Archive for November, 2011
What? You didn‘t spend Thanksgiving in a tent outside of Best Buy? You didn’t trample small children inside your local Wal-Mart? You haven’t stocked up on DVD players and iPods for your family and friends? In fact, you haven’t even started your holiday shopping?
It’s okay! Who wants an iPod when they can have a signed book? (On second thought, don’t answer that question.)
Special for the holidays, I am offering free, personalized bookplates to readers in the United States. (Not trying to play favorites, but international postage is steep.) In case you don’t know what an author bookplate is (I didn’t until people started asking me for them) they’re custom stickers that I sign and that you stick on the inside cover of one of my books. And just like that, for seven to ten dollars, you’ve got a signed, personalized book to give to your mother, sister, child’s teacher, old friend who won’t take the hint that it’s time to stop exchanging gifts . . . pretty much anyone on your list. You? Are awesome.
For What Came First (or any of my other books for adults) I’ve got the design on the left, and for your favorite (or second or third favorite) teen or tween, who might enjoy Switch or Snap, I’ve got the one on the right:
All you have to do? Send me a message using the contact form (or email me at email@example.com). Put “Bookplate” in the subject line and let me know:
- Your name & address
- Which bookplate(s) — teen or adult — you would like (and how many)
- What, if anything, you would like the bookplate(s) to read. (If you don’t specify, I’ll just sign my name.)
Giving an e-book? Not a problem! (Well, at least not for me . . . you’ll have to mess around with gift cards and emails and such.) I’m happy to send a signed, personalized postcard instead — so at least you’ll have something to wrap.
Best wishes for a joyful, safe and sane holiday season.
I am cheating here. Big time. Because instead of writing about a place, I’m writing about something I found online while trying to get information on a place. Follow?
My daughter is a junior in high school, which means that for the next year I’ll be filling up “If It’s Tuesday” with a whole bunch of college visits. (I started last summer with The Rhode Island School of Design.) We’ve got a trip to San Diego coming up, where we’ll be checking out UCSD (The University of California at San Diego) and the University of San Diego — neither of which should be confused with San Diego State University. Confused? Me too.
Since we’ll be staying in La Jolla, where UCSD is located, I’m hoping to have dinner one night near the university to get a feel for the college community. To track down any retail/dining district near campus, I Googled “UCSD shopping.” That’s when I came up with this College Confidential parent post, which is so hilarious that I had to share.
Okay, everyone: how do YOUR children cope with stress?
My daughter is currently in the process of deciding between schools. It is LOADS of fun. Anyways, this may seem trivial, but she is an avid shopper (apparently this is how she copes with stress), so what are some nearby shopping locations and is transportation to such areas provided? We’re in the midst of scoping out shopping areas for all the schools. We were there for admit day (btw she’s a human biology major) and really only saw the Price Center. Are there any other areas nearby? I ask because we explored downtown La Jolla and San Diego and really couldnt find any great spots. (If you’d like to know I can say that she spends the majority of her time at Nordstrom with quite a few charges to Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, A&F, Macy’s, and other fairly typical stuff). Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Also, we’re from Norcal, so she will DEFINITELY NOT be driving
We, as a society, are doomed.
Now that Halloween’s over (at least for those of us who didn’t get hit by the late October snowstorm), I must turn my attention away from costumes to other, more important, things. Like . . . books.
(I was Princess Leia, by the way.)
Hey! Did I mention that I have a new novel out?
What Came First is about Laura, a successful lawyer and single mother who sets out to find her son’s sperm donor so she can give him a full sibling. In the process, she pulls two other women into her quest: Wendy, a stay-at-home mother of twins, and Vanessa, a dental receptionist who longs to build a traditional family with her commitment-phobic boyfriend. The book is about scrapbooking, cookie binges, temper tantrums, swim lessons, separation anxiety, and backyard chickens. But mostly it’s about mothers, fathers, and what it means to be a family.
In writing this book, I had to master telling one story from three different perspectives. In talking about this book, I’ve had to get over saying words that I’m maybe not so comfortable with. Like . . . sperm.
I’m still not that comfortable saying that. However, if you’re in the Orange County, California, area, I hope you will help me celebrate my book’s release at an event during which I will try to avoid saying “sperm.” If you’ve never been to a book party, just know that you are in for a wild time! Woooooo hoooooo!
Sunday, November 6
Barnes & Noble
1923 Malvern Ave.
And if you can’t make the party? Good news! You can still buy the book — retailer links are conveniently located at your left. And I’ll paste some more links below, too. Because I am only thinking of you.