Congrats to Justin!

He wins the signed book!

Even though he changed his answer — to the wrong one, silly Justin — by the letter of the law, his first correct comment made him eligible for the grand prize  – which he wins!

Yay Justin! Hope you think the book is hilarious! Or at least, mildly funny.

Your pal,


Tommy G

First Draft Done = Free Signed Book

So, I turned in the first draft of my latest manuscript. It’s the fifth book in the Charlie Joe Jackson series, entitled CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO GIRLS.

Turning in a first draft is the greatest feeling in the world. It’s like a combination of joy, pride and “now I can sleep.”

To celebrate, I’m giving away a free signed copy of the second book in the series – CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO EXTRA CREDIT.

Why this book? I could say it’s because I feel it’s an under-appreciated gem that deserves a wider readership, but the real reason is that I happen to have a few extra lying around the house.

To enter to win, simply answer the following challenging question:

In CHARLIE JOE JACKSON’S GUIDE TO GIRLS, Charlie Joe spends most of the book:

a) Trying to become a salsa dancer
b) Trying to find a girlfriend
c) Trying to prove there’s life on Mars

Please submit your answer in the comments section to this post. The winner will be chosen at random at the end of March.

Good luck!

Tommy G

Nerdlution? What kind of a word is that?

A good one, as it turns out.

Seems “Nerdlution” is a brainchild of the Nerdy Book Club, an amazing online community of kidlit advocates, and it’s a combination of “Nerd” and “Resolution.” As in, New Year’s Resolution.

Here’s how it works: Give yourself a goal, then give yourself 50 days to accomplish it. You don’t have to do your “thing” every day, but it helps to set a schedule.

I know – it seems so simple. That’s what I love about it.

I guess what it boils down to is this: why should January 1 be the only day of the year you decide to improve yourself? What’s wrong with June 5? or September 14? Or today, January 26?

I’m a perfect candidate for this nerdlution thing, because I’m a genius at avoiding the one thing I need to be doing: writing. So my nerdlution is to write at least 500 words a day, 5 days a week.  Starting today. And these words don’t count, so I gotta go.

See you on the other side. #nerdlution


My Books

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