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Here’s Iris Blobel and her Re-Release!


Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’ve got a gal pal from across the pond here today! She’s awesome author Iris Blobel and she’s answering a few questions for everyone to get to know her and sharing with us her re-release! Take it away, Iris!

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  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
    My writing career started out more accidently by jotting down some thoughts one night. It was a bit like a snowball from then on … friends read it, I published it, and I got hooked. I love the idea of creating stories, bringing people together, and hopefully bring a small smile to readers’ faces.


  1. What inspires you to keep writing?
    Life around me is the biggest inspiration, but I most of my ideas come to me when I go on holidays. Once I love a place, I feel I have to write a story around it. So many beautiful places in this world that want to be part of a happy ending.


  1. What advice would you give an aspiring author?
    Never give up and keep following your dreams. And write for the love of it and not the fame or money … the reader will notice.


  1. What genres do you read?
    I read mostly crime, mystery, and romance.


  1. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
    I know it really sounds like a cliché at the moment, but how about a little bit less hate in this world. It’s heartbreaking how much violence there is around the world.
    AND … the distance between Australia and Germany J


  1. If you could sit down to dinner with one author, who would it be? And why? What would you ask him or her?
    The name that comes to mind is definitely Lee Child. I’m always amazed when I read his books by not only the details, but also the ideas.


  1. What is your ideal vacation spot?
    Hands down – the beach.


  1. Do you have any writing quirks that help you write?
    Not really. I like peace and quiet, which with two teenage girls, although we’re blessed with two very good girls, can be a rare occasion sometimes.


  1. What is your favorite time of day to write?
    I haven’t really got a favourite time. I write when everything relating to the family is done and sorted and if the characters talk to me … so be it, I listen.

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The story is set in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, the most southern state in Australia. A most beautiful place. I went there a few years back and imagined how it would be to live in this city, how to adapt as a “non-local”, and bit by bit I wrote the story of two sisters moving there.

Obviously, I added a little romance into the story as well – so I added Mark and Zach.

This is the second edition of NEW BEGINNINGS.

The story is now a bit sexier and has also received another edit.


Literary Chanteuse’s review: “This author has a way of endearing her characters and it is easy to fall in love with them. An intriguing story with emotion, love and hope.”

Sharon’s review: “This was a very enjoyable read and it left me wanting just a little bit more. I highly recommend it.”



“Other people have to fight battles in their life as well.”


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~~  New Beginnings ~~

(2nd Edition)

by Iris Blobel






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The chance to start life all over with the help of a stranger.


Twenty-two-year-old Sophie Levesque has been guardian to her eight-year-old sister Mia since their mother’s death a few years ago, and it hasn’t been easy. Luck comes their way when they inherit a small house in Hobart. Problem is, though, they don’t know and have never heard of Clara Bellinger, the testator. Settling into their new life, Sophie is still afraid it’s all a mistake.

Mark O’Connor, attorney in Hobart and the bearer of the good news for Sophie and Mia, curses himself for the lack of information about the testator. However, researching the questions gives him an opportunity to see Sophie again, and the more time he spends with the two, the more he realises that his life is missing something. And it’s not his casual lover Linda.

But then there’s Zach, Sophie’s sexy neighbour from across the road… and a very good friend of Clara’s.

Will unravelling the mystery unravel Sophie and Mark’s promise of a future?


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Sophie Levesque stared at the attorney in front of her, waiting for some answers. She and her little sister, Mia, had been quietly sitting in Mr. O’Connor’s office for more than half an hour, learning about the details of their inheritance.

Once he was finished, silence hung in the air before she asked with raised eyebrows. “Who?”

“Clara Catherine Bellinger.”

Mia leaned closer to her elder sister and gave a soft tug on Sophie’s shirt. “Who is she?”

Sophie shrugged. “I wouldn’t have a clue.” Then turned her attention back on Mr. O’Connor and asked the same thing. “Who is she?”

The handsome attorney on the other side of the massive desk leaned forward and rested his elbows on it before he started to repeat his earlier speech. Although hearing his words, Sophie still found it all very hard to comprehend. Here she was in this old office, furnished with heavy antique oak furniture, the curtains in a pretty shade of aubergine, and the carpet beneath her shoes thick and warm in a matching shade, hearing about an inheritance from someone she’d never even heard of.

