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!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Twice The Mentors = Twice The Awesome

I'm back mentoring Middle Grade for Pitch Wars and I couldn't be more excited! But this year, I've got a special surprise for y'all. I somehow convinced my friend and CP, Addie Thorley, to co-mentor with me! That means you get two mentors with one entry.

Now I happen to know that Addie is made of pure amazingness and dear lord that woman can write! Seriously, she's ridiculously talented. But more important for you guys, Addie is a fantastic critique partner. She's great at catching issues and molding stories into something wonderful.

"But wait, slow down", you say. "Tell me a bit more about this Pitch Wars thing." Pitch Wars is a writing contest that matches unagented writers up with published and/or agented mentors to help polish up a novel for submission. There's an agent round at the end of the contest where agents can request subs from the Pitch Wars entries. You can find all the details here. Basically, Pitch Wars is sunshine, rainbows and puppy kisses all rolled into one.

So WHY should you choose me and Addie as your mentors? I'm so glad you asked.

1. I write YA, MG and picture books and I'm represented by the amazing Mandy Hubbard of the Emerald City Literary Agency. My debut novel, a YA contemporary called CHEESUS WAS HERE, will be released spring 2017 by Sky Pony Press. Addie is represented by the utterly fabulous Kathleen Rushall of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

2. Addie and I have both spent a long time in the query trenches before landing our dream agents. We have a great eye for queries, know the pitfalls to avoid and how to catch an agent's attention.

3. This is my 2nd year mentoring and I was a Pitch Wars entrant in 2015, though didn't end up being picked. Addie, on the other hand, was picked as a mentee in 2014. She racked up 12 requests in the agent round and had her first offer of rep five days later! Those are some serious chops. Point is, we know the stress, excitement and sheer insanity you're going through.

4. Addie & I kick-ass at critiques. Seriously, we've got references. I'm a details kind of girl and I will leave your manuscript bleeding red - no plot hole or awkward phrase shall be missed. Addie is amazing at big picture, plot structure, pacing and asking the right questions to get your story in shape. Together we are a dynamic duo of critique-slinging awesomeness.

5. Addie owns a wolf. Okay, he's part wolf, but seriously he looks like he needs his own Animal Planet show. I own two hedgehogs. Neither of these two things has anything to do with writing. But it shows we have great taste in pets, so clearly we must have great taste in other things.

6. If you pick us as your mentors, the three of us will work together to make your novel sparkly and awesome. Your query will send all other queries running away in tears because they're consumed with envy.

7. We made a video just for you! No seriously, we sang and everything. We're putting it all out there in our efforts to woo you to our side.

What we're looking for:

To see our wish list, favorite books, and pick up your mystery letter for Brenda's quote challenge, you'll need to head over to Addie's blog. Just think of the cool things she could be hiding over there. There might even be outtakes from our PitchWars Commandments video... but I refuse to either confirm or deny that fact.

Make sure to check out all the awesome Middle Grade mentors helping out with Pitch Wars this year:

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