Friday, February 07, 2014

ONCE UPON A STORY Spring Conference

I won Free Tuition to our Western Washington SCBWI Spring Conference!

By some magical confluence of energy, the ever-amazing
Deb Lund

(poster by art-magician DanaSullivan)
Drew my raffle ticket from the sack at last night's SCBWI meeting. My golden ticket to Once Upon a Story

It was as if I’d zoomed past the Phantom Tollbooth

And beyond reasonable Expectations to the land where authors, illustrators, agents, editors, and all species of children’s books bibliophiles converge (said destination may or may not be
noticeable on Milo’s map).

I’m already looking forward to meeting friends, honing my craft, and gleaning the latest tips from the publishing world at the bountiful 2014 conference. I’m grateful beyond words and since words are an author’s arsenal – that’s saying something. Or, I guess not saying something.

A Bit More About Last Night
Despite being rear-ended and having her car totaled on the way to the SCBWI meeting. (Pause to hug Deb here and send her love.) Deb Lund inspired us all, sharing 9 of her Fiction Magic cards that encouraged, challenged, twisted and tickled our writer minds. If you weren’t there to get this pure creativity gold, find out more about it @ Fiction Magic. Note to Deb: I must have the whole deck as soon as they’re available!
Deb also passed out magic wands.

I’m bringing mine to the conference. Are you?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


No lawless berserkers rampaged through VikingCon at Western Washington Universtiy campus on Saturday, but there were plenty of Otherworld folk from the fantasy, sci-fi, comic, and movie world.
Photographer, Heidi Pettit, took some snaps with her trusty cell-phone.

Rachel Ashby, aka Fionna of Adventure Time. Knight, Austin Voecks, behind.

Sipping a tankard of water (alas not Viking Ale) I joined the panel, "The Good, the Bad, and the Elvish: Character Archetypes in Fantasy Fiction," sharing the stage with R.E. Dalrymple, Wizard's of the Coast's global brand lead for Kaijudo, and fellow fantasy writer, Danika Dinsmore.

We three talked all things archetype, compared novel-writing and game creation, and a good time was had by all.

Then it was back to the exhibition hall to sign books.

Lana Swanson, aka Equis Zahhak of Homestuck, considers Dragonswood.

Some fine viking rigged it so my signing table faced the Costume Contest stage.

A whole lot of dancing was going on, so I jumped up.

Katie Myette, aka Mickey from The Sorcerer's Apprentice, danging to the DJ's music.

Twas a friendly VikingCon. No pillaging. But there was plenty of plunder, and fun in high commodity!

Until next time, fellow Dreamwalkers, walk well.

Monday, April 15, 2013


Rock the Drop 2013

Readergirlz are happy to announce Operation Teen Book Drop 2013! On April 18th, readergirlz will be teaming with Figment I HeartDaily, SohoTeenand 826NYC to celebrate YA lit in honor of Support Teen Lit Day on Thursday, April 18th. We can't wait!

This year, in addition to rocking out and dropping our favorite YA titles in public spaces for lucky readers to discover, we're also directing supporters of teen fiction everywhere to consider a book donation to 826NYC to help grow their library.

Here's how you can get involved:

* Follow @readergirlz on Twitter and tweet #rockthedrop
* Print a copy of the bookplate (found on readergirlz blog) and insert it into a book (or 10!) On April 18th, drop a book in a public spot (park bench, bus seat, restaurant counter?) Lucky finders will see that the book is part of ROCK THE DROP!
* Also feel free to post the bookplate (designed by the super-talented Lindsay Frantz) and add it to your blog and social networks. Proclaim that you will ROCK THE DROP!
* Snap a photo of your drop and post it at the readergirlz Facebook page. Then tweet the drop at #rockthedrop with all the other lovers of YA books.

If you'd like to donate books to 826NYC, here's the address:

Attn: Joan Kim
c/o: readergirlz Rock the Drop
372 Fifth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Visit our blog , Facebook page, and Twitter more news and pictures before, during, and after the event! 

a note from Janet: This is such a fun, generous event. This year I'm Rocking the Drop = sending books to 826NYC and dropping off a book in a fun location on the 18th.

I hope you'll join me and Rock the Drop.

Until next time walk well.



Friday, March 22, 2013


I have never seen visions in the fire, though the writing craft is sometimes like that.

