Friday, March 14, 2014

Give Away of a Great Read - ICE DOGS!

My writing buddy Terry Lynn Johnson released her second novel, ICE DOGS, recently and it is fabulous.  Fab - u - lous!

Terry lives the life of a dog sled master (just made up that terminology because master sounds cool) and so the writing in this action packed read is spot on.  As luck would have it, I happen to own two copies so I'm giving one away here on my blog.  This is open to anyone and everyone -- to enter, just leave a comment telling me about a recent adventure you've had.

Congrats Terry!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cover Reveal - Skies Like These!

I can finally share the cover for my upcoming middle grade novel, Skies Like These (coming July 15).  It is my nod to the Great Brain series I loved so much growing up (plenty of  hi-jinx and schemes -  perfect fun for young readers) and also my affinity for this amazing Western landscape I have the privilege of living within.  It's a modern day Western summer adventure set in Wyoming.  It's light and funny and I wish you could see my huge smile every time I look at this cover - I love it!
The art work is by the talented Gilbert Ford (think Peter Nimble, Three Times Lucky, Rules for Ghosting)
Here's the cover...

and here is what the back excerpt reads...
        "So what's your big plan," Jade said.
        "We're going pull a Butch Cassidy."  Roy kept his voice low and steady, but Jade could hear the excitement pulsing right below the surface.
       "We?  Who's we?"
      "You and me.  Just like Butch and Sundance."
      "What brilliant plan will get us the kind of money you need?"
       A smile played on Roy's lips.  His eyes danced.  His left boot started tapping on the asphalt.
      "Come on, Roy, spit it out."
        Roy nodded, hooked is gaze on Jade and said, "You and me are gonna rob a bank."

I'm celebrating by helping my kiddos with homework, doing the dishes and chunking the ice off our front walkway.  Ahhhh...the life of an author ;).  I did steal some of their pre-Valentines chocolate, though, if that counts.
Tell me: What do you think?


Sorry to be late here - life has taken over these past days.  Anyway - the winner of Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal winning Flora and Ulysses is......

Barbara Watson!  

Congrats, Barbara!!!  Email me at tess(at)tesshilmo(dot)com with your address and I'll get that in the mail pronto.  You're gonna love it !

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Announcing the Newbery and a Give Away!

This morning the American Library Association announced their awards, including the Newbery.  The John Newbery Medal is given to the book that is considered the most outstanding in children's literature for the previous year.  It goes to a novel - the Caldecott is for Picture Books.  And this year the Newbery Medal goes to.......

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo!

Congrats to Miss DiCamillo who was also named a national Ambassador of Young People's Literature recently due to her significant contributions to the field.  Flora & Ulysses is a fun, witty read.  It is not my favorite of her novels - but it is really great in its own right.

As it happens, I somehow ended up with two copies of this great novel so I am going to give away one here on my blog.  Just enter a comment saying if you're a DiCamillo fan and which of her books you like (there are lots ... think The Tale of Despereaux, The Tiger Rising, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The Magician's Elephant and others including the early reader Mercy Watson series).  It's okay to enter and say you haven't read any of her books too.  This can be your first!  Oh, and you must be a follower of this blog.  Give away limited to US and Canada.

Ahhh... I love when these awards are announced each year.  It's exciting!  Hop over to their website at for a list of all the categories and winners.  Congrats to all!

Thursday, October 17, 2013


The two winners of my book for the LDS Authors Blog Hop were determined using and are....
Rebecca Lamoreaux 
Rebecaa and Rhonda: Please email me your address at tess(at)tesshilmo(dot)com and I'll get those copies out pronto -- congrats and thanks to all who played along!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Free Books! LDS Authors Blog Hop

The ever-thoughtful Kathy over at I'm a Reader, not a Writer is hosting a huge blog hop  Each of the 50 plus bloggers are giving away at least one book written by a LDS author.   

I'm joining in, offering a signed paperback copy of With a Name Like Love to two separate winners. Just leave a comment telling me what your favorite thing about fall is.  The only stipulation is that you must be a follower of this blog.  
so, here's the linky:  hop around and celebrate fall by winning some free books!


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Win a signed copy of With a Name Like Love...

The hilarious and relate-able Aeicha over at Word Spelunking is hosting a review and give away of a signed copy of With a Name Like Love.  It's a blog you'd love anyway so why not pop over and enter?  It makes a great gift for any teacher or library .... I'm just sayin' ;)
Thanks for taking the time and for the great review, Aeisha!!