Monday, August 22, 2016

On my desk monday

Eeks! I received a final copy of the novel!!! It's a real book now:

the finished book with tear-worthy note from my editor/childhood friend Alvina, whom readers may know as Melody from Year of the Dog!
Yes, not just an advanced reading copy but a REAL book! With the color illustrations inside:

the color type decorations:

and the two color chapter headers:

Is it vain to say that I am so proud?  I feel like this book has been a such marathon of work and emotion, to see the finish line is just so...satisfying. I can't help feel like it's something to celebrate!

Please come celebrate with me! I have a pre-order campaign going on now--you get an exclusive "cut" story when you pre-order from my launch store (and your book will be autographed, too), as well as the actual Book Launch party itself (Sat, Oct 8th at Porter Square Books! Save the date!). I'll be announcing all my special plans (gift bags! grand prizes!) for the party later this week...stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Pre-order "When the Sea Turned to Silver" and get...

an exclusively printed and illustrated "deleted" story from the book!!

In When the Sea Turned to Silver,  I had to cut out a story which I loved. While it just wasn't needed for the book, I still wanted to share it with you. So, I am creating brand-new illustrations for the story and going to make it into little book of its own...for you!

sneak preview of some of the art!

All you have to do is  pre-order When the Sea Turned to Silver  from my book launch store, Porter Square Books,  you will receive "The Story of the Stonecutter." It's a beautiful story--you're really not going to want to miss it!
The Old Man of the Moon makes a cameo!

The booklet is only available from me so this is only while supples last... PRE-ORDER NOW!  Hurry, hurry!

Monday, August 15, 2016

on my desk monday

I have a drawing board for my desk-- a real one that slants and everything. I don't know why I never had one before. But my back and neck are thanking me.

What am I drawing on my brand-new boards? Well, it's art that will be for my pre-order goody which I will tell you about soon...stay tuned!

Friday, August 5, 2016

The garden so far

Despite a promising spring (when we finally finished putting the stones around)  the garden has struggled this year. It's been very dry and the rabbits have been taking much more than their fair share.

It's been a slow growth:

And our harvest of peas was small and short:

But, still enjoyed!

Monday, August 1, 2016

on my desk monday

On my wall, I have this pretty cool (even if I do say so myself) poster! My publisher revealed them to me at last month's ILA conference and I was kind of blown away.  So much so, that I asked if I could have a bunch of them. They kindly obliged and I am thrilled to say that every goodie bag at my upcoming launch party will have one in it! Doesn't that make you want to come to the party?  Save the date!!!

Not local? I'm reserving some for an online stay tuned for that, too!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

on the radio...

So, I was on NEPR (New England Public Radio) yesterday as a commentator. No, not about the election, silly! About, well, I'll just let you listen (it's only two minutes):

Hope you liked it!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

star, star, star!

Reviews are finally starting to trickle in for my new novel and I am so, so, so thankful to say that the first three have been starred!! Yes, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and School Library Journal each gave When the Sea Turned to Silver  a starred review!

*"While many things are not what they seem, everything amazingly connects in the surprising finale, when Pinmei finds her voice. The meticulous craft delivers what Lin's fans have come to expect….This beautifully told companion to Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Starry River of the Sky (2012) offers lyrical storytelling, bringing 'us to places we have never dreamed of.' Kirkus

*"Lin’s evocative language sweeps readers away, and the stories within the story are juicy and delicious. To be illustrated with Lin’s lovely full-color paintings, this is a worthy companion to her Newbery Honor book Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (2009) and Starry River of the Sky (2012).Booklist

*"A stunning addition to a deservedly beloved set of novels; recommended for all middle grade collections. SLJ    

I hope this bodes well for when the "real people" (YOU, the readers) actually read it!  Remember  if you  pre-order yours  from my launch party bookstore, you'll get some great goodies And don't forget to come to the party, too!

Monday, July 25, 2016

on my desk monday

all the type is "for placement only"

I'm making a book dummy (a mock-up of a book so you can get an idea of the flow of the word a pictures)! Like I said, it's been a while since I've made one of these. I am remembering the magic of double-sided tape.

The in-progress title of the new picturebook is "Little Star and the Big Mooncake"! It's going to be a bit different from my other work, you might be a little surprised when you see it but I'm excited...

on my desk monday

It's summertime! Even though I am very happy to be working in the studio, sometimes I feel like I should be outside to soaking in the sun. So, I  brought some sun inside:

just as good, methinks!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Today at the office

Rain Dragon: Mama, what are you doing?
Me: Drawing. Do you like my picture?
Rain Dragon: Not bad. But it needs a duck.
Me: It needs a duck? Where?
Rain Dragon: I'll show you.

She might be right....