Happy 14th Day: April!

Wheeee it’s Spring!


Some of you know I live in Syracuse, New York. We got 131.7″ of snow this winter, and it’s supposed to snow again on Wednesday. BUT TODAY IT IS SUNNY AND HOT! People are in SHORTS! (It’s an amazing 73 degrees!)

The OneFours have some great news to share this month.

First, several OneFour books were chosen for the Summer/Fall Indies Introduce New Voices list! Here’s the link, but basically these books should be picked up and read:

The Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holczer

The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy

The Truth About Alice, by Jennifer Mathieu

Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne

Illusive, by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley

Falling Into Place, by Amy Zhang

Salt & Storm, by Kendall Kulper


OneFourKidLit is so awesome!


Edith Cohn‘s Sprit’s Key has it’s first blurb and is available for preorder at Amazon, B&N, and Book Depository.

Spirit’s Key will sweep you away to an island of wonder and mystery. A beautifully imagined debut that enchants, surprises, and tugs hard at your heart, this is a magical story of overcoming loss and believing in the gifts of both the past and the future.” ~ Nova Ren Suma, author of Imaginary Girls and 17&Gone.

Jen Swann Downey’s The Ninja Librarians received praise from both Booklist and School Library Journal!

“Delightfully funny from the first page, this middle- grade time-travel adventure is surprisingly full of fun and action. Downey’s hilarious debut is perfect for any library-loving reader and those who never considered librarians to be cool.” – Booklist

“The melding of fantasy, adventure, and history is enlightening…Readers who miss the collegial, magical setting of Hogwarts will enjoy exploring Petrarch’s Library.” – School Library Journal

Tracy Holczer’s The Secret Hum of a Daisy got a great Kirkus review:

“In this debut novel, Holczer presents a tender, transformative exploration of family, loss and reconciliation.”–Kirkus Reviews

Jessie Humphries’ Killing Ruby Rose was chosen as a Kindle First Pick! (Which means the kindle version is available now.)

Julie Murphy’s Side Effects May Vary is not only going into a second printing (already!) but it will be published in Italian by DeAgostini! Brava, Julie!

That’s all, folks!




Amber Lough lives with her husband, their two kids, and their cat, Popcorn, in Syracuse, NY. She spent much of her childhood in Japan and Bahrain. Later, she returned to the Middle East as an Air Force intelligence officer to spend eight months in Baghdad, where the ancient sands still echo the voices lost to wind and time. Her Middle Eastern fantasy, THE FIRE WISH, is due from Random House Children’s in July 2014.

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