When Cassandra and her two best friends decide to start a club, she realizes it's going to be harder than she thought. She tries to hold it together as she and her friends weather parents who don't want to drive them, vicious dog attacks, and petty cat fights. On top of that, Cassie is still trying to convince her mom to add a new pet to the family.
And just for you, just through Friday, the book is free!
This is one of my favorite projects yet. Meet Cassandra. This fifth grader is as typical, kind, selfish, and loveable as any other ten-year-old can be. Written for kids ages 8+, Cassandra Jones would love to become a member of your family! Check out the link below for more information!
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 as she guides herself through the world of pre-teens on the brink of adulthood.
Cassandra Jones is the new girl at school. She's been uprooted from her beloved state of Texas and relocated to the hillbilly Ozarks of Springdale, Arkansas. She wonders if she will like her teacher or if she will have any friends. She can only hope school won't be harder than it was back home.
She doesn't expect to have two close friends, and even worse, two friends that don't like each other. As she tries to make a spot for herself, will she keep her friendships intact?
As I'm searching for the right company to publish the cookbook I'm working on, someone in the publishing agency suggested I start a food blog to help me gain credibility as a food writer. It's not like I really have time for that, but it sounded like a good idea.
So I started one! And since I really do experiment in the kitchen on an almost daily basis, it's not that much more work than I already do. The hardest part is remembering to take pictures along every step of the way!
If you need dinner ideas or just like to see what creativity I'm cooking up in the kitchen, come and visit my food blog! Click here!
And finally, I have two more book signings this month. Friday, May 15, I'll be at the Springdale Harps on Sunset from about 4:30-6:30pm and Saturday, May 16 from about 1-3pm. A week later, on the anniversary of the Joplin tornado, I'll be in Joplin raising money through book sales. ALL PROCEEDS FROM BOOKS BOUGHT AT THE JOPLIN SIGNING WILL BE DONATED TO JOPLIN. I'll be there Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23, around the same times.
In addition, proceeds from all books purchased through my website on May 22 will be donated to Joplin.
I got another encouraging response from an agent today in regards to my cookbook. He said it is a good idea but that I have no credibility as a food writer. (I guess all my reviews on tripadvisor don't count ha ha.) Since I have no intentions of joining a restaurant or imploring the Food Network to sign me up, I asked him what I could do to change that. He very kindly and enthusiastically suggested I start a food blog. His idea was a Brazilian food blog, since the cookbook is Brazilian, but I thought, I can do better than that. If you're on this blog, you know I'm a writer. Everyone knows I'm a writer. But what you may not know is that I am an avid cook. I'm very particular as a cook; I very rarely make the same thing twice because I find something so incredibly exciting and fulfilling in making new things. And making a food blog would be rather easy for me. Every Sunday I prepare my exciting weekly menu, and I take pictures of my food (failures included) almost every day. The hard part, as the kind agent reminded me, will be getting followers. He didn't give me an exact number, but I'm betting I'd need at least a thousand before anyone would notice me or consider me an authority on food. So watch for it. Soon I will have a new blog up to go along with this one. It's going to need a name. Any suggestions? If I pick your suggestion, I'll send you an free ecopy of The Extraordinarily Ordinary Life of Cassandra Jones Episode 1, releasing on May 17!
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!
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!
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)
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!