Friday, March 30, 2012

The Friday Five 3-20-12

Hi all! What's everyone up to? Between tax season, our upcoming Disney trip, and the release of the next Nate Rocks books, I feel like I'm just hanging out counting down the days... Here's what else I've been up to:

1. Sorry! For anyone living here in the northeast , I take full responsibility. I went on and on about the gorgeous spring weather and the mild winter and BAM .. It was back to 28 degrees this week. My bad. I promise not to mention the nice weather again (not really.)

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2. Dance. It's another competition weekend for my daughter and her dance teams. I know she is looking forward to getting back on stage, and I'm looking forward to seeing her, but I'm not looking forward to having 4 (yep f-o-u-r) minutes to help with her costume/hair/makeup changes between routines. Wish her (me) luck!

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3.  Tax season. Are you ready for the official countdown? 18 days left here in the U.S. (sorry my Canadian accountant friends, you still have a couple more weeks after that.) Here is your tax tip of the week... Diapers, wipes, & baby food are not deductible for that sweet new bundle. Bummer, I know.

4. Star of the Week. My kindergartener was chosen as the star of the week in his classroom. It's a big deal in the kindergarten world. Besides helping to decorate his very own star, he got to chose a different item everyday to bring in for show and tell every day.  His line-up: the double-engine train, his stuffed dog (aka Super Dog), Red Power Ranger, the coveted Soccer Trophy, and the best for last - his Phillies Bobble Head. Good choices don't you think?

5. Book News. THIRTY-ONE DAYS!!! We are just about to the one month countdown for the release of Nate Rocks the Boat! I'm so excited. I'm even more excited that I'm starting to get some early reviews including a 5 star rating from book reviewer Ritesh Kala on Goodreads! Speaking of reviews, Book 1: Nate Rocks the World is still getting rave reviews. Readers Favorite just gave Nate Rocks the World 5 Stars from three of their reviewers - here's a little of what they said:

"A great book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend to anyone. On a scale of one to five I would give this book a six because it's just that good.'"- Brenda C. 

“Karen Pokras Toz truly writes a masterpiece on paper with Nate Rocks. This book is one that children will definitely want to read and not put down." -Rita V. 

“This book is right up there with “Middle School: Worst Years of My Life” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” I very much enjoyed both books but think both authors better keep an eye on MS Toz, she is their competition. Please MS Toz more Nate!” -Anne B. 

Thanks Readers Favorite!

I hope everyone has a great has a great week! Leave a comment and let me know what's in your Friday Five. See you next Friday and hopefully sooner!


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

My Daughter's Review: Song of the Gargoyle

In my daughter's continuing quest to win a Kindle Fire, she has written another book review. Thank you once again to Author Alan Tucker of the Mother-Earth-Series and sponsor of the Kindle giveaway for encouraging our kids to read and write more!

On to my daughter's review:

Song of the Gargoyle, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, is about a boy and his father. One night a group of guys come in and kidnap the boy's father. Tymmon, the boy, goes out to save his father. On his journey, he finds a gargoyle. He is alive and can talk and his name is Troth. Will Tymmon be able to find his father?

Song of the Gargoyle was not one of my favorite books. I felt the story was too predictable. Still, I think a lot of other people would find it entertaining because it is about an adventure.

Thank you Sarah!

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Elyse Pierce: Julia's Song - The Price of Fame

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I am not famous. Truth be told, when I was a little girl, I always wanted to be famous. As an adult, I’m glad that wish didn’t come true. That’s not to say, I don’t love hearing from readers, or being approached here and there, because I do. I love meeting people who have enjoyed my work. But at the end of the day, I can feel safe knowing I made it home without being followed. (At least that is what I’m assuming.)

I feel sorry for people who cannot say the same. I feel sorry for people who have photographers lurking in their bushes, waiting for the perfect money shot. Any picture of someone who does not have on a perfect outfit and smile is immediately identified as a celebrity on the brink of a breakdown. Ps – they would have a field day with me! Especially if I didn’t have time for a shower or coffee!

