Sunday, July 29, 2012

Road Trip 2012

My main squeeze and I are heading out on a road trip today.  We'll be spending some time at The Finger Lakes and Washington D.C. (can you believe I've never been there!?!).  I'll see you all in a week!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Winner, Winner!

Confetti is being thrown in the air for the winner of my REUNITED advance reader's copy....

Kristan Hoffman!'re going to love this book!

I highly suggest you buy a copy of your own.  It's a great summer (or anytime!) read.

You can find it here, here, and here!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Underground New York Public Library

I'm really into voyeurism.

But before you get all creeped out, let me explain!

I love to see what other people are reading.

It's one of my favorite parts of traveling.  I'm always checking out what books people at the airport have in their hands.  I also give my students 15 minutes a day at the start of class to read, and I'll stalk the aisles to peek at their book titles.  And one of the main reasons I was resistant on getting a Kindle was because I like to show off what I'm reading (that might make me a book snob...hmmm....).

I just think it's so fascinating to see what books people are taking the time to read.

That's why when I found this site, I was instantly in love.  Underground New York Public Library is all secret pictures of what people on the NY subway are reading!  The photographer takes the pictures (usually without the people catching them) and provides links to find out more about the books.

Oh my gosh, I love this site!  Seriously, I stalk it a few times a day!

And look here...this is my favorite sneaky pic!

You can also follow "the library" on Facebook.

Are you a book voyeur?  If so, where is your favorite place to check out what people are reading?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I was lucky enough to get an advance reader's copy of Hilary Weisman Graham's book REUNITED.

Alice, Summer, and Tiernan are ex-best friends.

Back in middle school, the three girls were inseparable. They were also the number one fans of the rock band Level3.

But when the band broke up, so did their friendship. Summer ran with the popular crowd, Tiernan was a rebellious wild-child, and Alice spent high school with her nose buried in books.

Now, just as the girls are about to graduate, Level3 announces a one-time-only reunion show.

Even though the concert’s 2000 miles away, Alice buys three tickets on impulse. And as it turns out, Summer and Tiernan have their own reasons for wanting to get out of town. Good thing Alice’s graduation gift (a pea-green 1976 VW camper van known as the Pea Pod) is just the vehicle to get them there.

But on the long drive cross-country, the girls hit more than a few bumps in the road. Will their friendship get an encore or is the show really over?

I can't tell you enough how much I loved it!  I'm a huge fan of THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS series, and while this book is totally different from those, it also reminded me a lot of it.  I think it had to do with the travel aspect and the friendship between the three main characters.  It's told in the three different voices of the girls, and I really liked getting into each of their heads.

The book came out a month ago, but I want to pass my copy on to you, since I plan to buy some hardback copies for my classroom (paperbacks just don't last!).

I'll choose a winner on Saturday (July 28), so you have until midnight on Friday (July 29) to enter.  Just fill out the form below.

P.S.  Check out Hilary's's so cute (especially her blog!)

Monday, July 23, 2012

One Year Ago...

My main squeeze and I got hitched one year ago today!  Hot diggity dog!  

If you want to peek at some of our wedding pictures, here's the post,

Life couldn't be any's been an amazing year!

Here are our Save the Dates...

And our table favors (each person got a big stick of rock candy with this card on their plate)...

And a real picture...

Friday, July 20, 2012

Look For The Helpers

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in this world."

~Fred Rogers

Vampires Are Real!

Did you know vampires and werewolves are real?  

I know a lot of my paranormal loving students would be very happy if this sign did speak the truth!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

We Found A Boo Hole!

Last week my main squeeze and I checked out Holden Arboretum.  It's a huge nature preserve about fifteen minutes from our house with over twenty miles of trails.  But the best part...dogs are allowed!  So we said the magic word "car ride," and the three of us headed there.

We had a blast exploring the different routes and gardens they had...

But the best part was when we found a Boo hole in one of the trees!  

We got some pictures of Radley in front of it, since she is named after Boo Radley.

Sadly, there was nothing left in the Boo hole for us.  We decided next time we come, we'll bring a surprise to put in it.

If you don't know what a Boo hole is, check it out here.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

No Autographs, Please!

Radley, the wonder dog, is famous!

Well, at least on Ruche's blog.

