12.02.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: THREE NYC EVENTS


New York City! I'm packing my luggage!

And so are Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, and Kiersten White!!!

(Okay. Not Gayle, Jenny, or David. They already live there.)

But—that's right—*NINE* out of us twelve anthology authors are coming for *TWO* very special events in your city this week.

Nine authors!

That's so many authors!!!

Plus, I'm doing a bonus reading with a bunch of other cool people this Wednesday at the Jefferson Market branch of the NYPL. Here's my full schedule:


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

6–7:30 PM at Jefferson Market branch library (corner of 6th Ave and 10th St)
Teen Author Reading Night
Featuring: Anna Carey, Sarah Beth Durst, Margaret Gurevich, Daphne Grab, Claire Legrand, Stephanie Perkins, Kieran Scott, and Rebecca Serle. Hosted by David Levithan.


THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th

4 PM at Barnes & Noble Tribeca
My True Love Gave to Me: Panel, Q&A, and Signing
Featuring: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, and Kiersten White.

Additional details: Priority seating with purchase. Guests who wish to sit must purchase a book from B&N—either My True Love Gave to Me *or* any book written by one of the featured authors. If nothing is purchased, guests will have to stand. No purchase is required to attend the signing.


7 PM at McNally Jackson
My True Love Gave to Me: Holiday Reception
Featuring: Holly Black, Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Stephanie Perkins, and Kiersten White.

Additional details: This party is also in celebration of McNally Jackson's ten-year anniversary. Hurrah! Wear your ugliest holiday sweater. THERE WILL BE PRIZES.


SPECIAL AWESOME SUPER BONUS: Matt de la Peña pre-signed the stock at both stores, and Laini Taylor sent signed stickers. Yes! You'll be getting the anthology signed by *ELEVEN* of the twelve authors.

But . . . but . . . what about Rainbow Rowell?

As you may have seen elsewhere online, Rainbow was scheduled to be here. Sadly, there's been a family emergency, and she'll be staying in Nebraska. We'll miss you so much, Rainbow.

We will also miss this FREAKING OUTSTANDING cardigan that your equally talented husband made especially for these two events:


I know.

I KNOW.

To be clear: We will miss you more, Rainbow.

But. Yeah.

We're totally gonna miss your cardigan.

11.07.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME TOUR


South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia . . . we're coming for you!

In fifteen minutes, I'll be hopping into my car and driving to YALLFest. Hurrah! I assume that if you're planning to attend, those plans, well . . . they've already been in the works for a while. But for everyone else in the South, you can still catch David Levithan, Jennifer E. Smith, and me at the following events this week:

CHARLESTON, SC: Saturday, November 8
Various panels and signings at YALLFest.

DECATUR, GA: Sunday, November 9
2:00 PM reading and signing at Little Shop of Stories.

ATHENS, GA: Sunday, November 9
7:30 PM party and signing at Avid Bookshop.

CHAPEL HILL, NC: Monday, November 10
7:00 PM reading and signing at Flyleaf Books.

ASHEVILLE, NC: Tuesday, November 11
7:00 PM reading and signing at Malaprop’s.

And if you don't live in this region, there's still time to enter this sweepstakes to win a free copy of My True Love Gave to Me and these cute holiday cookie cutters!


If you live in the United States, you can enter here now through November 13th to win either: 1 of 10 grand prizes (a copy of My True Love Gave to Me, a holiday cookie cutter, and a gift tag) *or* 1 of 115 holiday cookie cutters and gift tags.

The gingerbread lady cookie cutter is inspired by something in my story, “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown.” So much fun!

Okay, gotta dash. I hope to see some of you soon!!!

11.03.2014

31 HORROR FILMS IN 31 DAYS


Happy November, friends!

The first snow of the season began falling on Asheville at midnight between Halloween and the first of November. It was magical. It felt like a gift just for me. I love snow, and I love November. It's my favorite month.

My lucky month.

Good things happen in November.


Last month—my second favorite month, and, yes, I rank everything—Jarrod and I participated in horror author Daniel Kraus’s annual 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge. The idea is simple: Watch thirty-one horror films during the month of October, and tweet about each one with a brief description or review.

There's no prize. Just the glory of getting to say you've done it.

Well . . . WE DID IT.

Here's the full list of films we watched. Some of these tweets were more clever than others.* We watched these movies pretty late at night, okay?? My brain was tired.**

*The best were written by my husband.
**That's my weak excuse for two Kevin McCallister jokes. Cripes.***

***Also, I just really like Home Alone.


1. THE MIST (2007): Andrea, Dale, & Carol from THE WALKING DEAD get trapped in a grocery store & fight a parking-lot octopus.

2. SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983): Crop tops and short shorts are killed in delightfully creative ways. Lock up your curling iron.

3. ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (2006): Unfriendly friends go to a ranch for blow jobs. Heads are blown off instead.

4. RAVENOUS (1999): Cool setting cool cannibals OH NO THIS MUSIC AGAIN. Guy Pearce, you're great, but I *think* it's a comedy?


5. COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (2012): It'll make you wish the elderly were used more often in climactic chase scenes.

6. GRABBERS (2012): Irish island gets drunk for protection against alien sea monsters. Great characters. Gorgeous setting.

7. THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (2008): Poor choices abound as Bradley Cooper photographs a butcher doing his work on the subway.

