Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Creative Child Magazine Award

We are so thankful to announce that we have two books that received 2017 Preferred Choice Awards from Creative Child Magazine. This is such an honor and we give all the glory to God. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Oakvale School Visit

A big "THANK YOU" to Suzette Crumley for inviting me to speak at Oakvale School as a part of their career days event.  It is always nice to go back home- Oakvale is my alma mater, and I also taught there for 14 years.  

I enjoyed sharing Gracie's Guide: How to Deal with Bullying with Mrs. Ruble's second graders and some guest fourth graders who are aspiring authors.  

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Book Launch

The five books in the Gracie's Guide Series were officially launched at the WV SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Conference.  The students and leaders were very excited to read the new books.  

There was quite a surprise at the awards banquet.  
I received the 2016 WV SADD Outstanding Contribution Award! 
Publisher Cathy Teets and illustrator Ashley Teets also received awards for the project.

Special thanks to Travis Helmondollar for his vision for this project.  He came to me a few months back with the idea for the Guides to go along with the ESADD activity curriculum.  
We are striving to reach children at a young age to promote positive decisions.

The new books:

The books are only $4.95 each.  They are available on our website.

Thursday, October 27, 2016


I am so pumped about writing four new books! I was contacted by WV SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) to write four books to go with a new curriculum they have for elementary schools. The books, together with the bullying book, will be distributed to all of the elementary schools in West Virginia.  What a blessing from God!  

Click for more information about each book.  

The set of five books will be available soon for $25.00 plus shipping.

There are five books in the Gracie's Guide Series.  They deal with the following topics: bullying, bike safety, tobacco use, staying positive, and prescription medication safety.
I pray these books will be used to make a difference in the lives of children.  

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The New Book

We are excited to show you the cover of the new book.  This book is different from the mystery series, it is a 32 page coloring/activity book with a complete story about Gracie as she deals with a bully at school.  I pray this story will help students as they deal with similar situations.  As a teacher, I know that this is an issue children face in and out of school, often on a daily basis.  Gracie learns what to do and even the bully learns a valuable lesson.

We are pleased to offer this book for $4.95!  It is an awesome deal.  Please order your copy today.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016


There's a new Gracie book coming soon!

We are so excited to announce a new story in the Gracie Series.  

Gracie faces a problem that has her down.  She is great at solving mysteries and super at spying around, but when she is bullied at school- she doesn't know what to do.  In this new story, Gracie learns how to do the right thing and her classmates 
discover a valuable lesson, too.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Monday Mystery with Gracie

Mom opened up Gracie's new devotional book as the two of them crawled onto the couch.
Mom held up a little stone and said, "I have a clue for my little Miss Super Spy.  How do you think this little rock can keep you out of a whole lot of trouble?"

Mom held the rock up and Gracie took it and began to examine it closely.  It looked like a normal little rock- there was nothing special about it.  It was smooth all over and flat on one side.  Gracie ran her fingers carefully over it to see if there were any hidden clues.  Maybe this rock was fake and had a little hidden compartment in it.  She had seen a fake rock before that was made to hide a key so you wouldn't lock yourself out of your house, but it wasn't one of those kinds of rocks.  After five minutes of investigating, Gracie told her mom that she gave up.  

"Well, listen to this story and you will find out," Mom smiled as she read from the devotional book.

Fuller was usually the loudest kid in the class, but today he was quiet.  He didn't want to be seen or heard as he sat in his designated seat beside the teacher's desk.  What had started out as teasing, ended up with hurt feelings.   Brett had said some hurtful things to Fuller and he just wanted to go home.  Brett was usually kind of shy, but today he had opened his mouth and said something that was not nice.  Brett thought that Fuller had it coming to him because he always said mean things. Actually, Brett thought Fuller had started the entire thing when he told one of the girls in the class that the story she wrote was stupid. Brett felt bad for her and said, "Fuller, your stories are the worst in the entire school!  F is for Fuller- and I bet you get F's all the time!" The words hurt Fuller because they were true ... he did get a lot of F's.  

Brett went to church that night with his grandmother.  The lesson was about a group of people who were being mean to a woman and were ready to stone her to death because of her sin.  Jesus came by and looked at the group of people.  He bent down and started writing in the dirt with his finger.  He turned to the people and said, "he that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her."  One by one the people left, leaving only the woman.  Jesus said, "neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more."  The teacher told the children that in our modern days, we don't stone people with rocks, but many times our words can be like those stones, they can be hurtful.  She said everyone needs to think about what they say before they say it.  She gave everyone a small stone with the words, 'first stone' on each one.  She said for everyone to think of this stone and remember that the only people who can throw the stone are the perfect ones.  They talked about the fact that no one is perfect, so no one should throw stones.

Brett thought about what he had said to Fuller.  He knew the words were hurtful.  His dad always says, "two wrongs don't make a right"- just because Fuller had said something mean to someone didn't mean he should say something back.  He thought about his last homework assignment that he messed up on and failed- yep, there was an 'F' at the top of his paper.  Why should he say anything to anyone else about failing when he does the same thing at times?  

He learned that even if he didn't make bad grades, he still should have kept his comment to himself.
Brett put the small stone in his pocket the next morning before heading to school.  Brett told Fuller that he was sorry.  He felt much better after that.  He decided to keep the stone with him all the time.  It was a good reminder to think before he spoke.  In fact, he kept that stone with him for many years. 

Gracie looked at the stone in her hand and decided to take a permanent marker and write 'first stone' on it.  She kept it with her all the time and whenever she was tempted to run her mouth about someone- she would think of the Bible story and realize that no one should throw stones.

Stay curious and always keep Jesus as your bestest friend!