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Kennett High School

Posted by lluedeke on December 3, 2012


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A picture from Penny Kittle's classroom...

I spent a wonderful day last Friday at Kennett High School in North Conway, NH, visiting Penny Kittle's classes, and talking with her students about writing Smashed.  It's an terrific school where, thanks to amazing principal Neil Moylan and his dedicated staff, creating a culture of reading is a top priority as evidenced in their RED (Read Every Day) program.  Four days a week, the whole school takes a 25 minute break during which they meet in small groups and everyone--teachers, staff & students--read a book of their choice.  It's no wonder that as they move through their third year of this program that it's common to see kids reading in the hallways and as they wait for rides home, among other places.  A truly inspiring place to be!






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Gratitude for the Hard Times

Posted by lluedeke on November 25, 2012


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As Thanksgiving weekend ends, my heart is filled with gratitude for a dream that finally came true with the publication of my first novel this year, and for my family, who continues to support me on this amazing journey even when it is hard on them because I am away so much. 

I’m thinking about how grateful I am for work that I love; for lifelong friends that are second to none; and for a home and family to come home to.

I'm grateful that after flying back from working in Las Vegas (!) for a week, bone tired, on a red eye, my amazing husband had the house clean and ready for guests, and prepared a delicious Thanksgiving meal while I slept.

I'm bowled over every night as I get ready for bed that this is my life, and to discover, as I get older, that life actually does get better and that mine is overflowing with blessings and possibilities and friendships and love.

And I’m grateful for all the kind words from readers of Smashed these last three months since publication, especially the kids, because I wrote it for you, and hearing your enthusiasm and appreciation and connection to the characters I created lets me know that I did my job and it was worth the time I put in to get it right.

2012 is a year I will always remember, and that it came after a very difficult and uncertain 2011 makes is all the sweeter.  If any of you are struggling now, it really will pass.  It always does if you all I can stick it out.  After many dark periods in my own life, I’ve just begun to learn a lesson that is only possible to embrace in hindsight: The blessing of hard times is that after they pass, our capacity for gratitude and empathy is deeper and richer than it could have been before the struggle—or without it.



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ALA Anaheim 2012

Posted by lluedeke on July 3, 2012


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I’m very excited to announce that the ARCs for Smashed with be coming out in ten days!  For those of you who, like me twelve months ago, have never heard of an ARC, it’s an Advance Reader Copy.  It will go to bookstores, bloggers, reviewers, and the like, hopefully generating interest in the book and some kind words about what readers will find inside.

This is not, of course, like being on a real-live bookshelf in a real-life book store (or available at Amazon for immediate shipping, for that matter), but I do feel like I will be, in ten days, at least partially published.  I’ve seen the gorgeous cover, I’ve seen the designed interior pages, but this will be the very first time I get to hold my work, in book form, in my hands.

As a debut author, I’d be lying if I didn’t say this is a real thrill.DSC_0295.JPG