Best of Kansas City Contest

Best of Kansas City (IMHO) Contest! Leave a comment here to enter.
Every year I meet up with my high school girlfriends for a weekend getaway. Last year we decided that we’d like to visit each other’s cities. So last week I headed off to Kansas City which is in Missouri, but kind of in Kansas too–let’s just say I was relieved when I landed at the right airport.
I came a few days early so I could do some author visits. First stop: the fabulous fourth graders at Indian Valley Elementary. What a bunch of cuties! Not only were they a polite group, they asked wonderful questions.
Later I talked about writing at the Leawood Library. How fun to see signs made just for me:
The next day I helped Girl Scouts earn their book badges. First I gave a presentation about being an author and then we had fun writing silly round-robin stories. I seriously want to read more about the President forbidding everyone from wearing pink!
Other highlights from my trip:
I met one of my favorite authors–Jennifer Brown who wrote Hate List--for coffee. She’s written an amazing book about a serious topic, but she’s incredibly funny in person (and writes a humor column for the Kansas City Star). I could’ve laughed and chatted with her for hours!
I joined my friend’s weekly Rock Band jam session–and once again proved that I lack hand-eye coordination. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs won’t be inviting me on tour.

I ate BBQ–a Kansas City specialty.
I visited the Nelson-Atkins Museum.
I saw a Martha Graham dance performance–so cool!
Oh, and I discovered an amazing new made-in-Kansas City chocolate. Christopher Elbow’s No. 6: Dark Rocks. Chocolate combined with pop rocks. Sounds weird, but it’s like having a party in your mouth. Probably the most fun chocolate I’ve ever eaten.
Mostly I enjoyed talking and talking and talking with old friends. Okay, and maybe I got a little too excited about all the cute rabbit statues downtown. Let’s just say this isn’t the only photo of me with a life-size bunny…

So I can’t resist sharing the best of Kansas with you..
Leave a comment to enter to win a bar of Dark Rocks chocolate, a copy of Hate List by Jennifer Brown, and a box of Girl Scout cookies (your favorite kind).
Contest ends at midnight on Tuesday, March 22, 2010.

Chocolate Giveaway: Week #3

What better way to thank the Mayans for giving the world chocolate than a selection of Godiva? I will also be giving away a signed copy of Jungle Crossing and a bobble-head turtle!

Chocolate Tidbit: When Christopher Columbus’s son Ferdinand came across a Mayan trading canoe on August 2, 1502, he couldn’t understand why the natives scrambled after what looked like a bunch of spilled almonds. He didn’t recognize cocoa beans–and he had no idea how valuable they were! Or how yummy they tasted.

To enter this week’s contest, please leave a chocolate-related comment at: Good luck!

Thank The Mayans for Chocolate Giveaway Week #1

Welcome to the Thank The Mayans for Chocolate Giveaway! To celebrate the release of Jungle Crossing, I’m giving away my favorite chocolates, a signed book, and bobble-head turtles (because they’re just too cute).
This week’s selection comes from The Chocolate Bar in downtown Boise, Idaho (here I am buying you chocolate!). The lovely chocolatiers have selected a box of hand-crafted customer favorites just for you. I’m also including a bag of chocolate bark from Dream Chocolate. And you thought Idaho was just famous for potatoes!

Chocolate tidbit: The ancient Mayans and Aztecs used cocoa beans like coins, trading them for marketplace goods. But you had to watch out for counterfeit beans–some folks tried to cheat by hollowing out cocoa beans and filling them with dirt.
To enter the contest make a comment at & tell me about your favorite chocolate. This week’s contest ends on September 28, 2009. Good luck!