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Scary Story Time: Ghost Haunting and Hunting in Colonial Williamsburg While Traveling with The Travelers

When visiting Colonial Williamsburg, you talk a lot about dead people. You even meet them on the street. But, those are actors not ghosts. To see the real ghosts you have to go ghost hunting for the hauntings...

My March Reading Wrap-up & Book Challenge Non-Progress (aka, How I’m Managing My Readers Guilt)

When you're an author working on your next book or books (in my case a sequel to The Travelers, a children's book relating to a unicorn, a ghost story, a spec fic/scifi book) and also a mom, wife, resistor, sometimes bookstagrammer and daily blogger with a relatively demanding day job as a medical editor, finding time to read can be hard.

Behind the Book Blog: Interview With the Lovely Lady of ‘Books, Vertigo and Tea’

To an author, especially one like me from a small press (The Travelers, Saguaro Books) without a huge marketing budget, book review bloggers are critical for success. They're also the gateway for readers to a world of undiscovered books. Book bloggers constantly reviews books, feature authors, write profiles on upcoming book events or materials. But, has anyone ever stopped to ask them - you write about everyone else, what about you? What motivates you to write about books? Well, I'm curious about book bloggers....so I asked one if I could interview her...

Monday Blogs: Best Bada#! Female Characters and Why We Love Them

I love strong female characters. And since it's women's history month, I thought a blog about some of my favorite badass female characters in TV, movies and literature and why they rock, would be fun. So here it goes!

More Than Mardi Gras – The Occult Underbelly of the Big Easy

Tuesday marked the end of Mardi Gras. Perhaps you've been or just witnessed it on the internet. Either way, you'll probably agree it's a spectacle. It also gives a glimpse into the the unusual, mystical city itself. In a way, Mardi Gras is the anthem of the musical opus of New Orleans.

Monday Blog: Old & New Obsessions Collide While POPping into a Bookstore this Weekend

As a child, I apparently had a bit of a doll problem. If a doll existed, I wanted it. As an adult, I got over my doll collecting obsession because you can't be an adult who buys and collects dolls, right? Therefore, instead, I transferred that obsessive nature to collecting other things, books obviously. (And, shhh, shoes too.)

T-shirt Tuesday + Top 10 Tuesday Mash-Up: YA Books by Canadian Authors

This T-shirt Tuesday blog inspired a Top 10 list. Therefore, I'm doubling the Tuesday fun with a T-shirt Tuesday and Top 10 Tuesday mash-up. My husband got this t-shirt in Montreal, which is the inspiration for today's blog. Top 10 great YA books from Canada!

Monday Blog: Location Inspiration – An Afternoon in the Fictional Town of Falls City, Virginia

Falls City, Virginia is a town I made up in my book, The Travelers. Well, sort of. It's based on a real place called Falls Church, Virginia. And it's a town I returned to yesterday, seeking inspiration again, this time for The Travelers part 2.

What’s in a Name? Surprising Reasons for Character’s Names in Famous Books

Shakespeare famously wrote in Romeo and Juliet, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." But, is it true? Would you love a character more or less because of their name? Would you love Harry Potter more or less if his name were Snotty McPoodle?

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