You hear all the time about celebrities saying they ignore it all, but do they really? How can they? Your name and image is plastered everywhere for all the world to see. You would have to be made out of stone to not let that get to you.

And so, what does someone of that stature do? Is it possible for them to have a life out of the public eye? I guess there are many who would say – well this is what you signed up for when you decided to take a path leading to fame.

But what happens when you never intended or even wanted to take that path? How do you regain your life as just one among the masses once again?

I ask these questions in my new novel, Julia’s Song.

Julia Alexander is a quiet girl from a small town. When she meets the love of her life, she is unaware of just how drastically her life is about to change. Suddenly thrown into the spotlight, her life is no longer her own. Relentlessly followed by the paparazzi, Julia is forced to make tough decisions about fame, love, and relationships. Just how much would she be willing to sacrifice to regain her privacy? Is reclaiming her life even possible, or is it too late?

Julia’s Song is available exclusively on Kindle, and is available today only as a FREE download through Amazon.

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Friday Five: 3/23/12

It's Spring finally! It has been feeling like spring here for a couple of weeks now (thank you groundhog.) I hate to sound pessimistic, but in the back of my head, I feel like we still have a blizzard coming. The only other major snowstorm we’ve had this season was back on October, so it wouldn’t surprise me at all... I hope I’m wrong! On to the Friday Five:

1. Baseball. With spring, comes baseball. My youngest is starting t-ball and my oldest is playing 1st base for his middle school team. I foresee many stinky socks in my future! Oh well – Here's hoping they both have great seasons! Play Ball!

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2. Birthday! A shout out to my Dad to wish him a very happy birthday! My parents live in another state, and we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, but they are driving home from a vacation they took and passing right by my house this weekend (well once they get off the highway, drive about 15 miles and make a bunch of turns) and so we’ll get to celebrate with him (and see my mom) on Sunday. Looking forward to a nice visit.

3. Tax Season. Last time, I talked about the lull... well the lull is officially over! Did you know you have until the 17th this year to get your federal taxes filed here in the U.S.? 25 more days people!! (But who’s counting?) Tax tip of the week: Be patient with your accountant... and kind. Oh & feel free to drop off treats to her/his office... just saying :)

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4. Disney. Yes – more Disney talk – you better get used to it! Originally we planned to keep our trip a secret from our 5 year old until the morning of our trip. But, let’s face it – my husband & I suck at keeping secrets, so we told him. Boy was he excited!!! Not only that, but who knew that the threat of not going to Disney, worked even better on a 5 year old than the threat of calling Santa!

5. Book News. Thank you to all who participated in the Win with E-books Promotion. If you missed out, there will be lots more in the next couple of months, in preparation for the release of Nate Rocks the Boat. I've been going over the proof of Nate Rocks the Boat this week, and it's looking good! May 1st will be here before we know it! I'm especially excited because I just found out I will be appearing at the Barnes & Noble in Jenkintown, PA on May 26th. I'll have lots of copies of both books available. I'm also looking forward to Library Week - on April 11th, I'll be visiting 2nd and 4th grade classes at the William Longstreth School in Philadelphia. Then it's back to cyber space for the Nate Rocks the Boat blog tour starting May 1st.

I hope everyone has a great week! Drop me a comment and let me know what's in your Friday Five. I'll see you next Friday and hopefully soon!



Sunday, March 18, 2012

Nate Rocks the World S@mple Sunday - #winwithebooks Edition

For those who did not know, my husband and I are planning a trip to Disney World in May. I am SO excited - I haven't been there since before Epcot was built a long - long - long - long (you get the idea) time ago. So seeing as though I am in Disney mode, I thought I would post an excerpt of Nate's trip to Disney with his family from Nate Rocks the World:

For the record, going on vacation with Abby and her friend Emma, so far, has been no picnic. The original plan was to go to Disney first for three days, then spend a day at the Kennedy Space Center, and finally spend a day at the beach before flying back home on the sixth day. Abby and Emma started complaining from the moment our plane hit the runway in Florida: “my back hurts from sitting so long,” “I’m hungry,” “why can’t Emma and I just go to the mall since it’s raining anyway?”

