Book Signing at Big Apple Books

I had a fantastic time at Big Apple Books on August 31st 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Like them on FACEBOOK!!! They’re the best!

Aunt, Mom and Me at Big Apple

Aunt, Mom and Me at Big Apple Bookstore

Thanks to store owner Rob who was an excellent host and his assistant Blanca who was always aware of whatever any guest seemed to need before they even asked her! What a great team and store filled with amazing books, vinyls, movies, CD’s and even 8 tracks! (Thank you, Rob, for your gifts (awesome vinyls I intend to display)! And, for giving me a discount on the books I purchased a week later after the event!

I want to thank my friends and family for attending and supporting me and to all the loyal customers of Big Apple Books who supported me that day as well! I met one customer who was quite amazing named Ed. He was once a dancer on cruise ships and even had an article written up on him in the paper back in 2003!

Winner of Prize! Local Painter, Rosemary

Winner of Prize! Local Painter, Rosemary

Rosemary, a local painter, won the free raffle prize giveaway and I loved how my grandmother took over the book table for me so I could chit chat and meet new people. Thanks Gram!

There were some little kids sneaking pieces of candy while I was setting up for the signing and I was having a blast capturing them doing it! What giggles came from them and then me as they realized they were caught. They came in with their mom for books. I love to see young ones being encouraged to read. It made the start of the day wonderful.

The experience was wonderful and I couldn’t have done it without everyone’s support and positivity. Rob, the store owner said my friends and family were warm and kind and that just made me feel proud to be blessed with them in my life. They are great and so were the ones I met in the bookstore that day.

Everyone was fantastic with great life stories to tell.

I met someone who helped animals, one battled kidney failure, another who was a children’s writer and another who was being a good Samaritan for a friend. There were two who battled cancer, a mom to be, and even a mother whose college daughter is an amazing artist that I hope to have illustrate a book cover for me!

Thank you again. I am very grateful and look forward to doing this again with all of you!

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Hello everyone! I just did a photo shoot at Barnes & Nobles in Boca Raton–across from my old high school  on Friday the 3rd!  The photographer was from the Palm Beach Post and they’re going to feature an article on Lark’s End probably in the middle of August in their NEIGHBORHOOD POST!!! These articles come out every Thursday. If you see it before I do–please send me a heads up!!!!

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Book Signing Went Awesome!!!

On April 27th, I had my first book signing for Lark’s End! It was awesome. I met a elementary school teacher who is interested in maybe using my books in her curriculum next year! Wouldn’t that be cool? Another teacher is referring my book to a 5th grade teacher as well (from a different school)! I’m so excited.

@signing with my mom (she’s to your right)





Lark’s End Signed!!!

I’ve happy to announce that I’ve signed a contract with publishing company Tate for my fantasy novel LARK’S END!!! Here’s a youtube video of one of their authors on the DR. Phil show a few weeks back. Anyway, wish me the best!!! I’m super excited! Also, if you’re interested in purchasing Lark’s End for 1.99 (ebook) I’d do it now since I don’t know how long I’ll be able to continue giving it away at that price. I’m awaiting their decisions now.

Speculative Salon Reviews

“As a well-read adult I have to admit that there are certain genres I have avoided. OK I did watch Un Chien Andalou, (warning: the link is to the actual film and is not for the squeamish) the classic surreal short film from the ’20s. It was directed by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali and is definitely NOT a YA film. Lark’s End, however, is tempting me to investigate the literary world of that film and the movement that inspired it.

The world of Lark’s End is topsy-turvy. How else to you describe falling up from your roller-coaster seat down into a trap door that you climb up out of ? I admit that I was prepared to be confused and disappointed when I started reading this story. Shifts of location left me feeling lost and for a YA book the language seemed too simplistic. After the first couple of chapters I was comfortable feeling lost. And very grateful for the language. By the middle of the book I was breathless keeping up with the journey of the companions.

