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    Cover Reveal: Sing to the Moon

    I’m thrilled to participate in this beautiful book cover reveal in partnership with Lantana Publishing.  From the creators of the book Sleep Well, Siba and Saba, comes this forthcoming picture book featuring a little boy from Uganda who likes to dream big.

    This story was inspired by the rainy days the author spent with her family in Uganda during the rainy season. It’s a beautifully written and illustrated story that shows the precious bond between a grandfather and grandson.

    Available for Sale: October 1, 2018
    Age Range: 4 – 8
    Grade Level: PreK – 2

    For one little Ugandan boy, no wish is too big. First he dreams of reaching the stars and then of riding a supernova straight to Mars. But on a rainy day at his grandfather’s house, he is brought down to earth with a bump. Do adventures only happen in galaxies far away or can he find magic a little closer to home? A touching story of a grandfather’s love for his grandson and the quiet pleasures of a rainy day.

    About the Author
    Nansubuga Nagadya Isdahl was born to Ugandan parents in Cambridge, MA, USA. For over ten years, Nansubuga has worked in international development in East and Southern Africa. In her current role as a technical writer and editor, she produces a range of written work for international organizations such as the UN and the World Bank. Having lived in seven countries across three continents, creative writing has always been her way to re-connect with her cultural heritage. Sleep Well, Siba and Saba is her first children’s book.

    About the Illustrator
    Sandra van Doorn was born in a small medieval town in France and now lives in Australia. She attended art classes at Emily Carr University in Vancouver before embarking on her career as a children’s illustrator. You can find out more about her work at

    children's books, cover reveal, diverse books, middle grade

    Cover Reveal: Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles

    Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles, illustrated by Marcos Calo

    Publisher: Capstone
    Publication Date: October 1, 2018
    Age Range: 9-12 years old
    Pre-order link: Pre-order Here!

    I’m thrilled to be hosting the cover reveal for author Tami Charles’ forthcoming middle grade book on the book birthday of her debut novel Like VanessaLike Vanessa is an amazing book and has already received so much positive praise.  Be sure to check that one out if you’re looking for a great book to read.

    Synopsis for Definitely Daphne
    In front of her followers, Daphne is a hilarious, on-the-rise vlog star. But in reality, Daphne is the ever-skeptical Annabelle Louis, seventh-grade super geek and new kid at McManus Middle School. To cope with her mom’s upcoming military assignment in Afghanistan, Annabelle’s parents send her to a therapist. Dr. Varma suggests Annabelle try stepping out of her comfort zone, hoping it will give her the confidence to make friends, which she’ll definitely need once Mom is gone. Luckily there is one part of the assignment Annabelle DOES enjoy–her vlog, Daphne Doesn’t, in which she appears undercover and gives hilarious takes on activities she thinks are a waste of time. She is great at entertaining her online fans, yet her classmates don’t know she exists. Can Annabelle keep up the double life forever?

    Want to enter to win an advanced copy of Definitely Daphne?  Be sure to check our Instagram page later tonight for the giveaway to be posted!

    I don’t know about you, but I’m already intrigued and looking forward to reading this.  I need to know this story ends!

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    Book Cover Reveal for Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me by Hannah Carmona Dias + A Giveaway!

    I’m thrilled to bring you this exclusive book cover reveal for author Hannah Carmona Dias.  How cute is the illustration on this cover?  Read the synopsis below and enter for your chance to win a signed illustration from the book.

    Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me
    by Hannah Carmona Dias, illustrated by Dolly Georgieva-Gode
    Dark skin, curly hair, and full lips. Lilly knows that she does not look like her friends, and others have notice. Through playful, lyrical lines Lilly speaks up for every girl who has been asked What are you? in a celebration of self love and acceptance.

    Available for pre-order now by clicking here!
    Add to Goodreads by clicking here!
    About the Author

    Hannah Carmona Dias is a Writer who currently resides in Tennessee. Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me is her debut book which tackles a topic she herself has struggled with. In addition to writing Hannah is also a wife, mother, founder of Collective Art School of Tennessee, YouTuber, and actress. When Hannah is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and two cats, dog, and iguana. She also enjoys binge-watching shows on Netflix, posting way too many GIFs on Twitter,  and avoiding housework.

    Connect with Hannah Carmona Dias!
    The Giveaway!
    Enter for your chance to win a signed illustration from the book Beautiful, Wonderful, Strong Little Me by Hannah Carmona Dias.  Open to US residents age 18 and over.  Good luck!

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    Rice & Rocks Book Cover Reveal!

    I am thrilled to be a part of this book cover reveal for Sandra L. Richards’ picture book Rice & Rocks!  Read a synopsis of the book plus find out a little more about the author and illustrator and learn how you can connect with them on social media.  Don’t forget to pre-order the book at the discounted price before it’s released.  Enjoy!

