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Thursday, March 31, 2016

IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU Cover Reveal!

It's here!  It's here!  And it's AMAZING!  Head over to YA Interrobang for the exclusive cover reveal of my book coming out in October, IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

A Presidential Anniversary

On September 15th, 1794, James Madison married my favorite first lady, Dolley Payne Todd (Madison.)  The History Channel has described Dolley as "vivacious", "voluptuous", AND "robust", which is quite the trifecta of adjectives.  Most people remember Dolley Madison because she smuggled a really big painting of George Washington out of the White House to save it from the British during the War of 1812.  She loved turbans and parties, and also her husband, even though he sounds kind of boring.

Dolley Madison saving some papers while some guy looks on

This is my problem with writing about the Madisons - I'm always distracted by Dolley and spend no time on James whatsoever!  Like today I learned that some newspapers in 1808 attempt to smear Dolley's reputation by claiming she'd been "intimate" with Thomas Jefferson!  (Of course I don't believe it.  But imagine if that were true!)

Also, many historians believe that Dolley Madison popularized ice cream as a dessert, so you're welcome, America.  And I'm sure James Madison did some stuff while he was president, too.  Happy anniversary, Madisons!

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Cover Reveal!

Check out THE TAMING OF THE DREW cover reveal over on YA Highway!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bloody Ban's Birthday

There are times when a name will reach out and grab you, and when I saw "Bloody Ban Tarleton" on This Day in History, I had to click to read more.  The only Tartletons I knew were these two tall drinks of ginger water from Gone With the Wind.  

not these Tarletons

But today in 1754, Banastre Tarleton (BANASTRE. TARLETON.) was born in London.  Baby Banastre would grow up to be known as Bloody Ban Tarleton, the most brutal British officer in the American Revolution.  Bloody Ban was in charge of crushing all revolutionaries in South Carolina, where he did a lot of not great things like shoot people after they surrendered, and generally terrified and terrorized South Carolinians.  After the Americans won (yay us!), Bloody Ban went home to England where he became a baronet (BARONET. BANASTRE. TARLETON.) and argued passionately for the preservation of the slave trade.  So it's pretty safe to say the only good thing about him was his name.  
And maybe this hat is okay too I guess. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Fashion Friday: My Favorite Frock

"Matronly," says one reviewer.  "Just right," says me.  Here is an ode to my favorite frock of 2015 (so far!), which is currently on sale at Boden.
The Lizzie Dress

 If you aspire to look like a slightly more grown-up Kit Kittredge: an American Girl, or perhaps a lost Pevensie sister, this is the dress for you.

Side Note: Kit Kittredge's tag line is "it sure is fun to solve problems!"  No wonder the American Girls of yesteryear can't compete with the American Girls of today!  The American Girl doll of the year goes to Paris and eats snacks!  Obviously eating snacks is more fun than solving problems, Kit!

This dress will fall well to your knees and its sleeves will fall nigh to your elbows.  But perish the thought that it's matronly!  The coolest kid at finishing school circa 1938 would have rocked the hell out of this dress.

Plus, it's got birds, so it's automatically great. 

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Dog Days of Summer

Lorelei and Trinket, lookin' great as always