New blog up at YA Outside the Lines

Posted Apr 22 2019 in , , , , ,

There’s been a lot of discussion online again about the lines authors should never cross in YA fiction. Here’s what I have to say on the subject. Please join us, leave a comment, maybe share? 

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Leave a review

Posted Apr 15 2019

Hi, readers! I have a tiny request to ask… if you’re a fan of my novels or of me in general — would you please take 10 seconds and: Tweet about my work?  Instagram a picture of you and my books?   Facebook about your favorite part of my books?  Leave a review on Goodreads or […]

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It’s YA Scavenger Hunt Time — Spring Edition!!

Posted Apr 2 2019 in , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt, spring edition! I LOVE the scavenger hunt. This is such a fun way to discover new authors and win amazing books.    This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite […]

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Not Just Any Girl — a Some Boys Short Story by Patty Blount

Posted Mar 19 2019 in

I am so incredibly excited to share this story with you. A few days ago, I received a message from a teen named Tristan in Iowa who told me his girlfriend, Blasi, is a huge fan and can’t stop talking about my novel, Some Boys. He wanted to know if I’d be willing to help […]

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On bullying

Posted Feb 12 2019 in , , , , , , , ,

Readers, it’s happened again.  Another headline in my local news about a teen committing suicide because he was bullied.  If you’re a parent, are you talking to your kids about bullying? This is NOT a once-and-done conversation. It needs to be ongoing and frequent because the world in which we live sees new technologies every […]

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On limits

Posted Jan 25 2019

I blogged at YA Outside the Lines this month about using limits as challenges to overcome. Stop by and leave a comment! 

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Join my Facebook Reader Group

Posted Jan 16 2019

Last year, I began a reader group for fans over on Facebook. It’s a small thing, just a place where I post a scene or two, invite reader participation in naming characters, and chat about books. It had no name all this time. I finally settled on the name PATINATION. I love this for a […]

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YA Outside the Lines: Hiding in Plain Sight

Posted Oct 23 2018 in , , , , ,

I’m blogging over at YA Outside the Lines about hiding in plain sight.  We all wear a mask…the public face we show the world while inside, we’re cringing or perhaps screaming.  How do you see what’s under the mask? 

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A blog for the parents of boys

Posted Oct 3 2018 in , , , , , ,

I am the proud mom of two amazing men. The photo here was snapped at one of my book launch events, with all three of us laughing out loud at the antics of a young guest at that party.  It’s one of my favorite pictures.  Last week, as most Americans witnessed the boorish behavior as […]

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