IT IS ALIVE! Happy Book Birthday . . . to ME!

My book is now available to purchase and love and make silly faces at and take out on a date. Well, maybe not those latter ones. But please join virtual hands with me and jump up and down and look crazy, because that’s all I’ve been doing today!

Here’s my blurb, cover, and BUY links!! Enjoy!



Tall and lanky, Genie Lowry is only noticed at academic awards assemblies—until the day she turns 17 1/2, when her body changes from Kate-Hudson-flat to Katy-Perry-curvy—and she finds out she’s a real, live genie. Suddenly, every guy at school is paying attention to her, including Pete Dillon, her never-in-a-million-years crush.

But to gain her full powers and keep her new body, Genie has to find a master, and she’s not sure if Pete’s Master (or Mr.) Right. With help from her dead mother’s interactive diary and an imposing mentor with questionable motives, Genie uncovers the family history and genie rules she never knew. She grapples with her new powers and searches for the perfect master as she tries to make her own wishes come true.


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Cover Reveal: SOULS ENTWINED by Anne B. Cole

Yeah, April’s cool. I mean, its showers bring May flowers and all . . . there’s April Fools Day* . . . Tax Day** . . . my book birthday*** . . . AND it’s my Critique Partner’s book birthday, too! Shazam!

Because, ladies and gentlemen, on April 30 we’ll have SOULS ENTWINED by Anne B. Cole available from Soul Mate Publishing.

Now Anne and I, along with our other CP Joan, created our little group Scribblers of the Eastern Time Zone (SETZ) about fourteen months ago. We’ve talked each other through several manuscripts, cheered on each others’ successes, and provided guidance when the path to publication was unclear. It’s been an awesome ride. So when I learned that Anne and I would be sharing book birthmonths (is that even a thing? I don’t care.), I was super-excited!!! She’s an amazing CP and a great writer with a unique story to tell. You won’t regret reading SOULS ENTWINED. And now, without further ado, the official cover reveal (isn’t it a beaut?):


Souls Entwined

Coming April 30th from Soul Mate Publishing

A Paranormal Romantic Suspense

When a cursed family heirloom sends Gretta Dobbs back in time, a hunky construction worker, Sam Daggett, suddenly finds himself love struck and joins her adventure. Their souls entwine within the bodies of young lovers on a Greek island in 1829, where they begin to unravel the mysteries behind Gretta’s ring all while avoiding a bloodthirsty pirate who is determined to seek revenge. Gretta and Sam must find the secrets needed to save her and her relatives from an afterlife in purgatory and return to their own lives – or risk becoming prisoners of the past, continuing the evil cycle of the ring’s curse.

A bit about Anne

Souls Entwined is Anne B. Cole’s debut release, combining sweet romantic suspense, time travel, and paranormal elements in a New Adult novel attractive to a wide range of readers.

In addition to writing, Anne teaches preschool and is raising three very active teenagers with her husband of twenty-two years. Her love for making fresh baked goodies, running, hiking, historical fiction, and her three pet cats continue to be her inspiration while she pens the sequel to Souls Entwined.

Connect With Anne

To follow Anne’s publishing journey and connect with her, check out her blog site and find her on Twitter and Facebook.




*Funniest holiday of the year. Except for (maybe) Talk Like A Pirate Day, but how many times can you say “Aaargh!” before your throat’s sore?

**And who doesn’t love taxes?!? Amirite?

***APRIL 15–mark your calendars! (And, no, just because it’s the same day as Tax Day doesn’t mean I’m cheating making this list.)

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IT’S HERE! MY THREE WISHES COVER REVEAL! (can’t help but shout)

IT'S HERE! MY THREE WISHES COVER REVEAL! (can't help but shout)

Soooo pretty! Thanks to Astraea Press and Cora Graphics for making my words come to life! THREE WISHES will debut April 15, and will be available for purchase on the Astraea Press website, Amazon, and

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April 1, 2014 · 6:02 am

Self-promotion Must Include My Own Blog!

ImageHey, peeps–it’s me, the blogger/writer who has had every intent to blog on a weekly basis.

We all know what road is paved with good intentions . . .

The truth is, it’s just over THREE WEEKS until THREE WISHES is born, published by Astraea Press, on April 15!* And I’ve been super-busy (on top of my non-writerly life needs) trying to set up interviews, reviews, and cover reveals. (Speaking of which, I have my cover and it is SOOOOO BEAUTIFUL!!!!! But you won’t get to see it until April Not-So-Fool’s Day.) But the tetrahedron** picture here is a tiny hint of a tiny part of the cover.

And everything always happens at once, right?

