Today I’m delighted to be interviewed by Melissa Stoller over at her blog. Her format is the “3 Question Interview” and for one of the questions I talk about glasses – special glasses (pictured above). Curious? Then, grab a cup of tea and head on over. That’s what I’m doing. I’ll make it easy for you. Here’s the link. Thanks, Melissa for having me!
Just look at the darling diva that illustrator Rebecca Gerlings has so charmingly created for the book jacket to my newest book, then head on over to the Darlene Beck Jacobson’s blog for stop one of the official DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE blog tour! My topic today? How to Write Picture Books – DIVA STYLE! Happy Reading!
New Blog! New Diva in town! Check out my article on #Cranford author @laurasassitales and find out about all the events surrounding her latest book! Link 👉🏻 profile! #newblogpost #coolerincranford #divadeloresandtheoperahousemouse #localauthor #authorsofinstagram #childrensbooks #rebeccagerlings #meettheauthor #bnspringfieldnj #garwoodlibrary #cranfordlibrary #firemeupstudio #booklaunch #sterlingchildrensbooks #365cranfordwestfieldnj
Diva Delores and I are dee-lighted to share with you our first LOCAL interview. Pasted above is the fun promo clip, realtor Sharon Steele posted on Instagram. And here’s the link to the actual interview. Thank you for having us, Sharon!
And TODAY is our BOOK BIRTHDAY!!! Happy Reading, all!
Look who’s gaga over what arrived in the mail this week! I’m excited too because the arrival of these author copies of DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE means that books will soon be arriving at bookstores everywhere! So now, in anticipation of the March 6th release of this new picture book, I think it’s time to start sharing some dates! (More events to come…stayed tuned.)
Sunday March 11, 2018 2:00 pm. BOOK LAUNCH PARTY! Celebrate a DIVA debut at this special story time and book signing with craft! Barnes and Noble, Rte. 22 Springfield.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:30 pm. Join me for an interactive story time featuring DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE at the Garwood Public Library. Meet my storytelling companions – Delores and Fernando–and enjoy a book-themed craft.
To celebrate the upcoming release of DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE, Sterling Children’s Books is giving away FIVE copies in a pre-release Goodreads Giveaway!
Here’s the scoop: Written by Laura Sassi and illustrated by Rebecca Gerlings, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE tells the story of a new diva and the little mouse who wants to help her, but thinks she deserves BIGGER help than a mouse! Celebrating artistic collaboration and the importance of even the smallest helping hands, it makes a lovely addition to any home, school, or library collection.
Giveaway ends Tuesday, March 6th, 2018 – release day! Click here to get to the GOODREADS GIVEAWAY page. And if you’re not on Goodreads yet, sign up! It’s loads of fun. US residents only for giveaway, per Goodreads rules.
Tell all your friends. Good luck!
Will you help my new book DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE make a BIG SPLASH when it releases in early March by pre-ordering your copy today? I didn’t realize with my first two books just how important pre-orders can be in capturing the attention of readers, booksellers, reviewers and more. Here’s a link all about it. Basically, though, pre-orders are important because those sales get included in the sales numbers for the first week of the book’s release. High numbers can influence how many runs a book has, whether it makes a best-selling list and more. All good and fun stuff!
So, if you are thinking of purchasing a copy of my newest book, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE, I would be delighted if you would consider pre-ordering it from your favorite book store. Or…. if you want a SIGNED copy, my favorite indie has a special deal for you!
If you PRE-ORDER my new book from The Town Book Store, in Westfield, NJ, any time between NOW and MARCH 6, 2018 (the book’s release day), owner Anne Laird is offering a 10% discount off the retail price. Simply mention that you want the “DIVA DELORES DISCOUNT”.
If this interests you, please call the store to order DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE. Be sure to explain that you would like to have the book signed by the author and pass along the names you’d like included. They will take the order and do the transaction. I will then come in and sign the book or books. Depending on where you live, you can either pick them up in-store at no extra charge, or have them mailed. There will be a shipping fee to cover the cost of mailing, but they can give you those details.
I thought this was a nice way to make signed copies available, support a wonderful independent book store, and encourage pre-orders!
You can reach The Town Book Store at (908) 233-3535. You can also email the owner, Anne, at email@example.com. Either way, remember to ask for the “DIVA DELORES DISCOUNT”.
Thank you, The Town Book Store, for making this possible and thank you, readers, for supporting my books!
Ready for a sneak peek at what arrived in the mail yesterday afternoon? It’s an advance copy of my newest picture book DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE, delightfully illustrated by British artist Rebecca Gerlings and published by Sterling Children’s Publishing.
I’m experimenting with doing little video clips to celebrate its upcoming release (March 6th!). Here’s the first. If anyone can let me know how I can improve the resolution for the next one, I’d love that! Thank you and enjoy!
In just three months Diva Delores, the star of my next picture book, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE (Sterling Children’s Books, March 6, 2018) will make her debut, as will her darling sidekick, Fernando. And all of a sudden, last week, it hit me — what will they wear? I mean a diva can’t just wear any old thing to her debut. And neither can her companion. They need to look special. They need to look dazzling. They need to take your breath away. I realized, I better get busy!!!
So, over the holidays, with the help of a couple of sweet elves (a special thanks to Dianne Herrick and Nancy Benz!), and inspired by Rebecca Gerlings wonderful illustrations, we got Diva Delores and Fernando all dressed up and ready to go. Since I plan on attending each and every book event and school visit as well, we pulled together a little something special for me too!
Ready for a sneak peek? Enjoy!