Doomy Prepper wins a Gold Medal!

I hope you had an amazing weekend! I know I did.

I've been slightly delirious with awesome news. It was finally announced over the weekend, which means I can finally share it with you!

My middle-grade book, Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse just won a first place gold medal in the Feathered Quill Book Awards Young Reader category!!

I'm just thrilled beyond measure! Not only did they have double the amount of entries from the previous year but Doomy won by a landslide!

Here are some of the judges comments:

"A fun story...this is one that should be a series" (don't worry - I plan on it!)

"This book was very well done. Definitely fun, adventurous. The Character of Doomy (and his friends) were so much fun. This title is perfect for this age group." (yay! I know I shouldn't have favorites, but if I had to choose, I would say Doomy is a top contender!)

"Hands-down th…

Get Ready for Christmas!

This month is about family time, so I won't be writing or publishing anything new. It feels nice to have a little break, to sit back and enjoy the comfort that the holiday season brings. I'll read a book or two by the fire with a nice warm mug of cocoa or maybe a chai tea latte. There must be a plate of cookies, too! It is the holiday season after all, and nothing says a cup of cheer than a goodie to go with it!

As the holidays approach, and with it a new year, I always find it an appropriate time to reflect on my blessings. From a family trip to Scotland, which included a writers conference and retreat where I made some lifelong friends, to cherished memories with loved ones, to working hard and releasing what I hope are great books, to a ten year blog readership, I feel so much gratitude! Thank you for being part of my year and part of the last decade!

Here's wishing you a wonderfully merry Christmas, a happy Hanukkah, and happy holidays! No matter what, how, or where you…

Doomy Prepper and Cinderskella Shout Out!

I wanted to give a quick shout out to this book fair happening through December 18th. Cinderskella and Doomy Prepper are on it. If you have young readers on your shopping list, there's some great books here!

Doomy Prepper is probably one of my most favorite books. He's funny and...if you didn't know...was nominated for a Cybil award! So thrilled about that!

So far it's received 5 star reviews from readers! If you haven't picked up a copy, the holidays are a perfect time to do so. I'd be really grateful if you left a review!

Cinderskella remains one of my bestselling books. I'm so thrilled with it's makeover by Roch Hercka. The illustrations are fabulous and the cover art is just phenomenal! It will receive a mini-makeover in the new year so you'll want to grab a copy now before those changes are made!

Hope you're having a great December!

Long-awaited release of SNOW FRIGHT!

Well, friends. Today is the day. It is the long-awaited release of Snow Fright!! I couldn't be more excited!

Some of you have been long-time fans of the Scarily Ever Laughter series and have waited since 2016 to see this book's publication. Others are new friends and are just learning about the series. To me, this book has lived in my heart forever. Gnawing away like worms in a corpse. Eating me alive from the inside out. Haha! I jest. I love this story. It has been a long journey though and I'm so glad to finally be able to say that Snow Fright is here. For good.

At the conference I attended earlier this month in Vegas, they spoke a lot about relationship building. Not just with fans, friends, and family but with our business partners, work-for-hire, editors, and illustrators. I didn't realize just how important those relationships were until I walked through the refiner's fire the last few years.

When I put a call out for illustrators, I had no idea I'd receive …

Vegas and Great Kids Books for Christmas Books

Last week I spent four days in Vegas. If I'm being honest, I never thought I'd travel to the west coast. But there was a big writer's conference and so many of the friends I'd made at the Edinburgh conference were going to be there. So, of course, I jumped at the chance of a reunion.

It was definitely worth my while! The conference was fantastic! Seeing my friends was really such a bonus. Being a writer is so solitary, I often forget how lonely it gets. As an extrovert (uncommon in the writing community), I really am fueled by relationships. I feel so refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to tackle more books!

As a result of that conference, I've been considering expanding the Scarily Ever Laughter series. So many readers have requested a book from Ethan's point of view and I'd love to give that to them! If you haven't read the whole series, now is a great time to catch up! As a reminder, you can preorder the ebook of SNOW FRIGHT! The book launches next week, …

Preorder SNOW FRIGHT and Two Free Books!

It's November! It's also Veteran's Day in the US.

As a thank you for those who've served, I've put two of my books on sale today. Actually, it's not a sale, they're free! So, if you haven't already done so, grab a free ebook of Doomy Prepperand Callie's Magical Flight.When you've finished reading, I'd love for you to leave a review. Reviews help new readers find my books.

I'm so, so super excited to announce that SNOW FRIGHT is finally available for preorder! Oh man, this has truly had a second chance at life. If you've been following my journey over the last three years, you'll remember that my publisher closed just days after the book launched in 2016. It had some great reviews in Popsugar, Buzzfeed, Girls Life Magazine, and Hypable to name a few. To see it die such an untimely death was heartbreaking. Snow Fright deserved better.

It's been a long journey to get this book back into publication. As I worked on e…

Snow Fright Update and a FREE book for you!

Happy Halloween! Okay, well it's not until tomorrow but I'm already excited!

I knew October was going to be super busy for me. It turned out even busier than I expected. Which means I have good news and bad news.

Let's start with the bad.

Unfortunately, Snow Fright isn't ready for launch. It absolutely kills me that I couldn't quite get the book ready for an October release. Given my busy month, and despite working 12-14 hour days to edit and tighten the manuscript, I just didn't have enough time. I haven't set a new date yet but I'm very hopeful to launch it in November, just in time for holiday gift giving! Thanks for your patience as I work to make Snow Fright the best book it can be. It's really come a long way and I'm so excited to share it with you!

Now the goodnews.

Book two in the Unicorn Tales series, Maeve's New Friend has been available since October 22nd! If you haven't grabbed your copy, now is a great time. While it might …