8. OLDBOY (2003): Keep your mouth shut. For multiple reasons.


9. FUNNY GAMES (1997): If their son had been Kevin McCallister, this home invasion would have gone very differently.

10. [REC] (2007): Blair Witch Outbreak in Barcelona.

11. SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE (2011): Some guy = ice cream man. People = bullies. Sad. Sweet. Funny. Quiet. Not really horror?

12. DETENTION (2011): Peeta and Dane Cook star in this 90s edition of Trivial Pursuit: Pop Culture.


13. HORNS (2013): Townspeople can't lie to Harry Potter's pointy nubbins.

14. DRAG ME TO HELL (2009): Rests beside CORALINE in the pantheon of films about evil buttons.

15. CANDYMAN (1992): It takes longer to call him than Bloody Mary, but it's worth it for his coat alone.

16. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (2009): I'm having a hard time digesting this one.


17. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (2011): What's black and white and brown all over? That one scene.

18. THE VANISHING (1988): Why you should never buy coffee at a gas station.

19. THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959): Teenagers, hot rods, and ukeleles. A regular gila monster. And then more ukeleles.

20. CURSED (2005): (A) Wednesday Addams, Mark Zuckerberg, Pacey, Kitty Sanchez, Ron Swanson, Lindsay Bluth. (B) Werewolves.


21. BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974): The call is coming from inside the sorority! A modern slasher made pre-HALLOWEEN. Impressive.

22. THE RETURNED (2013): Zombies have been cured! Oops. Medicine's gone. Cue humanity at its worst.

23. FRANKENSTEIN (2011, Cumberbatch as Creature): Wow. WOW. Been waiting to see this for three years. Danny Boyle did NOT disappoint! Outstanding.

24. THE HITCHER (1986): Killer hitchhiker finds perfect victim—a guy who, inexplicably, will never describe him to the cops.


25. PROM NIGHT (1980): Disco dancing! And other things that go bump in the night.

26. FRANKENSTEIN (2011, Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein): Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller switch roles. Creature becomes Creator. Phenomenal.

27. THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005): Gary Busey is a tiny homicidal cookie. Yes, you read that correctly. Yes, you should watch it.

28. ERNEST SCARED STUPID (1991): When fighting booger trolls, don't forget the miak.


29. YOU'RE NEXT (2011): The Wet Bandits were lucky Kevin McCallister didn't use a blender, unlike this film's Final Girl.

30. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004): My favorite horror comedy. Period. (You've got red on you.)

31. SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999): Is it weird that I've always wanted to live on this set? Christopher Walken's pointy teeth and all.

All of these films were new-to-us with the exception of Ernest Scared Stupid, which we watch every Halloween Eve while carving pumpkins, and Shaun of the Dead and Sleepy Hollow, which we watch every year on Halloween itself. Obviously, we love them! Tease me all you want about Ernest, but I'll still maintain that it's massively underrated. It actually did scare me as a child. And the troll in it (a man in a costume) is ickier than 95% of modern CGI monsters.

As for the new films, Jarrod and I were unanimous in our top pick: Sleepaway Camp. This one was BONKERS. And so, so wrong. I never use this verb, but: Bless this film for existing.

Also, thanks to everyone on Twitter who told me to listen to the Sleepaway Camp episode of How Did This Get Made? It made me laugh (almost) as much as the movie.

Seriously, guys. That movie is ridiculous. And I mean that as a compliment.

The other films that I loved: Grabbers, Oldboy, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Candyman, Horns, The Vanishing, Black Christmas, and both versions of Danny Boyle's filmed play Frankenstein, which I saw in a movie theater via Fathom Events.


I also really, really, really liked Some Guy Who Kills People, though it seemed like it would be better friends with Little Miss Sunshine than Nightmare on Elm Street. It was great to see Kevin Corrigan, one of my favorite weirdos, in a leading role.

There was also plenty to enjoy about these: The Mist, Ravenous, Cockneys vs Zombies, [Rec], Drag Me To Hell, The Human Centipede, Cursed, The Returned, The Gingerdead Man, and You're Next.

As for the SCARIEST film, my tolerance for horror is high, so . . . none of them frightened me. I'm sorry! I know that's not helpful. But Candyman was the only film that made me vocally jump, and [Rec] was the only film that made me sick to my stomach. But that's because it used shaky cam. (Death to shaky cam!)

Funny Games was the hardest to watch. An hour and forty minutes of unrelenting misery. It wasn't graphic. Just bleak. And frustrating. With my least favorite type of ending to boot. The director accomplished exactly what he set out to do, and I can admire that, but I still hope I never have to see it—or anything like it—ever again.*

*I can't help but feel like the director (of both the original and the remake), Michael Haneke, would see this as a victory. Kudos to you, Haneke.

A few final thoughts:

Best title = The Midnight Meat Train
Runner up = Some Guy Who Kills People

Best title screen = You're Next, it's part of the actual plot
Runner up = Ravenous, vomiting Guy Pierce

Best kill You're Next, blender
Runner upSleepaway Camp, curling iron

Best chase scene = Cockneys vs Zombies, elderly man with walker vs zombies
Runner up = Frankenstein, the entire film(s)

Best worst quote = Sleepaway Camp, "Eat shit and die." "Eat shit and live, Bill."
Runner up = The Gingerdead Man, "Got milk?"

Best costumeCandyman, the title villain's wicked sweet coat
Runner upSleepaway Camp, male crop tops and short shorts


Seriously, guys. You HAVE to see Sleepaway Camp.