Startled by the subtle sound of the clock chiming across the road, Sophie’s gaze turned to the window, where she saw the post office building across the road. It looked impressive and old. It’d been only a few hours since they’d arrived in Hobart, the most southern capital in Australia, but she already liked it. A lot more than Sydney, the place she’d lived all her life.

Hauled back from her thoughts, she heard Mr. O’Connor say, “I believe she was a distant relative of yours. I’m afraid I don’t have any further details.”

Sophie arched an eyebrow in disbelief, doubting the accuracy of it all. Not only did she try not to question his competence as a lawyer, but she also hoped it wasn’t a dreadful misunderstanding.

With a slight shrug of her shoulder, she asked, “Why not?”

He met her gaze steadily. “Pardon me?”

Sitting up straight, she repeated, “Why not? Why aren’t there any further details?”

He rubbed his chin with his fingers, his unease now obvious, and although she almost felt sorry for him, she tried not to care. She needed to know more. And not just the what, but why and who as well.

Only a week earlier, Sophie had received the call from Mr. O’Connor telling her about an inheritance. Initially, she’d thought it had been a horrible joke when he’d given her details on where to pick up airplane tickets to Hobart. It was important for her to come, he’d explained. Some legality she hadn’t understood. Something about her having to sign documents for the transfer of ownership of some assets. It’d sounded too farfetched at the start, but after some research on the firm with the help of a friend, it sounded valid, and she’d hoped her life was finally turning around for the better.






Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she met her husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only emerged recently, but now her laptop is a constant companion.


Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her two beautiful daughters.


Next to her job at a private school, she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio.



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Consider the Hammer: A Slice of Life Post


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Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’ve been busy with family events this last weekend. My cousin got married! Yea! It was a beautiful ceremony, filled with tears and laughter. Aren’t those the best kind?  So today, for my Slice of Life Post, I thought I’d share a poem with you. Something fun and quick that makes me think of the writing process.. I didn’t write this poem and I’m not sure who did, but it does hit the nail on the head! 😉 Pun intended!


Consider the Hammer
Poet: Unknown

Photo credit: James Bowe via Visualhunt / CC BY

Consider the hammer –

It keeps its head.
It doesn’t fly off the handle.
It keeps pounding away.
It finds the point,
then drives it home.

It looks at the other side, too,
and thus often clinches the matter.
It makes mistakes, but when it does,
it starts all over.
It is the only knocker in the world
That does any good.

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Please Welcome Heather Gray!


Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you! Today I’ve got the awesome Heather Gray here and she’s telling us a little about herself and her writing! Take it away, Heather!


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  1. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
    1. I think about my next story for a while before I actually start writing them. I don’t tend to write an outline, but I want to make sure I know my characters well before I sit down and start writing. That way I don’t have to do a lot of backtracking and fixing once I’ve already gotten under way. Once I start writing, though, I just let the story take me where it wants.  I obviously have specific goals in mind for my characters.  I know the conflict (or conflicts) they’re going to have and the lessons I want them to learn, but once I start writing, how those things are accomplished is fluid.


  1. What inspires you to keep writing?
    1. I always say that writing is fun and editing is hard work, and it’s true. By the time I’m done editing a story and getting it out there for publication, I’m tired of the whole process. There’s always another story (or five) inside my head just waiting to get out, though, and so I keep writing. It helps when people actually like the stories I write. J


  1. What advice would you give an aspiring author?
    1. Write, write, write. It’s so easy to feel discouraged and to believe that you’re not good enough to complete in today’s market. The truth, though, is that you will only get better by writing. Sure, read books and take classes that teach you about the craft, but while you’re doing that – write.  You get better by keeping at it and not giving up.  You also get better by letting editors look at your work and tell you what’s wrong with it.  That’s not always a painless process, but it’s one that every writer benefits from.


