Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Holiday Signing

Please join the Texas Sweethearts for a holiday signing at Austin's favorite cupcake shop, Cupprimo. Scoop up some presents while enjoying sweet treats! Books make amazing gifts and cupcakes are always in season :)

Saturday, December 17th, 2016
12:00-2:00 pm

*** Free cupcake with book purchase ***

Books + Cupcakes = Win!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Fall is here and the Holidays are coming!

It's that time of year when, just like the cute turkey above, we're all dreaming of pie! As we sink our teeth into the holiday season, the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels want to thank you for reading our newsletter! We love sharing the joy of books with our community. And we wouldn't have a community without you. We appreciate your time and your support and feel so thankful to be part of such a wonderful world of books.
Latest News from the Sweethearts

P. J. Hoover

P. J. (Tricia) recently flew to Oklahoma where she delivered a keynote speech for the Mildred Laughlin Festival of Books for Young People talking about all the many reasons to never give up. Amid a fall of school visits and librarian regional conferences, she is preparing for the launch of TUT: MY EPIC BATTLE TO SAVE THE WORLD (February 28, 2017).

Christina Soontornvat

Christina has just returned from a whirlwind tour, sharing her debut middle grade fantasy novel THE CHANGELINGS (Sourcebooks, 2016) with students all over the country. Learn more at

Nikki Loftin

Nikki shares her latest novel, Wish Girl, recently selected by the Texas Center for the Book as Texas' Great Read for 2016 in this wonderful video.

For more information about Wish Girl and all of Nikki's books, check out the Texas Library Association's Spirit of Texas information here

Carmen Oliver

Carmen Oliver thinks anything is possible when you are a reader and she's honored to be a 2016 Picture Book Month champion! Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that encourages the sharing and reading of picture books between adult and child.  "In a world where everything moves at such a fast pace, picture books remind us to slow down."

Click on Why Pictures Books are Important to read more of her essay and share her  downloadable coloring pages from her book Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies with your readers. 

Drop by the Texas Book Festival on Sunday, Nov. 6th and hear her read her book at 11:30am in the  Children's Read Me a Story Tent. Roarrrrr about Reading!

Jessica Lee Anderson

Jessica is pleased to announce her Texas Bigfoot novel, UNCERTAIN SUMMER, will be published by CBAY books Fall 2017! UNCERTAIN SUMMER is a middle grade novel in which things become more uncertain than ever when an unlikely team set out to prove Bigfoot's existence to win a million dollar contest.

Bethany Hegedus

Gandhi comes to Texas. Bethany Hegedus celebrates the release of Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story,  which has earned a SLJ star and is a Junior Library Guild selection with Arun Gandhi at the Texas Book Festival. The co-authors will speak Saturday 11/5 at noon in room E 2 .026 in the Capital Extension. Hegedus and Gandhi will also speak in New Braunfels on Sunday 11/6 at a ticked event.

Emma Virján

Emma Virján is pleased to share that WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A PIG IN A WIG has been selected as a 2015 Children's Picture Book Finalist. 

Mari Mancusi

Mari is thrilled to reveal the cover for her next middle grade novel, PRINCESSES, INC, coming from Aladdin MIX in July 2017. Imagine The Babysitter's Club with Cosplay. Check out the cover on her website!

Cory Putman Oakes

Cory Putman Oakes is thrilled to show off the cover of her upcoming YA novel, WITCHTOWN (HMH 2017). WITCHTOWN is about a mother/daughter crime team who set their sights on a mysterious, "witches-only" town. More details here!

Also, Cory's middle grade novel, DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS, came out in paperback on Tuesday.

Our Books

Our highlighted titles are below, but these are only a small part of what we have to offer. Our books are aimed at readers of all ages. Please take some time to browse our website. And thank you for your time!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Yummy THANK YOU from the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

Thank you for sharing TLA 2016 with us!
Thank you so much to all those who stopped by to see us at TLA! We adored sharing our TLA reception with you! Congratulations to the winner of the custom Sweethearts cake, Robbi Lenox of Cimarron Elementary in Galena Park ISD, who celebrated her birthday at TLA and was able to share the cake with some friends. Also a huge thank you to our cake illustratrator Akiko White

The cake!

Sweethearts with the cake!
(L to R: Jessica Lee Anderson, Cory Putman Oakes, Akiko White, P. J. Hoover, Jeanette Larson, Bethany Hegedus, Christina Soontornvat, Nikki Loftin, and Carmen Oliver)

Akiko White with our cake winner, Robbi Lenox!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cakes, Candy, and Sweethearts! See you at TLA 2016 in Houston!

