5 tips: dress your table for success #BookFair #Authors

Imagine: your book display catches a reader's eye from across a crowded room. They swing by, pick up your book, and read the jacket blurb. They linger. They whip out their phone and scan the ISBN barcode for more info. And the next thing you know, they're spelling their name aloud so you can personalize their copy.'s

It’ll be A Novel Affair at the Carnegie Library of Beaver Falls, Oct 22 7-9PM

The Carnegie Library of Beaver Falls is hosting A Novel Affair, featuring authors, appetizers, and live music. Have your book purchases signed by the authors. Raffle baskets and silent auction, including Framed #31 Penn State jersey signed by Paul Posluszny and Shane Conlan. Tickets available at the library ($20) or at the door the night

The day my grandpa sprung me from high school

I might have been the only kid at Marple Newtown High School whose grandpa sprung her out of English class mid-day. It was freshman year. I was a quiet girl, relatively new to the district. Our principal appeared in the doorway and announced in front of the whole class that my grandpa had called (gasp!), and I was to go home -- immediately

4 Star Review of I’m Yours by Long and Short Reviews

I'm Yours was chosen to be reviewed by Long and Short Reviews. Thank you! It's always helpful to get honest feedback from professionals, and I'm grateful for every word of it. You can read the full review here.

St. Patrick’s Day Sale 25% off at All Romance!

Happy St. Patty's Day! All Romance Books is running a 25% off special today ! Both of my books, which are companion works, are being featured today. If you read one but not the other, today's a great time to scoop it up. I'm Yours and Return To Me Excerpt from I'm Yours, my Roaring '20s historical:

Starting a novel is like falling in love #amwriting

That first idea. That first flutter. That moment when you go "ah ha! That's the one!" People ask me how I know. How do I decide what to write about. All I can say is this: I walk around with an obscene knot of ideas (which explains why I often look like I'm in a daze). Most are terrible.

Keep tabs on your #tweens, one text at a time @SighthoundInc @smartthings #parenting

My phone buzzed last week when I was volunteering at an after school program. I pulled it out to check the text. The other parent asked, “Everything okay?” “Yep. My daughter's home.” Her bus comes to our driveway at 3:50, so she was right on time. I showed her the text from SmartThings. “How’d you do that?” I told her

Speaking to kids about writing historical fiction

I just got off the phone with the English teacher at Pine Richland middle school. She asked me to come in and speak with two groups of 65 kids about writing historical fiction as part of their STEAM initiative. She said it's not often they get a parent to represent that "A" for arts in STEAM. What

Why reviews matter…they’re gold to me!

One of the hardest parts of being an author is putting your work out there. It's terrifying. It's like sending your child out in the world without you. You devote all of this time creating a world with characters who have emotion and hopes and dreams...and failures. Will anyone care about them? Will anyone rally, cry, or swoon

5-Star Review of I’m Yours by Readers’ Favorite @ReadersFavorite

Kickin' off the new year with this review by Readers' Favorite! Thank you! If you haven't picked up your copy, the e-novella is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Wild Rose Press, among all other e-retailers. Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite I’m Yours is a short story by Carolyn Menke. Beautiful Audrey McCall dreams of

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