Just got back from a quick trip to Anaheim, California for a fun visit to Connelly School to talk about RED GLASS, which was their All School Reads book! My hotel was on Disneyland Drive, but alas, no time to go to Disneyland or the ocean (so close yet so far...) My Lil Dude was awaiting my return, and I was still missing him from the previous week's NYC trip. I did go out the one night I was there... to a Greek restaurant where I ate feta cheese that had been set on fire (very dramatic!) with the lovely Lori Polydoros, an author from the area.
I've been noticing some nice blogger reviews of THE RUBY NOTEBOOK coming in, now that the book is officially released. I thought I'd share some with you...
From Biblioholic :
"A romantic, optimistic story that reassures the reader that there is more to life than observing and spending time worrying about the “what-ifs” only serve to limit your potential. It is an affirming novel aimed at pre-teen girls but offers reminders for us all." (Read the entire review here.)
From Book Pleasures:
"Every page is filled with wonder and excitement in this fantastic tale of romance, mystery, and happiness. I have to say I was completely immersed in this YA novel, and a line that this author put forth will stay with me a long, long time, ”…no matter what pain or agony, if we reach deep enough inside our souls, we can survive anything.” A fantastic sentiment to concentrate on; I commend this author for her beautiful stories about life, and I recommend them highly to all readers." (Entire review here.)
From Sarah Laurence:
"My teenaged daughter and I agree: Laura Resau might very well be our favorite young adult author. Her lyrical prose, multi-aged characters and exotic settings would appeal to many adults as well as to teens. This globe-trotting author trained as an anthropologist, adding cultural depth to her stories."
From Sarah's teenaged daughter:
"The Ruby Notebook, the sequel, was spectacular as well! I thought it would be hard to live up to the first one, which I loved, but this one was amazing too! It had unexpected twists and turns, friendship, lovely characters, romance, and a very interesting plot." Entire mother and daughter reviews (of both THE INDIGO NOTEBOOK and THE RUBY NOTEBOOK) plus an interview here.
Thank you, wonderful and dedicated bloggers!
Okay, that's all for now! While Lil Dude's still napping, I'm going to read and critique some manuscripts-in-progress by my writer friends Dana and Gloria (the latter novel is in Spanish... I can only do a critique like this this when my brain is working at its best, which is a pretty narrow window of time these days.) It's exciting-- a big perk of being a writer-- getting to see your friend's story gems while they're still in the process of being polished...
Have a fabulous week!