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3.11.2011

The Cat's Out: Meet Lola and Cricket!

It feels uncomfortable to post this today, because this morning's news is so sad. I hope all of my friends and readers in Japan are safe. And I hope the tsunami warnings for the west coast here in America come to nothing. Much love and hugs to you all.

So . . . a bit of good news . . .

Penguin's fall catalog has arrived! Which means that I'm proud and thrilled for you to meet two very, very special people:




In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.

When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

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Lola Nolan and Cricket Bell's story will be released from Dutton (Penguin) on September 29th, and it's available for pre-order here.

If you're curious about the connection to Anna, take a peek outside of Lola's window. A beautiful row of Victorian style *SAN FRANCISCO* houses! And you know who recently moved to the city . . .

Also! ALSO!

Anna and the French Kiss will be released as a paperback on August 4th, and it'll contain a teaser for Lola. Eep!!!

Are you excited? I'm excited!



EDITED TO ADD:
A lot of people on Twitter are asking me about her purple hair. Nope! She just owns a looooooooot of wigs. ;)

EDITED AGAIN TO ADD: And here's the related strange and funny story regarding Lola's male model on Kiersten White's blog.

KIERSTEN: I know that guy!
ME: Ha ha.
KIERSTEN: No. I know that guy.

87 comments:

  1. That cover is positively scrumptious.

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  2. Awesome! you've made me a fan. I have Anna on my Kindle but I want a copy to hold in my hands. Can't wait for the paperback!

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  3. oh i LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!

    can't wait can't wait can't wait!!!!!

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  4. Pretty cover!

    September feels so far away...

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  5. I'm soo excited to read this!! I'm usually not a fan of people on covers but this one is super cute. I love the purple hair and the San Fran houses!

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  6. What a fabulous cover! Your characters have the best names.

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  7. love it love it love it!!! I cannot wait. Sounds amazeballs and I love the purple hair! =D

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  8. A guy named Cricket. This couldn't get better!

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  9. Also, unrelated: Is the title bar supposed to be "Natural/Artifical" instead of "Artificial"? I've been wondering for a while if that's a typo.

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  10. Oh I LOVE it, Stephanie. So awesome! Congrats. Can't wait to read and put next to its sister book on my shelf. :)

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  11. Most adorable cover ever! Can't wait to read this one!

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  12. Oh oh! Yes! *Swoon* I can't believe I have to wait until September! Oh well,, I guess I'll just have to re-read ANNA.

    So exciting to see the cover!

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  13. That's adorbs! I can't wait!

    Sara
    http://smreine.com/

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  14. That is an awesome cover! I love that pose.

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  15. Well, I'm partial to the name Lola AND sparkly attire, (when it comes to sparkly, more is more, and there's never too much) and I grew up in and around SF...almost eerie. (I've never even met a boy named Cricket, though.) Love the cover and look forward to reading. :)

    Congrats!

    Also, prayers for Japan. The videos are devastating, heartbreaking.

    Hugs,
    Lola

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  16. Love the cover and I can't wait to read it!

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  17. Oh yay! I can't wait to read this. I love the cover!

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  18. i <3 the cover! i <3 that the guy in the book is named CRICKET! i <3 that it takes place in SAN FRANSISCO! ahhhh, yeah, im loving a lot of stuff about this post. Can't WAIT to read this book. obviously.
    yayayayayay!

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  19. she reminds me of Lola from Hannah Montana with that wig! crossed with Ashlee Simpson, hehe. I LOVE IT

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  20. I'm so excited!! I made myself save some Anna for today but I'm about to finish it. I'm sooooo in love with it. I want to buy Anna and the French kiss dinner! Your writting is beautiful and I wish I didn't have to wait for your new book. But I'll just read Anna 100 more times!

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  21. Hooray! Looks fantastic!

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  22. SO cute! I now feel the strong yearning to sport a sassy purple bob.

    Also, I too LOVE the name Cricket for a boy.

    Can't wait to read this one. :)

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  23. LOVEEEEE!!! Oh, September, please come quick! :D

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  24. cute. Il ove the way the boy is looking over at her. love

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  25. She has purple hair! I have been wanting to dye my hair purple forever (just can't afford it right now).
    So, of course I have to love the cover. Although I'm pretty sure I would have loved it anyway :D

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  26. My Steph can't wait for your next book. She keeps moaning about having to wait, she loved Anna and the French Kiss so much, as did I.

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  27. SO excited for you!!! And for all of us who get to read another wonderful Stephanie Perkins story!

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  28. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Awesome! LOVE LOVE LOVE! Cannot wait!!!

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  29. So exciting! Love the cover, LOVE the houses in the background!

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  30. Eeeee! That is BEYOND EXCITING. I want to eat it.

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  31. I love this cover. Is it weird that I can see Cricket's hand inching towards Lola's? I want them to hold hands so bad lol.

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  32. CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS!!!!!! :o)

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  33. Paula Davis12:06 PM GMT-5

    That cover could also make a great movie poster. Hmmm. Hollywood, are you listening?

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  34. Oh my gosh...I love it! And I love that it's in San Francisco! I love that city SO much! Can I can say the word love one more time? I love everything in this post!

    Ahhh, September cannot get here soon enough!

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  35. OMG!!! I cant wait for this boo! I love the cover <3 <3 <3

    jesus!! San Francisco! Im still thinking about the conection. It's driving me crazy!!

    Anna was moving there to go to School and delicious St-Clair's mom lives there. I cant wait for this book!!! what a torture!!

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  36. It's so pretty! I love that the style is similiar to Anna, but that the book is all it's own, too. I can't wait to read it!

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  37. I am ridiculously giddy about this!

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  38. OMG I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I can't wait. YAY FOR LOLA!

