Sunday, April 26, 2020

Chapter 18 Read Aloud - KEYS TO THE CITY

I would be SO excited to do what Lindy gets to do in this chapter. New York City is such a special place - I miss you NYC and hope to see you again someday soon!!

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Chapter 17 Read Aloud - KEYS TO THE CITY

Just want to say thanks to the librarians and teachers who are suggesting my read aloud as part of their online curriculum, I really appreciate it!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Chapter 16 Read Aloud - KEYS TO THE CITY

There's a little section of this chapter that reminds me of what we're going through right now. I didn't point it out while I was reading because I didn't want to interrupt the story, but I thought I'd share here.

Lindy says, "It reminded me of the time the four of us got stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel at the Dutchess County Fair last year. We hadn't known how long we'd be up there -- could have been five minutes or five hours. More than being stuck, it was the not knowing that had kind of freaked me out."

Uncertainty is hard. There's a lot of uncertainty in what we're going through right now. The best thing we can do, I think, is to try our best to take it one day at a time and as much as we can, find things that make us happy and keep us from worrying too much about the future.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Read Aloud Chapter 14 - KEYS TO THE CITY

Sorry this is late, have been so busy the past couple of days with lots of things going on. I appreciate your patience!

For anyone watching and wanting to buy the companion novels to KEYS TO THE CITY, you can find those books with links to buy at Bookshop, a new independent bookstore site.

Bookshop - a new way to shop and support indie bookstores

I'm taking a break from my read aloud of KEYS TO THE CITY to tell you about a new place to buy your books online. For a lot of people, Amazon has provided a much needed service to get books to people who don't have bookstores near by. But they hold so much power, and that's not a good thing.

So some good news! You can now shop at and support independent bookstores along with authors in the process!!

I've created pages for my books that are still in print. I'll be updating my web site in the next week with links as well. But for  now, check out the pages below with links to buy all in one place.

Here's the page to shop for my YA novels.

And here's the page for novels for kids (generally 8-12).

In the coming weeks, I'll make other lists - like my favorite verse novels.

This is so cool and SO exciting. I know it's a hard time for a lot of people right now, but anything we can do to support bookstores and authors is appreciated by everyone who works in the publishing and bookstore business.

Stay well and happy reading!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Read Aloud Chapter 11 - KEYS TO THE CITY

Hope you're doing well. It's hard, I know. One thing I learned when my husband had a back injury and was off of work for nine months is you just have to take it one day at a time. Don't think too far ahead because it just causes you to worry. So focus on today and what you can do today to help yourself and your loved ones get through it.

Sending you love, where ever you are, from my home in Oregon!!

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Read Aloud Chapter 8 - KEYS TO THE CITY

Just a reminder to support independent bookstores right now if you can. Many are offering the ability to shop online and then pick up your order and have it brought to your car. Some are even making deliveries if you're close enough.

If you don't have an independent bookstore near you, here are a few that will ship to you, no matter where you live in the US! Portland, Oregon Poulsbo, Washington Houston, Texas

Thanks for following along!