Sunday, December 7, 2014

Is this thing on?

Well, goodness, it's been well over a year since I've used this thing. Is it still working? I'm not entirely sure why I'm posting. It was one of those random, spur of the moment, it's-1am-in-the-morning-and-I-can't-sleep kind of ideas. While I'm not as avid a writer as I was pre-child-cancer, I haven't lost the urge. I have, however, lost the time.

I finally graduated this spring, got a job before summer to be a 2nd grade teacher at a new charter school which opened up this fall. It has been a whirlwind of a ride, but I'm loving it. I have some super kiddos I just adore (and I think they adore me, too) and an awesome partner teacher (we share our 20 kids so we have a total of 40, she is their bilingual's a trilingual school...nuts!) that makes work fun.

My stupendous super hero Alaina is CANCER FREE. Let me say it again in case that wasn't loud enough....


She started kindergarten, we bought a new house, and she is now down to going to her oncologist bimonthly instead of every month. Anderson just started wearing big boy underwear, Averie is on the last book of Harry Potter (my little 9 year-old is eating up that series...she started it back end of September!) Life is heading in the positive direction....let's hope it stays that way!

Other than new discoveries of my elves on shelves and where they like to hang (we have one at home, and one showed up in my classroom...) I guess there is really no point to me having a blog. But who cares. It's fun! We'll see how long it lasts, knowing my fickle self.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

#TradetheDay has Begun! MAGICBOUND will be free in honor of this event!

The 24 hour blog-a-thon has commenced! Check out Colby's blog as, every hour, there will be a guest post, including interviews from authors like R.L. Stine, Brenda Novak, Lisa Brackman, Steve Berry...the list goes on! Not only is this blog-a-thon full of awesome post and guest bloggers, but they are giving away prizes...and BEST OF ALL....promoting THE TRADE....Colby's newest book...and when bought in the next 24 hours, ALL PROCEEDS GO TO TEAM ALAINA! My baby girl's Leukemia & Lymphoma's Light the Night team to benefit research for blood disease. 

So go! Go now, buy her book (through, help kids and adults like Alaina who've had to go through hell! And enjoy a good read while you're at it. :)


MAGICBOUND is FREE for the next 3 days!! So if you haven't had a chance to snatch up a fun adventure full of magic and romance, go to Amazon and download it!

*It may take a few hours for the price to adjust.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

#Trade the Day is Almost Here!

Not only have we begun fundraising for TEAM ALAINA, in raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (check it out here), but there is a special day coming up that ALSO benefits Team Alaina and the LLS!

TRADE THE DAY is a one day event on August 23 where you can donate to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society simply by purchasing a book!    

Join us from the moment the stroke of midnight rings in Friday until Saturday on for guest posts and interviews with some of your favorite authors, your chances to win signed copies of their books and author swag, and more! But most importantlyknow that all sales of THE TRADE by Colby Marshall made on on this day will go to benefit the Leukemia Lymphoma Society!  For more information, visit !

Hashtag is #TradetheDay

Don't miss it! And be there for my guest blogging, which is scheduled at 12 noon! I'll be telling the story of how we found out about Alaina's diagnosis. 

Been busy over here wrapping up summer. Hope everyone is Shining On!

Monday, August 5, 2013

And the winner is....

Thanks to all those who entered the contest, shared links, and tweeted about it! The winner of the Amazon $10 gift card (along with a copy of MagicBound) by using Rafflecopter's random selector is Shannon Romein! I'll contact you shortly via e-mail to get any extra information. Everyone else that entered, guess what? I've decided to give away a free copy to each of you! I'll be contacting you via the e-mail you submitted in Rafflecopter.

Trade the Day is coming soon, over at Colby Marshall's blog! It's a 24 hour blog-a-thon dedicated to raising money for TEAM ALAINA (money goes to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). I will be guest blogging over there that day, which is August 23! There will be other guest bloggers, giveaways, and interviews EVERY HOUR! Authors like R.L. Stine, Gretchen McNeil, LynDee Walker, Joanna Penn, Steve Berry, Rochelle Staab, Bryn Greenwood, Sharla Lovelace, Rose Pressey, Brenda Novak, and Diana Gabaldon, just to name some! Lots of giveaways, and every copy of Trade the Day that is purchased during this 24-hour period, proceeds will go to Team Alaina!

I'll keep you updated. Until then, continue to Shine On!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Free Gift Card and Digital Books Give Away - 1 Day Left!

One day and counting until the give away is over and the winners will be drawn from Rafflecopter! Have you entered yet? Visit the original post here:

$10 Amazon gift card and 10 free digital copies of MagicBound! 17 Twitter followers away from another $10 Amazon gift share in the next 24 hours!

Have a super weekend, and Shine On!