Amber Tambourine and the Land of Laugh-a-Lot

Synopsis: Amber Tambourine is a sad, lonely little girl who has moved far away from her friends. Then one day, she and her doggies, Bandit and Roxy, encounter a polka dot rainbow. Suddenly, they find themselves in the Land of Laugh-a-Lot, where people are happy – ALL THE TIME! They laugh, they play…then they laugh some more. In no time at all, Amber makes many new friends and is happy once more. But this poses a dilemma: Amber knows she must return home, but if she leaves, will she ever be able to find her way back?

Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers USA (May 28, 2021)

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grieving, Loss and Healing

My blog post story “Packing Up a Life” was published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul book “Grieving, Loss, and Healing: 101 Stories of Comfort and Moving Forward.” (February 22, 2022)

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It was a featured story in the Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast “Reviewing a Life as Part of the Grieving Process.” (June 20, 2022)


The Misfit Crew

Synopsis: Life isn’t about fitting in. It’s about finding the people who are willing to stand out with you. 

Sixteen-year-old Bay’s life is slowly unraveling. Already dealing with a debilitating anxiety disorder and a shameful secret, her world is further turned upside down after the sudden death of her mother. Not quite ready to let go, Bay continues sending emails to her dead mother.

Her father moves her and her twin brother Ronin to small-town Woodgrove, hoping to make a fresh start. She meets Evie and Xander, fellow misfits who help restore her belief that deep, meaningful friendships do exist, even if you are on the outside. But her friendship with Xander is put to the test when romantic feelings come into play.

After her anxiety disorder turns life-threatening, Bay discovers that you can never really escape your old life and that problems will follow you wherever you go – especially when you don’t ask for help.

Publisher: The Shortish Project/Outpost 19 (February 27, 2023)

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