Saturday, May 6, 2017

DFWCon - Presentation Link & How Not To Share Info

I was lucky enough to present several different classes at this year's DFWCon writing conference in Dallas, Texas. It is, by far, one of my favorite conferences and I always learn a ton every time I attend. Getting the chance to present was even better.

But sometimes things go a bit wrong. For instance, let's say you finish your powerpoint presentation in the wee hours of the morning, hopped up on allergy meds and coasting on the fumes of consciousness. You might, possibly, transpose two letters while setting up the spiffy custom URL for your class attendees to download a PDF of your presentation. THEN you might not realize this huge error, put the correct (but broken) URL on the last slide of your presentation and blithely tell these lovely people they don't need to take notes if they don't want to because they can just get the PDF later.

And then, when an attendee points out the URL doesn't work thanks to the magic of smart phones, you might, perhaps, toss up a different URL at the end of that slide show and tell everyone to check THAT link later. Only to discover later that evening that your blog/website won't let you do a custom URL that way.


Learn from my mistakes, people. Allergy meds and lack of sleep are dangerous. And I should not be trusted with URLs. Except now. You can totally trust me now.

To everyone who attended my Wheel of Fortune: A Guide to Writing Contests presentation, THANK YOU. Sorry for the last minute hiccups. Here's the real, working (and tested twenty times) URL:

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Cheesus Was Here Pre-Order Giveaway & Gifts

In just a few short months CHEESUS WAS HERE will be out in the world! Which means it's the perfect time to kick off a pre-order campaign. Everyone who pre-orders the book and emails me a valid proof-of-purchase will receive the following:*

  • Two limited edition art cards
    Each 4" x 6" card features Nadiya Kovalchuk's beautiful artwork inspired by Cheesus on the front and a quote from the book on the back. 
  • A Cheesus Bookmark
  • A Cheesus Button
  • A signed bookplate
    I'm happy to personalize the bookplate if you let me know the name you'd like in your email.
  • A Gouda cheese wedge charm
    This can be used as a necklace pendant, cell phone charm, stitch marker, bracelet charm, or however you like.
* While supplies last. Only the first 20 pre-orders will receive cheese wedge charms.

In addition, everyone who submits proof of a pre-order will be entered to win an original art piece created by the author and a fun tote bag featuring a quote from the book.

The artwork also features a quote from the book and is combination of paper-cutting and watercolor. It has a lovely 3-dimensional quality.

The tote bag is screen printed and available in either natural canvas or black with white lettering.

To enter: pre-order CHEESUS WAS HERE by April 10th, 2017 and email a valid proof-of-purchase to Pre-order gifts will ship within a week of your email being received. I'll draw a winner for the tote bag and artwork on April 11th.

The giveaway and pre-order gifts are U.S. only. However, if your pre-order the book and live outside the U.S., please email me at the address above with your proof-of-purchase and I'll send you a signed bookplate, bookmark, and art cards. 

You can pre-order CHEESUS WAS HERE from the following online booksellers, or request the book from your local US bookseller:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieboundPowell's | Books-A-Million

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Today is sparkly and shiny and awesome! Why? Because I finally get to share the cover of my debut novel, CHEESUS WAS HERE, with you! And, if you head on over to YA Books Central, you can enter for a chance to win a signed ARC and some gouda cheese wedge jewelry I made especially for the cover reveal. I’ve been dying to share the cover since I first saw initial comps and through every step of the process. The design team at Sky Pony Press worked so hard and they’ve done an amazing job. I couldn’t be more in love with this fabulous cover. Without further ado, here it is:

Cheesus Was Here Cover

Isn’t it perfect? I can’t help smiling every time I see it. It’s a bit cheeky, much like the book and very much like me. In just a few short months CHEESUS will be out in the world! Eeeee!

So what’s this book with the ridiculous title all about? I’m so glad you asked! Here’s the official description:

Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.

Hell-bent on proving the so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. While Gabe’s willing to play detective, as a preacher’s son he’s more interested in finding evidence that supports the miracles. But when the whole town becomes caught up in religious fervor and even the late night talk show hosts have stopped laughing and started to believe, finding the truth might cause more trouble than Del can handle. This novel is neither pro nor anti-religion, and will appeal to fans of contemporary YA novels that explore deep themes with an element of humor. The voice and characters are funny, strong, and full of heart. This is a book for anyone who loved Saved!

Did you know pre-orders are critically important to authors and publishers? They help a publisher gauge how much interest a book has and can affect initial print runs and other super important stuff. If you’d like to pre-order CHEESUS WAS HERE, please visit one of the pre-order links below.

Pre-order from:
Amazon | Powells | Books A Million | Barnes & Noble | Indie Bound

Don’t forget to head on over to YA Books Central to enter the CWH Giveaway!