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Mankato bison!

Mankato bison!

What a wonderful weekend! We had friends visiting as a kind of pre-birthday celebration for Shane and had SUCH an amazing time. Aside from all the food (my favorite pumpkin muffin recipe will be posted soon!), the best part was the bison reserve at the Mineopa State Park. You might remember when I posted about Shane and my picnic at Mineopa Falls. As if this park had to get any cooler, it now has a herd of about ten bison!

I hear Mankato bison love Seven Stones...

I hear Mankato bison love Seven Stones…

We found out that bison used to be found in just about every one of the lower 48 states. Because of westward expansion and the mass killings in the 1800s to make way for the railroad, these truly amazing creatures were almost wiped out. This past year, the Mineopa State Park reintroduced a herd of bison to the Mankato area. How cool is that?! They opened up the reserve for public view this month, so of course we had to go!

So close!

So close!

Seriously, this was an incredible experience. Seeing the bison up close was breathtaking! I am so grateful for the conservation efforts that brought us such a fantastic opportunity.

And of course, we stopped at the falls!

And of course, we stopped at the falls!

Speaking of fantastic opportunities, I’m going back on tour this month! If you missed out on my summer book tour, now is your chance to hear me talk about my book and go home with a signed copy of Seven Stones! Here is a list of events I have going on so far. My publicist is hard at work booking more dates, so stay tuned (and feel free to contact her if you’d like me to come to your book club/library/bookstore!)

Saturday, October 24th: 1:00-2:00pm

Saturday, October 31st: 9-3:30pm

Wednesday, November 4th: 5:30-6:30pm

Monday, November 16th: 12:00-1:00pm


Happy Monday!


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!