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This business requires a lot of waiting.


Inspector Clouseau found out that THE MONSTORE, while it will be in Barnes and Noble stores, is actually slated for their Halloween holiday push. So, you might not see it there quite yet.

Therefore I am extending my “in the wild” contest to October 31. That gives you plenty of time to spot it out there!

While I have your attention, that Clouseau gif reminded me of one of my favorite movie jokes from The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

Clouseau (looking at dog): Does your dog bite?

Innkeeper: No.

Clouseau (reaching to pet dog): Nice doggie.

Dog: *snarls and snaps*

Clouseau: I thought you said your dog did not bite. 

Innkeeper: That is not my dog.


Happy Friday, all!

Hey troops and peeps! YOU DID IT!

Barnes & Noble has placed an order for THE MONSTORE so it should be spotted in the wild WITHIN DAYS!


And to thank everyone who rallied by my side, I’m holding a contest.

Take a photo of THE MONSTORE at Barnes and Noble and email it to me at tarawrites [at] yahoo [dot] com. (It should be in stores for their Halloween holiday push.)

I’ll pick a random winner who will receive a signed book and SWAG (when it arrives)…plus a picture book critique. Deadline to enter is October 31st!

You made it happen! By reviewing THE MONSTORE on GoodReads and Amazon, by calling and dropping by Barnes and Noble—I am certain that this wouldn’t have happened without YOU.

So I am extremely grateful and I feel blessed. My most heartfelt thanks!

*sniff* *blows nose*

So the release date for THE MONSTORE finally arrived!

Dude, I was bustin’ out!


OK, I wasn’t that hot to trot. After all, I had known this was coming for three years. So my excitement was more, um, subdued.


But inside, I was like this.


And this.


And this.


But I soon found out Barnes & Noble wouldn’t be carrying THE MONSTORE.

At first, I thought it was no biggie.


I would overcome!


But then, I slept on it.


Somehow, I didn’t break down.


With a little help, I kept it together.


In fact, I had something to say to that brick-and-mortar behemoth.


So I rallied the troops.


And people went to bat for me. For me?!


They’ve even told me funny stories about how B&N has been ‘splainin’ the book’s absence. (Yeah, they got a lotta ‘splainin’ to do.)


They said: “It’s with a small publisher.”


“It has to be reviewed first.”


“It’s a Halloween title.”


So, maybe this means it will be there in October?


Doesn’t matter, though. My peeps got my back.


These peeps, too.


Yeah, the response to THE MONSTORE has been pretty insane.


Oops, not Bynes insane. Stone insane.


And the fun has only just begun.


Because, remember…


monstorefrontcoverI’ve been flipping a coin, trying to decide if I should post this. The coin rolled into my bathroom, spun beneath the toilet tank, and landed on tails, but I decided to post anyway.

THE MONSTORE has not been ordered by Barnes & Noble. And it’s supposed to hit shelves TOMORROW.

There. I’ve said it.

Barnes & Noble and Simon & Schuster continue their dispute over ebook pricing and in-store promotions, so the bookseller has cut back on orders from my publisher. Drastically.

I will say something else. It totally sucks. I don’t blame either party; it’s just business negotiations and it happens. BUT, we new authors are caught in the crosshairs. It ain’t fun. (See, it’s deteriorating my English!)


So…what does this mean for my debut book?

It means the savvy kidlit readers will still know my book. They’ll find it at their local indie. They’ll order it online. They’ll laugh. They’ll cry. They’ll say it’s much better than “Cats”. (Nod to SNL there.)

However, it means the general public might not know my book even exists. Sales may suffer. Hope of a sequel will grow dim. I’ve worked four long years to get this book into readers’ hands. FOUR YEARS. And now because of this dispute’s timing, well, I can’t say it. I can’t. It’s not nice. And I’m a nice girl.

So this means I need you, my blog readers, more than ever.

If you have enjoyed this blog, participated in PiBoIdMo, or just have a heart of gold, I ask if you can help me get the word out about THE MONSTORE. I would be forever grateful. Together, we can make up for some of the loss the book will suffer for not being in America’s only national book chain.

Some things you can do to help:

  • Blog about THE MONSTORE. (Many of you already are. I’m so appreciative.)
  • Order it from places that already have it: IndieBoundAmazon,
  • Call my local indie, The Bookworm, and order a signed copy to be shipped to you: 908-766-4599
  • Visit/call your local B&N and ask them to order the book for in-store pick-up.
  • Visit/call your local indie and ask them to order the book. They may already have it!
  • Review THE MONSTORE on any book site.
  • Mark it “want to read” on GoodReads.
  • Let your local librarian(s) know about the book. THE MONSTORE’s ISBN: 9781442420175.
  • Set your Facebook cover/banner to this image (click for full-size, then right-click to save):


But I’m also open to your ideas. Heck, I NEED your ideas. So hit me with them.



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