I have never been accused of witchcraft, though I might have been if I’d been unlucky enough to be born in medieval times when anyone deemed “different” was suspect. I’ve never been forced to dress as a leper to run from a witch hunter
or stumbled into a mystical forest like Dragonswood where fey folk and dragons dwell the way Tess does in my novel.
But all stories are in some way about survival, about who we are, where we come from, where we truly belong. And, like Tess, I’ve hungered to find my place, longed for true family, lost more than I’d ever hoped to, and made heart-rending sacrifices to help those I love.
Like Tess I’ve tried to find happiness, to craft a good life from what clay I’ve been given. Tess is braver than I am. Journeying with her, I can only hope some of her bravery has rubbed off.
Until next time Dreamwalkers, walk well.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Hooray for PNBA

Dear Dreamwalkers

My wonderful publisher Dial Books for Young Readers, set up a Dragonswood book signing for me at the PNBA Fall Tradeshow. My friend, Heidi Pettit, caught a few fun shots of the day. The tradeshow was held in the elegant Hotel Murano.

Check out the beautiful sea green glass in the entry. We headed upstairs for the tradeshow and ran into some friends right away. Justina Chen was there signing Advance Reader Copies of her upcoming novel.
Justina and I caught up with two of our favorite local independent booksellers, Rene Kirkpatrick of Eagle Harbor Books, and Sue Nevins of Mockingbird Books. Then it was time to do some book signing.
It was a Very Long line! Everyone was talking about the beautiful cover. I said, "Boys will like the adventure scenes and the dragons in the book, though I can understand that the cover deters them."
      The next man in line said, "I'm here because I like the cover."
     "Heidi," I said, "Get a photo of this guy!" Here he is.
After the book signing, I chatted with Colleen Conway the sales rep for Penguin Books. We'd never met before this. It was great to talk in person. 
I also caught up with fellow author, Meghan Nuttall Sayres, who was signing copies of her newest book Night Letter.   
Some readers may not know Meghan is also a Tapestry Weaver. She asked me to try on a felted whirling dervish hat, which she learned to make in Turkey (one of several hats the protagonist Anahita wears Night Letter.) I was happy to try it on.
and end the day with a dance.
Until next time, Dreamwalkers, walk well.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Summer ALA and Fall Library Conference


I flew down to LA with writing buddy Katherine Grace Bond  and we dove into the American Library Association Conference in Anaheim. The trip combined 2 favorite things.

Books and swimming pools.

The best parts of ALA for me this year were:

~ Spending time with my editor, Kathy Dawson.

~ Standing in line while Katherine signed copies of her new book The Summer of No Regrets.

~ Meeting the librarians and snagging them for interviews on my blog Library Lions!

~ Hearing

read the prologue to her newest book

(Katherine and I gave her a standing ovation.)

Last, I have to say it . . .  going to Disneyland for the first time in my life (Katherine treated me to an evening pass.)  

FALL means WLMA (Washington Library Media Association) conference.

This October I headed over the mountains with author buddy, Deb Lund driving to Yakima to present on the panel "Show, Tell, and Do: The Next Generation of Author Visits" Deb and I joined  authors, Jennifer Wolf and Helen Landalf  and had a great discussion with the librarians.

(Deb grabbing books from the table. Helen & Moi)

Next day I presented one of my favorite workshops "The Female Hero in Children's and YA Fiction" The topic prompted some amazing discussions.

Thank you for traveling with me through summer and fall.

Until next time fellow dreamwalkers. Walk well

Saturday, June 02, 2012

DRAGONSWOOD Giveaways Dark Mind Book Tours

If you'd like to win a signed copy of Dragonswood for a summer read

Dark Mind Book Tours is hosting Dragonswood reviews, interviews, excerpts and giveaways for the next two weeks. I had a lot of fun with the author interviews and the character interview with Tess. (I had to climb over the boundary wall and follow Tess into forbidden Dragonswood to get her to talk to me.) 

Here's the Tour Schedule:

June 4th, 2012
(Giveaway, Excerpt)

June 5th, 2012
(Author Interview, Giveaway)

June 6th, 2012
(Giveaway, Excerpt)

June 7th, 2012
(Review, Giveaway, Excerpt)

June 8th, 2012
(Giveaway, Excerpt)

June 11th, 2012
(Review, Character Interview, Giveaway)

June 12th, 2012
(Author Interview, Excerpt)

June 13th, 2012

June 14th, 2012
(Review, Giveaway)

June 15th, 2012
(Giveaway, Excerpt)

Until next time Dreamers walk well ~ ~ ~

Friday, January 06, 2012


Yesterday was the Best Book Birthday ever with many well wishers on twitter and Facebook (thank you!) I woke up wanting to go to lunch to celebrate. I’m not a last minute sort of person so I had little hope of swinging a sudden lunch, but I called friend and fellow author JUSTINA CHEN and, wow! She was free!

