UPDATE: Isla and the Happily Ever After

photo by the enormously talented Pascal Grob

Hello friends,

This is an incredibly difficult post to write. Those of you who have pre-ordered Isla and the Happily Ever After have most likely received an email telling you that the release date has been pushed back to May 15, 2014—a full year from now.

This is both true and not true.

I am so, so sorry.

And I shall try my best to explain.

To answer your most pressing question first, May 15, 2014 is a placeholder date. This is NOT the book's official release date.

So . . . what’s the purpose of a placeholder date?

This is sort of confusing, but, basically, when a book is placed into a season in the publisher’s catalog (publishers organize the release of books by seasons, which helps them with marketing and conferences and such) it requires a release date. But sometimes—like with Isla—the book’s release date is unknown at the time of the catalog’s release. When this occurs, the book is given a placeholder date.

The reason why Isla currently has a placeholder is twofold:

(1) My publisher and I are doing everything we can to move this book forward. Our hope is that we’ll be able to release it earlier than its placeholder date. But we can’t know for sure until we’re further through the editorial process. The most honest date that I can give you right now is simply: 2014.

(2) It’s my fault.

I want to be extraordinarily clear that the reason why my book is delayed has everything to do with me and nothing to do with anyone else. Please, please, please don’t send your complaints to my publisher. I am the person at fault.

My editor, my agent, and everyone at Penguin have been nothing but patient with me—far more so than I deserve. I have not made it easy on them. I am grateful and humbled by their continued support, caring, and well wishes.

And now I’ve come to the section of this post where I have to decide . . . which parts of my story to tell you. Where should I be honest and forthright, and where should I remain private?

I’ll begin here: I have depression.

I’ve been diagnosed with it since high school, but I’ve had it since the third grade. The strength of it comes and goes, but it’s always present. It is something that I deal with—that I am required to manage—every single day.

For reasons that I am not comfortable sharing publicly, the last few years have been some of the hardest of my life. I have not been this unhappy, this unhealthy, and this unstable since high school.

And my work has suffered because of it.

I am lucky to have the most loving husband in the entire world. The most patient friends. The most supportive family. My doctors are fantastic, and so—to be frank—is my medication. There have been periods where I have needed it and others where I haven’t, and I am grateful for its existence.

I don’t want you to worry.

I’m doing okay.

Better than okay, in fact. This spring has brought an unexpected and remarkable period of healing, and—because of this—my work is finally blossoming, too.

The book and I are both in good shape. We just need a little more time.

Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding.

That's all for now.



ATTENTION: Giveaway for High School Educators

This post is for high school educators in the United States of America.

(Sorry, everyone else! Shipping gets expensive.)

If you are a school librarian OR if you have a library in your classroom, hello! I have several copies of Anna and the French Kiss hanging around my office, and I'd love to get them into your collection. I currently have:

8 U.S. paperbacks
1 Australian paperback (exact same book, different font)

I also have:

3 paperback copies of Anna in Spanish
8 paperback copies of Lola in Spanish

If CONTENT will be an issue, please be aware that my novels do contain swearing. Also, here is a list of the sexual content inside Anna, and here is the list for Lola.

If you'd like a signed! free! copy of any of the above, please leave a comment on this post telling me which book you're interested in. If you're reading this on Goodreads or through any other feed, you MUST leave the comment on my actual website to be considered. Books are first come, first serve. If you have a Spanish collection, I'm happy to give you a copy of both Anna and Lola (until I run out, of course).

My fabulous assistant Martha Thimble will be the one replying to your comments.

And if you're not an educator (and somehow you're still reading this), I would greatly appreciate any help in spreading the word! Thank you, friends. xo


Coverflipping + New Releases + Utah Events

First things first: Have you read Maureen Johnson's phenomenal coverflip article for HuffPost Books about the difference between covers of books written by men versus those written by women? I wish I were in NYC so I could run to MJ's apartment and high-five the hell out of her. The article is here and some of the best gender-flipped covers are here.




Anyone who follows the YA community on Twitter knows that today is the day of a thousand releases. There's already a huuuuuge buzz around Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave (Yay, Team Penguin!) so I thought I'd highlight some of the others:

Sara Zarr's The Lucy Variations — Sara Zarr is one of the greatest authors of contemporary literature. If it were up to me, she would win every writing award in the entire world. Seriously. All of them. I cannot freaking WAIT to read this.

