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

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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.