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Wild Baby In the Front Yard

While out watering and picking strawberries (not many) a lizard scampered onto the edge of the garden cage. At first I thought the — bear with me — small, narrow, brown, bumpy, being was a grasshopper. I don’t like grasshoppers. They remind me of cockroaches, which I also detest, so seeing the tiny tail, two tiny front, and two tiny rear legs and less than two-inch body wiz across the wooden boarder was a relief and almost got an out loud audible “Awwwww,” and urge to scurry in and gather my family to rush out to see the baby reptile.

Instead I ran for my camera. Of course the battery was dead, it always is, but the lizard did not leave while I was away.

Settled atop the frame, it pumped its front and hind legs, the way they do. Me, I carried on a silent and sometimes quiet out loud conversation with it,. “Hey there little guy. Yup, picking fruit today. Think I’ll boost this dirt around the neck of the plant. Just lifting this wood a bit here. Not to worry.”

The lizard remained.

Still intent on clicking the camera, I circled the garden plot to find the best angle and also avoid the sun and shadows pressing from above.

Then I settled into my work. It’s good to appreciate life in the (not so) wild front yard.

Any wild life you appreciate lately?




The Kid’s Novel You’ve Been Waiting For!

I am thrilled to announce release of children’s author Alina Sayre’s third novel, The Iluminator Rising, Book 3 of The Voyages of the Legend on June 10. To celebrate, Alina begins today a book tour with the first stop at   Along the tour Alina will provide reviews, interviews, guest posts, and commentary on other notable authors. There’s also a radio interview! At the end of the tour there will be e-book giveaways of The Illuminator Rising Book 3 (See Rules at Bottom).

Come join Alina and her author circle. You won’t want to miss a single day!

Book 3 ebook cover, BN, smallest

Advance praise for The Illuminator Rising, Book 3 of The Voyages of the Legend:  “…a thrilling read…[Sayre] has a flair for being able to capture the interest of a reader and hold onto it.”

-Readers’ Favorite, 5-star review

Synopsis:  Driven from their home island of Rhynlyr, Ellie and her friends must solve a riddle to find the survivors of the Vestigia Roi. But instead of a safe haven, they discover a hopeless band of refugees paralyzed by fear. Strengthened by new allies and new gifts, the crew of the Legend faces dangers like never before. Can they escape being shot out of the sky, falling over the Edge of the world, or being engulfed by urken armies long enough to rally the Vestigia Roi? And can they rekindle a fire from the ashes of the One Kingdom before Draaken takes over the world?

IMG_0189Author bio:  Alina Sayre began her literary career chewing on board books and has been in love with words ever since. Now she gets to work with them every day as an author, educator, editor, and speaker. Her first novel,

The Illuminator’s Gift, won a silver medal in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and all three books in The Voyages of the Legend series have received 5-star reviews from Readers’ Favorite. When she’s not writing, Alina enjoys hiking, crazy socks, and reading under blankets. She does not enjoy algebra or wasabi. When she grows up, she would like to live in a castle with a large library.


Blog Tour Schedule:

June 8: Jenn Castro ( Book 3 announcement with synopsis and cover, e-book giveaway

June 9: Margaret Bloom ( 1 review, Book 3 announcement with synopsis and cover, giveaway

June 10: Publication day!!! Announcement on

June 11: Angela Wallace ( post

June 12: W.R. Gingell ( post

June 13: Rabia Gale ( 1 review, Book 3 announcement with synopsis and cover

June 14: A.R. Silverberry ( post

June 15: D.M. Stoddard ( – guest post and giveaway– requested e-book give away

June 16: Intisar Khanani (

June 18: Caleb Fong ( interview

RULES for e-book giveaway: 1) Subscribe to the webpage (including email) and 2) add the following on the website: your name and a comment on a post on the website.  If you have read one of Alina’s books, a comment about that book at would be appreciated. The winner will be randomly selected and checked against the subscribers list. Good luck.

Toddlers Act Out (Airplanes)

At 2016 Children’s Book Week, toddlers and moms join me in acting out MOM ME movements during a MOM ME book reading at Village House of Books, Los Gatos, CA. Shown here moms and children stretch their arms to perform, “Sometimes my mommy can be an airplane!” I chose to act out the second half of the book because I didn’t think parents would appreciate their kids miming, “My Mommy is not a tissue!” village