Category Archives: Reading

Super Hero Writers

Last weekend Super Heros flew to Chicago to gather for SCBWI Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day. This year my conference posse grew from two writers to four, including one of my VCFA classmates. We happened to sit in the Maw-ha-ha section … Continue reading

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Stories for All

This week Shannon and Dean Hale released the second book in their Princess in Black Series: Perfect Princess Party. Nicole and I devoured it on release day. It’s an early reader chapter book with hilarious illustrations by LeUyen Pham. Love … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Story

This week Jennifer Lynn Barnes published The Fixer, hyped as a YA version of Scandal. As a fan girl of both Jennifer’s books and all political thriller TV shows, I immediately pre-ordered my copy. I’m probably curled up in my … Continue reading

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How to Find New Adult?

This week I’ve begun researching my new manuscript, the tale of a futuristic version of our society where everything is digital. Identity theft has become obsolete, overshadowed by the larger concern of being digitally erased. My main character, a mob … Continue reading

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Save the Cursive!

School has started and our household now contains a proud second grader. I approached this milestone with both joy and dread. Second grade was very memorable for me. I had the meanest, strictest second grade teacher ever, so it was … Continue reading

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Busy Reading

Sorry, Jen cannot blog today because her nose is buried in this awesome new middle grade series. You should check it out.  Yes, this is shameless advertising.  No, I did not write this book, but I am mentioned in the … Continue reading

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Summer Beach Reads

It’s been a crazy spring in our household, with four big events occurring at the same time: Girl Scout Bridging! Daughter Birthday Week!  Wait, didn’t this used to be a one day event? Last Day of School! Sister Bridal Shower! … Continue reading

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Thumbs Up / Thumbs Down Links

THUMBS UP for all the awesome retro sibling photos on Facebook for National Sibling Day.  You can check mine out here.  Hugs and Kisses to my awesome little sisters. THUMBS DOWN for our less than awesome 80’s fashion sense.  I … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels to the Rescue

Newsflash: This week, for the first time ever, my daughter asked to bring a book she was excited about to school for silent reading. Cue the crowd roar.  Zoom in on this mother dancing around the house fist-pumping. Let’s put … Continue reading

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Babies Can’t Learn To Read

Shocking announcement from The Atlantic this week: Babies Can’t Learn To Read! A surprising number of parents are still convinced their baby can read if given the proper stimulus.  These parents would do anything, and pay any cost, to help … Continue reading

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