Release Day Party!

So . . . I did the release party thing.


I wish there were an "exceeds expectations" box to check, because it did, and in every way possible. Malaprop's was packed, my book SOLD OUT (!!!), and the chocolate croissants were scrumptious. Thank you so, so, sosososo much to all of my friends and family (Shannon and Kerry! You came!) who attended. I'm grateful and lucky to have your support.

I won't bore you with a complete play-by-play, but here are some pictures:

Apparently, the following is what I look like when I read aloud. I think it looks like I'm having fun. (Hint: I am!)

This picture of my signing line makes me happy, because it's like playing "spot the friend," and THEY ARE ALL FRIENDS. Yay friends! I love you!

Speaking of friends, you can't really see it well, but I'm wearing a gorgeous necklace that my beautiful friend Lilie made a few months ago. It has blue beads (gotta match the hair!) and three charms: a heart, the Eiffel Tower, and another blue sparkly thingie. Perfection!! You can see it better in this picture.

With Paula, my dear friend and first writing mentor, who has the first paragraph of Anna's acknowledgments and deserves so much more:

Seriously, Anna would not exist without Paula.

Oh my stars! Is that?? YES! It's Beth Revis, sister-in-awesome at Penguin and author of the soon-to-be-ginormous Across the Universe:

I'm going to HER signing next month!

And I was flabbergasted when I saw that Michelle had come. Michelle is part of the Wizard Rock community, who has been SO INCREDIBLY SUPPORTIVE of my novel. Never underestimate the power of Dumbledore's Army:

Gred & Forge shirt = my husband's band! CRAZYCOOL.

Here I am at the end of the night with my favorite-est bookseller Caroline:

We totally match!

It wasn't until I got home that I realized I'd forgotten to get a picture with the MOST important person—the guy who took the above pictures! We took a lot of serious shots, but, of course, this is my favorite:

I love you, Jarrod! You = Best

Thank you, everyone, for giving me the gift of a perfect night.

Really. Perfect.


  1. aww that's so awesome! congrats! I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to read it :)

    all the best xxx

    (also: yum, choc croissants!!)

  2. You're amazing. I can't wait to read the book after finals. If I had no school/a car I swear I would have driven down for this.


    <3 <3

  3. !!!

    I wish I could've been there! I guess I'll save my fangirl squeeing for LeakyCon.

    I'm glad you had an amazing night though. I hope the ride only gets better from here!

    And Anna still hasn't arrived!! What's the hold up? It may not be Paris, but it is summer, which in Oz equals shirtless, tanned surfers. I mean, hello? Cute boys abound. Get your butt down here, Oliphant!

  4. Awesome awesome launch party Stephanie! You are so, so cute. :) It's no wonder ANNA sold out at the party. I think it's awesome when authors live closeby. Can't wait to see Beth's photos on the flip-side!

  5. What a fantastic launch!
    I predict many more packed readings--but with people you've never met before, who only know you through your books!
    Look how tall you are. And how adorable. It's not easy to pull those both off.
    And Jarrod=hottie! Hi, Jarrod *waves*


    p.s. Am re-reading ANNA. Am at Thanksgiving. Swoon.....

  6. Aw awesome! CONGRATULATIONS on your absolutely awesome release! Anna and the French Kiss is one of my favorite reads from 2010!

  7. What an awesome party! Congratulations! I so wish I could have been there, but maybe when Anna explodes, Penguin will have to send you on a huge tour across the country and then you can sign my copy!

  8. I'm so excited and happy for you!

    I visited Asheville this past summer and fell in love with it. I love the whole Indie vibe of the town. Malaprop's was the perfect place for your release party.

  9. Such a fun, fabulous night. You totally had me laughing and crying, just like when I read your books. And if I wasn't already crazy for Anna (and her creator), your reading of the first chapter would have totally won me over. I second the prediction of a cross-country tour (heck, let's make it a world-wide thing) and a legion of eager fans.

    Also, the picture of you and Jarrod is adorable.

  10. I finished Anna.

    It made me cry in 5 languages.

    Will send the linky when I review it.

    You and Jarrod are the cutest.

  11. Fantastic turnout! Congratulations on the release of Anna, it was an amazing read.

  12. Well, I bought one of your books on your release day from B and N online, so I was kinda virtually there.

    You look so lovely, the polka-dot dress is the best.

    So proud of you, Steph. You deserve everything wonderful that comes your way.

