When Back to School Isn't

For many of you, you'll be sending your littles back to school this week. Perhaps some of your kids have already been back in school for several weeks. There have likely been mixed emotions of excitement and apprehension, combined with the busyness of preparing all the necessary items while simultaneously bidding adieu to the final days of summer. But what happens when back to school isn't? The new school year isn't met with pomp and circumstance. There are no trips to the office supply store on tax-free weekend for school supplies. No school lunches to pack. No papers to sign or homework to tend to. That's the case for me. You see, my baby graduated high school this past spring. Back-to-school season is behind me and another one has taken its place. We've moved on to college, career, and watching them spread their wings knowing my husband and I helped them launch. Now, I'm an empty nester. This past year has been a challenging one for me. It has tested me, stre

Gain Your Wings!

Last week I said I was marching in with good news. What was that news? Spring is on its way, of course! And if you've been lucky enough to enjoy the string of beautiful weather the last few days, you're likely smiling at every lovely moment of sunshine and warmth. I know I am! But there's more good news this week. More on that in a moment. Y'all, it's been a long year.  Last year this time I was recovering from emergency surgery.  Things snowballed from there. Not all of it bad, of course. Most of it was good. So, so good! Some of it was unexpected. So, so unexpected! (And in the coming months, I'll be revealing more about that.) But for now, I'm excited to share my good news! I've been working hard on so many projects, I'm spread quite thin at the moment. But Unicorn Tales is one of my favorite projects. And now it has an exciting companion to the series! Introducing.... Unicorn Tales: Gain Your Wings Kindness Journal This is such a darling little

Marching in with Good News

  I'm "Marching" in with good news! It's a new month and spring is only three weeks away! I don't know about you but winter seemed to drag on a bit. Luckily, I got a taste of spring when we had several days of beautiful weather and I've been counting down the days ever since. Over the past few weeks, I've been working hard on new projects and finishing up some old ones. It's been a challenging but exciting season in my life and I'm grateful for every opportunity I have to work on bringing you great stories. I'm really excited about the possibilities and can't wait to share these books with you! While it'll be a few months still before I have any new release information, I did have something else to share! As you begin to think about spring break and Easter (for those who celebrate), it's a great opportunity to consider new books for the middle-grade reader. You'll find some fang-tastic titles on this list , including three of my

The Big, Exciting, and Long-Awaited Reveal!

Did you hear the news? Only 6 more weeks of winter...or as I like to think, only 6 more weeks until spring! Winter is far from my favorite season, so I'm looking forward to warmer days ahead. It's been a month since my last post and in that time I've been soooo busy! For a while now, I've hinted that I had big things in the works. Then, this past month, I finally wrapped up one of those projects. I'm excited to share it with you! As you may recall, last summer I relaunched the  Unicorn Tales  series with new covers. Shortly after, I realized my website was in need of a major overhaul as well. These new books needed a home that reflected my creative spirit. I also felt as though I needed my brand to stand out to readers as soon as they visited my website. Unfortunately, at the time, it was a bit bland and non-descript. Definitely not the message I wanted to convey! Finding the perfect branding proved to be difficult as I write across so many genres. From magical unic

New Year Changes

  Happy New Year! We're four days into 2022 and the days went so fast. New years eve seems like eons ago. I may never truly understand this enigma of the passage of time but I do know how grateful I am to enjoy another year filled with possibilities and hope. There are big changes in store and you'll see some of them in the coming weeks. And, at some point, I'll fill you in on many of the things going on behind the scenes. In the meantime, I wanted to send you a message for a very happy, healthy, and joyous new year! May 2022 bring you goodness, hope, and fulfillment.

Christmas Wish

  In this final week before Christmas, I wanted to send you a special wish and a thank you. It is with sincere gratitude that I wish to thank you for joining me this past year and always. Your support and encouragement have meant the world to me. In some of my darkest days, I could count on you for words of kindness. It's not easy to be on this journey but your warmth has often provided me with the hope I needed when times were tough. It is my sincerely held belief that kindness makes the world a better place. When we surround ourselves with goodness and people who share our values, treasure our individual worth, and support our endeavors, we grow, too. I value my friendships and surround myself with those who value me in return. And I hope that I have been an influence for good, too. Not just in my relationships but in the stories I write as well. So dear friends, I'm sending you my wish for a happy holiday season, a very Merry Christmas, a happy new year! As you enter the new

Something Different

There are, unbelievably, only two weeks until Christmas!  It's been a rough few weeks here (that's a story for another day) so it hasn't felt much like the holiday season. But I'm hoping to start baking some cookies soon, sip some hot cocoa by the fire, and watch a Hallmark movie or two. It's about the moments and memories, after all, and that's what matters most. The last few years I've been busy with the Unicorn Tales series but I haven't always written anthropomorphic characters. In fact, my first books featured strong heroines. (There's more about that in a moment.) So if strong females, empowerment, and resilient women matter to you (and they should!) then you'll enjoy sharing this book with the young readers in your life. Written for Upper Middle-Grade readers this collection of short stories is based in the Asian island nation of Sri Lanka and feature a common thread of female empowerment. Be it a young girl overcoming bullies and finding