Category Archives: Reading

Monday Book Review: Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino

I’m so excited today to introduce you to a brand-new YA romance from my good friend Carmela Martino. I met Carmela through the Catholic Writers Guild and soon discovered that we have many things in common: we are both Chicagoans, … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Dear Pope Francis

I received a copy of this book from a friend this past summer. If you haven’t read it already, it’s even cuter than you might imagine! Title: Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World Author: … Continue reading

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Books That Feature Catholic Schools

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, I thought I’d put together a list of novels that feature students in Catholic schools. Sadly, I was having trouble coming up with much of a list on my own, so I took to … Continue reading

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Christmas Shopping Time!

Still doing some Christmas shopping? Yeah, me too! In fact, I have lots left to do! If you’re looking for a gift idea, why not give someone an autographed book? If you live in the Chicago area, you can come … Continue reading

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New Book Trailer to Mark Five-Year Anniversary!

Five years ago tonight, I finished the rough draft of Angelhood. I considered it a “practice novel,” something that would never be published (let alone win three awards). It was simply writing practice as a NaNo project for 2011. To … Continue reading

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Come to our Christmas Book Party!

On Wednesday night, nine young adult authors from the Catholic Writers Guild will be teaming up to give one whopper of an early Christmas party on Facebook! (We know, we know, it’s too early for Christmas, but we thought we’d … Continue reading

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Top 8 Tips for Writing for Teens & Tweens

Last Sunday, I had to pleasure of joining a panel of authors from the Mystery Writers of America in a free workshop on writing for young readers. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

Today I am so excited to talk with you about the next book from Leslea Wahl. Leslea and I met online through the Catholic Writers Guild, and then this past summer we got to meet in person when we met … Continue reading

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FREE workshop on writing for children

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be part of a panel of authors presenting a FREE workshop on writing for young readers on Sunday, October 23. Registration and parking are all free. Just sign up here. Here are the rest … Continue reading

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Book Trailer for Seven Riddles to Nowhere

I’ve finally put together a book trailer for Seven Riddles to Nowhere. Feel free to let me know what you think and to share it with others you think might be interested!

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