Check out my guest post on the All the Way Ya Blog! Thanks for reading

As querying writers, we face rejection almost daily. It can be difficult to stay positive waiting for that one yes! in an ocean of no’s. Here are some self-care tips and positive thinking strategies that have helped to keep me on the sunny side: Remember our journeys are our own. It does no good to […]

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Loved This Book!


Helena lives in the beautiful and vast wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her parents, in a cabin with no electricity, heat, or water. All she has to read are old copies of National Geographic . She is 12 years old when she first sees another human being.

Over time, she learns that her mother was kidnapped as a young girl and has been a prisoner of her father all this time. While he is often violent, and cruel, Helena still loves her father.  One day she and her mother have a chance for escape.

This is a great book! It is expertly written and a serious page turner, I read it in one day. Karen Dionne skillfully describes the isolating loneliness Helena feels, how she is often town between her parents and how she longs for the outside world once she has a tiny taste of freedom.  Read this book!



I loved this book as a kid, and I recently purchased a copy to own so I could reread whenever I wanted. It scared the patootie out of me back then! I loved scary books and movies more than anything.

It’s everything in a scary book that you can hope for; a haunted house, a love story, ghosts, creepy dead relatives, creepy living relatives, fancy gardens to take a turn in, pillowy, dusty velvet drapes that fall from floor to ceiling, doesn’t that sound great!  I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.

Halloween is my favorite time of year and I’m so looking forward to the

new great scary movies opening soon:

Stephen King has always been my #1, and this book is really scary!!! I can’t wait to see this  new movie. The clown already gives me nightmares…

This movie looks really great too! What is more scary? The evil of people or supernatural evil? Or both at the same time? I have a feeling this movie explores the latter and I can’t wait to watch.

Also, because I’m a simple girl I can’t wait to have my first #psl of the year…

And purchase new candles and body products from Bath and Body in the new Fall scents:

and bake my first loaf of pumpkin bread of the season ( yes with chocolate chips!)

and eat my first bowl of chicken noodle soup!

And cuddle up with a soft blankie, safe from the windy chilly air outside.

What do you love best about Fall?



June 8 Is World Ocean Day!


Learn more about our earth’s oceans here   Take a stand and help oceans by reducing your use of plastic.   Use cloth shopping bags, drink from a reusable water bottle, and no more straws! It’s that simple.

Visit Project Aware and see how they work to protect our oceans.

Become aware of the effect that climate change has on our oceans.

Learn about ocean acidification and its debilitating effects on coral reefs.


Paris Agreement

nevers-etree-construction.jpg.662x0_q70_crop-scaleThis is a photo of the first ever solar tree! It is located in the city of Nevers, in central France, that is currently experiencing a heat wave, along with the rest of Europe. This tree has in interactive LCD built into its trunk and offers docking stations to charge devices, free wifi, and powers a water cooler that delivers water for pets.

At night the leaves light up and illuminate the street. All with solar energy.

France is awesome and has always been a leader in pioneering green technology. It’s also where the Paris Agreement  was signed.

The Paris Agreement is a historic treaty signed by representatives of 195 countries, beginning in 2015,  that pledged to work together to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gasses and use of fossil fuels.

They vowed to support progressive thinking and funding for ways to discover, create, and adapt sustainable energy sources like, wind, hydro, and this tree, an example of solar power.

Today is another dark day for the US, as our president decided to pull US support for this climate deal, another rash act to further isolate and alienate our country.

Despite support for the agreement from members of his own party including those in the fossil fuel industry, the president perpetuates the ignorant belief that climate change is a hoax.

98% of the world’s scientists believe that human activity since the Industrial Revolution has contributed to the accelerated rate our planet is warming.

The evidence is irrefutable to anyone with a grade school science education.

If you haven’t made up your own mind about climate change, Katharine Hayhoe has a very informative website where you can learn lots of valuable information including how we can all work together to save our planet.

But first we have to believe a problem exists.

climate_street_art_1 Politicians Debating Global Warming, Issac Cordal

Please remember this for the next election and contact your representatives to voice your belief that the only way for our planet to survive is to adapt renewable green energy.


OMG, OMG, You Guys!!!!!

I was picked for  Author Mentor Match !!!

And I’m so happy and still freaking out and can’t believe it!!   Author Mentor Match or AMM is a wonderful program of writers who volunteer their time to mentor unpublished writers by working one-on-one with them by offering advice, support and ideas to improve their work, and guide them through the perils of publishing.

Chelsea Sedoti,  author of the awesome THE HUNDRED LIES OF LIZZIE LOVETT, picked my book and chose to work with me!! I love Hawthorn so much and am so thankful and happy for this opportunity to work with such a talented writer as Chelsea, who wants to help me make my book the best it can be.

She is so funny and kind in her emails and I hope I wasn’t too much of a big dork.

This is how I was trying to be:

 This is what I really was:

I will keep you posted….