Thursday, March 18, 2010

Friday Roundup—Texas Sweethearts Style

Happy Friday from The Texas Sweethearts!

Jo Whittemore
's release party for FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF was a blast! You can read all about it here!

Jo decked out in a red and black theme!

Is any party complete without a cake?


The Texas Sweethearts were thrilled to be featured on The Reading Tub this week. Thank you so much, Terry!


This week Jessica Lee Anderson was
Huge thank you!


In the Featured Sweetheart Nomination category, we have:
  • Pat McCarthy, Woodstock creative writing high school teacher
  • Donna Van Cleve, Hutto Librarian
  • Katie Luedke, Hutto reading teacher
Please email us your nominations for featured sweethearts!


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.


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.


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!


Here are all the places we'll be for the remainder of March:

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


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. Wow! Things are happening for you guys. So exciting! I love the cake too!

  2. Thanks, Christina! I want to eat the cake!

  3. The cake was delicious, and the frosting was the light fluffy whipped kind. Yummmm.