Saturday, September 13, 2014

Have you read . . . ?

  I read this as a freshman in high school. I just finished reading it again; my daughter, a freshman in high school, will be reading it for her English class. Interesting commentary on humans behavior, as illustrated by the animals of Manor Farm. 

Also just finished My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt. Set in the South in the late 1950's, twelve year old Tiger Ann Parker faces the death of her grandmother and has to decided where to live--with her aunt in Baton Rouge or with her mentally disabled mother and "slow" father.

Just started Septimus Heap Book One Magyk by Angie Sage. The queen was assassinated ten years ago, just after the birth of her daughter and heir to the throne. The baby was whisked away to safety. Now the princess's life is in danger and she must be taken from the Heap family who has cared for in the interim. 

My fellow hospital volunteers and I (we sew neck pillows for patients) were talking about how books do NOT need explicit descriptions of sex and/or foul language. If you can't say it without using curse words, you're not a good writer. Use your imagination, stretch your mind, be creative. And we certainly don't need every detail of any sexual encounter. People have a good enough imagination in that area and don't need to have it spelled out. Plus, it detracts from the story line. Take out the sex scenes and the story should stand on its own. If it can't, you're writing or reading pornography and that is never a good thing.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Just finished:
   --Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle. About a 12 year old boy from near Pittsburgh who sneaks off to New York City to audition for a part in a Broadway musical.

Started listening to with my girls:
   --This Book is Not Good For You by Pseudonymous Bosch. So far, we're a little confused.

   --Looking for Alaska by John Green about a 16 year old Florida boy at a boarding school in Alabama

Books about to or just started to read:
   --Sacred Waiting Waiting on God in a World That Waits for Nothing by David Timms

   --Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Me? A Personal Look at the Facts, Fallacies, and Feelings of Menopause by Gayle Sand

   --the mindful path to self-compassion Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions by Christopher K. Germer

Idea in my head: The Summer of Lice, Ticks, and Flat Tires. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Book Signing

    If you're ever in Bismarck, North Dakota, stop by Caffe Aroma, 120 North 3rd Street. What a neat little coffee shop. Thanks to Leanne, owner, and Beth, super nice barista, for allowing me to have a book signing. Thanks to all who stopped by to buy a book and chat.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Book Signing

I will have a book signing on 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, from 2-4 pm CT 

at Caffe Aroma, 120 North 3rd Street, Bismarck, ND

Both books--Three Dead Leaves and New Leaves Are Green will be available for purchase, or if you already have a copy, signing.

Hope to see you there!


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Latest Reads

Just read: The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson

Now reading: The Marks of Secret, book 4 of Gregor the Overlander series
                      The Case of the Deadly Desperados by Caroline Lawrence

Working on book 4, as of now untitled, of my own series.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

A new year . . . to read more books.

Big news: Starting January 7, 2014, New Leaves Are Green (look up author as Elizabeth Slavick) will be available to order from any bookstore and online from and barnes&

New Leaves Are Green continues the story of Jacob Morgan, with the return of his former girlfriend Tammy, who is suffering from post-abortion stress and depression.

Can't wait a few more days? Go now and get it at:

If you missed the first book, Three Dead Leaves (look up author as Elizabeth Slavick Schatz), you can get it through bookstores, on, barnes& or from Tate Publishing at:

Three Dead Leaves is the story of Jacob Morgan, a young man who rejects his faith and family values and what it takes to bring him back.

Of course, if you want a signed copy of either, contact me and we'll make arrangements as I have copies on hand.

Just finished reading:

*Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, the story of Brian Robeson who spends 54 days in the Canadian Rockies after the pilot dies and the planes crash-lands.
*39 Clues The Viper's Nest by Peter Lerangis, book 7 in the story of Dan and Amy Cahill's search for the much sought after 39 clues
*Milkweed A Novel by Jerry Spinelli, the story of an orphan's survival in WW II  Warsaw and the invasion of the Nazis

Am reading now:
*The Rifle by Gary Paulsen, the life's journey of a rifle made in colonial America.
*The River by Gary Paulsen, continues the story of Brian Robeson, as he returns to the wilderness to help a psychiatrist learn the survival mind.
*Each Little Bird That Sings by D. Wiles, the story of a small-town Mississippi girl named Comfort and her family's funeral home.
*Mars and Venus Starting Over by John Gray, healing from loss of significant relationships.

 Book are the best!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Merry Christmas. Please remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas--the birth of Christ.

Currently reading: Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
                            Mars and Venus Starting Over by John Gray, Ph.D.
                            All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
                            Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Just finished: In Too Deep, book 6 of The 39 Clues
                    Crispin The Cross of Lead
Up next: The Viper's Next, book 7 of The 39 Clues
              Hatchet by Gary Paulsen--this will be about the fourth, maybe 5th time
Want to read: The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida, about a 13-year-old boy with autism