September 15, 2016




Title: Motley Education (Book One: The URD Saga)

Author: S.A. Larsen

Release Date: October 10, 2016

About the Book: Forget having a lively after school social life, Ebony Charmed is fighting to keep the entire Afterlife alive.

Ebony’s less-than-average spirit tracking abilities are ruining more than sixth grade at Motley Junior High: School for the Psychically & Celestially gifted. Her parents argue so much her dad moved out. And, even though he’s scared of his own shadow and insists on bringing his slimy, legless lizard everywhere they go, Ebony wouldn’t survive without her best friend, Fleishman.

When Ebony’s Deadly Creatures & Relics’ project goes missing, she learns her missing project is one of the keys to saving the spirit world. Now Ebony and Fleishman must battle beasts from Norse Mythology to retrieve her project before spirits are lost, the Well of Urd dries up, and Ebony loses all hope of reuniting her family. But someone lies in wait, and he has other plans...including creating a new world of spirits without them in it.

Motley Education has been aligned with Core Standards for grades 4-7. A guide will be available on the author’s website to download for FREE after the book’s release date.

About S.A. Larsen:

S.A. LARSEN is the author of Motley Education, the first book in a middle grade fantasy-adventure series. Her work has appeared in numerous local publications and young adult anthologies Gears of Brass and Under A Brass Moon by Curiosity Quills Press. Look for her debut young adult novel, Marked Beauty, set for release in 2017. Find her in the land of lobsters, snowy winters, and the occasional Eh’ya with her husband of over twenty years, four children, a playful pooch, and two kittens.

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September 9, 2016


Check out this adorable new picture book that my 4yo son and I are in love with! Fun, sweet and totally re-readable. My son and I love snuggling up with this one by Sharon Chriscoe and illustrated by Dave Mottram.

Author: Sharon Chriscoe
Illustrator: Dave Mottram
Anticipated Published: September 13, 2016 by Running Press Kids
Goodreads Summary: After a day at the track of zipping and zooming, a race car is tired and ready for bed. He washes his rims, fills his tummy with oil, and chooses a book that is all about speed. All toasty and warm, he drifts off to sleep, he shifts into gear . . . and dreams of the race!
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August 29, 2016


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Ten-year-old Manami did not realize how peaceful her family's life on Bainbridge Island was until the day it all changed. It's 1942, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and Manami and her family are Japanese American, which means that the government says they must leave their home by the sea and join other Japanese Americans at a prison camp in the desert. Manami is sad to go, but even worse is that they are going to have to give her dog, Yujiin, to a neighbor to take care of. Manami decides to sneak Yujiin under her coat, but she is caught and forced to abandon him. She is devastated but clings to the hope that somehow Yujiin will find his way to the camp and make her family whole again. It isn't until she finds a way to let go of her guilt that Manami can accept all that has happened to her family.


August 27, 2016

UPs and DOWNs of Writing a Book

I wrote this on a facebook post back in March when my book was coming out. It still holds true today.

Writing a book and getting it traditionally published is very hard. Certainly the hardest thing I've ever accomplished. It takes months of pouring yourself into a story, weeks/months/years of heartbreak from literary agent and editor rejections. It tests your patience every single day throughout those years. It eats away at your resilience and your self-worth...and it takes a LOT of people along the way to make a good book.

The journey is also full of generosity poured out by those people--every single person who looked at Treasure at Lure Lake's pages before it was birthed or brainstormed with me or talked me down from 'The Ledge' made it what it is today. This process makes you really dependent on others--their advice, their misgivings, their ideas and, most of all, their love and support.

When I sat down on December 10th, 2013 to write a book, I remember thinking I wanted to write a book for my boys. I wanted to write an adventurous book that they would WANT to read. At the time, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into as far as the publishing process was concerned. I just wanted to write a book for them and hopefully other kids who would resonate with its story. That desire still holds true for me.

The other day, copies of my book arrived at our house. I pulled out the first one and signed it to myself (a tradition handed down by other authors), then each of my boys pulled out their copy and we signed each other's and celebrated! Two of my boys started reading it over the weekend. This morning, Evan (11yo) asked if he could take a couple of copies for kids in his class to read. He also compared it to how he feels when he's reading Percy Jackson books, which he's totally into these days. Zach (14yo) said it's one of his favorite survival books ever. I know they are being honest with me...they always are brutally honest! 

I'm over the moon. If no one else ever read my book, I would say I'm as satisfied and happy as I can be. I've accomplished what I set out to do. I wrote this book for them. But then, I wonder, every time someone else shows their support or enthusiasm, if this book is for others out there too which, of course, is my hope and dream.

As Treasure at Lure Lake comes out, reaches mailboxes of those who so kindly pre-ordered it, or hits bookstore shelves, I feel a mixture of surreal excitement and heart-stopping nerves. I'm putting my heart out I am now, and that is not something I do easily, at least not on a public forum.

I just want you to know that I'm truly humbled and grateful for each of you who has cheered me on, (who has read down this far :)), or who has encouraged me when I thought I might never write again, or those of you who even 'like' my facebook post or comment here. The generosity of your hearts does not go unnoticed.

I ask myself some days if I would do it all over again. My answer is YES every time.

xoxo Shari

Happy Writing!

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