Sunday, October 10, 2010

Big Goings-On in the Lone Star State

THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS are so excited! We have news. Big news. News we've been dying to share and finally get to!

The first part of the news is easy. We have a new logo. And you might notice a slightly different name. Yes, we're now not just THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS. We're the THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS!

Why SCOUNDRELS you might ask. Well, that's the second part of our big news. We have new members. Four of them to be exact! So we'll introduce them one at a time...


K.A. Holt wrangles words and three kids in Austin, TX. Once an aspiring chef, Kari accidentally blew up a ham, thus cementing the decision to stick with writing. As a writer for grown-ups, Kari published HAIKU MAMA (Quirk, 2006) and periodically contributes to McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Parents Magazine. MIKE STELLAR: NERVES OF STEEL (Random House, 2009), a middle grade scape adventure, was her first book written for kids (and to truly stave off the exploding hams). BRAINS FOR LUNCH, a middle grade zombie novel in haiku, illustrated by Gahan Wilson, was released in August 2010 by the Neal Porter imprint of Roaring Brook Press. So far, no books have exploded during the act of writing them. But there is still hope.

Check out K. A. Holt's Website for more information.


Jeanette grew up wanting to be a detective but instead became a librarian, which is almost the same thing but you rarely get beat up by bad guys. As a librarian Jeanette Larson had read all of the books on the shelves so decided to start writing some books of her own. After writing a number of exciting books for librarians, she began to delve into books for children. Her first book, Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore From the Americas, is being published by Charlesbridge but she also worked on Quilt of States with her Hummingbird co-author and illustrator Adrienne Yorinks.

Check out Jeanette Larson's Website for more information.


In kindergarten, Don Tate was hailed by his classmates as "the best drawer in class,"a title he carried proudly throughout grade school and college. Today, he's a published children's book author and illustrator. Don has illustrated more than 30 trade and educational books for children. A few: SAY HEY! A SONG OF WILLIE MAYS (Hyperion, 2000); SUMMER SUN RISIN' (Lee & Low Books, 2002); SURE AS SUNRISE (Houghton Mifflin, 2004); RON'S BIG MISSION (Dutton, 2009). SHE LOVED BASEBALL: THE EFFA MANLEY STORY (HarperCollins, 2010) is his most recent book. Don's first authored book, IT JES' HAPPENED: WHEN BILL TRAYLOR STARTED TO DRAW, received a Lee & Low New Voices Honor. It will publish in the spring of 2011. Don lives in Austin with his wife, Tammy, his son, Kolby, a dog and a hamster whom he fondly refers to as The Animals. He works part-time at the Austin American Statesman as an illustrator and graphics reporter.

Check out Don Tate's Website for more information.


Emma J. Virj√°n was born in Texas, under an Aries moon, on a Wednesday evening, her Dad’s bowling night. This might explain her attraction to shiny, hardwood floors and crunchy, snack bar French fries. Her career as a graphic designer and illustrator started when she gave everyone handmade business cards for Christmas when she was five years old. Nacho the Party Puppy is her first children’s book. When Emma isn’t drawing, she spends her time reading, making lists, cutting out images of the numeral 5, and collecting produce stickers.

Check out the NACHO THE DOG Website for more information.

*btw, thank you to Emma for designing the brand new logo.


Thank you so much to everyone for all the support! THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS really appreciate it!


  1. That's awesome you have new members. It will be great to follow and see what you all have to share with us.

  2. Thanks, Natalie! We appreciate you following and commenting!

  3. So which ones are the scoundrels? Heehee. Nice to have new members joining in.

  4. Wow, love to see a great group expand. Congrats to all of you!

  5. Lotusgirl--We can all be sweethearts or scoundrels. Depends on the mood of the day!

  6. Wow ... what a group! Love the new logo look ... it's very TEXAS!!!

  7. Thanks, Kelly! I love it, too! Wish I'd come up with the idea :)