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8.07.2014

RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION (WITH A FEW QUICK STOPS ON THE SHAME TRAIN)


Oh, man. The shame train. It has arrived.

I get SO embarrassed having to talk about myself and my books and my events and my this and my that. It always feels . . . braggy. And awkward. But with Isla and the Happily Ever After releasing in one week (EEP!), it's my full-time job right now.

Me talking about me. And my books. And why you should buy them.

*hides underneath desk*

*eats cookie*

*eats another cookie*

*eats twelve more shame cookies*

The good news is that everyone is being very kind about it! Thank you for not unfollowing me on Twitter. Seriously. I swear I'll be back to talking about my cat soon. (Oh, who am I kidding? I have never stopped talking about my cat.)


But soon I'll also have time to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which everyone seems to adore, and season four of The Killing (LINDEN AND HOLDER OMGGGGG), and we can talk about those things instead! I can't wait!!!

In the meantime, my incredible publicist Lauren has been working her butt off, and she's put together a mighty fine tour for me this autumn. I'll be visiting so many of your cities! I'll announce these dates/stops within the next week, but today . . . 

There is only *ONE EVENT* that matters:

RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION!
My hometown bookstore!
Malaprop's Bookstore & Café!
Asheville, North Carolina!
Thursday, August 14th!
7:00 p.m.!

I'll be reading and chatting and answering questions and signing books, and I really hope that those of you who live in the area will be able to make it.

Malaprop's has always been my biggest supporter. I am so grateful for their knowledgeable, enthusiastic, freaking awesome booksellers. They've DOMINATED the Isla pre-order campaign. (This one! There's still time to pre-order! Signed book! Free buttons! Free stickers! Open internationally!)

I can't wait to thank them in person. 

I can't wait to thank YOU in person.

Thanks for being so patient for this book . . . and for being so patient while I have to promote it. We're almost there, guys. I promise.

7.18.2014

ISLA PRE-ORDERS: STICKERRRRRRRRRRS!


When you pre-order Isla and the Happily Ever After from one of THESE 50+ INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES, not only do you get a *signed* copy of the book, you also get these buttons, a chance at this tote bag, and . . . a sheet of stickers!

Stickers that you could put ANYWHERE.

I placed some stickers on this guitar case!


On these reusable water bottles!


On this skateboard!


On this laptop (beside my favorite WTF podcast sticker)!


Even . . . on this best friend!


If I had a school notebook, I would have stuck them on that, too. Stickers ALWAYS improve the appearance of school notebooks and binders!

(I'm glad I don't have a school notebook.)

(Because that would mean I'd be in school.)

(School is terrible.)

(Don't listen to me. School is awesome.)

(People in schools are terrible.)

(Seriously, don't listen to me.)

(Just having flashbacks.)

(Ohmygod, school.)

Anyway, aren't these stickers GREAT? Most of them were designed by the fantastic team at Penguin, though, I must confess, I'm especially enamored of the City Pie Guy sticker.


My dear friend Manning Krull—who not only designed this website, but who also translates all of the French language bits in my novels—made it a few years ago, on a secret surprise commission from my husband, for my Lola and the Boy Next Door tour. We had it printed on T-shirts and gave them out at events. It makes me happy that we get to use it again!

P.S. Manning runs an incredibly helpful website called Cool Stuff in Paris—a guide to both practical and weird stuff—that I think a lot of you would dig. Check it out.

In conclusion . . . if you haven't pre-ordered a signed copy of Isla yet, I hope you'll consider it. At least for the free goodies!

P.P.S. Here's an excerpt of the first fifty pages to help sway you.

P.P.P.S. And here's a reminder to my international readers that Malaprop's will take your orders.

6.17.2014

ISLA AND THE PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN


It's always odd to switch gears from writing to promotion. Especially these days.

As some of you know, my next novel isn't a romance. It's horror. A balls out, blood spattered, high-body-count slasher. So I've been spending my days carefully crafting the gruesome and unusual deaths of numerous teenagers, and I've been spending my nights urging my Twitter and Tumblr followers to pre-order a very sweet novel about hope and true love.

HA!

I like it.

Doing both—being both—makes me enormously happy. I mean. It's important to have balance, right??

But . . . you probably don't want to hear about high body counts right now. (Many of you probably don't ever want to hear about high body counts.) (That's okay.) So I'm gonna talk about pre-ordering instead.

The incredible folks at Penguin have put together something *WONDERFUL*.

Everyone who pre-orders Isla and the Happily Ever After from one of these participating fifty-five (FIFTY-FIVE!) independent booksellers will receive:

• A signed copy (hardcover, first edition, published by Dutton)

• A bundle of fun ANNA/LOLA/ISLA-related decals

• A bundle of three buttons

These buttons! Perhaps you've seen them on Tumblr? :-)

You will also, of course, receive my gratitude. Humbled and ecstatic. In fact, you'll feel this gratitude reaching out to you through the ether instantly after purchase. It will feel like a hug from a soft, friendly, bear-rabbit type animal.

