Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Book Release--LIKE MAGIC!

Over at EMUS Debuts this week, we're celebrating the launch of Elaine Vickers's middle-grade novel, LIKE MAGIC! Author Jason Gallaher asked the EMUS if we had any significant friendships that had changed our lives. Of course, I just had to talk about my husband, Mark.

Read Jason's piece here (and get to laugh at my high school homecoming dance picture!)

Friday, October 21, 2016

Happy Halloween!

 I just wanted to remind folks of this terrific Halloween event being put on by Curious City. What a great way to put stories into the hands of children! Read all about it here!

Or better yet, watch their video!

This week on EMU'S DEBUTS, we're celebrating the release of Elly Swartz's debut novel, FINDING PERFECT.

We have many terrific posts about Elly's middle-grade novel, a story about an OCD girl determined to have a perfect family. I especially enjoyed today's post, were Hayley Barrett asks, "What advice would you give your 12-year old self?" I think it's interesting to pause for a moment and think about yourself at a younger age, consider where you were then and how far you've come to where you are now.

What would you say to your younger self?

Friday, October 14, 2016

The Launch Continues...

This week EMU'S DEBUTS has been celebrating the launch of Donna Janell Bowman's debut picture book, STEP RIGHT UP. It's a fabulous picture book biography about Doc and Jim Key and how they began the humane treatment of animals movement. Every day, a new post has been made to give insight into the creation of this wonderful book.

Today, Cynthia Levinson lets readers get to know some of the EMUS a little more closely by sharing stories and pictures of their own pets. I've always said that behind every great author there's a cat (or dog or horse or some furry, finned or feathered creature!). Enjoy Cynthia's post here!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wonderful New Picture Book is Out!

Donna Janell Bowman's debut picture book is out! STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM KEY TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS is a beautiful story about the relationship between a man and a horse and how that relationship began the humane movement.

Read an interview with Donna Janell Bowman here and an interview with her editor here.

Want to buy the book? Visit it on Amazon.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Story Giveaways!

Fellow EMLA author Maria Gianferrari is giving a free copy of her book, OFFICER KATZ AND HOUNDINI: A TALE OF TWO TAILS on Goodreads. Check it out here!

And check-out Trick or Reaters' terrific alternative to candy giveaways at Halloween---free STORIES!

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Wow, the writing business can be full of happy surprises. I am so fortunate to have two books coming out in the spring 2017. 

MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN (illustrated by Carol Schwartz, published by Tilbury House) is a rhyming cumulative picture book about insects you'd find in a garden. It has a release date of January 31, 2017. 

MAMA LOVES YOU SO (illustrated by Simone Shin, published by Little Simon) is a rhyming board book that celebrates a mother’s love trumping even majestic mother nature. If you know me, you know I'm a huge nature-lover so I used nature metaphors to illustrate the power of a mother's love. Little Simon is releasing this book on March 14, 2017.

Two books with release-dates about six weeks apart. But this week, I saw where both covers appeared online. WOW! Just look at these...


I am so lucky to have two amazing illustrators create the art for my words. Thank you, Carol and Simone! If you'd like some more eye candy, please visit their websites: