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Happy Teen Read & Giveaway Week!

How did this important holiday get past me? Teen Read Week was created by ALA, who believe in celebrating YA reading at your library. It’s the perfect blend of awesomeness. I love teen books. And I love libraries. AND I love a giveaway. Keep reading to find out how you can win a $20 dollar […]

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Rainy Days and Meetings Always Get Me Down

Today my students have the day off. I do not. Why? Because I have meetings all day. On one hand, I’m ready for a kid-free day. (And they’re ready for a teacher-free day, so our offenses cancel each other out.)  On the other hand, meetings rank right up there with tetanus shots and all-soprano opera. […]

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Miners, I Know A Good Agent

Chi! Chi! Chi! Le! Le! Le! Omigosh, has this been an incredible week for stories or what? What an inspiration those miners are. Did you see this little boy? He’s just overcome, can’t contain it. My favorite is this one, Mario Gomez, the oldest of the miners. Skip to minute 3:12. Mario was the designated […]

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Everything’s Better…In Song

People who do not watch Saturday Night Live, do not let this post scare you. This is all gonna be totally rated G. Great for General Audiences. G for Great. G for Glee. This past Saturday eve, Jane Lynch hosted. (Finally! Someone who isn’t a model-turned-actress or athlete!) And it was one of the best […]

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Help Us Choose a Title!

Happy Thanksgiving, Canadian friends! Eat some turkey and take a nap for me! It’s time to put on your thinking caps.  In Save the Date, my leading dude Alex has a seventeen year old sister, and she gets her own book later next year. We are trying to come up with a title for Finley’s […]

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Internet Gold

Oh, Friday! (insert Scarlett O’Hara accent) I thought you’d never, never get here! So I have another book due soon. Which means I’ve been spending a lot of time on the Internet playing Farmville. And while I’ve been wasting ridiculous amounts of time on the ‘net writing, I have found some things that I wanted […]

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Tim Hawkins

My mom carries hand sanitizer attached to the strap of her purse on this little contraption that is a modern-day holster. That’s her and my aunt in the pic above. Being all germ free. Do you see their matching Germ-X holsters? Except Germ-X is too common for these ladies. They go all out and get […]

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Pop Quiz!!!

A few thank yous are in order. Thank you to my thoughtful publisher Thomas Nelson for sending me lovely roses for the Carol Award wins. They were beautiful and totally spruced up my week. (Side note: They’re sitting next to a display I call: Stuff From My Last Beach Trip That’s Supposed To Look Chic, […]

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Just Don’t Pull the Drain

Fall has arrived in Arkansas. I’m so glad. I love every single season, but by the end of one, I’m ready for the next. And of course, the closer we get to fall, the closer we get to snow days. Buh-ring it. The lovely and talented author Miralee Ferrell sent me iPhone video of portions […]

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ACFW Conference in Review

We have our final cover for Save the Date. Cute, eh? Since the story involves a mega football star, we originally we had Tom Brady standing in the background, but when he refused to cut his Bieber hair, I demanded his removal. (And then he left the photo shoot crying. And singing One Less Lonely […]

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Friday, Where Have You Been?

I didn’t think Friday would ever get here!  That pic above is me and the fabulous Janna Ryan, a wonderful book reviewer and the amazing woman who runs the conference bookstore every year at ACFW, a task that would scare Superman. AND she did it this year with a new baby. I’m short on time, […]

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Keeping My Eye on the Prize

I just got back from the ACFW yearly conference. It was a great time. I want to apologize for everyone I sneezed or coughed on. I came back to Arkansas with a head full of snot and some serious indignation (nothing ticks me off more than being sick). I was all fired-up and ready to […]

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It’s the Little Things

Since Monday’s post was about my neurotic stressage, today I thought I’d tell you what I’m thankful for. It’s the little things, isn’t it? First of all, I’ve had a great week of smile moments. A few days ago I did my bi-annual run to the recycling center in town. I absolutely hate this chore. […]

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Partly Cloudy, With a Chance of Crazy

Me+fabulous author Rachel Hauck at 2009 ACFW. Things are nuts right now. I have a big project at my educational institution of employment, I’m working on my next YA (um, at least in my head I am), I’m still painting my  house, and I’ve been getting ready for the ACFW conference, where I’m teaching two classes. […]

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School’s In Session

(Me during pig dissection time, conducted by classrooms on either side of me.) Thank you so much for the feedback on the prologue from Save the Date. I so appreciate it. We are in the swing of school. In typical fashion for my district, we hired a new teacher or two for overflow last Friday, […]

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Save the Date

Hello, bloggie friends! I’ve had a lot of sweet emails sent my way requesting a sneak peek at this February’s release, Save the Date. (Cover above not our final version. Side note: I own that same dress.)  I thought I would share a chapter today. First, here’s a rough little blurb: Desperate times call for […]

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A Smorgasbord of Topics

Hours into Monday and I’ve already failed. I didn’t watch the Emmy’s. Did you? I hear Jimmy Fallon was pretty much awesome. I like Jimmy a lot. He’s subtle. He’s low-key. He’s funny. And he does good impressions. I also like him because his wife isn’t a size zero-zero. Speaking of SNL alum, I was […]

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Pray It Forward

Ruins of Holyrood Abbey, Scotland Hey, friends. Recently, a sweet reader, Olivia, wrote to me and told me that her mom has colon cancer. Olivia asked if I would prayer for her mother, Paula. So that’s what I’m gonna do, but I just knew a lot of you would want to help. Olivia is one […]

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Why I Do Not Have Children

I have a cat. His name is Miller. Miller is socially and mentally challenged. We have this in common. Miller also meows. A lot. We do not have this in common. It makes me want to strangle something. Like, him. Miller has no front claws, but 2 years ago I finally introduced him to outside. […]

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Days of Tears and Zombies

That would be a picture of a bathroom I recently visited. What? Don’t tell me you never snap pictures of cute bathrooms. This one was just crying to have its photo taken. Have you signed up for my newsletter yet? The August edition is almost ready to roll out, so make sure you’re in the […]

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