Get your free seeds and #BringBackTheBees

I’m thrilled to see this campaign from Cheerios. They’re giving away free seed packets and have already surpassed their  100 million seed goal. Now if a big percentage of those are actually planted and survive, that will be a wonderful gift for our pollinators. Order your free seeds at this link:

Follow on Facebook and be sure to share the campaign. Fuzzy Buzzy and her bee family need your help to keep their population strong so we can continue to have flowers and healthy crops!17212047_10155135394419826_86600038293755618_o

Let’s Go Fishin’!

Just for our newsletter subscribers…

Enter to win a signed copy of Meghan Colvin’s sweet new picture book, a fishing-themed book with a sweet and poignant message. To enter, subscribe to my monthly newsletter. I don’t spam your inbox with daily emails. You’ll only get a few emails per month. And each month, you’ll get to meet a new children’s author AND have a chance to win their signed books plus other prizes. You’ll also get a first look at my new releases and hear about my upcoming events. There’s nothing to lose and lots of reading to be gained. Go to this link now and subscribe:


Time is Running Out!

Here’s the lovely necklace made by Cheryl Karnes up for grabs in my February children’s book newsletter!! Plus a signed copy of D.G. Driver’s “No One Needed to Know” – a book about bullying, an issue that so many kids are dealing with today. Don’t miss out on your chance to win these! Subscribe to my monthly children’s book newsletter before Feb. 28 and to enter the giveaway:

PS: You will not be spammed with daily emails. Only one to just a few each month, depending on events and news.

Story time at A Reader’s Corner

My daughters and I always have a fun day at this independent bookstore. Lots of kids and parents came out for my reading of A Home for Rosie and another Valentine-themed book. The very best part? I got a valentine from one of my sweet readers. Nothing makes my heart happier than a child who enjoys my books.

Next up, the KCTE Conference in Lexington on February 25. I’ll have a table there and all my books available. Looking forward to talking to my heroes….teachers!

Happy February & Pink T-Shirt Day!

15977887_1200510269996683_8810732445770393148_nDid you know that February 22 is Pink T-Shirt Day? This anti-bullying campaign is led by is a small, all volunteer, non-profit society in British Columbia, Canada who donate t-shirts to schools and assist in anti-bullying initiatives. A study by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) found that 63% of 1,167 children with autism had been bullied. This month for my newsletter subscribers, we have an all new giveaway for a book about autism and bullying with an anti-bullying themed necklace to raise awareness of this issue.

This month’s newsletter giveaway:

No One Needed to Know
by D. G. Driver & an anti-bullying themed necklace

Heidi’s brother, Donald, is 16 and Autistic. She has always loved playing with him, but now she’s 11 and her life is changing. She’s embarrassed to have her brother around and tries not to tell anyone about him. High school boys bully him. When the kids at her school find out about him, she gets bullied too. It’s not fair. No one seems to understand.

But Heidi needs to understand too. She can’t change her brother, but she can change how she feels about him, and she can get people to see why her brother is special.

A perfect book for 9-13 year old readers dealing with bullying issues or to promote understanding and compassion for people with special needs.

Learn more and read an excerpt at:

ISBN: 978-0-692-82913-4

Available in print for only $6.99 at Amazon. 

Part of the Schoolwide Inc. Zing! digital (You must register for their subscription service, which gives you access to all their children’s ebooks)

If you’d like to take part in my subscriber-exclusive giveaways, sign up for my newsletter here:  You won’t get spammed with daily emails, I promise. Usually, I only send out 1-3 emails per month depending on what’s going on.

Congratulations to Gail N. for winning the January newsletter giveaway of Emma’s Dancing Day by Kimberly S. Hoffman.emma_cover

Congratulations to all the winners of the Goodreads giveaway for A Home for Rosie:

Rebecca I.
Mark M.
Ashleigh R.
Randi M.
Gayle Cappelluti 

A BIG thanks to everyone who entered. If you haven’t yet, add it to your Goodreads to-read list and grab a copy for your kiddos!


Available in paperback at these sites:


Barnes & Noble

And at these independent bookstores:

Karen’s Book Barn, Lagrange, KY

A Reader’s Corner, Louisville, KY

Ask your local bookstores to order it from Ingram (yes, they are returnable) with these ISBNs:

ISBN-10: 1938768728

ISBN-13: 978-1938768729