Starting the new year right

Way back in October, I asked for pictures of your favorite reading spots.  (Click here to read the blog post.)  And then I got busy and FORGOT ALL ABOUT IT!  Gak!  Where are my marbles?

New Year’s weekend seems like a good time to revisit this subject.  Here’s my favorite spot to read:


It’s the armchair in the corner of my office.  I’ve written every single one of my books in this chair, and I’m sitting in it right now as I write this blog post.

Now here’s a photo from one of you:

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Looking good, Alexandra!  And hey, I approve of your reading material.  ❤

Anybody else have a photo of a favorite reading spot to share with the rest of us?  Be sure and ask your parents for permission first.  I’ll only post your first name, or you can be anonymous if you prefer.  Leave a comment below if you want me to jump in, and I’ll get in touch via email to retrieve the photo from you.

I’ll leave you with one more picture.  This hilarious mug arrived in the mail today — a Christmas present from my sister!  She knows me only too well…








It’s a Babyberry Pie party!



Attention Portland, Oregon & Vancouver, Washington area friends and fans!  If you’re looking for something fun to do with a wee one (or without), come join me this Saturday, December 15th, from noon until 2 p.m. at Steamers & Screamers (is that a great name for a family-friendly coffee shop or what?!).  I’ll be reading and signing copies of my picture book BABYBERRY PIE — the perfect holiday gift for little ones in your life.

(Please note:  Babyberry Pie is the only book that Steamers & Screamers will be offering for sale at this event.  I’m happy to sign any of my books that you bring with you, however — and there’s a Barnes & Noble just down the road, if you’re looking for my other titles and want to purchase them there and bring them over for an autograph.)




A review and an interview

Many thanks to Booking Mama for her kind words of praise for WISH YOU WERE EYRE!  Click here to read Julie’s lovely review.

And then hop on over to Cindy Hudson’s wonderful Mother-Daughter Book Club: Reading Together for Life website and check out her recent interview with me about the latest book and the series.  Click here to read it.



And the winner is …

… Adriana Leigh!

Adriana, you won an autographed boxed set of the first five mother-daughter book club stories!  I’ll be contacting you by email to give you more information on collecting your prize, but meanwhile, congratulations!

And thanks to everyone who participated in the Holiday Readathon!

Holiday Readathon!

 ‘Tis the season … for curling up with a great book (or two or three or ten)!

I’m participating in this year’s Holiday Readathon, sponsored by WhoRu blog. We’re all going to spend the weekend reading for a good cause.  You’re free to set your own goal (like 100 pages read = $1.00 donation to your favorite charity).  Mine?  For every 10 pages I read, $1 will go to Heifer International toward purchasing a flock of chickens.  Do you think Jess Delaney would like this idea?

Click here to join the Readathon, and win signed books by some amazing authors!  (For overseas readers, there are gift certificates to Amazon, The Book Depository, or Barnes & Noble as prizes.)  And be sure to check out the other mini-challenges as well.  Here’s mine:

Challenge: What’s your favorite holiday tradition? (Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or holiday of your choice)

Prize: A boxed set of autographed paperback copies of the first five books in my Mother-Daughter Book Club series!

 Enter my mini-challenge by leaving your answer in the comments below.  Readathon ends at midnight on Sunday the 9th, winner will be chosen at random and announced on Monday.  US/CAN only, please.  Happy reading!