It’s true; it was raining our first day in Florida. But Dad decided to stick to the plan, and we headed over to the Magic Kingdom, nonetheless. That brought on even more complaints from my lovely sister and her friend: “my hair will frizz,” “my shoes will get ruined,” “how will I tan if it is raining?” It was definitely going to be a long week.

Much to my surprise, going to Disney World in the rain actually turned out okay. For starters, there were no lines for any of the attractions, which were mostly either covered or indoors. Tommy tried his best to get me to go on Space Mountain with him, but I refused. In the end, Dad went with him. Abby and Emma refused to go on any rides at all. All they did the entire day was sulk and complain, and then sulk some more. Of course, that made Mom angry, and then she began to sulk and complain as well. By the end of the afternoon, I’m pretty sure Dad was wishing that he had made this a ‘boys only’ trip.

However, I didn’t let any of that get to me. Even though I knew Space Mountain wasn’t for me, there were plenty of other attractions that I loved.


Want to read more? Nate Rocks the World is available at most retailers and for a limited time, you can buy Nate Rocks the World for just $0.99 and get a second e-book for free plus get a chance to win an Amazon gift card! Visit for all the details.  

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And don't forget - Book 2 of the Nate Rocks Series - Nate Rocks the Boat comes out May 1st! Visit my website for all the latest Nate news.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Book Bloggers Rock the World! #Winwithebooks

No, I’m not talking about myself. I blog, but I’m not a true book blogger. Yes, I talk about books here and there, but I blog mostly just to have a place to ramble, since my kids rarely seem to let me get a word in. Don’t get me wrong – I love blogging. It’s just that my blog is barely a tiny blip in the blogging world.

I’m talking about the amazing bloggers out there who blog about books and authors because they themselves love to read and write, and they want to spread that message to the rest of the world.

Just about one year ago, I published Nate Rocks the World. I knew having an Internet presence was important and was prepared to do some heavy-duty online marketing. However, I was not prepared for the amazing and supportive group of authors and bloggers I would meet along the way.

At first I was incredibly intimidated by these bloggers. They just seemed so together, and I was still so new to the whole scene. I kind of felt like the new kid in school. However, I pulled on my big girl pants, and I reached out to a handful of them, hoping someone might be interested in reviewing my book. The response I received blew me away. Not only were they happy to review my book, they acted like I was doing them a favor by allowing them to review my book. I seriously was (and still am) in awe of these amazing people.

Over the past year, I have *met* so many wonderful and talented bloggers. Recently, I decided to put together a casual blog tour for Nate Rocks the Boat, coming out May 1st. I contacted some of the bloggers who so graciously hosted Nate Rocks the World. Once again the response was awesome.

Now, I'm in the middle of the Win With E-Books Promotion - what's that you ask? Well - for the March promotion, Win With E Books is giving you an opportunity to buy one participating ebook at $0.99 and get a second participating ebook for FREE. Plus, you have a chance to win one of several Amazon gift cards being given away! Guess how readers are finding out about the giveaway and the books being offered, including Nate Rocks & Julia's Song? That's right  - Bloggers! Fabulous and talented bloggers.

To see a listing of some the amazing bloggers lined up for the Nate Rocks the Boat blog tour and bloggers who have supported me over the past year, visit my website. They are truly a wonderful group of bloggers who I have loved getting to know and appreciate immensely!

