itunes named Girls' Weekend to their New & Notable List! Plus it spent eight days on the topselling ibooks list - not too shabby. It's still gathering five star reviews on Amazon, which makes a girl smile. I'd love to hear what you think and am grateful for every review - no matter how many stars you toss at it!
Me? On TV?
Yup! Check out my interview about Girls' Weekend with Harrisburg's abc station channel 27
Click here to see my favorite review for Girls' Weekend!
Or Click here to read a fun guest post about the inspiration for Girls' Weekend.
Or Click here for a fun "Would You Rather..." interview.
And here's a lovely review written by another women's fiction author.
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Dani, Meg, and Charlotte have bonded over babies, barbeques, and backyards, but when they escape for a girls weekend away, they can’t bring themselves to return to lives that don’t seem to fit anymore.
We all think we will be different; we won’t be facing down forty and still wondering when life starts. Girls Weekend is a fun, yet poignant romp through the universal search of who we are, why we love, and what makes us happy.
More Writing News
Author's First the Virtual Writers' Conference includes my lesson on Making Your Character's Problems Personal.
Here's my piece on what it means to be a real writer: Be Brave, Be Honest, Be a Writer.
My essay, titled Setting Free the Horses, was recently published on a wonderful site called, Only A Season.
Read my guest post about becoming a famous author on the incomparable Audry Fryer's website
I was invited to write a session for Authors First, the virtual Writers' Conference! Read it here.
I am deep in the revisions of my third novel for Story Plant. It's tentatively titled, Berry Road, and centers around a family at its breaking point. Some of my favorite characters include a snarky teen who breaks into houses, a 12-year-old boy with Asperger's, and a hospice nurse.
AND Woohoo! My blog, Another Good Dog now has over 2600 followers! What? You aren't following? Get on it! You're missing EVERYTHING!
After being chosen as a Daily Find on Barnes & Noble's Nook, I'm Not Her climbed to #2 on the Nook Bestsellers list!
Plus, I'm Not Her was named to Kobo's Page Turners list! It was recently featured as a "fresh new read" in their subscriber newsletter!
Super big news! I'm Not Her was chosen as a best new fiction pick by ibooks! It's also made the top 100 ibooks bestseller list for fiction and literature!
My first LIVE (yipes!) interview on abc channel 27!
More Places You'll Find My Writing....
My essays entitled Third Times the Charm and Life on a Stage were recently featured in the excellent online literary journal of womens writing, Her View From Home.
My essay, On the Safe Side of Fate, was published on the esteemed online journal, Soapbox Writers.
You can read the story of our very special foster dog from Iraq which was published in the York Daily Record.
Want to know how I finally got my publishing deal? It took a lot of pasta. Read this.
Super excited to announce that my book, Live Intentionally, was chosen as first runner up in the How-To category at the Green Book Festival!
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Possible, was published October 6 and includes my story - Fairytale Life! Look for it in bookstores today or click here.
Mom For the Holidays was published by Monkey Star Press October 7 and includes one of my essays! You can find it in ebook form.
Another guest post for the outstanding site, Mamalode (not to be confused with my own darling blog, The Mama Load!). I get paid by the clicks for this post, so do me a favor and check it out!
My latest guest post on the fabulous site, Mom Babble is up! I've never been able to force bulbs or my children. Mom Babble is full of awesome writing from awesome moms. Enjoy!
Apparently, we are York County's version of a Modern Family. Read my profile piece in Central Penn Parent!
And in Other News....
Read my article published on the fabulous parenting site, A Fine Parent. The article is titled, Are You Teaching Kids Responsibility? 50 Simple Challenges to Get You Started. Be sure to click on over and pick up a few ideas!
And now for something completely different. This is my shout out to those of us struggling through the world of literary agents and publishing - my snarky guest post on the popular site Live, Write, Thrive.
Current Foster Dog:
Who am I, you ask?
I am an irrepressible writer, a tired mom, a lazy gardener, a resentful chauffeur, a loyal friend, a daily dreamer, a terrible dog trainer, and an occasional cowgirl. I'm also a compulsive blogger, an almost famous novelist, and a huge fan of teenagers writing. I will talk your ear off about processed food, growing tomatoes, training horses, Virginia wine, or the dog I'm currently fostering. If you ask about my kids, prepare to be bombarded with how FANTASTIC and AMAZING they are. If you follow me on Facebook or twitter you'll be treated to near daily doses of my thoughts, adventures, and animal photos. Links to all my social media ramblings are below. I'd be honored if you followed me anywhere....
Where Can You Find Me?
Thursday July 14 at 7pm I'll be leading a Creative Writing Workshop for Baltimore County Public Library's newly reopened Hereford Branch (16940 York Road, Hereford, MD 21111, 410-887-1919) Whether you are turning a story over in your head or you’re almost ready to submit your opus to an agent, join our workshop for creative writing with hands-on exercises and tips you might not have already heard. Bring your writing device along and create on the spot!
Tuesday July 19 I'm headed to a book club Middle River, MD. Excited to see a part of MD I'm not familiar with and meet this new friends!
On September 17, you'll find me at the New Freedom Fest - my favorite festival of the year! I'll be selling and signing books and talking up the benefits of adopting (and fostering) rescue dogs!
On Monday September 19, I'll be visiting with the Moms of Toddlers group through Wellspan Health. I'm super excited to explore all the ways moms can use writing to not only document their children's lives, but connect with other moms, nurture their own souls, and maybe even get published! This will be my third time visiting with this group - always a great night!
October 15 I'll be at the York Book Expo. Don't miss this fabulous event with over 100 writers, publishers, and vendors right in downtown York at the Fairgrounds!
On October 19 I'll be meeting with a book club in Hereford, MD. It's my first scheduled book group to discuss Girls' Weekend! And in my old stompin' grounds so even better!
Super excited to have just finished teaching an 8-week course for Southern York County School District's Adult Ed program titled, "Creative Women Write!" I had a great time with a group of smart, creative, interesting women every week. As is true, I believe for most teachers, I learn best by teaching so this class provided inspiration and ideas aplenty. I plan to teach this course again in the fall - so make plans to join us if you're local!
Had fabulous time at my book signing for Girls' Weekend at Bethany Beach Books, an awesome independent bookstore in Bethany Beach, Delaware! We sold out of books before my allotted time was up!
Want me to visit your Book Club?
Picture above: Had a great visit in in February with the FLE Book Club in Zephyrhills, Florida! Fun bunch of smart women!
I'd love to drop in for your book club meeting! I'll travel to groups within about an hour's radius (or further if you're footing the bill!) I'd also be willing to skype in for a visit. Just shoot me an email to make it happen!
I plan to explore daily what I can do to move the life I have closer to the life I want.
Live Intentionally challenges readers to live their happiest, healthiest life! Find more information by following this link or buy it now through Amazon!
Nice review from a star blogger for Live Intentionally!
Triple dog walk....
Triple Dog Pile-up....
We foster dogs with a non-profit network of foster homes in Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania called Operation Paws for Homes. They transport dogs from high-kill shelters in the south to foster homes from which they can be adopted into families who will care for them. Every new dog we welcome to our home is a new adventure and I blog about all of them. If you'd like to get involved as a foster home, volunteer, or donor, contact OPHRescue.org! My blog, Another Good Dog, shares stories of my family's experiences fostering.
Here's a video of my clever horse, True, squirting me and then himself with a hose.