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My Poems by Joanna Crowell

When I attended YALLFEST in Charleston, South Carolina this past fall, I had the pleasure of interviewing the inspiring children’s book author Kwame Alexander. An added bonus was meeting his dear and talented friend, Joanna Crowell (pictured with me below). We bonded instantly!     Crowell is a poet, playwright, photographer, actress, and nutrition enthusiast.    Continue Reading

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Debut YA Author Estelle Laure on This Raging Light

What can I say about This Raging Light by debut author, Estelle Laure? I. Loved. It. It slayed me until the very last word. I loved it so much that about a quarter of the way through, I urged my husband to read it. He read it on his nook and loved it as much    Continue Reading

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An Interview with Debut YA Author Marcy Beller Paul

I’m still thinking about a recent read–the young adult book, Underneath Everything (Balzer & Bray, October 2015), by debut author and former editor Marcy Beller Paul. Besides being very well written, I found Underneath Everything both haunting and psychologically stimulating. It got under my skin in the best possible way, and it’s not a book    Continue Reading

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Got Fiber? 5 Ways to Add 5 Extra Grams to Your Diet

This wonderful guest post comes courtesy of registered dietitian nutritionist Liz Weiss of Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen. Fiber is a critical component of a healthy diet. Consuming the recommended 25 to 38 grams each day is good for digestion, lowers blood cholesterol, keeps blood sugar in check, and plays a role in maintaining a healthy    Continue Reading

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YA Author Shalanda Stanley on Drowning is Inevitable

“A literary knockout with the loudest of beating hearts”—that’s what John Corey Whaley, Printz Award winner of Where Things Come Back calls the new book, Drowning is Inevitable, by Shalanda Stanley. After reading it, I can see exactly why he said that. This well written, heartfelt, sad but hopeful book tells the story of 17-year-old    Continue Reading

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Fit Corner: An Interview with FitKit Co-Founder Amie Hoff

As a health and nutrition expert and avid walker and fitness lover, I’m always looking for ways to stay fit on the road and encourage others to do the same. A few years ago, I met Amie Hoff, a NYC-based fitness professional. Hoff, who is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, created FitKit    Continue Reading

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Today in YA: Underneath Everything

The following review of Underneath Everything (Balzer + Bray, October 2015), a book I recently read and thoroughly enjoyed, comes via Food, Fitness & Fiction contributing editor Josh Flores. Mattie can easily read maps, but when it comes to people, it’s a whole different story. Marcy Bellar Paul’s debut novel, Underneath Everything, is a tale    Continue Reading

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Writers on Writing: YA Author Becky Albertalli

After hearing buzz and buzz and more buzz about Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray, April 2015), I decided to add the debut young adult novel from Becky Albertalli to my MUST READ NOW list. I’m happy to say that the book did not disappoint! Here’s a brief description via Amazon: Sixteen-year-old    Continue Reading

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Today in YA: The Distance from Me to You

The following review of The Distance From Me to You (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers, October 2015) by Marina Gessner comes courtesy of guest blogger Laceyann Yates (pictured). In The Distance from Me to You, Marina Gessner tells the story of McKenna Barney who decides to take a journey that will change her    Continue Reading

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New Food Rules to Help You Eat Better in 2016

Call me a dork, but there’s something about the release of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans that really excites me. After the release of the 2015-2020 Edition this morning, I printed up and bound the document and read through it while walking more than 4-miles for more than an hour on the treadmill. Multitasking at    Continue Reading