Monday, August 31, 2015

New Release

After much waiting, the time is finally here...Little Bug has been released by Guardian Angel Publishing!  Thank you, Lynda S. Burch, for placing your trust in me and appreciating my vision for this story.  Thank you, Eugene Ruble, for bringing my story to life.

You can learn more about the book and find purchase info on my book page at Guardian Angel Publishing:

Information will also be updated and available on my blog and website soon so please visit at: and

I will also have hard copy stock soon for any wanting signed copies.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Cover Release

I am very excited to share the cover of my soon-to-be released children's book, Little Bug (Guardian Angel Publishing).  I've been working on final edits with the publisher over the last week and am looking forward to holding the final product in hand.  More info to come...

Tuesday, August 25, 2015


Do you have a mantra? A saying that helps you press on when you think you can't?

For years, mine has been, "I can go the distance."  I'm not sure why.  It just popped into my head one morning while working out.  I must have been tired and wanting to give up.

I was thinking of it this morning as I took my son to school and passed my sister-in-law out running (she is training for a marathon) and wondered what she uses as a mantra to get her through those long runs.

I then started thinking about how my mantra applies to my writing life as I hadn't previously thought of it in those terms.  It does, however, work well for this side of my life as well.

Struggling to form a new on.  Struggling to find the right words to flesh out a new concept...keep writing.  Having trouble editing and polishing the final manuscript before submitting...keep working.  Getting a rejection, or multiple rejections...go the distance, re-submit and keep doing so.

So many of the life lessons we use in our daily life also apply to our writing life.  Persistence and hard work are keys to success, in life and in writing.

How about you? Do you have a mantra that serves you well?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Video Share

I had the privilege of listening to Denise Vega speak at a writing conference a couple years ago.  She is not only extremely knowledgeable about writing and living the writing life but is also very motivational and encouraging.  She is awesome at sharing her talents and knowledge with other writers, and I wanted to share her recent video about finding a publisher for your children's book for any of you interested in viewing it.

Here is the link for Denise's video:

You can also learn more about Denise at:

I encourage you all to go visit and follow Denise for ongoing info and support!

Friday, August 14, 2015

Write On

I have found myself spinning in circles (literally and figuratively, it seems) numerous times over the course of these last couple weeks as summer winds down, sports seasons change and work looms ever closer.  There has been a final push this last week as I prepared my therapy room for the upcoming school year before an open house and tried to get myself organized somewhat--though by organization I mean preparing sticky notes and lists of what yet needs to be accomplished.  What has been lacking significantly is writing time which tends to make me cranky...and reading time which also makes me very cranky. 

I started thinking about the times I've committed to writing first before anything else in the day and trying to utilize every block of time, large or small, throughout the day.  Those times were most productive for me, and I definitely need to get back to that state of mind. 

I found this quote this morning on Pinterest (yes, wasting time while waiting for my daughter to finish an MRI) which seems the perfect spring board for a return to productivity...

"You might not write well every day, but you can always edit a bad page.  You can't edit a blank page."  Jodi Picoult

Well, duh!!!  That does, however, require physically writing.  So, as I embark on a new school/work year, I am recommitting myself to a better writing life as well.

If you care to share how your writing life transitions from summer months to school time (regardless of working in a school setting), I would love to hear all about it. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Guardian Angel Publishing New Releases

Congratulations to all authors and illustrators of the August 2015 Guardian Angel Publishing new releases.  Great work! 
You can read and learn more below...

99 Monkeys on a Bus
Littlest Angels
Author-Christine Marie Alemshah
Illustrations Copyright © 2015 Jack Foster
Nobody believed Bobby’s outrageous story about seeing monkeys on a bus, but he persevered and found a way to show everyone they really existed.

A Puddle for Poo
Early Reader Chapter book
Author Mary Vigliante Szydlowski; Illustrator KC Snider
Something has to be done about the Baker's dog, Poo! Her digging, chewing, and bad behavior is driving the neighbors crazy.

Pepé Maurice Pierre, Poodle Extraordinaire
Animals & Pets
Author Kelly Hashway; Illustrator Jack Foster
Pepe is no ordinary French poodle. When Meg enters him a dog show, his differences make him the star of the show.

Academic Wings
written and illustrated by Melissa Ross
On a night time hike with his dad, a young boy overcomes his fear of the dark with the help of an unlikely superhero called Supermoon.

Two House Lilly
Chapbook for Tweens
written and illustrated by Candace Hardy
Lilly Ferris’ life is a calendar of Red Weeks and Blue Weeks as she moves between life with her dad and his new family and her mom and Grandma Ada. It takes a family crisis to convince her that two families isn’t a bad thing.