Thursday, May 21, 2015

Read Or Write Anywhere

Summer is about to begin! 

But just because it's summer doesn't mean we should stop reading and writing. I’ve teamed up with the YA Chicks and many participating authors on a global campaign to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!

You can also take part in...


I’ll be giving away a signed copy of THE SECRETS WE KEEP to one lucky winner, a 30-minute Skype visit to one lucky teacher, and a First Chapter Critique to one lucky writer!

And there’s more! Every author participating in this campaign is giving away books, critiques, swag and/or Skype visits.

So are you ready?

Drum roll….

Can you guess where I am? No...shall give you some clues?


~I haven' been back here in over 20 years, but the minute I walked in, it was like coming home.

~I spent hours, days, years in these halls daydreaming about alternate realities and "what-if" situations.

~This entire institution is built upon one guiding principle: "There is nothing more conducive to the good of society that the education of young woman." ~Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy

~I can trace my love of writing back to two specific events, one ultimatum that was tossed down on a Friday afternoon in 1987 and the second four year's later, when this lovely lady challenged me to be brave.

~meet the Bangles, where it is NEVER just a game!

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~Best known for their yearly production of "Manhattan by the Bay," this school has graduated an Emmy Award Winning Daytime Actress, a Miss USA and A Miss Universe, a Survivor Contestant, A US Supreme Court Justice, the first woman to fly a solo combat mission for the US Air Force, a co-host of ABC's The View. Oh yeah...and me!

Once you’ve figured out where I’m writing, head over to the YA Chicks site and:

*Officially enter the giveaway by inputting each author’s name and your guesses about our locations. Every author location you guess correctly increases your chances to win.  

* For even more chances, post a picture of yourself reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). 

For writer prize packs:
* Post pictures of yourself writing in a fun location on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere. Then follow the directions on the Rafflecopter giveaway to let us know you did it.

* For even more chances, gather your writer friends together and post a group shot with the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag). And hey, since you're already together, why not host a write-a-thon?

For teacher prize packs:
* Post pictures of your class reading or writing on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #ReadOrWriteAnywhere (must have the hashtag).

*Then let us know you did it when you enter the Rafflecopter. If you don't have a Twitter or Instagram, you can email your picture directly with the picture pasted directly into the email (no attachments--we won't open them) AND the subject, “Read or Write Anywhere.”

* You can also check out the YA Chicks Read or Write Anywhere lesson plan, available on their site

Now, what are you waiting for? Get out there and READ OR WRITE ANYWHERE!


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