Even though it's November.

10.24.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME THE TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL


Welcome to the world, My True Love Gave to Me!

I'm so PROUD of this book. (Four starred reviews!!!) And I'm excited that you can finally read it. It's available everywhere—your local indie bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Target, etc.

I want to talk about it in greater detail here soon, but today—as it always seems these days, eep!—I'm in a rush. I'm packing for the Texas Book Festival, which is tomorrow, and I'm obsessing over Serial, which I SWEAR Ira Glass dreamed up just for me.

From their website:

"Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story—a true story—over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1."

The first season is about Sarah's investigation into the murder of a teenage girl in the late nineties.

This American Life! Podcast! True crime!!!

If you have any interest in any of the above subjects, I can't recommend it highly enough. I've listened to each episode three times. (I told you I was obsessed.)

Okay, back to the Texas Book Festival . . .


Do you live in Austin, Texas?

If so, I hope you'll drop everything (because obviously I'm writing this at the last second) and come see me this SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th.

1:15–2:15 PM: ”SA-WOOON” in the Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca). Every reader has their literary crush; admit it, even you. These authors are the experts on creating those seemingly perfect characters that make readers swoon, and now are sharing their insights into the field of romance. Join Stephanie Perkins, Rebecca Serle, and Jennifer E. Smith and hear what they have to say on everything from the first butterflies to happily ever after.

A book signing will immediately follow the panel.

Okay, time to return to packing! Because. You know. The festival is in less than twenty-four hours. And I'm still in North Carolina.

*gulp*

9.04.2014

GIVEAWAY WINNERS + ISLA TOUR


The randomly selected winners—I always use this handy tool—for the Kiersten White signed books giveaway are: Chloe Smith for Illusions of Fate and Janna Jinahon for In the Shadows. (I've emailed you both. If you haven't heard from me, let me know!)

And a quick reminder:

I'm leaving for tour THIS SUNDAY! If you live in one of these cities, I hope you'll join me and my friends:

Oakland, CA: Sunday, September 7

San Francisco, CA: Monday, September 8
Not Your Mother’s Book Club event with NINA LACOUR

Oceanside, CA: Tuesday, September 9
Illusions of Fate launch party with KIERSTEN WHITE and NATALIE WHIPPLE

New York, NY: Wednesday, September 10
Milk & Cookies event with GAYLE FORMAN

Doylestown, PA: Thursday, September 11
with JON SKOVRON
6:30 PM at Doylestown Books

Haverford, PA: Friday, September 12
with DAVID LEVITHAN and CHRIS VAN ETTEN

Houston, TX: Saturday, September 13
with KIERSTEN WHITE and JENNIFER MATHIEU

Extra-special reminder: Did you know Kiersten White and I sign each other's books? We do! If you'd like, you're welcome to ask us to do this at any of the events we're doing together *OR* at any event I'm doing, period.

More autumn events listed here. And even more to come soon!

9.02.2014

KIERSTEN WHITE SIGNED BOOKS GIVEAWAY


Hello, hello!

We're one week away from the release of my dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear friend Kiersten White's latest book!

It's called Illusions of Fate, and it's her strongest yet. It's so *ROMANTIC.*

This novel contains: a headstrong heroine, a swoony young lord, witty banter, a mysterious shadow, a gossipy best friend who talks like Jane Austen, fiery-red island flowers, a frightening nightmare man, magic sugar bowls, fateful Tarot cards, and a delightful black bird named Mr. Bird.

You know how Everything Leads to You is my favorite contemporary love story of the year? This is my favorite fantasy love story. It's like if Downtown Abbey and Howl's Moving Castle were baked into a single mouthwatering pie.

Bonus note for readers looking for diverse titles (all of you, I hope): Jessamin is a dark-skinned heroine!

I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it.

To celebrate its forthcoming release on September 9th, I'm giving away a signed advance copy *and* a signed hardcover of last spring's release, In the Shadows.


In the Shadows is half text (Kiersten) and half illustration (Jim Di Bartolo—whom you may know from his work with his wife Laini Taylor), two stories that combine to create one marvelous, mysterious, and wholly original tale.

Here's the starred (!) review from Booklist:

Maine. 1900. Five teens are living in a boardinghouse beneath a hill at the top of which stands a witch’s home. Attracted one evening by the sound of music, the five—Thomas and his desperately ill brother, Charles; sisters Cora and Minnie; and mysterious Arthur—arrive at the witch's abode. While peering in the windows, they see the witch wildly dance and then—to their horror—hang herself. Running for help, they return with the deputy sheriff to find her gone. What has happened? Could it involve the three strangers who have come to their town: two men—the sinister Alden and his ominous, bearded companion—and the elegant woman who accompanies them? What is Arthur’s dark secret? And what on earth is the Ladon Vitae?

These questions and more drive the tantalizing mystery that unfolds in two twinned stories: one told in the intriguing text by author White, and the second told in artist Di Bartolo’s wordless, enigmatic images that are interspersed throughout the narrative. The result is an enthralling, page-turning Gothic mystery infused with hair-raising horror. The well-written words harmonize perfectly with the lushly executed, haunting images that, at first, seem to have nothing to do with the textual story but are gradually revealed to be an integral part that, ultimately, brings light to the darkest of shadows.

