Apex’s Halloween Horror Bundle!

  Apex Books has put together a wonderful Halloween promotion! They’ve compiled a list of 18 horror titles (including my short story collection Beautiful Sorrows) and they’re letting you put together your own Halloween bundle! You can choose any five trade paperbacks for $50 or any five ebooks for $15. They’re offering this deal through October 31, so snap them … Read More

The One Year Anniversary of the Las Vegas Shooting

I’ve been unsettled all week and I couldn’t put my finger on it. Then my Facebook memories showed me a picture of my husband, daughter, and I at the Imagine Dragons concert downtown. My body went cold, then hot. I started to panic. I couldn’t breathe. My heart was beating too hard, too fast, and irregularly. Two days before the … Read More

Miss Murder’s Heart Attack. The Good Kind!

The other day, some sweet young girls from our church gave us a Heart Attack. This is where they write wonderful things on paper hearts and tape it to your front door. I can’t tell you what a delightful surprise it was to come home and see such unexpected joy on our door! It’s a fun, easy way to make … Read More

Announcing Crystal Lake Kids!

Crystal Lake Publishing is currently running a fundraiser in order to drum up the money to continue and expand. One of the things on the docket is Crystal Lake Kids! Crystal Lake Kids is a book line for children that will be co-edited by Eugene Johnson and yours truly. We already have the first year’s work lined up, and have … Read More

This Is Just To Say

This Is Just To Say I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold -William Carlos Williams

Read “Snowfall” in Siren’s Call!

Siren’s Call is a great online mag that features a plethora of different authors. I’m delighted that my flash fiction piece “Snowfall” was included in Issue #40. It’s a dark piece in the vein of my short story “Black Mary.” It’s funny that my mind keeps going back to that place. There’s more of a story here. “Snowfall” was inspired … Read More

A Realistic First Day of School

So if Pinterest has taught me anything, it’s that I majorly fail as a mother. And I’m okay with that. My children may not have picture perfect matching First Day of School outfits, but they know that they’re loved. And they know their mom is crazy happy for them to go back to school. Hooray! We didn’t have that elaborate … Read More

Preparing Your Child with Special Needs for School

This is an old blog post and Niko is now in high school, but it’s still relevant. As school time rolls around, there are always things we can do to help the transitions become easier. Happy school year!  I can’t tell you the tears, both his and mine, that have ensued because of new schools. This is my darling Niko. … Read More