Monthly Archives: June 2013

One Direction Fans – Important Question…


So…while at the One Direction concert in Miami, Harry Styles came out on stage toward the end of the show just casually eating a banana. Can anyone tell me why? Does he have a disease that causes low potassium? Does he need something in his mouth at certain times of the night? Maybe he thinks he’s a monkey… I need answers!


Here is the photo I took of said banana eating:Image


Concert Review – One Direction – Miami, FL


It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a pop concert, especially a large one in an arena. I think the last one I went to was Jonas Brothers in 2009. So when I was offered the opportunity to see One Direction at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, FL, there was no way I was passing it up. Especially because I’ve recently fallen in love with the 5-piece boy group from the UK. All of their songs are instantly catchy and you could hear a song one time and sing along the next. It doesn’t hurt that the fellas are insanely cute. I honestly couldn’t pick a fave…they’re all adorbz, but I will admit, Harry’s got “swag.”

This boyband is different than any other boyband I’ve ever seen in concert. For one – they don’t dance. Seriously, no real choreography at all! They walk back and forth, jump around, horse around with each other, etc. I think this is GREAT…it gives them more time to interact with the crowd and really pay attention to what’s happening all around them.

I sat a few rows away from the side of the stage, which was fun, because when the boys were tired or needed a sip of water, then they’d come over to the side and sometimes they’d lean over and talk to us.

The concert was amazing, very fun, fast-paced, they had some funny videos in between some of the songs. They also did a little “Twitter Q&A” with audience members who tweeted in questions. At the show I was at, someone asked them to show us how to twerk….and they did! It was too cute…not sure those boys pulled it off, but they looked funny doing it and it made us all laugh.

One of the best parts was at the end…they came out wearing custom Miami Heat jerseys!

If One Direction is coming to a city near you, try to get tickets if you can — you’ll have a blast!

Here’s some of my videos & photos from the show:







P.S. If you enjoy boybands and like reading books, check out my YA novel, Merch Girl!

Album Review – Hanson – Anthem


So, since this is my blog, I am going to post about my favorite band in the universe – Hanson – who came out with a brand new album today! It’s called “Anthem” and if you haven’t listened to Hanson since Mmmbop, or were too young to know about them when they first came out, I beg you to give their new music a shot. It’s seriously amazing, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve been a fan for the past 16 years. It’s got rock, pop, soul, and everything in between. These boys work so hard on their music and they produce it independently, that’s right, they have their own record label and do things their way! They write all their songs and play their own music and are basically just the real deal all around.

If you give it a shot, please let me know what you think!


Here’s the link to purchase on iTunes:


Here’s the official Hanson website:


And here’s a YouTube video of one of their new songs, Get The Girl Back, which features the amazing Nikki Reed and Kat Dennings!

P.S. If you enjoy music and like reading books, check out my YA novel, Merch Girl!

All Authors Blog Blitz



Today I’m taking part in the first ever All Authors Blog Blitz! Please welcome author Gma Mary Adkinson as our guest blogger.


Growing Up With Princess Lizzy: little life lessons

by Gma Mary Adkinson

princess lizzie

How do you handle a situation when you know someone hasn’t told the truth? What do you do when you see a little girl without a coat in the cold of winter? Where do flowers go when they disappear? What do you do when your feet don’t reach the floor? Hi, I’m Gma Mary. Being a mom six times, a grandma 17+ times, and a great- grandma seven times and counting, I’ve encountered these questions and many more. As a parent or grandparent, it can be difficult to find stories that approach life lessons in a kind, thoughtful, and sometimes humorous way. You will find Princess Lizzy to have a simple, open hearted personality as she enjoys the adventures of a lifetime. Her great big smile will steal your heart. Originally created for one of my granddaughters, I was urged to share them with other young people and those young at heart. Here they are…hope you enjoy!

“Princess Lizzy is the child we all want to have, and the adult we all wish we could be. Her adventures are both fun and share great life lessons all at the same time. When you step into Lizzy’s world, you step into a wonderful world where kindness rules. As a young mother and Christian, I want my child to hear the message that Princess Lizzy has for each of us. Everyone is special and everyone deserves to be loved, no matter what.” —Katherine Robinson, young mother, pastor’s wife, and blogger Jenks, OK

”Now that I have young grandchildren, I realize the importance of books that attract a child’s eye with vivid colors while gently portraying life’s lessons. Mary Adkinson effectively takes a child’s curious wanderings and turns them into sweet tales of learning about their daily world. Growing Up With Princess Lizzy is a book I’ll be reading to my grandchildren again and again.” —Lea Hensley, Review Columnist and grandmother Tulsa, OK

“Your stories are just good, at the right vocabulary level, and with life lessons in a very palatable form. Nothing more could be asked.” —Arlie Wood, magazine and newspaper columnist and experienced great-grandfather Midwest City, OK


                                   About the Author, Gma Mary Adkinson

Dr. Mary Adkinson lives in the heart of Oklahoma on one and a half acres with her husband, Bob. Lots of birds, squirrels, and occasionally coyotes or skunks keep them company. Their kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids are scattered across Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Merch Girl Character Spotlight – Logan Shire


I’m starting a new series of posts spotlighting the main characters in my YA novel Merch Girl! Here you’ll find the nitty gritty details that might not have made it into the book.

First up is everyone’s favorite rockstar, Logan Shire, lead singer of the band Lansdowne!

Logan Shire

Logan Shire

  • Full Name: Logan Matthew Shire
  • Birth Date: April 22
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Band: Aerosmith
  • Boxers or Briefs?: Boxers
  • Favorite place to tour?: Boston, always!
  • Best prank you’ve pulled?: I tend to pants Griffin on stage a lot; he hates it, but that’s why it’s so fun
  • Tell us something we would be surprised to know about you: I used to have my eyebrow pierced, oh and I can do a perfect British accent
  • Favorite TV show?: True Blood
  • Favorite book?: Harry Potter
  • Favorite Movie?: The Departed
  • Tell us something about your bandmates that we wouldn’t know?: Ryan’s diet consists solely of pop-tarts, cheetos and mountain dew. Griffin tries to get a new tattoo in every city we go to, but our manager only lets him get away with it about half of the time.
  • Best tour memory?: Late-night conversations and pizza parties with some amazing new friends.


To learn more about Logan, his band and his first cross-country tour, check out Merch Girl, available on Amazon now!