No, not that news, though I’m happy for that and equally happy I’ve stayed off social networks for the majority of election week. Wow.
Alrighty. Other news:
- The How to Save a Life paperback is definitely out. I saw a lot of copies at the Vegas Valley Book Festival (which was really more fun than anyone should ever have) so I know they’re out there and available from your favorite bookseller. It includes the first chapter of The Lucy Variations and a new author’s note. From my file of pictures from the research trip I took to Denver while writing the book – here’s a shot of Jill and Ravi’s coffee shop, Dazbog, in the same snowy state it’s in when they hang out:
If you haven’t yet read How to Save a Life, allow me to entice you with a roundup of some of its accolades: starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Booklist, Kirkus, and VOYA. It made a bunch of lists, like the ALA 2012 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011, School Library Journal Best Book of 2011, Los Angeles Public Library Best Book of 2011. It is the winner of the Utah Book Award and City Weekly Arty Award. And it’s now a nominee for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards best contemporary YA novel. A couple of the reviewers basically demand that you read it: “Must-read”, “must not be missed”, etc. Just sayin’.
An adoptive mom blogs about How to Save a Life here, and here it is featured at The Pirate Tree for adoption month. Next week the Pirate Tree will also have an interview with me about the book, the research I did (and didn’t do) about adoption, and other thoughts about creating family.
In other newsy news, author Tara Altebrando, with whom I collaborated on Roomies (January 2014 or a bit before), is doing something really awesome. The Jersey Shore is a special place to her, and versions of it pop up in various of her books (including Roomies). She’s just released her first two books in ebook format and is donating whatever she earns to Sandy relief. You get a great read, and 30 displaced families get some much-needed help. Win-win. Seriously, please go buy one or both of these books. They are great.