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Contest Winners Announced!

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  Happy December!   I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. The weather was perfect here – 70 degrees and sunny – so we enjoyed a walk around our beautiful community lake. A perfect opportunity to burn off all the calories we consumed!   There’s something big in the works here and I’m just bursting at the seams to share it with you. But…but…it has to wait a little longer. Rest assured, you’ll be the first to hear the announcement sometime after the new year.   While I’ve been busy with other projects, I’ve still been plugging away at writing and editing other books. It does mean some of the time I’d use to focus on writing is spent on the other project, however. So, unfortunately, that means I’ve been a bit delayed with the upcoming release of Nadia’s True Colors , book 4 in the Unicorn Tales series. Thank you so much to everyone who has reached out about this book. I know your readers are super eager for it – and that makes me so very happy! I do still hope to release it in

Happy Thanksgiving!

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  Happy Thanksgiving! It's a busy week as I prepare food for our Thanksgiving dinner, and I'm sure each of you are busy, too. So this is just a brief update and a wish from me to you.  I also wanted to thank you all for your help celebrating Mr. Not Me's birthday! It was a great success and I couldn't have done it without you!  The contest has officially ended and I will be selecting two winners later this week. The winners will be contacted and announced next week! If you're still looking to purchase a copy of Mr. Not Me, you can find him  on Amazon.   You can also purchase Mr. Not Me on Barnes and Noble  and  Goodreads . There's also  this list of books  perfect for gift-giving this holiday season! Enjoy!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Birthday Mr. Not Me (and a giveaway)!!

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  Happy, happy book birthday to Mr. Not Me!!! It's been long awaited but my little book baby is finally launching into the world! Mr. Not Me has already received some fantastic reviews, too! What a nice little birthday surprise!  To celebrate this little guy's birthday, I'm throwing a party. It's sure to be a great one and I'm excited to share it with you! There's awesome prizes and not just one but two winners will be chosen!  It's really easy to enter the giveaway. 1 - Just click this link . 2 - You'll be taken to Rafflecopter where you will log in through Facebook or with your email address. 3 - From there you just have to follow the steps on the form. Easy peasy! You earn points for sharing the giveaway link, sharing my Facebook posts, and lots of other options! Thank you so much for following me on my Mr. Not Me journey over the last few weeks. I've loved sharing it with you and I hope you enjoyed learning a bit about the process of developing

Mr. Not Me Part 3!

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  It's two weeks overdue but I'm finally bringing you part three of my Mr. Not Me journey! And with it, some exciting news! If you need to catch up with my journey you can read Part 1 here  and Part 2 here . As I mentioned in part 2, Meghan needed to do three things. First, develop the character and choose how he would appear on the page. Second, select an art medium. Third, show character development. But that's not all she did! Meghan truly did so much more. More than I could have ever expected or dreamed of. I knew this book would need someone special to illustrate and Meghan delivered.  If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know I’m crafty. I enjoy being creative in various ways. But, I’m not an artist. There are so many things I don’t know about art, so many things that my untrained eye might miss. But through Meghan’s work, I gained so much insight into the development of art.   One example is how the lighting changes throughout the story. In the beginning

We Interrupt This Regularly Scheduled Program

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This month has gone by in a flash and I'm having a hard time believing that Halloween is only five days away. I hope you've been having a fantastic October and are gearing up for fun-filled Saturday with costumes and candy! Even if celebrating might be different this year, I hope you have a spooktacular night!  Normally I'd continue to part 3 of my Mr. Not Me picture book journey (in case you missed it, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here ) but I'm going to interrupt this regularly scheduled program and bring you something else instead. Part 3 will resume next week with extra special news! If you haven't seen this great list of free books , hop on over and scoop up these fun reads before they're gone! Nine spooky (and not-so-spooky) stories just in time for Halloween! Recently I was asked to read an ARC (advanced review copy) of a book for another author. I haven't finished just yet but the story, ohmygoodness, I'm telling you, this book is a must

Mr. Not Me Part 2

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There's only 11 days until Halloween! If you're like me, you've probably been planning for the holiday and all things spooky for a while now! My house is all decked out, menu is planned, and movie is in queue. Things might be a bit different this year but we'll make the most of it, even if that means a socially distanced trick-or-treat or a fun alternative collecting candy around the house, watching great movies, or even having a campfire. If you find staying indoors is the way to go, I'd definitely suggest reading a chilling tale from this list .  What better way to enjoy some spooky fun than with these eerie tales? There's a dozen and a half great stories to choose from , including my short story, Dead Chimes! Free reads + Halloween = a spooky night of 18 new worlds to discover! Last week I shared part one of my tale of how Mr. Not Me came to be. Today, I have part two!  It was a difficult task to find this balance between illustration and text. I knew I neede

Mr. Not Me Part 1

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You might remember when I revealed the cover  and blurb for my very first picture book, Mr. Not Me, last week. In that post, I mentioned I'd return with more to the story. Well, that day is today! But it's quite the story, so I'm only sharing part of it with you today. Before I do, though, I wanted to share this really great list of books for tweens. I know how hard it is to find clean books with appropriate content for kids. My own children had particular reading needs and I know that's true for most families. Some children like to read up, maybe because they have a higher reading level. The problem is that the content is often too mature. I think you'll find some great titles on this list (Cinderskella is included!) that are appropriate for the young reader in your life. Let me know if you find something here that you love! So back to the story behind Mr. Not Me... When I was a little girl, if a mess was made or someone ate the last treat, my mom would ask us who