1. zinnia and the bees launch!

    Last Saturday was the launch for Zinnia and the Bees at Skylight Books! And Michelle Sterling of Avery and Augustine (you’ve gotta check out her Instagram) and the Little Lit Book Series was kind enough to lend her talents and take photos. You see, aside from being a reading expert, she’s also a photographer!

    Here’s a visual recap of the event, which was the best ever (as Zinnia would say). Many thanks to all those who were able to attend as well as those sending support from afar. I felt it and appreciate it very much! And a big shout out to my dear friend Bonnie at Thirsty for Tea for Zinnia and the Bees treats of my dreams!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    If you’d like to get your own signed copy of the book, you can order through Skylight Books and make a note of that in the checkout—that way, they’ll send you a signed one straight to you from my hometown! And many thanks!

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  2. zinnia and the bees visits blogs!

    I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to visit some blogs over the past week to talk about Zinnia and the Bees, writing, and more. A big thanks to all the bloggers who’ve hosted me!

     

    Here are those features if you’d like to take a look:

     

    Author Spotlight at KIDLIT411

     

     

     

    My guest post about how Zinnia and the Bees came to be on Pop! Goes the Reader

     

     

     

    Interview + fun facts about the book at YAYOMG

     

     

    Interview at Middle Grade Minded

     

     

     

     

    Interview at Good Reads with Ronna

     

     

     

    My book and tour details are up at the wonderful Little Lit Book Series

    (which I’m happy to be part of on Instagram)

     

     

    Writers’ Rumpus Interview

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  3. zinnia and the bees is out today!

    Today’s the day! Zinnia and the Bees is a published book in the world—hooray!

    And because Zinnia is a knitter and yarn bomber, here’s a photo of me holding the crocheted cover(!) made to match by yarn bomber extraordinaire, Jenny Brown. So cool, right?


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    I started this story close to ten years ago. The seed of it was the idea of bees swarming around and settling on Zinnia’s head, a metaphor for all the stuff that’s out of her control. The heart of it is about finding home, both for the bees and Zinnia. The process of it showed me my own writing home, with young readers as my audience. And the best part of it is that now I get to share it with them and you.

    You can read more about the origins of the book in this guest blog post I wrote, up today at the awesome blog, Pop Goes the Reader.

     

     

    Here are places where you can purchase Zinnia and the Bees for yourself, for a middle grade reader you know (that’s roughly 8-12 years old), or for a school library or classroom:

    *Your local, independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or Indiebound.

    *You can also check it out from your local public library (go libraries!), or request they order it if they don’t have it. (That would be a lovely thing to do and I’d appreciate it immensely.)

    And if you do read it and leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Goodreads, I’ll be forever grateful as reader reviews are so helpful to authors.

    A giant thanks in particular to my agent, Rick Margolis, and my editor, Ali Deering, both of whom made this book possible, and a whole lot better. Plus, Laura K. Horton who created that beautiful cover and the whole team at Capstone! 

    If you’re in Los Angeles, my book launch is this Saturday, August 5th at Skylight Books! Or if you’re in Portland, Seattle, or Vancouver BC, I’m coming your way soon! Details here. Hope to see you soon.

     

    Cheers!

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  4. zinnia and the bees goodreads giveaway!

    There’s a goodreads giveaway for Zinnia and the Bees going on now!

    This is the last week to enter to win one of 10 advanced copies of the book.

    Here’s the link (it’s easy!).

    And it publishes very soon, on August 1st!

     

     

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  5. zinnia and the bees is going on the road

    Zinnia, the bees, and I are traveling up the coast in August! If you’re in L.A., Portland, Seattle, or Vancouver, I truly hope to see you at one of my events!


     

    The following links will take you to each Facebook event for more details, and to let me know if you can make it:

    Skylight Books 

    Green Bean Books

    Third Place Books

    Collage Collage

     

    Happy summer, and hope to see you there!

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  6. pre-order zinnia and the bees, get snail mail goodies!

    I really appreciate every Zinnia and the Bees pre-order as they are so helpful to me as a writer. So, in that spirit, I’m setting up a pre-order campaign for all of you pre-orderers! You pre-order my book, I’ll send you snail mail goodies as a way to say thank you. And if you’ve already pre-ordered, you can participate too!

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Pre-order Zinnia and the Bees from wherever you buy books: Indiebound, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or your local, independent bookstore (yay!).

    2. Fill out the google form (with the link or below). (This is the honor system—if you say you ordered the book, that’s good enough for me.)
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    I’ll send you some snail mail goodies! See the picture below for what will arrive (two bookmarks, two stickers, and two custom temporary tattoos).

     

    Hurry, I’ve only got limited supplies! This runs through July 15.

    Two more cool things:

    *Order from my local bookstore, Skylight Books, and if you make a note in the comments at checkout over there that you’d like a signed copy, I’ll sign the book they send to you when it’s out on August 1st! Here’s the link for that.

     

    *Plus, one pre-order participant will be randomly selected to win an additional special prize! One winner will get a handmade crocheted bee by Afternoon Faun! Isn’t it cute?

    Here’s the form to fill out in order to get your snail mail and a chance to win the prize bee!

     

     

    Details/rules:Open internationally. While supplies last. Closes July 15, 2017. For every valid entry, participant will be mailed two Zinnia and the Bees bookmarks, two stickers, and two temporary bee tattoos. One prize winner will be randomly selected on July 16th, 2017 and will be mailed the above snail mail plus a small crocheted bee. By participating, you are giving Danielle Davis permission to contact you via email (if necessary), mail your items, and you’re signing up for Danielle Davis’s periodic email newsletter.

  7. Heart and Home in Middle Grade Panel

    Thrilled to be moderating this Heart and Home in Middle Grade Panel at Vroman’s in Pasadena on June 2nd at 7pm!

    Looking forward to talking with the writers of other 2017 debut novels about the way their main characters navigate growing up, family, and identity.

    Hope you can join us!

     

     

     

    Find out more at our Facebook event where you can get the details and RSVP:

     

  8. Festival of Books Follow-Up

    I had a total blast at the L.A. Times Festival of Books last weekend. What a thrill to be a on a middle grade panel with terrific writers I admire so very much and to give away and sign 10 advanced copies of Zinnia and the Bees.

     

    Pictured below, clockwise from my left: Erin Entrada Kelly, Pseudonymous Bosch, Steven B. Frank, and A.S. King. This photo makes me very happy.

     

     

     

     

     

    And here’s a quick video of me describing yarn bombing.

  9. Pre-order Zinnia and the Bees

    Zinnia and the Bees is available for pre-order! (The book comes out August 1st).

    You can pre-order with Amazon, IndieboundBarnes & Noble, or your local, independent bookstore.

     

    Thanks so very much!

     

     

     

     

     

     

  10. LA Times Festival of Books

    I’m thrilled to be part of The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC this year—my favorite annual event!

    You’ll find me on this panel Sunday, April 23rd at 11AM in Taper Hall 101:

    Middle Grade Fiction: Growing Up The Hard Way, conversation 2121.

     

    It’s moderated by Pseudonymous Bosch and Erin Entrada Kelly, A.S. King, and Steven B. Frank will all be on the panel. (I know, right?!)

    Tickets will be available on April 16th (they’re free with a $1 service fee).