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International Book Awards Finalist

Winner Kops-Fetherling International Book Awards--2020 Phoenix Award

Author Reading

Excited to be part of this event in the very place Shiny Bits is set! Join me and see for yourself why Dorie fell in love with Bolivar Peninsula, Texas

Join me at at my first in-person bookstore author event at Blue Willow Bookshop where I'll be reading from and talking about Shiny Bits in Between. Get your signed copy (or one for a friend) and come with questions for me about Shiny Bits

Join me in April at Writefest 2022 where I'll be leading a workshop and participating in readings over the weekend. Updates coming soon...

Book Fair and Reading December 11th 2021, Writespace Houston TX

Poetry Reading November 4th 2021, The Mutable Hour, Houston TX 

Interview with the.indie.writers.collective--check it out here

Honored to be the Golden Box October Influencer 2021--this month's box included a copy of my book.

I'm thrilled to join the wonderful Grackle and Grackle instructors--I'm offering a fiction workshop for the winter session. More to follow...

Had a fun evening as the guest author for the Heights book club--contact me if you are interested in reading Shiny Bits for your own bookclub.

River Oaks Bookstore event in collaboration with local celebrity chef Monica Pope and myself--what a fabulous evening! I gave a reading and signing, plus answered questions about my book, followed by a delicious meal and excellent company!

Don't miss Facebook's Author Talk Monday August 3rd at 10 am CST where I'll be interviewed by Sandy Lawrence and co. about Shiny Bits In Between!

Litopia Sunday, August 2nd at 11am CST with the fabulous Tex Thompson (who you met at my book launch in June)--see you then!


shiny bits in between  Book Launch
June 30th from 7-9 pm
Heights Ironworks, Houston, Texas
(This event is postponed due to Covid; please check back for updates)


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