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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Writing Life Highlights

Here it is, December 31st again. The time I look back and review my year-in-writing and see what I want to improve on for the next year. I already know one writing resolution before I even begin to look back—write more! I did write quite a bit in 2015 but it didn’t feel like enough. I have so many started projects sitting on my USB at the moment, screaming to be finished. So that’s #1 for 2016. Stop getting distracted and get back to the writing. All right, let’s see how 2015 shook out.

I’ve ramped up my social media! I’ve been on facebook, twitter, and Pinterest for some time not but I’ve joined Instagram and created an author Facebook page (for just my writerly life stuff). 

It was COLD! And I spent a good deal of time outlining a freaking awesome idea I had for a YA! And then…I set it aside. SIGH. Refer to the top of page about getting more writing done! I got preoccupied with my middle grade. Which isn’t a bad thing—I love my middle grade books! But I really need to get back to work on that YA because I still love it so.

The sale of my middle-grade Cici Reno Knows it All (now titled, Cici Reno #MidleSchoolMatchmaker) to Sterling Children’s was announced in Publisher’s Weekly! *tosses confetti* So flippin’ excited to work with Sterling and awesome editor Brett Duquette. And it’s going to be a series! Whoo hoo! 

BNTeen Blog features The Espressologist in an article about pairing your fave snacks with your fave books. Too cool!

This was my summer. SO. MUCH. EDITING.  But it is so worth it because the 2016 middle grade is going to be so awesome! I’m jumping out of my skin excited!

Marked the 5th anniversary of the My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours publication! MFBIBTY was my first middle grade, a bestseller for the Scholastic Book Club and a YALSA Quick Pick. And you can received a free autographed hard cover of it if you pre-order Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchMaker now. Details here

A boxset was born. My three ebook-only young adult novels, Just Your Average Princess, Just Your Average Geek, and Just Your Average Celebrity, were combined into one boxset.

I traveled to Peoria for the Illinois Reads Author Luncheon at the 2015 IRC Conference. The Espressologist was a 2014 Illinois Reads book. Then to the Oswego Literary Festival to sign books and chat with readers.

The Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker arcs also came out!
A lot of writing this month. But on something that is totally separate. I’m taking a stab at an adult fiction book. Not sure if I’ll ever do anything with it yet but it’s a fun side project.

The Espressologist was mentioned again on BNTeen blog in- 6YA Reads for Jane Austen Fans.  Have I mentioned how much I love BNTeen blog?! :-)

And there were a whole lot of final reads on Cici Reno#MiddleSchoolMatchmaker! The final cover came in, the final inside design in place (and it is SO, SO cute!) and everything is ready to go! Cici goes on sale April 19, 2016!

That's it for 2015. I'm looking forward to the release of Cici in April and a writing-filled 2016! I want to get the second Cici book written (#2 in the Yoga Girl series) and finish that YA book. And then we’ll see what else. :-) Wishing you a happy, healthy, & productive new year!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Pre-Order Cici Reno Now and receive a FREE Book!

My new middle grade novel Cici Reno #MiddleSchoolMatchmaker is available for pre-order! 
If you pre-order a copy between now and the release date of April 19, 2016, I will send you a FREE autographed hard cover copy of my first middle grade novel, My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours! Fake Boyfriend was a Scholastic Bestseller and a YALSA Quick Pick.
Just email me ( some proof of purchase (a pic or screenshot is fine), your mailing address, and if you want your book personalized to you (or someone else) and I’ll pop your free gift in the mail.

Pre-order now from these outlets:

The Espressologist Menioned on BN.Com Teen Blog #Austen #books

How cool! Barnes and Noble's Teen Blog featured The Espressologist this week! "Funny and cute and perfect for reading while you curl up with a nice, hot latté, The Espressologist is an adorable take on Jane Austen’s Emma that’s almost as awesome as the YouTube-ified Emma Approved."