Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Story ARC: The Advance Reader Copy arrives.

Just nerding out a bit on the publishing process. I love getting the ARC - the advance reader copy - of an upcoming book. This one arrived yesterday. And keep in mind that the actual for-sale version still doesn't come out until October of 2018.

I flipped through it and giggled out loud at nearly every Gris Grimly illustration. It's so surreal to see how someone that talented interprets a character I created. Mr. Grimly did a damn fine job.

I'll post some of those illustrations in coming days.




Friday, March 30, 2018

The Bottle Imp of Bright House by Tom Llewellyn - Coming to a bookstore near you in October 2018

Been a long time coming—and still a long time to come—but check out this link to see the front cover by Gris Grimley and read the back cover blurb.


The Bottle Imp of Bright House

ILLUSTRATED BY GRIS GRIMLY
Publisher: Holiday House
A delightfully dark middle-grade novel reminiscent of the Newbery-winning classic, The Westing Game.

When thirteen-year-old Gabe Silver's dad is laid off from his job, his family is forced to move to the run-down Bright House Apartments. Gabe's bummed--but maybe there's a way out of this mess. In a strange encounter with a stressed-out millionaire, Gabe becomes the owner of an old, glass bottle with an imp inside who can grant wishes. But there's a catch: for everything the wisher gains, someone, somewhere loses something. Each wish is an ethical dilemma, but as Gabe scores a Ferrari, gets his dad's old job back, and more, he's certain a guilty conscience is worth it . . . isn't it? Meanwhile, his bizarre neighbors at Bright House have caught wind that something strange is afoot. As the bottle imp's power weaves its way through Bright House and beyond, it reveals unseen connections, ambitions, and desires, provoking questions about the way our actions affect others.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I love book reports, especially from Germany

Check out this amazing book report poster from Lilli in Germany. She clearly has remarkable taste in children's literature.