It's a remarkable achievement. There's truly NOTHING like it, which is one of the highest compliments I can give.

To get an even better sense of the book, here's a flip of its pages:



Gorgeous, right??

I'll be giving away these two books—both signed by Kiersten White—separately.

To enter, please leave a comment here on my website telling me: (A) your email address, and (B) if you'd like to be entered for ILLUSIONS, SHADOWS, or BOTH. This giveaway is open internationally. I'll randomly select and announce the winners here this Thursday.

And while you wait to see if you've won, why don't you mark Illusions of Fate to-read on Goodreads here and In the Shadows here? :-)

Good luck!

[THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.]

8.25.2014

AUTUMN TOUR DATES



America, I am leaving my house! I'm coming to see you! I'm bringing friends!

Atlanta! THIS WEEKEND, I'll be at the Decatur Book Festival and Dragon Con.

Friday, August 29: Dragon Con 

LGBTQA Representation in YA (A707, Marriott) — 11:30 AM
Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima, Christopher Elliot, Casey Fiesler, Stephanie Perkins, Nessa Warrin
*If you bring my books, I will happily sign them in the hallway after this panel.

Saturday, August 30: Decatur Book Festival

Map of My Heart: Love Stories (Teen Stage) — 12:00-12:45 PM
Panelists: Adi Alsaid, Isabel Gillies, Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith
*Signing immediately following this panel

Sunday, August 31: Dragon Con

Beyond Genre: Realistic YA Fiction (A707, Marriott) — 11:30 AM
Panelists: Gwenda Bond, Michelle Hodkin, Stephanie Perkins, Debbie Viguié
*If you bring my books, I will happily sign them in the hallway after this panel.

* * *

Isla and the Happily Ever After tour:

Oakland, CA: Sunday, September 7
4 PM at A Great Good Place for Books

San Francisco, CA: Monday, September 8
Not Your Mother's Book Club event with Nina LaCour
7 PM at Books, Inc. Opera Plaza

Oceanside, CA: Tuesday, September 9
Illusions of Fate launch party with Kiersten White and Natalie Whipple
7 PM at Barnes & Noble (Oceanside location)

New York, NY: Wednesday, September 10
Milk & Cookies event with Gayle Forman
6 PM at McNally Jackson

Doylestown, PA: Thursday, September 11
with Jon Skovron
6:30 PM at Doylestown Books

Haverford, PA: Friday, September 12
with David Levithan and Chris Van Etten
7 PM at Children’s Book World

Houston, TX: Saturday, September 13
with Kiersten White and Jennifer Mathieu
2 PM at Blue Willow Bookshop

* * *

Additional events:

Naperville, IL: September 27-28
Anderson’s YA Conference (must purchase ticket to attend)

St. Paul, MN: October 11
Twin Cities Book Festival

Charleston, SC: November 7-8
YALLFest 

* * *

I'll have even more events to announce in the coming months!

8.07.2014

RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION (WITH A FEW QUICK STOPS ON THE SHAME TRAIN)


Oh, man. The shame train. It has arrived.

I get SO embarrassed having to talk about myself and my books and my events and my this and my that. It always feels . . . braggy. And awkward. But with Isla and the Happily Ever After releasing in one week (EEP!), it's my full-time job right now.

Me talking about me. And my books. And why you should buy them.

*hides underneath desk*

*eats cookie*

*eats another cookie*

*eats twelve more shame cookies*

The good news is that everyone is being very kind about it! Thank you for not unfollowing me on Twitter. Seriously. I swear I'll be back to talking about my cat soon. (Oh, who am I kidding? I have never stopped talking about my cat.)


But soon I'll also have time to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which everyone seems to adore, and season four of The Killing (LINDEN AND HOLDER OMGGGGG), and we can talk about those things instead! I can't wait!!!

In the meantime, my incredible publicist Lauren has been working her butt off, and she's put together a mighty fine tour for me this autumn. I'll be visiting so many of your cities! I'll announce these dates/stops within the next week, but today . . . 

There is only *ONE EVENT* that matters:

RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION!
My hometown bookstore!
Malaprop's Bookstore & Café!
Asheville, North Carolina!
Thursday, August 14th!
7:00 p.m.!

I'll be reading and chatting and answering questions and signing books, and I really hope that those of you who live in the area will be able to make it.

Malaprop's has always been my biggest supporter. I am so grateful for their knowledgeable, enthusiastic, freaking awesome booksellers. They've DOMINATED the Isla pre-order campaign. (This one! There's still time to pre-order! Signed book! Free buttons! Free stickers! Open internationally!)

I can't wait to thank them in person. 

I can't wait to thank YOU in person.

Thanks for being so patient for this book . . . and for being so patient while I have to promote it. We're almost there, guys. I promise.

7.18.2014

ISLA PRE-ORDERS: STICKERRRRRRRRRRS!


When you pre-order Isla and the Happily Ever After from one of THESE 50+ INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES, not only do you get a *signed* copy of the book, you also get these buttons, a chance at this tote bag, and . . . a sheet of stickers!

Stickers that you could put ANYWHERE.

I placed some stickers on this guitar case!


On these reusable water bottles!


On this skateboard!


On this laptop (beside my favorite WTF podcast sticker)!


Even . . . on this best friend!


If I had a school notebook, I would have stuck them on that, too. Stickers ALWAYS improve the appearance of school notebooks and binders!

(I'm glad I don't have a school notebook.)

