3 Books I’m Reading

Hi everybody. It’s been a while since I’ve sent something out so I wanted to share a brief update as well as three middle grade books I’ve been reading that your kids (or you) might enjoy. On the writing front, I’ve been working on a new series called Brother Wars,...

Now Splashing!

I'm very excited to share that my new parenting memoir, Splashing in the Deep End: Adventures Raising Boys, is now available! Check it out on Amazon here. Life with small kids is not easy, but it just might be the best thing out there. If you've ever wondered whether...

Secret of the Staircase – Now Available!

Today is the day, my new book, Secret of the Staircase, is officially available! Thanks to everyone for their support. You can find it online at Amazon in paperback and Kindle versions. It will be available on B&N.com shortly, and locally in Richmond at The...

New Audiobook – Summer of the Woods!

I'm really excited to share that Summer of the Woods, Book One in The Virginia Mysteries series, is now available as an audiobook! I worked with a great narrator, Tom McElroy, to produce this first book, and I'm very happy with it. It's a bit surreal to hear someone...

Hotel for Alligators?

  I did some last-minute fact checking this past weekend as I get closer to the launch of my new book, Secret of the Staircase (The Virginia Mysteries Book 4). The story takes place at Richmond's historic downtown hotel, The Jefferson. The new book is schedule to...

City of Blinding Lights

I flipped up the video screen in our SUV just in time for my two oldest boys to catch the New York skyline. They immediately began to argue about which building was the Empire State versus World Trade versus Dad’s office. As Mom held the EZ-Pass against the windshield...

Vote for New Book Title!

The Virginia Mysteries Book #4 is nearing completion! I'm looking for feedback from kids 8-12 (and their parents) on which title sounds more exciting! The choices are: 1. "A Night at The Jefferson" 2. "Secret of the Staircase" 3. "Mystery at The Jefferson" If you...

Middle Grade Book Giveaway

It's summer and what better to do than to read a book! My friend and fellow Richmond children's author, Martin Tiller, is holding a giveaway for not one but FOUR free middle grade books! Pretty awesome. I'm privileged to have Summer of the Woods included as one of the...

Hello Barnes & Noble!

I've done several book signings before, but I'm more excited than usual to have my books sitting on a table next to a big sign at Barnes & Noble this week. It took me two years to get there, and I'm curious to see how it goes. While I still think their days are...

Four and Six

Four years ago around this time, we moved from New Jersey to Richmond. It was a crazy time, as any move is, but looking back, several things stick in my mind. First, the movers severely underestimated the space that our items would take up in their truck, causing the...

The End of Christmas (Cards)

It was bound to happen, I guess. One of those things that slowly starts to fade away like buying film and going to the record store. This is the year that we (mostly) killed Christmas cards. Which is somewhat shocking, since I used to really get into them. I think I...

The Truth About Charlie

Today is our golden retriever Charlie's second birthday. Normally I wouldn't remember the actual birthday of our dog, but his is easy to remember, even for me. 12/12/12. Not bad. Enough to earn him a new doggy bed and an extra-large bone this morning. Of course he...

Thankful

  It’s the little things, sometimes. The ones that catch my breath. Make it hard to take my eyes off her. Show me a glimpse of what he’s going to be like in ten years. It hits me hard, like a punch to the gut sometimes. Usually when I’m not expecting it. Because...

Tales Between the Pages Interview

All week the book blog, Tales Between the Pages, has been featuring my books for the launch of Ghosts of Belle Isle. Today, Jessica has an interview we did together. She asked fantastic questions, so you'll definitely want to check it out...

Launch Week!

It's launch week for Ghosts of Belle Isle, and all week over at the great book blog site, TalesBetweenthePages.com, there will be reviews and features about The Virginia Mysteries. Monday was a great review of Summer of the Woods, Wednesday will be a review of Mystery...

The Virginia Mysteries – New Covers!

I'm excited to roll out the new covers for my first two books, Summer of the Woods and Mystery on Church Hill. Combined with my new book, Ghosts of Belle Isle, they make The Virginia Mysteries - Adventures with a twist of history. Kindle version covers are on Amazon...

Ghosts of Belle Isle Cover Reveal

I'm excited to reveal the great new cover for my new book, Ghosts of Belle Isle, Book 3 in The Virginia Mysteries series. If you would like to pre-order the Kindle version you can do so directly on Amazon at the link below. To pre-order signed paperback editions, or...

Disconnected in West Virginia

Disconnected, unplugged, offline – there are many ways to describe our Labor Day weekend in West Virginia. The entire area is under the National Radio Quiet Zone, which means that there are no cell signals (it’s true, look it up.) It’s like the quiet car on the train,...

Oh Captain My Captain

I just heard that Robin Williams died, and I had to leave the room. It hit me surprisingly hard. It was the summer of 1989, I had just turned 15 years old, and I saw Dead Poets Society at the movie theater. I came away with so much from that film which followed a...