A Few of the Things that Make Me Happy

 Happiness is...

  • receiving photos from parents and grandparents showing their children receiving my books as gifts!
  • finding out that young readers are enjoying all the books in the Sassafras House series!
  • hearing that kids find my characters to be relatable and my books to be entertaining!
I've never met any of these readers, yet they are the motivating force behind my writing. Thanks to those who shared photos of their adorable kids. I hope they all develop a love of reading that continues long after they outgrow my books. Here are some of the most recent photos I've received that have contributed to my happiness as the new year of 2022 begins:



School Visits 2022

School visits are a way to encourage students to enjoy reading and writing. A study by the National Literacy Trust found that students who were exposed to author visits were:

  • twice as likely to read above the expected level for their age.
  • more likely to enjoy reading and writing.
  • more likely to be highly confident in their reading.
I believe author visits are an enrichment for students, and I'd love to visit your school.





The 4 Rule Christmas

Many families have experienced the kind of Christmas where spending spiraled out of control. Kids asked for and received a mountain of gifts. Many of those items got tossed aside because there was just too much. Parents realized this kind of  Christmas had little meaning for the children. By overspending they were teaching the children to be materialistic and wasteful. Because of this, some families have embraced the 4 rule Christmas. This will simplify Christmas and encourage the children to appreciate the holiday more. The 4 gifts are:

1. Something they want

2. Something they need

3. Something to wear 

4. Something to read

Maybe you'd like to implement this idea for your children. If so, I've got you covered on something to read. Keep them reading with the three books in the Sassafras House series. These books are appropriate for most kids from 8- to 12-years.



A Gift of Confessions


Written by a Licensed Professional Counselor, Anita Stafford, Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser is a book of essays on topics such as breast cancer, aging, marriage, and raising kids. Someone on your gift list will enjoy this book. Find it here.


Books for Everyone

Books are one of the most appreciated gifts you can give! The Sassafras House series is perfect for elementary age kids. A Vegetable Garden is Not For Cows will delight the preschoolers. Confessions of a Cell Phone Loser makes a great stocking stuffer for family and friends. Find them all online.

"A book has no unwanted calories and you don't have to worry about sizes as long as the subject matter appeals to the recipient." -- Sue Grafton, Y is for Yesterday



10 Reasons Books Make Great Gifts

When you’re feeling overwhelmed with the enormity of the task of shopping for gifts for family and friends, just take a deep breath and go to the bookstore. Books make appropriate gifts for anyone for a number of reasons, and here are 10 of them I borrowed from Reading-rewards.com:

1.  Books are easier to wrap than footballs.
2.  Books don’t need batteries.
3.  Books don’t hurt when you step on them in the middle of the night.
4.  Books never come in the wrong color or size.
5.  Books are easy and cheap to mail.
6.  Books don’t irritate your allergies.
7.  Books never need ironing.
8.  Books don’t need to be assembled before giving.
9.  When you are finished with a book it is not empty.
10. A book is a gift you can open again, and again, and again.

You probably know someone who would love to receive one of these books. Find them all here.



Young Readers’ Ebook Sale

The Catnapper Mystery ebook is only $0.99 for a limited time 

at the Apple Bookstore or at Barnes and Noble.