Thursday, December 31, 2009

Blue Moon

Blue Moon
You saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue Moon
You know just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for
Someone I really could care for

And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will hold
I heard somebody whisper please adore me
And when I looked to the moon it turned to gold

Blue Moon
Now I'm no longer alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own

(lyrics by Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart)

Just wanted to wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2010!!! And, as these things go, this particular New Year's Eve just happens to be a BLUE MOON--how cool is that?!

Celebrate and be safe!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Girl With the Broken Smile

(blog title courtesy of Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved")

The image above was sent to me by Thais, one of my Brazilian readers!!

Wow, I just realized it's been two weeks since my last blog post, and it's entirely due to the whole mouth trauma thing that's been going on (braces, bone removal, bone grafting, gum stippling, gum suturing--feeling queasy yet??!), and since it's best not to blog while under the influence of pain meds, well, I figured a little blog silence was in order!

But even though it's not over yet (the stitches don't come out for another 2 weeks and my cheeks still look as though I'm storing nuts for the winter!), I thought I'd drop in long enough to say THANKS for all of your comments and support! This year has exceeded all of my writerly dreams and I owe it all to YOU!!!

Also, I wanted to wish you all a warm and wonderful holiday and all good things in the New Year!!

Oh, and just so you know, I'm over at Living Your Five today talking about how I'm living my Holiday Five--you can read all about it HERE!

And, funnily enough, just after I made my donation to Heifer International this morning, I read literary agent, Nathan Bransford's blog and saw that he is donating $1 to Heifer International for every comment left at his blog (up to $1000!!!!), so hurry on over and leave your comment HERE!

Okay, back to the couch for another round of HGTV and a warm compress!!

Hope your day is pure magick!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Baby It's Cold Outside!

(blog title courtesy of-well, many have sung it through the years!)

So, with the rain pounding outside my window, and the sky turned bleary and grey, there's just no mistaking it--winter is definitely upon us! And though it seems it arrived a bit early this year here in (not-so) Sunny California, being the complete and total weather wimp that I am, I'm making the most of it by staying inside where I plan to tackle The Riley Book revisions (they're light revisions-yippee!) and begin the note-taking, plot-planning process of the 5th Immortals book (and try to drum up a better title than 5th Immortals Book!). And, of course, I plan to do all of it while listening to my FREE iTunes Holiday Sampler, which, if you haven't downloaded yet, you can do so HERE!

Yep, even though THIS has just been released (though not in a theatre near me!):

I'm still staying in!

And even though I'd be totally happy just to watch the trailer of THIS play over and over again:

(Er, I actually meant to post the Up in the Air photo, but you get the gist!)

I'm determined to work!

And if you're planning to stay inside too, and like me, are nowhere near The Lovely Bones limited release theaters, and you want to take a break from George Clooney gazing, well, you can never go wrong with a good book or HGTV (I swear, I'm addicted!), or, if you're interested, you can check out an interview I did HERE where I talk about my most enjoyable character to write, and what I would give Haven for Christmas! Or you can even watch this example of screenwriting guru, Blake Snyder's, SAVE THE CAT method at work and see why it's so important in making a character instantly more likable! Also, Blake's new (and sadly, last) book, SAVE THE CAT STRIKES BACK, is available now--and I highly recommend it for anyone struggling to finish their story, revise their story, or sell their story, as Blake reveals his own, incredibly inspiring tale of how he made the transition from struggling screenwriter to one of the most successful spec screenwriters in Hollywood!

Or, you tell me! What's your favorite way to spend a cold and rainy day?!!

Stay warm!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Pictures of You Me

(blog title courtesy of The Cure)

(Art work courtesy of Estefanie--isn't it awesome??!!!)

So yesterday I did something I've been putting off for ages--or, to be more precise, since March of 2005, which pretty much marks the time when my debut novel, Faking 19, hit the stores.

I finally got a professional author photo taken.

I know, I know, how could I let this drag on for so long, you ask? (and even if you didn't please play along!)

Well, the truth is, while I'm always up for the spontaneous, candid, party or vacay photo, the idea of posing before a photographer in a studio totally freaks me out. Just the thought of it was enough to inspire no less than a gazillion excuses as to why I couldn't possibly get around to scheduling it.

I'm on deadline.

I will be on deadline at some point in the near future.

I don't like what my hair is doing this week.

I feel puffy.

I have a zit.

The list goes on . . .