  1. Who inspired you to keep writing?
    1. I write, in part, because I believe that’s what God wants me to be doing. So I’d have to say He’s my biggest inspiration to continue. It’s also the readers, though. Every author gets discouraged now and then. It’s bound to happen. I have amazing readers, though, who reach out to me to tell me how much my stories have touched their lives, entertained them, and made them think. Having that tangible proof that what I’m doing is making a difference in people’s lives – that’s inspiration and encouragement all rolled into one!


  1. What genres do you read?
    1. I read suspense, romantic suspense, and romance. I enjoy some forms of nonfiction, too.  Regardless of genre, I like a story that captures me in the first paragraph and doesn’t let me go till the end.


  1. If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
    1. This one is tricky. There are so many things I would change, but fixing the world’s economy or eradicating disease – those aren’t things that change people’s hearts. All they do is change the circumstances. I’d like to see something happen that can directly influence people’s hearts. There’s the obvious answer to that – I’d like to live in a world where every single person in every single country could hear the gospel message. It’s still a choice. Nobody can be forced to accept anything they don’t want, but for everybody to at least have that opportunity – wow. The other thing I would change is that I would make every person in the world spend at least one day a month doing something for people less fortunate than themselves.  Regardless of faith, country of residence, or anything else – we all need to be more grateful for what we have and more compassionate toward those who have less, and I think putting people into a position where they have to do for those who are in a more difficult situation than themselves could do a lot to accomplish that.


  1. If you could sit down to dinner with one author, who would it be? And why? What would you ask him or her?
    1. I write Christian fiction, and I know I should pick a Christian author, but I’m going to have to go with Dean Koontz. He’s one of the few authors that my husband and I both enjoy, he loves dogs, and I see enough quirkiness in his writing to think he has a highly developed (and highly entertaining) sense of humor.  What would I ask him? I would ask him to tell me a story. J


  1. What is your ideal vacation spot?
    1. There has to be electricity, and I’d better have a real bed. Other than that, I’m pretty flexible. I like the beach, the mountains, and just about everything in between. I’m not crazy for the desert, but that’s really the only place I’d probably not go on vacation.  Vacation is about spending time with people you love and relaxing while you’re doing it.  I can do that on the beach, by a lake, on the deck of a mountain cabin, or in the car on a thousand-mile-long road trip. (Although I might need a new car first…) J


  1. Do you have any writing quirks that help you write?
    1. Chocolate helps me write. So does coffee. But I don’t suppose they’re actual quirks. J  I do some of my editing directly on the computer and some on paper – I find that I see different issues doing it each of those ways.  When I edit a printed manuscript, though, I have a red pen in hand. And another nearby. I love my red pens.  I even carry one in my purse for emergencies. J


  1. What is your favorite time of day to write?
    1. Gah! Life is super busy right now, so my favorite time to write is “any time my house is quiet.” When life is a little more normal, though, mornings are my best writing times. My mind is fresh and rested, and my fingers are raring to go on that keyboard.

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Heather Gray loves coffee, God, her family, and laughter – not necessarily in that order! She writes approachable characters who, through the highs and lows of life, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her. Her books almost always include someone who’s infatuated with coffee, too. Some things just can’t be helped. Heather delights in creating characters who, like her, have their share of faults and foibles, characters who are flawed…but loved anyway.

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She saves lives. He protects them. And someone’s trying to stop them both.

Lily Ziminski is an ICU nurse near the nation’s capital where politics are a regular part of hospital policy. Assigned a series of high-profile patients, she finds herself an unwilling focus of the media. Lily would much rather do without all the attention…except where one cowboy-hat-wearing state trooper is concerned.

Caleb Graham runs into the same captivating nurse twice in one day, and he’s not a man who believes in coincidence. When problems at a local impound lot force him into the middle of a bizarre case that threatens Lily, Caleb will stop at nothing to protect her.

From a stranger in a parking garage to Secret Service agents, surprise chases Lily around every corner. In the midst of the chaos, she has two constants – her longtime faith in God, and her growing attraction for a silver-eyed trooper.


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Book Review: The Beginning of Everything


Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m back today with a Book Review and that book is titled, “The Beginning of Everything.”


Product Details

Robyn Schneider’s The Beginning of Everything is a witty and heart-wrenching teen novel that will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.

