Fun Stuff & Selected Works
Young Readers' Creations
Any time young readers draw pictures, make videos, or whatever about one of my books, I will post their work here!
(Send your creations to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Riddle, Buss, and Scalp Games, Pix, and Recipes!
Here are games and pictures of people/places/things found in my historical fiction,
Izzy Elf Games and Pix!
I will be posting games, pix, and more about the Izzy Elves
Music, Songs, and Dances
Music was a huge part of my childhood, so I could not resist including lots of music in my stories. I will be posting recordings of some of these songs, dances, etc. here!
Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #1
Owen and Alex, two naughty little boys, sneak downstairs before dawn on Christmas morning. They open one of their gifts and find Tizzy, one of Santa’s elves, who was packed inside by mistake. Can they get him home to the Pole 1) before the big Elf Celebration and 2) before their parents come downstairs!
Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #2
Blizzy, Tizzy's "favorite lass", is the only elf who notices that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning. When she starts questioning all her friends about when they saw him last, and where Tizzy could possibly be, however, they think she is just being a "worrywart". What Blizzy REALLY is, however, is very, very clever, and she just might figure out the mystery!
Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #3
Dizzy has worked all year next to his friend, Tizzy, and heard all about his Great Adventure. The trouble is, Dizzy wants to have an adventure, too! He sneaks aboard Santa's sleigh, and finds all the adventure he's dreamed of with two little boys, Stuart and Drake. They share a wild joy ride and plenty of fun in this third "Izzy Elves" story.
A Buss from Lafayette Teacher's Guide
"A fantastic document any middle school teacher would love to use while expanding on the many aspects of this fiction/non-fiction youth book!" - Middle School Teacher and Principal
Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elf: Santa's Izzy Elves #4
Frizzy styles dollies’ hair, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to start making something completely different (and "yuck"), but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!
A Buss from Lafayette
Clara Hargraves, 14, has a couple of big problems: she has a new stepmother (who used to be her old maid schoolteacher aunt) and she has red hair (which means she is constantly teased). During the last week of June, 1825, her small New Hampshire town is abuzz about the Revolutionary hero Lafayette's visit to the state. As a result, Clara just might find that her problems are not quite so terrible after all.
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm
The Riddle of Penncroft Farm was an International Reading Association Teachers' Choice Selection and a Jeanette Fair Award winner. It was also a Master List Selection for the William Allen White Children’s Book Award, the Rebecca Caudill Award, the Mark Twain Award, the South Carolina Children’s Book Award, the Hoosier Young Readers Award, and the Sunshine State Young Readers Award. The Riddle of Penncroft Farm also won 1st place in the Historical Fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards, 25 years after its original publication!
The American Revolutions
Here is the beginning of a non-fiction piece I wrote for a series of history books for kids. I tried to write (as I always do) as if I were just talking to the reader and explaining things in the most entertaining way possible.
It ended up being rejected because it was too funny for serious history, apparently. This pretty much convinced me to continue writing fiction instead, so I could leaven history with humor as much as I want.
Anyway, this has been languishing on my computer (or series of computers) for nearly 25 years. I'm getting it ready to publish it myself.
The Catherine Moorhouse Regency Trilogy
"Wonderfully involving Regency saga...these complex plot machinations, the richness of the writing and the fullness of the characters are sure to leave readers for whom sex and violence are not the sine qua non eagerly awaiting the...volumes of this trilogy."