Book Fair Debriefing

I can’t believe over a week has passed since the Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair. As always, I had pre-fair jitters, but those quickly settled once I started chatting with other authors and book people. 

My banner worked out–thanks to Momma! I wouldn’t have figured out how to put it together on the banner stand otherwise.

Julian (the creature on my shoulder; a drabbit) oversaw everything. Thank goodness; he has a sharp eye. 

Some of the highlights included seeing Meryl Day again. We met at the Barnes & Noble Local Author Day in September. Her book, Jordy the Jaguar, is a super sweet picture book about a kitty who gets himself in trouble, just because he’s the “new kid in town.” PS: It’s based on a true story! ;)

Check it out HERE.
My table-mate at the book fair, Susan Andrea Sickles, has an adorable chapter book about the adventures of a rat named Meatball. (Meatball’s a real rat, too, just like Jordy’s a real kitty.)

Check it out HERE.

Last, but certainly not least, I found out just how small a world it is. A friend from med school (also named Laura, ha!) saw my post about the book fair and saw a post from another friend–who was at the same book fair! She told her friend to find me, and she did. Yay! JD Spero has a YA speculative fiction book, Forte, that’s just plain awesome. She also did a reading at Skene Manor & it was in the paper! How cool is that?

Check it out HERE.

For more info on Skene Manor, click HERE.

Super gorg, right?
I definitely enjoyed the event. Thanks to everyone–hope to see you all soon! 

Fun Times

Hi all!

How’s fall treating you so far? (Or spring for those of you from the Southern Hemisphere.)

The book signing at Barnes & Noble’s Local Author Day went spectacularly well. Lots of folks showed up, much to my delight! *big squishy hugs*

I got to meet a writer friend whom I’ve known online for years but never met in person. What a nice treat! 

(There are some autographed copies available at Colonie Center’s B&N.)

My birthday was also fab. Got lots of books–YAY! AND I had a lovely time visiting the Adirondacks with Mom. 

Even more exciting is I’ve been working on a couple of writing projects. One is a YA contemporary with dueling POVs (point of views). Lana and Mason’s stories are raw and dark, but their perseverence is striking. And when they meet, sparks fly. The other, still in outline form, is a YA historical fantasy about a female privateer forced to fight the king of France in order to save her family. Work is slow on both projects, but it’s nice to be actively creating worlds and words again.

So what’s next? Well, in a couple of weeks I’ll be heading to Glens Falls for the Chronicle Book Fair. It’s on SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2015 from 11am-3pm.

I’ll be selling copies of The Zodiac Collector and Lore (a YA/NA anthology of folklore retellings). 

I’ll also have a fun “game” with prizes, as well as giveaways (limited quantity), and plenty of swag & chocolate. 

(Magic Star Dust) ⬆️

If you’re in the area, I’d love to see you! 

Hopefully my new banner will help you see me (I’ve got a stand for it; fingers crossed I’ll know how to use it, lol!).


Hi gang! *waves*

In three short weeks, I’ll be part of a local author event at Colonie Center’s Barnes & Noble, signing copies of The Zodiac Collector along with about ten other authors from the area. Their books range from children’s picture books, to young adult (like mine), and historical fiction. 

I know I can’t wait to meet more writers AND hang out with YOU.

So if you’re near the Albany area and would like to chat, get a signed copy of my book, or pick up some swag (can you say bookmarks, chocolate, and magic fairy dust?), please stop by Saturday, September 19, from 1-4 pm


Curiosity Quills author Vicki Leigh has a new book coming out this December and I’m thrilled to share the cover with you! It’s deliciously creepy. Congrats, Vicki!!



They may have won the first battle, but the Apocalypse has just begun.

Five weeks have passed since the battle that left Rome and Columbus in ruins. Sheltered in the hidden city of Caelum, Daniel and Kayla train alongside over one hundred Magus and Protectors, hoping that their unified ranks will be enough to take down their greatest threat yet: Richard, his followers, and his horde of Nightmares. Then a fallen comrade is returned to Caelum with a message carved into his chest and a note referencing the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and Daniel knows their time for training is over.

Finally understanding Richard’s plans for Kayla and the three other Magus born on Halloween, Daniel and the rest of Caelum’s volunteers scout the U.S. in a desperate attempt to stop their enemy before he can unleash his first Horseman. But when massive attacks claim thousands of lives, people all over the world begin to fall ill—including those Daniel and Kayla care about the most.

With the Horseman of Pestilence released, Daniel knows it’s time to step aside and let Kayla take the lead. Only she has the power to rival her father’s. But when Richard’s plot turns out to be darker than they imagined, their fight is met with more death and destruction—and an enemy who might be unbeatable, after all. 

