Monday, March 30, 2009

Fundraiser at Desert Child Development Center

A couple of weekends ago we had our fundraiser at Izzy's preschool. I was there signing books and was able to donate a portion of the proceeds to the school. I sold 15 copies, which I thought was pretty goo. It was a fun day. The kiddos were mainly interested in the face painting, temporary tattoos and colored hair spray though. :)

Salt and Soap is at the Barnes & Nobel in Flagstaff

How exciting is this? Here is Salt and Soap in the local interest section of the Barnes & Nobel in Flagstaff. Doing the Happy Dance!!!!!!!!

Salt and Soap is in the Book stores at the Grand Canyon

Whooohooooo! It's so exciting to see our book in the stores. Here is is at the Visitor Center book store at Mather Point at the Grand Canyon. It's doing really well. Yeah to Salt and Soap!

Izzy approves!

Grand Canyon Book Release

Last Tuesday I was up at the Grand Canyon with Lori Rome, the Author, for the official book launch of the Salt & Soap book to the Grand Canyon community. What a great evening it was. Salt and Soap were there as well signing books and looking for free belly rubs.

Lori did a great presentation about the story of what happened to Salt and Soap that included a lot of great information about the Canyon itself. Lori is such an engaging presenter. After Lori finished her presentation I talked about the artwork of the book and what the process entailed. We then signed books and chatted with everyone that was there. More than 75 books were sold that night. Yeah for Salt and Soap!

Here I am signing away.

Here is Lori and I signing and Lori's Kevin stamping the books with the puppies paw prints.

There were so many people there to celebrate the launch to our book. Thank you everyone for making it such a successful event.

Tucson Book Festival

If you managed to stop by the Tucson Festival of Books a couple of weeks ago, you'll know what a great event it was. I didn't expect there to be as many people as there were. I think I heard that there were over 30,000 poeple that came to the event over the weekend.

We had a blast. Lori and I had two presentations where Lori ready the book to kids on the Story blanket and talk a littl emore about the story of Salt and Soap. Of course Salt and Soap were there as well. They even signed the books. Here are some photos.

Here is Lori telling Salt and Soap's Story.

Here are the pups with their dad (Lori's Kevin). Aren't they just the cutest?

Here I am being Vanna while Lori is reading the story.

There were quite a few people and kids that stopped by to listen to the story.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Meet me at the Grand Canyon on the 24th of March

Please join author Lori Rome and me for a visual, entertaining presentation based on our new book published by the Grand Canyon Association, The Adventures of Salt & Soap at Grand Canyon!

I will give a short presentation after Lori's and will share some of the sketches I created for the book.

This event is free and open to the public and will “officially launch” our new book to the Grand Canyon community.

Grand Canyon Community Building
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
7:00 p.m.

Lori Rome’s program description:
Salt & Soap: A True Canine Story of Friendship and Adventure at Grand Canyon.

The Adventures of Salt and Soap at Grand Canyon is the true story of two puppies that wandered into the Grand Canyon and experienced great adventures in the grandest of all canyons—multiple rim-to-river hikes, a river trip on the mighty Colorado and a helicopter ride out of the canyon’s depths—while ultimately snuggling their way into park rangers’ and visitors’ hearts.

Hope to see you there.


Where you can get "There's a Coqui in my Shoe!" and reviews

Here is an updated list of where you can get a copy of "There's a Coqui in My Shoe!"

eParks - The official online store of America's National Parks
Isle Online
Caribbean Trading
Puerto Rico Convention Bureau website
Spicy Caribbee
Cronopios Bookstore in Old San Juan, P.R.
Borders in Pennsylvania and Plaza Las Americas
El Yunque Rainforest and related gift shops

Here is a list of Reviews that have bee written about "There's a Coqui in my Shoe!"
For further information on the awards and list of 2008 winners, please visit: Please note that the website is presently being udpated.

Talk to you all soon,


Saturday, March 7, 2009

"There's a Coqui in My Shoe!" is now in Storyopolis

Really exciting news! I just found out that "There's a Coqui in My Shoe!" was just accepted into the Storyopolis Bookstore in Sherman Oaks California. They received the first shipment this past week So if you are in the Los Angeles area, you can now get the book there

Storyopolis is a unique art gallery and bookstore that showcases the best in storybook illustration and editorial art. They have special events for families every Saturday and Sunday, along with selected story time readings during the week. We are looking at possibly scheduling a book signing at there in the near future. I'll let you know as things develop. Storyopolis is located:

Located at:
14945 Ventura Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Monday - Saturday: 11am - 6pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Talk to you soon,


Monday, March 2, 2009

Upcoming Salt and Soap Signings

Whoohooo! It is so exciting to get a box full of your own books in the mail. Here they are! I'm doing the happy dance....

You can get your own copy directly through the Grand Canyon Association. If you are a member you even get a discount. Here is a link to where you can order it online:

If you want a signed copy, I will be at the following venues over the next few months doing book signings, some of them will be with the author, Lori Rome, and the pups themselves.

March 14th, 2009 - 12.00 p.m.
Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona Campus
Tucson, AZ
Lori Rome will do a presentation and the pups will be there too. Book signing will follow.

March 28th, 2009 - 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.
Desert Sun Child Development Center Fundraiser
1512 W. Elliot Road
Chandler, AZ
I will sign books and a donation to the school will be made for every book sold.

May 19th, 2009 - 6.30 p.m.
12634 N Paradise Village Parkway
Phoenix, AZ
Lori Rome will do a presentation and the pups will be there too. Book signing will follow.

May 20th, 2009 - 6.30 p.m.
1405 W. Southern Avenue
Tempe, AZ
Lori Rome will do a presentation and the pups will be there too. Book signing will follow.

I will let you know as more events come up. Hope to see you there.


Sunday, March 1, 2009

Next Illustrator Meeting April 4th

Hi everyone,

Due to popular demand, we'll be meeting on a Saturday morning for our next illustration meeting. Our next meeting will be:

Saturday, April 4th
9:30 in the morning

We'll meet in the cafe area again at Barnes & Noble at Tempe Marketplace where the 202 and the 101 meet off Rio Salado. Seeing that the weather has been so nice we can also meet in their outside area by the fountain if we like. We can decide that when everyone gets there. Here is more info about the location as well as directions on how to get there:;jsessionid=18F9DD089372E8294E9BDB99CB3796D6?store=2243

Bring along any work you would like to show, get feedback on, questions you might have, etc.

Let me know if you are able to make it so that I know how many people to expect.

See you there.