Summer Reading Challenge

To help keep your kids reading this summer, I created a fun summer reading challenge.

One of the main characters in Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel, Dean, loves to read. He needs help to read more books this summer!

Click here for the challenge.

Complete the list, e-mail me, and you will receive a fun sticker in the mail.

Emma will be proud!

Peter Pan Day

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Happy Peter Pan Day or really, J.M. Barrie’s birthday! J. M. Barrie authored “Peter Pan” as a play first in 1904 and then as a novel in 1911.  Cheers to this Scottish author and playwright for creating such a memorable set of characters and story!

To celebrate, make some pixie dust, go on an adventure, tell a good story, battle a pirate, and act like a kid! Or pick up the original book and read it today!

“To live will be an awfully big adventure.”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Happy Peter Pan Day!

Kanga

“A Kanga is generally regarded as one of the fiercer animals. I am not frightened of fierce animals in the ordinary way, but it is well known that, if one of the fiercer animals is deprived of its young, it becomes as fierce as two of the fiercer animals.” ~ A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

The fictional character of Kanga is the mother to Roo and a great friend to the others in the Hundred Acre Woods in Winnie-the-Pooh. I love her sweet and caring nature to Roo and all the rest of these characters. I love how she calls them “dears” and enjoy her sense of humor too. She’s a pretty cool mother character!

Cheers to all the moms out there today! Hopefully you get some time to read a great book today! I’m looking forward to reading and spending some time with my Roo’s! 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day!

Star Wars Day

“Jedi do not fight for peace. That’s only a slogan, and is as misleading as slogans always are. Jedi fight for civilization, because only civilization creates peace. We fight for justice because justice is the fundamental bedrock of civilization: an unjust civilization is built upon sand. It does not long survive a storm.” ~Mace Windu, Shatterpoint, by Matthew Woodring Stover

Say “Star Wars” and most people will think about the amazing movies, but many novels have been written about all these creative characters and stories. George Lucas created this magical franchise with the first film back in 1977 and it operates now as a huge enterprise!

Enjoy a few minutes and read one of the many Star Wars books or comics out there!

Happy reading! May the 4th be with you!

Independent Bookstore Day

Happy Independent Bookstore Day!

This national one-day party celebrates independent bookstores across the country online and in-store. 

To celebrate this day and these special stores, go visit your local independent bookstore either in-person or even go online! Yay – another reason to buy more books!

You can even find my children’s book Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel at a great independent bookstore in Florida called Copperfish Books. Click here to order it online from them and check out their awesome selection of books.

Copperfish Books

Happy Shopping!

CA State Park Passes

1,100 public libraries in California now have state park passes to check out!

California has over 200 state parks to visit and the state park passes usually cost around $195. Library cardholders can now check out these passes to get a free vehicle day-use pass.

Each library has three passes and will decide how many days people can check out the pass. Visit your own public library for the details there.

If you live in California and have a library card, check out the state park pass and go visit one of our great state parks here in California!

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Fun Facts about Green Sea Turtles

Enjoy some fun facts about green sea turtles:

  • They feed on jellyfish and crabs as juveniles. As adults, they eat mostly sea grasses and algae.
  • These creatures weigh an average of 400 pounds!
  • They can swim up to 35 miles per hour.
  • They can be found off the coast of around140 countries, but are still on the endangered species list.
  • They are estimated to live about 80 years old.
  • Sea turtles cannot breathe underwater. They must come to the surface for some air.

And last, did you know that Emma is a great name for a sea turtle? 😉 For more information about Emma, check out my book, Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel.

Photo by Jesse Schoff

Copperfish Books

After months of writing, more months of editing, more months of publishing, and a few more months of marketing, there’s nothing like seeing your book in a bookstore!

Pinch me!!

A huge thank you to Copperfish Books in Punta Gorda, Florida for carrying Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel! I am so honored to have my book in this beautiful store! Love the staff, book selections, and store layout here!

Check out their adorable children’s section:

I highly recommend checking out this awesome bookstore if you’re in the area in Florida and you also can visit their website and order online.

National Grammar Day

Happy National Grammar Day!

What extinct animal knew a lot of words? A thesaurus! 😉

Founder of the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, Martha Brockenbrough created National Grammar Day in 2008.

The English language has over a million words. Our language has some set rules and also has some debatable rules in it as well.  We have a holiday to celebrate this sometimes crazy grammar.

How can you celebrate this holiday?  Use proper grammar today. Purchase a style guide or grammar resource today. Learn a few words in another language. Or play Wordle! 🙂

Enjoy your words and Happy National Grammar Day!

Happy 6 Months!

Happy 6th months to Turtle Tube: An Erutuf National Park Novel! Yay!!!

I still pinch myself that I have a published book out!

For those of you on Instagram, I am hosting a giveaway to celebrate 6 months of publication by giving away 6 signed copies of my book. Head over to my Instagram account to check it out and enter the giveaway which ends on 2/28. Good luck!

Thank you all for your support!!!