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?
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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!
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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!Leave a comment on the next page!
June 21st, 2012
When girls walk away from sport, they walk away from their potential. Join me in supporting female athletes by posting a picture of yourself or a girl whom you support and visit KeepHerInTheGame.org to donate to the Women’s Sports Foundation!Leave a comment on the next page!
March 28th, 2012
Coming to a bookstore near you on April 26th!
It’s summer break for the girls at Beachwood Academy and that means sun, surf, and sensational escapades at the Beachwood Country Club. Abby, a rising sophomore, is so excited to have gotten a last-minute gig as a lifeguard, especially because jobs are usually reserved for club members.
Abby desperately wants to win the annual lifeguarding competition, and with it a college scholarship. But when she arrives for her first day on the job, she finds herself face-to-face with some serious club member attitude. And there’s an even bigger surprise waiting for her: the gorge senior boy she’s been pining over ever since they met at a swimming competition earlier this year.
Can Abby break through the rules, regs, and mean girls to be the first-ever non-club member to win the summertime lifeguarding competition and maybe even the boy of her dreams?Leave a comment on the next page!
February 1st, 2012
In honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day and the fortieth anniversary of Title IX, I’m sharing why sports are important to me (and my daughter). For more stories celebrating National Girls and Women in Sports Day, click here.
Since I was a little girl, I felt in my ‘zone’ on the diamond, the court, and the field. It didn’t matter what was going on at school or at home because once I stepped on the field, diamond, or court everything was okay. Sports are and always will be my ‘escape’.
I see the same fire in my six-year-old daughter’s eyes when she steps on the field to play soccer every Saturday morning. While she’s playing, she’s determined, confident, and in her own ‘zone’. But, when her weekly game is over, panic stings her eyes as she pegs me with questions about her next chance to play. She’s really asking, ‘When can I come back to this place that I feel amazing? When can I enter that ‘zone’ again?’
While I watch some parents drool at the sight of their six-year-old emerging as an athlete, I look at my daughter’s athletic endeavors a little bit differently. I feel blessed that my daughter has found a passion and purpose – her own ‘zone’. Whether she’s six or thirty-six, all of her life troubles will lift as soon as she’s home on that court, diamond, or field. Just like her mom.
Thank you, Title IX for allowing us to play and find our ‘zone’. Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!Leave a comment on the next page!