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Hi all!

Yikes! It's been almost a year since I've sent out a newsletter. Obviously, I have commitment issues when it comes to this newsletter. I will try to do better, I swear! I have been at my new job now for more than a year. If you don't remember, I left teaching after 22 years and took a full-time job as a senior editor with Curriculum Associates, an educational publisher (i-Ready).

My picture book, THREE POCKETS FULL: A Story of Love, Family, and Tradition! has also been out in the world for more than a year. In that time, it has won several awards:
  • Five 1st place Purple Dragonfly Book Awards in these categories: Family Matters, Growing Pains, Cultural Diversity, Picture Books 5 & Younger, and Picture Books 6 & Older.
  • 2022 CT Book Awards finalist in the picture book category
  • 2022 Northern Lights Book Awards in the family category
  • The Grand Prize Winner in the 2022 Story Monsters Approved Book Contest
  • Story Monsters Approved in these categories: Ages 3-8 Fiction, Cultural Diversity, and Family Matters
  • 2022 Chanticleer International Book Award Finalist
  • Silver Award in the 2023 Nautilus Book Awards
Here are some pictures from some book events celebrating THREE POCKETS FULL, which is now also available in Spanish (see cover below)!
  1. Me at the Grand Opening of the Curious Cat Bookshop, a new independent book store in Winsted, CT.
  2. Me at the Brooklyn Book Festival.


In writing: I have completed a middle grade novel that is under contract and coming out in 2024! The official announcement has not yet been posted, but it is coming, and as soon as it's official, I will share the details with you.
In life: much! We got out into the world this year, traveling for the first time in a while. I've also been trying new things, like kayaking and fishing. Below, on the right, is the first fish I caught. Go ahead, you can laugh! We also took a cruise out of Miami that stopped in Key West and Cozumel, and I went on a girls' vacation with friends to the Outer Banks, NC. Ahhhhhh...Plus...P!NK in concert in Boston!!!!

What I'm reading:

Click on the image to get more information about each book.

5 easy ways to support an author:

  1. Buy the book. Already have it? Buy another as a gift for someone.
  2. Write a review on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
  3. Ask your local library to add it to their collection.
  4. Request the book at your local bookstore.
  5. Post a photo of you reading the book on Instagram.

Shameless Animal Photo

This is Cooper, my new granddog! Only a few weeks old here. I'll be sure to share more pictures of him!

Shameless Book Plug

The Doomed Search for the Lost City of Z is one of two non-fiction graphic novels I wrote for Capstone's Deadly Expeditions series!

I read. I write. I "dwell in Possibility."


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