Free Your Mind

It’s about 7am. I woke up at 4:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep (wonder why), so I spent an hour on the treadmill (one of the lovely things about hotels), showered and ate. I don’t get picked up for a couple hours so I am going to try and sneak in a little writing time.

If I can get my hands to stop shaking. Because I am, to put it mildly, wicked cranked up.

Because CHAINS is released today.

And I have finally solved the problem of how to inscribe it. I’ve never heard other authors fret about this, so maybe it’s one of my many quirks, but I like to have a special tag line for each book instead of just writing “Best Wishes” whenever I sign a book for a reader. And it always takes me a long time to find the right words. But I finally hit it for CHAINS.

Free your mind.

That’s what I’ll be writing countless times (fingers crossed) for the next month. It sums up the journey of Isabel, the main character, and the journey that I hope my readers will take, using books to open up their world and grow.

Have you ever had your name in soup? As of this morning, I have. A very cool experience, I must say. Thank you, Jama Rattigan, for the awesome CHAINS celebration shout-out and for putting my name in soup! (I wonder if that is the children’s literature equivalent of putting your name in lights?)

Today I visit St. Bernard’s School in St. Paul and Roseville Area Middle School in Little Canada. (Which in in America. Which is funny because I live in the town of Mexico, which is also in America. What a country!)

TONIGHT’S EVENT: 7:00 – 8:30pm : Barnes & Noble, Roseville, MN 651-639-9256

TOMORROW NIGHT’S EVENT: 6:00 pm at Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, MN 612-920-5005

Call your friends, wake the neighbors, alert all students that I am happy to write extra credit notes to anyone who comes out to my book signing! Let the games begin!

15 Replies to “Free Your Mind”

  1. Your name in soup! Who’d a-thunk it? I hope you have at least half this much energy at the end of the tour. And hugs and happy birthday a little early!

  2. Great inscription, though I must admit, I like the one in my copy even better. 😉

    Reading CHAINS made me jealous — in a good way. This book is going to have a long and happy life.

  3. Right there with you, L…. my book THE INDIGO KING is out as of today (apparently a good day at S&S!) and I start the book events tomorrow.

    I haven’t figured out as cool an inscription, though!

    Good luck with the signings!

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