Today, I'd like to give a special thanks to all the bloggers working hard for the Win With E-Books promotion going on this weekend – you all totally rock:

Ritesh Kala's Book Reviews:
Tami - Krazy Book Lady:
Jessica Lay:
Suzie Welker:
Kristine Morton-Weekley (AKMamma): The Cabin Goddess & 

Alaskan Dreams - a pocketful of snowflakes
Tricia Kristufek:
Cheryl Casement:
Donna Brown:

Donna Huber:
Angela Donner - Library Girl Reads & Reviews: 

Coral Russell -

Yes – I’m gushing, but I truly could not have gotten the word out about Nate Rocks without these amazing people! Be sure to stop by their blogs and show them some love!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

The Friday Five 3-16-12 #Winwithebooks Edition!

Hi all - we're half way through March already! This week I thought I'd start with a chance for everyone to get free books on their Kindle as well as a chance at some Amazon Gift Cards... sounds pretty good right? So lets get right to this week's Friday Five!

1. Free Books! Who wants a free book? You do? How about an Amazon gift card to go along with it? Good news! Myself along with 17 other authors are ready to give away free e-books and gift cards as part of the Win With E-books March promotion. Every time you buy one of the participating e-books, you get a second (participating) e-book of your choice for FREE! Not only that, you get entered to win one of several Amazon gift cards. Oh & did I mention all of the books are only $0.99? Sounds like a good deal to me ... just sayin!

2. Birthday Parties. There is this place that all little kids seem to gravitate to. Without naming names, it is overly loud, and bright. Your kids can go there, play games, eat pizza, and get sugared up. You know the place – the one with the purple mouse as its mascot. I’ll give you a hint – it starts with Chuckie and ends with Cheese. I don’t want to brag, but for fourteen years (minus one drop off birthday party) I managed to avoid this place. Call me a bad mom, but my children do not seem traumatized by this area of neglect one bit. I don’t know how it happened, but this past month I found myself there not once but twice! Birthday parties my five year old was invited to. As soon as I walked in the door and heard the bells and sounds of coins dropping, I thought, - this place is like Vegas for little kids! I hid in the corner while my five year old played. Of course he loved it ... So much so, he has declared he wants his next birthday party there as well. Just when I thought I had everything under control....

3. Allergies. For the past few weeks, I’ve been going on (&on) about this beautiful weather we’ve been having, and how I just LOVE this early spring so much. Well, I take it back – sort of – I always seem to forget that with spring comes allergies, and boy did they hit me hard! Now I’m not saying I wish it were still winter – oh no – I’ll gladly keep pockets of tissues handy in place of cold weather. I just wish this part of spring would speed up ever so slightly.

4. This and That. Honestly, this week was more a collection of a lot of little things – such as – my oldest is trying to decide if he wants to do baseball or track this spring, we’re still working out camp plans for the kids, I’ve started writing a Nate Rocks “short” ... more on that another week ... doctor appointments, tax work, and you know all that other *stuff* that seems to take an enormous chunk out of each week. This was definitely a busier than normal week, that is for sure!

5. Book News. Hey what’s everyone doing today? If you’re around at 12:30pm EST, tune into Blog Talk Radio’s Alchemy of Scrawl with Coral Russell. I’m her guest today. We’ll be talking about Nate Rocks and Win with E-Books! Are you getting excited for the release of Nate Rocks the Boat? I have a countdown ticker on my website now – check it out! Ps – 45 more days!

I hope everyone has a great week! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to leave a comment and tell me what's in your Friday Five! See you next Friday and hopefully sooner.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Making of "Julia’s Song" by Elyse Pierce #WWE

It all started with a news story almost 15 years ago. I was pregnant with my oldest son and was watching something on television (don’t ask me what, I can barely remember what I watched an hour ago.) All of a sudden, the show was interrupted to report that Princess Diana had died.

Like many people throughout the world, Princess Diana’s life intrigued me. I remember getting up early in the morning to watch her wedding on television. I was only 12 years old. I was glued to the broadcast – fascinated by the story of this beautiful woman who was about to become a real life princess.

I distinctly remember when both William and Harry were born. I remember seeing pictures of their first day of school. I remember pictures of Princess Di dressed in beautiful gowns with her sons by her side. Pictures of her beautiful smile.

