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Things to Celebrate

Two words I love: snow and done. After getting a near-miss Monday and being totally devastated, we finally got our snow day Tuesday. It was fabulous. Not get-your-sled-out-and-somehow-hurt-yourself-then-drink-hot-chocolate fabulous, but great all the same. And it was especially nice because the night before I had finally, finally finished There You’ll Find Me, my next YA. […]

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Enjoying a New View

First of all, I want to say: 2 million fish found dead in Maryland. Second of all I want to say: Whose job is it to count 2 million fish in Maryland? Third of all I want to say: This is our inaugural week over at a new blog called Southern Belle View. Five of […]

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The Sky is Falling

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been hiding from dead birds falling from the sky. Let the set the stage for you. So Friday, New Year’s Eve day, I leave Town A to go “work on my fidness” at the unholy hour of 5 a.m.in Town B. After this less-than thriller event, it’s […]

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Year in Review

My blog posts are a little wonky right now. This one wasn’t supposed to go live til today, so apologies if you’ve already read it. 2010 was a great year for books. I didn’t get to read as much as I would have liked, but I still found lots of good stuff out there. Let’s […]

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Christmas Follow Up

Did everyone have a merry Christmas? I  know lots of you had a white Christmas. I did as well. Sorta. We got an unexpected dusting. It was cold enough to support a blizzard though. And there is Wintery Mix Talk for New Year’s Eve. Snow days would be a great way to start our next […]

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Merry Christmas 2010!

I’ve finally started decorating for Christmas. No tree, but I think I’ve put out enough Christmas decor to get the point across. To get that festive spirit a going. The photo above is my BEFORE. Here’s my AFTER… Wow. The difference is staggering. That silver candle is like a beacon straight to Santa, isn’t it? […]

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Color Me Content

A few years ago I was at the chiropractor, and Dr. L stops whatever it is he’s doing, looks at me and asks, “Do you have a hobby?” There was a long pause as I tried to think of something. “I run. I walk.” “And you do that because you love it?” “I do that […]

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It’s a Wild December

Happy Monday! It’s the first day of Christmas break for many of us, so everything in my world is right. Minus the house painting I have to do. And the Christmas shopping. And the grocery run. And the Hershey kisses in the cabinet I can’t eat. And the cookies I don’t have. But other than […]

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Christmas Tunes of the Holly Jolly Variety

Hands down, Christmas Shoes was the most detested Christmas tune. Agreed! Agreed! Who in their right mind puts sad, let’s go pick out a gravestone for Mommy’s Christmas stuff in a song? WHO? If you are interested in breaking into the holiday song business, let’s establish some rules we’ve learned from everyone’s comments: 1. Do […]

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Let’s Talk Christmas Tunes

Happy Monday. This is my last Monday before Christmas break. Thank God. A bunch of you got snow and failed to send it my way. (Insert no snow frownie face emoticon) Made-for-TV Christmas movie update: ABC Family’s Christmas Cupid is a total waste of Chad Michael Murray. Avoid! Avoid! Has anyone watched any good ones? […]

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Friday, You Are Fabulous

Does this purse make me look fat? I’m loving the book cover love conversation!!! (I write books in my car. Alone. I love any conversation.) Know what else totally made my week? This YouTube video. I’ve watched that half a dozen times. It’s so awesome it hurts. Animals are the best. There’s a little more […]

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Cover Love

First of all, if you are the grandmother who requested three book plates for Emma, PLEASE contact me. My email has eaten our correspondence, and I don’t have your address any more. Gmail…grrr. Today I enrolled back in college. Just one class…to start with. I’ve been wanting to take a computer design class forever. So […]

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Christmas Shopping Hints

Oprah has picked her 65th book club selection–A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. No offense to an author who has been a dead white male (as my friend Rhonda would say) for about 140 years, but clearly Oprah’s out of things to read. Every semester my kids do a speech titled “What I […]

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My Month of Leisure

  Just wait til you see my Valentine’s Day version of the Save the Date cover. I’m still working on getting it back to its PG rating… I’m very grateful to Deena of A Peek at My Bookshelf for providing the first review of Save the Date. Deena does an awesome job of promoting Christian […]

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Welcome Back!

WHERE have y’all been? I’ve been waiting forever to talk to you! Actually, I so appreciated the blog break. It allowed me some time to get some stuff done, to quit ignoring my students (then to discover paying attention to them wasn’t all that effective either), work on my yet-to-be-titled YA that picks up with […]

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Thankful

Congrats to Jenny, who recommended I read Her Mother’s Hope by Francine Rivers. Jenny has won the ARC of Save the Date. (Send me your snail mail addy, girl.)  When I first saw the name of the winner Random Number Generator had picked, I thought, “Shoot. Did I just win my own book?” I am […]

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I Have Confidence In Me

Happy Monday! First of all, I’m giving away a Reader’s Advanced Copy of Save the Date to one lucky winner. You can see the details HERE. Or maybe this winner won’t be so lucky. Read on. . . I was watching a small bit of the Rally for Sanity by Colbert and Stewart, and Sheryl […]

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Save the Date Ghoulish Giveaway

Happy Halloween weekend! If you’re into that sort of thing, Piknik, a free photo editing site, has some FUN seasonal editing tools right now. I could have totally fanged out Lucy on the cover of Save the Date. Or given hot stuff Alex there zombie eyes. But I thought it might be a bit much. […]

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Time Flies When You’re Watching TV

Can you believe October is almost over? Where has it gone? Where has 2010 gone? Congrats to Deborah of Books, Movies, and Chinese Food, an excellent review blog. Thanks to Random Number Generator, Deborah won our Barnies gift card for sharing her favorite YA reads as a teen. (Deborah just email me your home addy, […]

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