Spring Tea in the Garden

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Come join me for a little check-in about life and spring time and laying the groundwork for dreams to grow. I’ve been thinking a lot about spring time, since we’ve enjoyed a few walks in a gorgeous local historic garden and my flowers at home are in bloom. It’s time to shed the jackets and […]

Three book covers by Rick Riordan, Cassie Beasley and Wayne Thomas Batson with author Elizabeth Van Tassel

Magical Doorway Reads

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My reviews for MMGM, Marvelous Middle Grade Monday, under the Magical Gazebo this week include three books that all involve going through a portal or transition to a land beyond. They couldn’t be more different than one another but each has a distinctive experience in another land, powerful lessons they learn there, and key decision […]

Through The Rainbow’s Edge

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Spring Thoughts From My Journal It’s been a wet and windy day in Northern California and I’ve been in our new home for just over a year and a half. I’ve noticed in certain conditions, this season especially, dewy rainbows hug our area with the green, sloping hills in the far distance. I’ve been on […]

Happy to be joining Ambassador Agency author Elizabeth Van Tassel, bookcase, gnomes

Excited To Join The Team At Ambassador Agency

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I’ve received a wonderful gift that is a dream come true—an offer of agent representation from literary agent Wes Yoder with Ambassador Agency. Signing with an agent is a great step forward in pursuing my dream of publishing my middle grade fantasy and other stories. Wes has helped the careers of many musicians, authors, and […]

The Unexpected Dazzling Swim Class

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Everyone moved side to side, warming up as dancers before a ballet or jazz class. A few stretched, but mainly tried not to splash their neighbor too much. The music started and was festive with accents from the 1980s. It lifted us all with a can-do attitude. But then they added weights… We all groaned […]

Cherish Precious Moments This Christmas

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I wanted to wish you a wonderful holiday season and Christmas joy upon you and yours. I’ve been so grateful for each of you and am wishing I could have you over for coffee and sit a while together. I love Christmas and have been setting out little special corners of remembrances and happy, even […]

Favorite Reads of 2018

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The Not-To-Miss Books, Great Gift Ideas, and Favorite Reads for Middle Graders I’m so excited to share some of my favorite reads to add to your Christmas list for boys and girls ages eight to thirteen years. One of my pet peeves is hearing parents at school say their kids don’t like to read. I […]

The Air We Breathe – Caught In The Bay Area Smoke Out

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Our family lives in Northern California in the Bay Area and we’ve been caught in an unusual situation, covered with smoke. As wildfire survivors who lost our home and all our possessions eleven years ago, it’s been a challenging couple of weeks as smoke from the Camp Fire rolled in and, like a stealthy dragon, […]

Flashback Book Launch Event with Author Shannon Messenger

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Recently, author Shannon Messenger, who writes the wonderful Keeper of the Lost Cities series began her book launch tour for her book Flashback. I was excited to meet up with a friend in our MG Lunch Bunch readers group and enjoy Messenger’s talk sponsored by Kepler’s Literary Foundation. I had met and interviewed her a […]