Oh, friends! It happened in the middle of the night. Around 3am. I couldn’t sleep and turned to my phone to read news headlines. I spent years as a reporter and one of your primary responsibilities is to read as much as possible as often as possible. And what can I say? Old habits die… Read more »Read More
“Courage Like Kate” Cover Reveal! (Plus How This Cover Came to Be)
Today’s the day! Illustrator Emily Sutton and I are excited to reveal the cover of our next book! Look at that gorgeous cover. It’s so beautiful and perfectly highlights what’s inside– the courageous tale of an 1800’s woman who began keeping the light and saving lives at age twelve. Ready for the inside scoop on how this… Read more »Read More
Classroom Set GIVEAWAY!
Hello, Educators, Teachers, and Librarians! Welcome to my blog and I’m so excited to tell you about a super fun giveaway! If you want to a book that is full of edge-of-your-seat action, that serves up U.S. History like a bowl of delicious ice cream, and is beautifully illustrated… but most of all… inspires your… Read more »Read More
Sneak Peek! An Early Look at One Girl’s Remarkable Heroism
Want inspiration? Meet Kate Moore. She lived in the 1800’s and when her father was no longer physically able to do his job, Kate took over—-and became a lighthouse keeper—at age 12! She would go on to save twenty three lives. I’ve been researching her life for the last seven years. I mean digging through… Read more »Read More
COVER REVEAL! It was just a tiny seed, but it changed everything!
Could you use some encouragement? It’s easy to feel lost and small in this world, especially right now in the midst of a global pandemic, when news headlines oscillate from one sweeping crisis to another. And that’s why I cannot think of a better time for this book to get into your hands. When I… Read more »Read More
Reading that TASTES so GOOD!
Friends! First a confession. You already know I wrote a book about the Mainer who tried to make illegal to put tomatoes in clam chowder. It’s a true story from Maine’s 1930’s history. The matter was ultimately resolved with a cook-off: Manhattan vs. New England. Even Joe DiMaggio found himself ensnared in this controversy! So… Read more »Read More
How To TALK TO KIDS About Wednesday’s Domestic Terror Attack and Insurrection, and What it Means for the Future of America
In writing this headline, I chose my words VERY carefully. I wanted to make sure I found the most accurate words to describe what we all witnessed at our nation’s capital Wednesday. The FBI’s own definition of Domestic Terrorism most closely describes the violent scenes of radicalized extremists storming the capitol building in an attempt… Read more »Read More
COVER REVEAL! The Cover of My Next Book is Here! And it’s delicious!
Should it be illegal to put tomatoes in Clam Chowder? My next book, Chowder Rules! is the hilarious true story of the man who tried to make it a crime! Friends, this tale will put a smile on your face and a grumble in your tummy. It happened in 1939 when Maine state lawmaker Cleveland Sleeper,… Read more »Read More
Super Fun Book News: Book Trailer, Read Aloud, and Good News Galore
Hello Readers! When good news happens these days, like during week NINE of our stay-at-home pandemic journey–yes, when good news happens these days, we are shouting it from the mountain tops because we need every single triumph and success we can get right now! So let’s do some happy dancing. Plus, if you have kids… Read more »Read More
Camp COVID: Journal + Pencil = Sanity (and a historical record)
One day, when our children are in their 70’s and have a gaggle of grandchildren gathered around their kitchen tables… at some point, the question will come up––where were you during the Covid Pandemic? You didn’t have to go to school? Was it fun? Were you scared? Did it change your life? Did you plant… Read more »Read More