A Little Birthday Treat for Everyone

When it’s your birthday, you’re expected to bring cupcakes to work with you (I always thought it should be the other way around, but whatever). However, I try to play by the rules. So, consider this portion of chapter 1 of my book These Great Affects like a tray of cupcakes. Enjoy and pick up your copyContinue reading “A Little Birthday Treat for Everyone”

Book Rec: Looking for Calvin and Hobbes

There are very few people who do not have fond memories of reading the morning paper with a cup of coffee or a bowl of cereal, and the first thing they flipped to was the funny pages. Not for Peanuts or Garfield, but to read more adventures of a boy and his stuffed tiger. InContinue reading “Book Rec: Looking for Calvin and Hobbes”

Book Reviewers Wanted and Cover Reveal

All right, readers, my second book, I Am the Lion,  is gearing up for publication on Amazon KDP!  I am still thrilled by the wonderful reviews and feedback I continue to receive from my debut novel The Man in the Box (2012). I’m looking for 10 willing book reviewers to receive free PDF copies of I Am the Lion to review forContinue reading “Book Reviewers Wanted and Cover Reveal”

4 New Book Announcements from the Author of The Man in the Box

                  It’s been a busy year for us Toys. Aside from bringing our beloved foster daughter into our home, having some major job changes, helping one of our pups recover from back surgery, I’ve also been very busy writing my next few books. Many of you mayContinue reading “4 New Book Announcements from the Author of The Man in the Box”

They Risked All

The following is taken from The American Patriot’s Almanac by William J. Bennett and John T.E. Cribb. On July 4, 1776, delegates to the Continental Congress in Philadelphia voted to adopt the Declaration of Independence. The men who issued that famous document realized they were signing their own death warrants, since the British would consider them traitors.Continue reading “They Risked All”

Write “Mississippilessly”

Do you remember that scene in Friends where Ross keeps getting 2’s sprayed on his face in the tanning booth? It’s probably one of my favorite scenarios in the series. In the scene, Ross goes to a tanning salon where he is told to count to five after his front has been sprayed, then turn around soContinue reading “Write “Mississippilessly””

It Doesn’t Stop at The Hunger Games

While writing my young readers historical fiction book about a dachshund in Nazi Germany, I’ve been reading two types of books: historical books surrounding the Nazi era and young readers books. While it’s pretty easy to find really enthralling historical books, young readers books that aren’t dumbed down are kind of hard to come by,Continue reading “It Doesn’t Stop at The Hunger Games”