That's me. That's my hug. Thank you.

But . . . what's this??

There's more! You know that ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag that's—so far—only been available to readers who have attended my events this year?

Twenty-five people per store will also receive an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag.

think each store will be selecting the winners at random, but you may want to double-check when placing your pre-order. Some of them might be first come/first serve.

(Adorable but jerkface cat not included.)

FAQ:

My local bookstore isn't participating. Can I still get in on this?

Absolutely. Most of the bookstores on this list will be very happy to ship to you. Pick one and try. (You can always pick my local indie bookstore, Malaprop's! Love them.)

Are any of the participating bookstores in Canada?

Yes! There are two Canadian bookstores on this list. Scroll to the bottom.

I don't live in the United States or Canada. What about me?

No problem. Many of the bookstores on this list ship internationally. I know for sure that my local indie bookstore Malaprop's does. (If you don’t see your country listed at checkout, tweet or email them, and they’ll add it. They are super nice!)

So . . . 

Back in April, I signed a few thousand tip-in sheets. These are the pages that will be bound into the pre-ordered copies. (If you're a John Green fan, no doubt you're already familiar with this concept.) While I was grateful not to be signing 150,000 pages* like John (HOW IS HIS HAND STILL ATTACHED TO HIS ARM??), I did discover . . . it's an unusually exhausting activity. 

*Remove two zeroes to get closer to my number.

My signature normally looks like the one at the top of this post. But I learned that I could only sign for so long. Otherwise, I'd FORGET how to sign my own name. Mid-signature!

So I'd sign a page like this:

You can hear the stop-and-go in my brain.

Or even this:

What does a "P" look like? I DON'T KNOW! HELP ME.

It was pretty embarrassing.

I mean, I'd be sitting there alone, signing and watching the Wallander series for the third time or listening to episodes of My Brother, My Brother and Me, so it's not like anyone was looking over my shoulder and judging me. Still. A large part of me wanted to crumple up all of the ugly signatures and bury them in the recycle bin.

But . . . I didn't.

Not because I overcame any great personal hurdles, mind you, but because. You know. My publisher paid for those pages.

So I blush and apologize in advance to those of you who get ridiculous signatures. Most of them are okay. Some of them are even cool!

For instance, one person who pre-orders will get this:


And *ten* of you will find one of these:


That's a rose. If you couldn't tell.

(I hope you can tell.)

I had to teach myself how to draw one! I've always wished I were a Josh who could draw beautifully, but, alas, I am an Isla. I can only admire those who do.

HEY, SPEAKING OF.

Have you read the first fifty pages of Isla and the Happily Ever After? Did you know that you can read them RIGHT NOW? You should probably GO READ THEM.

And then . . . you should probably pre-order it.

I'll just place this full list of participating stores right here. For your convenience.

Thanks, you guys.

xo

6.03.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: A GORGEOUS COVER

See it even bigger here.

I'm so excited and proud to present you with the cover of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.

Isn't it lovely?

Our editor Sara Goodman had the idea, Olga Grlic did the design, and Jim Tierney is the phenomenal illustrator. (Jim has done a TON of beautiful book covers. If you visit his website, I'm sure you'll recognize some of them!) Jim was our top choice, and we were all ecstatic when he said yes!

I adore the colors, the handwritten text, the stars and ornaments and trees and snow . . . and those those figures ice skating on the pond? They're the characters from our stories! How wonderful is that?? I love how classic it feels. Like a holiday card received from a beloved friend.

I can't even begin to tell you how often I just open up the file on my computer and STARE AT IT. 

My characters are on the bottom left—red skirt, red plaid shirt. So cute!

My favorite part, though?

Those eleven other names at the top.

I'm so, so, so happy to have all twelve authors on the cover. Those of you who read a lot of anthologies already know how rare this is. I'm grateful that Sara—and everyone at St. Martin's Griffin—recognized this anthology as a project about joy and friendship and love. Every author worked HARD to make this happen (from conception to publication, it'll be less than a year), and it was important to me that every author receive equal billing.

Thank you, St. Martin's.

Thank you, authors.

I mean, guys . . . did you see the authors in this collection? Holly Black! Ally Carter! Matt de la Peña! Gayle Forman! Jenny Han! David Levithan! Kelly Link! Myra McEntire! Rainbow Rowell! Laini Taylor! Kiersten White!

Isn't that nuts??

I can't believe how lucky I was to work with these people. I've learned so much from them, and I'm so freaking proud of their stories. All twelve stories are romantic and smart and funny and breathtaking. Some of them will make you cry. Others will make you laugh out loud. They'll all make you swoon.