Far from being simplistic, Lark’s End requires your full attention to follow the dream-like transformations and fast-paced movement–
Tahmi woke.
She sat against the wall, barricaded inside the cave. Her skin and clothes were clean. There wasn’t a speck of oil left on her body! She felt her hair and giggled. “I had the most horrible nightmare,” she said.
Her voice echoed in the dark.
It was black as pitch and the only noise she could decipher was tiny drips splattering onto the limestone.
Splat, splat.
“Jerry, are you there?”
Drip, drip, drip.
Green eyes blinked inches away. Tahmi screamed, pressing herself against stone.
Splat, splat.
More eyes gathered, closing in.
“What do you want!?”
Fire lit the room, illuminating at least ten black roaches and the scorpion who towered over her with it’s tail pointed.
Where was Jerry?
After reading Lark’s End, I don’t think there would be any trouble getting your YA to read Kafka or Borges. I know I would have liked the help!

 OH, and check out the work of cover illustrator Mohammed Zakzouk. Lovely.”

The Crazie’s Tree

As a kid, I envisioned the world of the Crazies up high in their tree with wooden shacks as homes and pink lemonade water flowing into a heart shaped lake below….

This bizarre idea came from sitting upon this tree.

Although, the above picture is the real deal [still gorgeous as ever–just much smaller than I remember it ;o) and with less branches as it’s new owners seem to have trimmed it…] the Crazie’s Tree is even cooler:



Hello world!

Map Legend and Descriptions

Land of the Monsters

This is where the evil Queen Mary is trapped. When she ruled, anything ugly or monstrous was sent to this small island. This is also where she originates from…

Those who reside in the Land of the Monsters (book one only):

  • Queen Mary (Father’s biological daughter whom he experiments on prior to her becoming a queen)
  • Lilly (Queen Mary’s mother and also one of Father’s favorite to test his experiments on)
  • Alex (a young boy, about ten, who is experimented on most by Father)
  • Father (an evil scientist who adopts children so that he can experiment on them)
  • The Monsters (Father’s original experiments gone awry)


1.       The Perfume Factory This is where the story begins. The perfume factory is really Father’s science lab where he experiments on young Mary, Alex, Lily and others.

  1. 2.      The Cave of Monsters Most of Father’s initial creations live here because they are too hideous for the others to look at.
  1. 3.      The Forest  This is a forest where the rabid dogs reside.

No Where Zone

This is the middle world flanked on either side by the Mistlands. This was once the world of the humans and it was ruled by a man named Frank Adler along with his family. Now, there is little left of it due to Queen Mary and her accomplices.

1.       The Muddy Forest This is home to Zupo the good war pig that lives in solitary. He was once King Lark’s right hand man—until he realized what they were doing was wrong.

2.      Convict Town This was once a glorious town for the humans. Now it is a   broken   mess and the  outcasted loonies who sided with Queen Emihe (adopting the nickname Convict Loonies). They are banished from Candy Loo Land by order of Queen Maryanne.

3.      The Bronze Castle This is home to Queen Emihe. She is trapped in her bronze castle and is desperately try to free herself.

4.      The Farming Fields This was once a lush land with crops, now it has dried up and few crops grow.

Inhabitants (book one only):

  • Convict Loonies in Convict Town
  • Zupo the War Pig in the Muddy Forrest
  • Queen Emihe in her Bronze Castle


This is an underground world that is not visible from above. The only way to gain access to the Mistlands is through the aircaves[1]. Most inhabitants believe that once you enter the Mistlands you are forever trapped.

The world is enclosed by rocks. No one really knows how someone gets trapped here normally. It is like an enormous cave that has water coming from unexplainable places.

The only way you can see the Mistlands without being trapped is through the aircaves.

