THE OF GIANTS AND ICE PAPERBACK EDITION COMES OUT TODAY!!!
Sorry for the ALL CAPS, but I’m v. excited. It was the very first thing I thought about when I woke up. When I was little, I bought very few books in hardcover (mostly just the Harry Potters)–everything else, I was in paperback, so it really feels like a bona fide kids’ book now.
For those of you who already have your copy of The Ever Afters 1: Of Giants and Ice, you might still want to check it out the next time you’re in a bookstore, you might want to stop by and take a look at it: there’s a 12-page sneak peek of The Ever Afters 2: Of Witches and Wind printed in the back! I had no idea it was going to be there, but it was definitely a happy surprise!
If you don’t have a copy of The Ever Afters 1, please see the bolded bullet point below! No, really!!
In other news, I set up a couple new online things:
- A Facebook Like page for The Ever Afters series: it’s pretty bare right now, but I’m going to use it to as a sort of news/announcement site for people who don’t have time to check my blog all the time. Feel free to go like it! I created the banner on Photoshop myself, and I’m kind of proud of it.
- A Goodreads Author page: If you already know about goodreads, you’re way ahead of where I was as a middle schooler. To those of you who haven’t heard of it before, Goodreads is a website where you can review books, but they also do giveaways….
- Of Giants and Ice giveaway on Goodreads: I’m giving away a few signed paperbacks of the first book in the series on Goodreads! (Btw, you can totally enter even if you already have a copy. Did I mention it has a sneak peek in the back?)
Now, here’s the more fun stuff I’ve been up to in the past few weeks:
- New Leaf Visited Portland!: Seven YA authors from New Leaf did a wonderful event at Powell’s in Beaverton, and two agents accompanied them, a.k.a. Kathleen, who lives in Seattle now, and my fantastic agent Jo. It was lovely! My pictures didn’t turn out, but you can see some here and here (note: I’m not really in any of them. Well, I’m in the background of one–you can find me by my hot pink sweater). We also went out to dinner afterwards, and it was fun to get to know people in the New Leaf clan that I’d previously just known through the interwebz. Everyone was extremely nice, and they didn’t mind me being braindead–they all understood, because they knew I’d turned in a manuscript for The Ever Afters 3 a couple days before. 😛 Confession, though: when I hang out with YA authors, I usually feel like Skipper to their Barbie–decidedly unglamorous and happy to tag-along.My favorite part was probably the Voodoo Donuts and Powell’s run with Jo and Kathleen on Thursday. They’d never been to the flagship store, so I got to take them to the children’s department, where we ran through the shelves, looking for New Leaf titles.
- Wedding in Puerto Rico!: My good friends Maria and Josh got married last month, and it was a blast! There was a party bus. There was a light up dance floor. There was a TON of (tasteful) sparkle, and you can already tell that it was one of those weddings that you know everyone will be talking about for years and years. Also, I had an excuse to hang out on the beach….
- School Visit: It always shocks me how nervous I get before a school presentation, and then how much fun I have when it’s actually happening. I’ve done a number of them now, and that happens every time. These third and fourth graders at PD were great! It seems like they all read A TON too. I was extremely impressed with their questions and their enthusiasm.
- Hanging out with the Parents: You know, the thing about getting older and moving far away from where you grew up is that you have to make the shift from seeing your family every day to seeing them a few times a year. I hadn’t seen my mom or dad since JANUARY. I talked to them on the phone every week, but that’s not the same as getting to sit and hang out with them.
- Recharging: I mentioned that this would need to happen in last month’s post, but after being so busy, it took a while to convince myself to shift from the go-go-go mode of traveling to a calmer place where I could really unwind. By “a while,” I mean “a few days,” and also conscious effort. Also reading: I finished Dan Brown’s the Lost Symbol, Lauren Oliver’s Pandemonium, and Sarah Addison Allen’s Garden Spells right after each other. I also slept like whoa, despite the fact that the sun has started to come up and glare through my curtains around 6.