May 2018


May the 4th be with you! Yup, I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan and tonight there’s a marathon with pizza and popcorn happening in my living room. My youngest son is a TOTAL fan, before I left the house this morning (6:00 a.m.) I got a text...wishing the Force/4th to be with me. And so life as a parent makes me laugh once again!

April was a quiet writing month with plans and preparations for wonderful things coming later this year and into the next. My first blog entry will be posted next Saturday, May 12th. The first installment of Liv’s Diary will follow on Saturday, May 19th. *eek*

There were THREE “Free4U Friday” winners in April. Congrats to Melissa R., Glenys M. & JD. T. who each received a free signed copy of Flowers In Winter. May’s giveaway will happen on my Facebook Page & Twitter. Enter to win on May 14-18th by following the instructions posted at either or both locations. One winner from each platform will be announced and contacted on Saturday, May 19th.

If you are an eBook owner of Flowers In Winter a new upload will be available on Monday, May 7th. It is my personal mission to bring my patrons an enjoyable reading experience, thank you for supporting Degotoga Writing.


Sometimes I see my teaching life merge with my writing aspirations. It’s been my privilege to work with excellent educators at my current high school for the past five years. April is always a powerhouse month as the instructional year is winding down and we’re preparing students for their End of Course exams. Four years ago we held our first US History “extravaganza”. Each year it has grown in attendance and enthusiasm. The 2018 US History Extravaganza was last night and was so beautiful, I had to share.

Our theme was based on the film, The Greatest Showman with a positive message of motivation and perseverance. The students I teach and the educators I work with have demonstrated the highest levels of perseverance and motivation this year as I've watched and participated in hard earned success against many odds. Not only have they risen to the academic challenges and devastating events that swirled about us as Hurricane Harvey blew through, but they have supported me as I prepared for and engaged in publication. These people are my heroes and hold a very special place in my heart.


Book Signing for Students & Staff

May 15th - 3:00 p.m.

CE King High School Library

*Featuring Guest Author: Chenda Tom

If you or your organization would like to schedule a signing or speaking event with me, please email -

Author’s Corner & Spotlight

This month Degotoga Writing would like to spotlight Houston author, Chenda Tom, who I met at the Galveston Island Book Festival in March. Her memoir, He Knows The Plan, shares of her escape from mass genocide in Cambodia and building her new life in America.

If you’d like to learn more you can find Chenda and He Knows The Plan at Lulu.

With Appreciation…

You’ve made it to the end of the newsletter, thank you!

I can’t quite end this newsletter without mentioning Degotoga Writing’s Intern, Riley T., who is graduating from High School on May 25th. There is no way I can adequately tell you about this young man. He has been invaluable in helping to bring Flowers In Winter to you, as well as the digital content that you’re enjoying now. Given that he is my third son (shameless plug) I’ll be posting a blog to honor this achievement in June with graduation pictures included.

Thank you, Riley, for all that you do. You're amazing and Degotoga Writing is fortunate to have you working with us. You’re going to reach the stars and we’re behind you every step of the way!

To everyone else, have a wonderful May and I’ll see you next week with the blog!


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