Friday, May 5, 2017

A Friday Post

Such an original post title, right? :P Anyway, I just had a couple things to share. First of all, Samara’s Peril is one of five finalists for the Realm Maker’s Alliance Award!!


I was so excited/shocked/stunned to see it! Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who voted for it. Obviously, I wouldn’t even be in the running without you. I’m equally excited for the other finalists who are all friends/acquaintances. I have to say, I’m particularly happy for Tricia Mingerink. You know how I adore her books. Defy deserves this. ;) The final round of voting will begin on May 10th. Make sure to visit the Alliance Award page then and cast your votes for your favorites.

Item number 2 of this post: I gave my website a major overhall. As if I needed more work. But I like website work, so it was something fun to do. I added a fun FAQs section, plus shared my favorite books. So you can check it out here.


Item number 3: It’s May. I don’t know if anyone remembered, but May is usually when I have my annual fan art contest. It didn’t even cross my mind until like the last two days of April. I could have set it up real quick, but I decided to move it ahead one month to June. That way, the school year will be over and it might give everyone a little extra time to participate. Agree? So I will officially be taking submissions to the contest on June 1st. I’ll post more details closer to that date. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t start working on things now. ;)


And lastly, item number 4: Charlemagne is my forty-two times great-grandfather. :D I just had to throw that in there. My family and I have a lot of fun doing genealogy on, and a couple of days ago I was tracing one of my mom’s lines back as far as I could and next thing I know I found a connection to Charlemagne and was able to trace the entire line. For a history buff like me, it was one of the coolest things ever. Everyone wants to find out they’re descended from royalty, right? ;)



  1. Congratulations on Samara’s Peril being one of the five finalists for the Realm Maker’s Alliance Award!!!

    I just saw your new website... ITS TOTALLY AMAZING!!!!! You did such a great job with it!!!

    Yay for the annual fan art contest!!! I was already going to ask you if there was going to be a fan art contest this year ;). Thanks for the extra time, hopefully I will have my piece done soon =D

    And its so cool you can trace you ancestors (I know I wish I could)!

  2. Lovely website! And congrats on Samara's Peril making it to the finals! So exciting!! :D

  3. I hope Samara's Peril gets the award! =D
    Yay, the fan art contest! I hope I can draw something awesome. ;)
    Wow, that is so cool that you're related to a king from so far back! I find those things so intriguing!

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  5. the above comment was me. it did something weird.
    Anyway, I just found your blog. The older I get, the more I become a history buff. You're related to Charlemagne? That's so cool! Apparently, somehow on my mom's side of the family we're related to Daniel Boone. :)

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