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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!
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.
Time flies when I’m having tons of fun writing the next prettyTOUGH book! Is Thanksgiving really right around the corner? I’ve been hard at work on the sixth and final series book, FIFTEEN LOVE, while adding the finishing touches to the fifth book, MAKING WAVES. In between, I was lucky enough to attend a few festivals and signings this fall with the amazing members of the Kid Lit Authors Club. Below are some pics.
Collingswood Book Festival
Cyn Balog and her adorable daughter
Neshaminy Mall Barnes and Noble
Thanks for stopping by. Happy Wednesday! :)
The first Wednesday of the month means another edition of The Book Review Club hosted by Barrie Summy, author of the I So Don’t Do Mysteries series. Today, I’m featuring two fabulous young adult novels about popularity by two amazing authors – Amy Holder’s The Lipstick Laws and Alissa Grosso’s Popular.
Not only are Amy and Alissa super talented authors, but they’re both super sweet and super fun. I was lucky to spend time with both ladies (along with other amazing authors, Ellen Jensen Abbott and Cyn Balog) at the Collingswood Book Festival this Saturday. Check out the shades.
Three reasons why I loved Amy Holder’s The Lipstick Laws…
1. Humor – The Lipstick Laws is bursting with unforgettable one-liners. And Amy is just as funny in person as she is on the page.
2. Characters – From mean girls to wannabe queen bees, the characters were fun, feisty, and fabulous.
3. Voice – Amy’s fun voice is full of energy and she keeps the pages turning. By the time I was finished with The Lipstick Laws, my abdominal muscles ached from too much giggling.
Three reasons why I loved Alissa Grosso’s Popular…
1. Unique concept – Each chapter is told in the point of view of a different character. And Alissa pulls off this tough writing task with ease.
2. Uncommon characters – Speaking of characters, Alissa does an amazing job making each one memorable.
3. Unforgettable Ending – I will never, ever forget the twisty ending of Popular. And I’m not the only one.
Both Alissa and Amy’s novels tackle teenage popularity in their own unique and incredible way. If you haven’t read these goodies by this talented twosome, make sure you add Popular and The Lipstick Laws to your TBR pile ASAP.
For more middle grade, young adult, and adult book reviews and recommendations, click here.
Disclosure: I often receive ARCs and/or books for reviews (sometimes because I’m an author and other times because I beg). However, I do not blog about every book I receive, only the ones I absolutely adore or feel the need to recommend to fans of sporty lit.