Come to My Book Club!

Book club graphic

I’d love for you all to join me for a fun online event Friday, Sept. 19 — a book-club discussion of “The Red Bikini”! I’ll ask you questions about the book (from “What do you think all the strawberries meant?” to fun things like “What was your favorite line of Fin’s?” or “Who could play him in a movie?”), and you can ask me anything you want about writing it.

Come see what others answer and ask!

This event is two weeks away, so you have plenty of time to read the book, re-read the book, or get a friend to read the book and join us. I can’t wait to chat with you all!

P.S. The event goes from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but you don’t have to be available the whole time — just come jump in any time you like, even if only for 15 minutes!

P.P.S. If you can’t attend the event at all on Friday, but you’re interested in what everyone says, click “join” anyway, and you’ll still get all the questions with links to the answers, which you can then peruse later in your own time.

To join and get more info, click here.

(And thank you to Carli Krueger for the adorable event graphic! — Isn’t it cute?)

Love September …


I really love September.

I’m dying to get out all my fall decorations — the pumpkins, the fall leaves, the Halloween décor, etc. — but I’m trying to resist. September is still technically summer (until Sept 21), and even though it’s a hint of fall, it’s always about 100 degrees here every day.

So I bought this cute pillow last weekend to fulfill my “need to decorate seasonally” but my resistance to putting out pumpkins just yet. (I’ll probably hold out for all of two more weeks — and those pumpkin spice lattes are already calling my name, as is the candy corn — but I’m trying.)

But I really do love September — back-to-school, back-to-routine, back to a sort of comfort of having kids and family close all the time. New pencils, new notebooks, kids going to soccer games on the weekends, football on TV. …

September is a lovely month.

What’s your favorite month of the year?

Road Trip Success!

road trip

Just got back from a weeklong road trip! (Photos on Instagram.)

Although the reason for the visit (dropping my kids off at college 1600 miles away) was a sad one, the trip itself was great. It offered a much-needed step away from a crazy-busy summer, work, worry, etc.

We all got to unplug for hours on end, stare at some great scenery, have all of our meals together, listen to some great tunes, recount some summer stories, and just have a great time together, our family of five. (Which became our family of three on the way back!)

And — BONUS! — it gave me some great daydreaming time to stare out the window and plot Book 3!

Now on to catch up on a crazy amount of email …

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