To download chapter 1 for a sneak preview, CLICK HERE!
To download chapter 1 for a sneak preview, CLICK HERE!
Hey everyone! So the book launch party was a huge success, and I am still glowing from all the love and support I felt that night. My husband took some great pictures, and I thought it would be fun to share them with you all. It’s pretty cool seeing your name in lights for the first time… (Notice how there is a water tower in the background. Yes, I live in small town California. Just across the street from this book store, there is a rodeo fairground. And yes, I just attended a party there last weekend. It was bomb.) And also very...read more
I realize that I haven’t blogged in some time, and I’m so sorry about that! Much of that was due to all the commotion surrounding my book launch party, which was a lot of fun and a huge success. I plan to do a blog post with pictures this week, so anyone who wasn’t there could see what a good time we all had. I do want to thank all of my family, friends, co-workers, and supporters for coming out to help me launch Finding Pony into the book universe. It felt wonderful, and I was humbled and awed by all the love. I also am...read more
It was one of those cold, November late afternoons, and the air was still thick with fog. Everyone in our Visalia CPS office just wanted to go home, start dinner, light a fire. I was turning off my computer and straightening my desk when one of my co-workers walked in. “It’s a mom,” she whispered, her face grim. “She wants to do a relinquishment.” She looked young, and had driven up in her beaten up station wagon with four kids in tow, each of them looking more shell-shocked than the other. They were quite young,...read more
Well, here it is, the official book trailer for Finding Pony. I hope you all enjoy. Once again, much thanks goes out to the producers of the film, Kyle Lowe of kylelowefilms.com and Michael Barakat of barakatfilms.com for making such a high quality video. Hope you all enjoy! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on...read more
Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since I posted a new blog, but this summer has been killer. First, my oldest son went away to college in June, then we remodeled the house, and squeeze in three girls in a play, my second son in two sports and summer school (and not driving yet), and yes. I have been busy. But I’m back and with the book release almost exactly a month away, I am so excited to ramp up promotion of Finding Pony! One of the highlights of my summer was getting to watch the making of the Finding Pony book trailer. I knew I...read more
Because today, Love Wins. Well, love and books. And rainbows who read. Because they’re awesome. Happy Friday, everyone. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new...read more
I was sitting at my desk in a room I shared with about ten other social workers, doing paperwork, when I got the call. It was from a foster mom and dad who had two teen boys in their care. “Seriously?” I said, sitting back in my chair. “You really want them moved?” They really did. And like, immediately. The boys were named *Damien and *Carlos, and they had lived with their foster parents for the last ten years. They were a family, parents to them in every sense of the way, except for legally. Or so I thought. I had...read more
We sat in the conference room of my former agency as she carefully leafed through the profiles of adoptive families. The room was silent, save for the sound of the clock ticking above us. Finally, she spoke. “Her.” Talitha*, the birthmother I had been working with, tapped the profile of a single woman with her forefinger. The woman she pointed to was a professor at a local college. “This one. I want her to raise my baby.” She didn’t want a married couple, and it made sense. After all, she had been molested as a...read more
Over the years, I have worked with countless children and their families. And to me, each child, each family I encountered (and encounter still, to this day), has a profound story to tell. Each and every one. Sometimes, when I learn of a child’s history, the traumas, the amazing obstacles she has had to overcome, her absolute bravery, I think to myself, there is a story there. A story worth telling. And I suppose that is why Finding Pony became a book. In 1997 I was a young social worker, and newly pregnant with my first...read more
How cool is this? My publisher called yesterday and said promotional bookmarks were in for the Finding Pony launch date. It is still very surreal to see my name in print, and the title of the book on a bookmark for all to see. Please check out my new Finding Pony page, which includes the first chapter of the book. More, and much, much more to follow. Stay tuned! Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on...read more