It's Reveal Day! I can't wait to share the cover of A Comb of Wishes with everyone. It has been a long journey to this point but I'm excited that in a few months my book will be available to readers. Thank you to Mr. Schu for hosting the cover reveal on his website, Watch. Connect. Read.
Head over to read my interview with Mr. Schu about the book and get a first glimpse of the amazing cover by illustrator Michael Machira Mwangi and designer David Curtis.
Thank you to all who entered my giveaway in celebration of A COMB OF WISHES! More book news to come in 2021!
My novel has a new title! DARK TIDE is actually my book’s third title since I began drafting in 2013, but its final name was chosen last week!
In honor of this, I am sponsoring a giveaway featuring AMAZING KidLit titles by Black creators and featuring Black mermaids.
FOUR LUCKY WINNERS will be chosen to receive ONE the following prizes full of Black Mermaid Magic:
THE LITTLE MERMAID by Jerry Pinkney is a picture book reimagining of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale.
RISE OF THE JUMBIES is the second book in Tracey Baptiste's middle grade JUMBIES trilogy. Like my book, it is set in the Caribbean and draws inspiration from West Indian and African folklore.
A SONG BELOW WATER by Bethany C. Morrow is a young adult novel featuring Black sirens dealing with the challenges of school and family, as well as racism and sexism in our contemporary world.
The last prize is a pair of "KITANA" EARRINGS from Afropolitan, a shop featuring handmade items created by African designers. "Kitana" means "comb" in Swahili, which hints at my book's new title!
and the new title is...
I think this title captures the themes and atmosphere of the book perfectly! I can't wait until it is available and in the hands of readers.
You can support me and my book by adding it on Goodreads and following me on social media. I'm @EngageReaders on Twitter and Instagram. Also, check out my wonderful author friends in KidLit in Color and the amazing #22Debuts.
I'm so excited to finally share some book news! My middle grade debut DARK TIDE was acquired in a five-house auction by Rosemary Brosnan of HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books in a two-book deal! Thank you to my wonderful agent Lindsay David Auld for believing in this story and championing it through the submission process!
Right now the book is scheduled to release in winter 2022! I'll be sure to share more news in the coming months, but right now it's a dream come true.