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Oh my gosh, how could I have missed this??? The following lovely book trailer was created by Lee's Summit High School Library Media Center one year ago and narrated by Sandy Stuart:   http://vimeo.com/35712710 Seriously, this is just about the sweetest thing readers can do for writers. I absolutely love, love, LOVE the video and it's especially [...]

Blog Hop: Tag, I’m it!

I've been tagged by the lovely, super-awesome Edie Hemingway to participate in a fun Children's/Young Adult Author Blog Hop! Edie is the author of ROAD TO TATER HILL, a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that was a winner of the 2009 Parents' Choice Gold award: She's also the owner of an adorable writing cabin that I secretely [...]

JUST FLIRT galleys!

If there ever was a good reason for me to start blogging again, it's this: The galleys for my second book, JUST FLIRT have arrived!! Wow. When I look at the gorgeous cover and flip through the freshly-printed pages, it's hard to comprehend that after four years, fourteen drafts, hundreds of lessons learned, and buckets [...]

Readergirlz Rock!

Hey, all! Be sure to check out Readergirlz this month, who are featuring Deb Caletti's THE SECRET LIFE OF PRICE CHARMING! Quinn is surrounded by women who have had their hearts broken. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. She tries to be an optimist–after all, she’s the [...]

My very good news!

Have you ever dreamed for, worked for, and prayed for something to happen for so, so long, that when it finally does, it doesn't quite sink in at first and when the shock wears off, you're nervous about announcing it? Well, I've dreamed, I've worked, and I've prayed for something. And yes, I must admit [...]

Beauty Shop for Rent award nominations

The shop is still open! Last fall, I discovered how my little BEAUTY SHOP FOR RENT was nominated for the following awards: South Dakota State Library's 2009-10 YARP Reading List Missouri Association of School Librarian's 2009-10 Gateway Readers Award New York State Reading Association's 2010 Charlotte Award Eliot Rosewater 2009-10 Award Volunteer State 2009-10 Book [...]