Running with the Wolves

Do you remember reading Little House on the Prairie and shivering during the part about the pack of wolves surrounding the house, their howls rolling through the dark night air? Well, when I recently visited the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, I got to hear something like that for myself. Granted it was daytime, and the wolves were comfortable and well-fed, but still -- hearing them howl in unison in their own wild conversation definitely sent shivers down my back. It was pretty darn ...

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Me and my costumes

Maybe it's a side effect from my days in drama, but I really like dressing up. For one thing, I think it helps me connect with my characters on a different level, getting to actually "stand in their shoes," so to speak. For another thing, it's really fun -- for both me AND my readers! Everyone usually loves it when I show up in costume. For most of my events, I dress as a character from one of the Discoveries of Arthur Grey books. But I don't always get to explain my costume at these events. ...

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Event: Bronc Day 2015

THIS EVENT HAS ENDED.     Come see me at my next event in Colorado! I'll be at the Green Mountain Falls' Bronc Day celebration on August 1st. Join in on the fun!   pancake breakfast at 7AM parade at 10AM arts & crafts booths Panama Hat Publishing presents The Discoveries of Arthur Grey booth games slides and bounce house rubber duckie race    

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Photo of the Day: Birds of a Feather

I live near the US Air Force Academy, and they frequently do some pretty awesome stuff for the public. Last weekend a few of the cadets brought their mascot birds out to my local library for a demonstration. One bird [pictured above] was a peregrine falcon, which—as Penelope Riffert would tell you!—is the fastest bird in the world. The other bird was a gyrfalcon. The gyrfalcon [pictured above and below] is not only the largest falcon, but it also happens to be the type of bird featured ...

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Make a Square Base 3D Pyramid

Here's a fun craft that doesn't take too long, and you can decorate it however you like when you're done! 1. Start with a piece of square origami paper on the table in front of you, colored side up. (Or use other lightweight paper in your choice of color/design.) Fold one edge to the other horizontally, crease, and unfold. Then make the vertical edge-to-edge fold, crease, and unfold.   2. Flip the paper over and fold one corner of the paper up to the opposite corner, creasing it on the ...

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July Event

THIS EVENT HAS ENDED.     On Friday, July 17th, come see me at the PPLD Summer Reading Party in Manitou Springs, Colorado! There will be face painting, games, super heroes, crafts, and tons of fun! Hope to see you there!      

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Arthur and Griffin as toys—Let’s play!

There are few things more awesome than building a mini army of your own book character. But that’s exactly what’s up: Arthur Grey & Griffin as LEGO® minifigs! These are a limited item, are personally handpicked and modified (Griffin even has one blue eye and one brown), and come directly from me. So how do you get one? Since these are so special and limited, they’ll only be available through special challenges, which I will post on my website and FB page. Keep your eyes peeled for ...

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Book 3 Announced!

The Discoveries of Arthur Grey series welcomes the newest book in the series! The Eye of Amun The Discoveries of Arthur Grey, Book 3 (Published by Panama Hat Publishing, Ltd.)   The ancient Book of Thoth has been hiding from humankind for thousands of years. Not even the Investigators of the Historia Society have been able to find any hint of it. So, when 13-year-old Arthur Grey gets to Egypt and finds a collection of lucky charms, he has high hopes of being the one to discover the ...

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Review: The Kingdom of Lights

The Kingdom Lights by Steven V.S. My rating: 3 of 5 stars I give 3 stars to books I enjoyed while reading, but I feel like it’s a one-time read. I’d say this one is a 3-1/2 star for me.The Kingdom of Lights has that steampunk feel of Victorian-era-spun-into-the-future, which I don’t normally read, but as this was a middle-grade book, I gave it a try. This blends in more fantasy than normal steampunk does, and, I have to say, it works.We follow 12-yr-old Celes as he travels to his new ...

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Review: The Tree of Mindala

The Tree of Mindala by Elle Jacklee My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Tree of Mindala was a fun trip, though I feel like I got everything out of one read. 3-1/2 stars is my opinion.It’s nearly Halloween when sixth-grader Miranda and her younger brother Marcus go with their parents to the cabin their grandparents used to own. While there, Miranda finds a mysterious “snow globe” with a rather Halloweenish setting inside, and her curiosity ends up getting her and her brother sucked into its ...

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