Which is also why I've sported the same photo on the back of nine of my novels so far--the one taken by my husband just seconds after checking into The Wynn hotel in Las Vegas after the 4 hour drive from Laguna Beach. The one where most, if not all, of my makeup was melted away, and I was just really glad to finally be there. While Faking 19 features the photo my husband took the time I joined him on a business trip to Ohio, back when I was experimenting with darker hair. An experiment that ended shortly after the photo was taken and hasn't been revisited since.

But with my big date with braces and gum surgery looming next week (!), I finally bit the bullet and made an appointment at Crush Studios, where I was made up by the beautiful, sweet, and amazingly talented owner of Addiction Cosmetics, Noel Sweeny, who gave me a smoky eye I could hardly believe and left my lips glossy and pink, before Crush owner and photographer extraordinaire, Nancy Villere, went to work and got me laughing so easily I actually caught myself doing the one thing I was sure that I wouldn't --having fun!.

And when it was over, not wanting to waste the smoky eyes I could never replicate on my own, my husband and I went to one of our favorite local restaurants, Vine in San Clemente, and celebrated The Immortals spending a 3rd week on the NYT series list (making for 44 weeks on the list in general!)!

(end of the night at Vine- look at that pretty kaleidoscope effect)

And now, today, I'm back to the barefaced, sweat pants wearing me . . . those dark, smoky eyes reduced to a distant memory-or at least until I pick out my photos next week!

What about you? Do you enjoy posing for photos? Or do you head for the hills when a camera is pointed your way?

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The Snuggie vs. The Blanket

I have a confession to make.

One that is somewhat embarrassing, and will definitely require a bit of explaining, but here goes:

I, Alyson Noël, am obsessed with The Snuggie.

You know, The Snuggie, as featured in mid-day or late night TV commercials, as well as Sunday paper circulars. It’s like the Chia Pet, or The Clapper for a new generation, and I just can’t get enough of it.

Not that I have one, mind you, and not that I even want one (though if any of you do have one and would recommend it, then please, let me know!), all I know is that every time that commercial airs, I drop everything to watch those happy, smiling people wearing their backward robes (because that’s what they are, right?).

Cheering in a stadium, cutting a dance move on the couch, cuddling a baby, eating popcorn, working on your laptop, making a phone call, handling the remote control, brewing a pot of tea—and, according to the website, they're also good for "nighttime pub crawls" as well! There’s virtually nothing you can’t do in a Snuggie--even the family dog can get in on the act with their very own, matching Snuggie!

And ever since they came on the scene, The Blanket just seems so cumbersome, obsolete, and downright unfashionable, doesn’t it?

So what about YOU? Do you have a Snuggie? Do you want a Snuggie? Or would you rather just turn up the heat?

Monday, December 07, 2009

Into The Mystic

(Blog title courtesy of Van Morrison)

The art work above comes courtesy of the incredibly awesome Alexa, who is as nice as she is talented--Thanks, Alexa!!

So, it's been a crazy/busy last few weeks, what with the release of SHADOWLAND, the deadline for Book #1 in the Riley Series (still no title!), which, btw, I had so much fun writing I actually finished it 2 weeks early (!), and then of course there was Thanksgiving, quickly followed by my b-day (thanks for all the b-day wishes--you guys are The Best!), and now I've spent the last few days desparately trying to catch up all the things I let slide . . .

(Part of my b-day dinner- I LOVE octopus, what can I say?!)

Part of that catching up including some interviews I'd promised a while back, one of which you can read HERE, and I have to say that this one happens to be particularly awesome to me since I was lucky enough to meet Amy at my Bakersfield signing and her and her husband could not have been nicer!

Also, I just learned that EVERMORE is nominated for GoodReads "All Time Favorite of 2009" Award, along with THE IMMORTALS series which is nominated for "Best YA series" Award--a sort of double header--how cool is that? For those of you interested in casting your vote, just click HERE!

And in more IMMORTALS type news, the series has now sold translation rights to 30 countries (!), and it's made the New York Times Children's Series Best Sellers List for 2 weeks straight--an amazingly difficult list as my 3 titles compete directly with series who boast 6 or more titles!! While SHADOWLAND has made the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and WalMart Best Sellers Lists as well--so Thank YOU- Thank YOU- Thank YOU - for all of your support--I really appreciate it!

And speaking of SHADOWLAND, the Chattanooga Times chose it as a "Childrens Gift Book to Put Under the Tree"--you can see the full list HERE!

And speaking of DARK FLAME (okay, I know we weren't but I couldn't think of a better segue), I recently got a sneak peek at the cover and it's awesome!! Totally different from the ones that came before it in one very distinct way . . .I can't wait til I get the okay to share it with you!

