Teen Book Review–Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

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I’m going to make two confessions.  First, I have a thing for audiobooks.  I can listen while I’m driving, which is a good and bad thing.  Bad only that I still have to pay attention to the driving and sometimes books are very engrossing.  Second, my TBL (To Be Listened) stash is ridiculous, so it […]

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What I Learned at RWA – The PRO Retreat

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Pardon the delay in this post…my favorite saying of late is: Life Happens. I won’t bore you with the details other than to say, I’m deep in edits for one of my young adult manuscripts.  My day job is insanely busy – so much so that I’m working well over 10 hour days, which leaves […]

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What I learned this year at RWA–Day One

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Every summer, RWA – Romance Writer’s of America – has a huge conference.  This year, the conference was held here in Atlanta and that’s where I spent a good portion of last week.  It was tons of fun getting to meet up with writer friends from my chapters like the Young Adult Romance Writers (YARWA) […]

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Calling Teen Writers – Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest

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I just love contests.  Who doesn’t like to win stuff?  Especially M-O-N-E-Y.  When I was a teen growing up in Fairport, NY the local radio station had the Song-of-the-Day contests.  I’d listen all day, waiting for that one song to play.  Then when it came on, I’d feverishly dial the phone number trying to get […]

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Asheville was Calling, so I had to Answer

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I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I blogged.  I’ve been spending some long overdue quality time with the family, getting my young adult novel ready for the freelance editor I’ve hired, taking a family vacation, managing a crazy work schedule and dealing with some upheaval in my daughter’s gymnastics life.  You see, […]

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Lilies for Lily

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This past weekend we had four generations present to help my Nana ring in 92 years on this planet.  Can you believe it?  Ninety-two freakin’ years?!  Nana’s quite frail, but she toddles around with the help of a walker.  And, although she suffers from flashes of dementia, she’s still got a kick-arse sense of humor.  […]

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A Bloomin’ Tree

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Don’t you just love spring?  We’ve had an unseasonably cool spring down here in Atlanta.  However, I won’t complain because before I know it, I’ll be cursing a summer heat wave.   Aside from my writing, I love to take photographs.   I’m always snapping a photo of anything and everything.  I can’t tell you how many […]

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I Don’t Believe in Love at First Sight, But…

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My mantra is “Life is too short to be miserable.”  So when I saw this, I immediately fell in #SIGNAGE-LOVE. Am I right?  Don’t you just LOVE this?!?!  I’m thinking this will make a great high school graduation gift for my niece.  Add some cash and a copy of Dr. Seuss’ Oh, the Places You’ll […]

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Dreams Without Action Stay Dreams

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Yesterday I had one of the proudest moments as a parent.  My demure tween auditioned for a play!!  This is the same child who can barely order a burrito at Moe’s and who doesn’t raise her hand in class.  Late last year, she announced she wanted to try acting.  I said cool and we talked […]

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“Almost Spring” Flowers

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The splashes of colorful blooms sprouting in my yard are sure indicators that spring is almost here.  Believe it or not, we’ve had daffodils blooming since early February.  I love the pop of color the flowers provide against a dreary winter landscape.  I pull out photos like these when I’m writing and need some inspiration.  […]

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