First Lines

Troy Howell Some first lines are direct and engaging, capturing you like a song. Here’s the first line from one of my favorite books, still in print after 46 years. It’s a book I occasionally open as a source of inspiration when my writing begins to slog. The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and … More First Lines

Book Review

Hamster Princess Harriet the Invincible By Ursula Vernon Princess Harriet Hamsterbone is the anti-princess. She loves fighting, cliff-diving and all sorts of unseemly sports and hobbies. So when she figures out that a curse, set to take effect when she turns twelve, also means she is invincible until then, she is thrilled. She has the … More Book Review

The Dragon of Cripple Creek by Troy Howell

American Booksellers Association’s “New Voices” pick Shortlisted for the 2012 “Reading the West” award An Accelerated Reader book “I hate it when really wonderful illustrators turn out to be even more wonderful at writing novels. But how can I hate Troy Howell whose sassy, self-aware (and hurting) heroine Kat has one of the freshest voices … More The Dragon of Cripple Creek by Troy Howell