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Connection

Many of us have felt like outsiders in one way or another. To find your tribe, where you can be the truest, the most authentic version of yourself, is vital. As an immigrant, I understand that feeling of starting over, creating a new version of yourself. When you enter a new community, the place and its inhabitants can make or break that connection. Both protagonists in Shiny Bits are displaced, outsiders. Dorie and Clementine must search for not only their tribe, but perhaps more importantly, their truest selves. In my personal experience, this feeling of connection with Bolivar is because of the authentic character of its landscape, combined with the fact that I never met one person there who was not friendly, welcoming, and generous. Shiny bits in between is my love letter to this place and the people who live there.

Publisher's Announcement

Balance of Seven COMING JUNE 26, 2020 – SHINY BITS IN BETWEEN
It was a synchronous meeting that brought Shiny Bits and me together—a cosmic kind of fate, something written in the stars. ✨ I feel we were meant to meet, meant to dance together on this journey. I don’t even have to look far to see the signs: yesterday, no sooner had this book announcement crossed my mind, when all of a sudden a monarch butterfly (unusual for winter) fluttered right by me. I am truly honored to have been chosen by this book—and I hope its readers fall as beautifully in love with it as I have. ❤️

“Since moving to the states from England, my family has vacationed in Galveston, Texas each summer. My dream of owning my own little house by the sea came true years later. The remote rural, coastal town of Bolivar, Texas was so different from where I was brought up, but when we bought a beach house there, I fell in love with the authentic beauty of the peninsula and its inhabitants. Every one of us is somebody’s …

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"remember, every one of you is someone's shiny bit"

Guest Panelist

I had a great time as a guest panelist on Litopia Pop-Ups today—there were some wonderful submissions, but who was the winner this week? Tune in to watch what happens when a query lands on an agent’s desk—what thoughts go through their heads that decide whether your work gets a chance or is passed over?

https://youtu.be/Qay6SFLp7HE

Audio Book Excerpt

Chapter two excerpt, 'little yellow house'
Listen: little-yellow-house

shiny bits in between

Coming June 2020! a story of loss, resilience, connection, and transformation

danaus

Every year Clementine and her father visited Angangueo to honor her mother. On the mountain top, monarch butterflies hung from Oyamel tree branches, thousands of them in pleated layers like discarded quinceaƱera dresses. During Dia de los Muertos, families gathered and brought picnics and shared stories, memories of their loved ones. She watched them laugh and weep and dance and eat while her father stood silently by her side. Him in his black suit and her in a white dress with ribbons that her niƱera, Maria, insisted she wear—the perfect little daughter. Her father's grief was a silent and endless prayer between himself and God, a conversation she was not a part of. So she waited and watched the butterflies and the families, and wondered what it felt like to be loved. (shiny bits in between, danaus).