Thursday, August 31, 2023


Happy September!

Autumn is coming. It's my favorite time of year. I love the cooler temperatures, gorgeous colors, and autumn-scented air. Next week, we're expecting another heatwave, but that's okay because I have hope that it won't last long. Having hope changes the way we see the world. 

I have been taking a break from blogging, but I'm here today to share a beautiful new anthology created by the amazing team of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. Their new book is all about hope. 

  WHAT IS HOPE? is collection of 40 ekphrastic poems that are sure to inspire readers and fill them with hope. This book is a Children's Book Council "Hot Off the Press Selection" for August 2023.  WHAT IS HOPE? is a valuable resource for teachers, parents, and librarians. 100% of the profits will be donated to the IBBY Children's Fund. 


 Readers will find poems by some of our Poetry Friday friends as well as other popular names in the children's poetry community. I am thrilled and honored to have one of my poems among them. 


The positive message in every poem makes WHAT IS HOPE? an excellent choice for readers young and old. We all need a daily dose of hope!

Thank you to Ramona for hosting this week on her blog, Pleasures from the Page.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

At the Market: A Poem Video

Thank you to Jone Rush MacCulloch and Jasmine for creating this beautiful video for my poem. 

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Two New Books and Facebook Live

Today I'm excited to celebrate the book birthday of two new books.  Not only am I excited to share two wonderful new books, I'm also the proud mama of the authors!  

LIBRARY OF LESSONS & LIES is a novel-in-verse by Tim Kulp.  It is a fast-paced dark fantasy I would recommend for upper YA and beyond. 

A book loving loner, Beatrix is enjoying a rare night out with her odd couple roommate, social media megastar Claudia. When their fun is ruined by a magical book, Beatrix’s latent powers are awakened, throwing the friends into a mystical world of monsters, sorcerers and extra-dimensional beings. Beatrix and Claudia find their way to a library of magical books, where they must discover who is trying to help them and who is trying to enslave them with promises of power and answers. Their inner demons drive them to deadly decisions with implications that will resonate further than they can imagine. Will Beatrix and Claudia conquer their demons and save each other, or will the horrors of their past unleash the end of all things?

Tim is the author of numerous books for a variety of audiences including MG, YA, and adult. His books take readers on adventures both internally and externally. Tim's day job keeps him on the frontier of AI, an element that often shows up in his writing.   He consults with companies and designs programs to help them use new technology. Tim also teaches undergraduate courses in technology. 

Join Tim tonight, (Feb. 17) at 8PM eastern for a Facebook Live book launch ( Tim will be sharing secrets about the book and answering questions about his writing process. I'll be there and will randomly draw the name of an attendee to win a copy of LIBRARY OF LESSONS & LIES.  Drop by Tim's Facebook page to learn more. Hope to see your there tonight!

SELECTION is a dystopian science fiction debut novel by Chris Kulp. I would recommend it for upper YA and beyond. His stories offer characters who confront current and future issues facing society.  Chris is a professor of physics, science fiction author, and the winner of the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Short Story by a New Author. His fiction has appeared in Galaxy's Edge magazine. He has co-authored nearly 30 scientific articles and one textbook.  Check out Chris' Facebook page for updates about his writing. Here is a brief description of SELECTION.

Humanity almost destroyed itself. To survive the changing climate, we trusted every aspect of our lives to an all-knowing, all-seeing artificial intelligence known as the Algorithm. With scarce resources, the Algorithm decides who lives in poverty and who lives in luxury to build an optimal society.

Omegas clean. Sigmas manage. Betas create. Alphas, lead.

No one questions the Algorithm.

SELECTION follows Sam, Jack, Jennie and Tabitha as they discover the Algorithm’s plan may be more than it seems.

But do four people stand a chance against an omnipotent AI who may know them better than they know themselves?

LIBRARY OF LESSONS & LIES and SELECTION are both published by Making Adventure. You may know Making Adventure is the publishing company Tim started last year. With a lot of hard work, Making Adventure is gaining an audience and growing, but becoming a successful publishing business takes a village. If you would like to help, here are a couple of things you can do.

Please consider ordering one or both of the books and reviewing them on Amazon. It really helps spread the word. 

If you are on social media, posting about the books can help them reach new people. 

I appreciate you reading this long post.  Thank you so much for supporting my sons' and their books. I am very grateful to be part of the Poetry Friday family.

A special thank you to Molly for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Snow At Last!

 We've had a mild January with above average temperatures. On Wednesday, we got our first snowfall of the year. Our neighborhood was decorated in white. The weather forecast told us it would last long so I walked toward a wooded area near my house and snapped this picture.

A big thank you to Jan at Book Seed Studio for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Homemade Gifts

Homemade gifts are the best!  It fills my heart with joy when someone takes the time to make something just for me. A homemade gift is so much more personal than a store bought gift.  I do enjoy choosing store bought gifts for the people I love, but I always try to include a homemade gift too. Crocheted Christmas ornaments, a collection of family recipes, poems, and baked goods are some of my favorite gifts to give. 

Speaking of making things, I am grateful to have poems in three of the new anthologies edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong. I consider these books homemade. The poems were written especially for the anthologies by poets who love sharing the gift of words. Then Janet and Sylvia gathered the poems, created award-winning books for readers to enjoy, and will donate 100% of the profits to the IBBY Children in Crisis Fund.  What a beautiful way to spread kindness through poetry!

The THINGS WE... series is designed for young children, and WHAT IS A FRIEND? is for middle grade readers. Readers of all ages will enjoy these anthologies. Poetry is a gift that can be enjoyed again and again.  I think that is the best kind of gift!

For more poetry and great books, check out Pomelo Books.


A big thank you to Karen for hosting today's Poetry Friday.

Wishing you peace, love, and joy!


Thursday, October 20, 2022

A Memory

The other day, my husband and I were out for a walk enjoying the gorgeous fall colors.  When my husband suggested we look for acorns, a faint memory popped into my mind. 

I was four or five years old.  My mother had taken us either to the woods or maybe it was a park to look for acorns.  I don't know if we walked on pine needles or if everything in my poem actually happened. I do remember taking home leaves, acorns, and pinecones.  Autumn has always been my favorite season, and I'm grateful for this memory.

A big thank you to Bridget at wee words for wee ones for hosting this week's Poetry Friday.

Friday, October 7, 2022

"Hot Off the Press"

My internet is spotty this morning so I'm typing fast hoping to get this post written before I lose it again. Technology!  

WHAT IS A FRIEND? is a new middle grade poetry anthology edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong.   A Children's Book Council "Hot Off the Presses" selection that examines many forms of friendship.  It belongs in every classroom library and will be well-loved by middle grade readers.

I'm very excited to be a small part of this important book about friendship. I have always loved horses, and this photo made me think of the horse therapy farm near my home. It can be read from either the child's or the horse's point of view. I wanted the reader to be able to empathize with both of them.

I am grateful to Sylvia and Janet including my poem "Rescue" and for all the meaningful, heartfelt books they are putting out into the world. 

In the coming days, I'll share more about this beautiful book.  

A special thank you to Sarah Grace Tuttle for hosting Poetry Friday.