On bullying

Posted Feb 12 2019 in , , , , , , , ,

Readers, it’s happened again.  Another headline in my local news about a teen committing suicide because he was bullied.  If you’re a parent, are you talking to your kids about bullying? This is NOT a once-and-done conversation. It needs to be ongoing and frequent because the world in which we live sees new technologies every […]

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On limits

Posted Jan 25 2019

I blogged at YA Outside the Lines this month about using limits as challenges to overcome. Stop by and leave a comment! 

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Join my Facebook Reader Group

Posted Jan 16 2019

Last year, I began a reader group for fans over on Facebook. It’s a small thing, just a place where I post a scene or two, invite reader participation in naming characters, and chat about books. It had no name all this time. I finally settled on the name PATINATION. I love this for a […]

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Author Christa Desir delivers outstanding TED Talk about #MeToo

Posted Jan 15 2019 in , , , , ,

I proudly share this brilliant TED Talk from author Christa Desir.

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YA Outside the Lines: Hiding in Plain Sight

Posted Oct 23 2018 in , , , , ,

I’m blogging over at YA Outside the Lines about hiding in plain sight.  We all wear a mask…the public face we show the world while inside, we’re cringing or perhaps screaming.  How do you see what’s under the mask? 

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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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