Some work opportunities I’ve been looking for have all come through, like, this week. My nephew was just born (he’s huuuuge–and gorgeous). I started training for another half-marathon. My DD was sick all week. And my critique partners (wow, do I love those ladies) helped me figure out a huge plot issue in my WIP. So, you know, a few things keeping my from my dear bloggy-blog.

But I’ll definitely be posting as it gets closer to my publication date. And please stay tuned April 1 for my cover reveal!

*Ooh. Gotta remember to do those taxes, too. It seems so insignificant now, compared to my very first book’s birthday. (Ignore that, IRS.)

**Tetrahedron = three-sided pyramid. The number three is significant, if you hadn’t guessed by the title of the book.

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A Twofer: Review of #DarknessWatching by Emma L. Adams, Plus Shiny News


Please note that the author gave me a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

I told someone recently that I wasn’t really into “dark” books, unless there was some kind of a happily ever after. After reading DARKNESS WATCHING, however, I realized I enjoy a good book, no matter the genre.

We meet Ash, the main character of the book, when she’s being stalked by demons–or is turning into a complete lunatic. Her visions lead her to blowing her interview for Oxford University, and she ends up going to “uni” (love the Britishisms) at Blackstone University.

She falls in with a group of student sorcerers who are in touch with the Underworld (I won’t spoil with too many details) and finally Ash is convinced she’s not imagining the demons around her, but she’s not sure if that answer is any better. The group wants to help Ash learn more about the mysterious origins of her connections to the Underworld, but this effort has some dangerous consequences.

Shenanigans ensue and Ash finds a love interest and some new friends, but all is almost lost in the end. Fortunately, it isn’t (there’s my happily for now!), and Ash will continue into a sequel, WALKING SHADOW, to be released later this year.

I found this to be an easy, quick read, and overall, I enjoyed it. I liked the setting and the storyline was intriguing, and I was glad this wasn’t the typical tale of angels and demons.

I was thrown off a bit by the cover. Before reading the actual blurb about the book, I thought it would have something to do with cats. (It has nothing to do with cats, which is good as far as I’m concerned.)

Unfortunately, I wasn’t in love with Ash. She spends a lot of time being anxious. On the one hand, I can’t blame her–I would be anxious, too, if I were seeing demons everywhere. On the other hand, I would have liked her and some of the other characters to be a little more compelling.

The book ends at a good place, leaving us with a lot of still-unanswered questions, and ready for illumination from the sequel. I can see the author has great potential, and I look forward to reading more!


I’m also very pleased by a few recent developments in my life. In fact, I’ll give you them in a numbered list so they’re pretty to look at.

In no particular order:

1. It’s supposed to warm up into the 30s and 40s this weekend, so a lot of this yucky, crusty old snow will melt.*

2. Last week I received my certification to teach history/social studies in Massachusetts!**

3. I am a newly-minted intern for the Reading With Me program at Spencer Hill Press/Contemporary, and I’ll be running the Tumblr account.*** Plus, I’ve started interning again with Michelle Johnson of Inklings Literary Agency. I missed reading for her, and she needed me!

4. SavvyAuthors is going to feature me as their March Spotlight Author this Friday.+

5. I’m signed up to attend the New England SCBWI++ conference in May, and totally scored all of the coolest workshops. That’s what you get when you stalk the registration page, fellow writers!

6. Oh, and just a small thing called my PUBLICATION DATE for THREE WISHES is only FIVE WEEKS AWAY!! April 15, baby.+++

*Yes, this is absolutely worthy of this list. I love nice, powdery white snow, but this gray, crystally garbage has gotta go.

**In addition to being a bookworm, I am a total history nerd. You just know I was super-popular in middle school!

**”Tumblr? What’s that?” you ask. Bear with me. I’m learning, too. That’s what internships are for.

+You like me! You really like me!

++Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. IT HURTS TO SAY ALL THAT AND THE ACRONYM IS HARDLY AN IMPROVEMENT. (You’d think writers could come up with something snappier. Anyway, tradition. And all that.)

+++And Tax Day will forever be my favorite day of the year. After my birthday, and, uh, my family’s birthdays, and I guess my anniversary, too, and perhaps Thanksgiving . . . ANYWAY, what a thrill!!

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How Do I Love CPs? Let Me Count The Ways

I’m not really going to count the ways, because I posted on the wonderfulness that is a critique partner months ago.

But here’s yet another reason why I love my critique partners: they keep me focused. I have three manuscripts, mostly completed, but not at all polished. My brain kept flitting from one to another, and my “spare” (a.k.a. writing) time was spent trying to figure out which one I should work on. If you’re like me, it’s actually easier to write the first draft than it is to go back and identify problems and do the hard work of editing. So I was even toying with the idea of just going on to my next MS and leaving the others behind.

