9 Amazing Books About American History

Happy 4th of July! In honor of this patriotic holiday, I’d like to share 9 books in my favorite category: American history in fiction and narrative nonfiction. All of these books capture the American spirit and prevailing attitudes of their time. They are great reads for people who love history, for those who love studying human behavior, and for people who just love a great story. From top left of... read more

What’s Making Me Happy In June: Pizza, Parenthood, Patio Furniture

I’m linking up with writer/blogger friend Sara Letourneau for “What’s Making Me Happy” this month– hop over to her blog to see her picks!  I’m binge-watching… Parenthood It took me awhile to get into Parenthood, but I’m completely hooked now. It’s the kind of show I’d want to write: about a big family who loves each other but has plenty of... read more

Work Smarter, Not Harder

They say if you want something done, ask the busiest person you know, because that person knows how to work smarter, not harder. In American society, we often brag about the amount of time we spend working: “I put in sixty hours a week;” “I can get by on five hours of sleep.” But people who brag about time spent are not necessarily the people getting the most done. Longer hours... read more

Summer Reading List 2017

I’ve created a summer reading list for the first time EVER. I generally don’t like to map out what I’m going to be reading, at least not for a whole season, because the freedom to choose my next read is important to me. Reading is such a joy for me, and I have such a tendency to dig in on my habits and goals, that I need to protect my reading joy from restrictions. But things feel... read more

Looking For Beta-Readers

Hello, dear readers! This week, I finished the third draft of my novel, The Loss of Our Mothers, set during the Great Blizzard of 1888. Which means that I am now looking for beta-readers. Hey, Leanne, what are beta-readers? Beta-readers volunteer to read a manuscript between drafts. The book is complete, but still in progress. My favorite things about being a beta reader are: You get a sneak peek at an... read more

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