TombQuest is loose in the world—and TourQuest has begun!
It’s finally (finally!) TombsDay, people! TombQuest, Book 1: Book of the dead is officially on sale everywhere: bookstores, book fairs, online, you name it! Basically, it is rampaging through the world of the living like a hungry mummy. Hungry for what? Hungry for readers! *Arrr!* *chomp chomp* Uh, sorry. I’m a little punchy over here. It’s my first series—and definitely my first multi-platform series with an online game and message boards—and I’ve been working on it for a long time now. Research trips around the world, outlines and story arcs, intense writing schedules, and *no small amount* of revision… And now it’s out, and I really, *really* hope that readers enjoy the high-stakes adventures of Alex and Ren as much as I am enjoying writing them. VOYA Magazine recently described those adventures this way: “Nonstop action, great horror descriptions, and good teen camaraderie provide a perfect background for the adventures of this dynamic duo.” And what’s better than a dynamic duo? A dynamic trio, of course: just add reader!
Hitting the road for TourQuest!
I did a full week of school visits in Chicagoland last week, two more yesterday in Scarsdale, NY, and I have dozens more (seriously, like 50!) scheduled between now and mid-May. It has been an incredible experience meeting so many creative librarians, dedicated teachers, and just straight-up amazing students and talking about reading and writing and why, exactly, the ancient Egyptians kept a mummy’s intestines but threw out its brains.
If you’re no longer in 4th grade (I am a few years past that myself), I also have a *dazzling array* of public events coming up. Here is the official schedule of my first National Tour!
TOMBQUEST: BOOK 1: BOOK OF THE DEAD
SPRING 2015 NATIONAL TOUR
Monday, February 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
Stonebriar Center Mall
2601 Preston Road
Frisco, TX 75034
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77079
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 3:00 PM
1378 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 5:00 PM
The Reading Bug
786 Laurel Street
San Carlos, CA 94070
Friday, February 13, 2015, time TBD
350 Hartz Avenue
Danville, CA 94526
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 1:00 PM
Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th Street
New York, NY10011
Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4:30 PM (Official Children’s Book Week event)
Oblong Books and Music
6422 Montgomery Street (Route 9)
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
[The Oblong in Millerton was my local store growing up, and my main source of poetry books and D&D modules, so this is a really big deal for me!]
It’s all subject to change—we’re still in blizzard season, for example—but these are amazing stores, and I am incredibly excited about it. I hope to see some of you at, well, some of these!