Varsity tennis captain, Ezra Faulkner, was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe.

My Thoughts:

I have to tell you, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s written for the Young Adult Market and it illustrates what happens when your life is turned upside down by a tragedy. Told with grace and humor, it depicts the inner strength of the main character, Ezra as he tries to navigate high school life after his accident.

He falls in love with Cassidy and even though you know the relationship is doomed you don’t know why, and that keeps the reader hooked.

There’s also a twist I didn’t see coming and that’s one of the things I liked about the story. Once it’s revealed, the reader understands Cassidy better and so does Ezra. It’s an amazing story, and I highly recommend it for adults and young adults alike.

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Summer Fun: A Slice of Life Post


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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. We have just returned from our vacation on Torch Lake. So as I’m writing this, I’m also doing a boat load of laundry. 🙂

Sunset on Torch Lake with the fam!


We stayed at the cottage most of the time because the days were hot and it’s so nice to walk out our back door and jump in the water. I love Michigan summers. The humid days and the hot steamy nights. I love lying awake and listening to the waves lap the shore. And the sunsets! Oh, the sunsets are the most amazing thing. The yolk of the sun winking at us as it slides past the horizon, turning the sky gold and fuchsia while sinking further below the skyline.

Sunset on Torch Lake (It was windy!)

Then there’s looking at the moon and sometimes you can see Mars if the sky is clear enough. Our earth is such an exceptional place and so many of us don’t appreciate it. We’re locked in our little lives, dealing with our day to day hassles and irritations that we forget to look at the sunset, or listen to the rain, or watch lightning streak across the sky.

We all need to stop and take a breath and look and LISTEN. Listen to the birds chirping in the trees, listen to the water breaking on the shore, listen to the night as we settle down for sleep. It brings such a sense of peace and we realize our problems don’t need to consume us. We can let go of them for a little while and just appreciate being here.

I love the wonder of nature and all its beauty don’t you? I hope I’m fostering a love of nature in my boys. I’m always pulling them outside to look at the moon and Mars. They see me taking pictures of the sunset. They look, but I don’t think they truly see. Well. Maybe they do. They just don’t see at the same time I do. 🙂

This is my youngest’s contribution to my sunset photos. 🙂 He’s a photobomber!

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Please Welcome Krysten Lindsay Hager!

Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. Today I have a special guest! Her name is Krysten Lindsay Hager and she’s here to share her series with us! Check it out!


Where the Idea for the Landry’s True Colors Series Came From


By Krysten Lindsay Hager

It’s so fitting to be writing about my teen series, the Landry’s True Colors Series, on Lisa’s blog because it’s set in Grand Rapids, Michigan! My parents both grew up in Grand Rapids, so I spent my summers and holidays there every year. I was one of just a few cousins who didn’t grow up there, so as a kid I used to imagine what it would be like to live there. So that’s how I picked the setting for the series, but, since I grew up in a city (Grand Blanc, MI) where I didn’t have any family members other than my parents, I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to go to school with your cousins—that was something that seemed so foreign to me. Therefore I had my character, Landry Albright, living there without any cousins or siblings. I have a sister myself, but she was younger than me, so to me it felt like I was the one going out into the big, bad world on my own. It sometimes seemed like everyone had older siblings or cousins to protect them and then there was me trying to figure things out on my own. And I wasn’t exactly a trailblazer type! I was more the girl who waited in the corner to test out the waters before I took the plunge.

The original idea for the first book actually came to me when I was in the sixth grade and saw a Bangles’ album. It was actually a single cover for “Eternal Flame.” There were the four band members on it and I remember thinking, “I wonder what they were like when they were in middle school.” So I started making up a little story about it. I had no clue that years later I would be in college and my professor would suggest we write the book we wanted to read and that idea would come back to me. It was funny how I could remember little details like what Landry’s bedroom looked like and the type of furniture she had (mirrored). Once I got back into that mindset, the characters really came to life and I started reminiscing about my own middle school experience.

