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 Thanks to the RT Book Reviews website for mentioning RIPPER in its July 1, 2011 edition of “Five on Friday.”

Looking for some fun reading for the summer?  Check out my friend Jamieson Ridenhour’s book BARKING MAD.  It is a hilarious part Agatha Christie part werewolf mystery novel.  And the narrator, Reggie, is the most endearing rake you’ll ever meet in a book.  Check out this link to see the book trailer and some of the book’s gorgeous illustrations by Ali LaRock.     


My son Atticus and I were photographed while reading in the Richland County Library in front of the incredible Where the Wild Things Are mural.  Here is the link to the article in The State.

I am pleased to announce that my debut YA novel RIPPER, a supernatural thriller about the Jack the Ripper murders in Victorian London, will be published by Flux in early 2012.  Stay tuned for more info soon.

It was an exciting literary week in South Carolina! USC’s fall literary festival brought several authors including ORCHID THIEF author Susan Orlean. (I’ll admit that I haven’t yet read THE ORCHID THIEF, but I decided, after listening to her talk, that I’m going to read Orlean’s SATURDAY NIGHT first. Her description of spending the night in a nuclear missile silo intrigued me. (It seemed almost as reckless as the princess-themed sleepover I’ve contemplated hosting for my three-year-old daughter. Or my before-I-die wish to spend the night in a shark cage in the Australian reef.) Then on Saturday, USC hosted the Palmetto Children’s Poetry Festival. I loved the talks, readings, interviews, and interpretive dance. The highlight was getting caught up with my former dissertation committee member and friend, Dianne (pen name Dinah) Johnson. I absolutely love her latest children’s book BLACK MAGIC. I have read it several times to my children. Stunning and poetic language.

 Bloomers made me think of the Bloomsburies. 

 I guess it’s a stream of consciousness thing.

I would like to recommend my friend Jamieson Ridenhour’s short film CORNERBOYS.

It’s been featured at the Charleston International Film Festival, the DragonCon convention in Atlanta.   It will also be in the upcoming ValleyCon convention in Fargo.

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