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Saturday, April 18, 2015

The Court Wizard, now available for Nook, with Fun Fonts!

The Court Wizard is now also available in print or for Nook at! I had some fun with the Nook edition, because I was able to use some interior coloring. For example, the print edition chapter headings look like this:

Chapter One

The Apothecary’s Shop

I wanted to use some colors, but it would have made the print book very expensive and I couldn't have used the trim size (size of book) I wanted. When I converted the file for Kindle, I lost the font and it looks like this:

Chapter One

The Apothecary’s Shop

I'm sure there's a way to do fancy things with Kindle, but I don't know how. I can barely turn the computer on. But with Nook, I could use colors and fonts, although I was afraid to use bigger fonts because things might get weird if people increase the font size. So the chapter headings look like this:

Chapter One

The Apothecary’s Shop

Cool, huh? It's not much, but it's fun. :)

Friday, April 3, 2015

The Court Wizard Available for Kindle!

It has taken me a long, frustrating time, but The Court Wizard is now available from Amazon in both print and Kindle editions. Nook coming soon!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

"The New Red" Published in Every Day Fiction!

My short story, "The New Red," is today's offering in Every Day Fiction! This is a FREE online magazine that publishes one story every day. If you're reading this after February 17, it's still there, just scroll down.

This is an odd little science fiction story. If you're wondering why I've used this terribly clashing red font -- well, it's a hint! :)

If you'd like to read it, here it is:  "The New Red" in Every Day Fiction

Friday, February 6, 2015

"The New Red" To Be Published!

My short story, "The New Red," will be published on February 17 in Every Day Fiction! This is a free Internet magazine that publishes one short-short story every day (as its name implies). This is a humorous science fiction story; they publish all genres. I'll post the link that day!

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Court Wizard Now Available!

Now available in print from Amazon! The Court Wizard is a fantasy adventure for ages 12 and up. (Don't want to ruin the story -- but it does have a court and a wizard!) It will also be available soon for Kindle and Nook.

Winnifred lives a quiet life in Sedonia with her aunt. But all that changes when the old apothecary’s shop explodes and she pulls him from the rubble. Together they flee Sedonia and embark on a dangerous path, joined by a mysterious and handsome stranger, Beldon. And finally, Winnifred learns the secret of her true destiny, and must decide whether to embrace it. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Thanks Again to the Kansas SCBWI!

In 2012, I was thrilled to be the inaugural recipient of the Clare Vanderpool Work of Promise Scholarship. It was awarded by the Kansas chapter of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, and gives the lucky winner the chance to go for free to the annual KS SCBWI conference in Kansas City. This award was established in honor of Newbery Award winner Clare Vanderpool (a Kansas resident).

Sadly, that year a terrible family emergency kept me at home. But they very kindly asked me back last year, when to my embarrassment I had already made a commitment for the weekend. And then, also very kindly, asked me back again this year . . . so here I am, finally, with the 2013 and 2014 winners!

Thanks again to Clare Vanderpool, Colleen Ryckert Cook, Sue Gallion, Theresa Love, and all the KS SCBWI!