July 11th, 2015


Welcome to my website!

My name is Keri and I’m the author of Head Games, Stealing Bases, Making Waves, and Fifteen Love.  I write under the pseudonym, Nicole Leigh Shepherd, for the prettyTOUGH series.

Take a moment to click on the links above to check out my books, bio, and contact page. I love, love, love, to hear from athletes, students, readers, and writers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Keri :)

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3 Seas Holiday Giveaway: Chicken and Broccoli Braid Recipe

November 30th, 2014

Welcome to another stop on the 3 Seas Literary Agency Holiday Recipe Scavenger Hunt!

Here’s the rules: Collect recipes from 3 Seas authors to earn entries toward a giveaway for a chance to win a $300 gift card to Amazon, Barnes & Noble or iTunes. Remember to jot down the authors’ names and recipe names and enter the information into the contest form located on the “Giveaway” tab on the 3 Seas Facebook page. For full contest details and rules, visit the 3 Seas Facebook page.

I’ll eat just about anything this time of year. But, by far, my favorite holiday meal is the Pampered Chef Chicken and Broccoli Braid. An absolutely delicious dish, the braid was one of the first meals my hubby made for me many years ago. I realized as the  crescent roll melted inside my mouth during a bitter cold December evening, I was not going to let this man get away. Since then, my hubby has made this scrumptious meal for our family and friends during the holidays. In fact, it’s the most requested recipe.


Warm broccoli, tender chicken, melted cheese, red peppers, and a special sauce wrapped with a crispy bread roll. Yummy.

If you’d like to enjoy this dish yourself, here’s the link to the recipe: http://www.pamperedchef.com/recipe/Main+Dishes/Chicken+%26+Broccoli+Braid/10047

So how about you? What meals and/or treats do you enjoy this time of year?

Happy Holidays!

Disclaimer: Thanks again for visiting my site!  I hope you enjoy sharing my recipe with your family and friends.  Please feel free to pop back in to share stories here on my site – I would love to hear from you.   However, comments left here will not constitute an entry to the 3 Seas Recipe Holiday Contest.  In order to enter the contest for your chance to win a $300 gift card to Amazon, B&N or iTunes, be sure to enter my name and my recipe name into the official contest form on the 3 Seas Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/3-Seas-Literary-Agency/75205869856?sk=app_228910107186452.  If you have any questions about the promotion, please contact Kurt at admin@threeseaslit.com.  Thanks for participating, and good luck!

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Back to Work!

August 19th, 2013


After a year of pregnancy craziness and another year of baby bliss, I’m finally back to work.

Although I didn’t take two years completely off, (I still taught, took a class or two, and wrote on occasion), I toned down my usual schedule to hang out with the tribe.

But, now I’m back. Back to work. Back to school. Back to teaching. And back to writing full time again.

Like right now, I’m tackling two brand new writing projects, judging a contest for the NJRWA, reading amazing books, prepping for the fall, and taking two classes toward my MFA at Rutgers. And as I’m slowly catching up with the industry, I’m learning that so much has changed in just two years. My TBR list is growing by the minute.

How about you? Are you psyched for the ‘Back to School’ season? Are you writing too? Or are you taking a break?

Happy End of Summer! :)

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The Fifteen Love Trailer is here!

September 10th, 2012

After watching the exciting US Open women’s final yesterday, I’m pumped about the publication of Fifteen Love. 

Check out the trailer today! :)

Fifteen Love: Pretty Tough Book #6 by prettytough

Happy Monday! :)

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Happy Book Birthday, FIFTEEN LOVE!

August 30th, 2012

Happy Book Birthday to the sixth and final prettyTOUGH book, FIFTEEN LOVE!!

FIFTEEN LOVE challenged me in so many ways – two points of view, tennis, BMX… I hope you enjoy the novel as much as I enjoyed writing it. Below is the blurb. :)

PrettyTOUGH serves up another ace!

Maggie Anderson and her twin sister, Bella, are a doubles team destined for tennis greatness. They’ve just started their freshman year at Beachwood Academy and it seems like everything–even the Olympics!–is within their sights. But when Maggie quits the tennis team suddenly, she leaves Bella in the lurch.

Told in alternating first-person POVs, Fifteen Love is the kind of sweet, super-clean paperback you’d give to your younger sister. And with the original online series coming up–and a splashy series repackage to match–the PrettyTOUGH books should have an even wider readership than ever before!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Labor Day! :)

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July 27th, 2012

My love for the Olympics began in 1984 when I donned my Mary Lou Retton flag leotard at eight and attempted handstands in front of the television… Below is the only gymnastics move I ever actually mastered. 

This year I get to share the magic with a very excited six-year-old. And this time, she gets to watch what she actually plays during the weekends.

Enjoy! :)

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