Tuesday, August 3, 2021

August news: Reading, Writing, and Getting Back to Social Life. Sort Of...

It's August! That means I'm at that point in summer where I complain a lot about the heat and air quality, and about not being able to cook in the house without sweating. 

But August also means back to school, which I think we're all a bit weary of. I actually jumped and felt my heartrate rise as I passed the back-to-school section last month... 

Let's face it: this whole online schooling, Zooming, and hybrid-or-something learning has been hard on kids and teachers. And although I no longer have kids at this stage, I empathize with all of you who are carrying the weight of Covid... I hope this upcoming school year is a bit calmer for everyone. I look forward to doing lots of  school visits again; I did over a hundred this past school year (!!). If you're an educator and want to invite me for a (virtual or in-person) author visit, you can find more info here. 

For some good news:
Midnight at the Barclay Hotel won the Colorado Book Award! I'm so humbled and proud, and most of all thankful to Colorado Humanities for the honor. Midnight at the Barclay Hotel is going strong (huzzah!) in sales and recognition even a year after publication, and it's out in paperback this month. So if you haven't gotten a copy yet, now is your chance to snag one at a bargain price.

To promote the book, I'll be roaming around Colorado in August, mostly at virtual events but some in person:

Aug. 7-9: Middleground Bookfest, panel on MG mysteries on Aug. 8th. (virtual and free)

Aug. 18: Sisters in Crime Colorado Book club (virtual) 

Aug. 25-29: Bouchercon, New Orleans, LA

Aug 27: SCBWI Colorado Springs meet (in-person, members only) 

More events to come in September and October!

What I'm reading in Young Readers:

I've loved Dori Butler's mysteries for kids for a very long time now. Her Haunted Library books are just the perfect chapter book series; King and Kayla is a great series to check out if you're looking for early chapter books in mystery (which are hard to find). Book #7, King and Kayla and the Case of the Gold Ring is out now.

What I'm reading in MG: 

After we were on a panel together for the Agatha Award nominees for best YA/Juvenile, I finally discovered Elizabeth C. Bunce's Premeditated Myrtle. It won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile, and I can certainly see why, now that I'm deep into this series...

Such a smart MG mystery; I'm moving on to How to Get Away with Myrtle and having a blast reading. Elizabeth and I will be talking about her third book, Cold-Blooded Myrtle virtually at Murder by the Book on October 5th, if you want to join the MG mystery fun. she's a very entertaining speaker, so you don't want to miss this event!

What I'm reading in YA:

My TBR pile in YA mysteries is resembling the Tower of Pisa right now, but I couldn't resist The Taking of Jake Livingston. The cover had me take notice--nothing like a good spooky mystery to get me longing for those cooler October days leading up to Halloween.

What I'm writing:

I'm hard at work on my next middle-grade mystery, DAYBREAK ON RAVEN ISLAND. It's a little older reading-wise than Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, and a little spookier... Here's the quick summary:

When three kids miss the last ferry to get off Raven Island during a school field trip and are stuck on the island overnight, they must outrun a killer, a weird ghost hunting crew, and a creepy flock of birds--and solve a generations-old mystery--if they want to survive until daybreak. 

It was a blast to write and now edit, and I can't wait to tell you more as we get closer to Summer 2022, when DAYBREAK ON RAVEN ISLAND is out in the world. I had to do lots of research into prisons (think Alcatraz), Alfred Hitchcock suspense, ghost hunting, and ravens. Get ready for me to talk your ear off about all that in 2022...

What I'm doing:

In the meantime, I'm enjoying summer while glamping in our new camper. It's fun, and I'm even getting some writing in here and there. It's a new adventure for sure.

Also, I have a recipe in this fun middle-grade cookbook, which you can download for free! Mary Lanni and Julie DenOuden deserve all the kudos for putting this together. You can download the book here...

Next up:

More editing, and a bit of writing on a brand-new MG mystery, and a (top-secret!) YA mystery project. More on all that when I actually finish writing it... As you can see from this picture, my cat Chloe is on the case.

And finally:

This blog post is actually a newsletter I'm sending to subscribers. If you sign up HERE, you'll be entered to win a signed copy of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel..!

Everyone likes to be a winner, right? Mr. Barclay certainly thinks so...

Friday, July 23, 2021

Don't call it a comeback

I'm still alive, I promise... I've just been spending more time on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and...

Well, I've been writing, which is a good thing. But I do miss hanging out here on the blog. 

So I'm back, slowly dipping my toes into the blog waters again. And I'll be checking out everyone else's blog.

Stay tuned for more from me! 

