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10.24.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME THE TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL


Welcome to the world, My True Love Gave to Me!

I'm so PROUD of this book. (Four starred reviews!!!) And I'm excited that you can finally read it. It's available everywhere—your local indie bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Target, etc.

I want to talk about it in greater detail here soon, but today—as it always seems these days, eep!—I'm in a rush. I'm packing for the Texas Book Festival, which is tomorrow, and I'm obsessing over Serial, which I SWEAR Ira Glass dreamed up just for me.

From their website:

"Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story—a true story—over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1."

The first season is about Sarah's investigation into the murder of a teenage girl in the late nineties.

This American Life! Podcast! True crime!!!

If you have any interest in any of the above subjects, I can't recommend it highly enough. I've listened to each episode three times. (I told you I was obsessed.)

Okay, back to the Texas Book Festival . . .


Do you live in Austin, Texas?

If so, I hope you'll drop everything (because obviously I'm writing this at the last second) and come see me this SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th.

1:15–2:15 PM: ”SA-WOOON” in the Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca). Every reader has their literary crush; admit it, even you. These authors are the experts on creating those seemingly perfect characters that make readers swoon, and now are sharing their insights into the field of romance. Join Stephanie Perkins, Rebecca Serle, and Jennifer E. Smith and hear what they have to say on everything from the first butterflies to happily ever after.

A book signing will immediately follow the panel.

Okay, time to return to packing! Because. You know. The festival is in less than twenty-four hours. And I'm still in North Carolina.

*gulp*

9.04.2014

GIVEAWAY WINNERS + ISLA TOUR


The randomly selected winners—I always use this handy tool—for the Kiersten White signed books giveaway are: Chloe Smith for Illusions of Fate and Janna Jinahon for In the Shadows. (I've emailed you both. If you haven't heard from me, let me know!)

And a quick reminder:

I'm leaving for tour THIS SUNDAY! If you live in one of these cities, I hope you'll join me and my friends:

Oakland, CA: Sunday, September 7

San Francisco, CA: Monday, September 8
Not Your Mother’s Book Club event with NINA LACOUR

Oceanside, CA: Tuesday, September 9
Illusions of Fate launch party with KIERSTEN WHITE and NATALIE WHIPPLE

New York, NY: Wednesday, September 10
Milk & Cookies event with GAYLE FORMAN

Doylestown, PA: Thursday, September 11
with JON SKOVRON
6:30 PM at Doylestown Books

Haverford, PA: Friday, September 12
with DAVID LEVITHAN and CHRIS VAN ETTEN

Houston, TX: Saturday, September 13
with KIERSTEN WHITE and JENNIFER MATHIEU

Extra-special reminder: Did you know Kiersten White and I sign each other's books? We do! If you'd like, you're welcome to ask us to do this at any of the events we're doing together *OR* at any event I'm doing, period.

More autumn events listed here. And even more to come soon!

9.02.2014

KIERSTEN WHITE SIGNED BOOKS GIVEAWAY


Hello, hello!

We're one week away from the release of my dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear friend Kiersten White's latest book!

It's called Illusions of Fate, and it's her strongest yet. It's so *ROMANTIC.*

This novel contains: a headstrong heroine, a swoony young lord, witty banter, a mysterious shadow, a gossipy best friend who talks like Jane Austen, fiery-red island flowers, a frightening nightmare man, magic sugar bowls, fateful Tarot cards, and a delightful black bird named Mr. Bird.

You know how Everything Leads to You is my favorite contemporary love story of the year? This is my favorite fantasy love story. It's like if Downtown Abbey and Howl's Moving Castle were baked into a single mouthwatering pie.

Bonus note for readers looking for diverse titles (all of you, I hope): Jessamin is a dark-skinned heroine!

I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it.

To celebrate its forthcoming release on September 9th, I'm giving away a signed advance copy *and* a signed hardcover of last spring's release, In the Shadows.


In the Shadows is half text (Kiersten) and half illustration (Jim Di Bartolo—whom you may know from his work with his wife Laini Taylor), two stories that combine to create one marvelous, mysterious, and wholly original tale.

