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Five on a Friday with Anisha Bhatia

One of the great things about being a published author is how many other authors I get to “meet.” We all hear about the big, flashy books by big-name authors, but there are a host of gems that may never cross our paths. (So many books… so little time!) I get to see some of…

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When Mom Ain’t Happy…

Yesterday, a friend and I helped organize donations for our local Refugee & Immigration Services. The lovely young woman who was giving us directions gestured at a group of stuff on the floor and said, “And if you have time, you could try to inventory those… um…” “Car seats?” my friend and I said, laughing.…

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Time for a Reset

It’s time for a reset. 2021 has been–well, a whirlwind. The long, choking oppression of the pandemic is lifting, and we’re busier than ever: soccer, baseball, color guard, 4H, scouts, marching band, concerts (hallelujah!), even church choir. Committee meetings. Oh, and there was that minor detail of a book release this spring. Pitching, promotion, recording…

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Big Things, Small Things

Many of the authors I know spend their launch days hopping from one online event to another. Me? I took my kayak to the lake just up the road from my parents’ house. I felt kind of weird about it, actually. Like maybe I was Doing Things Wrong. But I also looked at my calendar…

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Me on the “Best of Women’s Fiction”

It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks, and I actually do have plans for a blog post that’s NOT about A Song For The Road–but today I wanted to share one more podcast episode I did to help promote the book, which is newly-released today. Lainey Cameron is the author of The Exit Strategy, which…

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Release Day Fun!

It’s release day, folks! Tonight we’re partying virtual-style–music, a reading, a chat between me and author Barbara Claypole White, time for audience questions, and a champagne toast given by my husband. So make sure to come with a libation of your choice! Click here at 7p.m. Central to join in the fun! I am going…

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It’s preorder time!

It’s THREE WEEKS until Publication Day and I could not be more excited to share A SONG FOR THE ROAD with the world! It is the story of a church musician who, a year after losing her entire family in a car accident, embarks on a cross-country musical road trip to honor their memory. It’s…

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The “Daily Buzz”

One of my daughter Julianna’s IEP goals for this year is to learn to express herself in writing. We’ve always had trouble getting from her what is going on in school; she needs help learning to bring what’s in her head, well, out of it. Her absolutely fabulous teacher identified that as a real need…

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Of Stress And Gratitude

My sophomore year in college, I entered my first flute competition. As the fall wore on, I found myself lying awake at night, exhausted yet sleepless, every breath an effort. It took me a ridiculously long time to piece it together. One day the light bulb went on. “Oh!” I said. “I’m stressed!” And then,…

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Publication -10 weeks: Green Bank Telescope

I am officially ten weeks away from PUBLICATION DAY! A Song For The Road is the story of a musician on a road trip across America, following a smart phone app written for her by the daughter she lost. Planning the road trip was, hands down, the most fun I had writing this book, but…

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