Saturday, June 3, 2017

PUG PALS: TWO'S A CROWD Galley Giveaway Winners!

Thank you to everyone for all your support, encouragement, excitement, and kind words! I read each and every one of your comments and loved them all! I will continue to keep you all updated on PUG PALS: TWO'S A CROWD news as we get closer to the release date on January 30, 2018.

Now, onto the giveaway winners!

I assigned numbers to the comments on my previous post and ran a random number generator. Below are the winners names and the times they posted their comments to help avoid any confusion:

  • Marcia (posted at 7/1 7:03pm)
  • Beth Roy (posted at 5/31 12:57pm)
  • Kelly Jones (posted at 5/31 1:54pm)
  • Pug and Sue (posted at 5/31 6:08pm)
  • Dorothy (posted at 7/1 7:31am)
I'm also going to leave replies to the winners' comments on the previous post.  Please contact me at with your mailing address and I will send you a signed galley as soon as I can.  


Wednesday, May 31, 2017


I'm so excited to share the cover for my first book, PUG PALS: TWO'S A CROWD, that will be published by Scholastic in Spring 2018.

As you may recall, almost a year ago I posted my book deal announcement here. The series has been renamed from Pugling Rivalry, but the story has remained the same. Part of why I haven't been posting as much on my blog is that I've been super busy putting together the story and illustrations for my book. There was a steep learning curve in this process. Illustrating for a chapter book is very different from illustrating for a blog or social media posts. And I also was learning how to use Photoshop and a Cintiq, as all of the final illustrations were done digitally.

So you can imagine how rewarding it feels to finally see it all coming together at long last. And without further ado, the cover!

Friday, February 10, 2017

I Got The Boot!

 I got the boot!

Okay, let me back up here.  So about a week ago, it was raining when I got home from work.  I have an old house with front steps that have sunk over the years and so it's a bit of a step up to enter through my front door and I have to do it quick before the storm door behind me crashes against my leg.  Sunny and Rosy greeted me enthusiastically, with Rosy especially joyful and leaping at me with her helicopter tail and happy licks.  I slipped and stumbled, twisting my ankle.

Now, I'm not a doctor going kind of person.  Having grown up the daughter of a store owner with minimal health insurance, we didn't go to doctors regularly or for minor things.  I also just hate waiting forever in doctor's offices and it's so hard finding good doctors.  So, I did what I usually do and shook it off and moved on.  Over the week my ankle continued to hurt, but nothing terrible so I kept limping around.

Fast forward to this week, and I'm back to taking the metro (I was driving to work for the most part of the past year) and walking for my commute and my ankle starts to hurt a lot more.  Then, I woke up on Thursday and I couldn't put any weight on my left leg.  I hobbled to work, thinking I could still power through but everyone noticed and commented on my terrible limp and grimace of pain.  So, FINE, I'll go to a doctor!

Turns out, I'd fractured it.  So into the boot my left foot went and will stay for the next few weeks.  Ugh.  I hate it already.

Look at what you helped make happen, pugs!
They don't care.  They were just happy to see me.
Could they be any more lil beans here?  Also, look at Rosy's helicopter tail go!
P.S. I am just now noticing that my hair in the drawing totally makes me look like Wolverine.  That is all.

Oh, and on a random note, I've been outed at my work as the author of this blog and I know that some of my coworkers now visit it.  One even went so far as to pressure me for a guest appearance of his own dog.  So, below are two of my coworkers' dogs that I met recently.  You know who you are.  And I know who you are.  It is known.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Lunar New Year

Happy Lunar New Year! We're excited because it's the year of the rooster and that's my year. Plus...drumsticks.

Sunny's just glad that Rosy's fixated on someone else's drumsticks. She needs a break from Rosy's drumstick attacks every now and then. Though, Sunny's will always be Rosy's favorite.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free Pug Hugs

Sunny's offering free pug hugs for those in need of some comfort right now.

You'll have to wait until Rosy's done. That might take a while...