These books are time-traveling journeys and a reminder that we must create lasting memories for our own kids

My Oma’s German pull-apart bread is a two-day ritual of savoring. Always started on a Saturday with boiled milk, sugar, and yeast, it ends mid-day on Sunday with licked fingers and thick scrapings of buttery, powdered sugar icing.

In long copper braids, I worked the dough with my five-year-old fingers…


Your problem isn’t your idea. It isn’t your words. It isn’t your lack of credentials or your fledgling platform. It’s your pitch

To place your article or sell your book, you have to know before anyone else does why it is needed — at this moment, from your voice, for your reader. …


One of my fav anthologies is Tyranny of Petticoats, so many sweeping, immersive settings and wiley girls and women, I still think of them today. https://bookshop.org/books/a-tyranny-of-petticoats-15-stories-of-belles-bank-robbers-other-badass-girls-9781536200256/9781536200256


Yes, we miss our old lives. Or we don’t. We want to shout into the wind, and perhaps need to shout at ourselves. We’re finally immersed in the monotonous details of our every day.

There was a tropical storm this morning. Dark and swirling. Threatening flash floods.

Get away from…


My daughter has a thing for words said out loud. It might be that, at eight, she has a power to make anything fun. But I think it’s more than that.

Hearing her play with these words in her mouth, rolling them around and laughing with them. Well it’s just joy.

Are we a family of logophiles? Possibly. Of bibliophiles? Probably.

Among her favorites:

suburban (suh-BUR-bin)

sassafras (SASS-eh-frass)

typical (TIP-eh-cuhl)

purple clams (PER-puhl KLAMS)

Me? Certain words charm me. I confess…


Conjure the wisdom of Mister Rogers and your Grandma.

Yes, we miss our old lives.
Or we don’t.
We want to shout into the wind,
and perhaps need to shout at ourselves.
We’re finally immersed in the monotonous details of our every day.

There was a hurricane this morning. Dark and swirling. Threatening flash floods.

Get away from the…


When our dear Loretta died, we had a silent six months of doglessness.

Twelve years before, she found us at a Raleigh animal control shelter, quiet and waiting. The other dogs erupted in raucous song while this lanky shepherd sat patiently. …


5 Practical Steps, starting with Be Yourself.

In the beginning, Facebook brought us closer to our long lost friends. Then, the funniest content and our favorite celebs. Yes, Amy Poehler, I’m talking about you. Then, our work went digital and we started counting follows and likes.

Now, Facebook’s algorithm has changed. Again.

FACEBOOK prioritizes personal pages and original content.

What does this mean…


Your manuscript is polished. Your query is snappy. Are you ready to query?

Nope. Let’s just SLOW YOUR ROLL lest you hear “writer, writer pants on fire!”

You may be writing from the heart but your book is not your baby.

The book proposal is the marketing plan and the sales forecast. It positions your book and compares you to all other writers. …


It seems like forever ago that we all said, “Screens are bad!”

Oh yeah? That was yesteryear. This is now. And our kids now spend 10 hours on screens each day. Still, our 3rd and 6th graders are not enjoying our daily schedules. I can’t imagine why.

7:30 a.m. WAKE…

Allison Lane

Tenacious daughters, mom faux pas, marketing for storytellers | Writer. Author Strategy Coach. Mom of 2. @allisonlaneliterary.com

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