Play-off Give-away

The Packers are in the playoffs! Since The Packers are Hannah’s favorite team (the main character in Best Friends Playbook), we should celebrate! If the Packers win the game on Saturday January 22, I will give away a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook to a random member of my email list. If you aren’t already on my email list, sign up today for a chance to win!

Emails typically go out once a month (that’s what I aim for–sometimes it’s less). Occasionally, if I have a book release coming up or another special event, I might send out more emails in a month.

Emails will have book recommendations, writing recommendations, resources for writing conferences or free videos, things like that.

P.S. You do not have to be a Packers fan to sign up. My husband introduced me to the Packers, but I come from a family of Cowboys fans, and I tend to root for lots of teams through the season. 🙂

Post-Launch Hibernation

Whew! November and December were such a whirlwind of book-launch activity that I went into hibernation post-launch. So first, let me congratulate the winners!

Jenn, copy of the book
Tiffany, copy of the book
Betty, copy of the book
Karine, copy of the book
Sarah, crochet gift from Mountain Colors
Hallie, knit gift from Mountain Colors
Pamela, virtual consultation or author visit

Second, let me thank everyone who participated in the launch events. I had so much fun!

Third, I’m planning out some blog posts this year so that I stay in touch a bit better than I have the last couple of years. If you’re interested in seeing a post on something, let me know.

I hope that you all had a wonderful holiday season and got lots of new books to read. 🙂

Aside from all my copies of Best Friends Playbook, I got two new books: an enneagram book by Don Riso and Russ Hudson (I like the enneagram for learning more about my characters and how to make them different from each other) and the Elephant and Piggie “Art-ivity” book. Yes, it was for me. I was wanting one of those guided art books from when I was a kid to help spark my creativity. 🙂

I will write more soon. In the meantime, Happy New Year and Happy Reading/Writing!

See You in One Hour!

The Virtual Launch Party for Best Friends Playbook begins in just one hour! You still have time to register.

I’ll read from Best Friends Playbook, we’ll have a Q&A, and I’ll announce the winners of the prizes (remember, you’ll be entered just by registering for the event).

My publisher, Kiri, will also be there to tell you a little about Chicken Scratch Books and the wonderful books they publish.

Hope to see you soon!

One More Chance to Win

It looks like most of my fans practice screen-free Sunday, so, I’ve extended the entry for the 55-minute virtual visit until 3pm MST on December 13. You still have a chance to win by entering your email, visiting the virtual launch event, or commenting on the blog.

Bonus fun question: What’s one of the weirdest things you’ve done with friends? (always keeping it G-rated)

Best Friends Playbook was inspired by my friendships as a kid. I had one group of friends who loved Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Gargoyles, superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, etc. Then I got to know another group of friends who loved American Girl, dress-up, tea parties, and giggling over actors. But one thing both groups had in common was dreaming about getting to another world, like Narnia.

One of the strangest things I’ve done with friends is probably running down the street in the rain with all of us holding onto the handle of a parasol and yelling, “To Narnia!!!” in British accents. I had the morning’s leftover pancakes in my jeans pocket (wrapped in a napkin) so we wouldn’t be hungry when we arrived. 🙂

Photo by Ravi Kant on

Tonight’s the Night!

Get ready to party! Join us tonight for a LIVE virtual event. I’ll read from Best Friend’s Playbook, we’ll have a Q&A session, and the winners of the prizes will be announced. As a bonus, my publisher, Kiri of Chicken Scratch Books, will stop in to say hi!

The event will run from 5:30-6:30pm PST
6:30-7:30pm MST
7:30-8:30pm CST
8:30-9:30 EST

Just for registering, you’ll be entered into one final drawing for a signed copy of the book. I hope to see you this evening!

You could win a virtual chat with me!

If you enter today, you’ll have a chance to win a 55-minute virtual story consultation OR a 55-minute or less virtual school visit. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

Football plays a huge roll in Best Friends Playbook. The main character’s favorite team is the Green Bay Packers (inspired by my husband). Do you follow sports? Do you have a favorite sports teams?

When I was a kid, I didn’t follow much sports because I didn’t really understand it. When I got to highschool, we moved to San Antonio, Texas. You couldn’t live in SA at the time and not be a Spurs fan. The whole city was full of, “Go, Spurs, Go!” I had been to one game in junior high. I actually understood it and loved it the excitement. In college, the basketball games were the ones I frequented most. I don’t keep up with sports much now (we don’t have a TV set up), but I still like to find out how the Spurs are doing.

Fun story: While in college, a group of us went to a ice hockey game in the neighboring city. My friend and I both brought our knitting. We got some funny looks. 🙂

I don’t think I can mention sports, without mentioning my Granny. She loved the Dallas Cowboys. We knew not to call on a Sunday afternoon because she didn’t want the Cowboys game interrupted. 🙂 I often think of her when I watch football.

Don’t forget to register for tomorrow’s live event!

Let’s Get Yarny

I can spin more than one kind of yarn! Enter today to win a skein of Mountain Colors yarn with an accompanying pattern.

Win one of these skeins!

For today’s fun question, have you ever taken a class or tried a hobby that you weren’t very good at, even though you enjoyed it?

My great-grandmother crocheted me a pink afghan when I was a girl (pictured above), so from an early age, I wanted to learn to crochet. I took a class when I was about 9. I did okay as long as I was in class, but as soon as I was home, I had no idea what I was doing.

I took another crochet class in high school. The teacher was flabbergasted at how I turned a square dishcloth into a round one. She took it home to rework it into a round pattern for me and brought it back next week. I promptly turned it back into a square, and she gave up on me.

I didn’t actually learn to crochet until I had a book with very simple but specific illustrations. Now it’s one of my favorite pastimes.

A placemat I crocheted for one of the friends who inspired Best Friends Playbook.
P.S. I watched football while I crocheted it. 😉

Remember to register for Monday evening’s live event!

The Party Begins!

Enter today for a chance to win a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook!

And for fun, tell me, do you/did you have a particular book that really inspired you when you were a kid? What was the book, and why did it inspire you?

I’m not sure if there’s one book that particularly inspired me, other than the ones I wrote ;-), but The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the book that got me reading. For a long time, it was my go-to template for story-writing. I’m pretty sure I thought all fantasy was portal fantasy until I was in junior high . . .

Photo by Pixabay on

Register for the live event Monday December 13 at 6:30pm MST for another chance to win!

You’re Invited to a Virtual Celebration!

Register for the live event Monday, December 13 at 6:30pm MST. We’ll have an author reading, a Q&A, and announce the winners of the drawings. When you register for the event, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook.

Visit the official entry form each day during the event for a chance to win.

Virtual Book Launch for Best Friends Playbook

Beginning Friday, you can enter to win one of three prizes. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow me to embed the entry form on the website, but you can visit the entry form here.

Friday: Enter to win a signed copy of Best Friends Playbook.

Saturday: Enter to win a skein of yarn from Mountain Colors with an accompanying pattern.

Sunday: Enter to win a 55-minute virtual story consultation or 55-minute or less virtual school visit.

Monday: Winners will be announced at the live Virtual Book Launch! (Winners don’t have to present to win–I’ll contact winners by email within 48 hours.)