New England Aquarium Ice Sculpture for Boston’s First Night

New England Aquarium Ice Sculpture for Boston’s First Night

I’m always excited to see the phenomenal sea-themed ice sculpture that appears each year in front of the New England Aquarium for Boston’s First Night Celebration. Last year, the sculpture was a gorgeous blue lobster, that coordinated beautifully with the blue lobster in my book, Something’s Tugging on My Claw! This year, Don Chapelle and

Fascinating Hammond Castle Book Signing

Fascinating Hammond Castle Book Signing

We learned so much about the fascinating Hammond Castle during our book signing on Saturday. Our table was nestled between a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, the skull of a Christopher Columbus crew mate, and a remote control weather controlled room, complete with lightning, containing an eight foot deep pool surrounded by a replica of a

Incredible Look at Octopus Eggs

Incredible Look at Octopus Eggs

These are octopus babies inside their eggs. According to the book, “Soul of an Octopus,” the female octopus lays her eggs towards the end of her life, and cares for them even at the expense of her own welfare. The octopus is a fascinating creature!

The Wreck of the Hesperus

The Wreck of the Hesperus

I attended a “Fireside Chat” at the Beauport Hotel last night and heard author James Masciarelli (Beyond Beauport) speak. My favorite part of the evening was when Jim spoke of the wreck of the Hesperus.  I became familiar with the Longfellow poem as an adult, but learned about the Wreck of the Hesperus when I

Cotton Candy Lobster Caught in Penobscot Bay!

Cotton Candy Lobster Caught in Penobscot Bay!

This gorgeous lobster has been categorized as a rare “cotton candy” lobster. According to National Geographic, one of these pastel pink, baby blue, and periwinkle colored lobsters are found every 4 or 5 years. Why this shell coloration happens is unclear. It could be caused by a genetic mutation, or perhaps, from relying on a

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Speaking Event

Beauport Hotel Gloucester Speaking Event

Had a blast at the Fireside Chat last Monday evening! I met so many interesting people and the staff couldn’t have been more accommodating. If you’d like to hear why I wrote “Bay State Skye,” click on the photo above, and then on the video below and enjoy!

A Sea Star Comic

A Sea Star Comic

You realize you’re seriously in love with sea creatures when your daughter texts you the following and says, “Mom I think they made this comic for you!” (and they did!) Click the photo to see the full comic. Regeneration is fascinating. Enjoy!! (comic by pbfcomics.com)

Favorite Comment from Steve Connolly Seafood Book Fair

Favorite Comment from Steve Connolly Seafood Book Fair

Favorite comment from someone passing by our book display at SCSF in Gloucester last weekend, where the Bay State Skyestory all began: “I read that book. What an ending! Wouldn’t of guessed a girl wrote it!” My feminist side should have been offended, but a) he called me a girl (I doubt that will ever happen again)

Hot Time at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH

Hot Time at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH

Last weekend we spent three days in Wolfeboro, NH, the area from which Frederick Small’s jurors in “Perfection To A Fault” hailed. The weather was like the Schooner Weekend chapter in “Bay State Skye.” The setting was beautiful, sitting in 90+ degree weather was tolerable, but the empty show grounds was heartbreaking! Silver lining: We

Ingram Book Company is Distributing Seatales Books

Ingram Book Company is Distributing Seatales Books

A quick update:All of our books are now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book format, including our children’s books. They’re available through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Brodart, Follett, and our newest distributor, Ingram Book Company (1-800-937-8200). Now getting a Seatales book is easier than ever! Happy Summer!!https://www.ingramcontent.com

Brilliant Day at the Festival by the Lake in Wakefield!

Brilliant Day at the Festival by the Lake in Wakefield!

This ten year old and his brother stopped by to ask if they could look at my books. They both chose “Something’s Tugging on My Claw!” They read the book, studied the illustrations, and read the additional information that the fish in the story provided. In the end, they declared that they liked the book

ERDG Art/Science Contest

ERDG Art/Science Contest

Teachers and parents: If you’re looking for an authentic art/science lesson, this is a great contest for your class or kids. Unfamiliar with horseshoe crabs? Read “The Bumpy, Lumpy Horseshoe Crab” (now available in paperback) to get the creative ideas flowing. Then enter the ERDG’s annual contest. Your work could be displayed around the world!