Thursday, January 15, 2015

Welcome 2015 with the Texas Sweethearts and Scoundrels!

Happy New Year from 
The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels! 

The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels are thrilled about the year ahead! We have so many wonderful events planned, and we're looking forward to sharing our book news and love for books with you all. We also hope to see each of you at an event throughout the year!

Latest News 

P. J. Hoover

In addition to writing more books and visiting schools, P. J. has been busy coding more games on SCRATCH, working to encourage kids to learn computer programming. P. J. knows that many of you were involved in the Hour of Code initiative that took place in December, and she is amazed and thankful for your efforts. 


Please consider introducing your kids to SCRATCH and encouraging them to write games based on books they love. You can share P. J.'s SCRATCH studio with them here on the SCRATCH website where you can find her latest games including a game based on her novel THE EMERALD TABLET.

Quest for the Hidden Keys is a SCRATCH game based on THE EMERALD TABLET

P. J. is actively booking school visits for the spring and fall, soplease contact her if you are considering an author visit. P. J. has an Author Website Scavenger Hunt available on her website to help prepare kids for her visit.  

This spring, in addition to author visits, P. J. looks forward to the Teen Bookfest by the Bay (along with Sweetheart Jessica Lee Anderson), TLA here in Austin, and Comicpalooza in Houston. 

Jo Whittemore

Jo Whittemore is pleased to share some more great reviews for Colonial Madness (coming February 10. 2015).

Publishers Weekly says,
"Making the most of a fun premise, Whittemore adeptly fuses comic moments with a testy but loving mother-daughter relationship and intriguing details about 17th-century life."

Booklist says, 
" is also flat-out fun. Characters are well-rounded with believable emotions, and the plot moves quickly.
This light, fun read is a playful way to explore history."
Jo will be doing a dual book release party with fellow Austin author Nikki Loftin (Wish Girl) at BookPeople on February 28 at 3:00pm. She hopes to see you there!

Jessica Lee Anderson

Jessica Lee Anderson looks forward to participating in theTeen Bookfest by the Bay on Saturday, February 28, 2015 along with Sweetheart PJ Hoover and many other fab authors! 

Jessica still has some school visit openings this spring, so please contact her at if you're interested. 

K. A. Holt

This month Kari is busy meeting deadlines and preparing for future festivals and conferences. She's excited to be participating in the Montgomery County Book Festivalnext month.

Don Tate

The most gratifying aspect of Don's career is sharing his writing and illustrating experiences with students. In 2014, Don visited more than 41 schools around Texas. That's a lot of schools! But he looks forward to visiting even more schools in 2015. Don is currently booking school visits for the months of March through May. Please contact him at

In 2014, Don visited more than 41 schools, ending with a week of school visits in Garland, Texas (where he immediately took a nap).

Emma Virján

Thank you to Sweetheart Emma Virján for our beautiful banner!