soup), P.L. Gaus (Blood of the Prodigal), David Giffels (All the Way Home), Karen Harper (Mistress Shakespeare), Lisa Klein (Two Girls of Gettysburg), Amit Majmudar (The Abundance), and Mindy McGinnis (Not a Drop to Drink).

“The CTRO booklist 2015 & 2016 was developed by an advisory committee representing schools, libraries, and literary organizations, with input from 50 additional teachers, librarians, and other book lovers.”

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Ohioana Book Festival

Posted at Apr 4, 2014 12:19 am

I’m delighted to announce that I’ll be a featured author at the Ohioana Book Festival on May 10, 2014. The Ohioana Book Festival is always a wonderful event – I love getting the chance to meet other Ohio authors and discover new books. Full disclosure: I start my holiday shopping in May at the Festival! ;-)

I hope to see you there! 

4 Comments Article on Amish Fiction

Posted at Feb 14, 2014 10:29 pm












I was thrilled to be interviewed by Sonja Sharp for a article, “Is Amish Fiction the Antidote to Fifty Shades of Grey?”  

I always consider it a compliment when I’ve given someone nightmares. ;-)

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Contents of Mysterious Box

Posted at Dec 11, 2013 7:02 pm









































Well, I warned you that it would be DORKTASTIC! And it is. Truly.


Mysterious Box – What’s in it?

Posted at Dec 9, 2013 4:57 pm

A mysterious box has arrived at my house, jolting me out of my hibernation.










The box stands as tall as my hip, and weighs about twenty-five pounds. I am quite certain that it contains something DORKTASTIC. Any guesses about what could be in it?


Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre

Posted at Oct 5, 2013 8:17 pm












Halloween: Magic, Mystery and the Macabre, edited by Paula Guran, is out! The anthology includes a short story by me, “From Dust,” about a young woman facing her family’s magical bargain with the forces of nature during the Dust Bowl. More info about all the Halloween treats inside is here.

Paula is also running a giveaway on her website – check it out here!  



Posted at Oct 1, 2013 5:48 pm

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 THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE are now available as audio books from! Get your Halloween chills here and remember…listen with the lights off! 


THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE Available from 10/1

Posted at Sep 27, 2013 5:15 pm

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THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE will be available as audio books from on 10/1…and they can be pre-ordered now! Pre-order your Halloween chills early here and remember…listen with the lights off! 



Posted at Sep 27, 2013 4:24 pm

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I’m very excited to announce that French rights to THE HALLOWED ONES and THE OUTSIDE have been sold to J’ai Lu. Bonnet the Vampire Slayer will be coming soon in French! 

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THE OUTSIDE Release Day!

Posted at Sep 3, 2013 2:25 pm

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Today, my first hardcover, THE OUTSIDE, releases – and with a Kirkus star! THE OUTSIDE and the first book in the series, THE HALLOWED ONES, will be available as audio books from later this month. I can’t tell you how proud and happy all these firsts for me make me…and thank you for sharing in the joy! More deets are here:


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