Audio Book Chilling–YA But Adult-Worthy

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Blog |

Disturbing yet hypnotic, I was instantly drawn to Kenneth Oppel’s audio book “The Nest.” The master storyteller reeled me in as I listened, unsettled, yet mesmerized. Here’s a young adult crossover with appeal to those who relish a brilliantly imagined novel with a universal theme. Actor/ filmmaker Gibson Frazier narrates “The Nest,” cleverly portraying a handful of characters. The inflections in his voice are formidable as steps...

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“Noni the Pony” is Back in A Charming New Picture Book

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Blog |

Welcome back Noni—the pinto star of “Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach.” If kids enjoyed meeting Noni in her debut picture book, they’re sure to be engrossed with her escapades on the sand, and in the surf. “Noni the Pony is friendly and funny and loves going down to the beach when it’s sunny.” So begins this rhyming charmer as Noni gazes dreamily off, her eyes fixed on an ocean scene, complete with a lighthouse. Down the hill Noni...

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Off to a New Start

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Blog |

It’s rather humiliating when you get spanked by your 30-something, tech-savvy daughter—a social media guru who built this website for me last year. Once it was up and running, I vowed to post regularly. Nada. Of course I had excuses. Don’t we all? The blinds needed a good dust, a new cruise catalog came in the mail, a stack of advance reading copies called to me from the office bookcase. In all honesty, maintaining and editing a blog for...

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Weekend Read: “Frog Music”

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Blog, My Work, Uncategorized |

Only 100 pages to go in “Frog Music.” Fans of Emma Donoghue’s, like me, have been waiting for her next novel after speeding through her debut bestseller “Room.” Donoghue sets her newest against the backdrop of the Gold Rush in San Francisco, the summer of 1876. At the center of the action is Blanche Beunon, a French dance hall girl who befriends Jenny Bonnet, a gun-toting, boyish gal who’s shot dead on the first pages of the...

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April is D.E.A.R Month, Drop Everything And Read!

Posted by on Apr 4, 2014 in Blog, My Work, Uncategorized |

Sure there’s always lots of do, but it’s perfectly okay to pick up a book without picking up a load of guilt. Too many of us are so work-oriented that we don’t feel like it’s okay to relax with a great book. It’s especially gratifying to drop everything and read to a wonderful child in your life. This weekend I’ll be doing just that. One of my old favorites, “Blaze Finds the Trail,” will be front...

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“Here Comes the Easter Cat” Perfect for Little Baskets

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Blog, My Work, Uncategorized |

Hold onto your ears, all you traditional rabbits—“Here Comes the Easter Cat” features a feline with dreams of hopping down the bunny trail. This adorable story has spare text by Deborah Underwood, and simple illustrations by Claudia Rueda, who uses ink and color pencils to give the cat tell-all facial expressions. “What’s wrong, Cat? You look grumpy,” the book begins, the kitty pouty with arms crossed as if in a...

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