Pitch Madness

I recently entered the “Pitch Madness” contest hosted by Brenda Drake and three other bloggers. My entry pitch for my middle grade contemporary Baba Yaga story, Bony Legs, was chosen for the Moo Moo Meadows team on Sharon Johnston’s blog. It’s a Mario Kart game. New to me, since I’m not a gamer. Participating literary … More Pitch Madness

News Article

Toto and I had a wonderful write up in today’s Santa Cruz Sentinel. Yesterday afternoon I read to Live Oak School fourth graders in the school library, thanks to the librarian, Diana Susoy. One of the teachers arranged for a reporter and photographer to cover the event. Here’s the link to the article. The reading … More News Article

Read a Sample

Here’s a link to read a sample of Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz. If you haven’t read it, you might take a look to see if you’re interested. The holidays were a busy time. We celebrated Christmas here with our Japanese exchange student, Risa. Then she went home to Tokyo to celebrate New … More Read a Sample

Toto illustrations

The delightful illustrations I used in Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz are by W.W. Denslow. They come from the original Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, published in 1900. The book and the illustrations are in the public domain, and I couldn’t resist including some of them in my book.

Goodreads Giveaway

I’m hosting another giveaway of two copies of Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz on Goodreads. Go to my Goodreads page to sign up for a chance to win. The giveaway begins December 14 and ends December 22. Toto’s tale would be a good gift for an elementary age child and a fun read … More Goodreads Giveaway


Today is the big day at SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators). The Book Launch parties are up on the website. Click the link to visit my party for Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz or find it from the main page at SCBWI.org Please sign my guest book and “like” the … More BOOK LAUNCH PARTY

Book Launch Party

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI, the professional organization for children’s writers, is sponsoring a Book Launch Party starting December 1st. Visit  scbwi.org/blp  #SCBWIparty on the 1st and find my party to help launch Toto’s Tale and True Chronicle of Oz. Pass the word to your friends and social media network.