If you’re familiar with the Grand Rapids area, you might pick up on a few of the places I write about. The mall Landry has her modeling audition in (I call it the Perry mall) is actually North Kent mall, which sadly no longer exists. I used to enjoy going there with my cousins. Ignatowski’s ice cream palace where all the teens hang out is named after a family member of mine and I picture it between Diamond Avenue and Innes. In fact, one of Landry’s best friend’s, Ashanti Russell, lives on Diamond Ave. and Landry lives just off that street. The school, Hillcrest Academy is close by as well. Once I started writing the story, I would go for walks down Diamond Avenue picking out where the school bus would turn in and the market where Landry’s mom shops (mentioned in book 3) is named after my grandma and a store she shopped at on Fuller Avenue. All the places I frequented when I was younger have ended up playing a role in the series. I even use Arnie’s as an inspiration in the third book in the series, Landry in Like.

For me, the series is a way to remember my teen years and the lessons I learned along the way with my readers. I share things that shaped me as a person, both the good and the bad with lessons learned from dealing with both friends and frenemies. Since I was a kid who internalized things and didn’t go for advice, I put things in the books that will help out those readers who were like me and went to books instead of adults for help solving everyday problems. One thing that I hadn’t consciously planned on when writing the series was how the role of Landry’s dad, Mr. Albright, would evolve. In the beginning it made sense to have Landry go to her dad for advice because my own father gave me the best advice. However, when my dad (a former middle school vice principal) passed last year, many of his former students reached out to us to say how much he had helped them in shaping their lives. A relative said to me that my dad’s advice and wisdom would live on through the series and it touched me that my dad would be influencing another generation of teens.

Thanks for letting me share what went into creating my Landry’s True Colors Series.



Series Info: The Landry’s True Colors Series is a clean reads young adult humor series about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, middle school and high school, frenemies, crushes, and self-image. It’s a clean reads book so it’s suitable for ages 11 and up.

Blurb: Landry Albright just wants to be one of the interesting girls at school who always have exciting things going on in their lives. She wants to stand out, but also wants to fit in, so she gives in when her two best friends, Ericka and Tori, push her into trying out for a teen reality show modeling competition with them. Landry goes in nervous, but impresses the judges enough to make it to the next round.

However, Ericka and Tori get cut and basically “unfriend” her on Monday at school. Landry tries to make new friends, but gets caught up between wanting to be herself and conforming to who her new friends want her to be. Along the way she learns that modeling is nowhere as glamorous as it seems, how to deal with frenemies, a new crush, and that true friends see you for who you really are and like you because of it.

What people are saying about the Landry’s True Colors Series:

From Teenage Book Recommendations in the UK: “This is a fantastically relatable and real book which I feel captures all of the insecurities and troubles which haunt the modern teenage girl. It is about a young model who has to go through tough times when she is torn between a life as a model and managing her friendships. You learn which friends she can most trust and which will create the drama typical of teenage life. Follow the life of Landry and try to see if you can find out which are her true friends before their true colours are revealed. This book is all about relationships, hopes and truth. I loved this book!”

From Books & Authors Spot: “This book is such an inspiration for those who just care about their looks and are tensed about them. This thing is looks aren’t everything. This book is related to every teen’s problem. Hager has written a very inspiring novel.”

“Krysten captures the teenage girl today. The struggles are real, the issues are something children have been dealing with since before I was a teen, and oddly-Krysten captures the readers! I was prepared for another “Mean Girls” story. This is NOT that. This is the real story of teenage girls! You watch Landry flower into a young woman who finds out trust is an invaluable item to find, and friendships are hard to seek genuine realism in. You will learn about relationships with not just friends, but peers, boys, and others. The details put into the book will draw you, and make the story so much more realistic. Krysten expresses emotions beautifully through her writing, and the story flows flawlessly…” By Candice J. Conway Simpson

“True Colors, is just a dazzling story of how middle school kids show their true colors of jealousy, drama, loss and gains of friendship. However, the way Krysten wrote her story; she wrote it with passion, creativity and honesty that this story line could be placed in anyone’s life at any age.” Review by Double Decker Books