But I also remember other pictures. Pictures of her in the gym with not so nice captions. Pictures of her standing next to Prince Charles looking utterly miserable. Pictures of a woman whose eyes begged for privacy.

I so admired this woman who was a great mother, role model, and philanthropist. At the same time, I felt sorry for what she had been through since becoming a member of the Royal Family. When I heard the news, I thought, "How tragic" and “What if...”

Suddenly the idea for Julia’s Song came to life.

It took me almost 15 years to actually write and publish Julia’s Song, but the message and memory of a beautiful woman stays with me forever.


Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were to suddenly become famous? Could you handle life in the spotlight?

Julia Alexander is a quiet girl from a small town. When she meets the love of her life, she is unaware of just how drastically her life is about to change. Suddenly thrown into the limelight, her life is no longer her own. Relentlessly followed by the paparazzi, Julia is forced to make tough decisions about fame, love, and relationships. Just how much would she be willing to sacrifice to regain her privacy? Is reclaiming her life even possible, or is it too late?


“Julia! Over here!”
The screams from the sidewalk outside pierced my ears before the car rolled to a complete stop.
My hands fumbled as I reached for my compact. I quickly dabbed on some powder and ran my fingers through my waves of brown hair.
“Good enough, let’s get this over with.”
The glass shield separating me from the driver began to descend.
“Are you ready Ma’am?”
“Yes, thank you.” I tried to mask my unease; grateful no one other than myself could hear my heart racing. I smoothed out my grey wool skirt and waited.
The driver turned off the engine and got out of the car. I sat up straight and took a deep breath. He opened my door.
A sea of flashbulbs blinded me. I could feel the familiar forced smile overtake my face as I stopped to pose for the cameras, grateful there were velvet ropes separating the multitude of photographers and reporters trying to get close to me.
“Julia, what is your reaction to this latest round of accusations?” A voice yelled from my left.
I turned abruptly on my heels, facing the direction of the voice. I could feel the heat rising to my face.
“I try not to pay attention to petty rumors.”
I turned back around to the right and addressed the waiting crowd. “Thank you all so much for your support.”
I waved before turning back to the left, trying to brush off the last question. I waved once more and headed into the stately building.
The large entryway was quiet. I felt the cold marble against my back, leaning against the wall, relieved to have escaped the media relatively unscathed. A moment of calm, so foreign to me now, briefly took over.
The double doors at the end of the hallway creaked open, breaking the silence.
Susan peeked out from behind the doors. “Oh good, you’re here. They are ready for you now.”

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Review: Defiance by Valerie Hobbs

In my daughter's quest to win a Kindle Fire sponsored by Alan Tucker, Author of the Mother-Earth Series, she has written another book review! Hopefully soon she'll start writing reviews without having to be bribed with gifts :)

Here you go - this book sounds pretty great actually: Defiance by Valerie Hobbs

Reviewed by Sarah B. - age 11:

Defiance is about a boy named Toby who has cancer. He's on vacation but he can't do a lot because of his over protective mom. One day he's riding his bike and meets an old lady named Pearl and a cow named Blossom. Pearl is nearly blind but teaches Toby many things and teaches him about the love of poetry. But Toby finds a bump on his leg. He doesn't want to tell his mom and return to the hospital.

I loved Defiance. It was a great book. It's a great book for kids in 4th-7th grade and even some adults. Especially if you love cows. You'll love it.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

The Light at The Bottom of the Purse

The question usually starts like this, “Do you have a....?”

The answer usually results in me opening up my handbag, digging around for a bit, and retrieving the requested item. 95% of the time, at least. Do I remember putting the item in there? Nope. But somehow, I’m able to just put my hand into the bottomless pit and find what I’m looking for.

Sometimes, I pull something out the unexpected (hello sticky half eaten lollipop my 5 year old gave me to put back into the wrapper for later ... about a year ago.)

Sometimes I’ll find something I thought was long gone (Aha – that’s where my ipod went!)

Of course, there is always that 5% of the time when I can’t find what I’m looking for – usually this involves keys and money.

