I have some exciting updates Id like to share, starting with my new stand-alone novel The Running Dream.
If youre not a runner (or dont like sports, period) dont worry. This story may be about a high school track star who lives to run, but its also about something universalgetting through hard times. In this case, the main character, Jessica Carlisle, sees no reason to live after her leg gets crushed in a bus accident.
There are certain things I believe we need to keep in our emotional arsenal as we navigate through life. Hope is a big one. The more of that we can carry, the better. My mission as a writer is to give my readers hope to carry with them, and to promote a belief that they can do anything they set their minds to.
So really, The Running Dream is a story for anyone who likes to see an underdog triumph. Its also for people who have faced the darkness and for people who know people who have. Looking back on my own Dark Days (which were nothing compared to Jessicas), I recognize that my friends werent bad friendsthey just didnt know what to do or how to react. Its easy to lose your hope and your way if you feel alone, and one of my favorite things about The Running Dream is that the people around Jessica show us ways to shine a light.
So thats my newest book and I do hope youll check it out. If youre here because youre a fan of Sammy Keyes youll find a section of this site devoted to our favorite spunky sleuth. Sammy Keyes and the Wedding Crasher is the latest title, with Sammy Keyes and the Night of Skulls set to publish later this year. After that, four books to go until the grand finale!
Younger readers should check out the Shredderman section, which spotlights a four-book series starring the world's first cyber-superhero (a fifth grader who finds creative ways of shreddin' on bullies and other bad guys!), and, in case you havent been introduced, meet The Gecko and Stickyanother four-book series starring two of the funniest guys I know.
Finally, there's a link to my other novels like Flipped (a romantic comedy for middle schoolers), Swear to Howdy (a story about the power of secrets), Runaway, which is the journal of a twelve-year-old whos desperate for a better life, and Confessions of a Serial Kisser, another romantic comedythis one about finding substance beneath the lip gloss.
And oh yeahthere's a page about me, but really, you can skip that if you want to. For me it's all about the books and you, the readers.
Thanks for checking in. I hope you enjoy the site!