Archive for March, 2010

Two Exciting Things

March 9th, 2010 by admin | 5 Comments | Filed in News

Yesterday, via the fabulous UPS man (and my editrix), I received my very first copy of Pure in paperback! Now, we all know that the hardcover version, designed by Cara Petrus, was deliciously fabulous, but let me be the first to say that the paperback (also designed by Cara) is EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL AND YUMMY! Even better, Pure in paperback has got a SNEAK PEEK of After the Kiss, and reading the preview segment –even though I wrote the thing– made me go “Ohmygah I cannot wait to read this book!” Official launch is April 6th, so mark your calendars!

Equally exciting, however, is that Pure is being included in this terrific trivia challenge in libraries all over the country. Kay Cassidy, author (The Cinderella Society, book lover, and pretty much keen lady all around, has put together a “The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest”, a FREE reading program for libraries to use in order to help expose kids to new, exciting,interesting, challenging and plain old good books. (Participating authors include, to name a few: E.D. Baker, P.C. amp; Kristin Cast, my pal Eileen Cook, Dan Gutman, Ellen Hopkins, Ridley Pearson, Cynthia Leitich Smith, and a literal slew of others!)

I got to come up with ten different trivia questions about Pure (For example: “What are the ingredients of Tabitha’s favorite salad?”), which readers will answer and turn in to their participating librarian. Participants who get 8 (or more) out of 10 answers right will be submitted to Kay, and she chooses the winner, who receives a $50 gift card to the bookstore of their choice. The winner’s library also gets a huge book tote filled with The Great Scavenger Hunt books! This is an amazing program that over 500 libraries participate in, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Thanks, Kay, and happy hunting to all you scavengers in the program!

NYCTAF Here I Come!

March 4th, 2010 by admin | 1 Comment | Filed in Appearances

I am so completely excited to be headed to my old stomping grounds, New York City, to participate in the INCREDIBLY HUGE, AMAZINGLY AWESOME, NYC Teen Author festival, coming up March 15-20th. This is a huge, huge, huge endeavor, with signings all over the five boroughs, heaps of interesting talks and panels, and appearances by the likes (just to name a few) of Libba Bray, Susane Colasanti, Sarah Dessen, Aimee Friedman, John Green, David Levithan, E. Lockhart, Micol Ostow, Elizabeth Scott, Sara Shepard, and Maggie Stiefvater. (And, I swear, this is just a FEW of the fabulous authors involved.)

I am blessed to be included in this superstar lineup, presenting in a panel from 6:45-8:30, along with Jessica Blank, Eireann Corrigan, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, and Jacqueline Woodson. The topic is “What it Feels Like for a Girl – Writing in a Teen Girl’s Voice,” and will be in the South Court of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street. (The one, as it was explained to me, with the lions.) Hope you can catch any of this fantastic festival!!