Meteorology: Cool Women Who Weather Storms to be released August 15

Does the weather fascinate you? Are you curious about where storms get their strength? Do you ever think about what the long-term effect of weather patterns will be on the earth? Meteorology: Cool Women Who Weather Storms introduces readers ages 9 to 12 to three women working in meteorology who are making an impact and inspiring future generations of meteorologists.

  • Introduces readers to real women who are making strides in the field of meteorology, making career goals feel obtainable.
  • Educators have observed that interest in science and math tends to dissipate in girls between the ages 7 to 10 and have cited the value of role models to a female student’s continued interest in STEM subjects.

Meteorology: Cool Women Who Weather Storms is available for pre-order at Amazon.

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A Class on Murder 50% Off at Smashwords – July Only

Check out Smashword’s July Summer Winter Sale at Use the code SSW50 at checkout for 50% off. Offer good through July 31, 2017.

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A Day at the Museum

Museum Resident

I love museums! Next to libraries, they’re one of my favorite destinations. I first discovered the awesomeness of museums at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History as a sullen young teen who had recently been forced to relocate halfway across the country with my family. To add insult to injury, I was forced into a family outing to a museum instead of being able to stomp around the house. But how can you not be mesmerized by the dinosaurs, not to mention ancient cultures and other fascinating things? No wonder, Ben Stiller had a hit with “Night at the Museum.” There are so many treasures and stories within museum walls.

I visit Washington, DC as often as I can and always make time for the Smithsonian Museums. Their Natural History museum is tops, and I have a special place in my heart for the Air and Space and American Indian museums as well.

This past weekend, I paid a visit to my local museum, the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. My kids were regulars there as they were growing up—field trips, summer classes, and regular visits. Two of them even worked as docents for a summer. But it had been awhile since I visited.

Old favorites remained—the mastodon on the first floor peering through a doorway to the dinosaurs who once lived in the region. Some items had been added to the extensive Native American exhibit, and I discovered beautiful sculptures from a Cherokee artist.

There were new exhibits as well. A traveling exhibit on Comets, Asteroids, and Meteors was pretty cool. With my upcoming book release of Cells: Experience Life at Its Tiniest, I particularly enjoyed an exhibit on cells, particularly how the first cells on Earth came to be. Then, there were the peat swamps. Who knew?

American Bison Keeps Watch Over University of Oklahoma’s Natural History Museum

I think it’s fascinating that for all the exhibits we do see, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands more, behind closed doors. And for writers, a museum is a playground of ideas. Whether it’s a fictional adventure of museum artifacts coming to life or exploring a piece or idea further. Ugly Bug Contest anyone?

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Cells – Miracles of Life

There are many ways to look at life. Perhaps the most authentic is by looking at its most basic. Cells make up every living thing on Earth. The majority of the living things are single-celled and invisible to the human eye. Still, millions of species are visible, like humans! Did you know that the typical human body has 30 trillion cells? And even more amazing is that they all have a job or function? If only our mechanized society ran as efficiently as the machine known as the human body!

On July 11, Cells: Experience Life at Its Tiniest is being released. This book shows readers ages 12-15 how cell science has impacted their lives in the past, present, and future. And readers can apply what they’ve learn and learn more with Inquire & Investigate activities at the end of each chapter.

Pre-order your copy of Cells: Experience Life at Its Tiniest (Nomad Press) at Amazon today.

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Gaining Strength from Women

March has arrived once again, and not only do we celebrate spring, but we have the honor and responsibility of celebrating women through National Women’s History Month. I want to connect with others—men and women—in the contributions women are making to the past, present, and future.

Each year, I look for new ways to recognize intelligent and courageous women. Why not do it this year with quotes? I enjoy motivating quotes. I collect them, post them, and share them. Good quotes inspire me to pay attention to what matters and to become a better person.

So here are a month of quotes to share–


We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced. — Malala Yousafzai


The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off. –Gloria Steinem


A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water. –Eleanor Roosevelt


Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got. There is no yesterday, no tomorrow, it’s all the same day. –Janis Joplin


I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind learning. –Amy Poehler


The best protection any woman can have is courage. — Elizabeth Cady Stanton


Never limit yourself because of others’ limited imagination; never limit others because of your own limited imagination. — Mae Jemison


I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say ‘yes, women can.’ – Dilma Rousseff


Take criticism seriously, but not personally. If there is truth or merit in the criticism, try to learn from it. Otherwise, let it roll right off you. – Hillary Clinton


Aging is not ‘lost youth,’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength. — Betty Friedan


A feminist is a person who believes in the power of women just as much as they believe in the power of anyone else. It’s equality, it’s fairness, and I think it’s a great thing to be a part of. –Zendaya


A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim. –Maya Angelou


Well-behaved women seldom make history.― Laurel Thatcher Ulrich


In politics, if you want anything said, ask a man; if you want anything done, ask a woman. — Margaret Thatcher


Knowing what must be done does away with fear. – Rosa Parks


If you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. – Erica Jong


We’re here for a reason. I believe that reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark. –Whoopi Goldberg


It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent. – Madeleine Albright


Don’t look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance. – Anne Lamott


I would always rather be happy than dignified. ― Charlotte Brontë


The challenge is not to be perfect…it’s to be whole. – Jane Fonda


Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim. ― Nora Ephron


When a man gives his opinion, he’s a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she’s a bitch. ― Bette Davis


Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement. –Golda Meir


I’d rather regret the things I’ve done than regret the things I haven’t done. – Lucille Ball


I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.–Jane Austen


For whatever reason, I didn’t succumb to the stereotype that science wasn’t for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. –Sally Ride


Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. – Oprah Winfrey


What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall


Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.― Cheris Kramarae


If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. – Katharine Hepburn

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