I'm lost in unicorn land and working on Sekrit Project! Unicorn Book #2 is gonna be a fun, sparkly book! So excited! Thank you, Alyson Heller, for your ideas and input! :)
Sekrit Project is reaaaaalllly hard to keep a sekrit, lol. I can't wait to spill! I think (hope!) it's something you're all going to be excited about. I am and am very grateful to have been given the opportunity to write it.
What's everyone doing this weekend? Any plans or chilling?
Back to work, but let me know what you're up to!
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Hi, Team Canterwood!
I've got an exciting idea that I wanted to share with you!
As you know, Home for Christmas (out October 1, 2013) is the final book in the Canterwood series. *I* feel as though I haven't met enough of you yet! I want to sign your books, swap stories, and perhaps give a short speech in a book-signing type setting.
In YOUR city. Or a city within driving distance to you.
The city must have a bookstore and, if it's flying distance away from Brooklyn, NY, a close airport.
What do you think? You guys ARE Canterwood, so how would you feel about me visiting? :)
The thing is: I need help. I have very little money to spend and doing a tour would be impossible without your help fundraising.
If I went to Chicago, Illinois-- the average plane ticket is $275 round trip and a hotel would be about $150 for a night.
So a tour stop in Chicago would cost (without cab to get to and from the event, food, etc) $425.
I would love, love to travel to as many cities possible especially places where I've never been to sign books.
It's important to me to go to cities where you guys--my concentrated online friends--live. So if we raised travel funds, I would hold a poll on my blog and see what cities were the most popular and then spread the funds to cover as many of those cities as possible.
Here's how I'm going to do this: I'm working on a page for Kickstarter. Soon, you, your friends, family--anyone--will be able to directly donate to my tour fund. You'll be able to see how much money has been raised and how many people have donated.
Your donations will NOT be used for anything other than travel!
I'll begin accepting donations very soon and you'll have until September 8, 2013. Then, depending on the amount of funds raised, I would plan to tour in April 2014. :) :) :)
I think fom now until September gives us some serious time to raise money for me to visit you! I have my fingers crossed that we raise lots of money and that I'll be able to meet soooo many of you!
Oh! I forgot to mention there will be rewards involved for those who donate different amounts of money. Some will be phone calls with me, a critique of your writing . . . and an ultimate prize will be lunch together if I come to your city! Yay!
So, Team Canterwood, please start brainstorming up ways to raise money. I want to see you next spring!
I'll post my link to Kickstarter soon.
Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns in the comments section. Also feel free to swap money raising ideas with each other. You know, like a summer car wash for literacy!
Love you all!
Thursday, June 27, 2013
How's everyone doing? What's new with you? What are you reading or watching or obsessed with right now?
SHARE! :) I want to know what's going on with you and what's big in your life.
So, the comments are all about you guys! I can't wait to read them.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Saturday, June 22, 2013
You did it, Team Canterwood! FAMOUS is doing so, so well and it's all thanks to YOU! :D Let's
As promised, we're going to have a LiveStream party to celebrate! Get all signed up now so you're ready!
Here's the deets:
DAY: July 13th, 2013 (Saturday)
TIME: 3pm Eastern Standard Time (ask your parents if you're not sure what time zone you live in--for example it will be 2pm Central Standard Time)
WHERE: Go here!
"See" you soon!
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
The Cali Barn Mafia created this gorgeous and amazing video to spotlight FAMOUS.
Endless thank yous and hugs to Lexi Carson, Grace Carson, Contero (our star horse!), Heatherly Davis for the riding coaching, and Edelweiss Farms for hosting the shoot.
I am absolutely in love with this video and thank you, Lex, for being a FAMOUS girl.
Team Canterwood all the way!
Monday, June 10, 2013
Here's a sneak peek from page 56! (It may not be page 56 in your copy since I picked it from my Word doc!)
Sunday, June 9, 2013
I'm going to do ONE more reveal of FAMOUS! :)
Pick a number between 16-172 and leave it in the comments. I'll close my eyes and pick a random commenter. I'll go to that page in the manuscript and selection at least a sentence and up to a paragraph and I'll post it on Monday.
Comment away! I know we're gonna make the best selling Canterwood book EVAH so we get to have our LiveStream party! Woo!
Thursday, June 6, 2013
You asked for it . . . so here is chapter 2 from FAMOUS! Hope that'll help till 6/11! :)
I hope you enjoy it, Team Canterwood!
Monday, June 3, 2013
Here's an exclusive first look at FAMOUS! I'm sharing chapter one tonight. YAY! But . . . I don't think *one* chapter is enough. Do you? If you want me to post chapter two this week, let me know in the comments section! :)
Brielle didn’t live in Union anymore.
She wasn’t a student at Yates.
She didn’t take riding lessons at Briar Creek.
As of today, Brielle Monaco was an official Canterwood Crest Academy student.
Blond Brielle, who’d just released me from a hug, put both hands on my upper arms and gently shook me.
