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I AM THANKFUL FOR everyone from my editor and designer to you, the readers, who keep Logan's adventures coming! Taking a break to enjoy family, friends, and of course, the Thanksgiving Feast! Hope you are doing the same. Back at my writing desk next week!  

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Who Knew?

Who Knew?

THE THING ABOUT RESEARCH is the unexpected tidbit you learn along the way. Take my recent trip to the Cascade Raptor Center in Eugene, OR while researching a storyline for Book 8. The Executive Director, Louise Shimmel, arranged for me to spend time with several...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THANKSGIVING because of its non-denominational, universal nature. Every culture and religion encourages gratitude. I am grateful for so many things, I can't begin to list them here, but they include this amazing planet we live on, family, friends,...

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Warm and Hearty Potato Soup

Warm and Hearty Potato Soup

ALTHOUGH TODAY IS SUNNY, we had almost a month of rain here and it's cold outside! Time for soup! This is a tried and true recipe I pull out every winter to warm the tummy and the soul. It's fueled many a writing session and can be made from ingredients I usually have...

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I Love What I Do!

I Love What I Do!

TODAY WAS ANOTHER JOYFUL DAY in my life as a writer! I spent the day with a violinist who shared her love of music, her instrument and many of the ins and outs of being a musician and how individual and unique each musician is. Some compose, some play, some struggle,...

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ManyBooks Author of the Day Interview

ManyBooks Author of the Day Interview

I was pleased to be selected as ManyBooks Author of the Day. Had a great time talking with Naomi Bolton for the interview. Here's a copy of our conversation. I don't know about other authors, but I don't often reflect on how we do what we do or how it all got started....

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About Valerie

A self-admitted book addict, Valerie was the kid with the flashlight under her pillow. A life of travel with exposure to many different cultures led to a pervasive interest in people, with degrees & teaching credentials in Cultural Anthropology & English.

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