A few new things are in place! I now have an online bookstore at https://bookshop.org/shop/applesandspindles
Each purchase made using this link will give a percentage of sales to independent bookshops nationwide, as well as authors, publishers and the work I do to bring you stories and reviews. I have a few lists set up to get you started, but ANY book you buy, on the lists or not, will support my work and our beloved bookstores!
Also, I've dusted off my old youtube channel to once again bring you book talks! I miss all my fellow book people in these covid times, so this allows me to talk about books and help you find something wonderful to read. My first return installment can be seen HERE. Please like and subscribe! (Isn't that what all the cool kids say?)
Need a positive way to pass the time? I compiled some of my published essays into a small ebook and threw in a couple I've written but haven't sent out. These are essays of hope that have been published in "Chicken Soup for the Soul," "Bella Grace Magazine" and "The HerStories Project." PLEASE leave a review if you purchase so that it can find other readers easier. Thank you so much! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0861HD1NV
The new issue of Victoria Magazine is out now and my piece on The Secret Garden was included in the "Reader to Reader" section! Magazine available through the end of March.
I received my author copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Running for Good. My essay, "Tiny Sanctuaries," about healing through hiking was included. I don't run, but anyone who gets outside and moves will appreciate the surprising and wonderful stories in this book. It's available wherever books are sold or you can message me to order a signed copy! Great gift for the runner or hiker in your life!
The summer issue of Bella Grace Magazine is out now and has my new essay, "Stories in the Sand." It a beautiful issue filled with beautiful essays. So honored to be published in this magazine for the second time in one year! Get your copy at Barnes and Noble, JoAnn's or your local independent book seller.
So excited to announce that my essay, "Evolution of a Mother and Son" was published in Bella Grace Magazine! (Issue 19- March, April, May 2019) The essay has a beautiful six page spread, so thank you for the photographers whose work illustrates the piece. I've wanted to be a part of Bella Grace for a long while so this particular publication is a big deal to me. I hope you all enjoy it!
So excited to announce that my "Reader Reflection" was accepted and published in Victoria Magazine! If you scroll to the bottom of the link, mine is final piece and it's about what the book, "A Secret Garden," means to me. I hope you enjoy!
I am happy to announce that the HerStories Project has published my essay, "Latina Awakens!" It's my story about identity and learning why it matters through a life-long love of literature. I hope you like it and please share it with others! You can find it here.
I have been remiss in making updates to the blog, using my Facebook page for news. I've had more time to write lately so that means more work to post! As many of you know, I've had a few things published in Chicken Soup for the Soul (I will update the blog about those soon) but I also want to try my hand at self-publishing a few ebooks!
A Little Ghost Story is a project I've worked on for a couple of years. It was my first fiction piece and taught me that fiction is really hard! I have added to the story and mercilessly hacked away at it while editing. This taught me a lot about that process too. It's a story that means a lot to me but I've never really known a good place to submit a story like this. It's a ghost story, but not a traditional one. (We are all haunted after all.) It's more gothic, a dash of Du Maurier with a Texas twist. I do hope you like it.
You download the story on Amazon and Kobo (Barnes and Noble coming soon). Thanks so much for your support! I hope you enjoy the story!
There have been many times in my child's life that remind me to push forward. It's easy to get distracted with every day home life, but then I have an unexpected moment where I get a peek of the things that capture his imagination. I am then reminded of why I wanted to write in the first place.
My son is five years old. He is enchanted by paintings of Henry VIII and Vincent Van Gogh. He shocks adults when we go swimming because he says "Look! I'm floating like Ophelia!" when he's practicing his back floats. He's referring to John Everett Millais' painting of Hamlet's sad lady as she drifts to her death in a cold stream, but we don't tell him the sad part. He also loves when I read him Edgar Allan Poe's poems. I photographed the vintage copy of Poe's work that we read together and hope that he'll cherish this lovely tattered copy long after he's grown. I plan on keeping this drawing he did a few months ago as well. Perhaps one day he'll share them both with his own children.