Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery is available from a variety of ebook stores! Click the book cover below and discover how you can get your own copy of this fascinating middle-grade
adventure story!

Through a series of terrifying events, Elanora is transported to a strange world where the only way to get about is by water and the only food to eat are the grasses of the marsh. Her adoptive parents guide and protect her, but she is treated poorly by the muskrat colony. When Elanora discovers that the marsh is  losing water, she suspects humans are the cause and formulates a plan to save the swimming creatures and the colony. Even though she finally secures the help of an elder and the very ones who at first scorned her, the rest of the colony resist her efforts to save them.
Will Elanora convince the colony and the swimmers to overcome their fear of the unknown so they will survive?
In this book the author takes you on an adventure in her quest for a promising future for her daughter. Along the way, Miss Jae recounts the trials and errors and even the missteps in her pursuit of helping her daughter learn how to learn. At journey’s end she provides several resources for parents who either need to implement therapy themselves or who want to be actively involved with their child’s ABA providers. Hopefully, you will be inspired to find out more about Applied Behavior Analysis and how it can be beneficial to your child.
Parenting a child with autism can be challenging, and even though I have not done so, I suspect that parenting a child with autism during a pandemic brings a whole new set of issues. With classes oscillating between virtual and in person, routines are disrupted while the future seems to be in a constant state of upheaval.
My Resource Guide is meant to be a starting point on your quest to find information–whether your child seems “different” or is exhibiting symptoms of autism or has already been diagnosed.

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Where else can you find a copy of Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery?

Fenton’s Open Book, 105 W. Shiawassee Ave., Fenton, Michigan 48430
Wilderness Trail Zoo, 11721 Gera Rd., Birch Run, Michigan 48415
Around the Farm Antiques, 12025 Gera Rd., Birch Run, Michigan 48415
Treasure Baskets Gift Shop, 12830 S. Saginaw St., Suite D, Grand Blanc, MI 48439
Lizz’s Books, 14296 Fenton Rd., Fenton, Michigan 48430
Clio Floral Depot, 201 S. Mill St., Clio, Michigan 48420

Newly added:
Saginaw Antique Warehouse, 1122 Tittabawassee Rd, Saginaw, MI 48604

Thank you to these fine area businesses for carrying Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery!

Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery is now available at Amazon.com!

When I first began writing the book, I knew the protagonist would be a chipmunk (hence the illustration on the cover and inside the book). These tiny creatures are not found in southwest Florida, so this fact lent itself to writing not only about the ecological aspects of Florida marshes but the ensuing problems that such a creature might encounter merely by being transplanted to a salt marsh. The marsh’s inhabitants, especially the round-tailed muskrats, must choose to either accept the newcomer or shun her presence.

Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery explores the consequences of bullying, the outright disdain for diversity and the sometimes irreversible devastation some humans have inflicted on ecologically sensitive habitats. And despite the colony’s disdain for the newcomer, one lone young chipmunk does her best to convince the colony of muskrats that their home is in peril.

These subjects and more are explored with the help of not only chipmunks and muskrats, but also with roseate spoonbills, mullets, white-tailed deer, squirrels, frogs, yellow-crowned night herons, a cormorant, terrapins, blue jays, marsh rabbits, great blue heron, crows, hawks and great horned owls.

Elanora and the Salt Marsh Mystery explores the consequences of bullying and the sometimes irreversible devastation some humans have inflicted on ecologically sensitive habitats.

And in other news:

I have been writing for many years, and I’m thrilled to have published my first book.

From Prompting to Shaping to Letting Go: My Love Affair With ABA and How Being a “Bad Mom” Helped My Daughter With Autism Succeed is a labor of love, and I am so happy that others will know about the journey my daughter and I took so many years ago. The road was not an easy one, and although we encountered many obstacles along the way, I knew that giving up was not an option. I am very proud of her, and she continues to amaze me. If you would like to order a copy, click on the book.

In past lives I have been a proofreader, editor, newspaper reporter and columnist, newsletter writer for a wildlife organization and writer of one-act plays. I consider my six-year stint as a home-based behavioral program director in the ‘90s my most difficult, albeit important, job and am counting the days until all autism-related ABA therapy positions go the way of the dodo. Two of my short stories made it to the finals of the 2017 Florida Writer’s Association Royal Palm Literary Award Competition. My second novel, Island Times Three, is scheduled to be released August 2021.

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