Thank you so much to everyone who made The Tarnished Garden's launch such a fun week! I hope by my next book I'll be able to do an in person launch, but I love that I get to share this special day with friends and readers all over the world. Sam, our host from One More Page Books, told me that it was the largest virtual audience she'd ever seen at one of the store's events! Thank you for your love and support!
If you still would like a signed copy, One More Page books has extras in stock! You can call them to order yours at 703-300-9746 while they last.
LE PACTE MAGIQUE - The Gilded Girl arrives in France on November 10th!
I got my first look at the French cover for The Gilded Girl today. Most people don't know this, but authors don't always pick their titles for foreign translations. In this case, they've retitled the book Le Pact Magique, which translates to The Magic Pact. It's such a fun title and describes the book so well. Why didn't I think of that!?
Friends and readers in France can pick up the book at their local book retailer starting November 10th. Thank you to my French publisher, Albin Michel, for bringing Izzy and Emma across the Atlantic!
THE GILDED GIRL is here!
Thank you to everyone for your support! It's wonderful to have The Gilded Girl out in the world and where I always wanted it to end up: in the hands of readers. I love hearing from readers who enjoyed the book! It's been such a wonderful experience to get messages as people finish reading.
Here's a slideshow from my "book birthday." I had a wonderful day filled with middle grade author friends! I signed books at The Village Well and Barnes & Noble, had a virtual launch party filled with Julie Abe (and special guest, Lorelei Savaryn) and celebrated outside with Melissa Seymour and Karina Evans. Thank you to my family, friends, and readers for making this the debut day of my dreams!
Exciting Review from Publisher's Weekly
"Colman’s class-interested debut offers both homage to and a fanciful spin on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. In a world in which only the wealthy wield magic and those who can’t afford the hefty registration price must snuff theirs, 12-year-old Emma Harris is so close to her Kindling—full control of her magic—that she can taste it. Her magical education, however, is sorely lacking, prompting her magical architect father to enroll her at the elite New York City boarding school for young ladies. While she finds her studies difficult, introverted Emma quickly makes friends, thanks to her father’s fame and fortune. Izzy, the school’s only maid, is of Kindling age as well; though her magic must lawfully be snuffed, she has other plans. The girls’ worlds collide when Emma’s father dies and the school’s headmistress indentures her to pay her outstanding tuition. What follows is a thoughtful and imaginative exploration of friendship, internal change, and perseverance told in alternating voices and anchored in an enticingly crafted alternate turn-of-the-century New York. Ages 8–12."