Pairs Well with Book Club

Is it your turn to pick the book this month? Might I humbly suggest this one?

(I hear that author is happy to Skype in or maybe even visit!)

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Please feel free to contact me! I’d love to share this story with your book club!

(You can read the first chapter on my website as well as take a look at the reading guide questions.)

Nina’s once-sweet life has unexpectedly turned sour. Her marriage is over, her job is in jeopardy, and her teenage daughter is slipping away from her. Then her father dies and issues with Nina’s mother come to a head; her estranged brother, Ray, comes home; and her sister, Lola, is tempted to blow a big family secret out of the water. They say the truth will set you free, but first it will make a huge mess of things.

All Nina’s got left is her final photography assignment shooting images for the book 32 Ways to Make Lemonade. Well, that and the attention of a younger man, but Oliver’s on-again-off-again romantic interest in her ebbs and flows so much she is seasick. And then Jack, her ex-husband, shows up, wanting to get back together.

As Nina struggles to find a way through her complicated relationships and to uncover her true path, she discovers just how valuable a second chance at life and happiness can be.

Thanks for reading!


T-Rex Finds a new Favorite


Don’t you love it when you find a new author, and then you fall in love with their writing and you hope they have something else out, and WOW you find out they have TONS of books!

T-Rex would like to share one of his new favs! Jon Agee.

T-Rex has a pretty sly sense of humor and he expects much from him children’s literature. Jon Agee definitely delivers.

His books are clever and unexpected. Funny and so fun to read out loud.

Not your usual subject matter either: a kid who retires and spends his days with the elderly, Santa before he was famous, a flying rhinoceros, a dog that makes home repairs and a martian who likes cupcakes. Those are just a few of the outrageously awesome Jon Agee stories.

Go to the library pronto (well, during business hours) and ask for Jon Agee! T-Rex and I would love to hear which one is your favorite!

Thanks for reading. Roar!






Writer’s World Wednesday

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On today’s “A Writer’s Desk” I’m thrilled to introduce you to Spencer Hyde. His first novel, Waiting for Fitz, comes out March 5th from Shadow Mountain Publishing.

Spencer has this to say about his writing space.


I’m lucky enough to write at the office—it’s called “working” while I’m there. I honestly prefer noise as I write, so I keep my door open. The hallway is always filled with different voices and conversations, and that keeps me focused. Seems counterintuitive, right? But it works. And I can’t get enough of the mountain view.

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At home, I like to sit in the small blue chair while my four children crawl all over me. I don’t know why the chaos helps, but it’s like I find myself in the eye of the storm and all is peaceful in my writing mind while all else is flying by at 200 mph. Cleaning up around the chair happens once a month, maybe. So, enjoy the picture. It won’t last long. There’s also something magical about that chair. I’ve held every child in that chair. I took my PhD written exams sitting there. I watched my first Marvel movie in that chair–maybe that doesn’t fit with the rest! Seems to be it’s a talisman, of sorts.

I try to save the afternoon for writing. I like to get in at least one hour of writing each day, and then I’m off to pick up another book and read someone else’s beautiful stories. Reading the “hope machines” of others, their well-crafted and intricate stories, gives me hope.

Thank you, Spencer, for giving us a peek into your writing world! Y’all, get this book! I am so pleased to share this release and this author with you! I’m a fan of Spencer’s for many reasons (we share a publisher and an agent, how cool is that) but more importantly (because it’s a cause near to my heart) is Spencer’s commitment to bringing mental health issues out of the darkness and into important conversations that will make a difference. Thank you for that, Spencer. 

Find Spencer online at:


When One Good Book Leads to More

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Let’s go back to the start. Story time with T-Rex (and one frazzled mom): Bedtime was a battlefield and  Gen. Mom was losing hope fast. The Little Army of Two was winning and it was getting ugly. All measures had been exhausted… then one last idea occurred to Gen. Mom. It was a total turn around of strategy. It was a complete restructure of tactical agenda. It was…. the Library.

General Mom wasn’t sure how she had forgotten about this simple technique: reading.

So, off she and Lt. T-Rex (that’s me) went searching for new weapons, I mean books. One of the first randomly chosen was called Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem.


It was a  well crafted. It was funny. It was intelligently written. It was her last hope, and it worked. The Army of Two sat, and listened. They laughed. They asked her to read it forward and  backwards–which she did, no, really.


They were lulled into a new state of mind. They asked for another book, so she read another.

Over the next few night, she exhausted the small arsenal she had collected from the library. The battlefield grew quiet and the Little Army fought less. It wasn’t always a peaceful surrender, but the new weapon, sorry books, helped a great deal.

Billy Twitters had saved the day, I mean night. But he had set quite a precedent and Gen. Mom would find herself back at the Library requesting a meeting with the Commander in desperate search for more books of such quality.

When she mentioned Billy Twitters to the Commander, her eyes lit up and she waved Gen. Mom over to the stacks. “Yes, I know just what you’re looking for,” she said.

And so began the brave new battle of the books! What would they read next….

Stay tuned for a favorite… does the name Jon Agee mean anything to you. Oh, it should. Come back next week for a T-Rex favorite.

See you on the battlefield,


Lt. T-Rex

Check out. Mac Barnett, the author of Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem. Authors are my rockstars.


T-Rex Loves Tacos

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Wing envy? Hungry for tacos? Maybe, but whatever it is, T-Rex loves this book. I was telling T-Rex that I was one of those kids who thought a Book-a-Thon was the best thing ever. Read a ton a books and win a prize. I’m on it. No prize? No worries.  I just liked making that list of books. Going to the library was like pirate treasure, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, finally getting a different toy in your Happy Meal after you’ve already gotten that same My Little Pony five times. I love taking my kids to the library. Dragons Love Tacos is our latest new love. T-Rex totally recommends this book!

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Party planning has never been more fun, or more fraught with danger. Find out how to plan the perfect dragon party, but make sure you read all the ingredients in your toppings first. A hidden danger awaits. See what will happen if the dragons eat those tacos!

We’ve already read this book so much we got a craving for tacos, too. Books and food, what could be better!

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This kid takes his taco eating seriously. That’s his dragon face! (Hair cut by sister, not by dragons, although it looks like it.)

Check out this book and fill up on food and fiction.

T-Rex Approved!



What is T-Rex Reading Now?

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You know that T-Rex likes a good road trip, but did you know that he’s an avid reader, too. He wanted me to share some of his favorite books with you, so I decided to let him have his own column here on my blog. Look for more books and other things that “T-Rex Recommends!”

This week T-Rex wants to share Can I Bring my Pterodactyl to School, Mrs. Johnson. You’re probably thinking that T-Rex likes this book just because it’s about a fellow prehistoric creature. Well, sure, but more than that, this book is smart and funny and it’s just plain fun to read. (Hint, parents, this means it’s fun for you, too.)

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Go on a fun journey of justification for bringing a huge flying creature to the classroom. When it’s all said and done, Mrs. Johnson, I don’t know how you could say “no.”

T-Rex would love to know if you’ve read this book and what you thought of it?

Thanks for hanging out!