Congratulations to our own R.L. LaFevers today on the official launching of her new series with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Nathaniel Fludd: Beastolologist, The Flight of the Phoenix. And happy kudos to the series' phenomenal illustrator, Kelly Murphy.
Nathaniel Fludd never dreamed that mythical beasts were real. Or that he would be the one who was supposed to take care of them.
“The story is packed with adventure and mythological creatures. Children who love fantasy, myth, exotic settings, and even a little dose of history will relate to Nate as he discovers his inner hero and carries on the Fludd family tradition.”
This is Robin's eighth book out since she first hit the scene in 2003. I couldn't be any prouder of her if I had given birth to her myself. Her wildly festive plans for Launch Day thus far include researching the Egyptian Nationalist Movement of 1907 for her next Theodosia title, finishing up galleys for Nathaniel II, and hustling herself down to UPS. Ah, the glamourous life of an author! (I do get to take her to lunch on Tuesday and vow to celebrate her up one side and down the other.) To celebrate Robin's Launch Day, I am ordering a copy of Nathaniel Fludd to be sent to my local public library. As we celebrate each other's launches in the months to come, I hope that you'll consider doing the same. It's a strong way to support one another, and our libraries who are struggling during therecession. You can click here to order Nathaniel Fludd.
And, I'm betting dollars to doughnuts that we can get Robin to donate a signed copy of her new book to one of your favorite kids, teachers, or libraries. All you have to do is answer the following question: Name one beast that was not in Robin's home when she was growing up. :-] Good luck!
Contest Follow-Up! If your name is JESSE MARIE KLAUSMEIER, you are the *winner* in our most recent random drawing of followers and commenters. You have won a copy of Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life is Your Hidden Strength, by Laurie Helgoe, PhD. Jesse, if you will email me, I will get that off to you right away. I am also very delighted to announce that Dr. Helgoe has agreed to do an interview with us here at SVP. Coming soon! She was recently was interviewed by Psychology Today magazine, and her book is at the top of the Movers & Shakers List at Amazon Kindle. And she's an introvert to boot. If you have any question(s) that you'd like me to ask her, please let me know!
Question of the Day: Is our new President an introvert? What do you think? Could an introvert survive that kind of rigorous public life?
Lastly, we will be having a bonus edition of Shrinking Violets this week on Thursday, October 1st, so we can announce and celebrate the launching of another Violet and her very first book. Come on back by! Bring confetti. =-]
Wishing you each a seriously swell week! Make sure you've allowed yourself time in your schedule to refuel. Solitude is oxygen for our souls.