Welcome!

January 15th, 2014

Hello!

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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Back to Work!

August 19th, 2013

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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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OLYMPIC LOVE

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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Keep Her in the Game!!

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!

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Happy Book Birthday, Making Waves!!!

April 25th, 2012

:) :) :) Yay!!! It’s Abby’s turn to tell her summer story. :) :) :)

:) :) :) I’m so excited to present to you the latest prettyTOUGH novel… MAKING WAVES! Enjoy! :) :) :)

Happy Summer! :)

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