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Friday Favorites!

Hey, All! Good to be back! The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, and this past week was no different. The good news is that I’m starting to get into a routine, both with school, the new job, and writing.

What does that mean? Hopefully, it means that I will be back to posting three times a week like I was before the move, AND that the sequel will be finished before the end year. That’s my new goal. It used to be September, but with all the madness of packing, unpacking, and starting a new life, I’ve barely gotten to write. I’m going to start my weekly word count again soon, and hopefully have a few new recipes to share next week as well (I haven’t had time to cook yet in our new apartment. For those of you who know me, you can imagine how much that has been killing me!).

And now, for Friday Favorites! The FIRST Friday Favorites post in Mankato! YAY! So, what have we been up to this week?

2015 Highland Games

It was a good day to be Scottish!

It was a good day to be Scottish!

I was SO excited to be a part of the Games that I’ve been attending since high school. And it was BETTER than I imagined! My goal was to sell 100 books (50 each day), but I brought a few extras. Just to be positive, you know? Well, I should have sold more because I am SOLD OUT of the second printing! I sold 118 books!

THANK YOU to all my new readers (I loved meeting you! Enjoy the novel!), old friends who came out to see me, and everyone who worked so hard to pull off the Games. I can’t wait for next year!

My First Storytime!


All set and ready to ROCK!

My very first storytimes were this week and they were fantastic! I had a Baby Lapsit on Wednesday, and my Romp & Rhyme Storytime on Thursday. The picture above is from my Romp & Rhyme, and me & the kids ROCKED it! My theme was Back to School. We read Pete The Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes, Splat the Cat, Maisy Goes to Preschool, and Mouse’s First Day. Of course, we rocked out to songs and played lots of fun games. Afterward, I had several parents thank me for the program and say they would make storytime part of their weekly routine! YAY!

Mineopa Falls


The Falls at Sunset

Yesterday was my favorite day in Mankato so far. Shane had a day off and I only had to be at the library for storytime, so we had a WHOLE DAY together. It was a gorgeous day for biking, so Shane planned a bike ride, but didn’t tell me where we were going.

Waterfalls?! I couldn't believe it!

Waterfalls?! I couldn’t believe it!

If you’ve never biked in Mankato, be warned: it is HILLY. Some of these hills want to kill you, and they nearly did. But we are tough Hobbits, and biked to Mineopa Park up and down some truly beautiful countryside. When we got to the park, I found out why Shane wanted to come here: WATERFALLS!

What a perfect day!

What a perfect day!

We had a picnic right next to the beautiful falls. It was perfect, and such an adventurous ride! I can’t wait to explore more Mankato parks!

That’s my week in a nutshell! How was yours?

Happy Friday!


Wisconsin Highland Games 2015!

After almost a little more than a month’s break from touring, I’m off to another book signing! And GREAT news, Wisconsin Friends. I’m coming your way! I’ll be at the Wisconsin Highland Games this whole weekend, so if you missed me at The SweetSpot back in July, make sure you come out and say hi!

The Highland Games were something I used to look forward to all year long. What’s not to love about caber tossing, haggis hurling, longbow, knife throwing, dog shows, dancing, Scottish culture, language, and food?! And this year, I get to be a part of it all! I am so excited!

There truly is something for everyone at the Highland Games. Whether you are Scottish or just a Merida fan, you will find something to love. I really enjoy the fact that once you pay for your ticket, almost all of the events and shows are free! There is so much to do and see, and everything is a celebration of us wonderful, kilted Celts.

I’d love to sign a copy of Seven Stones just for you! So grab your kilt and stop by the Highland Games, wander into the Cultural Center, and we’ll talk about my book over a fresh scone and a hot cup of tea.

I’m hitting the road and on my way back to Wisconsin. See you there!


Author Events!

Taking these bad boys on the road...

Taking these bad boys on the road…

Now that the book is officially released, it’s time to really spread the word! I have been amazed at how many people have been sharing Facebook posts, Tweeting, and telling friends about Seven Stones. THANK YOU! I am very eager to hear what you think about my book. Please feel free to post reviews on the Seven Stones Amazon page and on GoodReads. Word of mouth and personal reviews are an awesome way to get the word out on a good book. 🙂

And in other exciting news: it is time to begin planning THE BOOK TOUR!!!!! We’ve been putting together a schedule of author events and appearances, and I couldn’t be more excited! I’ve decided to truly kick-off the book tour in May because I’ll be done with grad classes for the semester and able to focus on all things literary (including finishing the sequel by September). I can’t WAIT!!! Here is the list of author events and appearances that I am scheduled for so far. There are some events that are still being worked out (more details to follow), and I’m hoping to add more events as the summer draws nearer! Stay tuned for updates!

Seven Stones Book Tour

Also, I’ve had several people ask me about book clubs. My answer is YES! I would be honored to come to your book club and discuss my book. Just give me enough heads up and I will be there (or Skype)!

And for any of my Minnesota friends who may have missed the book release in Brainerd: my first official book signing will be in BEMIDJI! Even if you did happen to make it to the book release, please feel free to stop by and say hi!

That’s all for now!

Happy Wednesday!