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After spending all day in front of the computer writing, it's wonderful to be able to relax in the evenings and have a book read to me, especially when the narrator is as good as actor Ramon De Ocampo, who narrates all of the EXPLORER ACADEMY books!


If you're an audiobook lover, too, now through October 12, 2023, Audiobooks.com is running a 60% off special on the most recent EXPLORER ACADEMY title: THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND. It's just $8!


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I'm getting excited to meet readers (and hopefully, YOU) at the BIGFOOT KIDS' BOOK FESTIVAL THIS Saturday, Sept. 9th at Redmond Town Center, in Redmond, WA. I'll be there from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at a table near Brick & Mortar Books, signing EXPLORER ACADEMY books. It will be a fun-filled day with more than 40 authors! Click HERE for the full schedule of signings, panels, and activities.


If you'd like to pre-purchase a book so you'll be sure to get one, give Brick & Mortar a call at (425)869-0606 or to buy online click HERE, scroll to middle grade, then swipe to find the Explorer Academy book(s) you'd like. If you can't make the event but would like a signed book sent to you, give the bookstore a call and they'll take care of everything. Be sure to mention who you'd like the book signed to.


The weather for this weekend is looking perfect (so far) but rain or shine, I'll be there. Hope to see you, too!





Thanks to all the readers, educators, friends, family, and book lovers who came to Brick & Mortar Books earlier this month to celebrate the FINAL book in the EXPLORER ACADEMY series: THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND! For those who couldn't be there, I truly appreciated all of the e-mail love. (If you weren't able to make the event but would like a signed book, Brick & Mortar has a supply on hand. Please call (425) 869-0606 to place your order.)


It was a beautiful sunny day in the Pacific Northwest as I sat down for an 'in conversation' afternoon with acclaimed author and dear friend, Lisa L. Owens. We chatted about how the series started, where it ended, and the inspiration that sparked the various plot lines along the way. I shared a few stories, like how I wrote a sample chapter in order to audition for the job, and then once I was hired, realized I had no idea where to go from there! But seven books later, I guess I found my way. I also shared how much it's meant to me to have such a loyal international readership these past four years. It's been a true joy.


Lisa and I also dished some inside scoop about what is to come. If you haven't yet heard, a new adventure is on the way for the students of Explorer Academy! You can read more about it at the end of THE FORBIDDEN ISLAND. So stayed tuned ... and until we meet again, fortis fortuna adiuvat!



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