• “California Trail Discovered” Free Book Winners!

    Congratulations to the three book winners from my August blog post on Gail Kittleson’s website. I used a random drawing app to pick the winners. It would have been fun to somehow do the drawing live and record it to display here, because you get to watch the wheel spin as it makes sound effects. …[ read more ]

  • Trailer for “California Trail DIscovered” Released

    Would love to hear your comments on the newly-released book trailer for “California Trail Discovered.” The book will be published next month by WordCraft Press, This middle grade novel includes links to free S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. lessons teachers and homeschoolers can download and use along with this short novel, making it interactive for readers ages …[ read more ]

  • “W” Hour – The Warsaw Uprising

    At 5pm Saturday, August 1, people in Poland will celebrate the 76th anniversary of Warsaw’s Uprising during WWII. Sirens will blare and people will stop what they’re doing for one minute in remembrance of past heroes who gave their all for Poland’s freedom in 1944. Thursday night I read a chapter of my revised version …[ read more ]

  • Artemis Fowl, the Book and the Movie

    Do you ever wish your novel might someday be made into a movie? Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl, had to wait 19 years for it to happen! Although the movie had mixed reviews, my husband loved this sci-fi adventure when we watched it last night on the Disney Channel. I remember my 6th-grade students …[ read more ]

  • Five Reasons to Encourage the Youth in Your Life to Read Good Historical Fiction

    What is good historical fiction? Why should we encourage students to read it? According to an article by The Atlantic, good historical fiction avoids the promotion of myths and stereotypes. It also presents individuals—both fictional and historical, as they are, neither all good nor all bad. Most of all, good historical fiction provides a compelling …[ read more ]