Friday, May 22, 2015

Partying Like Its 1969: A Launch Week Recap

If you're on this blog, I'm assuming you know that my second novel, and YA debut, launched this week. Three Day Summer is now out in the world and I hope it gives you a fun and groovy summer read!

I had a really lovely, and whirlwind, launch week that started when I realized that some Barnes & Nobles were sneakily stocking the book early over the weekend (how counter-culture of them!). So, of course, I had to go visit.

Look how STUNNING they look on the shelf!
I love that cover more every day...
And then, of course, sign some stock.

Then, on Monday, it was time for the launch party at the one and only Books of Wonder where I arrived to, as usual, a display that would warm the heart of any cynical author.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Three Day Summer party without some thematic swag and food. So floral crowns, flower power tattoos and tie-dyed cupcakes awaited all!

And then, of course, I blabbed for a bit. And signed some books!

The best part was that I had the best view in the house:

And, of course, I was thrilled to see so many people get into the spirit.

That time the culture became the counter-culture...
I am so grateful to Books of Wonder and everyone who came out for the launch. It was such a spectacular night.

And then I spent most of Tuesday celebrating online and responding to all the lovely people who took time out to congratulate me. Three Day Summer trended for a hot second on Twitter and I watched it climb a few Amazon categories:

I would call that a very successful and happy week!

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who made it happen...near and far! You all rock harder than Santana's Woodstock set!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Hop On to the 'Three Day Summer' Blog Tour

Three Day Summer will be released on May 19th! That means that next week you can find it wherever books are sold. Groovy!

For the next two weeks, me and TDS will be going on a virtual blog tour filled with all sorts of insider tidbits on the book. Below is a list of where you can find me every day (I'll update this post daily with the published links).

Monday, May 11
What a Nerd Girl Says
Learn about how I used music to write Three Day Summer plus a giveaway.

Tuesday, May 12
Get my '60s milieu playlist and find out why I put each song on there.

Wednesday, May 13
Mother Daughter Book Club
Here's what I think about some of the challenges of writing historical fiction for teens.

Thursday, May 14
Curling Up With a Good Book
Find out what sparked my initial interest in writing Three Day Summer.

Friday, May 15
The Compulsive Reader
Enter a giveaway for a hardcover copy of Three Day Summer.

Monday, May 18
The Hiding Spot
Read an interview with me plus enter a giveaway for a hardcover copy of the book.

Tuesday, May 19 (Release Day!)
Too Fond of Books
Read a (really fun!) interview with me plus enter a giveaway for a hardcover copy of the book.

Wednesday, May 20
Prose and Kahn
Read a review of the book from a librarian's perspective and enter to win a hardcover copy.

Thursday, May 21
The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia
Read a review of the book and enter to win a hardcover copy.

Friday, May 22
Word Spelunking
So you want to live in the '60s? Here is further reading, watching, and doing to get you fully into the spirit of the decade.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Upcoming Events

I can hardly believe it but Three Day Summer will be released in just a little over a week! In case you are in the New York City area and want to come celebrate with me, I want to invite you to a couple of upcoming events.

First up is the launch party taking place on Monday, May 18th from 6-8 PM at the one and only Books of Wonder! There will be floral crowns, there will be flower power face painting and--of course--there will be the chance to snag a signed copy of Three Day Summer a day before its release. Hippie attire is encouraged. RSVP here!

Then, on June 3rd, I'll be reading from Three Day Summer along with 7 other fabulous YA authors as part of the monthly Teen Author Reading Night. That's taking place from 6-7:30 PM at the Jefferson Market branch of the New York Public Library and check out the line-up:

James Dawson, This Book Is Gay
Anne Heltzel, Charlie, Presumed Dead
Bill Konigsberg, The Porcupine of Truth
Trisha Leaver, Secrets We Keep
Kate Milford, The Broken Lands
Adam Silvera, More Happy Than Not
Me, Three Day Summer
Will Walton, Anything Could Happen

The panel is moderated by David Levithan. RSVP here!

Will I be seeing you at either of these? Let me know if you're able to make it!