“Laaaureeen? Hello?! Omigod, are you speechless or what?!” Brielle asked.
I nodded, furiously trying to form words. “I—oh my God—Bri—” I stopped and took a deep breath. Everything was finally starting to sink in. “Brielle Monaco, you go here now! This is the biggest surprise ever!”
Brielle laughed. “I can’t believe I pulled it off. There’s no way I would have without your parents and Becca.”
“So many things make sense now,” I said. “I couldn’t figure out how you’d really gotten on campus for a family-only weekend. Or why you seemed so off at times. I can’t believe two of my Union friends are here now.”
Brielle frowned a little at my last sentence. I remembered her earlier fight with Taylor, my ex-boyfriend who was also from Union, and felt bad for bringing him up.
“We’ve got a lot to talk about,” I said, slinging my arm over Bri’s shoulder. I wiggled my fingers into my fleece jacket—the late November air was cold, and I wondered if we’d see snow at the Connecticut boarding school soon.
“We’re going to leave you girls to catch up,” Mom said from the passenger seat in our SUV.
“Have fun, you two!” Becca, my older sister, called from the backseat.
Dad waved, backed up the SUV, and guided the vehicle out of the parking lot and down Canterwood’s driveway.
I hugged Bri, laughing. I tugged on her coat and pulled her in the direction of the dorms.
“Let’s go inside before we freeze, and you are going to tell me everything,” I said.
“Lead the way,” Bri said.
Giggling, we made our way through the mass of students and parents who were headed for the parking lot and walked back to Hawthorne—my dorm hall.
“Take it all in,” I said, breathing deeply. “Looking at this campus never gets any less exciting.”
Bri’s eyes were wide as she nodded. “I had a feeling that was true. Even though I was here all day, I don’t really think I saw the campus for what it is.”
We went up a winding sidewalk away from the stable. As we walked, we passed a pasture with turned-out horses. Two horses, blanketed, lay down next to each other.
“Aw, nap time,” I said, smiling.
Bri asked me to point out buildings to her—even ones I’d told her about this morning when I’d given her the tour with my family.
“Of course,” I said. “It would be insane to think you’d remember where everything is after an afternoon. It took me days of getting turned around to finally be able to stop sending SOS texts to Khloe that I was lost.”
We passed the media center, administration, tennis courts, and finally reached Hawthorne Hall. The three-story building was home to dozens of seventh-grade girls. Bri’s eyes were wide as she stared up at the building. I could tell the realization was hitting her that this was her home now.
“As if this dorm isn’t awesome enough, it also happens to be adjacent to Orchard Hall,” I said. Goose bumps ran up and down my arms, but they weren’t from the cold.
“What’s the big deal about Orchard?” Bri asked.
“Sasha Silver lives there.”
Bri’s mouth formed an O.
Inside my dorm hall, I shook off shivers and stopped when we reached Christina’s door.
“This is Christina’s office,” I explained. “She’s our dorm monitor. Looks like she’s gone right now, but I know you’ll like Christina once you get to meet her.”
“She sent me a few welcome e-mails,” Brielle said. “It’s so weird to be living without my parents. That part hasn’t hit me yet.”
“Oh, it will,” I said as we made our way down Hawthorne’s hall. “You’ll miss them a lot, but being on your own is pretty cool. Except the stuff like laundry!”
Brielle and I walked into the common room, kicked off our shoes, and plunked down on the couch, facing each other.
“I almost texted all my friends, but I want some alone time with you first,” I said. “Then we’ll tell Khloe, and Clare, and everyone.”
Brielle’s brown eyes were wide. “Hopefully, they’ll be as happy as you are that I’m staying.”
“Of course they will be,” I said. “They barely had five seconds with you, but I could tell they loved you.”
Today had been the definition of insanity. Parents who had decided to go out on their own had wandered around with lost looks on their faces. Some had reminded me of what my mom and dad had taught me to do when I was little. The parents had sat on a bench, not moving, just waiting for their kid to find them. It was like I’d been taught—stay where you are and Mom and Dad will find you.
I’d barely seen any of my friends today, and we’d all had a lot less time together than we’d planned. It seemed like parents took over as priority, and everyone had a different way of handling their family.
I stood, unzipped my coat, and tossed it onto a nearby recliner. I was happy that the common room was empty. Brielle and I could openly talk in private.
“Before we start talking,” I said, “want a cup of tea?”
“There’s my LT!” Brielle said. “I’d love a cup of whatever you’re having.”
With a smile, I made us both one of my fall favorites—apple spice.
“Okay,” I said. I pulled an orange throw blanket over my legs and raised my mug to my lips. “Start at the beginning and tell me everything.”
Saturday, June 1, 2013
Official Canterwood Crest Academy Store! This isn't all--over 30 new shirts and hoodies are up for sale.
I wanted to offer holiday tees to go along with HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. It's something I want to wear when I read the finale of Canterwood and celebrate Christmas. There are tons of options, so check it out!
More clothes and posters will be coming as soon as I'm off deadline!