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 . . .

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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.)

Win a Skein of Mountain Colors Yarn and a Mitten Pattern!

The main character of Best Friends Playbook takes a crochet class during the book, so Mountain Colors generously donated a couple of door prizes (one for the in-person party and one for the virtual event). Want to see what the prizes are? So do I!

Come to the in-person event this Friday for a chance to win one of the yarn prizes! If you can’t make it in person, come to the virtual event, beginning Friday, for a chance to win the other yarn prize.

One Week Countdown!

Best Friends Playbook comes out in ONE WEEK! So mark your calendars for December 10. To celebrate, I’m hosting two book launch events. TWO! One in-person, for those who happen to be in the Billings, Montana area next week, and one online for everyone who can’t make it in person.

I’ll post more details throughout the week, such as what prizes you can look forward to and how to join the virtual live event. In the meantime, here are the important facts:

In-Person: Come to Mazevo Coffee at 819 Grand Ave, Billings, Montana 6:30pm Friday December 10. We’ll have coffee, cookies, a reading from the book, prizes, and book signings. (Facebook event page)

Online: Visit the Facebook event page in the coming days for information on how to enter the drawings. You can enter once per day from December 10-December 13. On December 13 at 6:30pm MST, join us for a live event. There will be a reading from the book, author Q&A, and drawings for the prizes.

My Favorite Ways to Shop Small, Local, and Made in the US

This may not seem writing related, but authors and small publishers are small businesses, too. I like to support other small businesses. I also grew up in a small business, so it’s close to my heart.

Remember that shopping small, local, and made in the US helps other families like you to stay afloat in these hard times. In an effort to make it easier for you (hey, I admit it’s hard starting out!), here are some of my favorite ways to shop small, local, and made in the US:

Find your local bookstore and shop there! Indie Bound can help. You can even order books online through your local bookstore. But remember that your local bookstore might not be on Indie Bound.

Support a small publisher such as Chicken Scratch Books. Order directly from the author or publisher and avoid huge companies that take a huge percentage of the profits.

CinDWood Looms makes knitting looms IN THE US! When I messaged with questions about what looms to get to teach a K-3rd crafts class, I got an almost immediate, personal response from Cindy. The looms are great quality, and the students are having a blast.

If you want to do some good for hurting families in the world, but you aren’t sure how, shop Mercy Market for your Christmas gifts this year. Mercy Market is a non-profit organization that supports individuals and families by purchasing their handcrafted goods. Buying from Mercy Market helps families from around the world to put food on their tables and keeps individuals from dangerous slavery situations.

See if you can find local artists and musicians and purchase from them. I feel like we miss out on a lot of talent by focusing only on national artists and musicians.

I never feel a list of local and small businesses is complete without mentioning independent grocery stores. You might not buy Christmas gifts from them (then again, you might), but you could buy ingredients for holiday meals. You can check out IGA (Independent Grocers Association) to see if there’s a local grocery near you, but keep in mind that not all small grocery stores are members of IGA.

Meet the Author of Best Friends Playbook

Pre-order now from Chicken Scratch Books. Coming December 2021.

A Publisher I Can Agree With

I like to shop local, small business, and made in the US. That’s one of the reasons I love the model for Chicken Scratch Books. Chicken Scratch Books direct markets to schools, libraries, and homeschool groups. While you can find the books at some of the major, national retailers, that’s not where Chicken Scratch puts its marketing efforts.

I LOVE THAT!

I haven’t shopped regularly at major, national retailers for probably over ten years. Yes, I do sometimes need to when I can’t find an item locally, regionally, or from a small online business, but overall, I’ve stuck to shopping small. Yes, it can be inconvenient at times, and yes, I do go without things sometimes if it’s something I really don’t need and I can’t find it locally. But overall, I have such a sense of satisfaction.

I am so thankful to have found a publisher (technically, it found me) that lines up so well with my desires for marketing my book.

And don’t forget you can pre-order Best Friends Playbook!