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Author Updates


Welcome! Come here for updates on my writing and publishing projects as well as  personal events related to the natural world. 

June 4,  2023

Only Days to Go Before the Cover Reveal!

Check my April 1 update below for background.

Otherwise, I want to add more excitement to this upcoming reveal of book one in my new illustrated serial chapter book series.  How do you think I can do that? Let's turn the question into a riddle.

One number follows another, everyone

knows that true. But numbered things can come together, for example, your shoes!

Of course, this announcement isn't about shoes--ha! So what could this riddle mean?

Check back on July 1, 2023, to see if you solved the riddle!

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April 1,  2023

Coming Soon: New Book Cover Reveal!

As reported below, I've a new chapter book series, the first book to be published in January 2024. Here, finally, is an important update.

On July 1, 2023, come to this location to see the front cover of book one in this series for readers

6 to 9 years of age (actually, a reader of any age might enjoy it). And this is when I'll provide a book description. See you then if not before!

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January 8, 2023

Coming Soon (in January 2024):  A New Release!

"Mum" has been the word these many months as I've worked diligently on the first in a new chapter book series for readers 6 to 9 years of age. These are stories of fiction based on nature themes, that is, we follow the lives of youngsters immersed in the natural world. As always, my stories are mystical, filled with the true magic of the living world. I can't say much more now (don't want to give away all my secrets). But check back for production updates and future insights into this developing series! Until then,

Happy New Year 2023!

December 7, 2022

Listen and watch as these "snow birds" (Dark-eyed Juncos) sing while snatching up sunflower seeds. And don't miss the Big Finale! I took this video in 2010.

October 24, 2022

Let's Time Trave Together to 2010

About three years ago, I retired from my teaching career  (most recently at the local community college) to invest my energies full time into independent publishing. Since then I published a trilogy of middle-grade books (though mature women also enjoy these stories). 


While independent publishing is a tricky business (you wouldn't believe the minutiae involved!),  more challenging still is learning how to market on a budget. 


Recently, I revived an ancient YouTube channel (for instance, one video called "Meet the Dogs" is from 2010). To date, I've three book trailers and one video (most recent)  intended to introduce would-be readers to the wondrous world of birds. Why not check it out?

And while you're there, I'd love if you'd subscribe. Within a week, I'll be uploading the first of my teacher resource videos for those interested in including in their Language Arts curriculum ...

An Odd Bird.

September 20, 2022

I can also indirectly interact with your students through videos like the one above. For instance, students can pose specific questions to me, which I'll then answer in a YouTube video. Email me for more information. Looking forward to working with you. Thanks!

Attention Middle Grade Teachers!

Looking for a middle grade fiction to include in your ELA curriculum, one that lends itself to instruction across the curriculum? Then consider
An Odd Bird,  a mystery and adventure story that will introduce your readers to birds and their habitats. Too, teachers can email me ( to obtain free supporting Youtube videos on taxonomy, ecology, and other relevant topics, including discussion questions for ELA. 

August 26, 2022

FREE Amazon eBook for The Hawk's Message


Beginning on August 28, 2022, The Hawk's Message (book 2 in the trilogy Of the Wing) will be FREE to download up to and through Thursday, September 1. Read about this book on the homepage of this web site, where you'll also locate a book trailer video. Be sure to view this video through YouTube because the frame displayed is mostly a thumbnail version.

July 21, 2022

An Odd Bird Book Trailer

Check out this just released promotional book video. And if you like it, come join me on my YouTube channel where I'll be uploading videos on our magical world.

Adventures on Marsh Creek


May 18, 2022

The days of spring are flowing as fast as the waters of Marsh Creek. Here are two photos to document recent outings to one of our favorite destinations. The first photo, taken on May 12, features Henry and Rosie (or should I say Rosie's head floating above the water?). And the second, taken on May 17, is of a Pileated Woodpecker contemplating the best place to begin drilling into the trunk of a dead tree. 

You can find out more about the Pileated Woodpecker in my most recent blog post.

(You can also access my blog through the blogger icon located in the header section of the home page.)

And stay tuned to more adventures on Marsh Creek. You'll find postings here and under the

BEE a Naturalist menu tab.


January 18, 2022

BlueInk Review Selects An Odd Bird for its Showcase Column in Booklist Online

An Odd Bird  was selected by BlueInk Reviews for inclusion in its January 2022 showcase column of favorite titles for Booklist Online, a publication of the American Library Association. Here's an excerpt from that review: "Butler's story is resplendent with rich descriptions, and she ably renders her characters and their conflicting emotions. With its flowing narrative, dimensional characters, and beautifully vivid details, the story is utterly immersive."

Leaves Shadow

September 3, 2021

A New Media Icon: Author Central at Amazon


Meet me at Author Central for regular video updates on my trilogy Of the Wing and upcoming projects. I just uploaded a preview to The Hawk's Message (book two in the trilogy). This video also includes a recap of An Odd Bird (book one). You'll also meet my cat Tony and two dogs, Rosie and Henry. So come visit me soon!

Leaves Shadow

September 13, 2021


An Odd Bird  Earns a Starred Review!




I'm pleased to share great news from BlueInk Review--a starred review for An Odd Bird, book one in my trilogy Of the Wing. You can read the entire review at their web site: 

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