Saturday, May 14, 2022

3 books in one!

Over ten years ago, I wrote a book that has become one of the most popular books I've written: IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES. I didn't start out thinking I'd write two more companion books, but lots of kids wrote to me with questions after they finished the first and so, because of those emails and letters, I wrote a second book and then a third.

And now - something really fun is happening with those books.

Simon and Schuster is releasing a paperback bind-up of all three books for one very inexpensive price.

I love the cover so much. The artist took details from each of the three books and put them in the cover art. SO fun!

Available May 24, 2022. Happy reading!

Sunday, September 5, 2021

New YA novel coming March, 2022!

Exciting news!

I sold a YA novel in March to a fairly new line at Penguin Random House called Underlined. It focuses on page-turning reads for teens and publishes most in paperback, so they are more affordable. I just love that! I haven't had a young adult novel published for over five years, so I'm excited to be back in that space again. But that's not all - it's my first mystery, a murder mystery to be exact. When I wrote this book, I was substituting in libraries and when I would work in middle and high school libraries, just about every other student that came in asked for a mystery. I thought, "Maybe I should write one." So I did. 

We have worked hard and quickly to get it ready for publication for spring of 2022!! And the REALLY good news is that it is already up for pre-order on many sites. Pre-orders help authors so much because it lets the publisher know there is interest which may cause them to put a bit more into marketing and promotion.

The premise: When a boy finds a girl's body in the ditch on prom night, he becomes the primary suspect in her murder. 

Here's the cover:

Follow this LINK to see all the places it's available to order. I appreciate your support so much!

Sunday, December 27, 2020

What will I remember about 2020?

Sometimes I wonder what I'll remember about 2020. Most likely I will remember the anger and grief I felt on a regular basis. The stark realization that far too many people don't have the compassion and empathy for our fellow human beings in order to have the kind of society I long to live in. The truth laid bare during a once-in-a-lifetime national crisis that far too many politicians value power and wealth over all else.
But I believe (and hope) I will remember so much more. The music that lifted me and/or comforted me. The shows that made me happy and felt like a giant hug at a time when I really needed them, like Ted Lasso and Soul. The books and shows that lifted me up and took me to faraway places, like The Invisible Life of Addie Larue and The Mandalorian. The love and admiration for my family and friends that has only grown during this difficult year. Those joyful moments of dog walks, bike rides, and spontaneous day trips to soak up the great outdoors, because through the darkness, those light-filled moments feel infinitely more special.
I hope I remember that in the midst of it all, I was able to do that which I love to do -- write. What a treat to spend time with characters I grew to love, but in order to find them, I had to begin, and what an important lesson that is for me. I hope I remember how hard I tried to bring kindness and light to others. I probably didn't always succeed, but I tried and in the trying, I myself found light and joy. I am fortunate in that I have not struggled the way many have struggled. I give thanks for that fact every day. But we have all experienced loss this year, in some form or another. Still, because of scientists, medical professionals, bright minds, creative souls, artists, musicians, storytellers, dreamers, loving hearts, comforting paws, and my own sheer determination and resilience, I made it through. And if you're reading this, you did too. And I hope I remember the immense gratitude I feel for that.

(📷: me, on one of our daily dog walks)

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Book trailer for Don't Judge Me

Last week I participated in a chat on twitter with teachers and librarians and many said they like to have a book trailer to show kids when they are talking up a book. So, with my limited iMovie skills, I made one! Feel free to use it at your school, and thanks for your interest!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Free virtual pre-recorded visits

I've been trying to figure out how to do some virtual visits this fall when I'm busy working my day job. So here's what I've decided to do - I will record a FREE 30 minute video for you to show to students in grades 4-7 at your school. So if you're an educator and you're looking for some reading/writing content that you don't have to teach, hit me up! So here's how it works.

Send me the date you'd like to share the video. If you think multiple teachers want to be involved please coordinate with them FIRST so I can do one video for all of you. Multiple classes/grades will get first priority so it's actually to your advantage to have multiple classes participating. 

I'll confirm that it's doable for me to record a video before then and once you have confirmation, you'll want to have one educator gather questions somehow and then forward the best ones on to me a week before you plan on showing the video (please have names attached to the questions so I can talk to each student and personalize my answers). I will do my best to make the videos fun and engaging while also being educational. I plan on recording a short presentation with some writing tips (and have my cute dog Alfie make an appearance) and then I'll answer questions. Once the video is done, I'll upload it to youtube as an "unlisted" video labeled for kids (no comments will be allowed that way) and send you the link. This will allow me to control my content and delete the videos I create in a couple of months. 

If there is something you specifically would like me to talk about to help your students, just let me know! I'm more than happy to tackle a subject you are wanting to teach as long as it's something I can go over in 15-20 minutes or so, allowing time for questions. 

For now I will offer this up through mid-December. If it goes well, I may do it again in 2021. 

If you are reading this and are not an educator, I'd love it if you'd send this post to any grade 4-7 teachers and librarians you know.  

Please email me at with questions if you have them or to get your pre-recorded virtual visit scheduled!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Thursday thoughts with Lisa - dealing with your internal critic

Figuring out how to deal with the negative voice inside your head so you can get your writing down on paper is something *every* writer has to figure out. Knowing that it's there and isn't necessarily something you should listen to is half the battle! But there are some other things you can do too. 

In case you want an easy link to the Annie Bloom's pre-order going on, you can go HERE.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Here's a little sample from my upcoming novel, DON'T JUDGE ME!

DON'T JUDGE ME comes out in less than two months, on November 10th. This novel is about a 6th grader named Hazel who finds a notebook that rates girls on their looks. She knows she has to do something, and she can't do it alone. The wave she'll be making might turn into a tsunami, but if Hazel can find the courage to speak up, she just might change everything.

The first professional review is in and it's a nice one!

Pre-order at and get a signed, personalized copy plus free gifts!

This week's video offers a tiny taste - watch as I read aloud!