Happy Birthday to…My New Book!

Today is the official release date for my new MG novel-in-verse WISHES, DARES, AND HOW TO STAND UP TO A BULLY (Creston). Even though I’m not able to celebrate with all of you in person, I still want to share the excitement.ย 


I am still in the midst of a blog tour to promote the book, and you have several opportunities to win a signed copy beginning here:


Win a signed copy and some games.

This is a story that takes you back to the lazy summer days of the 1960’s when summer fun included riding bikes, swimming, games of tag and Red Rover, ice cream, lemonade, flying kites, and playing jacks.

To enter the drawing for this SWAG BAG, leave a comment with your favorite summer fun activities you remember as a kid. Your name will be entered in the random drawing. If you share this post on FB, or Twitter, I will add an extra name to the hat. If you follow this blog, I will add a third name. Let me know what you do, so I can add the correct number of entries. A winner will be announced later this month.

For a second chance to win a signed copy of the book, visit Vivian Kirkfield’s blog:


And now, here’s some cake…can’t celebrate a birthday without it!ย  bday cake

To order a copy:






16 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to…My New Book!

  1. Happy Birthday to your new book Darlene! My favorite memory from summer fun from the 60’s, besides swimming, was paper dolls. We spent hours sitting on the stoop with friends fashioning the dolls we cut from the back of magazines and other places. I’d love to win the swag bag, so I’m going to share your post and follow your blog. Congratulations and Best of luck. Your book looks great!

    • My sister and I attended a 3 week camp one summer for underprivileged children called Kiddie Keep Well Camp in Roosevelt Park in Edison NJ. It was our first time away from home and we had fond memories of it. Thanks for sharing and for always being a great book buddy! xo

  2. Happy book birthday, Darlene!! Being the nerd that I am, my fav summer activity as a kid was going to the library to borrow tons of books and spending every waking hour reading uninterrupted. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Happy Book Birthday, Darlene! One of my favorite summer activities was catching fireflies in a jar, and getting to stay up later! (Also, catching polliwogs in my stream)

  4. Happy, Happy, Happy, Happy, Book Birthday, Darlene! I’m SO happy this wonderful book is now out in the world! Reviews are up on Goodreads, Amazon and B&N. Anywhere else it should go that I haven’t thought of?! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Congratulations, Darlene! Some of my favorite summer memories are riding my bike up and down the holler where I lived, picking blackberries, catching lightning bugs and just staying out all day playing with my friends and cousins. I enjoyed the story and will be putting up my review soon.

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