Society of Children’s Book Authors & Illustrators since 2009

Janet’s New e-Book, “Coffee Without A Cup” Available now on Amazon!

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I wrote the original version of “Coffee Without A Cup” about 20 years ago after the death of my beloved grandfather.  Telling Janie’s story helped me deal with my own grief and sadness.  Then, 12 years ago after the unexpected death of my brother, I rewrote “Coffee Without A Cup” while I was once again at the worst part of my grief journey. 

We each handle the death of a loved one in our own way. If we are given the honor of disposing of a loved one’s earthly possessions, it’s the final act of love we can show. “Coffee Without A Cup” is about the time we share with others, and the love that is left. It’s also a story about healing and of hope.  “Coffee Without A Cup” is available only on Amazon as an eBook.

“The Day The Turkey Came To School”

Winner of Best Children’s Book at the 2018

North Texas Book Festival!


Dedicated to teachers everywhere, “The Day The Turkey Came To School” is a book about what happened one November day when a huge turkey suddenly appeared in the elementary school drive.  His sudden appearance created all kinds of excitement and it also caused people to slow down and come together.  Based on a true story that really happened one Thanksgiving Week to the author and her daughter, Anna, “The Day The Turkey Came To School” is a heart-warming story about friends and neighbors coming together in the true spirit of Thanksgiving.

The Button Box: 

Award-Winning Finalist in the 2016 Best Book Awards

Now in its second printing!

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 “The Button Box” is about a family button box and the lessons learned from it during quiet special times between a mother and child. This book will make you think of your family and the memories you treasure the most. “The Button Box” is a book for people of all ages. It’s for children to learn about the importance of treating all people with respect and to value the differences between people. It’s also a story to treasure for anyone who grew up with a family button box and remembers the magic and fun of looking through it and touching and sorting the buttons with family members. Share it with the children in your lives and share it with your family members and friends.

Which Came First?:

Winner of Best Children’s Book at the

2017 North Texas Book Festival!

“Which Came First?” is a story about learning to face our fears and not giving up even when we feel like a chicken liver. It’s also a story about the gentle bonds of love and trust between grandparents and grandchildren.  After much effort, the girl in the story comes up with a clever and resourceful way to accomplish the task her grandmother has asked her to do. Written with humor and accompanied by delightful illustrations, “Which Came First?” is a story every child, parent and grandparent will enjoy reading together!