We lunched the launch and talked all things writing over delicious Thai food and jasmine tea.

Over lunch Justina asked some interesting questions like, “What do you love most about the book?” I shared my favorite scenes. Then she asked, “What did you learn writing it?” Another good question and one most folks (other than fellow writers) often don’t ask.

My answer: Before this tale my books have highlighted ‘the lone hero’ facing the plot on his or her own.

This reflected how I’ve lived my life, always thinking I’ve had deal with things by myself. In the last few years, life’s surprising challenges have driven me to the point of having to ask for help – what a revelation it’s been. So in Dragonswood

when Tess escapes from the witch hunter and goes on the run, she’s not a lone heroine, she’s running with her friends Meg and Poppy. The three of them share the dangers, the hunger, and the need to find safe sanctuary. Of course they fight along the way and get in lots of trouble, but the key thing is, Tess is not alone.

We talked more about Justina's books

Walden Award Finalist. Best Book of the Year (Kirkus Reviews and Barnes + Noble)
*starred* reviews - Publishers Weekly,Kirkus,Booklist

Chatted about her novel Return to Me (A beautiful book I've had the privilege to read due out Jan 2013) and her work-in-progress. Justina was All Dragonswood, but I like to talk about Her work so we took turns :)

After lunch we popped over to Bellevue Barnes & Noble for a look-see.

“I don’t think they’ll have any Dragonswood copies in yet,” I said. Justina just smiled and headed for the information desk where she asked about Dragonswood. They produced a stack for me to sign. Very nice!

It was already a Perfect Book Birthday, but there was more. In the afternoon I headed for my favorite second hand store to find something for the book launch party. I already have my party dress and didn’t know what I was looking for, just something magical. What did I find? Shoes that match the dress – and not just any shoes – fairy slippers.

Then headed to the Asian Market for dinner supplies and found a particular party treat – seaweed.

Tess Meg and Poppy eat seaweed on their journey so the Dragonswood Party goers will have the chance to nibble some. I happen to love it!

Finally, the late afternoon light was golden on the trees as I drove home and the moon was out. It made me want to view the sky from Phantom Lake. My husband and I paddled out in our canoe among the birds.

Canada geese, and cormorants flew overhead. Little buffleheads skimmed across the water and we saw an eagle with its black wings and white tale spread as it soared over Phantom Lake.

Perfect end to a perfect Book Birthday.

To all you fellow authors out there, I highly recommend celebrating your Book Birthdays in some special way that’s just right for you and your book. If you do, or if you plan to for your next book – tell us how you’re going to celebrate.

P.S. One week left on the Teen Book Scene book tour. Full Tour Page

Warmest thanks to Kari for putting this 3 week blog tour together!

Monday, December 26, 2011


Dragons are flying this week. Here are the stops they are making.

Monday,December 26: Melina at Reading Vacation. (Author Interview with book line answers)

Tuesday, December 27: Christie at The Fiction Enthusiast (Review)
Wednesday, December 28: Stacy M at Urban Fantasy Investigations (Cover Post)

Thursday, December 29: Jenny at Supernatural Snark (Review)

Friday, December 30: Casey at The Bookish Type (Teen Self Letter)

Full Tour Page

Warmest thanks to Kari for putting this 3 week blog tour together!

Watch the book trailer

Thursday, December 22, 2011


DRAGONSWOOD book two of the Wilde Island chronicles by Janet Lee Carey.

Script & Vocals - Janet Lee Carey
Saz Instrumental - Thomas Carey
Sound Recording - Aaron Carey

In a dark time when girls with powers are called witches, Tess escapes the vengeful Witch Hunter and hides in the forest with a mysterious huntsman. She is safe there until magical voices draw her deeper into Dragonswood where she learns the secret of her birth. Caught between love and loyalty, Tess chooses the hardest path of all -- her own.

Read the Kirkus starred review

Order online




Saturday, December 17, 2011


Today I'm waving my new DREAMWALKS banner created by the multi talented, HOLLY CUPALA!

Holly designed the new banner to celebrate DRAGONSWOOD facing the challenge of putting 4 of my fantasy covers in a small space. She did it beautifully! I'm happy to say Holly's banner will do double duty as my 2012 bookmark so readers will get a chance to have one.

