New England Book Festival

What a great way to ring in the New Year…I opened up my computer to send out New Year blessings to anyone who wants to receive them, and what did I find?  Notification from the New England Book Festival that

Fairly Certain won

Honorable Mention at the

2015 New England Book Festival

in the Regional Literature category!

I’m not too excited, am I?

Back to the original purpose of my January 1, 2016 post. I’m joining the hoards who are writing New Years Resolutions today (although, being a teacher, the true beginning of the year to me is August/September). Here they are:

  • Finish editing Fairly Safe and get it published this spring
  • Complete the first draft of the third book in my Love of Fairs series
  • Organize my workbook for girls who make mistakes when choosing someone to love
  • Write, write, write
  • Increase my amount of movement while writing
  • Be able to complete 10 perfect pushups and 1 pull-up without hurting myself
  • On most days, fit 4 cups of greens into my meals
  • Dance with Beloved every day
  • Laugh really hard every day

There, that should do it! By this time in 2017, I should have 4 books under my belt, 2 of them published, be physically fit, consuming a healthy diet on a regular basis, continuing the romantic life with my first love, and have created gallons of feel-good chemicals in my body.

May you look back on this year and say, “This was the best year EVER!”

This is going to be a great year!

Let’s get started! What are your resolutions?

Virtual Book Review Tour

I’m on Virtual Book Review Tour!

And it’s during

Read A New Book Month.

Okay, actually, my book, Fairly Certain, is on a Virtual Book Review Tour with  Reading Addiction. It’s so cool. In a Virtual Book Review Tour, my book gets reviewed by different book bloggers, and we get introduced to their blog sites. It’s a win-win! You can find a list of them at the bottom of this post. Stop in and find your next favorite read. Books make a great gift (hint, hint).

How Science Geeks Cruise

Have you been on a cruise before? Could you tell whether your fellow passengers were Science Geeks? Probably not. Just finished my very first cruise. That was quite an experience. As I hobnobbed with other cruisers over the final breakfast before debarking, we shared favorite moments and souvenirs. Differences became evident.

This is how Science Geeks cruise (well, at least, this is how this Science Geek cruises).

You know, I look like the other cruisers. I dress like them. I eat when they eat (actually, more often), dance when they dance, and go on excursions like they do, but as we fished our keepsakes out of our bags and proudly displayed them on the table, it became glaringly obvious— I wasn’t really one of them after all.

Join Me for the Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt

Soooo, what are you doing November 20 to December 17? Join me for the Winter Wonderland Scavenger Hunt put on by Night Owl Reviews. As one of the sponsors, during this event I’m going to help you find some great new books and authors. Make sure you check out Fairly Certain along the way.

The Grand Prize is a Gift Card from Amazon for $100!

Save the Dates!

This is the first contest in which I have participated. I’m absurdly excited. It’s a Scavenger Hunt for blurbs from different books, including Fairly Certain. It is not necessary to read the entire book; just the blurb. It’s a great way to be introduced to new works and authors.Fill in the missing word from the blurb.

Win Amazon Gift Cards from a $1300 Prize Pool!


The CT Renaissance Faire

Where can you swing a sword in Connecticut and not get into trouble? The CT Renaissance Faire, of course. Step away from reality and stroll into fantasy.

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What to wear? You don’t have to dress up, but you’ll have more fun if you do. We’re close to Halloween so all the costume shops are stocked. Or, you can pick up a handmade gown, cape, tunic, pants, or even boots at the faire. It’s worth the investment because, unlike bridesmaids dresses, you can wear this again.

Visit the Living History Encampment and learn about the German women who accompanied the troops.

Imbibe some mead.          Chomp on a turkey leg.          Watch entertainers on a variety of stages.

Get your fortune told.          Join a parade.          Be a spectator at a joust.          Learn about old-time crafts:

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Listen or sing along to music.          Relive history.          Attend Knight School.

Be enchanted by fairies.          Gobble Dragon Ice Cream.

   The CT Renaissance Faire will have you wiggling with delight.

My first CT Renaissance Faire in Guilford gave rise to my first book, Fairly Certain, was born. Let’s see how inspired you get when you visit the faire. I’ll return to the Faire October 24. You can find me at the Booksellers Booth from 1-3:00. I’d love to see your costume.

Connecticut Renaissance Faire, 300 Washington Ave, North Haven, CT.

5 Ways to Build Good Homework Habits

Yes, I stopped teaching last year to write full-time, but I find myself writing about school. Go figure. Anyway, here are 5 Ways to Build Good Homework Habits. Don’t think for a minute this is all I got for homework habits suggestions, but I said I was going to give you 5, so I’m only going to give you 5. If you find anything here helpful, please pass it on to students you know. You can never tell when something will resonate with them and push them toward success.

Happy New Year! Setting Goals for School

It’s time to make New Year’s Resolutions again!
Forget January 1st. This is the real deal—The Beginning Of School.

The Fresh Start

The Do Over

The New Year

If you are a student, or a student’s parent, or a parent/student, you are an automatic member of the This Year Will Be Different Club. So make those resolutions now! What am I talking about?

Setting Goals For School!

Final Exams Study Schedule

Final Exams Study Schedule

It’s June! Everyone’s thoughts turn to summer vacation.

Hold on!

If you are a teenager, your thoughts need to turn towards Final Exams Study Schedule. You know that yucky feeling you get in the pit of your stomach at the mere mention of exams? I have a way to minimize it.

Get Organized!

Don’t wait for your school to hand out the exam schedule. The administration knows what it is already. Go get a copy!



I saw my first firefly of the season last night as I watched the daylight turn to night. It’s a mystical and exciting herald of the pending summer. Every time someone asks me if I miss teaching, I always answer yes because I do. I miss the energy and the humor of being surrounded by hundreds of pubescent and pre-pubescent beings. I miss presenting a lesson and seeing them go “Oooh,” or evoking an indignant “Hey!” as they mount their fists on their hips… it all depended on which topic I was teaching.