Here's the starred (!) review from Booklist:

Maine. 1900. Five teens are living in a boardinghouse beneath a hill at the top of which stands a witch’s home. Attracted one evening by the sound of music, the five—Thomas and his desperately ill brother, Charles; sisters Cora and Minnie; and mysterious Arthur—arrive at the witch's abode. While peering in the windows, they see the witch wildly dance and then—to their horror—hang herself. Running for help, they return with the deputy sheriff to find her gone. What has happened? Could it involve the three strangers who have come to their town: two men—the sinister Alden and his ominous, bearded companion—and the elegant woman who accompanies them? What is Arthur’s dark secret? And what on earth is the Ladon Vitae?

These questions and more drive the tantalizing mystery that unfolds in two twinned stories: one told in the intriguing text by author White, and the second told in artist Di Bartolo’s wordless, enigmatic images that are interspersed throughout the narrative. The result is an enthralling, page-turning Gothic mystery infused with hair-raising horror. The well-written words harmonize perfectly with the lushly executed, haunting images that, at first, seem to have nothing to do with the textual story but are gradually revealed to be an integral part that, ultimately, brings light to the darkest of shadows.

It's a remarkable achievement. There's truly NOTHING like it, which is one of the highest compliments I can give.

To get an even better sense of the book, here's a flip of its pages:



Gorgeous, right??

I'll be giving away these two books—both signed by Kiersten White—separately.

To enter, please leave a comment here on my website telling me: (A) your email address, and (B) if you'd like to be entered for ILLUSIONS, SHADOWS, or BOTH. This giveaway is open internationally. I'll randomly select and announce the winners here this Thursday.

And while you wait to see if you've won, why don't you mark Illusions of Fate to-read on Goodreads here and In the Shadows here? :-)

Good luck!

[THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.]

8.25.2014

AUTUMN TOUR DATES



America, I am leaving my house! I'm coming to see you! I'm bringing friends!

Atlanta! THIS WEEKEND, I'll be at the Decatur Book Festival and Dragon Con.

Friday, August 29: Dragon Con 

LGBTQA Representation in YA (A707, Marriott) — 11:30 AM
Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima, Christopher Elliot, Casey Fiesler, Stephanie Perkins, Nessa Warrin
*If you bring my books, I will happily sign them in the hallway after this panel.

Saturday, August 30: Decatur Book Festival

Map of My Heart: Love Stories (Teen Stage) — 12:00-12:45 PM
Panelists: Adi Alsaid, Isabel Gillies, Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith
*Signing immediately following this panel

Sunday, August 31: Dragon Con

Beyond Genre: Realistic YA Fiction (A707, Marriott) — 11:30 AM
Panelists: Gwenda Bond, Michelle Hodkin, Stephanie Perkins, Debbie Vigui√©
*If you bring my books, I will happily sign them in the hallway after this panel.

* * *

Isla and the Happily Ever After tour:

Oakland, CA: Sunday, September 7
4 PM at A Great Good Place for Books

San Francisco, CA: Monday, September 8
Not Your Mother's Book Club event with Nina LaCour
7 PM at Books, Inc. Opera Plaza

Oceanside, CA: Tuesday, September 9
Illusions of Fate launch party with Kiersten White and Natalie Whipple
7 PM at Barnes & Noble (Oceanside location)

New York, NY: Wednesday, September 10
Milk & Cookies event with Gayle Forman
6 PM at McNally Jackson

Doylestown, PA: Thursday, September 11
with Jon Skovron
6:30 PM at Doylestown Books

Haverford, PA: Friday, September 12
with David Levithan and Chris Van Etten
7 PM at Children’s Book World

Houston, TX: Saturday, September 13
with Kiersten White and Jennifer Mathieu
2 PM at Blue Willow Bookshop

* * *

Additional events:

Naperville, IL: September 27-28
Anderson’s YA Conference (must purchase ticket to attend)

St. Paul, MN: October 11
Twin Cities Book Festival

Charleston, SC: November 7-8
YALLFest 

* * *

I'll have even more events to announce in the coming months!

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
 


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