Sketchy Tacos Launch Day Celebration!

Sketchy Tacos Launch Day Celebration!

I can’t believe launch day for Sketchy Tacos is finally here! I’m beyond excited!!! It’s been a long and incredible journey, and I have so many people to thank for this day–which is a dream come true.

Almost 4 years ago, I won the Hutton Honors College’s Creative Activity Grant, which provided this poor little college girl with the funds I needed to travel Mexico to research this book. In the summer of 2013, I wrote the first draft of Sketchy Tacos. My aunt Sara Grant was writing a draft of her own at the time and we traded manuscripts every two weeks to get fresh eyes and feed back.

For the next two years, I edited and rewrote Sketchy Tacos. When I went to the Mount Hermon Writers Conference in 2015, I thought I was ready to take on the world, to publish that day. Well, I was wrong. That conference was a turning point for me. James Scott Bell took a look at my first three chapters and gave me some fantastic advice, which dropped the first chapter and tuned up the other two. Susan May Warren taught a class that inspired me to rewrite my novel from the ground up with all new layers of tension and intrigue. Their advice, combined with the advice of the other professionals at the conference, catapulted Sketchy Tacos and my writing skills to whole new level. I would not have reached this day without them.

After several months of furious rewriting, I approached Nancy Rue, who became my mentor and good friend. She helped me to level up my skills once again. Her thoughtful advice and kind encouragement helped me fine tune my novel and ready it for publication.

In 2015, I attended the American Christian Fiction Writer’s annual conference where I met Melissa Ferguson–fellow writer and now close friend. Later that year, she introduced me to Cyle Young, who became my agent. He helped me revolutionize my proposal and polish my novel to professional levels.

And then in 2016, the big day came. Clean Reads offered to publish Sketchy Tacos! Oh the jumping up and down and the celebration.

Sketchy Tacos by Meg D. Gonzalez | Mila’s summer in Mexico is going to be perfect. She has a plan. If only life would stick to it. After facing everything from a flash flood to Moctezuma’s revenge, from a romantic date for two to a gaggle of snide girls, teenage artist Mila Gulick finds the biggest challenge comes from the war within herself. Her heart, her art, and even her safety are at risk as she struggles to find a balance between cultural differences, old assumptions, and strange romance. Will her trip end in disaster or will she find the strength for which she’s been searching?

I’ve got so many thank yous for the incredible team at Clean Reads. A HUGE thank you to Stephanie Taylor for believing in me and in Sketchy Tacos. There would be no book without her. She kindly answered my many questions throughout the process of bring this book to life. Big thank yous to Julie Sherwood, Kimberly Wheaton, and Amanda Rodriguez, my three editors. They caught all my typos and inconsistencies so that I could present you with an awesome final book. And a gigantic thanks to Mande Matthews, who created a cover far and above anything I could’ve imagined!

I can’t sign off, without a thank you to my family! My parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and sister have all supported me and my writing since I was a little girl. They encouraged me to pursue my dreams and cheered me on every step of the way. They’ve shaped who I am, and I love every single one!

Without my husband, Alan, there would be no story. He introduce me to the Mexican people and culture. He makes my world so much brighter. He encourages and supports me everyday. I love you, babe.

And to God, who gave me a burning passion for the written word, who filled my mind with this story and wouldn’t let me go until I saw it through. All thanks be to Him.

If you haven’t already, please pick up your copy of Sketchy Tacos here! The ebook is only $3.99. Your support makes a world of difference! 

Drop in to the online launch party this evening, February 7, between 5 pm – 7 pm to celebrate the Sketchy Tacos release! There’ll be music, recipes, and some awesome giveaways! Join in LIVE tonight! 

Love, Meg D. Gonzalez

Now available! Writing Exercises and Discussion Questions to accompany Sketchy Tacos.

By | 2017-02-06T17:44:50+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Books, Encouragement, Goals, My Journey, Travel|7 Comments

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I'm a tea-sipping, adventure-seeking, pug-loving kind of girl. I'm crazy for God and want to share his love with awesome girls around the globe.


  1. Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom February 8, 2017 at 11:57 am - Reply

    Congratulations, that’s such an awesome accomplishment! Well done. 😀

  2. Rachel Guerrero February 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Congratulations!! I loved how, in this post, you followed the whole path of the book, from beginning idea to publication. Great job! Thanks for letting me be a part of your blog book tour. 🙂

    • Megan Gonzalez February 7, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

      Thank you! I really wanted to celebrate the book and all the people along the way who helped bring it into being. It’s by no means an exhaustive list! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your blog!

  3. Sara Grant February 7, 2017 at 9:46 am - Reply

    Congrat, Megan! So proud of you! Yes, I remember those early drafts and am thrilled if I helped you in a small way down your path to publication. I never doubted this day would come.

    • Megan Gonzalez February 7, 2017 at 9:49 am - Reply

      Thank you Aunt Sara! You’ve helped so much on that first draft and on every step since. It would’ve taken me a lot longer to get here without your guidance! Thank you so much!

  4. Brigid Amos February 7, 2017 at 8:43 am - Reply

    Congratulations on the book release! I lived in Mexico for two years in the early 90s, so I can relate to the subject matter. I still miss it and mostly the wonderful friends I made there.

    • Megan Gonzalez February 7, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

      Thank you Brigid! Living in Mexico is quite an experience, isn’t it? Definitely unforgettable! I hope you enjoy Sketchy Tacos 🙂

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