It’s official!

Booktrope has re-released my second book, The New Ever After. My head’s spinning and my feet aren’t quite touching the ground. To top it all off, my fabulous publicist just wrote a press release about my upcoming book signing at Barnes and Noble. Yes, Barnes and Noble, the bookstore I used to visit in Greenwich Village with my Dad. So I’m filled with gratitude and love. Thank you, thank you, thank you. The New Ever After Heather Meadows has been given a second chance at happiness. When her first husband passed away, she never thought she’d love again but a … Read more…

Yuck, yuck and yuck

Dear Adam, I am an adoring fan. Quite possibly one of your biggest fans, I mean who else has written a whole series of books about you? As far as I know…no one else! I’ve seen you in concert. I have multiple copies of your Sexiest Man Alive cover sitting on my desk. My kids fear I’ll meet you and never come home. I get texts, emails and phone calls from dozens of people every time you’re on television. Basically, I’m your girl and you’re my guy. Except, I don’t like your new video, Animals. Actually, I hate your new … Read more…

My thoughts from a middle school parking lot

I believe having a conversation face to face is best. I believe using a pencil and paper beats any technology. I believe creativity is stifled by our reliance on computers. I believe we are too connected. I believe limiting screen time is the only way. I believe my kids learn more when they play mancala or Sleeping Queens rather than playing a game on my iPad. I believe the sweetest words in the English language are Hi Mommy. I believe we should bow down to the teachers who are constantly forced to implement new and sometimes inane programs into their … Read more…

Speed

Sometimes I speed through things. I rush. I don’t look. That’s not true. Really, I look beyond whatever’s in front of me and on to the next thing pointing my eyes away from the object that’s staring me down. I speed through uncomfortable situations pushing on to the next item on the agenda. Moving quickly gives me the blindspots I crave. Speed paints a blurry picture of the truth. Add a little busy-ness and I don’t have to sit with the elephant in the room. Right now, I’m running from the mirror. I cover my head up with the towel … Read more…

Flirting With Magick Spotlight

Booktrope has re-released Leigh Bennett’s magical contemporary romance Flirting With Magick, a funny, sweet story of finding love, losing it and finding it again.   Flirting With Magick Blurb   There’s nothing like a love spell to get Abby Williams out of her rut and over her ex, but when a gorgeous rocker, a cute colleague, and an apologetic ex–boyfriend come knocking Abby wonders if maybe the spell worked a little too well. If she even believes in that stuff. As emotions run high, secrets are exposed, and feelings change, Abby wonders if flirting with magick is more trouble than … Read more…

Today

I write to share my experiences. I write because it’s the only way I can synthesize things in my mind. I write because maybe, just maybe, my words can help someone or simply make them feel less alone.  When my nine-year-old daughter had a ruptured ovarian cyst, I sat up in the wee hours of the night reading a blog written by a mom who had had a similar experience with her daughter. I love having that me-too feeling when I read a post on Facebook about another mom sharpening 65 pencils or someone searching for a purple plastic folder … Read more…

They’re mine

They squabble. Sometimes squabble is too mild of a term to describe what they do. The glass door of the shower shakes as they run upstairs to list their grievances and place blame. I escape to the bathroom or hide in my closet to find a quiet moment and count the minutes until I get a little reprieve. And then they broker some sort of peace agreement and play soccer until a too tall brother accidentally kicks the soccer ball into an unprepared sister. Or they play Minecraft on separate devices until someone sets someone else’s house on fire or … Read more…

A New Booktrope Book!

One of the reasons I’m so excited about my new adventure with Booktrope is that I get to meet some great new authors. I wanted to share this new release with you…it looks fab! Booktrope has released the fifth paranormal romance in Lilian Roberts’ Immortal Rapture Series. Arielle Immortal Journey is the first completely new book we’ve seen from the author since 2013. The novel continues the love affair between part-time telepath Arielle Lloyd and her immortal fiancé Sebastian Gaulle; but, this volume includes an exciting time travel element to shake things up.   Arielle Immortal Journey   An invitation … Read more…

Summertime Happy

It’s easy to get lost when the calendar starts to clear and the lunches no longer need to be packed. Instead, days are filled with I want-to and I should-be and lazy moments of deciding exactly what to do. And my happy gets lost in the pile of wet beach towels and muddy flip-flops. You know me well enough by now to know I over-analyze every situation and event and I’m not good at pretending a moment is happy when it isn’t. I try to live this one crazy life with a sense of authenticity. And that’s a gift I … Read more…

lunch

Today is the day I get to say a temporary so long to my least favorite task…packing lunches. I pack four lunches a day for approximately 180 days give or take a few snow days, half days or special events. Still, that’s a lot of lunches. Am I alone in saying the mind numbingly dull task of packing your child’s lunch is the worst? I intend to put so much thought and energy into the calories my kids gather from their lunches. I pin ideas from Pinterest that look delightful. I look at my preschoolers lunches and get more ideas … Read more…