A blog for the parents of boys

Posted Oct 3 2018 in , , , , , ,

I am the proud mom of two amazing men. The photo here was snapped at one of my book launch events, with all three of us laughing out loud at the antics of a young guest at that party.  It’s one of my favorite pictures.  Last week, as most Americans witnessed the boorish behavior as […]

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YA Scavenger Hunt — Fall Edition!

Posted Oct 2 2018 in , , , ,

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors…and a chance to win some awesome prizes! On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, […]

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Vote!

Posted Sep 4 2018 in , , , , ,

One of my favorite movies is The American President with Michael Douglas as President Andrew Shepard. At the end of this movie, he makes this amazing speech in which he calls America “advanced citizenship.” I love this. Advanced citizenship. You have to want it bad. You have to be willing to back up pretty words […]

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School’s Started… Have You Had The Talk With Your Child Yet?

Posted Aug 29 2018 in , , , , , , ,

  Dear Parents of Middle School Children,   It’s that time of year again…. back to school season. New backpacks, new books, new friends. Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth grades are times for lots of changes for your child.  This is when puberty hits, typically with hurricane levels of power.  Puberty is more than just […]

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Reviews are coming in — here’s BOOKLIST!

Posted Aug 23 2018

Releasing two books in the same month has been a rush! The reviews are coming in and they ROCK. Here’s the latest for SOMEONE I USED TO KNOW from Booklist. Realistic and relevant.    Here’s one from School Library Journal:  his book provides a nuanced look at the toxicity of rape culture and the long-lasting […]

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Open Letter to #Media on Headline Writing

Posted Aug 9 2018 in , , , , , , ,

Dear Journalists and Editors, I get it. It’s a numbers game. You need clicks, you need eyeballs, you need traffic to stay alive in this perpetual news-cycle society we created with our smartphones and social networks. I sympathize.  But I’m pissed off about something.  I’m mad at ABC News for this:          […]

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On Compliments

Posted Jul 22 2018

Join me at YA OUTSIDE THE LINES today where I am blogging about the best compliments.   

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SOME BOYS special offer $1.99 – Plus! a giveaway for helping me spread the word

Posted Jun 9 2018 in , , , , ,

Digital versions of my third novel, SOME BOYS, can be downloaded for just $1.99 today until 6/17. Hit up your favorite book seller’s website.  This novel won the CLMP Firecracker Award in 2015 and was a finalist in the RWA Rita and Booksellers’ Best award competitions.  It’s about a girl named Grace who’s raped by […]

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Some Boys on sale!

Posted Jun 9 2018 in , , ,

Download a copy of Some Boys for just $1.99!    Sourcebooks Fire is discounting the price of the digital download for just a little while. Hurry before it’s back up to regular price on June 17th.  For Some Boys fans who can show me proof of download (email confirmation), I’ll answer any question related to […]

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THE WAY IT HURTS is a Finalist in the YARWA ATHENA Contest!

Posted May 29 2018

*tosses confetti*  Great news! I just learned that my 2017 release, THE WAY IT HURTS, is a finalist in the YARWA chapter’s Athena contest. I’m so excited!  I think we should have a giveaway. Comment below and tell me your favorite thing about THE WAY IT HURTS and I’ll send you a signed copy. U.S. […]

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