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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book cover reveal

Are you ready?

I'm so excited to share with you my book cover for my newest books, a middle grade series about a young girl named Cassandra Jones. What's special about Cassandra? Absolutely nothing. She's as ordinary as any other fifth grader. And yet her ordinary life is riddled with hilarious and sometimes heart-breaking mishaps.

I can't wait for you to get to know Cassandra! The book is scheduled to release on May 16, 2015. The interesting thing about this book is I'm trying something new. It's being released like a television series: every month, a new episode of the book will come out, in ebook only. At the end of the "season," I'll compile all the episodes together into a longer book and make it available in print. I'll keep you posted how it goes!

In other book news: I finished the third and final segment to the PERILOUS series, called PRICELESS. It's out to beta readers now for any plot or character issues I missed, and then hopefully off to my publisher. Watch for a release date for 2016! (Fingers crossed.) PERILOUS and ALTERCATION are both out and available for sale as print or ebooks, as well as DELIVERER, an ebook short story told from the point of view of the kidnapper.

I'm currently in the midst of a book tour, and I just created a really fun giveaway for people who buy my books either via the website or in person. Nail wraps with my book cover on them! Each person who buys a book will get one nail wrap (not one sheet, just one nail wrap). These are in a very limited quantity, so if you want one, come to a book signing or purchase a book from my website. (Book signing schedule was in last month's newsletter, but I'll be happy to provide it again if you need it.)

I am also busy working on my Brazilian cookbook! I leave for Brazil in June where I will re-immerse myself in the culture and come back with even more recipes. I am constantly looking for recipe testers. Send me an email if you're interested!

Happy April! I'm so glad spring is here!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Because it's cooler than buying a book online, right?

So if you're close by, I'll be going on tour in Northwest Arkansas (and Joplin, Missouri). With the anniversary of the Joplin tornado coming up, this is the perfect time for me to get into the public view, remind people of what happened, and raise money not only for Joplin but for other cities devastated by natural disasters.

While Tornado Warning is the only fundraising book I have, I will be selling copies of my other three books, Perilous, Altercation, and Inevitable. So if you've been waiting for just the right time to get your book, now would be it! Tour schedule below!

In other news: I've added another project to my writing list: A Brazilian cookbook! I'm getting ready to return to Brazil in June, for the first time in ten years, and I figured it was the best time to start translating and testing all the recipes I've compiled over the years. I'm super excited about this project also!

If you're looking for an editor, I have openings in April for clients. Find my rates here:
And I'm still working on the third book to the Perilous series, the sequel to Inevitable, my middle grade series, and a fun young adult romance. (If you saw my living room and kitchen right now, you'd see a sink full of dishes and six baskets of clean laundry.) Yeah, I have priorities. Cleaning just isn't one of them. :)

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!
Tour schedule:
March 20-21: Bentonville, Arkansas Harps (Walton Blvd.)
April 24-25: Rogers, Arkansas Harps (2nd Street)
May 15-16: Springdale, Arkansas Harps (Sunset)
May 22-23: Joplin, Missouri Harps
June 5-6: Bella Vista Harps (Town Center)

Monday, January 12, 2015

New Year's Resolutions

Right, right, I know, it's that time again. Believe me, I'm rolling my eyes too. So instead of boring you with a list of resolutions that look remarkably similar to the ones I made last year, I'll just share one with you.

Send out my newsletter once a month.

So the last time I sent one out was probably, oh, a year and a half ago. I've always just kind of thought I don't have a lot to say, but I realized, you know what? People probably are interested in hearing what I'm working on. Maybe they want to know about books on sale from my author friends, too.

Don't freak out when you get my newsletter in your inbox. It's coming. Now you can know what I'm doing way before I do it. You might even know what I'm doing before I do!

And if you haven't signed up for my newsletter, the sign up is on the right hand side of my blog. Keep you posted!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Write much?

So from time to time I run into people I hardly ever see. Invariably the question comes out, "So you been writing anything lately?"

Am I the only one who thinks this is the dumbest question to ever ask an author? For authors, writing is like breathing. It's like eating. Would you walk up to someone and say, "Been breathing lately?"

It's a given. It's a duh.

But here's the low-down, for those who a) wonder what I do all day and b) are anxiously awaiting something new from me.

