End of Summer Update

Me & Milo the Great will launch in less than a month! I am so proud of this novel and can’t wait to share it with you. If you are an e-reader you can pre-order the book on all channels. Here are a few of them:

Amazon     |     B&N NOOK     |     iBooks     |     Kobo     |     Play

You can also read a few early reviews of the book on Goodreads. Speaking of review sites, I joined a new one this week. It’s an app called Litsy that is supposed to be a cross between Goodreads and Instagram. I’m not sure what to think of it yet. It might be more work than it’s worth, but for now I’m there so look me up, follow me and if you’re a Litsy pro, teach me what you know! 😉

This summer has flown by! While I’ve been so excited about launching my fourth book, I am also busy with a number of other things. I started freelancing again this spring. I’ve been working on book number five. My girls learned how to swim. Justin and I took an amazing trip to Concord where I got to tour the Little Women house and the site of Louisa May Alcott’s (among many other noted authors) grave. Squee! (See photos below). While Justin attended his workshop on Thoreau every day, I took tours, wrote in the public library a few blocks from our hotel and enjoyed some “me” time. As a mom, that kind of time is hard to come by and I relished being able to write without distraction and just enjoy my surroundings.

As we head into fall, I’m trying to determine a timeline for my next book. I’ve got about 1/4 of it written and hope to be able to get quite a bit more done in the next few months. I’m also working to reach my Goodreads Reading Challenge goal of 20 books. I’m reading #18 right now: The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. It’s fitting that the word beautiful is in the title because it’s a beautiful book—an empathetic book—and I’m enjoying it. Any advice on what my last two books should be? Here’s a look at my “Read” list so far:

  • The Marsh King’s Daughter, Karen Dionne
  • A Book of American Martyrs, Joyce Carol Oates
  • American Street, Ibi Zoboi
  • Still Alice, Lisa Genova
  • Not a Sound, Heather Gudenkauf*
  • Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff
  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Bryn Greenwood
  • Marlena, Julie Buntin
  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • Wonder, R.J. Palacio
  • A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness
  • Tell Me Something Real, Calla Devlin*
  • Walden, Henry David Thoreau
  • My Life on the Road, Gloria Steinem
  • Birds in Fall, Brad Kessler
  • Caraval, Stephanie Garber
  • Bone Gap, Laura Ruby

* Iowa Author

Have you read any of the same books? Comment below!

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