“Krysten Lindsay Hager understands what it means to be a teen today, and she writes with an authentic voice. Landry, the main character, is funny, lively, and very real. Readers will relate to her struggles with friends and family, self-esteem and self-discovery, boys and school and life in general. It’s fun to read about Landry’s blossoming modeling career and the changes it brings.” Review by Author Diana Jenkins


The competition was for girls between the ages of thirteen and seventeen, but it felt like Ericka, Tori, and I were the youngest ones there. I only saw a couple of girls from school, and the lineup looked more like something you’d see on a music video set. All the girls were gorgeous, and they had these curvy womanly bodies. I looked like a skinny little kid next to them. The first girl walked out, and I heard the judges say she “owned the runway,” and, “walked like a gazelle.” I was starting to feel ill. I wasn’t sure which way it was going to come, but I knew I had to find a bathroom — fast. I started to get out of line when Ericka grabbed my wrist.

“It’s almost time,” she said. A tiny bit of spit flew out of her mouth and hit my cheek.

I wasn’t sure why she was so intent on me going through with it, but she had a death grip on my arm, so I didn’t have much of a choice. Her number was called and she walked out to the stage. One of the other girls said she walked like a kid with sand bucket stilts on her feet, but she came back with a smirk on her face like she knew she’d get chosen.

“They said they had never seen such long legs,” she said.

Tori was next.

“She walks like a gorilla at feeding time,” said the girl behind me. I went next, and I tried to focus on not tripping over my feet. My mom’s pumps had a rubber sole on the bottom, which probably wasn’t the brightest idea seeing as my shoes were making squeaking noises as I walked. I was so nervous I couldn’t stop smiling as I walked. I looked like the plastic clown who blows up balloons with its mouth at the Pizza Palace. When I got to the end of the runway, I tried to cross my feet to turn like the other girls had, but I over rotated and ended up doing a full spin which made my kilt fan out and gave the mall walkers a view of my blue underpants. I tried to act like it was intentional and did an extra turn. One of the judges put her hand up to stop me, and I held my breath as she started to speak.

Book Trailer Link:

Best Friends…Forever? (Book 2):

Landry Albright hopes the new year will start off in an amazing way—instead she has to deal with more frenemy issues, boy drama, and having most of her best friends make the cheerleading squad without her. Suddenly, it seems like all anyone can talk about is starting high school next year—something she finds terrifying.

Landry gets her first boyfriend (her crush, Vladi), but then gets dumped just as things come to a head with her friends. She feels lost and left out, but finds good advice about dealing with frenemies from what she considers an unlikely source. Landry faces having to speak up for what’s right, tell the truth (even when it hurts), and how to get past the fear of failure as she gets another shot at competing in the American Ingénue TV show modeling competition. Will she get a second chance with her friends, fame, and Vladi?

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Landry in Like (Book 3):

Things seem to be going well in Landry Albright’s world—she’s getting invited to be on local talk shows to talk about her modeling career, her best friends have her back, and her boyfriend Vladi has becoming someone she can truly count on…and then everything changes.

Suddenly it seems like most of the girls in school are into hanging out at a new teen dance club, while Landry just wants to spend her weekends playing video games and baking cup-cakes at sleepovers. Then, Yasmin McCarty, the most popular girl in school, starts to come between Landry’s friendship with her best friend Ashanti. Things take a turn when Yasmin tells Vladi that Landry is interested in another boy. Can Landry get her relationships with Ashanti and Vladi back or will she be left out and left behind?

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Krysten Lindsay Hager writes about friendship, self-esteem, fitting in, frenemies, the celebrity world, values, and self-image in True Colors, Best Friends…Forever? Landry in Like, Next Door to a Star and Competing with the Star. Best Friends…Forever? was ranked at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values & Virtues Fiction and True Colors is an international bestseller. Her work has been featured in USA Today, The Flint Journal, the Bellbrook Times, the Grand Haven Tribune, and on the talk show Living Dayton.

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What is Nerd Camp?



Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I’m sharing an awesome event that I was able to attend. It was Nerd Camp, right here in Michigan, and it was totally free.


