The most exciting day of the year

Tuesday, March 20th, means…

… that Spring is finally here. It snowed on and off all day yesterday.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic … that the TWISTED book contest is closed to new guesses. This is one of the deeper snow drifts around the house – it is about 55 inches high. BH will be monitoring the melting daily. As soon as the last bit of snow is gone, I’ll make the announcement and choose the winner.

… that TWISTED is officially launched!!! Yee-haa!!! You can buy it in a bookstore today! Please read it and tell me what you think.

… that the TWISTED podcast is up on my website. (Thank you, theoblack!)

… that ShelfLife is celebrating one of my heros, Judy Blume.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic … that I have to finish packing

… because my book tour starts today! I leave for the airport in a couple of hours and will spend the rest of the day flying south. Cross your fingers that the suitcase stays with me.

I will be blogging daily from the road. Here is tomorrow’s schedule:


8am – SCHOOL EVENT – Blytheville High School, Blytheville, AK (not open to public)
Sponsored by: That Bookstore

11am – STOCK SIGNING: That Bookstore
316 W. Main, Blytheville, AR 72315 Tel:(870) 763-3333

2:00 PMish – STOCK SIGNING at Barnes & Noble
Wolf Chase Galleria
2774 N Germantown Parkway
Memphis, TN 38133

3:00 PMish- STOCK SIGNING at Barnes & Noble
Carriage Crossing
4610 Merchants Park Circle Suite 52
Collierville, TN 38017

3:30 PMish – STOCK SIGNING at Borders
6685 Poplar Ave
Germantown, TN 38138

7:00pm – PUBLIC EVENT! at Books-A-Million
135 Towne Square Boulevard, Southaven, MS 38671
(suburb of Memphis, TN) Tel:(662) 536-1888

Gazing in a crystal ball & contest to win a signed book

At about three this morning, a chunk of ice the size of a coffee table and six inches thick released itself from our upper roof and crashed into the roof of the sunporch, right outside my bedroom window. The impact put a sizable dent in the two layers of steel roofing. It also woke me up. Nearly gave me a heart attack, in fact.

I think this is going to be a long day.

I leave on the book tour in one week, exactly. First stop will be Arkansas and Mississippi. I have not been to either state yet and am very stoked. The Mississippi event is open to the public. It is actually more of a Tennessee/Mississippi event. The store, Books-A-Million, is in Southaven, MS, which is a suburb of Memphis, TN.

Do you know anyone who lives near Memphis? If so, would you consider begging them to go to my signing on Wednesday, March 22? How about Oxford, MS? I’ll be there on Thursday, March 26th. The bookstore is Square Books, Jr. and the event starts at 3:30pm. Author Karen Hesse (whom I adore) will be there, too, so please, please, grab the dog and the kids and join us!

One of the nice things about having the first part of the tour set in the South is that the chances of sheets of ice crashing in the middle of the night are slim.

It’s time for a contest!!!! Guess when the last bit of snow is going to melt in my yard. Step right up, folks! Declare your guess for the the date and time in the Comments. Guesses must be posted by one week from today, Tuesday, March 20th. The person who comes closest will win a signed copy of TWISTED.

Let the game begin!

Stomach twisting monday

It’s two weeks until TWISTED is released. Let the nausea begin.

I expect to get back my editor’s comments on my WIP today. I want to try and turn it around before I leave. More tummy-twisting.

Oh, and yeah, the book tour is in two weeks and I am obsessing about packing and I need to remember to buy Sleepytime Tea for the trip and to pack my vitamins and I better get to the gym because exercise time will be short and it is snowing again and they closed Rt. 81 because nobody could see anything. But, really, I’m fine. Really. I just need a nap.

Theo has given the homepage of my website a new feel. He also posted the Tour Online, and started putting up the dedicated TWISTED pages.

I am going to eat Tums now.

Oh, and I got a tattoo this weekend. What did you do?

TWISTED Book Tour!

Fire up the engines, honey, it’s time to take this book on the road!

In about a month, I am the very lucky author who gets to visit 20 cities in 12 days, and (fingers crossed, toes crossed, jumping up and down) meet hundreds and hundreds of you guys in the process.

I am not sure exactly how the cities were chosen, except that I do know that an effort was made to get me to a couple of places I had not visited before.

There are three kinds of events on this tour. Because I write for teenagers, my smart publishers went to a lot of trouble to get me in front of them. I will be visiting 7 high schools in the course of this visit. (It was supposed to be 8, but administrators at one school apparently got spooked because of the nature of my books.) These SCHOOL EVENTS are not open to the public. Sorry. I wish they were.

A STOCK SIGNING is kind of a drive-by signing. It is not a formal book signing, but booksellers don’t seem to mind if people show up. Generally, the author sprints from the car to the store, signs a lot of books, gets to hang out with the booksellers (who tend to be very interesting people), then sprints back to the car.

A PUBLIC EVENT, is, well, open to the public. That means you and everybody you know are invited to hang out. Bring the dog, too. I like dogs.

If you see a gap of a couple of hours between events, I am sad to report it does not mean I can get together with you for coffee. Every minute of this tour is spoken for between traveling, speaking, lunches and dinners with librarians and booksellers, and – occasionally – sleep.

Enough babbling, let’s get to it!

