Fueled by Sunshine, Papayas and Mai Tais

For the last two months, I have been lucky enough to live on the island of Kauai, researching and writing a book. All that sunshine, good food and mai tais really got the creativity flowing. I not only finished the Kauai book, but also got 114 pages into a new project. So many people have…

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Cover Reveal for THE TIGER MOM’S TALE

I have never been more excited to write a blog post than today. Because after a year and three months, I can finally announce: my debut novel, THE TIGER MOM’S TALE (out July 6, 2021 from Berkley/Penguin Random House)  is up for preorder! AND, I can finally reveal the beautiful cover. My book was pushed…

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Pitch Wars 2020 Wishlist

I’m so excited to announce I am a Pitch Wars mentor (in the Adult Category only) this year! (Don’t you love Poe the Owl’s mask in the picture above?) What is Pitch Wars? Pitch Wars is a mentoring program started by Brenda Drake. Published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each to spend…

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Pinot

As some of you know, my beautiful Pinot passed away in my arms on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. She’s been with me since 2006, when I was diagnosed with a rare tumor of the adrenal glands called pheochromocytoma. My blood pressure was through the roof, I couldn’t keep any weight on and had ended up…

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The Crashers of the WFWA Retreat 2019

This post is not about my experiences at the WFWA Retreat (Women’s Fiction Writers Association) in Albuquerque last week. I had a great time, got a lot of writing done and finally met IRL people I’ve connected with online. But two furry stuffies named Tooey and Cocoa upstaged me so this post is about their…

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How I Got My Agent

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I’ve been wanting to write my “How I Got My Agent” post for a while but I’m superstitious. Call it Chinese superstition or just plain old superstition but I thought if I wrote this post, I wouldn’t ever get a publishing deal. But now that my deal is official, I can finally talk about it! Warning, this is…

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Introducing My New Author Website

I have a new author website! Wait, what? Most of you know me as a former dancer, personal training, group fitness and yoga instructor and maybe even a purse designer with an etsy store. And you know I write blogs but did you know I am also an author? That I actually wrote a book?…

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They Blew Away and Other Stories from the Summer

Summer is over and my little boy is in kindergarten. Coming from a half day preschool, we were worried about how he would handle himself in full day kindergarten. So we decided to put him into full day summer camp this summer. We knew it was going to be a transition, but we didn’t expect…

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The Story of Bear

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There is a place where Bears are made, with careful attention and loving care. Because these Bears have a special mission: to help children who didn’t have the best start to life. One day, a new Bear was called and told he had an assignment. He quivered with anticipation as they told him about the…

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Adele, My Savior

Adele

I briefly told you about HB’s love for Adele’s music in Letter to Our Adopted Son. But now that he’s been home for ten months and his love for Adele has only grown, I felt it warranted its own post. Ten months ago, our son was living in a Chinese orphanage. He’s lived there for all three…

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