Hiya! Happy Thanksgiving!
Last week I went to Boston to be part of the NCTE ALAN Conference where I met up with my editor, author friends, and some really wonderful teachers and librarians. In case you’ve missed me chatting about it on FB and Twitter, I met one of my long time idols – Neal Shusterman – who is just as kind and thoughtful in person as I always hoped. After a few gushy OMG-UNWIND-ROCKED-MY-WORLD moments, he even asked for me to sign him a copy of my book, which I will never, ever forget.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Hirsch and Cristin Terrill on the panel. Both of their books are amazing (one I read on the flight there, the other on the flight home). Jeff was very kind – he didn’t even point out how much my hand was shaking while I was holding the microphone (which was a lot). He’s an incredible speaker.
So here are a couple pictures!
Boston: home to approximately 50 kajillion people.
Dystopia panel, room filled with teachers and librarians and holy cow look at all those books…
My mind being blown (aka, signing ARTICLE 5 for Neal Shusterman)
And to finish the day – CATCHING FIRE!!!! Fiiiiiinnnnniiiicckkkkk!!!!! So awesome! I loved it!
Thank you NCTE! Thank you Tor! Thank you TEACHERS AND LIBRARIANS YOU ARE THE BEST!
When I got home I participated in Small Business Saturday and worked at my local indie bookstore for an afternoon. It was super fun spending time with the readers, authors, and blogger friends who dropped by! Yay local business!
OMG ARE YOU READY FOR ISAIAH?
I mean, Abby. ARE YOU READY FOR ABBY?
I’m so excited about this book, you guys. Not only is it by my BFF, Katie (Rockstar) McGarry, but it’s Isaiah’s story, and you’re going to want to read it. (I have. More than once. This story is awesome. Steamy and heartbreaking and…just read it. Trust me)
But, in honor of the release of Crash Into You (which is out in stores NOW!!!), I’ve got a few things I want to share about one of my favorite characters, Abby. So here’s a bit more about one of the toughest book girls I’ve met.
Description: Abby’s a junior in high school and walks continually on the wild side. She has dark brown hair and wears a hoodie and tight blue jeans.
Loves: “Bunnies…and Isaiah…and Rachel…because they find a way to love me.”
Favorite Song: “Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones. Scary how well it describes me – not that you can figure me out or anything.”
Secret that no one else knows: “I don’t have my driver’s license – don’t tell Isaiah or Rachel.”
To find out more about Abby, Crash Into You, and to win prizes click here!
Here’s a little more about the book:
From acclaimed author Katie McGarry comes an explosive new tale of a good girl with a reckless streak, a street-smart guy with nothing to lose, and a romance forged in the fast lane
The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life—that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker—a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.
Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks—no matter how angelic she might look.
But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.