Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer News!

with The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels

Before the school year winds down, The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels want to thank you for all the support you've given us throughout the year. You've read our newsletters, invited us to your schools, purchased our books. Our gratitude is endless - but our work is not!  We have a full summer of writing, reading, speaking ahead - not to mention preparing for the upcoming school year. Somewhere in there, we plan to visit the beach! We hope you do, too. Have a great summer.
Good times at TLA! 
Signing at TLA
(from left to right) Don Tate, Jessica Lee Anderson, P.J. Hoover sign books at The Texas Library Association Conference, one of our favorite events of the year. 
Jeanette at TLA
Jeanette (right) having a fun time at TLA!
Austin ISD Librarians: TxLA Book Cart Drill Team Champions 2013 
Austin ISD Librarians: TxLA Book Cart Drill Team Champions 2013
The Sweethearts & Scoundrels were recently mentioned in a Publisher's Weekly article that discussed social networking. At a glance: "Many authors find strength in numbers, promoting one another's launches and books. P.J. Hoover, author of Solstice (due out in July), set up a Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels Facebook page, Twitter account, and blog with other local writers."

As for hot summer releases, P. J. Hoover can't wait for the release of her debut young adult novel, Solstice, on June 18, just before the actual summer solstice. Set in Austin in the future when global warming is destroying the earth, Solstice is a perfect choice for those hot summer days by the pool or the beach.

Solstice also got a nice shout out in the Kirkus blog as a Science Fiction & Fantasy June Highlight & Top Pick. "Solstice by P.J. Hoover is a clever blend of mythology and dystopia set against the backdrop of a dying world." 

Jessica looks forward to teaching a Found Treasure Writing Workshop at Westbank Library on June 10, 2013 from 4-5:30 p.m.
Jeanette enjoyed a fabulous visit at Purple Sage Elementary in Austin for Children's Book Week, visiting kindergarten through second grade students.

This summer she is teaching for Texas Woman's University and finishing writing a book for librarians this summer so public appearances are limited. On August 5, Jeanette will be a presenter at the youth services library conference at the McAllen Public Library and later that month will travel to Florida to speak to librarians and hopefully visit some bookstores in the Daytona Beach area. 

Don wound-down the school year by visiting school libraries in Fort Worth, Dallas, and Houston. 

Don poses with library clerk (Thing 1) and librarian (The Cat), Ms. Petrie at Eiland Elementary in Houston. 

Don is offering special pricing -- up to half off -- for school visits in August and September 2013, for schools near Austin, San Antonio, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston. Contact Don with inquiries. 

You can read about our latest Featured Sweethearts who are making a different in their communities! This month we featured
Barrett Dowell (husband of Bridget Zinn. (read his interview here) 
Poison cover

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