TWISTED TOUR, Mar. 20 – April 1, 2007

Tuesday, March 20 – fly half-way across the country. Try not to bore people sitting next to me with details of the new book. However, if stuck on tarmac for more than an hour, volunteer to hold plane spellbound by reading the first 15 chapters out loud.

Wednesday, March 21 – Arkansas & Mississippi

8am – SCHOOL EVENT – Blytheville, AK
Sponsored by: That Bookstore

11am – STOCK SIGNING: That Bookstore
316 W. Main
Blytheville, AR 72315

7:00pm – PUBLIC EVENT!: Books-A-Million
135 Towne Square Boulevard
Southaven, MS 38671 (suburb of Memphis, TN)

Thursday, March 22 – Mississippi

10:30 am – SCHOOL EVENT, kinda sorta
Young Authors Fair – Oxford Conference for the Book
Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts
100 University Ave.
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
Phone: 662-915-2787

Midday – super-special treat for me which I will be raving about endlessly, I swear. Man, oh, man. It is going to be faulking amazing. (Yes, that was a hint, duh.)

3:30 pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Square Books, Jr.
160 Courthouse Square
Oxford, MS 38655

Friday, March 23 – Florida

12:30 pm – SCHOOL EVENT – Miami, FL
Sponsored by: Barnes & Noble West Kendall
Kendall Village West
12405 N Kendall Drive
Miami, FL 33186

7:00 pm – AMAZING PUBLIC EVENT, including a Battle of the Bands as well as a booksigning! 20% of the money from my book sales that evening will be donated to The Children’s Home Society of Florida Please bring a new or gently used book to donate to the Society. If you do, you’ll get a raffle ticket. The store is going to raffle off some Miami Heat tickets, a gift certificate to American Apparel, and other stuff. (Isn’t this great?)

Where will this awesome thing happen?
Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Ph: 305-442-4408

Saturday, March 24 – Kentucky & Ohio

12:00pm PUBLIC EVENT: Blue Marble Bookstore
1356 S. Ft. Thomas Avenue
Ft. Thomas, KY 41075

3:00pm PUBLIC EVENT: Joseph-Beth Booksellers
2692 Madison Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45208

5:30 pm STOCK SIGNING: Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore
3054 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45209

Sunday, March 25 – Ohio

2:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT Books & Co.
The Greene Town Center
4453 Walnut Street
Dayton, Ohio 45440

6:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT: Signing at Upper Arlington High School (open to public)
(event location) 1650 Ridgeview Rd.
Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This will be sponsored by: Cover to Cover
3560 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43214-4041

Monday, March 26 – Michigan

12:00pm – SCHOOL EVENT – Lapeer, MI
Sponsored by: Halfway Down the Stairs
114 E. 4th St.
Rochester, MI 48307

7:00pm – PUBLIC EVENT! Signing at Southfield Public Library
26300 Evergreen Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076

Sponsored by: The Book Beat
26010 Greenfield
Oak Park, MI 48237

Tuesday, March 27 – Michigan

3:30 pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Borders/Birmingham
34300 Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009
Phone: 248.203.0005

7:00 pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Nicola’s Books
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Wednesday, March 28 – Illinois & Missouri

4:30pm PUBLIC EVENT: Piece of Mind Books
1530 Troy Rd.
Edwardsville, IL 62025

7:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT: Signing at St. Louis Public Library – Buder Branch
4401 Hampton Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63109

Sponsored by: Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid
St. Louis, MO 63108

Thursday, March 29 – TEXAS!

10:30am – SCHOOL EVENT – Houston, TX

Sponsored by: Blue Willow Bookshop
14532 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77079

1:30pm – ANOTHER SCHOOL EVENT – Houston, TX

Sponsored by: Brazos Bookstore

4:00pm – PUBLIC EVENT: Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet
Houston, TX 77005

Friday, March 30 – Texas

2:00pm – SCHOOL EVENT – Austin, TX
Sponsored by: Book People

4pm STOCK SIGNING – Book People
603 North Lamar Blvd.
Austin, TX 78703

Saturday, March 31 – California

4:00 pm PUBLIC EVENT: Kepler’s Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park CA, 94025

7:30 pm: PUBLIC EVENT: Books Inc. notyourmothers
601 Van Ness Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94102

Sunday, April 1
Fly home.
Sleep on plane.
Drool all over self.
Sign cocktail napkins in a daze.
Sign walls of airplane bathroom in stupor. Sign face of appalled flight attendant.
Get arrested.
Sleep in squad car.
Read TWISTED out loud to cell mates.
Have husband bail me out.
Start writing new book.

Signings after the Official Tour

Saturday, April 28 – New York

6:00pm – River’s End Bookstore
19 W Bridge St
Oswego, NY 13126

Friday, May 11 – Pennsylvania

6:00pm PUBLIC EVENT: The Moravian Book Shop
428 Main St.
Bethlehem, PA 18018

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Booktour hints

I am on a dead run today, so this will be quick. Here are the states I’ll be visiting on booktour in March!

(In chronological order)
New York

Several states have multiple signings. Details tomorrow – I promise!!!! I ‘ll give cities, stores, times, everything. I am SO EXCITED about this!!!

(TWISTED goes on sale in exactly one month. Be still my beating heart.)

I am also excited about the following photographs:

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The roof cleaners are here!

Image and video hosting by TinyPic That is the Daddy Roof, forty feet up. See why I didn’t want to go up it?