Thursday, March 4, 2010

Friday Roundup—Texas Sweethearts Style

A huge congratulations to Austin author Cynthia Leitich Smith! The paperback release of her novel ETERNAL hit the New York Times bestseller list! The Texas Sweethearts are honored to consider Cynthia a friend.
(And in case you don't remember, Cynthia was our very first Featured Sweetheart back in December 2009.)

And we can't help but point out another Austin author who happens to be on the New York Times bestseller list for her amazing picture book, ALL THE WORLD. Liz Garton Scanlon, we're talking about you! We adore you and your book!

Did we mention how wonderful it is to live amid such cool authors?


Don't forget to help Young Adults Book Central! Their auction is ongoing. And the Texas Sweethearts are proud to be offering up a three-sets-of-eyes critique.

You can see the details here and see all the auction items here.


In major news, FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF by Jo Whittemore received a fantastic review from Publisher's Weekly! We are so proud of Jo and cannot wait for her book release!
You can read the full review here.


The Texas Sweethearts will be participating in the Library-Loving Blog Challenge organized by Jennifer Hubbard, author of THE SECRET YEAR. The skinny is we post on March 23rd, and for each comment we receive by March 27th, we donate 25 cents up to a max of $100. All money goes to your local library, bookmobile, or other literacy-based charity—you choose.
Visit Jennifer's blog post for more information or if you want to join!


TAKE A CHANCE ON ART: 2010 Disaster Relief Raffle

Big white mouse and little brown mouse are tending a garden of flowers on the May pages in Susan L. Roth’s charming board book for preschoolers, My Love for You All Year Round (Dial, 2004). The original artwork for this spread, donated by the artist for the 2010 Texas Library Disaster Relief Raffle, is a multi-layered collage of colored and textured papers rich in color, shading, and detail.

The raffle will be held on Friday, April 16, during the second general session of the TLA Annual Conference in San Antonio. Tickets are available online (mail by Monday, April 9)and will be sold onsite at the spring conference: $5 each or 5 for $20.

Take a chance on art and improve the chances that your library association can help Texas libraries recover from natural disasters.


Please email us your nominations for featured sweethearts!


The Texas Sweethearts are looking forward to participating in Operation Teen Book Drop. It's coming up April 15, 2010, and you can read all about it here. Why not think about participating yourself?


The Fire Petal Auction is now open! Fire Petal Books is a new bookstore with vision that needs some help to get started. Head over to bid on some fantastic items including signed books and manuscript critiques from agents, editors, and authors. And you'll be helping children's literature and educational programs in Utah at the same time.
The auction ends Saturday, March 20th, 2010. Don't miss out on your chance for something awesome!


March is a busy month! Here's all the places we'll be:

March 6, 2010 - PJ Hoover presentating at Austin SCBWI Monthly Meeting

March 14, 2010 - Release Party for Jo Whittemore's FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF - 1:00, BookPeople, Austin, TX

March 16, 2010 - PJ Hoover at Woodstock High School Creative Writing Club, Woodstock, VA

March 20, 2010 - PJ Hoover on author panel at Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, VA

March 23, 2010 - Jessica Lee Anderson Insight Schools Virtual Visit

March 25, 2010 - Jessica Lee Anderson and PJ Hoover at the Williamson County Juvenile Academy, Georgetown, TX

March 27, 2010 - PJ Hoover Teen Book Club Author Visit at the Cedar Park Public Library


The Texas Sweethearts enjoyed lunch at The Cheesecake Factory this past week. Sadly, we all passed on cheesecake, but the Miso Salmon was perfect!

Have a great weekend!

*Note: If there is something you'd like us to include in our Friday roundup, please email us. We're happy to include news and information about the awesomeness of the kidlit world!


  1. That is such awesome news for Cynthia and Liz. Congrats.

  2. It is the best kind of news, isn't it, Natalie? Thanks for visiting!

  3. Thank you for the cheers and support!

    It's great,too, to catch up on all of your goings-on, and I admire how graciously y'all give back to the community! Brava, Sweethearts!

  4. Thanks, Cyn! We're thrilled to support you!