Holly Black's Doll Bones — Ditto Holly Black. And how amazing are those illustrations by Eliza Wheeler? This one is actually a return to middle grade (The Spiderwick Chronicles), but I had to include it here anyway. Because it's Holly Black. Did I mention Holly Black has a new book out today? And it has the best title of the year?

L.K. Madigan's Project: Boy Next Door — I want to write a separate post about this after I've had the opportunity to read this, but I have to mention it here, too. Lisa was a dear friend and mentor who passed away from cancer in 2011. This is a companion to Flash Burnout, her first (OHMYSTARS BRILLIANT) novel which won the William C. Morris award. Lisa and I wrote our Boy Next Door books simultaneously, and I'm grateful and teary and ecstatic that hers is finally being published. It's only available in e-book format, and it's only $3.99. Please, please, please support it.

T. Michael Martin's The End Games — I'm so happy to have been introduced to this former NC author (WHY DID YOU HAVE TO MOVE???) through our mutual friend Sara Zarr. Mike is THE NICEST, and I can't wait to read this sophisticated zombie apocalypse novel. It's already received a starred review from Booklist.

Andrea Cremer and David Levithan's Invisibility — HELLO, it's Andrea and David. That right there should be enough to get you all jazzed! Also, this is the first of two invisible-protagonist novels I'm excited about this month. My beloved friend Natalie Whipple's superfun debut Transparent is out on the 21st.

Amy Plum's If I Should Die — The final book in her trilogy about revenants. I STILL haven't had a chance to read this series, but: (A) It's set in Paris. You guys are into Paris, yes? ;-) And (B) Amy is the sweetest. Which I feel like I keep saying, but seriously. All of these authors are amazing people. I'm so lucky to work in YA.

Finally . . .

WOO HOO! Icons is the solo debut from Margaret Stohl, co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series. I've just started reading this one, and I'm really enjoying it. It has the feel of a blockbuster action film combined with the heart of an award-winning indie. Also, Margie has put together an INCREDIBLE multi-author tour, including two stops with yours truly:

San Francisco – Tuesday May 7 at 7:30 pm – Icons Launch at Books Inc – A Not Your Mother’s Book Club (NYMBC) event – Margaret Stohl with Andrea Cremer, David Levithan, Nina LaCour.

San Francisco area – Wednesday May 8 – Keplers – Margaret Stohl with Melissa de la Cruz, Leigh Bardugo, Kim Derting, Kami Garcia.

Seattle – Thursday May 9 at 7:00 pm – Pierce County Library – Margaret Stohl with Leigh Bardugo, Kim Derting, Marissa Meyer.

Seattle – Friday May 10th at 6:30 PM – Third Place Books – Margaret Stohl and Kim Derting in conversation with a Special Guest Moderator. Details TBA.

Los Angeles – Saturday May 11th – Dark Delicacies – Margaret Stohl with Melissa de la Cruz, 5 pm, Signing only.

Los Angeles – Sunday May 12th – venue TBA – Margaret Stohl with Ransom Riggs, Tahereh Mafi, Melissa de la Cruz, Marie Lu, Alyson Noel, Kami Garcia.

Salt Lake City – Tuesday May 14th – the King’s English – Margaret Stohl with Ally Condie, Shannon Hale and Stephanie Perkins.

Provo – Wednesday May 15th – Provo Library – Margaret Stohl in conversation with Stephanie Perkins.

Rochester Teen Book Festival – Saturday May 18th, all day – Nazareth College, Rochester, NY – see website for more information.

New York Area (Long Island) – Sunday May 19th – Barnes & Noble Carle Place – 2 pm – Margaret Stohl in conversation with Eliot Schrefer and Barry Lyga.

New York City – Monday May 20th – 7 PM – Books of Wonder – Margaret Stohl with Gayle Forman, E. Lockhart, Robin Wasserman, Barry Lyga and Tonya Hurley.

Charleston, SC – Thursday May 23rd – Blue Bicycle Books – Margaret Stohl with Beth Revis, Michelle Hodkin, Kathy Reichs and Brendon Reichs.

Isn't that list of authors and cities insane? If you live near ANY of those events, attend attend attend! Margie is smart and hilarious and BRINGS THE PARTY. I'm so honored that she's invited me along for Salt Lake City and Provo. They'll be my first events in Utah. Huzzah!

Which releases are you looking forward to? And which have I forgotten? Chime in below in the comments.

EDITED TO ADD: Dude. Terra Elan McVoy's Criminal releases today, too! I can't even handle it. What is UP with today?!