ANNA is $2.99 today!

Just a reminder . . . TODAY (SUNDAY) IS THE DAY.

One day only!
Anna and the French Kiss!

Available for purchase from:

Barnes and Noble

“Holy SNOOD do I love this book!”
John Green, NYT bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“Magical. Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love.”

Cassandra Clare, NYT bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

“Very romantic. You should date this book.”

Maureen Johnson, NYT bestselling author of The Name of the Star

“Tantalizing pacing, sparkling repartee, vibrant supporting characters…”

Gayle Forman, NYT bestselling author of If I Stay

Anna and the French Kiss charms [readers] with its Parisian setting and très bien boy.”


“Smart and sensual, Anna and the French Kiss is everything your heart is longing for. You’ll want to live inside this story forever.”

Lisa McMann, NYT bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

“You’re in for a very special treat”

 Lauren Myracle, NYT bestselling author of Shine

“Smart dialogue, fresh characters, plenty of tingly interactions. Sarah Dessen fans will welcome another author who gracefully combines love and realism.”

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Thank you for helping me spread the word, everyone! I've been so happy and overwhelmed by your support. I can't wait to share Anna's deleted chapter with you later this week!


Would you like to read a deleted chapter of ANNA?

What's that? Does John Green, current holder of FOUR (!) spots on the New York Times bestseller list, like Anna and the French Kiss?

Why YES. Yes he DOES.

This is a shameless post* asking for your help to spread the word about a very special and important sale.

*Not true. It's bursting at the seams with shame. Did you see the picture I used?!

This is also a post to say: HOLYBALLS CONGRATULATIONS, JOHN! He's been my favorite author for years, so it's mighty satisfying to see the rest of the world falling in love with him, too. John—and his novels—are intelligent, kind, and hilarious. I'm so happy for their success.

Also, Margo Roth Spiegelman is the jam.

"But Steph," I hope you're saying, "what about that deleted chapter of Anna you mentioned in this post's subject heading?"

Thanks for asking! I'll get to that . . . in a moment.

First, an announcement:

This Sunday—the twenty-seventh of January—Anna and the French Kiss will be available wherever ebooks are sold for only $2.99.


I'm THRILLED that Penguin Teen has selected it for this one-day-only sale. It's an amazing opportunity to reach an entirely new set of readers, and I am really, really hoping that's what will happen. I'm grateful for all of the love—so much, and so completely beyond unexpected—that book bloggers, librarians, teachers, booksellers, and the like (i.e. you!) have given Anna and Étienne. And I'm here to ask for your support one more time.

And then give you a present.

Please help me spread the word about Sunday's sale. If you have a friend or family member who might like my book, let them know. Tweet, tumble, blog, email, call, text, instafacebook—whatever medium you use to connect with the world, please help me spread the word.

This Sunday.
One day only.

Anna and the French Kiss.

It will be available at that price everywhere that ebooks are sold, including:

"But Steph," I hope you're still wondering, "what about that deleted chapter of Anna?!"

I'm glad you asked again! Thank you. For your support, I will post a NEVER-BEFORE SEEN deleted chapter of Anna and the French Kiss.


One with TONS of flirting.


It was the last major section that my editor and I cut from the novel. I've been saving it for a special occasion, and I can't think of anything more special than this. I'll post the chapter here on my website sometime next week (because I'll have to format it and stuff, which takes time), along with an explanation of why we cut it.

It truly is a fun scene, you guys. I promise.

So please help me spread the word!

This Sunday.
One day only.

Anna and the French Kiss.
(Cheaper than a Big Mac.)

Link to this post, reblog this Tumblr, whatever you can do.

And if you're feeling extra-super-duper generous and have a spare moment, leaving a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or such would also be enormously helpful. The reason is simple: the more reviews a book has, the more likely it is to show up in searches. (For more free ways to support an author, check out Lisa Schroeder's wonderful post: "Supporting authors when your heart is bigger than your wallet.")

Thank you for your help, dear readers.



Winners . . . and Heathcliff

Happy release day to my dear friend Gayle Forman and her latest, Just One Day!

The randomly selected winners of yesterday's giveaway are Sara of Forever 17 Books, whose favorite romance last year was Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door and Vy, who listed three: Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry, Something Like Normal by Trish Doller, and another vote for My Life Next Door. (A LOT of you love Huntley's novel!) Sara and Vy, please let me know here in the comments if you have not yet received an email from me.

So . . . if you're looking for a good love story, the comments section of that post is a great place to put together a list. And speaking of romance, I've always been more of a Jane Eyre girl than Wuthering Heights, but HOLY BALLS DO I WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE RIGHT THIS SECOND UNGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH:

Soooooooooooo pretty.

Happy sigh.

I love that they chose black actors—for the first time on film!—to play Heathcliff. In Emily Brontë's novel, descriptions of him leave plenty of room for interpretation ("a Lascar" and a "dark-skinned gipsy in aspect"). How wonderful to see something NEW onscreen. It doesn't hurt that the elder Heathcliff, James Howson, is quite handsome. ;-)

What films are you looking forward to this year?


GIVEAWAY: Just One Day (in one day!)

I'm so excited to bring this giveaway to you today! Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the release of Gayle Forman's Just One Day, easily one of the biggest highlights of YA contemporary in 2013. I love this novel, you guys. Loooooove.

Here's the official description:

When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Just One Day is the first in a sweepingly romantic duet of novels. Willem’s story—Just One Year—is coming soon!

Did you guys catch that? A romance set in Paris? I know that's got to appeal to at least a few of you. ;-) 

I was crazy-fortunate to be an early reader/critique partner/ear-lender for this book, and I'm thrilled that it's finally release time. This book is SO SO SO romantic and smart and yummy. Willem. WILLEM. Just wait until you meet him! He's positively scrumptious.

Not only is this book perfect for readers who are already fans of Gayle's work, but it's also great for readers who would've liked to have read If I Stay, but were unable to due to that book's content.* It has all of her classic hallmarks—the heartwrenching tension! the gorgeous boys! the spot-on dialogue!—but without the accompanying sadness and tragedy. I really, really hope that this book continues to widen Gayle's audience, because she's just . . . she's just the best.

*If you're unfamiliar with it, the story begins with a car crash that kills the main character's entire family. Understandably, not everyone can read/handle that. But those of you who can should. It's so freaking beautiful.

Can you spot the gummy bear and Swedish Fish in my hair? 

Gayle going in for the fish . . .

. . . SUCCESS!

SO. You're probably interested in the giveaway.

I have two advanced copies, ready to ship. This giveaway is open internationally, and it will last, appropriately, just one day. That way everyone who doesn't win tomorrow can immediately go out and purchase it. Yes? Yes.

TO ENTER: Please leave a comment here on this post—not on Goodreads or anywhere else that's being served by a feed—with (1) your name, (2) your email address, and (3) the title of your favorite romantic read from 2012. Easy peasy! The two winners will be selected at random and announced here tomorrow.

Good luck!