    Soak it in, baby!


  13. I love these!!! You do look happy reading!

  14. So thrilled that it exceeded your expectations, Stephanie :) Sounds like so much fun!

  15. I am soooo happy and excited for you! I can't wait to read your book, too! It will definitely be my next purchase:) Thank you for continuing to inspire me. I'm working with my agent to find a home for my debut novel and boy is it a roller coaster ride! Thank you for sharing your journey as a writer. xoxo

  16. Oh I love these-it looks like so much fun! I wish I lived closer so I could've been there!! You need to tour now!:)

  17. Congratulations, Stephanie! You deserve it and so much more. Don't ever stop being this lovely person you are. :)

    I've already ordered my copy of Anna, and am hoping it to come as fast as possible! I'm SO excited!

    P.S.: You look super cute in this pic with your husband!

    All the best!

  18. Congratulations on your FANTASTIC release party! I cannot wait to read my very own copy of ANNA :)

  19. Congrats on your release party! I'm reading Anna now and I'm zooming through it. I really love it. :)

  20. Yay, what a blog post of happiness!

    Also, your husband has very beautiful teeth!!

  21. Aw, it looks like you were having SUCH a fun time, Stephanie. Looks like you had a really great turnout at your release party. Congratulations to you, you totally deserve this happiness and fortune. :)



  22. Congrats! I'm in the middle of reading it now and LOVING it!!!

    I grew up in Atlanta so I laughed out loud at the line about EVERYONE in Georgia going to Panama City. Haha! We totally went there every summer.

    Did you ever live in ATL??


  23. What fun! And getting that kind of a response for a first release is freakin' awesome.

    The highlight of your day just had to be from Michelle. Wrock just ... rocks!

  24. Wow! How awesome!
    I grinned my way through your whole post :)

    I especially loved the last pic.

    So happy for you!!!

  25. Rosa Taylor8:04 PM GMT-5

    Congrats! I got your book the day it came out and read in a day, completing ignoring my homework. It was AMAZING. Your characters were beautiful, the pacing was amazing, and the relationships were beautifully confusing. I lovedLovedLOVED it. You know, not to sound too exciting or anything. I'm making my friend read it now so I can have someone come with me to your signing in Salisbury on Saturday. Can't wait!

  26. It was SO AWESOME!!!!!

    Love your photographer ;) Y'all are so cute!! I just posted my own pics on my blog, but they're not nearly as good because (a) I was using my phone and (b) I took them, not Jarrod.

  27. Congrats on an incredible release. I read about your book on one of the author blogs that I follow and decided to pick it up. I absolutely loved your novel. I reviewed it over at my blog. I can't wait to read the other novels and think your work is truly amazing.

  28. Congratulations!!! So many friend/people. Great pics xox

  29. Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo wish I could have been there. But I'm glad I can live vicariously through the pictures. Love your shirt, your hair, and your necklace and OMG I can't wait for the day I can hear you do a reading of Anna!

    Thanks for sharing. And huge congrats and hugs! :)

  30. Looks like fun.

    Well done you.

  31. I wish I could have been there, Steph. Thanks for taking so many great pics, Jarrod. You guys look so perfect together.


  33. Aw, yay! That's so, so, sooo awesome. Congratulations!

  34. I wish I could have been there! I'm going to come to Salisbury if I can work it out. If not, I'm already reading and enjoying Anna. I got it the first day. I started as soon as I could. What a fun book!

  35. Stephanie - you are the cutest. Seriously. The pics of you reading make me smile so hard because you look so happy.

    I reviewed/gushed over Anna here: http://www.imperfectionisthenewpink.com/2010/12/book-review-anna-and-french-kiss-by.html


  36. Congratulations, it looks like a wonderful evening! I wish I could have made it but I have my fingers crossed you'll be doing some events nearer me in the new year!

    Congratulations on Anna, one of my favourite books of 2010, actually favourite book ever!

  37. I finished Anna at about 5:00 PM today after letting my house fall apart (but it was worth it!). I LOVED it!!! I can't say it enough (and yes, I emailed you too). But, seriously, I am dying for Lola (that's the next one, right?). How am I going to wait that long?
    And, you were so cute at the launch party! Loves!

  38. Anna and the French Kiss was amazing! I am shocked this is your first novel! You are off to a great start. Haha I'm sure you have been asked this many times. . . But will there be a sequel?