I know I need to just dump everything out and clean the darn thing out, but quite frankly, I’m afraid of the disastrous abyss that awaits me. When I switch purses (and yes, I have several of these ridiculously over sized bags) I usually just grab the essentials – my wallet, cell phone, checkbook, etc – and transfer them into the new bag – which is often already full of all of my other stuff that I just *need* to carry with me at all times.

I’ve tried to pare down and purchase smaller purses, but then when I run out of room, and I need to decide what gets left behind, I start to hyperventilate slightly. Okay, not really, but what if my 5 year old needs a change of clothes or it starts raining and I need my umbrella? Or what if someone needs a first aid kit? Or sunscreen? Or hand lotion? Or wipes?

Or snacks – sticky year old lollipop anyone?

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Friday Five 3-9-12

Hi all... It's one week closer to spring!! I hope everyone has had a wonderful week - here's what's been going on in my little world...

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1. MRI. As many of you know, I battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis on a daily basis. I say battle, because it truly is a fight. I never know what the 'chosen' body part will be until I wake up. Lately, I have been having a lot of trouble with my neck. So, in order to see exactly what was going on, my doctor sent me for an MRI. I've had my share of them over the years. Now I know there are a lot of people who hate this test - that whole being closed up in a loud tunnel for 45 minutes doesn't sound appealing. But I have to admit, noise and all, I find the test relaxing. I even nodded off. Maybe it's having 45 minutes of being completely unplugged - no laptop, no phone, no clients, no kids...zzzzzz. Hopefully my results will be just as pleasing.

2. Car Repairs. There's nothing I hate more than sitting around waiting for my car to get fixed (Okay, well, maybe there is plenty I hate more, but sitting around a hot, stinky, crowded waiting room ranks high on my list.) I have a minivan with electronic sliding doors. One of the switches on one of the doors stopped working. Now granted, the kids can still open and close the doors just fine manually, and the key fob still works, but since I paid extra for electric doors, I figured I'd get it fixed - especially since it's under warranty. So I had them order the part, made the appointment, and was told it would take about 45 minutes. Easy right? Well after an hour of waiting, the service guy comes out to tell me that they ordered the wrong part, and I'd have to come back. Not quite as relaxing of an hour as the MRI! Oh and did I mention it's tax season? Speaking of...

3. Tax Season: Here in the U.S. there are just 39 more days of tax season left! Our office was pretty busy the last few weeks, but now we are in a lull with a LOT of clients still waiting to bring their stuff in. Tax tip of the week: Don't wait until the last minute to get your information in to your accountant... pretty please with sugar on top...

4. NRTB. I'm thinking that with more than one book on the horizon, I may have to split my book news into two parts - here's what's going on with Nate Rocks the Boat: I officially have a back of the book summary! For those who have been wondering what book two is about... here you go!

The Adventure Continues...

With fourth grade finally winding down, 10-year-old Nathan Rockledge is looking forward to a fun and relaxing summer at home with his friends. That is, until his mom decides he has to go to overnight camp with his annoying older sister. When his best friend Tommy decides to tag along, Nathan thinks maybe his summer won’t actually be so bad. After all, he does get to be away from his mom's awful cooking for an entire six weeks.

Amongst Color War competitions, a flaky counselor, and a bully named "No-Neck,” Nathan turns to his trusty sketchpad, transforming himself into Nate Rocks: 10-year-old extraordinaire. His speedboat ready for action, Nate saves the day time and again from the perils of floods, snakes, ghosts, and even the most wanted criminals.

Join Nathan, Tommy, Abby, and a whole new cast of characters as Nate Rocks once again proves nothing can hold him back.

5. NRTW. It’s time for another fun contest! Once again, Nate Rocks the World is joining up with Win With E-Books for another great giveaway. This time there are 18 ebooks in all different genres participating – all priced at $0.99. Buy on e-book – get one of your choice for free! It’s a great time to load up your e-reader! Plus, you can enter to win one of several Amazon gift cards! There are lots of ways to enter. All the details are on the Win With E-Books website – contest starts next week!