(Because that would mean I'd be in school.)

(School is terrible.)

(Don't listen to me. School is awesome.)

(People in schools are terrible.)

(Seriously, don't listen to me.)

(Just having flashbacks.)

(Ohmygod, school.)

Anyway, aren't these stickers GREAT? Most of them were designed by the fantastic team at Penguin, though, I must confess, I'm especially enamored of the City Pie Guy sticker.


My dear friend Manning Krull—who not only designed this website, but who also translates all of the French language bits in my novels—made it a few years ago, on a secret surprise commission from my husband, for my Lola and the Boy Next Door tour. We had it printed on T-shirts and gave them out at events. It makes me happy that we get to use it again!

P.S. Manning runs an incredibly helpful website called Cool Stuff in Paris—a guide to both practical and weird stuff—that I think a lot of you would dig. Check it out.

In conclusion . . . if you haven't pre-ordered a signed copy of Isla yet, I hope you'll consider it. At least for the free goodies!

P.P.S. Here's an excerpt of the first fifty pages to help sway you.

P.P.P.S. And here's a reminder to my international readers that Malaprop's will take your orders.

6.17.2014

ISLA AND THE PRE-ORDER CAMPAIGN


It's always odd to switch gears from writing to promotion. Especially these days.

As some of you know, my next novel isn't a romance. It's horror. A balls out, blood spattered, high-body-count slasher. So I've been spending my days carefully crafting the gruesome and unusual deaths of numerous teenagers, and I've been spending my nights urging my Twitter and Tumblr followers to pre-order a very sweet novel about hope and true love.

HA!

I like it.

Doing both—being both—makes me enormously happy. I mean. It's important to have balance, right??

But . . . you probably don't want to hear about high body counts right now. (Many of you probably don't ever want to hear about high body counts.) (That's okay.) So I'm gonna talk about pre-ordering instead.

The incredible folks at Penguin have put together something *WONDERFUL*.

Everyone who pre-orders Isla and the Happily Ever After from one of these participating fifty-five (FIFTY-FIVE!) independent booksellers will receive:

• A signed copy (hardcover, first edition, published by Dutton)

• A bundle of fun ANNA/LOLA/ISLA-related decals

• A bundle of three buttons

These buttons! Perhaps you've seen them on Tumblr? :-)

You will also, of course, receive my gratitude. Humbled and ecstatic. In fact, you'll feel this gratitude reaching out to you through the ether instantly after purchase. It will feel like a hug from a soft, friendly, bear-rabbit type animal.

That's me. That's my hug. Thank you.

But . . . what's this??

There's more! You know that ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag that's—so far—only been available to readers who have attended my events this year?

Twenty-five people per store will also receive an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag.

think each store will be selecting the winners at random, but you may want to double-check when placing your pre-order. Some of them might be first come/first serve.

(Adorable but jerkface cat not included.)

FAQ:

My local bookstore isn't participating. Can I still get in on this?

Absolutely. Most of the bookstores on this list will be very happy to ship to you. Pick one and try. (You can always pick my local indie bookstore, Malaprop's! Love them.)

Are any of the participating bookstores in Canada?

Yes! There are two Canadian bookstores on this list. Scroll to the bottom.

I don't live in the United States or Canada. What about me?

No problem. Many of the bookstores on this list ship internationally. I know for sure that my local indie bookstore Malaprop's does. (If you don’t see your country listed at checkout, tweet or email them, and they’ll add it. They are super nice!)

So . . . 

Back in April, I signed a few thousand tip-in sheets. These are the pages that will be bound into the pre-ordered copies. (If you're a John Green fan, no doubt you're already familiar with this concept.) While I was grateful not to be signing 150,000 pages* like John (HOW IS HIS HAND STILL ATTACHED TO HIS ARM??), I did discover . . . it's an unusually exhausting activity. 

*Remove two zeroes to get closer to my number.

My signature normally looks like the one at the top of this post. But I learned that I could only sign for so long. Otherwise, I'd FORGET how to sign my own name. Mid-signature!

So I'd sign a page like this:

You can hear the stop-and-go in my brain.

Or even this:

What does a "P" look like? I DON'T KNOW! HELP ME.

It was pretty embarrassing.

I mean, I'd be sitting there alone, signing and watching the Wallander series for the third time or listening to episodes of My Brother, My Brother and Me, so it's not like anyone was looking over my shoulder and judging me. Still. A large part of me wanted to crumple up all of the ugly signatures and bury them in the recycle bin.

But . . . I didn't.

Not because I overcame any great personal hurdles, mind you, but because. You know. My publisher paid for those pages.

So I blush and apologize in advance to those of you who get ridiculous signatures. Most of them are okay. Some of them are even cool!

For instance, one person who pre-orders will get this:


And *ten* of you will find one of these:


That's a rose. If you couldn't tell.

(I hope you can tell.)

I had to teach myself how to draw one! I've always wished I were a Josh who could draw beautifully, but, alas, I am an Isla. I can only admire those who do.

HEY, SPEAKING OF.

Have you read the first fifty pages of Isla and the Happily Ever After? Did you know that you can read them RIGHT NOW? You should probably GO READ THEM.

And then . . . you should probably pre-order it.

I'll just place this full list of participating stores right here. For your convenience.

Thanks, you guys.

xo

6.03.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: A GORGEOUS COVER

See it even bigger here.