What is Nerd Camp? It’s a place where teachers and librarians can gather and share their ideas. If you ever get a chance to go, I would highly recommend it. Naturally, the focus was on reading. Amazing speakers sparked the opening ceremony with incredible speeches. Their goal was to encourage educators to turn students into lifelong readers.  They stressed that kids needed to be able to choose what they read. By having the freedom to choose what they read, students were more likely to develop a lifelong love for reading.  And isn’t that the goal of a teacher and a librarian?

Donalyn Miller spoke, and she told us the story of “The House that Reading Built.” It was wonderful to hear, and it made me realize I wasn’t alone in my worries about the decline in reading. Each speaker spoke about how reading books changed their lives. I felt like I had found my tribe. I’ve been speaking about the need for reading from my tiny soapbox, my blog, for the last couple of years, and here I was with people who felt the same way I did. It was an awesome experience.

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Raina Telgemeier also spoke. She’s the famous author of “Smile.”  She told us about her writing and how it had not only changed her life, but the life of her schoolgirl crush. It was amazing to hear this author share parts of her soul with all of us. It made her seem like all the rest of us. Human.


There was a surprise speaker as well. Kate DiCamillo. The winner of two gold Newberry Medals and two silver ones. She wrote “Flora and Ulysses.” She shared her girlhood story of how she conjured up a pony for her friend. It was a humorous and heartwarming story. It made me realize we all have those stories in our souls that need to be shared with kids of all ages.

I went to a couple of break-out sessions after this amazing opening session. One was about blogging and it was interesting and eye opening, but the one I really enjoyed was the one about helping high school students reinvigorate their love of reading.

It seems that many high school students don’t identify as readers. This doesn’t surprise me with all the activities kids have available to them today, reading has gone by the wayside. It’s too bad. Reading has gotten me through many of the dark moments in my life. It is an excellent way of coping with stress. Maybe if kids became readers again, they wouldn’t have as many issues that they have today. Anyway, that’s another blog post for another day.

This last session was great because the presenter gave us tools to find books for kids when they can’t find something they like in the classroom library. The more access kids have to books, the more successful they’ll become. It’s a statistical fact.

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Anyway, I wasn’t able to attend the third session, but I’m sure it was just as uplifting. It was nice to find like-minded people like myself, and it gave me some added incentive to finish my novels. I’ve got two that I’m heavily invested in at the moment, and I’m excited about them.

This camp has certainly inspired me and I hope if you’re a librarian or teacher you’ll consider going next year. It is a positive experience to say the least.



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Kindness: A Slice of Life Post

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Hello everyone. I hope all is well with you. I’m back today and I want to tell you I was pleasantly surprised by how well received my post on The Kindness of Strangers was. This inspired me to write another post on Kindness. I was thinking (this always scares my hubby) about when we’re trying to perform random acts of kindness and we run into unkind people. What do we do?

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For a long time, I would make excuses for bad behavior. “Oh, Sally’s having a bad day.” And I would turn the other cheek and go along my way. However, what happens when that person is continually unkind? When do we stop turning the other cheek? When does her behavior go from having a bad day to emotionally abusive? This my friends is where we have to decide how much of this unkind behavior we are willing to tolerate.  Everyone has a different tolerance level.

For me, I’ll start investing my own time into trying to figure out what the problem is. I’ll ask Sally if I’ve done something to upset her. If I don’t get any information from her, there’s nothing I can do.  I don’t have the tools to help her with her issue at this time. When this starts to happen, I know I’ve reached my limit.I stop spending a lot of time trying to figure out what I’ve done wrong because I figure, If I had done something wrong, Sally would’ve told me. At this point, I go into survival mode.

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What that means is I try to limit my time with that person. If it’s someone I work with, I’ll be cordial, but I don’t initiate conversations or go out of my way to speak with Sally. I know what you’re thinking, I’m being unkind. Well. Maybe I am. But here’s the deal.

We must also be kind to ourselves. We are just as important as any other person on the face of the earth. We do not have to tolerate bad behavior. I know this sounds very simple. You don’t like how someone is treating you, you stay away from them. It is simple, but very hard to do. Why? Because we get emotionally involved with the other person and that throws logic out the window. I know. I’ve seen it happen many times.

