Woot! The cover for OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS by Charity Alyse has just been revealed! I can’t wait for everyone to read this incredibly moving YA debut! This is the third book I ever sold as an agent and it comes out from Denene Millner Books/Simonteen on November 22nd, 2022! In the meantime, be sure to add the book to your TBR shelf on Goodreads: OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS – GOODREADS

This lilting and riveting young adult debut novel about three teens entangled by secret love, open hatred, and the invisible societal constraints wrapped around people both Black and white is perfect for readers of All American Boys and The Hate U Give.

There is an unspoken agreement between the racially divided towns of Bayside and Hamilton: no one steps over the train tracks that divide them. Or else.

Not until Zach Whitman anyway, a white boy who moves in from Philly and who dreams of music. When he follows his dream across the tracks to meet his idol, the famous jazz musician who owns The Sunlight Record Shop in Hamilton, he’s flung into Capri Collins’s path.

Capri has big plans: she wants to follow her late mother’s famous footsteps, dancing her way onto Broadway, and leaving this town for good, just like her older brother, Justin, is planning to do when he goes off to college next year. As sparks fly, Zach and Capri realize that they can help each other turn hope into a reality, even if it means crossing the tracks to do it.

But one tragic night changes everything. When Justin’s friend, the star of Hamilton’s football team, is murdered by a white Bayside police officer, the long-standing feud between Bayside and Hamilton becomes an all-out war. And Capri, Justin, and Zach are right in the middle of it.

This book brought me to tears the first time I read it! You won’t want to miss it!

You can find the links to preorder it here: OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS PREORDER

Be sure to Like and Follow Charity’s Instagram to keep up with all her brilliant new releases: AUTHOR CHARITY ALYSE – INSTAGRAM

You can also follow her on Twitter here: CHARITY ALYSE – TWITTER

And guess what else?! Charity was just featured in BUSTLE! Check it out–>  The Best Black History Month Reads, According To This Year’s Debut Authors

You’ll be hearing more about OTHER SIDE OF THE TRACKS as its release date gets closer so stay tuned!



Woot! The cover for FRANCES AND THE MONSTER by Refe Tuma has been revealed! This is the second book I ever sold as an agent and it comes out from Harper Childrens on August 23rd, 2022! I can’t wait for everyone to read this incredible historical middle-grade fantasy! In the meantime, be sure to add the book to your TBR shelf on Goodreads: FRANCES AND THE MONSTER – GOODREADS

Isn’t that a gorgeous cover! And just wait until you read the story! It’s equally captivating!

FRANCES AND THE MONSTER is Refe Tuma’s middle-grade debut, but he’s also the co-creator of Dinovember and the WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID picture book series, including WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID LAST NIGHT, named a Best Children’s Book of the Year with Honors by Bank Street College and WHAT THE DINOSAURS DID THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS which hits shelves October 26, 2021 (!!). Refe lives with his family and his dog Boris in Kansas City, where he once experienced all four seasons in a single day. Oh, and it’s pronounced ‘reef.’

Be sure to Like and Follow Refe’s Facebook author page to keep up with all his brilliant new releases: AUTHOR REFE TUMA – FACEBOOK

You can also follow him on Twitter here: REFE TUMA – TWITTER

You’ll be hearing more about FRANCES AND THE MONSTER as its release date gets closer so stay tuned!



I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be appearing at the Eat, Read, & Be Scary Literacy Event hosted by the Community Literacy Team at Black Horse Pike Regional School District!

Join me on Wednesday, October 27th from 5pm to 8pm in Triton High School’s LMC for an all-ages FREE night out that your whole family can enjoy. Come in costume!

At the Eat, Read, & Be Scary Literacy Event, you can:

  • Enjoy a campfire story featuring authors Marlo Berliner & Mary Ann Castignetta, & storytellers Chief Sampolski & Tyler Hines
  • Make and take Mask-querade station
  • Spooky Flashlight reading
  • Magnetic POEtry featuring words from Edgar Allen Poe stories
  • Bookmark making station
  • Multi-sensory stations with Halloween Play-Doh
  • The Game Cauldron
  • Halloween Night photo booth
  • Get free parent resources
  • Enter raffles to win gift baskets
  • Have dinner with your whole family (on us!)
  • & much more

Check out this website for more information: Halloween Family Night Out

This event is open to those in the Black Horse Pike Communities, and spots are limited, so don’t delay!

Registration for this event closes on Monday, October 18th!

Hope to see you there!


It’s official! I’m going to be signing THE GHOST CHRONICLES 1 & 2 at Oktoberfest in Cape May, NJ on 9/25/21! Come celebrate the famous Bavarian tradition in Cape May with me! The festival will be located in the heart of the Victorian district, as it is transformed into a German promenade with authentic music and food. Visit the Beer Gardens and Food Courts browse the artisans tables selling crafts, antiques and collectibles. (Rain date Sept. 26th)
Hope to see you there!


WOOT! JOURNEY BEYOND THE BURROW by Rina Heisel, the first book I ever sold as an agent, has just been released by Harper Childrens! I’m so excited to see this classic, heart-warming tale out in the world! This middle grade animal adventure is destined to become a children’s classic, and is already a JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD GOLD STANDARD SELECTION and an AMAZON EDITOR’S PICK!

Here’s the blurb about the book:

With the adventure of Avi’s Poppy series and the heart of A Wolf Called Wander, this charming and exciting middle grade adventure follows one mouse’s journey to save his baby brother from a sinister evil.

There are rules every mouse must follow if they’re to survive in the forest.

Tobin knows these guidelines by heart. After all, with one younger sibling, another on the way, and a best friend with a penchant for trouble-making, he needs to be prepared for anything.

But one stormy night, Tobin’s safe burrow is invaded by monstrous arachnids, and his baby brother stolen away. To save him, Tobin will have to do something he’s never done before: break the rules.

Drawing inspiration from the author’s work as a natural science documentarian, Journey Beyond the Burrow is as alive as the forest floor, where nature is unpredictable, occasionally frightening, and inspirational all the same.

(Includes a gorgeous black-and-white illustrated front piece by Paul Canavan.)

Here is just some of the advance praise for JOURNEY BEYOND THE BURROW:

“A heart-pounding, paw-thumping adventure featuring a tiny hero with a giant heart.”
— Jan Eldredge, author of Evangeline of the Bayou

“Such a fabulous combination of heartwarming and twisty-turny! There are plenty of daring escapes and close calls to keep readers on the edges of their seats.”  — Kate Albus, author of A Place to Hang the Moon

“The cliffhanger chapters had us gasping for “one more!” And the laugh-out-loud moments provided much-needed comic relief to break up the rollercoaster ride.”  — Ben Gartner, author of The Eye of Ra and Sol Invictus

“Although there is peril aplenty for the young mice, the gentle spirit of Heisel’s writing will keep young readers in suspenseful wonder.”   — Alysa Wishengrad, author of The Verdigris Pawn

“Heisel takes readers on a high-octane mouse-eye view of a daring rescue. A delightful, detailed adventure in which a trio of mice become heroes.” — Kirkus Reviews

And JOURNEY BEYOND THE BURROW is even out on audio! Perfect for the little ones to enjoy on long car rides!


You can purchase JOURNEY BEYOND THE BURROW on all major retailers through the links on the right side of this page: HarperCollins – Journey Beyond the Burrow!

Or directly at Barnes & Noble here: JOURNEY BEYOND THE BURROW – B&N

Or directly at Amazon here: JOURNEY BEYOND THE BURROW – AMAZON


Also, please leave a review!!! These are so important for a debut author like Rina!