It's time to RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE. The sequel to WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE, is out. So, run, don't walk, to your favorite bookstore or library to get yourself a copy. Remember, if they're out of stock, you can always ask a bookseller to order it for you, free of charge. Many, many thanks!


I'll be at Barnes & Noble, Peabody, MA, on Saturday, August 29th, at 2PM. I'll be signing books and chatting with readers. Joining me will be fellow young adult author Hillary Monahan. Hope to see you!

I'll be at the Speculative Fiction Southeast Convention in Orlando Florida, September 25th - 27th. For more information.

I'll be visiting the teen book group at the Medford Public Library, Medford, MA, on Tuesday, October 6th, from 7-8:30. For more information.

I'll be speaking on a panel at the JCC, Marblehead, on Thursday, October 8th, at 6PM.

I'll be visiting the Toadstool Bookstore, Milford, MA, on Saturday, October 10th at 1PM. Joining me will be fellow young adult authors Diana Renn and Jonathan Kranz. For more information.

I'll be at the Andover Bookstore, Andover, MA, on Saturday, October 24th at 6PM for stories and s'mores. I'll be telling stories, signing books, chatting with readers, and eating s'mores. Hope to see you. For more information.

Would you like to purchase one of my autographed titles (or better yet a whole series) for a gift or for yourself? E-mail me at


Contest Guidelines:

1. Get yourself a copy of RETURN TO THE DARK HOUSE.

2. Read it.

3. Come up with a playlist of ten songs that correspond to ten different scenes in the book. Be sure to also list the song artist.

4. Explain why you chose each particular song for each specific scene. The set-up
should look something like this:

"River Entangled" by Vanessa Dunkin: I chose this song to correspond with the scene where Ivy first arrives at the Dark House, when she's walking up the front steps of the Gothic school building, scared to death of going in. I chose this song because the lyrics reflect fear and a loss of innocence. I feel that Ivy lost her innocence years ago when her parents were killed. Nothing has been the same since. These emotions stir up inside Ivy with each step she takes toward the entrance doors. She knows that the only way for her to take back some of her power is to face her enemy - again.

5. Send me your playlists by August 31st, 2015 at
Please put RTTDH CONTEST in the subject line.

Grand Prize: An autographed book of your choice (one of mine, of course), along with a signed WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE poster, and publication of your playlist on my website.

Runner-up Prizes: An autographed book of your choice (one of mine, of course), along with a signed WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE poster.

NOTE: There will be at least one grand prize and seven runner-ups*.

*For the number of Dark House Dreamers.

Cost: $100.00

I will send you, via e-mail, a 26-page packet of information and exercises for character-building, plot structure, dialogue, point-of-view, revision, and more. In addition, You can submit up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, standard margins) of writing for my editorial notes. I will critique the pages, addressing any issues, including but not limited to plot, character development, syntax, grammar, and dialogue. I will point out what I believe works and offer some advice for an overall direction.

After I give notes, I will be available via e-mail for follow up if you have questions.

This class is available now. I will take up to ten students at a time and get back to you within one week of payment.

To sign up for the online writing critique, please e-mail me:

New Merchandise:
Check out the new book-related clothing and gear through!

Bookplates now available! Bookplates are sticker-like labels that I will personally address to you and sign. It's meant for you to adhere to the inside of your book – the next best thing to an autographed copy. If you'd like one of these, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Attn. Laurie Faria Stolarz
c/o Llewellyn Worldwide Publications
2143 Wooddale Drive
Woodbury, MN 55125-2989