Dinosaur Boy Saves Mars Sneak Peek #6: TACOS AND NUTRI NUGGETS

Posted January 31, 2016

DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS comes out on February 2, 2016!

This is Day #6 of 7 days of Sneak Peeks! Today and I get to share two of my favorite parts of the book – the parts that deal with food!

Speaking of food, have I mentioned that there are NERDS and astronaut ice cream in this prize pack? What else could you possibly need for an intergalactic voyage?


For a chance to win the snacks, plus the rest of the cool stuff, leave me a comment on this post (or any of the other Sneak Peek posts: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5) and/or share the posts on Twitter or Facebook. US only please! Thanks for spreading the word!

Today is Sneak Peek #6: TACOS AND NUTRI NUGGETS!

I like to write about food. This is partly because I like to eat food. And partly because I think what characters eat says a lot about them. I like to put food into my books whenever I can, but that was sort of a challenge for DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS because, well, it takes place on Mars. And what do people eat there?


Without giving away too much about the Martian civilization I created for this book (I’ll let you read about that in Chapter 12: MARS CENTRAL), I’ll tell you that my Martians are very smart and innovative. They have figured out how to grow pretty much anything you can think of on Mars (plus a few things you can’t) but here’s the thing – farming on Mars is a lot of work. It’s a giant pain, really. So lately, it’s become trendy on Mars to eat pre-packaged nutritional supplements (called “Nutri Nuggets”) instead of actual meals:


Sound appetizing? You can try them for yourself using this recipe here. (Note: the Earth version of Nutri Nuggets are less turd-like, and have way more marshmallows, than the Mars version – I promise)

The other food I managed to work into the book is one of my personal favorites: migas breakfast tacos. All I’m going to say about this particular dish is that it becomes important in Chapter 27:


And if you’d like to try them for yourself, I have a recipe for them here: SAVIN MARS MIGAS.

That’s 6 out of 7 of the Sneak Peeks down! Just one more to go! And I’ve saved one of my personal favorites for last! See you tomorrow!


PS: DINOSAUR BOY SAVES MARS hits the shelves on February 2, but it’s not too late to pre-order a copy from your favorite local indie bookstore, Barnes and Noble, or anywhere else you buy books.

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  1. Erin

    January 31, 2016 at 12:03 pm


    Anything that involves Migas has to be good!!! :)

  2. Tara costello

    January 31, 2016 at 1:49 pm


    I’m all game for the tacos but no thank you on the turd-like food :(

  3. Rita Painter

    February 1, 2016 at 11:25 am


    Love me some migas!

  4. Coby

    May 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm


    love it

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