Holly has so many talents, but she's best known for her authentic, hard-hitting YA novels TELL ME A SECRET (Harper Teen 2010)

And DON'T BREATHE A WORD (Harper Teen Jan 3rd 2012)

~Set against the gritty backdrop of Seattle’s streets and a cast of characters with secrets of their own, Holly Cupala’s powerful new novel explores the subtleties of abuse, the meaning of love, and how far a girl will go to discover her own strength.~

Here's what the critics are saying about DON'T BREATHE A WORD.

“The author's considerable narrative gifts will keep readers engaged throughout.”
—Kirkus Reviews

"[A] tense, riveting story.”
—Publisher's Weekly

“This novel recalls Laurie Halse Anderson’s SPEAK.”

I think Holly deserves these roses, don't you?

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

The BEAST is Back in Paperback!

The Beast of Noor was just released in paperback. He’s left the shadow realm and crept out to haunt the shelves this Halloween season. There will be a book giveaway to some lucky winners to celebrate his release this month.(see more below)

About the Book

Do not wander in the deeps
Where the Shriker’s shadow creeps
When he rises from beneath
Beware the sharpness of his teeth

The Shriker is back hunting those who wander in Shalem Wood. On the night of the dark moon he breaks through the great wind wall with a vengeful hunger that drives him back into the world of men. Finding passage from the Otherworld, he shape-shifts into a great, black dog of monstrous height. In the deeps of Shalem Wood, he howls. And his moon-call is a spell song for those who come to die in his jaws.

When the demon hound comes after Miles’s sister Hanna, Miles determines to go after the beast and kill him before any more blood is shed. But Miles does not know what secret power awaits him in the wood, what transformation he must face to hunt the monster down.

“Be careful when you fight the monsters, lest you become one.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Praise for The Beast of Noor

~ Carey is a generous and lyrical author . . . magical moments that will have your heart sing in one moment then shiver in the next. Highly recommended. ~ Charles de Lint

~ Carey delivers an eerie, atmospheric tale, full of terror and courage, set in a convincingly realized magical realm. ~ Booklist

~…the novel reads almost like a fairy tale, with the same rhythms and the same etiquette. Recommend ~ School Library Journal

~ This is a great, creepy, interesting tale. . . Perfect for a stormy, foggy night, curled up with hot chocolate, warm and safe in your house. ~ Teens Read Too

Book Giveaway
Just leave a comment and you might win one to read curled up by the fire.

Best in Books and Beasts


Tuesday, July 19, 2011


YA Fantasy, companion book to DRAGON'S KEEP, will be out Jan 2012.

~On Wilde Island, one girl must face her destiny or there will be no peace among dragons, fairies, and humans.~

Jacket photo of girl © 2011 Gabrielle Revere

Here's what the back cover says:
Wilde Island is in an uproar after the recent death of its king. The uneasy pact between dragons, fairies, and humans is fraying, and a bloodthirsty witch hunter with a hidden agenda whips villages into frenzies with wild accusations. Tess, a blacksmith’s daughter from a tiny hamlet near the mysterious Dragonswood, finds herself caught in the crosshairs of fate when she is accused of witchery and has to flee for her life along with her two best friends.

Not even Tess’s power to see the future can help the girls as they set off on their desperate journey, but she keeps having visions of a man wielding a sword. And when she finally meets him, Tess has no idea how to handle the magnetic attraction she feels for him, or the elusive call she hears from the heart of the Dragonswood.

In this epic romance, an ancient prophecy comes true in a way neither dragon, fairy, nor human would have predicted.

Discover why School Library Journal has called Carey’s work “Truly original . . . beyond common fantasy fare . . . fantasy at its best.”

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Holding the book in my hands for the first time gave me a chill! Warmest thanks to my intrepid editor, Kathy Dawson, who journeyed with me from rough draft to final polished pages,creating Tess's challenging story. The end even surprised me! But I won't give that away. You'll have to read Dragonswood yourself when the books comes out in January.

Stay tuned for the DRAGONSWOOD blog tour.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Happy Spring!
I've been buzzing about and flying from school to school this month. It's be great presenting Words on the Wing assemblies and meeting so many readers. Thanks to Mary Harris at Parkplace Books for setting up the Read Across America visits.

Here I am with Mary

photo by Heidi Pettit

Librarian Kendra Friday @ Redmond Jr. High sent a few photos from our time together.

Students participated in the Rejection Survey. Thumbs up or thumbs down?
Did you know Harry Potter was rejected 30 times before it was accepted for publication?

Hands shot up for Q & A. I always love this part of the presentation.
"Why do your books have so many dragons in them?"

Students Divya and Amanda

Library assistant, Shirley Poblete, created the Smilebox below

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Thanks to all for a great time.