Friday, March 22, 2013



Bluebonnets are blooming, birds are building their nests, and The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels have a case of spring fever with so much good news blossoming and many fun events to look forward to!


While time seems to be zooming by like the hail in a recent thunderstorm, many of us are still scheduling school and library visits, as well as festival and event appearances. Please don't hesitate to contact us.
The Sweethearts are Region 13 Bound!  

The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels will be at the Region 13 Hill Country Library and Literacy Summit and it's sure to be a great pre-TLA event. We look forward to seeing many of you there!

Stay tuned for our upcoming TLA and IRA plans!

On March 10, Jeanette Larson, Jessica Lee Anderson, K.A. Holt and PJ Hoover ventured deep in the heart of Texas to visit the Betty Warmack Branch Library in Grand Prairie for a fun celebration of children's and teen literature.

Grand Prairie Event
From left to right:  past Featured Sweetheart Karen Jensen, local author and friend, Krissi Dallas, Jessica Lee Anderson, K.A. Holt, and Jeanette Larson.
P.J. Hoover and Karen Jensen
  P.J. Hoover and Karen Jensen
In late-February, the Austin SCBWI held their annual conference with an amazing faculty lineup.
At the conference, K.A. Holt was able to connect with two of her editors, Tamra Tuller (editor of a forthcoming middle grade novel) and Neal Porter (editor of BRAINS FOR LUNCH). 
  Tamra Tuller, K.A. Holt, Neal Porter
We think nothing says Texas hospitality quite like a  swag bag featuring Girl Scout cookies for the faculty members.  Yum!
  Swag Bag

Jessica Lee Anderson 
had a blast recently visiting Fulmore Middle School and spending time talking with librarian extraordinaire, Jo Patrick. She'll be concluding her first year of teaching a graduate children's literature writing course at St. Edward's University soon and couldn't be more proud of her students!

P. J. Hoover is thrilled to announce that Hungarian Rights for her middle grade trilogy beginning with The Emerald Tablet have sold to Fonix. Nogicals Rule!

P. J. also had a blast presenting "My Life as Hercules" (her hero's journey presentation) at the Westbranch location of the Austin Public Library over Spring Break.

Don Tate thanks the Texas Book Festival, University of Texas Pan American, FESTIVA, and H-E-B stores, for allowing him to put nearly 600 copies of his books in the hands of kids who might not otherwise own any.

We're beyond thrilled to announce Don is the recipient of an Ezra Jack Keats New Writers Honor! He will accept his award next month at the Fay B. Kaigler Children's Book Festival (
Jeanette Larson will be a featured author at the Book and Author Luncheon benefiting New Braunfels Public Library Foundation on Thursday, April 18th. Tickets are available through the library,

Hummingbirds: Facts and Folklore from the Americas was selected as the featured book for a Pflugerville Pfamily Book Club. Jeanette will meet with parents and kids to talk about writing the book, pourquoi stories, and birding on April 9.
K.A. Holt has been enjoying visiting elementary and middle schools across central Texas, and is looking forward to more school visits in April. If there's anything she learns from visiting so many students it's that kids are the best zombie haiku poets in the world!
Many thanks to the talented Emma Virj√°n for her beautiful graphic designs!  Don't miss the opportunity to check out her newest illustrations:
You can read about our latest Featured Sweethearts who are making a different in their communities, Laura Stiles, here, and Renee DeHoyos, here.
Please stop by the blog and read about the amazing things they have to say about the world of kidlit! 

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