A Quest for the Best Burger in L.A.

When you write books about a made-up restaurant critic, sometimes you get the urge to channel her and do a bit of critiquing yourself. Which is why my husband Andy and I decided to fly to L.A. over Martin Luther King weekend and eat as many different hamburgers as we could. 🙂 This whole crazy idea came… Read more »

My favorite funny reads of 2013

Happy new year, everybody! It’s finally 2014—the year I become a published author! All Four Stars hits the shelves on July 10, and it’s already available for preorder from your local bookstore and all the major online book retailers. Exciting! I’ve really been enjoying reading other people’s year-end roundups of their reading statistics and favorite… Read more »

There’s a Monster Inside Me!

Or, well, there was in December of 2009. Andy and I had just returned from the first leg of our round-the-world trip, but little did we know that I was carrying an extra-special souvenir from Central America…in my scalp. I’d tell you more, but why read when you can watch? 🙂 That’s right–tonight at 9… Read more »

Now & Later

Well, friends, blog posts have been a bit thin on the ground here recently–but that doesn’t mean that exciting things haven’t been going on behind the scenes, or that I haven’t got some great stuff lined up for you going forward! Here’s a little recap/preview. NOW (well, not right now, but recently): 1) Writing: Hey, remember that… Read more »

And the winner of TASTE TEST is…

Maryanne Fantalis! Woohoo! Thanks to everyone who read and commented on my interview with Kelly Fiore last week. I hope that those of you who didn’t win will check out TASTE TEST anyway! Next Friday will be quiet around here for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back the week after with more Foodie Kidlit Friday goodness. See you then!

This Is Just To Say

I have gotten a new title* for my novel I know you were probably attached to the old one** Forgive me the word “delicious” so sweet but so long   Apologies to poets everywhere. Read the original here. * All Four Stars ** The Delicious Double Life of Gladys Gatsby

Iceland recap!

Good news: Andy and I have brought our old round-the-world travel blog back to life to share our recent adventures in Iceland! The first two posts are already up, with more to come (including foods like rotten shark, whale, and puffin) over the next week. Feel free to pop on over. Post 1: An Icy… Read more »

Kidlit authors gone wild!

To celebrate the launch of NERVE by Jeanne Ryan, the EMU’s Debuts (the group of kidlit debut authors I blog with) challenged the Friday the Thirteeners (a group of YA authors debuting in 2013) to a dare-off. Well, today the video results are posted, and holy moly, you have GOT to go check them out!… Read more »

It’s launch day for Katerina’s Wish!

I’m so thrilled that my friend (and fellow Coloradoan) Jeannie Mobley’s gorgeous debut novel, Katerina’s Wish, is hitting bookstores today! Last week, we had a launch party over at EMU’s Debuts (featuring a post by yours truly on how to make Czech plum dumplings, which are an important meal in the book), and now the book… Katerina’s Wish!“>Read more »