Valentine’s Day KISS: Keep It Simple, Sweethearts

My mother sent me this package earlier. It was simple. It contained cookie dough mix, frosting, sprinkles, and a cookie cutter. That was it.

image(19)My kids and I loved it! What a pleasure to spend an hour making, baking, and frosting cookies. There was joy there, and no stress.

Just a reminder. 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day, my lovelies.

Also, don’t forget that later tonight is the Friday the 13th/Valentine’s Edition of the Awkward Conversations with Geeky Writers! It starts at 8 PM Eastern, and I’ll be joining from the LTUE conference.


Chuck Wendig, Marmalade, and Secret Cookies


I read Chuck’s books and blog all of the time, so it was really an honor to crash his blog. Swing by while I share Five Things I Learned While Writing Nameless: The Darkness Comes, including an orange marmalade recipe.

Also, Erica Kiefer and I will be signing our books this Saturday at the Rainbow Promenade Barnes and Noble on Rainbow and Lake Mead. The signing begins at 1:00 pm, so stop by if you’re in the area! If you read this, be sure to ask me about the triple chocolate chip cookies. I’ll have a candy bowl for the general public, but I promised the girls I’d bring some cookies. They’ll be hidden away, if you’d like one.

Shhhh. Secret cookies.

Sorry For Being So Awesome

There’s even a cookie that says it.  No joke! They’re made by The Bitter Baking Co and I actually won some of them from a blog contest ran on the 5StyleHigh blog. I won them a long time ago, actually, and ate them, and sent some to Ken at Shock Totem basically mocking him for his unpopularity.  Jen, from the blog, actually did a little write-up on me, which I thought was pretty awesome of her. And since I just, you know, was looking at old pictures and everything, and I thought that, hey, I might write a short little blog post on the cookies, and if you wanted to read the write-up of me, you can, by going here, and stuff.

AAAAAEEEEEEEIIIiiiiiiii! (And A Giveaway)

My friends! I have wonderful writerly news, and I am going to scream it from the top of the bloggy mountaintops!


Yes, it’s true! I have just signed with the very cool Jason Yarn from Paradigm.  The world is full of roses and butterflies and stardust.  I feel that this will be a fantastic partnership, huzzah huzzah!  So I’m excited.  And when I’m excited, I want to celebrate.  And how do I want to celebrate? By having my first giveaway ever!

To enter, just leave a comment with an email so I can contact you. For extra points (but not extra entries) say something witty with the words “exquisite” “He-Man” or “narwhal” included.  Because I dearly love exquisite battles between He-Man and narwhals, or whatever wonderful thing you come up with.  Or just make me laugh.  There is nothing better than laughing.

“Ah, but my dearest Mercedes!” you are saying.  (And I know that is what you are saying.)  “What I really want to know is: what will I win? One cannot enter a giveaway without something being, well, given away!  Whatever shall it be?”

To which I answer, “That is for me to know and you to find out.” 

“Srsly?” you question.


“For realz?”

For realz.

“Wn dd I strt spekng n txt spk?”

I dunno, but stop it.

One week from today I will use to choose a comment at, you guessed it, random.  The winner will receive ONE book from my personal stash (and believe me, it’s an eclectic collection), THE BEST COOKIE RECIPE IN THE WORLD, and something crafty that I have made.  What will that be, you wonder?  Well, me too.  I won’t know until I make it especially for you. 

So yay!  Hooray!  I’m wonderfully excited about working with Jason and won’t you celebrate with me?  😀