Inhabitants of the Mistlands:

  • Those who fall from the bridges.
  • By looking into the mist.
  • Anyone who Lorcan[2] and Quella[3] entrap there.
  • Others by unknown methods in book one…

 The Land of Goo

This is a land that was once a lush garden with fruit trees, crops, meadows and streams. But, twelve years ago, the land was covered in an orange goo substance that has the ability to drown a person and blocks all things except certain fruits from growing. The goo also emits a scent making the inhabitants forget their past. In order to remember you must submerse yourself into the goo.  This is also the only land that connects all three major lands of Gadaie.

  • The goo tastes like orange jello.
  • There’s gigantic strawberries and bananas deep inside.
  • The goo makes you forget.


1.       The New Garden  A mysterious garden arrives   after a battle…

2,        The orange goo    This goo covers virtually all of the land here.

3.      The Graveyard  In a large hole there are hundreds of bones belonging to those whome Queen Mary was able to kill before being trapped in The Land of the Monsters.

  1. 4.      The Wood and Rope Bridge This is an old, ancient wood plank bridge held together by rotting rope. The bridge leads you out of the Goo and into Candy Loo Land—the last nearly untouched world.
  1. 5.      The Red Brick Bridge A cobblestone path and a red brick barrier on each side, the Red Brick Bridge serves as an entrance to the middle world, No Where Zone.
  1. 6.      The Golden Bridge The Golden Bridge has an iron railing, gold block pathway and a Weeping Willow Tree in its center. This bridge is the entrance to the Muddy Palace Realm.

The Muddy Palace Realm

At one time, the land was filled with life. Most of that life is extinct and what does remain is not pretty. This is the most destroyed part of Gadaie. Mary thought she’d wiped everyone and everything out. However, some life does still exist here.

The Environment

1. Outcast Mountains: the home of all human war pigs who were able to resist the ‘voice’. They live in this region away from the ‘voice’.

2. War Rat Forrest: See book four for further details.

3. Muddler’s Lake: Once a beautiful lake filled with Aqualoons but now it is a place where the evil Lorcan hangs out.

4. Mudslide River: Once a river that flowed through all the lands. Now it is filled with mud and only muddlers can swim through it.

5. Muddy Palace:  Once a beautiful golden castle with human royals now it is a broken castle covered in mud. It is home to the evil Lark and many human war pigs.

6. Black Ones Cave: The black one’s once lived in the underground caves but when Gadaie was destroyed the Gadaenites kicked them out of their home. They now live in this cave—those who are left.

7. Luster Low: In a valley covered in soggy moss there are chopped dow sequoia trees. If you can find the secret entrance you’ll be inside Luster Low—the land of the stars. Here is where Alina lives along with the floating veggie caves and underground tunnels of Gadaie.

8. Black Lake: Once home to an extinct species, the black lake is only a pool of oil and is where Tahmi and Teri fall. Will they become extinct as well?

9. The Caves: On their first visit to the Muddy Palace Realm, caves welcome them to rest and ready themselves for more of the unknown.

10. War Pig Forrest: this is the home of the non-human war pigs. They live in the dead trees in makeshift shacks. This was once a thriving Gadaenite tree village.

11. Gadaie: At one time, this area was filled with waterloon trees and home to Aqualoons. Now, it is just a puddle of mud with only the stumps of the beautiful waterloon trees. One stump leads to the underground caves that belonged to the ‘black ones. Here is where the Gadaenites live.

Inhabitants of the Muddy Palace Realm

  • War Pigs
  • War Rats
  • The “Black Ones”
  • Stars
  • Muddlers
  • Lark
  • The imprisoned Princesses

The Extinct Life

  • Waterloon Trees
  • Gadaenite Tree Villages
  • Sequioas
  • Gigantic Flower beds
  • Aqualoon pools
  • Unknown waterlife [until book 6]


[1] Aircaves are invisible tunnels in the sky that connect all the various worlds together. This is where the stars stay while they light the world around them.

[2] Lorcan is a muddler and he lives in Muddler’s Lair.

[3] Quella is a Sparkler and she lives in the Sparklers’ Caves.