I wrote a piece about her for their Love Stories series, if you want to check it out here!

And if you haven't gotten your dose of Radley cuteness for today, how about these two pictures of her that the photographer took of just her when I was getting my author photos done.

What do you think? She could be a model, right?!

Friday, July 13, 2012

40% off

I've shown off my mini-business cards before.

And now is your chance to get some of your own. is having their summer sale today and tomorrow (ends July 14).  Everything is 30% off, which means you can get 100 mini-cards for only $13.00!  They also make business cards, stickers and other fun things.  There are tons of designs to choose from or you can upload your own!

And if you go to with my referral link, you get another 10% off your purchase!  That's 40% off for the next two days.

It's basically foolproof to make the cards, and I love them to pieces.  I have even punched a hole at the top of them and strung ribbons to make bookmarks.

Seriously, these are so cute and this deal only happens twice a year!

P.S.  I also have the big business cards (I bought the ones that look like books, and I love those too!  It's just that the mini-cards are so so cute!)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

We Are All Pretty Sweet

I couldn't help but post this picture that I found on a friend's Facebook page.  It's so cute and so so true.

Now if only everyone could realize this about what is inside of themselves!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Choices, Choices...Author Picture!

The wonderful Tess Smith sent me the completed pictures so took for my author photo.  She did an amazing job, and I'm so happy with them.

But now I need to decide which one to choose!

Want to help?

All you gotta do is vote for your favorite.  I'm so indecisive, I'd love to hear your opinion!

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Picture 3:

Picture 4:

Picture 5:

I'm not entirely sure I want to use a dog picture (even though I LOVE my pooch).  Thoughts?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Book Tights!

How cool are these tights?  I would TOTALLY wear a pair of them.

If anyone knows where to get some, let me know!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

The Lucky 13s Six Month Until 2013 Contest!

Happy July 1st!

Do you know why today is so great!?

It marks six more months until the Lucky 13s' books debut!

Hot diggity dog!

And to mark this special day, we're running a contest over at our blog with a prize package of 20 books!  Check it out here!

But before you run over there to enter, let me tell you a little bit more about it.

We've each picked a book to give away that has inspired us and our writing.

My book?

Stolen by Lucy Christopher!

Told in a letter to her captor by 16-year-old Gemma, Stolen explores the influence that a really wild and remote space can have on the inner development of a young woman.

Gemma, a British city-living teenager, is kidnapped while on holiday with her parents. Her kidnapper, Ty, takes her to the wild land of outback Australia. To Gemma’s city-eyes, the landscape is harsh and unforgiving and there are no other signs of human life for hundreds of kilometres in every direction. Here, there is no escape. Gemma must learn to deal with her predicament, or die trying to fight it.

Ty, a young man, has other ideas for her. His childhood experience of living in outback Australia has forever changed the way he sees things. But he too has been living in the city; Gemma’s city. Unlike Gemma, however, he has had enough. In outback Australia he sees an opportunity for a new kind of life; a life more connected to the earth. He has been watching and learning about Gemma for many years; when he kidnaps her, his plan finally begins to take shape.

But Ty is not a stereotypical kidnapper and, over time, Gemma comes to see Ty in a new light, a light in which he is something more sensitive. The mysteries of Ty, and the mystery of her new life, start to take hold. She begins to feel something for her kidnapper when he wakes screaming in the night. Over the time spent with her captor, Gemma’s appreciation of him develops …but is this real love, or Stockholm Syndrome?

There are a bunch of books that I've loved as a writer, but this one really stayed with me after I read it.  I was drawn to the lyricism of the book and the gorgeous writing. It's a powerful book about a subject that isn't easy and Lucy Christopher doesn't shy away from anything.  There is such an amazing juxtaposition in the book between this horrible situation that the main character Gemma is in and the beauty that is around her.

I fought hard to get this book into my high school classroom and now have a class.  When I introduce the book to my students, I tell them that Christopher is going to make them think in a very different way.  She turns you upside down with the words of her main character to her captor and many of my students find they feel a connection to the kidnapper that they didn't want to feel.  It is a bit unnerving to the reader, and that's what I love so much about this book, Lucy Christopher's ability to make us feel this way.

Good luck to winning our prize pack, and if you don't, I suggest you go out and buy this great book yourself!