I'm so excited and proud to present you with the cover of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.

Isn't it lovely?

Our editor Sara Goodman had the idea, Olga Grlic did the design, and Jim Tierney is the phenomenal illustrator. (Jim has done a TON of beautiful book covers. If you visit his website, I'm sure you'll recognize some of them!) Jim was our top choice, and we were all ecstatic when he said yes!

I adore the colors, the handwritten text, the stars and ornaments and trees and snow . . . and those those figures ice skating on the pond? They're the characters from our stories! How wonderful is that?? I love how classic it feels. Like a holiday card received from a beloved friend.

I can't even begin to tell you how often I just open up the file on my computer and STARE AT IT. 

My characters are on the bottom left—red skirt, red plaid shirt. So cute!

My favorite part, though?

Those eleven other names at the top.

I'm so, so, so happy to have all twelve authors on the cover. Those of you who read a lot of anthologies already know how rare this is. I'm grateful that Sara—and everyone at St. Martin's Griffin—recognized this anthology as a project about joy and friendship and love. Every author worked HARD to make this happen (from conception to publication, it'll be less than a year), and it was important to me that every author receive equal billing.

Thank you, St. Martin's.

Thank you, authors.

I mean, guys . . . did you see the authors in this collection? Holly Black! Ally Carter! Matt de la Peña! Gayle Forman! Jenny Han! David Levithan! Kelly Link! Myra McEntire! Rainbow Rowell! Laini Taylor! Kiersten White!

Isn't that nuts??

I can't believe how lucky I was to work with these people. I've learned so much from them, and I'm so freaking proud of their stories. All twelve stories are romantic and smart and funny and breathtaking. Some of them will make you cry. Others will make you laugh out loud. They'll all make you swoon.

I'll let the other authors choose what to share about their stories. But . . . I can tell you a little bit about mine! It's called "It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown," and it's about a girl named Marigold, a boy named North, a beautiful Christmas tree lot, and one life-changing night. It's the first story I've written that I've set in my hometown of Asheville, NC. And it was so much fun!

I think you'll like it. I think, I think. :-)

I'm so thankful for these authors for trusting me with their work. And I'm so thankful for Sara Goodman and everyone at St. Martin's for understanding this project . . . exactly.

My True Love Gave to Me will be released on October 14th.

You can mark it to-read here on Goodreads. And here are some places where it's available for pre-order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

This anthology is . . . really and truly special. The stories make you feel good inside. I can't wait for you all to read it this holiday season.

5.13.2014

EVERYTHING LEADS TO THE RT CONVENTION

Isn't this a pretty cover??

Two quick things!

First thing!

This Thursday, Nina LaCour's Everything Leads to You comes out. I think a lot of you would like it. 

Nina writes my absolute favorite kind of novels—real and romantic characters, settings so delicious you can taste them, and beautiful beautiful beautiful sentences.

I loved her first novel about surviving the suicide of a friend, Hold Still. I loved her second novel about an all-girl rock band, The Disenchantments, even more. And now I love Everything Leads to You EVEN MORE.

It's about Emi, a talented young production designer, and it contains: a mysterious letter, a dead Hollywood film legend, getting over an ex, the search for the perfect couch, awesome best friends, a transformed apartment, tacos on the beach, and an intriguing aspiring actress with red hair. Who just might be Emi's true love.

AND IT'S SO GOOD, YOU GUYS.

I took this picture of Nina two years ago when we sneaked away from our book-tour duties and went to the Seattle Public Library. (Yes. We took a break from books to visit more books.)

Second thing!

This week, I'll be in New Orleans for the RT Booklovers Convention.

IF YOU'RE ATTENDING AND YOU WANT AN ANNA/LOLA/ISLA TOTE BAG (one of these), getting one is simple. I'm taking twenty totes with me, and I'll be giving away ten at my panel on Thursday and ten at my panel on Friday.

Approach me before or after the panels. Ask for one. First come, first serve.

Thursday, May 15 — 11:15am to 12:15pm 

“Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood”: YA Authors in the Digital Age

In the age of social media and smartphones, authors are online 24/7, including when we’re sleepy, on deadline, and everywhere in between. In addition to that, there are blogs, interviews, Skype, Google Hang-Outs . . . and, of course, requests for interstitial stories. What’s an author to do? How do we juggle it all? How do we avoid flames? 

Moderator: Kelley Armstrong
Panelists: Rachel Caine, David Macinnis Gill, CJ Lyons, Stephanie Perkins, Tamora Pierce
Location: 2nd Floor Room — Studio 1 (Preservation Hall) 

Friday, May 16 — 11:15am to 12:15pm 

“These Are the Days”: Contemporary in YA

Contemporary fiction is seeing an exciting comeback. Sometimes reality requires a different toolbox than other genres. Join our experts as they address the intricacies of crafting stories in our world.

Co-moderators: Gayle Forman & Stephanie Perkins
Panelists: Lucy Connors, Elizabeth Eulberg, Juliana Stone, Tamara Ireland Stone
Location: 2nd Floor Room — Studio 4 (Preservation Hall)

Saturday, May 17

Giant Book Fair 
11:00am to 2:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor Room — Grand Ballroom & Mardi Gras Ballroom

Teen Day Party
6:15pm to 8:00pm
Location: 3rd Floor Room — Mardi Gras Ballroom

5.09.2014

ISLA AND THE EXCERPT EVER AFTER

It's getting closer . . .

