Color Me 80s F*cking Awesome Edition

The Totally F***ing Awesome 80s are Back!Stress is heinous (like, no duh!) - relax and rewind as you travel back to the neon decade with these bitchin’ 80s pages. Have a totally tubular time coloring killer images and patterns, while uncovering awesome phrases appropriate for adult dudes and dudettes. 30 full-page images to color, printed one-sided so you can display your awesome art!

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This adult version of Color Me 80s features the extra-colorful phrases of the 80s, including one of my very favorites: No Sh*t Sherlock! For those days that you want to color away some extra effing stress.

Punk Charming Goes Dutch

Punk Charming is now available in Dutch, translated by Marlies Perman. Proost!

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1986 - Kate Spenser wacht een wereld vol avonturen terwijl ze vanuit Chicago vliegt om te studeren aan de universiteit van Oxford. Twee weken voordat de zomerklassen beginnen, is de nieuwe aarzeling enthousiast over het verkennen van Europa. Ze weet niet dat de avonturen niet helemaal zijn wat ze zich had voorgesteld. Na een korte ontsnapping in Parijs wil Kate het station Gare d'Austlitz verlaten.

Search Me 80s!

The totally awesome 80s are back, in an epic word search book with 1,000 song titles!Stress is, like, so bogus - relax and rewind as you travel back to the neon decade with these rad 80s word searches.Have a totally tubular time singing along as you search for the top Pop, Rock, Alternative, Country and R&B song titlesfrom 1980 to 1989. These fifty epic puzzles are perfect for dudes and dudettes of all ages, like totally, fer sure.

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I had so much fun putting these puzzles together! Thanks to Sirius XM, I get to hear some great classics on a regular basis. But, there were many on these lists of song titles that I had nearly forgotten. Though admittedly, my memory isn't 100%, lyrics from 30+ years ago come rushing back as soon as the first note comes blasting out from the speakers. So, I've been crooning an expanded repertoire (sorry to anyone within hearing range) of late. I hope you're inspired to do so too!

Just this word search of 1986 Alternative Hits includes:

Color Me 80s!

The Totally Awesome 80s are Back!Stress is heinous (no duh!) - relax and rewind as you travel back to the neon decade with these rad 80s pages. Have a totally tubular time coloring killer images and patterns, while uncovering vintage vocab. These 38 designs are printed on single sides and are perfect for dudes and dudettes of all ages, like totally, fer sure.

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It seems to me that we need more 80s vocab in today's world! Get fluent in fun phrases such as No Duh, Psych, Mixtape, Mall Chick, Tubular, Wannabe, and many more! Like, totally!


Spanish Translation of Three Woofs for the Dead, White and Blue

Cuatro de Julio Fatal: Un Caso Para Sabuesos, the Spanish translation of the first Pawtisserie Mysteries book is now available!  This book was translated by the talented Maria de la O Merino Aguilera.

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Cuatro de Julio Fatal: Un Caso Para Sabuesos (Misterios de la Confipataría) – Libro ya disponible @ https://tinyurl.com/BNMisterio o Amazon.

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, 80s Style



‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Lots of records were spinning, even a Bauhaus.

The legwarmers hung by the chimney with care,

In hopes that Nicholas Rhodes soon would be there;

Book Two of Pawtisserie Mysteries series is now available!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Woofmas at the Posh Pup Pawtisserie. Snow is glistening and shoppers are visiting Chicago’s festive North Shore. Shoppe owner Claire Noble is spreading holiday cheer by baking festive treats and hosting merry dog events. Her jolly pawtner Baron is charming customers and ho-ho-hoping that Santa Paws will soon fill his stocking. Their seasonal goodwill is threatened by the Scrooge next door, a livid lunch lady and an impish pug…and then Christmas turns deadly. What happens when malice and fright are nipping at their winter wooferland? Even Santa is nearly slayed, proving murder never takes a holiday.

Festive dog treat recipes included!

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Snakebites, Yes Please!



Snakebite. Illegal. To my eighteen-year-old self, visiting England for the first time, there was only one possible response. Yes, please! Oh, teenagers and illicit activities, like moths to a flame. It didn’t hurt that the pub provocateur was a totally hot Brit! ...and it turns out, snakebites are quite scrumptious.

Half lager and half hard cider, the drink is a lovely golden-amber color with a refreshingly crisp taste. The quintessential summer drink, a snakebite is effervescent to the palate and conversation. The drink’s illicit history--one that is rumored to cause intensified intoxication--adds to its allure. Some say it is the mix of fruit and grain bases that causes the alleged reaction. I have yet to experience this enhanced inebriation…and not for lack of trying.

Duranie Down....But Not Out

I blame my magpie eye. It immediately spotted the shimmering Union Jack, ignominiously buried within a clearance rack. My practical side, which screamed “Where on Earth will you ever wear this?” was instantly muted by the irresistible ripple of sequins. The sparkly treasure hung in my closet (admittedly, for several months), awaiting its dramatic debut.

Well, better sense, what do you know? The Duran Duran concert is the ultimate occasion for sparkles. (Author’s Note: Like my character, Kate, I am a die-hard Duranie!) Momentarily, my better sense attempted a resurgence by reminding me of my inclination to wear very lightweight clothes to said concerts, even in mid-winter. We Duranies like to dance (well, dance as much as one can within the approximate half-inch gap between you and your neighbors). Sure, I told my better sense, this top is made of wool, but it is sleeveless. It will be fine. Better than fine, perfect! My mind’s eye was already basking in the glow of the reflections from thousands of red, white and blue mirrored discs. “When she shines, she really shows you all she can….”

GIVE A WHAM! GIVE A BAM! DON'T GIVE A DAMN!

It was August 23rd, 1985, the twilight of the blissful, carefree summer that followed high school graduation. Very soon, we would transition into the role of studious (mostly) college freshmen, but not this day. No, this day my best friend and I were two of 20,000-plus screaming teens counting down the minutes until Wham! hit the Poplar Creek Music Theatre stage.


To stand out, surely catching the eye of George or Andrew, and surely getting invited to some totally awesome after party, we had planned our perfect outfits well in advance. Brenda (not her real name – to protect her from our neon past) and I were ever so creative, going to the local t-shirt printing shop with lines from “Wham Rap”. On the front, in assorted neon lettering, we had “GIVE A WHAM! GIVE A BAM!” printed. The back shouted, “DON’T GIVE A DAMN!” We had to pay by the letter, but it was so worth it! While we waited, we walked to McDonalds and scarfed down some fries and Coke (Classic, not that New Coke nonsense). By the time the shop owner pressed our designs into fashion legend, we had strategically planned the rest of our look.