A Little Title Tease

This weekend I received a huge surprise … the cover for my next title to be published with Vesuvian Books … and I am over the moon. In fact, I may be bouncing up and down, I’m so excited. So I thought I’d share a little tease from the cover — the title. Even the title alone makes me all … Read More

Cover Reveal: Jaclyn and the Beanstalk by Mary Ting

I’m excited to be able to share with you my agency-mate, publisher-mate, and friend, Mary Ting’s latest book cover — Jaclyn and the Beanstalk. Jaclyn is the first book in Mary’s Tangled Fairy Tale line, and one that will take you on a journey like no other. The amazing artist of the cover, is Mister-Sam Shearon … if you’re a … Read More

Career Day at Heritage Intermediate

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend Career Day at Heritage Intermediate School — and I had a blast. It was a banner day for me in so many ways. First, I love the opportunity to talk to my readers. But more than that, the Career Day was my first in person appearance after publishing 7th Grade Revolution … in … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: School Library Journal Review

While I was checking out all the libraries which have shelved 7th Grade Revolution, I ran across a review for the book. While that isn’t surprising, what caught my attention was that the review was the School Library Journal. At the point of realization, I must have looked very much like the girl in the photo because not even my … Read More

Library Watch

I am so excited and honored to find that libraries across the nation are picking up 7th Grade Revolution both in print and ebook format. My publisher let me know they had checked WorldCat.org to see which libraries had picked it up so far and the below libraries have. So if you happen to be in the area, stop by … Read More

The Ban on Best Friends

At the beginning of January, US News ran an article written by Dr. Barbara Greenberg, PhD talking about whether schools should ban kids from having best friends. After the first thought of What idiocy is this??? I was ready to become a keyboard warrior and shoot from the hip about how ridiculous the concept of banning best friends truly is. … Read More

Baby Sloths

As many of you know, I have a great affection for sloths — especially my character Sergio, so they always get my attention in my social media feeds. When I saw this video of sloths being treated for mange and how darling they looked in their little “onsies”, I couldn’t help but share. It makes me want to work on … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: The Broken Heel

Having sprained my ankle, or I should say ankles, more times than I can count, I can no longer wear heels. A modest inch or maybe two in a boot, cowboy-style, is about the best I can manage these days. I have even sprained both ankles at once by simply stepping off a curb. What can I say? I have … Read More

Jar Full of Smiles: Listening Friends

Out of the jar on a happy blue piece of paper. a little reminder that there are various ways of listening. There is an adage about listening which has a great deal of truth to it. “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” We listen to skim the surface of … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: Into the Dark

A small crew of the Washington Academy 7th Graders went down into the tunnel — the entire grade couldn’t go because someone had to monitor the FBI. As they moved away from the tunnel opening and the fluorescent light bars in the room above, they learned how dark things could really be. True darkness is not something we experience often … Read More

Jar Full of Smiles

A thoughtful friend gave me a gift for Christmas that really resonated with me. A jar full of bright strips of paper with sentiments written on them. What a great way to give someone a gift that keeps giving. The idea being that you pull out one slip a day, read it, and have a reason to smile. But it … Read More

7th Grade Revolution: Dangling

Why is it when we’ve set our course and taken life by the horns we frequently find ourselves dangling in midair hanging on for dear life? After all, we’re supposed to pursue our goals with confidence, right? We envision our goal at the end of a wide-open eight-lane highway, when in reality it sits at the end of a winding, … Read More