Winner, Winner!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the #Flicker4Fire contest! It was fun to see my book in the hands of fans!

Without further ado, I’d like to announce the winner of the Kindle Fire….

Fire! (…and 2 book events)

You still have a few days to enter to win a Kindle Fire from yours truly! No purchase is necessary — all you have to do is post a picture of the cover of Flicker (it can be a picture from online OR the print or digital book) near some trees and tag it with the hashtag #Flicker4Fire.

Win a Kindle Fire!

I’m giving away a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner, and all you have to do is post a picture of the cover of FLICKER, the first book in my YA trilogy, The Flicker Effect. Contest ends October 16, 2016 at midnight.

How Editing is Like Painting a Merry-Go-Round

About a month ago I decided to refinish the merry-go-round in our backyard. (Yes, it came with the house and is the kind you find on playgrounds. We also have a bouncy duck, a digger thing, and we had a 4-person teeter-totter before a drunk driver destroyed it last February.) It’d been on my long-term …

Reading While Writing

The first few years that I was writing, I was convinced that if I read novels while actively writing my own, the styles of those already-published novels would somehow leak into my writing, making it unauthentic. I saved reading as a reward for completing drafts and would binge for several weeks, gobbling up the stories I’d …

There Will Be Goat

July is a busy month for me! We spent the first week in Portland, OR, visiting family, then 12 hours after landing back in MI, I was in Holland at the first of three book events. This coming weekend I will be at the Bookman in Grand Haven from 11am-1pm. Local children’s author Amy Young is launching …

Hooyenga SMASH!

(Read that in the Incredible Hulk’s voice) So, without getting into WHY it’s taken so long… the full Flicker Effect trilogy is finally on Smashwords! Which means it’s also available on iBooks. Apple makes it extra difficult (read: expensive) for indie authors to list their books on iBooks, but you can do it through another …

Goodreads Giveaway & a New Interview

It’s been a while since I’ve given away print copies of Flicker, so I decided to host a Goodreads giveaway — and it starts today! You need to have a Goodreads account, but then you just have to click to enter. Easy peasy! And, you know, add Flicker to your Want to Read shelf if …