Old Glory Days June 14, 2014



doxie tales


Old Glory Days, my community’s big annual celebration, has come and gone.  The support from friends and family has been awesome.  So many people came by to congratulate me, wish me luck, buy my book, and just tell me they missed seeing me at the post office.

It was a great day.  I love my small town!  I’m back on track with key people to get Howloween Fun published on schedule.  Look for the further adventures of Whiskers, Wags, and Sniffy later this summer…just in time for Halloween.

Summer Reading Program


Peanut with glasses

Put on your readers and grab your little readers for the Bement Library Summer Reading Program starting this Wed, June 4th @ 6:30.  I will be reading A Super Fun Day on Wed, June 11th.  The program runs every Wed. in June, preschoolers thru 7th graders welcome.  Sign up at the Library now & stop by on the 11th to see me!

A Super Fun Day…available in bookstores now!





Here it is folks…my dream come true!  My book has finally made it’s way to the bookstores.  Not only is it now available in the Champaign IL Barnes & Noble but the Jane Addams Book Shop in downtown Champaign has it on hand as well.  I am truly a happy camper!!!

I will be signing my books at the Jane Addams Book Shop on Saturday Aug. 9th at 2pm…please tell your friends.

More events updated May 29th, 2014

I will be selling signed copies of my book and a limited supply of Doxie Tale Adventure t-shirts at the Monticello Farmer’s Market on June 19th, July 3rd, and Oct 9th, 2014 from 3-6PM on the square.


Stop by and see me Saturday, September 20th at the Monticellobration, also on the square.



Book Review I Was So Mad by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer is my favorite children’s book series writer. If you’ve ever had a toddler, you can relate to the book “I Was So Mad (Little Critter) (Look-Look)
No matter what Little Critter wanted to do, his parents and grandparents would not let him do it. When they suggested things he could do, he didn’t want to so he was SO MAD!

Isn’t that always the way. My Grandson is 3 and if he gets “so mad” he slumps his shoulders and scowls. It’s pretty funny to me, not so much to him. We have many, many Mercer Mayer books from my kids’ childhood and they are still our favorites. If you’ve never read the Mercer Mayer Little Critter series, make sure you do. There are topics for every occasion from this one, featuring anger management issues, to going to the dentist.


Start your collection today!

Summer Reading Program

Peanut with glasses

Bring your preschool thru 7th grader to Bement’s Summer Reading Program starting June 7th.  It runs every Wednesday evening in June @ 6:30.  Make sure your little one has a library card.  I will be reading my book A Super Fun Day on June 11th.  Come out and see me!!

Farmer’s Market May 16th, 2014


I will be in Monticello IL selling my book A Super Fun Day and some Doxie Tale Adventure t-shirts at their Farmer’s Market.  Look for my booth on the square.

Times are 3pm to 6pm on the following dates (all Thursdays):

June 19th

July 3rd

October 9th.


Come out and see me!!


Spring has sprung!


abby and peanut on the deck


Warm weather has finally come to the Midwest.  It’s been a long winter for all of us…even these two!  I’ve been retired for three months and had my first cup of coffee (since retiring) on the deck this past weekend.  I am truly blessed to be able to stay home and spend all day with my doxies and more time with my grandkids.

The next book in my Doxie Tale Adventure series “Howloween Fun” is scheduled to be out this summer.  Be sure to check back as I will be posting updates as the publishing date nears.

I have many books in the works for the series.  Each will feature the shenanigans of Whiskers and Wags (and their little sis Sniffy) and will introduce different characters based on a lifetime of sharing my life with dogs.

When I fell in love with children’s books and developed my collection, it was the series that interested me the most.  I enjoyed following the same characters on different adventures so that’s what I want to bring to my reader.

Thanks for visiting my site and be sure to visit again.


Comments April 11, 2014

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Thanks for visiting!



April 4th 2014 Abby


Looooooooooooook into my eyes.  You’re getting sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy.

Oh wait, I’m the one that’s getting sleepy.  G’night.