Home Again, Home Again, Jiggity Jig

♥ So much love for these people. ♥

Phew! These last two weeks . . . phew!

LeakyCon and Comic-Con. What a magical, unforgettable July you have given me! I have no words yet, and that's not just because I've lost my voice. I have seen so many friends, so many readers, so many talented creators that I've admired for years . . . yeah. Just . . . yeah.

I can't think of a more perfect way for Jarrod and I to have celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. Further happiness and details when I have recovered.

EDITED TO ADD: Oh! But I have a guest post here about being a teenage outsider, if you're interested.


Another Rose

To my friends and readers in Norway,

I am so sorry. My heart is with you.





Jarrod and I have to take a sudden detour before driving to LeakyCon in Orlando, which requires us to leave a day early. This will be sloppy!



Most of you already know this, because we share many of the same blog readers, but JUST IN CASE you missed it, please go congratulate her! Natalie is a dear friend, and this has been a long time coming. Her first novel is called Transparent, and I was lucky enough to be one of her critique partners, and it's completely and totally original. And fun! And funny!

I want to talk more about Natalie, because she's been instrumental to my health and sanity for the last few years, and I am SO FREAKING EXCITED about *her* book deal. But I really gotta pick up the pace. (I have to leave in three hours, and I haven't packed yet!) So I'll tell you more about how special she is soon.

But trust me. She is. I'm so happy for her!


Carrie Harris, author of the releases-tomorrow zombie YA Bad Taste in Boys, is having an auction to raise money for the Mott Giving Library, which gives free books to hospitalized children. In Carrie's own words:

"The Giving Library is located at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital. In a given year, Mott serves about 10,000 inpatients and 60,000 outpatients, from newborns to nineteen-year-olds. My husband was nineteen when he was admitted with an advanced case of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. Thanks to Mott, he beat the odds. When we started dating, his hair was just starting to grow back.

Now he’s at the tail end of his training to become a pediatric oncologist. He’s working side-by-side with many of the doctors who saved his life all those years ago. Sometimes they forget he was once their patient. But my family? We’ll never forget.

I owe everything I’ve got to those doctors. Without them, I’d have no husband. I’d be without my son and the zombie plays he brings me home from first grade. I’d be without my twin daughters and the holes they put in my walls. (I might not miss the holes.) And I would have no book. Because my family’s what gave me the guts to send it out, even though I knew the odds were stacked against me. What can I say? I’m a statistician by trade. I think of these things.

Yes, I’m excited to celebrate the publication of my first book. But for me, this is bigger than a book. This is about paying some of that awesomeness forward. Or in this case, paying it back."

I have donated a first-edition hardcover of Anna and the French Kiss, signed and hand-annotated. You can bid on it here (instructions are at the bottom of the page, in the comments area). The auction ends July 25th at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Please allow me to stress that this is a one-of-a-kind item. If you win my auction, you'll learn secrets about Anna that NO ONE else knows! I hope you'll bid. It's such a great cause.


I don't think I've announced this here yet, but I have a special signing with Kiersten White and Andrea Cremer on July 26, 2011 in Oceanside, CA at 6:00 p.m. This is for all of the people in the San Diego area (and beyond!) who can't make it into Comic-Con to see us. It's the release party for Kiersten's Supernaturally and Andrea's Wolfsbane, but I'll be there signing copies of Anna, too.

Numbered wristbands will be issued, and reservations start one week before the event. Call: 760-529-0106 for more information.


My panel information has finally been announced:

Sunday, 10:00-11:00 "What's Hot in Young Adult Fiction: Sit Down with the Writers We Can't Stop Talking About"

Hosted by Nathan Bransford (Jacob Wonderbar Cosmic Space Kapow), and featuring panelists Andrea Cremer (Nightshade series), Amanda Hocking (Hollowland), Tahereh Mafi (Shatter Me), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke and Bone), and Kiersten White (Paranormalcy), who discuss the YA phenomenon and their books.

Room 23ABC

Afterward, our autograph session will be in room AA4, from 11:30 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.


I'm so excited to be seeing so many of you this week! I'll be at Wednesday's Lit Day festivities, and I'll be hanging around the hotel and theme park for the rest of the week.

Two announcements: Enter to win an advanced copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door at the nighttime wizard rock shows. Look for Jarrod's merch table — his band is Gred and Forge — to enter. It's free. Also, Jarrod and I will be signing GARBAGE PAIL KIDS cards all week. (Just because! Hee hee.) Approach either one of us at any time to ask for one. Also free, of course!


See you back here SOON. I hope! Hope you're all having a great July!


Two Linkssssss

Hi-ya! I'll be back with a FOR REALS post tomorrow, but here are two quick links for today.

(1) Awesome People Hanging Out Together — My current favorite Tumblr. Thanks to Persnickety Snark for enlightening me!


(2) YA Crush Tourney — Our own Étienne St. Clair is up for his first round! Won't you vote for him, s'il vous plaît?