1) I finished the first draft to the third book in the PERILOUS series! Book #2 was meant to be the end, but so many people have begged/complained/emailed/left negative reviews wanting a third book, that fine, I gave in and wrote one. I hope it meets expectations!

2) I'm working on the second draft to a sad love story I wrote earlier this year when I was sad. It's not done, I'm pleased with it, I don't know what I'm going to do with it. There are so many options.

3) I'm still working on the first draft to the next book in the INEVITABLE series. I know, I need to finish this before people forget what book I'm talking about.

4) I'm working on the first draft to a middle grade serial. Squeal! I'm oober-excited about this one. It's called THE EXTRAORDINARILY ORDINARY LIFE OF CASSANDRA JONES and is about a ten-year-old girl and her "boring" life. There are two things that I'm excited about with this book. First, it's going to be ebook only. For ages 8+. I don't think there's a huge ebook market at that age, so I'm also going to be pushing Kindles sales. :) (My son's getting one for Christmas.) Second, you might have noticed I said "serial." Not "series." This book is meant to mimic a television show, in book form. There will be ten "episodes" in the first year, each one about 50 pages long. Awesome, right?? I totally think so!

So. The next time you talk to an author friend, instead of asking "Been writing anything?," ask, "What have you written lately?" Just assume they're writing. They'll appreciate it. :)

Me. Writing. At 2am at a 24/7 diner w/ my bestie Hillary, also a writer. Who writes.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Best Little Conference You've Never Heard of

You just missed it for this year, so don't even bother pulling out your calendar or scrambling to fit it in. But this is absolutely the best conference this side of the Rocky Mountains. (I'm in Arkansas.)

Which conference is it? The Midwest LDStorymakers Conference.

It's new. You've never heard of it. This is only the third year and our attendance is less than 100 people. But let me tell ya, as far as quality goes, this is conference is amazing.

This year we had a huge focus on not only the pros and cons of traditional publishing, but also all the amazing tools there are available to self-publish and succeed. Our guest speaker was Adam Sidwell. The attending agent was Sarah Negovetich.  But the best part about it was the feeling of unity, inspiration, encouragement, and fulfillment that I got out of it.

The conference takes place in Kansas City, and five people from my writer's group made the journey. We had people in attendance from Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia, and of course Kansas and Arkansas! This is one conference you don't want to miss, and it's a conference I want to see grow. So go ahead and get your calendar out now. Mark it for next fall. Plan to be there.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tornado Warning: Raising Funds for Joplin

It's finally a reality! Tornado Warning is out!

I'm so excited for this. The book represents a culmination of a dream: my opportunity to use my talents to help Joplin.

The book is for sale on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, for Nook and Kindle, and in many bookstores throughout Missouri and Arkansas. Your bookstore can get it in for you, too.

I was interviewed on the Great Day St. Louis morning show. It's a five minute clip, but the video explains so much. I would love it if you would share this with friends and family! I've donated my time and resources, but if people don't know the book is available, that's as far as it gets. Help me help Joplin!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

It's Coming

The book about the Joplin tornado is almost here...

I am so excited for this. I get all nail-biting and nervous because the success of this book is more important to me than any other thus far. So many people have dedicated hours to making this book a reality, and none of us are getting paid for that.  But we don't care. We want this book to change lives, both those who read it and those who receive help from organizations like Rebuild Joplin. I also want to feel like all the time and money I've dedicated to this is going to pay off, you know? So I'm really super anxious.

Here is a list of in-person book signings I will be having:

Friday May 16 3-7pm 
201 SW 14th St
Bentonville, AR 72712

Saturday May 17 10-noon 
Spiva Art Museum
222 West 3rd Street
Joplin, MO 64801
Postponed! New date TBA.

Saturday May 17 1-3pm 
Sleepy Girl's Books
516 N. Main St. 
Joplin, MO 64801

Thursday May 22 1-3pm 
The Book House, Inc.
7352 Manchester Rd.
Maplewood, MO 63143

It's so close, I can almost taste it. And it scares me to death!

Proceeds from the book will be donated to Misty's Missions, as long as she is actively raising money for disaster relief, and Click the links to find out more about these organizations!

In the meantime, I'm outta here. Heading to Utah for the ultimate Storymaker conference, with a guest appearance from Orson Scott Card. Cannot wait! If you'll be there, stop by and say hi!

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