Well, I'm touring again! Only, this time, I'm touring from the comfort of my office, while typing away at my next project and chilling out with my dogs. Check out my virtual tour schedule at the end of this post, and take a look at all the other authors on virtual tour this month. The tour is a mix of interviews, guest blogs, reviews and writing advice with a few giveaways sprinkled in for good measure. I'm also hosting a contest at I'm Not Obsessed today and tomorrow. You can enter to win a signed copy of STAY, a copy of the audio book, and some amazing eco-friendly dog products from … [Read more...]
Cameras need batteries
So, I left my camera battery in the charger at home, which means you'll get more cell phone pictures and like it. :)I am so amazed by Seattle. There's so much to do right in out directly outside of the city. Lady is an amazing tour guide. We went out to the shore to look for tiny sea creatures under rocks (one of my all time favorite activities. It's been grey and rainy, but still absolutely gorgeous.I got to have brunch with a high school friend who relocated to Seattle. I hadn't seen her since 1994. And I got to meet her amazing husband and adorable little boy (seriously, seriously … [Read more...]
Third Place Books!
Third Place Books is a truly amazing place. I had a wonderful time at the reading last night! When we got there, they were hosting Reading with Rover, a program where kids can spend some quality quiet time reading to specially trained dogs. It's such an amazing program!I got to speak in front of a shelves full of signed first edition books to a great group of people. And, I got to meet blog & Twitter friends Rob, Ana, Lacey, and Mindi, in person!Lady made me pose with the display of STAY books.And I got pictures with Mindi (who will be reading at Third Place this fall),And Rob, who is a … [Read more...]
The First STAY Event
Oh my gosh! Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that my first reading for STAY would be so freaking fantastic. There were so many people. I started reading to a really good sized crowd, and when I looked up at the audience a few paragraphs later, the room was completely packed with a crowd of people standing in the back. It was also as I started to read a more emotional scene, and, well, you know me -I started to get a little choked up.The Q&A part of the event was so much fun. Great questions! It's so much fun to talk about the writing process with other writers and talk … [Read more...]
Yikes! My first book event! And a whole lot of links!
I would be completely and totally lying if I said I wasn't nervous about the big event tonight. It's my first book event, and there are all those, What if I trip/What if the strap on my dress breaks/What if weeping angel statue aliens descend on the bookstore and steal my life force? fears, (I've been watching a lot of Doctor Who, and that episode was TERRIFYING!*).But, I'm also completely and totally excited and so thrilled to see people I haven't seen in a very long time, and meet people I know from the internets in person for the very first time. And I'm also thrilled to meet new people … [Read more...]
It’s Pub Day!!!!
Oh my goodness! I am really wishing I'd had the good sense to put waterproof mascara on today, because I have been a big old mess, and every time I think I've pulled it together, I get an e-mail or a tweet or a phone call or someone posts a picture of their dog with their copy of STAY and I lose it all over again. I feel like the luckiest person to know such kind and supportive people and I am completely humbled (and yes, I'm crying again). Today has been amazing.I got to stop over at the Greece Barnes & Noble today, have lunch with Linda, who runs the Titles Over Tea book club (which is … [Read more...]
Quick, give me another song!
The other day, my sister-in-law posted on my Facebook wall that we were at the final countdown for the book and now I can't stop singing Europe. We are so close, I can taste the grape Kool-Aid (which, after writing STAY, I will never be able to drink again, by the way). I am also so completely overwhelmed (in a good way) by the support from all of you. This week marks the start of my blog tour, and it's been so amazing to get to answer questions and read posts by bloggers I know and love. THANK YOU!!!! Things don't ever feel quite real until you can share them with friends, and now, … [Read more...]
Query Letter Contest
If you've been reading my blog for awhile, you know that I absolutely, positively adore working with my agent, Rebecca Strauss, at McIntosh & Otis. Rebecca is an amazing advocate for my work, a wise advisor, and a great reader. Plus, she has an incredible sense of humor and an infectious laugh, so getting the chance to chat with her is always fun. Rebecca pulled my query letter out of the slush pile, took a chance on me, and has put so much time and hard work into getting STAY where it is today. I am eternally grateful. Plus, Rebecca has some great clients, and I love having the … [Read more...]
STAY Release Week
I cannot believe that this week my novel hits shelves! And goodness, it will be a busy week!All this week, I'll be tweeting pictures from some of the real life locations featured in STAY. Follow me @AlliesAnswers.The STAY blog tour starts, and I'll be posting links to the blogs hosting stops.Thursday is the official publication day!Friday is my first book discussion/signing event!Last week was pretty great too!I got to read an advance copy of Claire Cook's new book, SEVEN YEAR SWITCH, and it was absolutely wonderful. Claire is one of my favorite writers and it was an honor to have the … [Read more...]