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Jan 27 / Michael

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.

A room full of gallant Naper Knights in Illinois!

A room full of gallant Naper Knights in Illinois!

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!


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
Rakestraw Books
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!


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  1. Bicultural Mama / Feb 13 2015

    You should come out to the Book Revue in Huntington which is one of the largest independent book stores in the country. Lots of celebs do their book readings here. You can join their ranks! 🙂

  2. Michael / Feb 18 2015

    Thanks for the tip, Maria! I was supposed to do an event at Dolphin Books in Port Washington, but it got snowed out!

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