 ***Be sure to stop by Vicki’s Tumblr page for her giveaway. 
The list of items that people can win: 

  • 20 copies of CATCH ME WHEN I FALL (Book One of the Dreamcatcher Series)
  • a signed copy of CITY LOVE by Susane Colasanti
  • a The Vampire Diaries wall poster of Damon Salvatore
  • a copy of SHADOW STUDY by Maria V. Snyder
  • 5 handmade dream catchers
  • a poster of the SORCERER HEIR series, signed by Cinda Chima
  • 2 posters of the cover of DOON, signed by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon. 
  • a poster of the cover of DAMSEL DISTRESSED, signed by Kelsey Macke
  • a poster of Melissa Lander’s ALIENATED cover

I regularly get an email from the APA (American Psychatric Association) highlighting various topics from the current academic literature. Last month, the top headline announced that exposure to cats in childhood might be a potential cause of schizophrenia. 

(Watch out kitties and cat lovers!)

Before we vilify our feline friends, let’s discuss the article a little further. Cats are carriers for a parasite, toxoplasma gondii, which is implicated in many illnesses. Toxoplasmosis is asymptomatic in most (our immune systems successfully fight off the bug), but it tends to attack those with weakened immune systems (people with HIV, those undergoing chemotherapy, pregnant women…) and can cause encephalitis, damage the heart, liver, inner ear, eyes, and, contribute to OCD, ADHD, and schizophrenia. 


But hold up. The bug is transmitted in feces, so petting Fluffy won’t hurt you. (It IS important, however, for immunocompromised people to avoid cleaning litter boxes.) 

Furthermore–getting back to cats and schizophrenia–developing a mental illness is multifactorial. Genetics, environment, and exposure to drugs can play a role. Even the weather has been implicated. (Those born during winter months have a higher incidence of schizophrenia.) 

Every bit of research is therefore significant in identifying and clarifying anything and everything that leads to mental illness.

So, while it’s important to know that T. gondii might be linked to schizophrenia, I feel kind of bad for cats. It reminds me of the anecdote about the mass killing of cats allowing rodents to multiply and propagate the spread of the Black Death in Europe. I can’t help but wonder if history will repeat itself. 

Poor kitties. 

Book Signing Fun


Last Saturday, I drove down to Kingston, NY for an author event at Barnes & Noble. It was my FIRST bookstore signing, and I had a blast! 

Thanks to Amie Borst and co-author Bethanie Borst (who penned the Scarily Ever Laughter series, Cinderskella, Litke Dead Riding Hood, and upcoming Snow Fright), myself and MG contemporary author Andrea Pyros got to host a successful event!

Lots of people showed up, kids and grown ups alike. It ended up being standing room only!

I did my FIRST READING EVER and it went really well. (Boy, was I nervous!) 

It was a total blast answering the kids’ questions and seeing how excited they were about reading. 


 Here’s our table, pre-swag:

Our books!:


The authors! (Left to right) Me, Amie Borst, Bethanie Borst, and Andrea Pyros: PS: I feel like a giant, lol! ;p


Holding our books:

The signing:   

I got signed copies too! 

Lots of organizations helped spread the word for the signing too, from WAMC (a local radio station), to Woodstock Radio, to AMC (where I used to work & still have privileges at), and to local papers from Poughkeepsie. Thank you!

My next signing will be Saturday, September 19 at Colonie Center Barnes & Noble for a local author event. There probably won’t be time for a reading, but it would be great to chat with you if you’re near by! ;)
Here’s a couple extra photos…

The Zodiac Collector with swag, including a knight to represent the Renaissance Faire, which is a prominent setting in the book: 
Zodiac charms and stardust from Zeena, The Zodiac Collector (the kids really liked this):  


If you’re anywhere near Kingston, NY on Saturday, June 27, please stop by the Barnes & Noble (1177 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401) to see me and two other semi-local, middle grade authors. 

I’ll be signing copies of my YA, The Zodiac Collector (it can cross over to middle grade), Amie & Bethanie Borst will be signing copies of Little Dead Riding Hood (Book Two in their Scarily Ever Laughter series), & Andrea Pyros will be signing copies of My Year of Epic Rock.

The signing goes from 1-3pm. There will be time for Q&A, signings, and chats. And there will definitely be some swag (including bookmarks, stickers, and magic star dust!!!!) and yummy goodies (can you say chocolate?)! 

We would love to see you! 

Here’s some more info about our books:

*** The event on Facebook ***

The Zodiac Collector


Little Dead Riding Hood


My Year of Epic Rock 


Hope to see you there! :)


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