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Boxing Day: The Literary Cats’ Favorite Holiday

  At my house, the cats enjoy the aftermath of Christmas at least as much as the people do.  They have new catnip mice to shred, balls of wrapping paper to pounce on, and a maze of boxes to explore. … Continue reading

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Guest Post on Irish Author Laurence O’Bryan’s Blog

This morning of December 23 seems like a wonderful time to have a guest post on the blog of Irish author Laurence O’Bryan.  In it I try to explain how it took 18 years for my collection of stories based … Continue reading

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Paint, Bottle Caps, and Buttons, Too!

This morning I got a sweet serving of holiday cheer while helping my daughter’s class make Christmas ornaments.  The sun streamed brightly through the windows and skylights, and even though an almost audible buzz of excited energy filled the room, … Continue reading

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Holiday Special–Signed Book with Handwritten Quote and a Button!

On a cold winter night, curling up with a book is one of my favorite things to do. That’s why I’m offering a holiday special on The Button Collector.  Get a signed copy of the book along with a button mounted … Continue reading

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The Science of Gratitude

During the past few years I’ve been casually gathering information about how people can improve various aspects of their lives by changing the way they think.  For example, I’ve read several studies showing that a grateful mindset can lead to … Continue reading

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Flash Fiction, Button Style No. 7

Here’s the seventh Flash Fiction, Button Style.  It’s a little coming of age story for Halloween.  Many thanks to Celia B. for the puppy button.    October, Ninth Grade “Trick or treating in high school?” Cassidy picked at her cafeteria … Continue reading

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My Take on Inspiration…Plus, a Reading Tonight!

Today, I’m thrilled to have a guest post on Amy Willoughby-Burle’s website.  Amy is a respected short-story writer who now lives in Asheville and was kind enough to write a blurb for my book.   It was so wonderful, I … Continue reading

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Last chance for a goodreads giveaway!

From now until October 8 you can enter a goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of The Button Collector. The contest is open to readers in many English speaking countries plus a few more.  Here are the details: The Button Collector … Continue reading

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Button Club in the Spotlight

The past few years, I’ve taken a break from newspaper writing while I worked on my fiction, taught at the community college, oversaw the creative arts journal for a girls’ boarding school and did the million plus daily details involved … Continue reading

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Merci, merci!

I’ll let you in on a secret:  we new authors have the obsession  practice of checking our book’s ratings on online booksellers.  Please realize that we are not stupid–our analytical brains may be sketchy but we do in fact realize this … Continue reading

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