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Veronica Bartles, author of Twelve Steps and The Princess and the Frogs


What if the princess would rather have a frog than a prince? ... But she loved frogs so much she kissed them anyway?

What if Cinderella's stepsister stole the spotlight? ... But the prince wasn't as charming as she imagined?


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I write books where "Happily Ever After" is just a bit more than what the Brothers Grimm imagined it would look like. ... Books where the princess gets to choose her own happy ending.

The Princess and the Frogs by Veronica Bartles

“A refreshing princess book that puts kissing in its place and rejoices in childhood idylls.” — Kirkus Reviews

Tara Lazar (the creator of PiBoIdMo - Picture Book Idea Month) interviewed me about the transition between writing for Young Adults and writing Picture Books. Read the interview here!

Princess Cassandra desperately wants a pet frog. Unfortunately, she loves them so much that she can't help kissing them goodnight. And everyone knows what happens to a frog when a princess kisses him!

Before long, poor Princess Cassandra has a castle full of princes, but princes aren't pets!

THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS (Balzer & Bray / Harper Collins) is available now!

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Twelve Steps by Veronica Bartles

Sixteen-year-old Andi is tired of being a second-class sibling to perfect sister Laina. The only thing Andi’s sure she has going for her is her awesome hair. And even that is eclipsed by Laina's perfect everything else.

When Andi’s crush asks her to fix him up with Laina, Andi decides enough is enough, and devises a twelve-step program to wrangle the spotlight away from Laina and get the guy. 

Step 1: Admit she’s powerless to change her perfect sister, and accept that her life really, really sucks. 

Step 4: Make a list of her good qualities. She MUST have more than just great hair, right?

Step 7: Demand attention for more than just the way she screws things up. 

When a stolen kiss from her crush ends in disaster, Andi realizes that her twelve-step program isn’t working. Her prince isn’t as charming as she'd hoped, and the spotlight she’s been trying to steal isn’t the one she wants.

As Laina’s flawless façade begins to crumble, the sisters work together to find a spotlight big enough for both to shine.

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TWELVE STEPS is now available in paperback!!

Update December 2016: My daughter's high school just had auditions for Cinderella, which they're performing for their spring musical in February. And my daughter was semi-devastated when she didn't get the part she wanted. But I'm fairly confident she can steal the show anyway, just like Andi in TWELVE STEPS! To celebrate this moment of life imitating art, for a limited time, you can get a discount on TWELVE STEPS here. (Just enter coupon code: G2WTSKSK for $3.00 off!)


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