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I hope everyone has a great week! See you next Friday and hopefully sooner.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Little Old Man Who Lives Behind the Couch

No - I'm not talking about the Little Old Lady Who Lived in A Shoe (you know - the one with all the kids she didn't know what to do?) I'm talking about that elusive little man of mystery who sneaks around our house doing lots of things he's not supposed to do. When I was a kid, we called him "the little green man."

Confused? Please tell me I'm not the only one with a little old man living with them. He's the guy who leaves the empty milk carton in the fridge, he's been known to leave lights on, and believe it or not - he takes the dirty laundry my children have carefully placed into their hamper and throws it back on their floors! It's true!!

I've tried to get him to identify himself, but he is very sneaky. He always comes out when I'm not around. Oddly, he doesn't seem to care if my children are around though. He'll take that last cookie without asking and then leave crumbs on the couch, right in front of them. I know because my kids have told me - so it must be true. I know they would never do such things themselves.

Sometimes, he thinks it's fun to play tricks. Like the one time my son didn't have his homework with him to hand in at school... he swore he put it his bookbag the night before, but apparently, that little old man pulled it right out and left it on his bedroom floor just before my son left for school in the morning.

Listen up Mister - I'm on to you, so you better watch out. My spies (aka the kittens) are watching - they claim you are the one who jumped onto the counter last night and ate the chicken I had sitting out on a plate ....


Friday, March 2, 2012

The Friday Five 3-2-12

March? Where did you come from? And where did February go? Are you feeling the same way or is it just me?  Anyway - how's your week been? Here's what's going on here:

1. Disney. It looks like we are FINALLY going to Disney World this year. I’m so excited! I haven’t been there since I was in first grade... a long.... long....long....long....time ago (before Epcot even!) We are going the week of Mother’s Day. My five year old doesn’t know yet.

2. New Book! My publishing company, Grand Daisy Press, released a new book this week! Available on Kindle only for just $2.99: Julia’s Song by Elyse Pierce... here’s the lowdown:

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you were to suddenly become famous? Could you handle life in the spotlight? Julia Alexander is a quiet girl from a small town. When she meets the love of her life, she is unaware of just how drastically her life is about to change. Suddenly thrown into the limelight, her life is no longer her own. Relentlessly followed by the paparazzi, Julia is forced to make tough decisions about fame, love, and relationships. Just how much would she be willing to sacrifice to regain her privacy? Is reclaiming her life even possible, or is it too late?

3. Man Cave. In case you missed my Wordless Wednesday this week and/or my blog post about my impending man cave... here’s an update. The renovation part of the man cave room is finished. My desk (yes that’s right – I have been allocated a corner of said man cave for my home office) is all set up, and I offically have a place to put all my writing *stuff.* My husband has the other corner – can you tell whose is whose? The daybed is now in place as well (yes – we have a daybed in the now former mancave.) Here’s an updated shot (pay no attention to the soon to be replaced ugly blinds)...

All that is left to purchase and set up is the tv and leather recliner for my husband’s “man section” of the office/guest room. Sorry honey!

4. Library Week. I received an email this week from the director of the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC) asking me to participate in their Library Week celebration. Sadly, many school libraries in depressed neighborhoods have been shut down due to funding issues. WePAC promotes literacy by helping to re-open these libraries through the help of volunteers and donors. It is an amazing organization. I’m so looking forward to meeting all the children as well as feeling incredibly honored and humbled.

5. Book News. I’m in the final edits of Nate Rocks the Boat! I’m so excited – we are less than two months away from its official release of May 1st! For those who are part of my blog tour, the ARC Kindle version should be ready early next week. Also this month I’m participating in a buy one get one ebook promotion for Nate Rocks the World that should be a lot of fun with a great variety of books and authors. Stay tuned for more details.

I hope everyone has a great week! See you next Friday and hopefully sooner!


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