A Seven Kingdoms #BookBirthday Celebration!

Under Pressure with a Squash on tablet, phone, and hardcover

Available Now! Click here for more. Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting 1 can (16 oz.) pumpkin2 cups sugar1 cup vegetable oil4 eggs lightly beaten2 cups all-purpose flour2 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. ground cinnamon1/2 tsp salt Beat pumpkin, sugar and oil. Add eggs and mix well. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, add to […]

Happy Birthday to the Queen! (And to a brand new winter squash!)

Trouble With Parsnips tablet, phone and hardcover editions

It’s a brand-new, baby squash seedling! Hooray!!! Why all the excitement? I don’t know how things are going at your house, but I re-planted three times this year. I’d given up hope. Wishing you lots of hope this summer–we’re getting lots of chances to re-plant our lives in 2020! May they bear good fruit for […]

A magical gift for you!

“Trouble At The Christmas Fair” is free at online booksellers during the holidays! It’s perfect for ages nine to twelve. (December 2019 through a little bit of January 2020.) Get your magic here. TROUBLE AT THE CHRISTMAS FAIR Eleven-year-old Prince Nero has got his hands full! His royal mother wants to solve their kingdom’s money […]

Happy Day-Before-St. Nicholas-Day!

Would your family like to celebrate St. Nicholas’s Day this year? At our house, it’s always been a nice start to a busy month. Making Stutenkerle or “Bread Guys” is a fun, easy, and reasonably healthy after-school activity on December 5th. Afterwards, the kids can do what German kids are doing: clean their boots and […]

Prince Nero goes to Luxembourg?!?

We book people know that books are a doorway to adventure so it shouldn’t be a surprise that I got to visit a whole new country because of the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tales. Unlike Prince Nero, I didn’t get lost. Because I had help from my friends at the Society for Children’s Book Writers and […]

There’s more to explore!

The second book in the Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale series is all about exploring–with a prince who has no sense of direction! Just for fun, here are the real castles that inspired the Blackfly and the Saffron Kingdoms. LOST WITH LEEKS stars the Blackfly Prince Nero and the Saffron royal twins: Prince Magellan and Princess […]


This will be short and SWEET! 🙂 The second Seven Kingdoms Fairy Tale is almost ready! Argh! Twelve-year-old Crown Prince Nero is lost again. That’s what he gets for trying to fly a hot air balloon. Thanks to his fairy godfather’s “gift,” every compass and map goes kerflooey as soon as Nero touches it. Even […]

Another Veggie of the Week Challenge: Romanesco to the Rescue! Plus A Giveaway!

After years of studying chronic disease epidemiology, I’m convinced that vegetables are hugely important (And delicious.) But. . . .when I’m writing a story, I forget how much I like healthy food. Soooooooo. . . . Each week, I’ve been celebrating a vegetable in a Half-way Healthy supper. GIVEAWAY NEWSFLASH Until December 3rd, you can […]

Want to read a brand-new children’s book? Spoiler: It’s mine. :)

My first children’s book is coming out today in paperback!!! And ebook!! and Kindle!! YAY! *dances from living room to kitchen and back* WARNING: There are root vegetables involved. And princesses. And a dessert sluice with cream puffs. But the nameless princess of Cochem has it, um, under control. Because I’m shy and retiring, you […]