Happy Agent Day!!

Just want to give a special shout-out to my awesome agent, Steven Chudney of The Chudney Agency!!  Steven truly believes in the magic of FORGET-HER-NOTS, and I hope for many happy years together!  Thanks, Steven!!

(And thanks to Kody Keplinger, author of THE DUFF, for suggesting this day. 🙂

Debut Author Challenge!!

Have you heard about the amazing debut author challenge thought up by The Story Siren, YA blogger extraordinaire! Challenge yourself to read at least twenty-five books by new authors.  Of course, I have to recommend the Tenner novels!  (just click on the Tenner link to the left to find some).

I’m thrilled to be included on lists by Sharon Loves Books and Cats,  A Book Dork, The Frenetic Reader, The Neverending Shelf, Sarah’s Random Musings, and Ellz Reads . Thanks so much amazing YA bloggers!  A white bellflower for everlasting gratitude. 

This just in:  More bloggers have added me to their list.  Huge thanks to Reverie Book Reviews,  Wicked Good Books, and the amazing Kristi at The Story Siren.  Wow!  I’m thrilled.

Forget-Her-Nots has made even more Challenge lists!!  Thanks to Late Bloomers Online, Lost in a Book,  YA Book Queen, An Addicted Book Reader, Book Mac, Katie’s Book Blog, GreenBeanTeenQueen, ReadWhatYouKnow and Library Lounge Lizard.  You all rock!



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The Last Rose

It’s cold and rainy today, one of my least favorite types of weather, but I just saw something amazing.  My kids were off to school, and I’d finished walking the dog.  A spot of pink caught my eye as I rounded our house.  It was a gorgeous pink rose.  (I know I should have a picture, but my camera is being annoying today.  So I’ll have to describe it.)  It’s a light shade of pink with more petals than I can count.  It weathered cold air, wind, and rain to open perfectly in my side yard.  It’s the definitely last rose of the year, because there are no buds left.  I’m not usually a rose person, because they’re too labor intensive.  (I prefer easy perennials at this point in my life.)  But this one seemed almost miraculous and symbolic.  One last burst of beauty and rosy fragrance before winter descends.                     





In the language of flowers, a pink rose can mean grace, beauty, and happiness.  It brought all to me today!

Last Week’s News

I continue to be amazed and grateful to all the awesome YA bloggers who have found Forget-Her-Nots way before it’s on the shelves.  This week a special thanks go out to Kristen at Bookworming in the 21st Century for WOW’ing my novel on her blog:


And the wonderful Sara at The Hiding Spot blog made me her Cover of the Week!



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Have a wonderful week!  I’m back to String Theories ….

My Apologies!

Wow, I can’t believe how long it’s been since I posted anything.  So sorry!  My excuse is that I’ve been writing like crazy, working to finish a complete draft of STRING THEORIES, that I’m happy with and want to send to my wonderful agent.  It seems like it’s finally coming together, and I’m hoping to finish up before my mom comes to town this weekend.  She just turned 70, and I’ve promised to wine, dine, and take her to art exhibits while she’s here.  Gotta love Washington, D.C., for those free museums.  We’ll take in the John Singer Sargeant seaside paintings at the Corcoran and make it to some of our favorites at the National Gallery.  I definitely feel like I deserve some celebrating after working this hard this fall!

One of these days, I’d love to write a novel that has to do with painting and art.  Early drafts of Forget-Her-Nots actually had a scene at the National Gallery.  I love poems and novels that explore the relationships between paintings and the real world.  There are sooo many paintings I would love to step into the world of, especially anything by Paul Cezanne.  

Here’s one of my favorites.  Wouldn’t you love to step inside?!