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KNOCK CANCER OUT OF THE PARK & COVER REVEAL: Forever the Storm by M.S. Kaye

Dear Alison and friends,
Life is always busy. Always. This fall added a new level (or two or three) of barely contained chaos but sports seasons are ending, the chocolate supply is replenished, and we're beginning to tuck in for the long winter ahead. 
One project I'm particularly proud of is raising money for Lori Fucci. Lori has spent the last ten years paying it forward. She's spent the last four of those years with cancer, and not just one type of cancer, 4 of them. Count them 1, 2, 3, 4 types of cancer. She's currently halfway through her latest round of chemo, but she can't work and she's a single mom of one very active twelve year old. Did I mention her partner died last spring...Yeah, that happened to Lori too, but nothing stops Lori. She's raised over $30,000 for local youth and community organizations. Now, it's our turn to help her. A few of us started a Generosity campaign for Lori and her son. Generosity is like GoFundme but better. It's …
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School Visit Recap: Assemblies to Workshops, and the CONVERSATIONS in between

Dear Kim (and friends),

This morning I put away my rainbow superhero mask, gold top hat, and banana-on-a-stick. Few things are sadder than closing your banana-on-a-stick into a dark closet. But, I guess it will rise again next month for my next school visit.

Oh, you thought my collection was somehow Halloween related? No, no. Just part of the workshop portion of my school visits. For the past two weeks I had the privilege of speaking to, and then with, students from one of our nearby districts.



Dwight Smith, the founder of My Special Word, joined me for the assembly portion of the event. We were able to share with the children Dwight's vision for the program, as well as my process for writing the books for him.

There was music. Lots of it.
Some singing. (Would you expect any less?)
And shouting! (Mostly the kids, but I got a few words in too.)



We met with over 800 kids during the assemblies and got a sense for how the school district planned to use My Special Word. I'll say,
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YA Scavenger Hunt: Kim Briggs hosting May Freighter

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team!But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are eight contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I'm on the PINK TEAM--but there is also a red team, an orange team, a gold team, a green team, a teal team, a blue team, and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!
If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the auth…