Friday, August 3, 2012

Launch Day! Win a copy of TROUBLE AT THE SCRIPTORIUM!

So, I had this situation, see? I'd done all this graduate work in medieval musicology, and I was becoming interested in writing fiction for kids. The result of combining those two things?

Ta-DA! I wrote the tween medieval mystery, Trouble at the Scriptorium. And I'm thrilled to report that this novel is now available directly from Royal Fireworks Press.

Harley is a twelve-year-old servant boy at a castle north of London in the thirteenth century. Lady Margaret, also twelve, is the daughter of the castle's lord. Together they must puzzle out a message hidden in a book of Gregorian chant. There's something very suspicious going on at the scriptorium where the book was made, and people's lives are in danger! 

Here I am, clutching my precious author copies:

For more information on the book, plus some teacher's resources, visit the Trouble at the Scriptorium page on my website.

My blog tour begins next Monday, so I'll be posting direct links to those posts and interviews later. But here's where I expect to show up in the coming weeks:

Monday, Aug. 6. Ruth Schiffman's blog (why I wrote this book)
Tuesday, Aug. 7. Across the Plain of Shining Books (from the point of view of 12-yr-old Lady Margaret)
Thursday, Aug. 9. Unusual Historicals (book excerpt)
Friday, Aug. 10. C.K. Volnek's blog
Sunday, Aug. 12. Unusual Historicals (interview)
Monday, Aug. 13. Stacy Green's blog
Tuesday, Aug. 14. Elaine Ouston's blog

Say, would you like to win a review copy of Trouble at the Scriptorium? (It's an early print version, with a few illustrations missing.) Just leave me a comment below, including your email address. The winner will be announced Friday, August 10. (Sorry, but this is open to U.S. residents only because of postal costs.)

P.S. I just signed a contract for the sequel to Trouble at the Scriptorium. Harley and Lady Margaret have another exciting adventure in their future! The London Hurdy Gurdy takes them to the big city. 


  1. Congrats on the launch and on the sequel, it all sounds great! (Does it mean you'll be going to London to do research ... and perhaps dwell in the thick English air for a bit?)

  2. Thanks, Claudine. I've already written the sequel, and they've accepted it. (And modern London is so different from how it was in the thirteenth century, that research for this book didn't justify a trip there. But I do love London!)

  3. Congrats on the launch and the sequel!!! Woohoo!

  4. This looks exciting, Anne! My email is kclark0637 @ yahoo . com

  5. Hooray for the launch! I would love to win a copy. :)

  6. Congrats, Anne! This sounds like an AWESOME tween read. So excited for you.

  7. Congratulations on both the launch and the sequel!!! Woot!

  8. Congratulations on release day! This sounds like a FABULOUS novel, and I can't wait to get my paws on a copy and read it...and then to eagerly await the sequel!

  9. This sounds like an exciting book and series. Congrats on the new contract. That is awesome. I would LOVE to read this book and to win a copy. Thanks for the chance.

    haightjess at gmail dot com

  10. DD is a serious musician. I'm the only non-musician in my musical family, and could use a lot of learning... I feel like a first grader with my arm in the air, saying, "Pick me-Pick me!"
    I read about Trouble at the Scriptorium on another blog and know this one's a keeper.

  11. Sounds like a great series. I can't wait to read it.

  12. Thanks for guesting over at my place Anne! I'd love to be entered in the contest =)

  13. I love that pic of you and the books, Anne--it's such a delightful combo of beatific and deer-in-headlights!

    And yes, please enter me: coloradok (at) gmail (dot) com

  14. Great Anne! Great cover! The book should do well, based on what I've heard of it! Excited for you.
    Enter me in the contest too:
    Damon Dean

  15. That's awesome, Anne! Congratulations. And of course I would TOTALLY love to enter your contest! I'm at silversong(at)juno(dot)com.

    And I've tagged you for an award. You deserve it. :)