GRACEFUL and SPACE TAXI 3 hit the shelves!!

 Hi!! I’m excited to announce that GRACEFUL is out TODAY, April 28th!! This time it’s REALLY the last book in the Willow Falls series! THE LAST PRESENT is out in paperback today too, so it’s a great time to catch up on the series if you’re behind. On a personal note, these books have been a joy to write, and I can’t thank you enough for your support. I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on it, and I hope it wrapped up the way you’d have hoped (with a few surprises thrown in there!) I’m going to miss those characters! If you would like a personalized/signed copy of GRACEFUL (or any of the books) for yourself or a gift for a friend, feel free to contact my local bookstore to arrange—Sparta Books, 973-729-6200.
Graceful cover 2
The mysterious Angelina D’Angelo has left town to see the world. It’s now Grace’s turn to use her magic to protect the people of Willow Falls, and she’s up to the challenge. This is her destiny, after all. But destiny is a funny thing—it doesn’t always behave the way you’d expect it to. All your favorite characters are back and you get to glimpse their futures…even before they do!
And the third book in the SPACE TAXI SERIES is out!!!
Space Taxi 3: Archie’s Alien Disguise
Archie Morningstar’s dad drives a taxi through outer space. And with the help of a talking cat named Pockets, Archie and his dad help fight crime across the universe! In the third book in this early reader series, the three travel to a Medieval planet to rescue a princess who has three eyes, green hair, and an attitude!

A special THANK YOU to everyone who suggested slogans for the harmonicandy in THE CANDYMAKERS AND THE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHASE.  I used so many of them in the book! Also a lot of your ideas of new candies and stories about road trips also made it in! (keep those comin’ if ya got ’em!) More updates as I finish up!

Candymakers 2 (or CM2 as I’ve taken to calling it!)

Hi all!! I’m still deep underground trying to meet my deadline for The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase. Your suggestions for new candies and road trip ideas have been SOOOO HELPFUL!!!!! Thank you!!! For those of you who haven’t read the first one yet, spoilers ahead so may not want to read the rest of this post! For the others, here’s another chance to pitch in…Miles has to come up with an advertising slogan for the Harmonicandy, so I’ve been gathering a list of ideas. Things like: Harmonicandy, the musical treat! or The Harmonicandy, chew to the tune! You can see why i need help!  I’d love to hear your ideas!

School supplies, yay!!

Hi guys!! I hope everyone is having a great start to school! It’s almost ninety degrees here in Jersey today, so I say it’s clearly still summer. :O)

I promised some news updates, and here ya go.

A few years ago I wrote two books for teenagers called LEAP DAY and HEAVEN LOOKS A LOT LIKE THE MALL. They both have main characters in high school and deal with high school themes. Since then I’ve fallen in love with writing books that have younger characters, and these two books sort of got lost. BUT NOW they’re back!! They both have shiny new editions with an author’s note at the beginning, and I updated the text a bit for younger readers. I think they’re fine now for 12 and up, but as with anything, you may want to run it by parents/guardians/etc beforehand if you’re not sure. Here are their pretty new covers:

Graceful and Candymakers 2

This post used to be about problems getting some of the books from Amazon but that’s been worked out, so Thank you all for your support while you’re waiting for Graceful, and once i finish the Candymakers sequel I’ll do my best to catch up with posting your comments and answering questions. Thank you for your patience!

Later gaters,

Space Taxi launches TODAY!!!


I had a blast writing for younger readers this time around. Space Taxi: Archie Takes Flight is the first in the series. The second, “Space Taxi: Water Planet Rescue,” will be out in September.

Check out the awesome (and informative!) website our publisher is making for the series. They have lots of cool stuff planned in the coming months but you’ll be able to check out a preview now, focusing on the science behind the story. You can also read a sneak peek of the story!


Candymakers sequel news!!

Book Two!


coming out Spring 2016

I know that sounds like a long time, but in the publishing world it really isn’t (plus i can’t start writing it for another few months!!). The title might change, but the plot will involve Logan, Daisy, Philip and Miles hitting the road in a tricked-out RV to find Logan’s grandfather’s original formula for the Life is Sweet chocolate. Each character will have their own motivation for going on the trip, and will have their own quests along the way.

Sending Valentine’s Love and Good Tidings (tidings = news!)

Ok, so here’s the thing. You guys are AWESOME! And you’re not afraid to ask for what you want, that’s for sure! I’m sorry for the wait…but here goes. Like I said…two sequels. One I still can’t officially tell you for a few more days, (but if I HAD to give a hint…I’d say it has something to do with candy! ;o)

But there’s one other I CAN tell you about…

SPACE TAXI preview and Holiday wishes

It’s a snowy day here in New Jersey, perfect for curling up with hot chocolate and a book. I’m grateful for the owner of my wonderful Indie bookstore who loans me advance reading copies of upcoming books. The hardest part is choosing which to read first! Speaking of my local bookstore, just a reminder that if anyone wants to order books as gifts this season, if you order through them, I’ll go in and sign them with a message and she will send them. Here’s the info: You can even do it online and write in the message box who you want it signed for.

You guys made THE LAST PRESENT a bestseller!

How awesome are you all? You helped THE LAST PRESENT to turn up at #13 on the New York Times bestseller list its first week out! It’s all very exciting! Maybe I should listen to you and think about writing an offshoot of the series or something…hmm…

I’m still going through the comments on the last post, but I wanted to say how moved I am by your thoughts about the book, and the whole Willow Falls series in general. I think you’ll find I used almost all of your suggestions for what you wanted to see in The Last Present. So this was really a collaborative effort. :)

A Lot is Happening in Willow Falls this month

Happy back-to-school everyone! I love buying new school supplies, even when they’re not for me! Clean crisp notebooks full of possibility, sharpened #2 pencils, new lunch box with Shaun Cassidy on it…ok so they probably haven’t make those since the days i was in 6th grade but you get my drift. :)

So the biggest news is that THE LAST PRESENT will be coming out on September 24th. That’s just around the corner. Hurrah! The action picks up right where 13 GIFTS left off so even though you could read any of the first three books out of order, I think you’ll be happier if you read 13 GIFTS before THE LAST PRESENT. And 13 GIFTS is out in paperback now to make that even easier. That’s the less-big but still exciting news :)