September 30, 2008

Two weeks and two days PLUS blog tour schedule

Ok folks, I'm back with some news.
My book will officially be in stores in two weeks and two days. That's October 16 for those who don't feel like checking a calendar.
For those of you in the Los Angeles area, I will be doing a reading with the fabulous and talented Jay Asher, NYT bestselling author of Thirteen Reasons Why, on Monday, November 24, 2008 at 6:30pm at the wonderful Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena.
Please come! It will be my very first reading ever.

I also have a few school visits in the works, so if you're interested in having me speak at YOUR school, let me know.

In other news, my blog tour is about to start. Won't you come along for the ride with me?
here's the schedule:

-I'm the "Fresh New Voice of YA" on Book Chic's blog for the month of October. Please check it out!
-Visit The Story Siren on October 2 for an interview with me.
-I'm the featured "Author of the month" at Harmony Book Reviews for October
-The Compulsive Reader has selected IN YOUR ROOM as the "Book of the Month." Check out her blog every Thursday throughout October for features about the book. She also blogged about my new website today, here.
-Come read my guest blog for Another Book Read on October 24.
-I'll be stopping by The Page Flipper on October 29 for another guest blog.
-The Book Girl Reviews will be posting an interview with me in October.
-I will be the "Featured Author of the Month" for November for The Ultimate YA Reading Group.

Stay tuned for more reviews, blog visits and more!

September 8, 2008

The VMAs

Dear readers:
I wanted to share some very important news with you. Last night I attended the MTV Video Music Awards on the Paramount lot. Now, what is exciting about this news is not that we got invited at the last minute and jumped at the chance to put on something other than sweatpants and roll ourselves down the hill to the event. No, as exciting as that was, what was even more thrilling was that I actually knew practically every band and performer there. I kid you not. This is a minor miracle for those who knew me when I was young and would freeze when anyone asked me the dreaded question: who's your favorite band? I simply did not have an answer. Um...the Beatles? Elton John? (note: those were the eight tracks on rotation in our yellow Volvo circa...circa who cares. a long time ago.)
I could blame this on the fact that my mother was (and still is) a concert pianist and we pretty much only had classical music playing (except on road trips in the yellow Volvo), but friends, that's not even it because I couldn't really identify the great works of the classical masters back then, either. Let's just say I was tone deaf for a while but have luckily made up for that over the years and now don't know what I would do without music. I still freeze when asked who my favorite band is (or author, book, movie, fill-in-the-blank) but that's just because there are too many to choose from.
But I digress.
Back to the VMAs. And my observations from the outdoor "B Tank," where all the non-celebrities gathered to watch the festivities unfold on the myriad LCD screens within the roped-off perimeter:
1. much easier to see LCD screens once the sun has set and is no longer shining in your eyes.
2. sequins = the new black
3. Britney might just be on the verge of another comeback, friends. (And I'm rooting for her.)
4. Hayley, the lead singer of Paramore, is looking like a true rocker. Well done.
5. Russel Brand is A-OK.
6. No lines whatsoever for food and drink all night. And no shortage. Who says there's a recession?
7. Slim suits PLUS ankle-length pants PLUS shiny shoes = the new hip way to still be a suit.
8. One-side of head shaved down to a leopard print on skull CAN look good, if only for one night.
9. Note to Kanye: next time perform one of your hits to end the show, not something new.
10. Rihanna rules. Seriously.
11. People were bused in to the event. How does that happen? Where do they come from?
12. The Jonas Brothers have a way with the ladies. As if you didn't know that already. (note: a mass of fans streamed their way down the streets of the Paramount lot, like speed walkers released from the starting line, to make their way to the Jonas Bros. live outdoor performance.)
13. Sweet Pea from Project Runway Season 4 was in attendance in the B Tank in a long, jersey-knit red dress, tattoos-a-showing.

I could keep going all day, but I must get back to my other writing. But I leave you with this:
soundtrack of the morning -- Coming to Terms by Carolina Liar.
current song: Last Night. Which is appropriate given this post.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

September 6, 2008

My website has launched!

hello readers,

I am happy to announce the launch of my new website:

I would love to hear what you think!

In other news, IN YOUR ROOM will be in stores in just six short weeks, on October 16th. Stay tuned for information about my upcoming blog tour.

And please come back as I get this blog underway. I promise it will be more interesting in the future.