We can't wait for TLA 2016!
The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels are so excited for our annual librarian conference! This year we'll be raffling off a custom cake designed by cake illustratrator Akiko White! Akiko was the winner of the 2014 SCBWI Tomie dePaola Award. Her jaw dropping works of art are also incredibly delicious. You won't want to miss this raffle! 

DATE: Wednesday, April 20th
TIME: 11:00 - 12:00
PLACE: Booth 1421 (Texas Overlooked Books)

Akiko's amazing typewriter cake!
Where to find the Sweethearts at TLA!

The Texas Sweethearts have tons going on at TLA this year, and we'd love to see you! Our complete schedule is below. Please come by and say hi! Also we love hearing when people read our newsletter <3 span="">


2:00-3:00 - Emma Virján and Carmen Oliver speak on the panel "What's New with Texas Authors and Illustrators for Elementary Readers"
3:00-4:00 - P. J. Hoover and Cory Putman Oakes speak on the panel "What's New with Texas Authors and Illustrators for Middle Grade to YA". Jessica Lee Anderson moderating.
4:00-5:20 - Texas Authors & Illustrators Meet and Greet (Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar Street)


10:15-11:50 - K.A. Holt participates in the Poetry Round Up, reading from HOUSE ARREST
10:30-11:00 - Cory Putman Oakes speaks in "Sofa Secrets" with the Junior Library Guild
10:30 - Christina Soontornvat signs ARCs of THE CHANGELINGS in the Sourcebooks booth
11:00-12:00 - Texas Sweethearts and Scoundrels Annual Reception at Texas Overlooked Books (booth 1421)
11:00-11:45 - P. J. Hoover signs TUT in the Tor booth (booth 1546)
1:00-2:00 - K.A. Holt signs HOUSE ARREST and RED MOON RISING in the Authors Area 
2:00-3:50 - P. J. Hoover will be on the panel "Discover the Spirit of Texas Reading Program"
2:00-3:00 - Nikki Loftin signs WISH GIRL, NIGHTINGALE'S NEST, and THE SINISTER SWEETNESS OF SPLENDID ACADEMY at Overlooked Books, Booth 1421
2:00-2:30 - Emma Virján signs WHAT THIS STORY NEEDS IS A HUSH AND A SHUSH (Aisle 4)
2:00-3:00 - Carmen Oliver Signs BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES at Capstone Booth #1621
3:30 - Cory Putman Oakes Signs DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS at the Sourcebooks booth
4:00-5:30 - P. J. Hoover and K.A. Holt are featured authors at the YART Texas Tea
4:00-5:20 - Christina Soontornvat participates in "Debutante Ball: Children's Literature Debut Authors 2016"


11:00-12:30 - P. J. Hoover and Jessica Lee Anderson sign at Texas Overlooked Books (booth 1421)
2:00-3:00 - Nikki Loftin signs WISH GIRL for Penguin Young Readers in TLA Author Signing Aisle #TK
6:30-8:30 - P. J. Hoover will be at Murder by the Book bookstore on a panel with David Lubar & Alan Gratz

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Welcome to our New Sweethearts & Scoundrels

We have new Sweethearts!
The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels are thrilled to announced we've added new members to our group! Please help us give them a Texas-sized welcome! Our complete lineup of active members is below. We welcome you to check out our website for more information on any of our members. We would love for you to discover new books and authors through our website.

Also, we challenge you...which of us are Sweethearts and which are Scoundrels :)

P. J. Hoover
Jessica Lee Anderson
Jo Whittemore
K. A. Holt
Emma Virjan
Cory Putman Oakes
Christina Soontornvat
Nikki Loftin
Carmen Oliver
Bethany Hegedus
Shelley Ann Jackson
Mari Mancusi

TLA Annual Conference

The Texas Sweethearts are gearing up for the annual Texas Library Association conference. Please watch your inbox next month for our complete schedule including details on our annual TLA reception (complete with sweet treats!). We can't wait to see you there!
Our Books

Our highlighted titles are below, but these are only a small part of what we have to offer. Our books are aimed at readers of all ages. Please take some time to browse our website. And thank you for your time!

Thank you for all you do! We appreciate your support!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Happy Holidays from The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!