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  39. Wow that is just awesome! Excited to see how it relates to Anna and the French Kiss.

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  40. Whoamg I love the cover and cannot wait to read Lola!!!!

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  41. August 4 Anna! Sept Lola! Be still my beating heart!!! I was lucky enough to read Lola and it is spectacular!!!

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  42. Oh my gosh, that sounds absolutely adorable!

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  43. Fantastic cover! Can't wait to read LOLA! :-D

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  44. What a cute cover! I loved the story of Kiersten's connection to Cricket.

    I recently finished Anna and the French Kiss and adored it. Can't wait to read Lola!

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  45. *flails* seriously, I have no coherent words. so beyond excited!! <3

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  46. WANT.

    I love that you and Laini revealed your covers so close together.

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  47. Love the cover and the synopsis sounds amazing.
    Hope September will be here soon.

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  48. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. I'm so excited, and painfully jealous of Kiersten White who has already read this! Grr. Can't, can't wait!

    Asher K.

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  49. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS COVER. And hopefully the book when I read it. :)

    Gorgeous, Stephanie!! :D Congrats.

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  50. ZOMG. Gorgeous and crazy cool. Thanks for the MUCH NEEDED good news. :)

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  51. STEPH! It's too perfect. Seriously, I can't handle it.

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  52. OMG! Dude. OMG. Dude. OMG.

    She's no longer a Naughty Novel. She's a PRETTY!!!

    LOVES LOVES LOVES!

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  53. Love it! Too cute :) I recommended Anna to a teen at BN yesterday (her mom was with her and said she doesn't do scary or paranormal - so of course your book came to mind!) Unfortunately they didn't have any in stock. So hopefully they rushed home and ordered it online.

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  54. I want to be Lola now. The purple hair rocks. hehe. It makes me happy.

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  55. It's nice to have a ray of sunshine like Cricket and Lola on a day like today.

    I can't wait to see how they end up together.

    You must be thrilled....second novel looks so purty.

    Shelley

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  56. caaaaan't waaaaaait!

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  57. *jumps up and down and claps with joy*

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  58. BAH I'M SO EXCITED FOR LOLA!!! :D

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  59. YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!

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  60. I love the cover. I devoured Anna and can't wait to do the same with Lola. Yay!

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  61. Your covers are SO ADORABLE FOREVER. Squee!

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  62. I AM SO EXCITED!!! I CANT WAITTTTT

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  63. So Cricket moves back to San Francisco? is it possible that he is St-Clair and Anna's son?? I want to know what is the link with Anna! Im dying to know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  64. so excited! but also...a little bummed. you see, MY WIP has a girl called lola who loves sparkly things in it AND shes the best friend of a girl falling in love again with a guy who has A TWIN SISTER who HAS MOVED BACK INTO HER LIFE. see the connection, no?

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  65. I feel so bad for being late to the game but I do have a good excuse. Thankfully I have a good friend who text me to let me know when i am missing important things online. She also let me borrow her ARC of Where She Went which I just finished! Thanks for recommending them.

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  66. Congrats on the cover and synopsis release! I really can't wait to read about Lola and I'm thrilled to know that there would be glimpses of Anna in this one.

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  67. EEEEEEEEE!!!!!! So happy! Yay! Lola has left the building :-) I'm totally neenering right back. Everybody: I HAVE READ IT. HA HA! AND IT IS AWESOME!!!

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  68. Love it!!! I know I LOVE this one as much as ANNA ;o) Can't wait!!

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  69. Hear that?

    It's me. Getting pumped up for this release! I love all the little details of the cover!

    I'd have hoped for an even more outrageous outfit, but the purple hair is cool. More people will underestimate your book due to the cover (really not much that can be done; people see a happy "contemp" cover and they think fluff), but it's going to be amazing!!

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  70. Love the cover! Not to mention the awesome story to go with it. I think it makes the book even more memorable! (And I'm definitely jealous that Kiersten has gotten to read it already *sigh*)

    I'm super excited to read it! I marked down the release date in my planner and you can bet I will be rushing to the store to get it!!

    Mac :)

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  71. I'm am sooo excited now! This cover will look great on my bookshelf (next to Anna of course). :D

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  72. Gorgeous--and a nice match in tone with Anna's!

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  73. I love it! I can't wait!

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  74. Gorgeous. I love the perky (of course!)vibe, the sun, the blue sky, the painted ladies. Already I'm sold.

    I love Lola and Cricket, too. She looks exactly like the handful you've been complaining about, which makes her my kind of girl.

    Good job penguin people, fantastic job Stephanie.

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  75. I finished Anna and the French Kiss on Friday and was planning to hunt you down ... er, find your blog... when Kiersten linked you on her blog. Too funny about the cover model!

    Anna is my new favorite book and I'm so excited to read Lola! I'm reviewing it on my blog tomorrow. (melaniehoo.com/hoosblog)

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  76. aaaawwsssoommee :)
    Noooo, September is in... *counts on fingers* seven months. CAN'T WAIT!

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  77. Ok, that book can NOT get in my hands quick enough! Adorable cover too! And i almost peed my pants when you pointed out the SAN FRANCISCO houses!! I miss Anna and St. Clair way too much. It's not healthy. ;)

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  78. So adorable! And the girl is pretty cute too.

    Can't wait to read it.

    La-la-la-la Lola!

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  79. How cute is that couple? I'm soo excited for September, I can't wait!

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  80. Great cover! Now my copy of Anna and the French Kiss won't be lonely.

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  81. Cute cover, and hilarious coincidence that Kiersten knows him!

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  82. It's beautiful!
    Was thinking on buying it sept. 29 (e-book) but now I think I need the hardcover (the wig, the colors, the houses!) even though it means waiting more than a month because of the shipping.

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