I'm nervous and happy and proud to announce that the first two chapters of Isla and the Happily Ever After are now available to read HERE on MTV.com!

*GULP*

Your patience and support with this novel have been incredible. Above and beyond. I sincerely hope that you enjoy this exclusive!

(Aaaaaaaand now I'm going to bury my head in the sand for, like, two weeks.)

4.12.2014

TOTE BAGS: L.A. EDITION


Hey, Los Angeles!

If you'd like an ANNA/LOLA/ISLA tote bag (one of these), here's how to get one THIS SUNDAY APRIL 13TH at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books:

(1) Print the above image.

(2) Fill out your name and email address.

(3) Hand it to me at the festival.

If you're one of the first ten people to hand it to me, you'll get a tote bag! Right there and then!

If you aren't . . . no worries. You'll still have a chance to win one. I'll put all of the remaining entries into a new giveaway—a drawing—and I'll randomly select two winners. I'll email the winners next week.

Now. Where will you be able to find me at the festival?

• Walking around. Of course!

• 1 PM: Signing (with Rachel Hawkins) at the Penguin/Pages booth #707. This is your best bet. Please wait in the signing line and hand me your entry when you reach the front.

• 3 PM: Panel on the YA Stage with Emery Lord, Joanna Philbin, and Amy Spalding. Please do not approach me while the panel is in session, but feel free to approach me before or after. I'm very friendly!

Good luck! I hope to see you soon!

4.04.2014

HELLO, LOS ANGELES + SALVAGE WINNERS

The Ladies of Asheville YA: Moi, Alexandra Duncan, Meagan Spooner, and Megan Shepherd at Alexandra's Salvage event at Malaprop's

Congratulations to Tiffing and Anna Swenson, the randomly selected winners of this week's Salvage giveaway! I've contacted you both, so please let me know if you didn't receive my email.

Next week, I'll be in Los Angeles for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. If you live in the area, please say hello! Catch me here on Sunday, April 13th:

• 1 PM: Signing at the Penguin Young Reader's booth with the hilarious and wonderful Rachel Hawkins (Rebel Belle).

• 3 PM: Panel on the YA Stage with Emery Lord (Open Road Summer) and Joanna Philbin (Rules of Summer), moderated by my awesome pal Amy Spalding (Ink Is Thicker Than Water).

Okay! I'd better get back to work!

Or maybe I'll go eat some cookies.

Yeah. That sounds better. Cookies first, then work.

Always cookies first.

3.31.2014

GIVEAWAY: SALVAGE


Salvage is the book I’ve been waiting for—kick-ass, brilliant, feminist science fiction. Watch out, world. Alexandra Duncan has arrived.”
—Stephanie Perkins, a.k.a. me!

This is a huge week for my friend Alexa. Her debut YA science-fiction novel Salvage releases TOMORROW.

It's about a girl named Ava, and . . . spaceships, a floating continent made out of garbage, a boy named Luck, bioluminescence, awesome mothers, chai wallahs, a crumbling patriarchy, roasted squid, Mumbai, a boy with a shipyard filled with junk, and choice.

Fantastic, right??

I've known Alexa for years. Back when I was a librarian, I worked with her husband, who was my friend. Jeremy used to tell me about how his wife was a writer, too, and how she was really, really talented. And I was like, "That's great!" But inside, I was doing that thing. That thing where I get a little judge-y. "I've heard that one before."

Then I met Alexa at a stitch-n-bitch (way more bitching than stitching), and I was like, "OH. This woman is super smart and cool!" (Duh. Of course she was. As if Jeremy wouldn't have a cool wife.) And then Alexa started working as a librarian, too, and I got to know her even better, and then she started getting her short stories published in all of these great magazines, and then . . . she wrote a novel.

Now. I read a lot of manuscripts. I do. It's something I've been doing privately, under a few different guises, for quite some time now.

But this one.

THIS ONE.

Alexa had written the novel I had literally been waiting for. When I was a librarian, I'd been desperate for more female-centric science fiction. (It's definitely out there! But, sadly, the selection isn't so large.) This book was big, it was literary, it was exciting, it was dynamic. I wanted it published so that librarians everywhere could put it in their collections. I wanted it published now.

This was the only time I've ever begged an author to let me take their manuscript to my agent.

THIS BOOK HAD TO BE PUBLISHED. AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Of course, my agent loved it. Signed her. Got her a deal immediately.

And then . . . well, publishing takes a few years.

But this novel—this wonderful, wonderful, wonderful novel—is coming out at last. And all of you librarians can order it for your collections, and all of you readers can FINALLY ENJOY IT!

My shortcut pitch is that it's Graceling for science-fiction fans.

But, of course, it's SO MUCH MORE than that.

Here are some more blurbs:

“Alexandra Duncan is a stunning new voice. Duncan’s magnificently flawed future world exposes humanity . . . in ways that are ripe for discussion. . . . Ava’s personal journey from oppression to self-actualization—by turns harrowing and heartbreaking, but ultimately triumphant—will keep readers glued to the pages. Highly recommended.”
—Rae Carson, NYT bestselling author of the Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy

“Alexandra Duncan’s debut illustrates a richly detailed world that vividly shows a possible future of Earth where society has both regressed and progressed, where the struggles of humanity have become more dire, but where love still remains. Everything—from the world to the characters—felt viscerally real. Original and memorable.”
—Beth Revis, NYT bestselling author of the Across the Universe trilogy

“Epic in scope and intimate in execution, Salvage is an astonishing debut. Duncan expertly crafts a story of the journey to claim oneself across the infinite expanses of both space and the human heart.”
—Kiersten White, NYT bestselling author of the Paranormalcy trilogy

This is getting ridiculous. I don't remember the last time I took a picture, and my cat didn't barge into it.

