It’s here! It’s here! PRETTY WANTED, the third and final book in the PRETTY CROOKED trilogy is out today and available in bookstores.*
It has been a wild and fun journey, writing this series, and I’m so so grateful that you were there along the way, whether it was attending a release party or event, helping to make a trailer, emailing me to let me know your reaction to the books, or connecting me to librarians and teachers to help spread the word. Whatever the case, thank you for helping make my dream of becoming a published author (with actual readers!) a reality.
*If you don’t see the book in your local bookstore, and you want to buy it, ask them to order it. Reviews on sites such as Amazon or B&N are also hugely helpful to authors like me who are, shall we say, NOT Suzanne Collins. Old-fashioned word-of-mouth mentions to fellow readers? Also great and also deeply appreciated! But mostly, thank you for getting to the end of this protracted footnote.
**I have a lot of fun events coming up… stay tuned for more details!
You will be hearing more from me in coming weeks (OMG! PRETTY SLY pb! PRETTY WANTED release! COIN HEIST pb!) but before we get to all of that I wanted to call attention to a new program I’m facilitating this spring at William Jeanes Memorial Library in Lafayette Hill. PA (my childhood library). It’s called the Teen Reading Lounge and it’s open to ages 12-18. We’ll be reading, of course, but also doing some cool hands-on activities around the books (PAPER TOWNS and DIVERGENT). Flier is attached. If you live in the area, this will be a superfun way to hang out in the library, meet other teenlike folks and eat free food. Seriously. FREE FOOD.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us and I want to show my gratitude for anyone who’s supported, read, bought, borrowed, blogged about, or otherwise shown interest in my books. That’s why I’m announcing a NEW giveaway. I will be giving away three ARCs of PRETTY WANTED (due out on March 17, 2015), plus one set of the entire trilogy. (That’s right. You can binge-read Willa’s saga from beginning to end.) All you have do is enter the Rafflecopter below!*
a Rafflecopter giveaway
P.S. You can double your chances and enter this giveaway running on Goodreads.
*North America only, please. (I heart my international readers but I would need to pull a Willa-style job to afford global shipping.)
I must apologize as I have been woefully out of the loop with my website—my only excuse is things have been BUSY!
As you may or may not know, I have a new NEW book coming out June 10. It’s called COIN HEIST and I’m so super excited to share it with you!
And I’m especially excited that now until June 9, you can get this baby in ebook form for free. FREE!!!!! Just visit Amazon or iTunes.
If you for some reason are slow on the draw and miss the freebies, there’s also a giveaway contest running on Goodreads until June 27.
I am still basking in the joy of the past week, and especially Sunday, which was the PRETTY SLY launch party at the Franklin Institute. Over 100 people came out to celebrate, which blew my mind. Dear friends and family, awesome teen readers, beautiful food and flowers, and lots of books to sign—it just doesn’t get any better.
Here are some of the highlights:
It’s here! It’s here! I can’t believe it! Today PRETTY SLY appears in stores. I’m so so thrilled to see it out in the world, as I am super proud of this book.
I hope you’ll read it and let me know what you think.
In case you’re wondering about other ways you can support me or other authors and their books, you can consider doing any of the following:
*review the book on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indie Bound or any other retail site!
*if your local store or library doesn’t have PRETTY SLY available, ask them to order it!
*recommend it to friends!
*blog, Tweet, Facebook about it!
*come to my launch party on Sunday, March 23 at The Franklin Institute in the Franklin foodworks at 4:30 p.m.
Thank you so so so much for all of your help! (Willa Fox thanks you, too!)
I have been waiting so long to share this with you guys! Finally, the PRETTY SLY trailer is out in the world, and I am super super proud of it. Special thanks to my sister Susannah Ludwig, Kevin Chou, Tim McAleer, Emma Hearn, and the students of Germantown Academy for all of their work in bringing Sly Fox to life!
Now, da da da….
Click through to Epic Reads to check it out!!!
Some of you fine readers out there have been holding out on PRETTY CROOKED, waiting for the lower price point (no judgment!), or for the amazing new cover. And some just simply haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. (As someone with a sky-high night table stack, I understand these things.) Well, today, my procrastinating friends, is your lucky day.
The paperback is out! You can visit it and pet your screen here and here and here.
Bonus: This edition has a nice little teaser to prepare you for the sequelness that’s coming next month.
Pretty is an oft-used adjective over here, what with my book titles and all, but come on… you can’t tell me these brand new paperbacks are anything but. New covers! Less than a month, people! So psyched!
It’s always a little bittersweet this time of year, saying goodbye to the previous year and ramping up expectations for the new one. In terms of the writing life, 2013 was very quiet for me (exhibit A: this blog). That’s not to say I wasn’t writing—I was! I finished one book, and drafted two others. But with no new books out, I was laying low on promotion, and staying off social media for long stretches of time. It was a time to recharge and reconsider my goals and expectations about writing.
Of course, the other major reason it was quiet was because I had a baby. When I look back on 2013, it was the most amazing year of my life. Everything changed, so radically and with such suddenness, that I am still in many ways catching up to this new reality. Becoming a mom has been the most profound joy I can imagine. In some ways it’s the perfect balance to the challenges of authorhood. It’s keeping me optimistic, grounded in my priorities and aware of the bigger picture and it’s giving me reasons to step away from the keyboard now and again and just be in the moment.
This time last year, it was all about preparing for that big change. Anticipating 2014 is wholly different, because I really have no idea what to expect, and to tell you the truth it’s kind of snuck up on me between deadlines and snuggling time.
I do know this: The paperback for Pretty Crooked is out in February. And then Pretty Sly drops in March. There will be promotion, and events (including a blowout launch party with details to come), meeting readers, hanging out with authors and school visits. There will be lots more writing, with my current and upcoming projects to complete. There will be more reading, now that the little guy sleeps through the night and I have two brain cells to rub together. There is a lot to accomplish and a lot to strive for, new hopes and new growth ahead.
Whatever you are doing and whatever your goals for the new year, I wish you pure awesomeness. Okay, 2014: Let’s do this!