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Why I Don't Do the Resolution Thing

Happy New Year's Adam.

Around my place, that's what we call the day before any holiday that ends with the word 'eve,' so there you go. Since tomorrow is New Year's Eve, today is New Year's Adam. Pretty sure my girlies got that from their fairy godmother, the lovely and talented Erinannie. I kind of love how she's rubbed off on them even from the other side of the country.

So...resolutions.

I don't make them.

I used to. I had high ideas and tons of motivation, and every year I was going to make my life better, lose enough weight to land on the cover of some magazine (hey, I'd settle for the cover of Mad Magazine--I'm not picky! Having a magazine cover is what counted, and I think we can all admit I won't be on anyone's swimsuit edition.) You know how it goes. We all make those goals, forget them, and move on with life by Martin Luther King Day.

I have long term goals and short term goals. I make them all the time. I just need to get bette…

The Rare Moment of Reflection

Yes, it's been a while since I blogged. I'm on facebook sabbatical, something that will shock everyone familiar with my compulsive posting habits, and I'm hanging out with my daughters. I LOVE IT. Seriously, I love my kids, and as an added bonus, I really like them. We had so much fun this morning, shopping for a single mom and her little boy. We found out this morning that she doesn't have much to give him this Christmas, and when we heard he needed some clothes and a coat (the poor kid has been wearing a sweat shirt in 20 degree (F) weather!) we were so on it. Snarky was ticked I woke her up before noon--such a stinking teen-- but within 5 minutes we were laughing and having a great time despite awful traffic and overcrowded malls. Who else but my kids and I would spend time discussing what happens to a mime if he has to belch?

I don't usually go all warm fuzzy and spiritual and stuff, so if that's not your thing, feel free to stop reading here and have a hap…

DreamStone Review

Please welcome my little partner in crime, known here on the blog as Sparky. She's 10 years old (soon to be 11, she likes to remind me) and in 6th grade. She's the ideal audience for Mikey Brook's Dream Keeper series, so he graciously sent us a copy of Dream Keeper as well as his new release DreamStone for an honest review.

My take: Solid writing, good plot, great action. The characters are well developed and the dream world is vividly painted.  The scene that struck me most is when Tiffany is "dreaming" and her worst nightmare plays out. Kaelyn tries to convince her it was all a dream and make her feel better. We get a glimpse of what makes the bully so mean. Instead of using the tired mean girl trope we see over and over, Brooks makes what could easily be a stereotypical character suddenly very real, with room to grow as a person. The characters all have a spark of that in them, something that makes the books more than just an action-fantasy-adventure. …

Dream Big!

Welcome to the blog tour for Dreamstone! I'm so excited for the release of Mikey Brook's second in the Dream Keeper series. I have a soft spot for mid-grade books, and this is something Brooks does well, writing a book boys and girls from 8 on up will enjoy. My daughter and I will be posting reviews soon!

Welcome to the Official Blog Tour of: THE DREAMSTONE, Book Two in The Dream Keeper Chronicles A thrilling fantasy-adventure series for middle-grade readers! _______________________________________________________________ 
Don't forget to check out the GIVEAWAY at the bottom of this page for a chance to win one of over 30 prizes!
_______________________________________________________________ DREAMS: 
Dorothy called it Oz,  Alice called it Wonderland,  but Nightmares call it HOME.
When Parker’s mom is dreamnapped by the wicked Mab, it is up to him and Kaelyn to save her. When they return to Dreams, they discover Mab isn’t their only problem. Gladamyr has lost his powers and the only wa…

Lucky Charms

You know what we all need as the weather gets cold? A nice, cozy fireplace and good books to read. I recommend Stolen Luck. Author Jaclyn Weist has a new book out, and I'm down with checking it out as I snuggle under a blankie with my dog as my toe warmer. I was lucky enough to get her to answer a few questions about her new release! Here you go:


In ten words or less, tell me about your book. Megan is lucky until Louie the Leprechaun enters her life.
Who is this book for? Young adults, but it's great for everyone.
Where did you get the idea? What inspired you to write it? I had a writing group where the writing prompt was about our worst day ever. I wondered what would happen if we never had bad days. Then suddenly Louie entered into the story. It was meant as a short story but the group was upset when it ended so quickly. I wanted to see where the story would take me, and away I went!
Do you have a favorite character? That's a tough one. I really like Megan, but I think…