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REVIEW: Marilyn Monroe: The Biography

9781470837266I feel guilty for believing all the things people have said about Marilyn Monroe.

  • Marilyn Monroe had an affair with Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.
  • Marilyn Monroe was a “dumb blonde,” capable of only playing “dumb blonde” roles.
  • Marilyn Monroe only had her beauty and her figure and no actual talent.
  • Marilyn Monroe’s relationship with baseball player Joe DiMaggio was a perfect storybook romance.
  • Marilyn Monroe overdosed on purpose.

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PEI Book Awards in the Guardian

My lovely mother-in-law clipped this out of the newspaper for me. Click to see a larger version.

Congratulations to Finley Martin, author of The Dead Letter, for winning in the Fiction category.

Newspaper article

Upcoming Events

Reading Town PEI starts on April 30! Learn more about the 2016 festival.

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016 — 7pm at the Confederation Centre Public Library, Charlottetown, PE

Celebrating PEI Books: Island Stories

I’ll be there with six other writers nominated for the Prince Edward Island Book Award. I’ll read from Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, answering some questions and signing and selling paperback copies. Refreshments will be served. Come check it out! More information.

The Mack

The Mack

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 2016 – 6:30pm at The Mack, Charlottetown, PE

Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards

The Cox & Palmer Island Literary Awards will be presented to winners nominated in four categories: poetry, short story, children’s literature and creative non-fiction. The Prince Edward Island Book Awards will also be presented to three winners within Fiction (I’m nominated!), Non-Fiction and Poetry categories. Registration is free. More information.

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I can’t even.

book_award_logo_smallToday I was notified that Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, my silly little book, has been shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. The event is held every two years and a prize is awarded in fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Obvs, Molly was shortlisted in the fiction category.


I am just shocked and grateful and happy and excited and flabbergasted and… Did I say shocked already?

Usually these types of prizes are awarded to literary fiction, not adventure comedies. But my good friend Patti won the same award a few years ago and she writes genre fiction. So that gives me hope.

More details to come.

In other news, Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves is in the strong yet delicate hands of my lovely editor. More on that coming soon too!


Thank you, Louise Rennison.

“He who laughs last laughs the laughiest.”

The death of author Louise Rennison was announced today.

When I was in junior high, I owned all of the Georgia Nicolson books and loaned them out to anyone who would read them. I lost a few of them over the years and had to re-buy several of them, thus making my collection a mish-mash of different editions and covers. This is a photo of one of the bookshelves in my living room.


I even had a small fansite for the book series as a teen. I never watched the movie adaptation, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging because I just couldn’t handle a movie changing up the characters I formed in my head while growing up with the series.

Author Louise Rennison taught me that books can make people laugh. They taught me that even if beauty magazines say that boys don’t like funny girls, the good ones do. They made me want to write funny books and entertain people with silly, fluffy tales.

This is one of the last pages of my debut novel where I thanked my editors, some friends and, among others, Louise Rennison for inspiring me. Not everyone knows this, but Molly Miranda’s middle name is Georgia, based on Rennison’s main character. Because that is how much she means to me.


Thank you for the laughs and the tears, Louise Rennison. Thank you.


Molly’s Playlist: Terrible Things

Guys, I started outlining the third book in the Molly Miranda series. I can’t even believe it, really. Book 2 is still in the hands of beta readers and my work with the editor begins in April. Yay!

I also have another couple of projects (mostly of the non-fiction variety) in the works but I’m going to wait a bit before I announce them here, just in case. But stay tuned either way!

This is the second post of my series on songs that would be in Molly Miranda’s playlist. It’s one of those songs that everybody should know because it’s so much fun: “Terrible Things” by April Smith and the Great Picture Show. Enjoy!

Molly’s Playlist: You Know I’m No Good

Who doesn’t love good music? I’m doing a series of blog posts featuring music Molly Miranda would enjoy, starting with the incomparable Amy Winehouse.

COVER REVEAL: The Molly Miranda Sequel!

Lucille Bluth totally gets my excitement right now. Today is the one year anniversary of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire being published. And that means… COVER REVEAL TIME!


I feel like I’ve been waiting for ages to talk about the sequel, the title and reveal the cover for the book I wrote last year. But now I FINALLY can!

Coming this summer…

Molly Miranda: Thick as Thieves

I’ll have some tasty hints about the story a little later on, as well as an official launch date. For now, it would be really great if you cool cats would help spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. All support is appreciated! Make sure to sign up for my newsletter to get a notification when the sequel is available!

For anyone who hasn’t read the first book in the series, the Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire ebook is currently on sale for $0.99!

Here’s a few more happy gifs. Ya know, for good measure:

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Can I Haz Cover Reveal?

Wow. Where the heck did January go? Can’t believe this month is on its way out. Yeesh!

That means that the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of the publication of Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire is coming up on February 6th. (Can’t believe it’s been a year already. Yikes.)

To celebrate, I’m doing a book cover reveal for the sequel on February 6th. *OOOOOH! AWWWWWWE!*

If the lovely folks out there wouldn’t mind sharing the cover on their blogs and/or social media on that day, that would be most fabulous! If anyone would care to take part, you can comment below, drop me a line or tweet at me. Thanks for the support!


The Molly Miranda Sequel is Complete

I made it through the wilderness. Somehow I made it through.

With excited butterflies in my stomach, I sat down and wrote the last two chapters of the sequel to Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire. Having now completed two novels, I can safely say the last several chapters are my very favorite chapters to write. Continue reading

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