Music, Books and Sun!

Happy Summer Days!

Hope you are having a great summer.  Mine has been full of music so far.  A few weeks ago it was X and Psychedelic Furs at the Woodland Park Zoo’s Zootunes.  An amazing concert and so much fun!  Last Friday we were at the free concerts at the Mural Amphitheater in the Seattle Center to see Taco Cat.  Check out this link if you’ve never heard this band.  They’re a lot of fun!  Opening for them was Snuff Redux and The Coathangers.  Another terrific concert.  It just goes to prove that music is still alive and well in the Seattle area.

If you’re in Marysville, Washington this weekend for the Marysville Street Festival, stop in and say hi. I’ll be at the Writers Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest booth on Friday, August 10th from 9am to noon and on Sunday, August 12th from 10am to 3pm. I’ll have books to sell and free magnets! (My daughter made them and they’re pretty cool!)

Hope you’re enjoying some sun, music and good books!

Summer Book Sale and More Fun Summer Reads

If you’re looking for something great to read, my Shredded Orphans books are on sale.  Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans is on sale for 99¢ and The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates is on sale for $2.99 until the end of August on Amazon.  (You can also get Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans at Barnes and Noble and Smashwords for 99¢ if you’re looking for epub!)  This coincides with the summer promotion on Instafreebie.  Check out these great Sci-Fi books, samples and previews all written by women authors.

Happy Reading!



Poetry posts and Review of Events

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This morning my post is up on the Writer’s Cooperative of the Pacific Northwest.  It’s a song lyric from my first Shredded Orphans novel “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans”.  Check it out here:

In other news, I had two great events in the past few weeks.  At the end of April I had a delightful time with 14 other authors at a book signing at the University Bookstore in Mill Creek.  It was a fun evening filled with books and food.

The other was my very first book reading at the Neverending Bookshop in Bothell.  It was  so nice to see everyone who turned out for it and the owner, Annie, did a great job of setting up for the event and making me feel welcome and comfortable.  I read the first chapter of “Space Tripping with the Shredded Orphans“, part of “The Shredded Orphans and the Space Pirates” and a smattering of poems from “Requite Me: Poems of Love Jealousy and Angst“.  The two hours just flew by.  Also, there were brownies and banana muffins.  What more could you want?

#PNWA Holiday Catalog: books make great #ChristmasGifts


Happy Holidays to all!

This holiday season is going to be a tough one for me, since I lost my father a few weeks ago.  He loved Christmas and he loved stories.  He would have been so thrilled to see my books in this Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association holiday catalog.

Here’s to an awesome dad and to warm cozy winter nights curled up with a good book.

I just love giving books as gifts, don’t you?  Let me know if you have a favorite holiday story.  I love the classics, so I might say either Gift of the Magi or A Christmas Carol.

Click the link below to see the catalog of books by PNWA authors, including me.

PNWA Holiday Catalog

Teen Book List Vs. Game of Thrones #KidsBookList #GameOfThrones #TeenBooks

georger.r.martin-asongoficeandfireI have a thirteen year old boy. He, by definition, is a teenager. I blame his friends for turning him into the moody sarcastic boy I sometimes encounter. When I call him on it and tell him to straighten up, he usually gives me a remorseful look and says sweetly, “Sorry, Mom.”

Teen boy on “Crazy Hair Day” at school

Lately, he has been bugging me to read the Game of Thrones books. Granted, I have not actually read any of these books. Fantasy is not my genre of choice, although, there are quite few fantasy books that I have read and loved. So, I am mostly basing my decisions on the first two seasons of the television show that I have weathered through.


My husband assures me that the books don’t have the emphasis on sex that the show does, but his opinions are less than stellar when it comes to what’s appropriate for kids.  (Although, I think most of us parents have made the mistake of allowing something we thought was fine, because we had forgotten what things were like. Turns out Airplane, although funny, is not really a kid’s movie.) Even without the sex, the treachery and violence is something I’m not comfortable having my thirteen year old exposed to. I’ve argued with my husband about this and he insists that I’m not allowed to put my foot down unless his is down too.


Here is my solution to the problem. My son likes to read, but he doesn’t read a lot of heavy books. He’s in the accelerated program at school. (I’m so proud!) But his strength lies in Math and not English or Language Arts or whatever they are calling it this year. So while many of his friends were devouring all the Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and Alex Rider books, he was reading Captain Underpants, The Magic Pickle and Bone books. I have to admit, these books are quite funny. My son definitely gets his love of humor from me. He has read all the How to Train Your Dragon books, all the Septimus Heap books, most of the Artemis Fowl Books and he was into the Tunnels books for a while, so it’s not like he doesn’t read.  I finally got sick of him asking me everyday when I thought he would be old enough to read the Game of Thrones books.

I made a deal with my son.


This is the deal, put down in writing: I told him if he finished reading all the Harry Potter books (he’s read the first one or two), all the Eragon books (he’s read the first one or two), all The Chronicles of Prydain (The Black Cauldron, etc.) books, all the Lord of the Rings books and all of The Chronicles of Narnia books, then I would let him read the Game of Thrones books. We have almost all of these books sitting on the shelf at home, so he could have read them at any time. Granted this is a daunting task, but not unreasonable. If he really wanted to read the Game of Thrones books that badly, he could make it through these other books in a timely enough fashion.

Game of Throne chair

I also have the caveat that when he finishes reading those books, I’m going to have a talk with him about positive and negative images and ideas and how they affect us as individuals. You can’t unsee or unread something you have seen or read. Some images remain in your mind forever and playback at times when we are most vulnerable to them. I didn’t tell him that we would be having this little talk, but it’s there in the back of my mind.

Book of Three

My son thought this was fair. Bonus is that he has now stopped asking me to read these books. He knows the deal and he’s willing to stick to it. I think the main reason for him asking, really had more to do with him trying to look cool to his friends, than on him actually wanting to read the Game of Thrones books. He could either complain to his friends that his mom wouldn’t let him read them, or he could brag that his parents would let him read them. Now he can’t do either, it all depends on him. If he goes off to college and he still hasn’t finished his book list, at that point, I’m not going to worry about it. In the meantime, he has started reading The Book of Three, so we’ll see how that goes.

Top 24 Books for Teen Boys from Delicious Reads

Delicious Reads Top 24 Books for Teen Boys

Do your kids ask you to read books you think are inappropriate? Did you read books when you were younger that you probably shouldn’t have? How did that affect you? What books do you recommend for kids and what ages? Do you have a favorite book that you read when you were a teen? I’d love to read your comments!