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Time for Some Fireworks

July 4th, 2012 by Terra | 5 Comments | Filed in Summer of Firsts and Lasts

In my house, we launch fireworks to celebrate all kinds of things, not just the 4th of July. (Though we like those fireworks a lot, as well.) We have them on birthdays, during the AJC Decatur Book Festival, when friends are over in the back yard . . . pretty much any time we’re feeling festive, you can find a firework or two around our house.

This week, there’s cause for LOTS of fireworks. Yes, sure, the Independence Day thing, but ALSO because The Summer of Firsts and Lasts has just gone into its third printing, after only two months of being released in paperback. This has happened thanks to you, and you, and you, and youandyouandyou.

So, in order to show my appreciation, I want to unleash some fireworks of my own. Leave a comment answering the question, “What does the word ‘fireworks’ mean to you?” and you’ll get the chance to win one of SIX personalized copies of The Summer of Firsts and Lasts. You have until Tuesday, July 10th!

Meanwhile, have fun with the official fireworks, and whatever ones you create of your own! I’ll be shooting some off in my back yard with all of you great readers in my mind!




April 4th, 2012 by Terra | 7 Comments | Filed in Summer of Firsts and Lasts

The paperback version of my third novel, The Summer of Firsts and Lasts was released this week, with much ice cream and fanfare. I’m thrilled that this summer-y book is now in proper pool-bag format (even if it’s still chilly in parts of the country), and I hope you’re all stocking it along with your sunscreen.

To celebrate this release, I’m sharing some of the behind-the-scenes scrawlings that went into making this book. You see, I’m the kind of author who does an inordinate amount of background work –notes and maps, charts and graphs– all of which help me get a solid sense of the world my novels are in, and therefore convey them to readers. (It’s nerdily fun, too.)

For example, here is the map that I drew of Camp Callanwolde, so that I’d know where everything was when I was moving characters around. (Note that is is on the back of a piece of paper that apparently has some other poem on it.)

Here is the list I drew up of all the cabins and counselors at Camp Callanwolde, so that I could keep them all straight (even if not all of them appeared in the book).

Lastly, here are some notes that I made about Calla, Violet, and Daisy, so that I could understand them as individuals but also could get a handle on their relationship as a threesome:

Thanks, everyone, for checking out this book and giving it a chance! I hope this is enlightening, and that, reading this book,  you enjoy your foray into sisters, sunshine, and summer camp–all spring and summer long!


Songs in my Head Upon Waking in the Last Week:

Some song by the Sundays that I don’t know the title of; “Fembots,” Robyn; “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”*; “World As I see It,” Jazon Mraz; “Evil,” Interpol; “To Binge,” Gorillaz; “It Might Be You,” Stephen Bishop

* I know, right? Christmas music in April??

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts is Here in Paperback!! (GIVEAWAY!)

March 14th, 2012 by Terra | 11 Comments | Filed in Summer of Firsts and Lasts

UPDATE: Commenting for this giveaway is now closed; THANK YOU to everyone who participated!! TMc  (3/21/2012)

The official release date isn’t until April 1st, but paperback copies of my third book, THE SUMMER OF FIRSTS AND LASTS have arrived at my house!

Which means, of course, I want to give some of them away. Three copies of them, to be exact. Personalized. As an added bonus, I’ll also send you an ice cream recipe from my own personal collection, so that you can enjoy both a good read and a good scoop at the same time.

All you have to do to win, is complete one of three things:

A) Leave me a comment here about a memorable summer camp experience you’ve had.


B) Leave me a comment here about why you love your sister, or why you wish you had a sister (if you don’t happen to).


C) Leave me a comment here about ICE CREAM: your favorite flavor, your favorite method of eating it, your favorite memory of ice cream, etc.

That’s all you have to do. To win one of three –as I said– PERSONALIZED copies of this book, and an ice cream recipe from my own collection.

You have until Tuesday, April 20th, to submit your comments. I will choose three winners after that date and will contact you via the email associated with your profile to let you know if you’ve won.

I’m excited. I hope you’re excited too!


Songs in my Head Upon Waking in the Last Week:

“Don’t You Forget About Me,” by Simple Minds; “Dreaming,” by OMD; “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” by Kylie Minogue; “Somebody That I Used to Know,” by Gotye; “Fembots,” by Robyn; “Walt Whitman’s Niece,” by Billy Bragg; “Dancing With Myself,” by Billy Idol