Friday, June 8, 2012

It's a Birthday Wrap--with a $25 gift card...

It was a quieter week than anticipated--and I'm blaming BEA, at least in the Don's hearing. Everybody seemed to be at the Javits Center in New York, sweeping up ARCs or plotting to marry John Green. (The Don says that we're to have a booth there next year, to which I say "hold onto your violins.")

Fortunately for me, Luca's brazen plan to take over the blog was thwarted by Leslie Pugh, Jeff Chen, and Julie DeGuia, whom I now promise to protect for evermore from vendetta. And, in her dispassionate way, has decreed that Julie DeGuia is the winner of HEART OF A SHEPHERD. So Julie'll have something to read while in the safehouse!!

Now that's out of the way, let's jump to the Grand Prize. Anybody who commented during the week (including today) is in the running for a $25 gift card to an indie book store of your choice.

In finale, let me just say that interacting with all you good folks has made my life richer in invaluable ways. Thanks for the middle grade love (and for putting up with my wacky sense of humor.)

Grazie mille!

(P.s. It's a busy blogging day for me. I'm interviewing New Zealand writer Susan Brocker on Project Mayhem, and highlighting Writing Tips from Pixar on The Year of Writing Dangerously. Have a shufti, if you have time.)


  1. I saw those writing tips on Pixar (I think it's the same list)--very useful. I bookmarked the site.
    Happy birthday again, Michael--it's been nice meeting you too.

  2. Thanks Michael! I am really loving the MG genre (probably more now than I did when I WAS a middle grader!) and look forward to reading this book.

    Thanks Matt! :-)

  3. Those Pixar tips are fantastic! Also, I'm totally on board with blaming BEA for the subdued commenting. OK, and possibly fear of the Don's retribution. *quakes in boots*

    Congrats again on a year of blogging, Michael! =)

  4. You've had a big week! Great list of tips from Pixar too. And I learned a new word - had to look up the meaning of shufti! :)

  5. I'll have to check out the Pixar tips. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I'd love to win.

  6. Thanks for a great blogging week. What a fun contest to end it!

  7. Middle Grade rocks and thank you for promoting it!!!!


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