And if you want to sign up for updates from this blog, go here...

Monday, August 3, 2020

Follow along with the MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL blog tour!

I'm so excited for the Aug. 25th release if MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL...! 

If you want to join the fun, follow along with the blog tour (and giveaways) here:

Aug. 3rd: Book review at Always in the Middle
Aug. 11th: An interview at MG Bookvillage
Aug 14th: Book review at Charlotte’s Library
Aug. 16th: Guest post: Fleur talks about reaching reluctant readers at Unleashing Readers
Aug. 18th: Review at MG Mojo
Aug. 19th.: Interview and giveaway at From the Mixed-Up Files
Aug. 21st: Book review at Our Thoughts Precisely.
Aug. 23rd: Interview and giveaway at Spooky MG
Aug. 24th: Interview at YA Booknerd
Sept. 4th : Fleur talks about getting out of your comfort zone on Kirby Larson’s blog
Sept. 8th: Fleur outlines how to develop a compelling MG concept at Writer's Digest

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Pre-order Midnight at the Barclay Hotel and get swag!

I'm tearing myself away from summer reading to share a pre-order promotion:

Pre-order Midnight at the Barclay Hotel and get signed bookmarks, a signed bookplate, and a sticker...! Here's what you have to do:

1. Pre-order Midnight at the Barclay Hotel from any retailer--that can be your local independent bookstore, or anywhere online. Here's the link from my publisher Penguin/Random House, where there are buy buttons to pretty much everywhere; 

2. Send a picture of your proof of purchase to Fleur@ftbradley.com, along with your mailing address;

3. I'll send you this swag! Even to you international friends (check your preferred online retailer, or Book Depository if you're outside the U.S.)!

**Ends Sept. 1, 2020, or when I run out of supplies...**

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Middle-Grade Summer Reading Challenge

It’s summer! Well, almost anyway. Here in Colorado, the weather is nice enough to make me think I can plant a tree, so that counts as summer.

I had better things in mind for this time of year (for those of you who know me, you’ll know I had heart surgery in January), fun stuff that involved travel and even some early promotion of my upcoming middle-grade novel Midnight at the Barclay Hotel (August 25th! Mark your calendar! Pre-order!)

Alas, this is the year we all have to do without something, and I am certainly not going to complain. Compared to the (high) school grads, littles who miss their teachers, and all the other tragedy that COVID-19 is bringing us this year, I have it pretty good. I’m still writing, and have a beautiful Colorado to escape in when I feel too cooped up.

Still. I feel like if I don’t turn this thing on its head and set out to make summer special, I might get a little grumpy. So I decided to give myself a reading challenge, first of all, so I'd have some books for June and July. I went on the Twitterz and asked for middle-grade book recommendation, and boy did I get them! Thank you for those, internet friends. I added a few titles that were already on my radar, and…

Presto! I have a MG summer reading list. I ordered these books from my various indie bookstores in Colorado, so I’m also supporting my favorite hangouts. It’s a win all around.

You can join me, create your own list, or just follow along. I’ll be giving away these books by the end of summer, in August sometime.

Here’s my book list:

The One and Only Bob by Katherine Applegate
Ben Braver and the Vortex of Doom by Marcus Emerson
The Witches of Willow Cove by Josh Roberts
Pax by Sara Pennypacker, Illustr. by Jon Klassen
Ernestine, Catastrophe Queen by Merrill Wyatt
The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor
Keep it Together, Keiko Carter by Debbi Michiko Florence
American As Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelli Barnhill
Stick Dog by Tom Watson, Illustr. Ethan Long
The Cryptid Catcher by Lija Fisher

Read on, y’all!

Monday, May 11, 2020

New Author Visit Information

In case you landed here looking for author visit information: I have updated my website due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

With the release of Midnight at the Barclay Hotel in August, I'm getting requests for the new school year already (very fun and exciting...) I miss doing author visits in person, but I've adapted my presentations to go virtual in the meantime.

You can find more information at this link; I look forward to lots of Skype and Zoom visits for the 2020-2021 school year!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Breaking book news: Look for MIDNIGHT AT THE BARCLAY HOTEL in 2020..!

I'm so excited that I can (finally) share this big news...

I have a new middle-grade book coming out! 

It's called Midnight at the Barclay Hotel, and it'll be published by Viking (Penguin/Random House imprint); here's the official deal announcement:

Pass the cake, guys!

August news: Reading, Writing, and Getting Back to Social Life. Sort Of...

It's August! That means I'm at that point in summer where I complain a lot about the heat and air quality, and about not being able ...