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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that coloring books for grown-ups are all the rage right now. Heck, I even have a few myself. I have been known to partake from time to time, when I’m not writing, reading, editing, planning a book event, or being a mom. For, like, the five minutes a month that doesn’t fall into one of the aforementioned categories, I, too, will dabble with coloring! This considered, it makes it even even more disturbing as to how long it took me to bring this project to life.

Now, you’re probably giving me the benefit of the doubt. Maybe thinking I’m being too hard on myself. Stop it. Seriously. I don’t deserve your coddling. Why am I being my own worst critic? Because kids, I have had all the illustrations for this coloring book FOR TWO YEARS. Yep. Let that soak in. Over 730 days the gorgeous illustrations painstakingly created by Crystal Ord and Robert Immings have been in my position. Just sitting there. Being pretty. (Anyone else have the song “Sit Still, Look Pretty” playing in their head? If you didn’t before you do now.) In my defense, they weren’t unused and collecting dust. They were tucked into the very back of the print copies of my Gryphon Series books. If anyone ever saw them there, I really can’t say. No one ever came to me gushing over them, so I’m guessing the area I tucked them into was the literally equivalent of No-man’s Land.

But that’s okay! Fear not for the stunning works of art! Because, finally, the idea hammered its way into my head! All it took was another author releasing a coloring book, and my simple mind going, “Huh, that would be fun to have!” From there, it played out much like that Pineapple Pen song. “I have pictures. I make books. UHH! Coloring Book!” (Remember when Sit Still, Look Pretty was the only song stuck in your head? You’re missing that right about now, aren’t ya?)

So, the work has been done. The coloring book is ready, and on February 2nd you will be able to snag your own copy and see scenes from the young adult Gryphon Series come to live! And it only took me two years to think it up …

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