I'll let the other authors choose what to share about their stories. But . . . I can tell you a little bit about mine! It's called "It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown," and it's about a girl named Marigold, a boy named North, a beautiful Christmas tree lot, and one life-changing night. It's the first story I've written that I've set in my hometown of Asheville, NC. And it was so much fun!

I think you'll like it. I think, I think. :-)

I'm so thankful for these authors for trusting me with their work. And I'm so thankful for Sara Goodman and everyone at St. Martin's for understanding this project . . . exactly.

My True Love Gave to Me will be released on October 14th.

You can mark it to-read here on Goodreads. And here are some places where it's available for pre-order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

This anthology is . . . really and truly special. The stories make you feel good inside. I can't wait for you all to read it this holiday season.

5.13.2014

EVERYTHING LEADS TO THE RT CONVENTION

Isn't this a pretty cover??

Two quick things!

First thing!

This Thursday, Nina LaCour's Everything Leads to You comes out. I think a lot of you would like it. 

Nina writes my absolute favorite kind of novels—real and romantic characters, settings so delicious you can taste them, and beautiful beautiful beautiful sentences.

I loved her first novel about surviving the suicide of a friend, Hold Still. I loved her second novel about an all-girl rock band, The Disenchantments, even more. And now I love Everything Leads to You EVEN MORE.

It's about Emi, a talented young production designer, and it contains: a mysterious letter, a dead Hollywood film legend, getting over an ex, the search for the perfect couch, awesome best friends, a transformed apartment, tacos on the beach, and an intriguing aspiring actress with red hair. Who just might be Emi's true love.

AND IT'S SO GOOD, YOU GUYS.

I took this picture of Nina two years ago when we sneaked away from our book-tour duties and went to the Seattle Public Library. (Yes. We took a break from books to visit more books.)

Second thing!

This week, I'll be in New Orleans for the RT Booklovers Convention.

IF YOU'RE ATTENDING AND YOU WANT AN ANNA/LOLA/ISLA TOTE BAG (one of these), getting one is simple. I'm taking twenty totes with me, and I'll be giving away ten at my panel on Thursday and ten at my panel on Friday.

Approach me before or after the panels. Ask for one. First come, first serve.

Thursday, May 15 — 11:15am to 12:15pm 

“Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood”: YA Authors in the Digital Age

In the age of social media and smartphones, authors are online 24/7, including when we’re sleepy, on deadline, and everywhere in between. In addition to that, there are blogs, interviews, Skype, Google Hang-Outs . . . and, of course, requests for interstitial stories. What’s an author to do? How do we juggle it all? How do we avoid flames? 

Moderator: Kelley Armstrong
Panelists: Rachel Caine, David Macinnis Gill, CJ Lyons, Stephanie Perkins, Tamora Pierce
Location: 2nd Floor Room — Studio 1 (Preservation Hall) 

Friday, May 16 — 11:15am to 12:15pm 

“These Are the Days”: Contemporary in YA

Contemporary fiction is seeing an exciting comeback. Sometimes reality requires a different toolbox than other genres. Join our experts as they address the intricacies of crafting stories in our world.

Co-moderators: Gayle Forman & Stephanie Perkins
Panelists: Lucy Connors, Elizabeth Eulberg, Juliana Stone, Tamara Ireland Stone
Location: 2nd Floor Room — Studio 4 (Preservation Hall)

Saturday, May 17

Giant Book Fair 
11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor Room — Grand Ballroom & Mardi Gras Ballroom

Teen Day Party
6:15pm to 8:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor Room — Mardi Gras Ballroom

5.09.2014

ISLA AND THE EXCERPT EVER AFTER

It's getting closer . . .

I'm nervous and happy and proud to announce that the first two chapters of Isla and the Happily Ever After are now available to read HERE on MTV.com!

*GULP*

Your patience and support with this novel have been incredible. Above and beyond. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this exclusive!

(Aaaaaaaand now I'm going to bury my head in the sand for, like, two weeks.)

4.12.2014

TOTE BAGS: L.A. EDITION


Hey, Los Angeles!

If you'd like an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag (one of these), here's how to get one THIS SUNDAY APRIL 13TH at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:

(1) Print the above image.

(2) Fill out your name and email address.

(3) Hand it to me at the festival.

If you're one of the first ten people to hand it to me, you'll get a tote bag! Right there and then!

If you aren't . . . no worries. You'll still have a chance to win one. I'll put all of the remaining entries into a new giveaway—a drawing—and I'll randomly select two winners. I'll email the winners next week.

Now. Where will you be able to find me at the festival?

• Walking around. Of course!

• 1 PM: Signing (with Rachel Hawkins) at the Penguin/Pages booth #707. This is your best bet. Please wait in the signing line and hand me your entry when you reach the front.

• 3 PM: Panel on the YA Stage with Emery Lord, Joanna Philbin, and Amy Spalding. Please do not approach me while the panel is in session, but feel free to approach me before or after. I'm very friendly!

Good luck! I hope to see you soon!
 


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