Monday, November 28, 2011


Hello dear readers,

For any of you still checking this blogsite in vain, please join me at my new website which also hosts my blog:

I won't be updating this blog anymore, so please come on over!

Best wishes,

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

See you this Saturday!

I'll be speaking in downtown St. Pete this Saturday as part of the St. Petersburg Time's Festival of Reading.

All you Tampa Bay folks, I hope to see you there!

More later,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Florida life

I got stuck in a traffic jam this morning: that's typical. It was caused by a man in scrubs escorting a gopher tortoise across the road: that's Florida!

More later,

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fun stuff

There are so many amazing people out there, blogging and sharing their talents with the rest of us. One of my new favs is here. 

I mean, come on, who would have ever thought "vegan" could look so darn cute! And tasty.

I really like this and this as well. And if all that healthy stuff makes you crave a nice, buttery, cheesy something or other, this site will never let you down.

What are some of your favorite cooking blogs? And if you follow any great crafting blogs, let me know!

More later,

Friday, August 12, 2011

Catching up

No, I didn't fall of the face of the earth. I haven't even been living under a rock. (Except for a few desperate weekends, but that's another story.) But I do have news.

Kindred is getting a new cover! It's coming out in paperback in early 2012 with a gorgeous new cover that I think you'll love. Even more exciting is that I actually made my deadline for my latest novel! I turned it in a day early! (Am I an overachiever or what?) I know, I didn't think it would happen either. Folks, I actually wrote an entire novel in one year. It's a personal record that I don't ever plan to beat. And  it means I'll have a new book coming out next summer, just one year after Kindred was released, which again, is some sort of astounding light-speed development that I'm really not used, nor should I get used to because I doubt it will ever happen again.

So I'll enjoy it while it lasts and I hope you will too!

More later,
PS- Hello to everyone at the Florida Writers Foundation! I had such a nice time meeting all of you last week and I wish you all the best with your writings!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Ted Hipple Special Collection

Oh, what I morning I've had! I just spent it at the University of South Florida's Special Collections Library. This is a place where you're buzzed to get in and surveillance cameras monitor every room. This is where the precious, the rare, the prized are stored. And now, my books as well! (I know, seems like over-kill for my little novels, but they now sit among rare company.)

Here's what happened. I received an email from Prof. Joan Kaywell wondering if I'd donated some signed books. A fellow bookaholic, she took her devotion a step farther than anyone I know. To honor a dear mentor who passed away, she founded the Ted Hipple Special Collection of Autographed Young Adult Literature at USF. The collection now has more than 2,000 autographed books, and not just books, but advanced reading copies, out of print editions, foreign translations and even manuscripts, all signed by the authors. Suzanne Collin's signed Hunger Games ARC is there. Judy Bloom, Meg Cabot. It's a who's who in YA lit and I'm there too!

How cool is that?

More later,

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


"Everyone who's ever taken a shower has had an idea. It's the person who gets out of the shower, dries off, and does something about it who makes a difference." --Nolan Bushnell, American engineer and founding father of the video game industry.

I just love that quote! Doesn't it just make you want to get out and put those what-if's ideas to work? So go!

More later,