Book Birthday!

Happy Book Birthday to Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters!


Today the book is available in  your local bookstores and libraries — or if it isn’t, let your bookseller or librarian know you’d like to read it! You can also order it yourself; just click on the cover.

I’m doing a blog tour for the book. The schedule is here. Check out the reviews, guest posts, and giveaways!



And if you’re in the Hudson Valley area, or you’d like an excuse to visit: Oblong Books and Records in Rhinebeck, NY, is hosting a book launch on Saturday, August 31st, at 6 p.m. There will be cake and cookies, giveaways and prizes. You can pre-order signed copies here.


Last butcover not least, Princess of the Wild Swans is now available in paperback! Click on the cover to order.

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters Blog Tour

airport1Ah, the book tour! All those plane flights, the delays and  missed connections, the pat-downs and X-rays, the packing and unpacking, the unfamiliar cities and lumpy hotel beds, the tricky interviewers and unflattering lighting….


Oh, wait. I’m going on a BLOG tour.



All those wonderful blogs! The charming and well-informed bloggers! The fast Internet connections and easy uploads! And no plane flights at all.


Here is where I’ll be, and when:


◊Tuesday, August 27: There’s a Book 



◊Wednesday, August 28: Bookalicious


◊Thursday, August 29: Manga Maniac Café


   ◊Friday, August 30: Icey Books



◊Saturday, August 31: GreenBeanTeenQueen



 ◊Sunday, September 1: Mundie Moms MundieMomsHeader1




So please, stop by and visit. Read reviews and guest posts, enter giveaways, and leave your comments!

There Were Never Such Devoted Sisters

#31: Whatever it is ….my sister did it! – Anonymous

#30: To know a sister is to know a paradox. — Patricia Foster

#29: Between sisters, often, the child’s cry never dies down.  “Never leave me,” it says; “do not abandon me.”  — Louise Bernikow

#28: Lord, confound this surly sister, blight her brow with blotch and blister/cramp her larynx, lung and liver, in her guts a galling give her. — J. M. Synge

#27: How can an intelligent woman with any delicacy so humiliate a sister? — Leo Tolstoy
(Anna Karenina)

#26: Bless you, my darling, and remember you are always in the heart – oh tucked so close there is no chance of escape – of your sister.  — Katherine Mansfield

#25: Sister, dear sister, come home … — Jessamyn West

#24: For there is no friend like a sister/in calm or stormy weather/to cheer one on the tedious way/to fetch one if one goes astray/to lift one if one totters down/to strengthen whilst one stands. — Christina G. Rossetti

#23: Help one another, is part of the religion of sisterhood.  — Louisa May Alcott

#22: A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double. — Toni Morrison

#21: Sisterly love is, of all sentiments, the most abstract.  Nature does not grant it any functions.  — Ugo Betti

#20: Be kind to thy sister. Not many may know the depths of true sisterly love. — Margaret Courtney

#19: There can be no situation in life in which the conversation of my dear sister will not administer some comfort to me.  — Mary Montagu

#18: The mildest, drowsiest sister has been known to turn tiger if her sibling is in trouble.  — Clara Ortega

#17: I would like more sisters, that the taking out of one, might not leave such stillness.  — Emily Dickinson

#16: Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship. — Margaret Mead 

#15: We acquire friends and we make enemies, but our sisters come with the territory. — Evelyn Loeb

#14: We must stem the tide of malice, and pour into the wounded bosoms of each other, the balm of sisterly consolation. — Jane Austen

#13: Never let an angry sister comb your hair. – Patricia McCann

#12: My sister! My sweet sister! If a name dearer and purer were, it should be thine. — Lord Byron

#11: I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me.  — Charles Dickens (Great Expectations)

#10: It’s a great comfort to have an artistic sister. — Louisa May Alcott

#9: Never praise a sister to a sister; in hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears.  — Rudyard Kipling

#8: With a sister, one can never fear that success will go to one’s head.  — Charlotte Gray

#7: Is solace anywhere more comforting than in the arms of sisters? — Alice Walker

#6: Two scorpions living in the same hole will get along better than two sisters in the  same house. — Arabian Proverb

#5: You know full well as I do the value of sisters’ affections: There is nothing like it in this  world.  — Charlotte Bronte

#4: A ministering angel shall my sister be. — William Shakespeare (Laertes)

#3: Of two sisters one is always the watcher, one the dancer. — Louise Gluck

#2: Big sisters are the crab grass in the lawn of life. — Charles Schultz (or Linus)

#1: Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister… — Irving Berlin (White Christmas)220px-Smithsnowred


Are you a sister? Do you have a sister? Have you ever longed for a sister — or longed to lock your sister in a closet so she would leave you in peace?


Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters is, among other things, a story about sisters. That’s always a complex relsisters2ationship, as you know if you answered Yes to any of the questions above. And since it’s one month until the book’s publication, I’ve decided to hold a contest dedicated to sisters. It will go like this:



♦Each day until August 27th, I’ll psisters3ost a quotation about sisters.

♦To be entered in the contest, you can post your own sister quote, or simply write a comment on this post.

♦On the 27th, I’ll pick a random winner for a SIGNED HARDCOVER copy of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters!


(One caveat: I’ve only found about 20 good quotes so far. So if I like one of yours, I get to use it!)

Goodreads Giveaway

My lovely publicist, Olivia deLeon, has just sent me a big box of ARCs of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters — and you are the beneficiary! By which I mean, you can enter a contest on Goodreads to win one of two ARCs of the book.

Just go here:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Sleeping Beauty's Daughters by Diane Zahler

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters

by Diane Zahler

Giveaway ends July 26, 2013.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win


And good luck!

For That Someone Special (Maybe You?)

oblongMy wonderful local bookstore, Oblong Books, is hosting a book launch party for Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters, about which I’ll write far more as the date (August 31) approaches. But if you can’t make it to the launch, you can still get a signed book — Oblong is accepting pre-orders for signed copies of all my books!

♦If you’d like to pre-order a signed copy of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters, click here.

♦If you’d like to pre-order a signed copy of the paperback edition of Princess of the Wild Swans, click here.

♦If you’d like to pre-order a signed copy of the paperback edition of A True Princess, click here.

♦If you’d like to pre-order a signed copy of the paperback edition of The Thirteenth Princess, click here.

Thank you, Oblong!


Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters ARC Giveaway!

Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters won’t be published until August 27. But that’s such a long time to wait…

Well, it’s Children’s Book Week — and I have an ARC of Sleeping Beauty’s Daughters to give away to celebrate children’s books! 100_6501If you’d like to enter to win, post a comment stating which middle-grade children’s book is your absolute favorite and why. The contest is open until Friday, May 17, at 5 p.m. A lucky winner will be chosen randomly. U.S. entries only, please. So get those comments in — and good luck!

A Proud Taste for E.L. Konigsburg

konigs2Today I found out that one of my favorite writers, E.L. Konigsburg, had died.


Her first two books, the Newbery Honor title Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth and the Newbery Award Winner From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, were published when I was exactly the right age tkonigs1o devour them. I read them and read them and read them again. I wanted to be Claudia and run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And I wanted to be E.L. Konigsburg and write a book that made readers want to be my characters.

metI was 20 when I finally got to the Met, and I walked from room to room seeing it through Claudia’s eyes. A couple of years later, I wrote my first novel, about a girl who runs away to live in Central Park. Like most first novels, it was completely unpublishable (a lack of originality was not its biggest problem), but it just goes to show: the influence of a great story lives on in its readers. The desire to write E.L. Konigsburg’s actual book has evolved into konigs3the desire to write as good a book as E.L. Konigsburg did, and I’ll keep trying to do it for as long as I write.

Thank you, Elaine Konigsburg, for the stories and the inspiration.

Some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you  allow what is already in you to swell up and touch everything. 

— E.L. Konigsburg


We took a spring break trip to the Northern Neck of Virginia last week, searching for signs of Henry_Misty spring, birds, and the ponies of Chincoteague. Long ago I was a little obsessed with Misty of Chincoteague, though I am really, rhorseseally not a horse person. I loved it so much that I read all the other Marguerite Henry books (none quite lived up to Misty).

The National Seashore at Assateague Island, where the ponies live, is accessible from two states, Virginia and Maryland. We were staying the night in Chincoteague, so we went in from the Virginia side. There were lots and lots of birds, and finally, at a great distance, a pony sighting — a group of five roaming through the sandy scrub. Still, that wasn’t enough for me.  I was ready for a closeup.

In the morning we set out for the Maryland entrance to the park. It was freezing cold and snowing a little, so we weren’t feeling too hopeful. But…



Ponies sticking their heads into cars, sashaying across the road as if they owned it (which they sort of do), clipclopping down the bike path. Mistys here, Stormys there. It was a Marguerite Henry-lover’s dream.

100_6562.2(Spoiler fact alert: We learned, to my shock and consternation, that these are not really ponies. They are horses, stunted from their meager diet of scrub, and bloated from their excessive water-drinking because of the salty diet. And they BITE. But I still loved them.)



Just in case you were wondering, the Pony Swim and Pony Penning Days still happen. You can read about them here.