Fan mail Friday

First of all, a very Happy New Year to you all!

Happy New Year birds

Can you believe it’s 2015?

It’s now officially the year that Marty McFly traveled to in the movie Back to the Future II.

Marty McFly 2015

What? You haven’t seen Back to the Future II?!  What are you doing reading this blog? Go right now and watch it.  Now!  Go!  Shoo!

I’m still waiting for my hoverboard to show up…


Meanwhile, what HAS shown up is wonderful, fabulous mail in my mailbox! And I want to share some of it with you. (By the way, I have just one New Year’s resolution this year:  Catching up on all my mail. If you’ve been waiting patiently to hear back from me, please be patient just a wee bit longer…)

How would you like to find an envelope addressed like THIS in your mailbox?

Hand-lettered envelope

This is from Lydia and Hannah, and the envelope was HAND-LETTERED and decorated by Lydia (I couldn’t put all of it on here, because I want to keep their return address private). Absolutely knocked my socks off. Someone has a promising future as a graphic designer and artist, don’t you think?

Inside was a letter, also BEAUTIFULLY decorated …

Lydia and Hannah letter

… and so very enthusiastic and kind it just made my heart sing! I am so humbled and grateful to have readers like all of you.

In addition to this fabulous letter (not gonna show you the other side, because of personal information), there was this very clever and accomplished drawing:

MDBC hair

If you click on it, it should enlarge for you. It’s by Hannah, and isn’t it wonderful? I LOVE the idea of showing the characters’ hairstyles — from the back!  So unique! Your artistic career is inevitable too, Hannah, from what I see!

Thanks, girls, for starting my new year off with a bang! And look for a reply from me in your mailbox soon…




A giveaway to kick off the new year!

Vintage New Year's card

A new year means a new adventure awaits! I recently came across a great quote from Brad Paisley (yes, that Brad Paisley), which I’ve decided is going to be my theme for the year, with one tiny tweak. (Hey, I’m a writer. We tweak.) Here’s the quote:

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one.”

Thank you, Brad, I intend to.

Wouldn’t my mother-daughter book club girls love this?  I can see Emma jotting it down in her new journal right this minute.

As for my tweak to the quote, I’m changing “tomorrow” to “today.”  No time like the present, right?

Let’s have a giveaway to kick off the new year right.  How does an autographed boxed set of the complete set of Mother-Daughter Book Club tales (the NEW boxed set, containing all six novels!) sound?

MDBC Boxed Set 2013

If you’d like to win this, just share with us in the comments below the quote that you’re choosing for your theme for the upcoming year.

Winner will be chosen at random at midnight January 19th. US and Canada only, please. Share on your blog or Facebook or Twitter (using hashtag #mdbcgiveaway) for additional entries. (If you tweet or blog or share on Facebook about this giveaway, please leave a link in the comments so I can assign you an extra entry.)

Happy 2014, everyone!