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Shooting Star Magazine “would definitely recommend”

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Here’s how Shooting Star Magazine’s review of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY begins, “If you live in the United States, you have probably heard a lot about illegal immigrants. Maybe you have a set opinion on the topic, but perhaps you do not. In either case, I would definitely recommend The Secret Side of Empty. […]

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Beautiful Review and Q&A with main character

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Today I got one of the most touching reviews yet. It begins, “I won’t be surprised if The Secret Side of Empty wins a bunch of awards. Because, yep, it’s that good.” The reviewer does a beautiful job of laying out what she found touching about the book. And – bonus! – scroll down for […]

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“A novel about the high price of keeping secrets”

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You’d expect that a novel named THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a little about keeping secrets.  That’s just one of the reasons I love this review from the super-site TeenReads.com.  It starts, “THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY is a novel about the high price of keeping secrets and the desperate need to find somewhere […]

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An interview about being fearless

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Here’s something you might not know: every year, a group of YA (young adult) and MG (middle grade) authors debuting in the following year get together and form a community.  They come from all genres and publishing houses and all parts of the country and the world.  They set up a private chat room, work […]

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“The themes are universal…” a marvelous review

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One of today’s reviews is at Tales of the Marvelous, where the blogger quotes L. Frank Baum in her right rail, “”Since I can remember, my eyes have always grown big at tales of the marvelous.”  With a start like that, I knew I’d love her take on the book.  And I was right. Cheryl […]

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From undocumented immigrant to published author – guest post

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I am honored to be part of an amazing community of young adult writers debuting their novels in 2014 (like I am!).  We call ourselves the OneFours and we spend lots of time on a list-serve surviving and celebrating the process of publishing our first YA novels.  They also own Twitter, apparently.  They tweet up […]

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The place where the light enters you

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Blog posts to promote books can take on many forms.  Sometimes bloggers give you a Q&A, other times they post a review of your book.  Sometimes they allow you to do what’s called a “guest post,” which, as the name suggests, means you post on their blog as a guest.  These are both the best […]

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“This novel… will touch many readers”

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When I was looking for bloggers to help me spread the word about THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, I was delighted to find two friends who are both Latinas and both blog.  I am always interested in the Latina perspective on the novel (since it has a complicated relationship with the idea of heritage).  I […]

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Review on Agster Thoughts

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I am so happy to watch the reviews coming in and I particularly enjoyed this one on the blog Agster Thoughts.  The writer, Agata, shares her unique perspective of reading the novel as a fellow immigrant (albeit a documented one).  I like seeing how people’s perspectives inform what they get out of the book. Click […]

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Blog tour – it’s a party!

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One of the cool things about being a new writer today is that you don’t have to travel to 20 cities to let potential readers know about your book.  A big thing in book promotion are “blog tours,” in which bloggers post reviews, Q&As, guest posts and more in support of the release of new […]

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