I sent them an email with the subject: What should I work on?????? (Yes, I used that many question marks. It makes me feel good.) And then I asked the following questions:

1. Which one do you think has more potential to snag an agent?
2. Which one needs *less* work before it’s polished?
3. Which do you like better?
4. Or should I just chuck them both and go back to The Evergreen, or skip ahead to My Girlfriend Is A Genie, or a whole new project????????? HELLLLLLP.
They talked me off my writing ledge (which was filled with punctuation marks), and persuaded me to give my full effort to A Pox On Both Your Houses (the re-interpretation of Romeo and Juliet that was my 2013 NaNo project). So that’s what I am going to do, hoping that I’ll have it all polished and ready to start pitching by the time the New England SCBWI* conference rolls around in early May.
*Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

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Drumroll Please!: My Review of #ChildrenoftheTipi for #MCKlitDay


As part of the amazing and incredible Multicultural Children’s Book Day: Celebrating Diversity in Children’s Literature, I was sent a review copy of Children of The Tipi: Life in The Buffalo Days, edited by Michael Oren Fitzgerald and published by Wisdom Tales Press.

But before I get into my review, I have to say how pleased I am that I could play a (very small) part in #MCKlitDay. As a voracious reader (and with two school-aged kids) myself, I was already aware of the lack of multicultural books available. Then the blogger info sheet told me, “Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content.”

Yikes. It’s even more problematic than I thought.

Here’s more that I got from my blogger sheet:

The co-creators of this unique event are on a mission to change all of that. Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press want to raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity and to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries.

Our main sponsors for this event are Wisdom Tales Press, Lee & Low Books, Chronicle Books, and Susan Daniel Fayad: Author of My Grandfather’s Masbaha.


And now on to the review.

When I signed up to be a reviewer I didn’t know exactly what I was getting myself into, or what book I might be sent. How cool to receive a quality hardcover book, filled with quotations from Native Americans and beautiful photographs, mostly historical, but some contemporary, as well.

I read through the book and was very moved by the quotes it contained, particularly the Living in Nature section. There was a quote from a Blackfeet Chief that read, “The land was put here by the Great Spirit. We cannot sell it because it does not belong to us. You can count your money and burn it within the nod of a buffalo’s head. But only the Great Spirit can count the grains of sand and the blades of grass. . .” As an historian, I appreciated the historical context that these quotes gave, and the map of the tribes at the front and back of the book helped me understand the geographical context, as well.

Then, I sat down with my Kindergartener and 3rd-grader, and we looked through the photos and read all of the quotes together, so I could get their feedback as well. They both rated the book at three stars out of four.

“I knew a lot of this from when we studied the Wampanoags and went to Plimoth Plantation,” my “I know everything already, Mom!” 3rd-grader told me. I pointed out that the book described Native Americans from a different time period and a different part of the United States. She nodded sagely but wouldn’t admit that there was any information in the book that was new to her. “But I thought the photographs were interesting and nice, and I liked the font they used,” my aspiring graphic designer added. And, after re-asserting she knew everything already, she asked wistfully, “But when will I be old enough to read the other books they sent you?” (Wisdom Tales sent me several other books for adults, also by MIchael Oren Fitzgerald. “Ha!” I thought. “She knows there’s more to learn, after all!”)

Meanwhile, my Kindergartener got a little squirmy while we read. Despite my efforts to help her understand, I think some of it was over her head. She did pay attention, though, especially while looking the photographs of girls with their dolls–”Just like me and my doll!” she said–and the contemporary full-color photographs at the end, which show boys and girls about her age in gorgeous traditional clothing. Those made her eyes pop.

And I made sure to pause at each page and talk about unfamiliar words, pointing out things in the photographs that were similar to and different from the way we live and dress today. This book lends itself to exploration with an adult’s help. I deliberately lingered on the quote I mentioned above, from the Blackfeet Chief, and asked what my kids thought it meant. They were puzzled. “Well, he’s saying that the land and nature is all part of God, and you can’t sell pieces of God, can you?” I explained, to their wide-eyed surprise. It’s the kind of revelation that I know will stay with them, giving them further food for thought as their understanding deepens of how our government has treated Native Americans.

I have so many positive things to say about this book, but the one thing I found missing was more explanation of the photographs and the people being quoted. Although I have a general knowledge of Native American history, it was hard for me to explain some of the things we were seeing and reading without a little more background information.

All in all, however, I am so glad we got to read such a well-made book! And now it’s time to share the “wealth”–to play a small part in diversifying my homogeneous little New England town, I will be donating Children of The Tipi to my local public library so more people can enjoy this gem. (Thanks to Becky Flansburg of Audrey Press, our fearless coordinator, for the suggestion!)


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