Sunday, October 30, 2016

What's New in Children's Books?

Although my niche is writing adult romance novels, I enjoy browsing the children's section at a bookstore and library. Reading is so important to a child's development and future academic success in school. Plus, I have lots of little ones in my family, and I love watching their enthusiasm for a book during story time. 

For all of you who appreciate children's literature as much as I do, here are some "fun" recent releases.

Charming picture book about the day in the life of a pill bug in suburbia is also about an unusual friendship. 


Barnes & Noble


A story of friendship that can inspire anyone, even robots, to dream...


Barnes & Noble


When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword -- and a pile of his favorite books.


Barnes & Noble


Charles wants to find a wish tree. His brother and sister don't believe there is such a thing, but his trusty companion, Boggan, is ready to join Charles on a journey to find out.


Barnes & Noble


Have a great week, Everyone!

(Linus photo c/o

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Happiness is Autumn!

Autumn or "Fall" is my favorite time of year. The weather is generally cool and crisp, and there are lots of activities to enjoy. One afternoon this week, while strolling through South Philly's Marconi Plaza, I noticed that the leaves which were green the last time I walked through the park were now a lovely orange and red. I started making a mental list of my favorite things about the season. 

Autumn Leaves and their Colors

Autumn Wreaths on our Front Doors

A Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 
at South Philly FUEL

Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte

October "Post Season" Baseball
(especially if it includes the Phillies)

 Harvest Festivals  

Veterans' Day Parades

What's your favorite Autumn feature and activity?

(Snoopy and Leaves photo c/o;
 Fall Maple Leaves photo c/o;
 Autumn Wreath photo c/o JL;
 Pumpkin Pie Smoothie photo c/o;
 Pumpkin Spice Latte photo c/o;
 Baseball in October photo c/o;
 Trick-or-Treater photo c/o;
 Veteran photo c/o

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Writers Conference Update

If you're like me, you've already started making notes on your 2017 calendar. FYI, these upcoming writers conferences are worth a look.

Super Saturday: sponsored by Florida Romance Writers; Saturday, January 14, 2017; Tigertail Lake Recreation Center, Dania Beach, Florida; FMI,

2017 San Francisco Writers Conference: Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, February 19, 2017; Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco, California; FMI,

Writer's Winter Escape Cruise 2017: Sunday, February 26 through Friday, March 3, 2017; departing Miami, Florida for Nassau, Bahamas, and Mexico; FMI,

2017 Desert Dreams Writer's Conference: sponsored by Desert Rose RWA; Thursday, June 1 through Sunday, June 4, 2017;Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizonia; FMI,

Have a great week, Everyone!

(photo c/o

Sunday, October 9, 2016

And The Winner Is...

The "Milken Educator Award," considered nation-wide to be the Academy Award of teaching, was awarded on Wednesday to a South Philadelphia, 5th grade Science and Math teacher. Given annually to a total of thirty-five teachers throughout the country, twenty-nine year old, Jayda Pugliese, who teaches at Andrew Jackson Elementary School, assumed that morning she was taking her class to just another weekly assembly.

Instead, the gathering was in her honor! Ms. Pugliese stood on stage with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Philadelphia School District Superintendent William R. Hite, Jr., PA Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera, and Lowell Milken, cofounder of the Milken Family Foundation. Ms. Pugliese was presented with a check for $25,000 which she plans to use to complete her doctoral degree.

Congratulations, Ms. Pugliese!

(photos c/o; coverage c/o and

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Noise or Silence?

This post is for all of my author friends out you write in silence or do you need some background noise?

For me, if it's baseball season, I'm listening to a Phillies' game on the radio, or analysts discussing a Phillies' game.

If it's not baseball season, I'm listening to Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi (although I live in Philly, I can't get enough of those Jersey boys). I've concluded, over the years, that the radio/CD player is a distraction whenever I hit a snag in my thinking. 

So, a question to all of you creative folks, do you need noise or silence?

(photo c/o