We have to remind ourselves in the midst of this emotional struggle to detach from this person. They are not good for us. It doesn’t mean we have to be unkind to them, but we don’t have to put up with their bad behavior either.

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So, when I speak about Kindness. I want everyone to know that each of you needs to be kind to yourself as well. You’re important and there’s a reason you’re here.

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Creating Your Author Brand


Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you! I’m back today to share some of my thoughts with you on Author Branding. Have you seen the movie “Our Brand Is Crisis?”

Our Brand Is Crisis stars Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton.

If you get a chance watch it.Not only is it an excellent movie, it’s a great example on how to establish a brand. In the movie Sandra Bullock is a strategist for a man who’s running for President in Bolivia.He’s at the bottom of the polls, he’s not a very likeable candidate. What’s worse? His opponent’s strategist is Bullock’s long-time nemesis, and so it begins.

What was so interesting about this movie is how she came up with a brand for her candidate. That brand was crisis. Her candidate wasn’t popular by any means, but he ended up winning the election. Why? Because of how he branded himself.

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His brand was that he was the only candidate that could handle a crisis. He didn’t need to ask advisors or his cabinet how to take control of a situation. He just dealt with it. Bolivia was in crisis mode.He convinced the people that he was the only one capable of handling that crisis. Long story short. He solved a problem. That was his brand.

Authors we need to solve problems for our readers. So when you get ready to market your book, ask yourself this question: What problem does my book solve? Why would someone want to read it?

Does it immerse your reader in a different world?

This solves the problems of boredom, stress, and maybe teaches the reader about a different country or a different era.

Does it engage your reader so much that they can’t put it down?

Your book may be an excellent recommendation for a reluctant reader.

Other problems your book solves are entertainment, improving analytical skills, and critical thinking. Your book also teaches important social skills. Kids can learn a great deal from reading fiction. Remember that when your marketing  your story.



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As authors we need to become excellent marketers and support each other. Why? Because reading for pleasure is on the decline. We need to turn this trend around and get people reading again. Here’s two links that explain why this is so important.

Market your books by solving your Reader’s problem. That’s how you’ll hit that number one spot!

Thanks for stopping by and reading my post. Do you have any ideas you’d like to share on Author Branding? If you do, please leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!


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The Kindness of Strangers


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Hello everyone! I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another Slice of Life Post. Today I’m reflecting on the kindness of strangers. Have you ever been in a situation where you needed help and had to rely on someone you didn’t know? It’s happened to me twice in the last six months.

It started out as a dead battery. I went to the grocery story, bought my groceries, wheeled them out to the car, and unloaded my cart. The sun beat down as I climbed behind the wheel and turned the key. Nothing. I couldn’t believe it.

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I quickly called my husband and made arrangements for him to pick me up. While I waited (sweating in the hot sun), a nice woman offered to jump my car. We worked together and got my car started.  I thanked her, she left, and my car ran for about three seconds and then died again. My husband arrived after I baked for a little bit longer and brought me and the groceries home.

The reason I’m telling you this story is because I’m so grateful for the kindness of strangers. I appreciate all the people who’ve helped me out when I’ve been in a tight spot.

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I know we watch the news and we hear about bombings, mass shootings, and hate crimes, and each event is a horrible thing. But, there is good in the world, too. The goodness doesn’t get the attention it deserves. It isn’t as newsworthy as a hate crime or a mass shooting.

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But as I stood there in the parking lot, (because it was way too hot to sit in the car) letting people know I was having car trouble, and I wasn’t standing there waiting to steal their groceries. The majority of the people I came into contact with were very kind, especially the woman who jumped my car. She took time out on a steamy day and helped me, someone she didn’t know. This is a small event, but I wonder if all these small events were added together if it could somehow have a positive effect on the universe and cancel out all the negative ones.

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I’m grateful for that woman who was kind to me, and as I write this post, I realize I’m grateful for the kind man who changed my tire for me three months ago. I offered him money, but he declined it. He just said, help someone else when you can. Pay it forward.

I think we need more people to pay it forward, don’t you? Thanks for reading my post today. Do you have a story to share about the kindness of strangers? If you do, leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!

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