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YOU'RE BACON ME CRAZY Bacon CocoaNut Crackles Recipe

YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY Bacon CocoaNut Crackles Recipe

A Sweetheart of a Treat for “You’re Bacon Me Crazy” Movie Night The Hallmark Channel “You’re Bacon Me Crazy” movie premieres in one month, on April 4th. The movie, adapted from my Scholastic middle-grade novel, You’re Bacon Me Crazy, promises just as much foodie fun and romance as the book. Make this recipe for “You’re...
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PUMPKIN SPICE UP YOUR LIFE cover reveal

PUMPKIN SPICE UP YOUR LIFE cover reveal

I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the fabulously fall-ish cover for my ninth foodie book for Scholastic, Pumpkin Spice Up Your Life. The Ninth Book in My Foodie Middle-Grade Series I love the tumbling leaves on the cover, and the beautiful autumnal colors. I especially love that scrumptious-looking Pumpkin Spice Supreme. About the...
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Valentine's Day "I'm Glaze-y For You" Donut Recipe

Valentine’s Day “I’m Glaze-y For You” Donut Recipe

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Where I live in the Northeast, February can be a dreary month. Comfort food and sweet treats are a great way to beat the winter gloom. Valentine’s Day is always an especially fun way to spread kindness and cheer in chilly weather. Inspired by my Scholastic foodie book, Donut Go Breaking...
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I Cherry-sh You Custard Pie Recipe

“I Cherry-sh You” Custard Pie

Today is National Pie Day, so I’m posting a new pie recipe inspired by my novel, I Only Have Pies For You. I admit to having a weakness for custard pie, and cherries are my favorite fruit. Pies are cozy, comfort desserts, and I loved writing about them in this book. The book is set...
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YOU'RE BACON ME CRAZY under development for possible movie

Exciting Movie News About YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY

I’m thrilled to announce that You’re Bacon Me Crazy, one of my middle-grade foodie novels for Scholastic, is under development as a possible film with Scholastic Entertainment and the Hallmark Channel. While everything is still very early in the process, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that someday soon we may be able to watch a...
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Holly Jolly House from HOT COCOA HEARTS

The “Christmas House” that Helped to Inspire HOT COCOA HEARTS

The memories are vivid. December weather in Southern California rarely fell below freezing temperatures, but there was still a crisp nip in the air as we piled into my dad’s car to make our yearly pilgrimage to the “Christmas House.” The tradition began when I was around eleven or twelve, around the time my dad...
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Farm-Life Fun in My Books

How Farm-Life Fun Inspired SHAKE IT OFF and A TALE MAGNOLIOUS

One of my favorite parts of the writing process is deciding on and creating settings for my books. When I’m deciding on a setting, I consider interesting places I’ve visited and places my readers will find exciting and unique. In order for me to portray a setting realistically, it’s important for me to feel comfortable...
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PUMPKIN SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE MACARONS RECIPE

Pumpkin Spice N’ Everything Nice Macarons Recipe

So…it’s confession time. My homemade macarons do NOT look like the ones on the cover of my book, Macarons at Midnight. My homemade macarons are not perfectly round, and sometimes not perfectly fluffy. In fact, when I made these Pumpkin Spice N’ Everything Nice macarons, they weren’t perfect, or even really that pretty. However, they...
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Middle-Grade Book Chat at Books of Wonder in NYC!

October 26th, 1-3 PM at Books of Wonder in New York City Meet me and other great middle-grade authors Nick Courage, Barbara Dee, Donna Gephart, and Kristin Mahoney at the 18th Street Books of Wonder store! We’ll be chatting about the writing craft as well as signing books. I’ll be signing copies of A Tale...
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Middle Grade Books for Animal Lovers

Beloved Books for Animal Lovers

One of my newest middle-grade novels, A Tale Magnolious, centers on the deep and tender friendship between orphan Nitty Luce and Magnolious the elephant. Part of the reason I chose to write about Nitty and Magnolious is because I’ve always been fascinated by the connections I see between people and animals. Animals provide us with...
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