French Toast makes Everything Better!


October and November have been jam-packed with seminars, book events, and writer workshops. I met so many wonderful people and appreciate them coming to hear me speak. I gave a picture book writers’ workshop at the Skillman Library, a full-day self-publishing workshop for SCBWI North Texas, and a talk on Moon Tears to the wonderful ladies of the Carrollton, Texas Daughters of the American Revolution chapter. And that was just one week! Shortly following these talks, I participated in The Magical World of Art and Story: North Texas Children and Teen Literary Showcase and Gallery Show in Plano. Needless to say, after weeks of non-stop preparation and events, I needed a break. A dear group of ladies invited me to a “Writer’s Retreat” in East Texas, and our hostess spoiled us with her amazing meals. My favorite, I must say, was her French Toast. She paired it with organic French-Canadian maple syrup, pure melted butter, and dusted her masterpiece with just the right amount of powdered sugar. Heaven!

This Saturday, August 22 – The East Texas Book Fest – BE THERE!!!


This Saturday, August 22 – The East Texas Book Fest – BE THERE!!!

Here comes a shout-out to all the voracious readers in east Texas this weekend! If you are in the Tyler area, or want a great road trip this weekend, come by table 3C at the Harvey Convention Center in Tyler and say hi! I (Muffet) will be there all day Saturday signing my books along with Murray Richter and about a hundred other authors. Books will be everywhere – there should be something for everyone!

See you there!

650 Kids … 4 Days … 1 Fun Week of School Visits!

Thank you Davis Middle School!

It was a week to remember! And it all started with MOON TEARS being integrated into the Language Arts curriculum at Davis Middle School in Georgia. I had the honor of speaking with two groups of 150 6th graders each at Davis, most of whom had read the book. The presentation incorporated writing techniques along with several interesting little-known aspects of World War II. The breadth of questions and insightful comments these amazing kids shared were beyond inspiring. I’m proud to call them the future of our country.

Signing bookmarks in the sound booth before the second talk

Each of the kids left with a bookmark and a pencil with which to begin their masterpieces!

A view of the crowd from the sound booth


One of the highlights was a first for me – signing arms! I think I may have just made it!

Signing arms and bookmarks
Signing arms and bookmarks

The next day was a fun trip to World Language Academy. Luckily, I was speaking to the one class of third graders in which the students are allowed to speak English. It was a good thing, or else I would have had to have found a Chinese, Spanish, and/or Portuguese interpreter! The kids were awesome, and we stretched the 30 minute visit to a full hour and 15 minutes.

Third graders at World Language Academy
Third graders at World Language Academy

Sugar Hill Elementary was my next visit. I spoke with five classes of fifth graders about what it’s like to be an author and what writers do all day. The kids were filled with enthusiasm and so eager to learn about writing and World War II.

With a class of inquisitive fifth graders at Sugar Hill
With a class of future authors at Sugar Hill
Presenting to a class of fifth graders at Sugar Hill
Presenting to a class of fifth graders at Sugar Hill

The final tour day was a return trip to Sugar Hill to read MISS MUFFET & BITSY to six classes of kindergartners and second graders. After story time, the kids tried on the props and became swashbucklers and party princesses for a day!

A beautiful princess experimenting reading with the magnifying glass.
Bitsy looks on as a beautiful princess experiments with the magnifying glass.
Arrgghh! A swashbuckler!
Arrgghh! A swashbuckler!
Celebrating a great week with kindergartners and second graders at Sugar Hill
Celebrating a great week with kindergartners and second graders at Sugar Hill

One of my favorite comments was from the teacher next door to the room I was in. Since we have screaming and cheering throughout MISS MUFFET & BITSY, her class said, “I wish we could be in there all day. They’re having ALL the fun!”

It was without a doubt a week to remember, and so thrilling to share my books with so many amazing kids!


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I am thrilled to announce the release of my first novel, Moon Tears!

Readers from 12 to 112 will enjoy this story inspired by true events!

I couldn’t be more pleased with how the book turned out and how it looks in both paperback and e-book versions. And it is available on Amazon NOW! If you’re interested in picking up a copy of this historical fiction novel, please click here for the link to the paperback version and click here for the Kindle version!  And any and all reviews are graciously welcomed! And just a quick note – I decided to publish my novels under the name M. M. Frische to differentiate from my Picture Books which are published under my name, Muffet Frische!

Here’s a summary of Moon Tears:

1941. War. It’s coming. It takes your father. It takes your mother. Life will never be the same. Not for Lou Davis.

When fog requires Japanese dignitaries to reroute their flight from San Francisco to Claret Lake, fourteen-year-old Lou becomes suspicious about the direction of the war. Two weeks later her dreams of becoming a pilot are ripped away when Pearl Harbor is attacked and an error in the 1940 census results in every male over eighteen being drafted and all the women being forced to work in factories on the coast.

Lou and her asthma are left behind—and in charge. She has a secret crush on the oldest boy left in Claret Lake, but after her parents are ripped away from her, she feels alone and abandoned. Running a town full of unruly kids is worse than a full-blown asthma attack, and the only thing she sees looming on the horizon is the enemy’s plane and a boatload of disaster. How is she supposed to save a whole town when harsh winters descend, food becomes scarce, and the enemy threatens to destroy everything she has fought so hard to protect?

Then Lou remembers the ancient legend…the legend of the moon tears. Staking her town’s survival on lore from the past, she channels her inner Amelia Earhart and takes off toward an unknown future.

Inspired by true events, Moon Tears is a coming-of-age tale—a tale of war, a tale of loss, a tale of survival.

Thanks for your support of this adventure in publishing and writing! Hope you enjoy the story! And please let me know what you think of it! Happy reading!

Muffet 🙂