Happy Holidays from The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels!
Thank you all for a wonderful year of sharing the love of reading! We Texas Sweethearts (and Scoundrels) are honored by the wonderful, supportive reading community we are a part of. We appreciate you!
Holiday Signing

Please join P. J. Hoover, K. A. Holt, and Jo Whittemore for a Texas Sweethearts holiday signing at Austin's favorite cupcake shop, Cupprimo. Scoop up some presents while enjoying sweet treats! Books make amazing gifts and cupcakes are always in season :)

WHEN: Saturday, December 12th, 2015, 2:00-4:00
WHERE: Cupprimo, Austin, TX

*** Librarians will be treated to a complementary Hot Caramel Apple Cider or Small Coffee ***

*** Free cupcake with book purchase ***

Books + Cupcakes = Win!
Caldecott Medalist Brian Floca takes a break to #readtut
P. J. Hoover

P. J. is thrilled to announce that there will be a sequel to Texas Lone Star Book TUT: THE STORY OF MY IMMORTAL LIFE! The sequel is scheduled for a March 2017 release.

P. J. had a wonderful fall visiting schools and speaking at librarian conferences. Thank you, librarians, for being so supportive! If you are interested in a school visit with P. J. Hoover, please contact her. She would love to visit!

The #readtut campaign continues to be a ton of fun! Don't forget to take a picture of someone reading TUT and post it online with hashtag #readtut. Everyone is doing it :)
Ms. Angela Holcek's second grade class (Elsa England Elementary) getting ready to introduce Emma Virján at the Texas Book Festival.
Emma Virján

Emma would like to thank all of the Texas librarians and teachers who have supported What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig this year.  An extra BIG shout out to Ms. Holcek's second grade class, not only for their wonderful introduction at this year's Texas Book Festival, but for volunteering to be The Pig in a Wig Players during the presentation.

Want more Pig in a Wig? What This Story Needs is a Hush and Shush will release in January, 2016. Publishers Weekly is calling it "...good-natured rhyming fun." Kirkus states that it's "... a book that will satisfy, even after many readings."
(from L to R) Emma Virjan, Jessica Lee Anderson, and P. J. Hoover
Jessica Lee Anderson

Jessica Lee Anderson is excited to announce she's signed a contract for five new chapter books with Rourke Educational Media! 

Jessica had a wonderful time signing books with PJ Hoover at Cupprimo and she looks forward to several upcoming school visits. She has a few remaining school visit openings this spring.

Jo Whittemore

Jo Whittemore is pleased to share a very sweet review from Publishers Weekly for Book 1 of the Confidentially Yours series, due to release in tandem with Book 2 on January 5, 2016.

"The banter and quips bouncing around among these classmates and friends energize the story, which reinforces the importance of recognizing one's limits, learning how to both take and give advice, and knowing how to be a good friend."

Eager readers will also receive a lovely completion certificate when they finish Books 1 & 2!

Visit Jo Whittemore's website for more information!
Don poses with a fan at NCSS
Don Tate

November was a busy traveling month for Don, which took him to Columbus, Minneapolis, New Orleans and Shreveport. He spoke, signed books, and presented at NCTE, NCSS, and AASL. While traveling, he was able to research and create sketches on his next book, STALEBREAD CHARLIE AND THE RAZZY DAZZY SPASAM BAND, which is set in old New Orleans. 

Don Tate's POET: THE REMARKABLE STORY OF GEORGE MOSES HORTON has garnered two more honors. It was among Kirkus' Best-Of 2015 Picture Books, and a Best Multicultural Book of 2015, compiled by the Center for Multicultural Children's Literature.

Don will wind down his 2015 school visit program next week with a weeklong visit to Houston schools. At this time, he is looking to book school visits in April and May of 2016.

Visit Don Tate's website for more information!
K. A. Holt

KA Holt is excited to announce that her latest novel, HOUSE ARREST, is part of TLA's Spirit of Texas Reading Program for middle schools.

In other fantastic news, Kari has sold her first picture book, BECAUSE YOU'RE WONDERFUL, to Maria Modugno at Random House.

Kari is booking school visits for March, April and May. If you'd like to show your upper elementary grades or 6th or 7th graders that poetry can be fun (writing found poetry! writing zombie haiku!) please contact her.

Visit K. A. Holt's website for more information!
Jeanette Larson

Jeanette will be at the Laredo Book Festival on December 12th, 2015 at the Laredo Public Library. More information can be found on the festival website.

Our Books

Our books are aimed at readers of all ages! Please take some time to browse our website and see what we have to offer.

Thank you for all you do! We appreciate your support!