Monday, August 24, 2015

Reading/Discussion Guide for All We Have is Now

I've talked about this before - I wrote an ending for this book that not everyone is going to like. Of course, we can't please everyone, no matter how hard we try, but some endings are a bit more, um, controversial than others. Whenever I'm unhappy with an ending for a book I'm reading, I try to remember that the author probably had good reasons for doing what she did. That was certainly the case for me and this book. I'm not going to say anymore, because I don't want to give anything away.

The upside to having an ending some people are going to love and some people are going to hate is there are some great things to tackle as far as a discussion in a book club or classroom.

I mean, come on, don't you love a great discussion? Like - is that really possible? And sit back and listen to the opinions roll in. So great, I think.

To help with that discussion, I've prepared a guide that is FREE for anyone who'd like one.

As with my other reading/discussion guides, all you have to do is drop me a note at lisaschroederbooks(at)gmail(dot)com and let me know you'd like a copy and I'll send it to you via email.

I'm also happy to send along bookmarks for any book club or teacher/librarian who would like some. Just let me know!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

From my mail

Haven't done one of these for a while, so I decided, it's time!

A hundred points for you if you know where this image is from! Watched a lot of that show in my kids' younger days.

Readers send me notes via regular mail as well as email, and I appreciate every single one of them. I try to respond to emails within a few days and regular mail within a couple of weeks. If I'm busy drafting a book or traveling, it may take longer.

Here's what some readers have said recently:

"I read three of your books, I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, FAR FROM YOU and CHASING BROOKLYN. They are really good books for me because I hate reading and when I started reading I HEART YOU, YOU HAUNT ME, it changed how I feel about reading." ~ Morgen, 8th grade

"I'm sure tons of readers have said this before, but I'll add my voice to the list: I love your books so much. I love that you write in both verse and prose and how realistic and down-to-earth your characters are. IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES is one of the first books my sister and I really bonded over. There's a five-year age gap between us and so we didn't really share the same taste in books but we both fell in love with the series, and now we read lots of books together." ~ Yun-A from South Korea

"I recently acquired a copy of MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS. My sixth graders saw it at the book fair and decided we should add it to our class library. As I have been reading it for our daily 20 minutes of reading, they have been intrigued by my giggles and tears. As a middle school teacher, I was impressed that it's a book about love and family. There were still the harsh realities of what my students deal with on a daily basis, but there was also the message of hope." ~ Ms. McCall, 6th grade teacher

"Your book called MY SECRET GUIDE TO PARIS was amazing! It was the best book I have read in my life and I want you to write more books like it." ~ Taylor, 4th grade

(Psst... Taylor here's a secret. I am, so stay tuned!!)

Thanks to everyone who has bought and read the new YA, ALL WE HAVE IS NOW - available at a book store near you! Every sale counts and is important, so THANK YOU!!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Great weekend in Seattle!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our event at University Bookstore in Seattle yesterday. If you are interested in a signed copy of ALL WE HAVE IS NOW, call them up - there are plenty since I signed a bunch! FREE shipping anywhere in the US if you call in to order: 1-800-335-7323

Here are some photos from the weekend. We went to the Chihuly Glass Museum and Garden. So lovely!

We had a delicious brunch at Tilikum Place cafe - here's a picture of my dutch baby with huckleberries!

And the author event was awesome - we had a great crowd, especially for a weekend in the summer!

And now, it's back to work for me!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Here's how I celebrated my 7th YA release

And afterwards he posed with my books for a quick photo. Isn't Robert Downey Jr the best?