Okay, now that I've captured your interest, here's the extra-good news.

I'm giving away two *signed* advanced copies of Salvage!

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment here on my blog telling me: (A) the name of your favorite science-fiction book, movie, or television show, and (B) your email address.

I'll randomly select and announce the winners here this Thursday. That way, the rest of you can hurry up and buy your own copies. Hee hee.

Good luck!

3.06.2014

ISLA GETS A RELEASE DATE


Many of you have already heard the good news on my agent's blog, but for those who missed it, Isla and the Happily Ever After finally has a release date. An official, real, it's-gonna-happen release date.

August 14, 2014

The book has been written.

I am happy with it.

My critique partners are happy with it. My agent is happy with it. My publisher is happy with it. It's taken us a long time to get here, but we believe and hope that you will be happy with it.

I'm doing well. My health is stronger than it's been in years. And I'm so, so grateful for the time and patience and support that you—all of my incredibly kindhearted readers—have given me to heal. Your constant stream of well wishes, caring, and understanding has done more to reaffirm my faith in the overall goodness of humanity than . . . perhaps anything else ever has.

It has also taught me the importance of speaking up. Since I went public about my depression last May, I have directly spoken with hundreds of you—readers, authors, librarians, teachers, booksellers, children, teenagers, adults—who have felt what I have felt. Who have been overtaken and confined by darkness. Who fight it every day just to get out of bed, just to feed themselves, just to bathe themselves, just to put one stupid foot in front of the other.

Depression makes you feel alone and helpless and ashamed.

I am not alone. I am not helpless. I am not ashamed.

There are a lot of us. And you've all shown me that I want to keep talking about this, I have to keep talking about this. There's nothing more important for those of us who have been trapped inside that prison of self-isolation to be reminded that others have felt the same way, and others have made it through.

Your stories have given me strength. And that's why I have never regretted telling mine.

For those of you who are currently suffering, Libba Bray recently posted about it here. Myra McEntire posted about it here. You are not alone. Look for the stories. Search for your own voice and tell someone. And then tell someone else. Keep talking, keep talking, keep talking.

Okay?

Keep talking.

All right. Back to Isla. To answer a few questions, which I'm sure are brewing . . .

Why was Isla delayed from May 2014 to August 2014?

As I explained last year in this post, the May release date that appeared on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. was, unfortunately/confusingly, a placeholder date. It was never an official release date.

Placeholder date? What does that mean? 

To quote myself (ugh, sorry): "This is sort of confusing, but, basically, when a book is placed into a season in the publisher’s catalog (publishers organize the release of books by seasons, which helps them with marketing and conferences and such) it requires a release date. But sometimes—like with Isla—the book’s release date is unknown at the time of the catalog’s release. When this occurs, the book is given a placeholder date."

My publisher and I believed that Isla would be ready in time to make that particular catalog/season. It wasn't. It took me half a year longer than I thought it would to become healthy enough to finish writing the manuscript. My publisher has been nothing but supportive of me, my health, and this book. I am the one at fault. Please do not send them any complaints.

So . . . is this new August date a placeholder date?

No, thank goodness! It's official. Isla is currently with my editor, and it's in the final stages of editing. It will be published this August.

Where/when can I get an advanced copy?

They don't exist yet. And you probably won't get one. There will only be a few copies printed, and booksellers will have priority. It's important to me that ALL of my readers, everyone who has been so patient, receives the opportunity to read this book at the same time—this August.

What's this "fantastically fun pre-order campaign" your agent mentioned on her blog?

I'm happy you asked! But . . . I can't tell you. Not yet. (Hee hee!) My best guess is that it'll happen this summer. But my publisher is, indeed, planning something very cool and exciting.

Myself with superagent Daphne Unfeasible! (a.k.a. Kate Schafer Testerman)

Speaking of my agent . . . if have NOT yet visited her blog, you should.

Because remember these tote bags?


She's giving one away along with a paperback copy of Lola and the Boy Next Door. And because the response has already been so enthusiastic (!), I've asked her to draw two additional names, so I'll be sending out two additional totes.

You can enter to win HERE on her blog. 

She'll be drawing the winners on Monday. So hurry, hurry!

As for that picture at the veeeeeeeeery top of the page, the one beside the cover of Isla, that was taken two autumns ago in a top-secret location in Europe. I look so pleased with myself, because the moment I saw the place I realized that ISLA AND JOSH WERE GOING TO MAKE OUT THERE.

And they totally do. Whee!!!

There is . . . a lot of making out in this novel. Like, way more than the others. I had to do SOMETHING to keep myself happy, you know. ;-)

There's not much else I can tell you right now—you know I enjoy secrecy—but I do feel compelled to leave you, as a thank you, with a few key words: yearning, sketchbooks, garden roses, sisters, being caught in the rain, cartography, a best friend named after a dead musician, museums, shelves of adventure books, and an engraved compass necklace.

Sounds like a Stephanie Perkins novel to me. I hope it sounds like one to you, too.