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The Secret Side of Empty is a Junior Library Guild Selection!

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Color me happy!  I just got word that The Secret Side of Empty was chosen as a Junior Library Guild book, which is a big honor.  Junior Library Guild gets books into libraries and has an amazing track record of picking best-sellers and award winners before they even hit shelves, so I am humbled to […]

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Back flap of The Secret Side of Empty!

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So TSSOE is off to the printers and today I just got the FINAL final cover.  I’ve grabbed a screenshot for you. Why is it special?  Oh, besides everything, the picture of me was taken by my daughter, Andreanna.  If you’re eagle-eyed, you can spot her ph0to credit to the right of it. How many […]

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GIVEAWAY! Win an advance review copy of The Secret Side of Empty!

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My fabulous publisher has given me a few advance review copies of the novel to give away.  Interested in getting a copy well before it hits bookstores in March?  Well, you’re in luck. All you’ve got to do is send me an email at maria (at) mariaeandreu (dot) com (replace (at) with @ and (dot) […]

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Best news of the day

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I refer to Dictionary.com often, because just as I’m about to use a word I’ve used a thousand times I sometimes ask myself: does this really mean exactly what I want it to mean here?  Plus, I’m a geek and I really dig Dictionary.com. So, I was totally sucked in when I went to look […]

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5 things teenagers don’t know that may surprise you

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A while back, my daughter wanted to eat something in one of those rare cans that didn’t have a pop-top. She came into the living room, can in left hand, can opener sideways on the top of the can, as if she was trying to cut the sides of the top off. “This thing is […]

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Where I am, today it is 18 degrees.  Nothing more, nothing less.  Cold enough without any further explanation.  Or, god forbid, wind chill. Anyone who knows me knows I have a low tolerance for nonsense.  I can’t take hype and I can’t take things that become “true” just because they’re said over and over again […]

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Happiness is…

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…watching blankets of gorgeous, powdery snow from a warm and toasty house. …having kids old enough to help shovel. …having said kids not grumble once about helping. …having enough money to pay a guy to shovel the walk, but being healthy enough to go out and do it myself. …seeing the bluejays feast on the […]

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A solid wood table

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My first significant act of the new year was to get rid of my dining room table.  I used to have a fancy, stodgy mahogany table, part of a set.  My ex and I bought it as one of our first acts as a couple when we first moved into this house fourteen years ago. […]

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Write it on your heart

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“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.” Ralph Waldo Emerson. Thinking about it further, I think this is my New Year’s Resolution. Loving everything about this magical, irreplaceable moment that will never come again.

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2014: The year in awesomeness!

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I have looked forward to few years as much as I have to 2014. First, as a fan of the number seven, there’s a certain mathematical sweetness to the number itself: 2014. And, second, of course, it is The Year of the Book. When you look forward to something for most of your life, having […]

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