Buy a Candle, Win a Novel



We're announcing some fun news on BLOOM today... The Tall Poppy Writers has collaborated with Book Scents Candles on an exclusive BLOOM candle! It smells divine and is the perfect gift for your book club hostess, your child's new teacher, a book lover's birthday, and YOU.

This candle is a special collaboration between BookScents Candles and Tall Poppies, with proceeds going to our "ROOM TO READ" campaign as part of the Tall Poppies' mission to support literacy programs for women and girls.


If you pre-order by AUG. 31, you will receive a complimentary Tall Poppy novel* along with your BLOOM candle! You won't know which one! It will be a surprise when it ships after 9/4. And you never know... it might even be one of my titles! (*while supplies last).

Happy Reading!

-- Kerstin




Author Auction This Week

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In addition to connecting authors and readers, The Tall Poppy Writers believe in giving back. We have individually donated over $100K to literacy and literacy causes. This week, we're hosting an online auction to help raise money for ROOM TO READ. The auction items include signed novels, book club visits, character naming, manuscript critiques, consultations, and query help! (including copies of FAMILY TREES and BRANCHING OUT, along with a Skype/Facetime book club visit by yours truly!) 

Why Room to Read? Many world problems can be addressed through one solution: education. Knowing how to read makes people safer, healthier and more self-sufficient — yet nearly 800 million people are illiterate and two-thirds are women and girls. That’s why Room to Read focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during the two most critical time periods in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education (from

I hope you can join us! You can find the auction here: Thanks!

Are you in BLOOM?


I feel incredibly fortunate to belong to the Tall Poppy Writers, an organization of 42 female authors who support one another professionally while celebrating great books with the literary community and its readers.  

Earlier this year, we launched a Facebook group called BLOOM -- a place for readers and Poppy writers to connect, win great book giveaways, and have fun. Each week a different Tall Poppy Writer hosts BLOOM, keeping the site vibrant and personal.  

You're invited to join us -- I hope to see you there!   BLOOM