    Rice & Rocks
    by Sandra L. Richards, illustrated by Megan Kayleigh Sullivan

    Recommended for: Children ages 5-8
    Release date: August 16th, 2016
    ISBN: 978-1-940014-73-9 | eISBN: 978-1-940014-74-6
    Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing
    E-book: $9.99 | Pre-order Price: $12.99 | Hardcover: $17.99
    Art Direction by award winning creative designer Stephanie Bart-Horvath

    For every five books purchased, one copy will be donated to a children’s literacy organization.

    Book Summary
    Tradition takes flight in Rice & Rocks, a picture book celebrating culture and diversity.  Giovanni’s friends are coming over for Sunday dinner, and his grandmother is serving rice and beans. Giovanni is embarrassed—he does not like “rice and rocks” and worries his friends will think the traditional Jamaican dish is weird. But his favorite Auntie comes to the rescue. She and Giovanni’s pet parrot, Jasper, take him on a magical journey across the globe, visiting places where people eat rice and rocks. This exciting story celebrates the varied traditions of every culture while also highlighting the delicious similarities that bring us all together.


    Pre-order link:


    About the Author
    Sandra L. Richards is the debut picture book author of Rice & Rocks. With Rice & Rock, Sandra brings a unique contribution to the world of children’s books. Sandra, an American-born daughter of Jamaican immigrant parents, hopes the book will serve as an educational resource for families seeking to teach their children the value of their heritage and the importance of cultural diversity.

    Sandra is also Executive Director and Head of Diverse and Multicultural Marketing, Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Richards served as the Development Officer, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

    Connect with Sandra L. Richards!

    Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | Pinterest | LinkedIn | Newsletter sign-up

    About the Illustrator

    Megan Kayleigh Sullivan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 with a degree in Illustration. She is currently working as a freelance illustrator and storyboard artist, and aspires towards a career in the film and animation industry as a concept artist, character designer, or visual development artist (or d., all of the above). She enjoys traveling, writing, telling stories, and hula-hooping. Visit her at her website.

    Your turn: Are you looking forward to reading this book when it’s released?  Can you relate to the concept of “rice & rocks” and feeling embarrassed by a traditional dish your family seldom eats?  Feel free to share in the comments.

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    Holly Schindler’s Spark: A Book Cover Reveal

    Today, I’m participating in my very first book cover reveal!  If you’re a fan of YA (Young Adult) novels, you’ll want to be sure to check out Holly Schindler’s upcoming book Spark, premiering May 17, 2016.  This is the first time anyone will be seeing the cover and jacket copy–it’s not live anywhere yet (Amazon, Goodreads, etc.)  The links to pre-order are listed below.  Enjoy!

    Holly Schindler’s Spark:

    When the right hearts come to the Avery Theater—at the right time—the magic will return. The Avery will come back from the dead.


    Or so Quin’s great-grandmother predicted many years ago on Verona, Missouri’s most tragic night, when Nick and Emma, two star-crossed teenage lovers, died on the stage. It was the night that the Avery’s marquee lights went out forever.

    It sounds like urban legend, but one that high school senior Quin is now starting to believe, especially when her best friend, Cass, and their classmate Dylan step onto the stage and sparks fly. It seems that magic can still unfold at the old Avery Theater and a happier ending can still be had—one that will align the stars and revive not only the decrepit theater, but also the decaying town. However, it hinges on one thing—that Quin gets the story right this time around.

    Holly Schindler brings the magic of the theater to life in this tale of family ties, fate, love, and one girl’s quest to rewrite history.


    “In my hometown, the restoration of a former movie theater on the town square provided the genesis for my new YA novel, SPARK. Who among us hasn’t dreamed of seeing their name in blazing neon across a gigantic marquee? Let me invite you to dim the lights and draw back the velvet curtains—let your imagination run wild as you enter my fictional Avery Theater, where literally anything goes…”

    —Holly Schindler


    Holly Schindler is the author of three previous YA novels: PLAYING HURT as well as the critically acclaimed FERAL (starred PW review) and A BLUE SO DARK (starred Booklist review, ForeWord Book of the Year silver medal, IPPY gold medal). A writer of books for all ages, Schindler’s MG, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, has made the master list for children’s book awards in Illinois, South Carolina, and Alabama. She is also a hybrid author, having independently released comedic women’s fiction (FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS) and the forthcoming PLAY IT AGAIN, her adult follow-up to her YA PLAYING HURT. She can be reached through her author site:, and hosts special sneak peeks and giveaways for subscribers of her newsletter:


    Spark “Premieres” May 17, 2016, but you can buy your “tickets” now.

    Links to pre-order:
    Barnes &Noble
    Add to your TBR list on Goodreads

    Your turn:  What do you think of the book cover design?  Have you read any of Holly’s previous novels?  Are you looking forward to the release of Spark?  Feel free to share in the comments.