And for those of you who prefer to listen to your books, the entire IMMORTALS SERIES is now available at Macmillan Audio, iTunes, and wherever else audio books are sold! And as it just so happens, the SHADOWLAND edition contains a special treat--an IMMORTALS pendant as pictured below:

(I've cut my hair since this pic, but the gist is the same!)

That's all for now--have a great day everyone!


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Giving Thanks!


I just learned that the release of SHADOWLAND has landed me at #17 on the USA Today Bestsellers list, and at #5 on the New York Times Children's series Best Sellers List and I couldn't be happier--more gobsmacked--more amazed--or more grateful!


Since it's the third book in the series it was no longer eligible for the individual NYT best sellers lists like before, and yet, with only three books out, it was directly competing with series titles featuring as many as six books or more!

And there's just no denying the huge part played by YOU!

Your enthusiasm, excitement, and support went a long way toward making this happen, and I just want to thank each and every one of you for being so dang awesome! Your letters, e-mails, messages, art work, videos--all of it--never fails to make my day--and I just want you to know how much I appreciate it!

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ever & Damen Interviewed!!

Ever wonder what Ever and Damen are really thinking?

Wonder no more!

You can read an interview with Damen HERE!

And an interview with Ever HERE!


Friday, November 20, 2009


Just wanted to give a shout out of THANKS to all of you who came out to last night's Bakersfield signing--some of you came from places as far as Riverside, Sonoma, and Italy (!) even--and I had such a great time meeting each and everyone of you!

Also huge, glittery, confetti strewn thanks to Border's employee extraordinaire, Isahiah for inviting me out and hosting me in his store and making me feel like a rock star--I had an absolute blast!!

Thanks again!!


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Tonight's the Night!

(blog title courtesy of Rod Stewart)

I'll be in Bakersfield tonight, signing books at 7:00PM, here:

Border's Books
4980 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309

And I really, really hope to see you there!

Have a great day everyone-


Wednesday, November 18, 2009

C'mon C'mon

(Blog title courtesy of the Von Bodies)


All I can say is THANK YOU to all of you who either:

A) Ran out to buy a copy of SHADOWLAND yesterday

B) Came to my signing at the B&N in Orange


C) Both

The signing was amazing! There were so many of you lined up way ahead of time--and you were all so gracious, and friendly, and patient, and kind, I felt so lucky to have such awesome readers!

There were people who regularly stop by this blog, Facebook and Myspace friends, people who I recognized from my last signings, old friends that go all the way back to my Girl Scout days, new friends who brought their adorable kids along, a family member or two--and I can't thank you enough for carving time out of your schedules to stop by and say Hi!

And for those of you unable to make it, well, THANK YOU for all of your wonderful messages! I'm amazed by how many of you have already finished SHADOWLAND (wish I could write them that fast!) and I'm so thrilled with your describing it as "awesome!" "epic!" "best one yet!" "amazing!" and all manner of day-making adjectives! I couldn't imagine a better release day!

And don't forget, tomorrow night I'll be at it again, signing books at Border's in Bakersfield, CA and I'd love to see YOU there!!

Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 PM
Border’s Books
4980 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Thanks again everyone--have a great day!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

It's Here!

Wow, I can hardly believe it, but as of today, SHADOWLAND, book 3 in THE IMMORTALS series is finally, really, and truly in stores!!!

And to celebrate its release, Macmillan audio is giving away daily prizes and a chance to win a $100 gift card!

All you have to do for your chance to win is follow them on Twitter HERE!

I really hope you all enjoy this book, it's pretty special to me, and when I turned it in my editor said it was the best one yet--we hope you agree!!

Thank you for all of your enthusiasm and support--I have the best readers ever and I couldn't do it without you!

And for those of you in Southern California, I'd love to see you at one of my signings if you can make it:

Tuesday, November 17
Time: 6:00 PM
SHADOWLAND release & signing!
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
791 S. Main St., #100
Orange, CA 92868
tel: (714) 558-3029

Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 PM
Border’s Books
4980 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Again, thanks for making this release day so special!

Happy Reading Everyone!


Sunday, November 15, 2009

21 Questions ( & Answers) & more!

So I've noticed, over the last few weeks, that I'm getting a lot of the same questions over & over again, so in the interest of time & space I thought I'd answer them here.

(For those of you who don't actually have any questions, feel free to skip to the very end for something you will not want to miss!)

So, without further ado, here goes:

1. When will SHADOWLAND be in stores?

This Tuesday, November 17th!!

2. Will you be doing any signings?

Yes! I will be here:

Tuesday, November 17
Time: 6:00 PM
SHADOWLAND release & signing!
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
791 S. Main St., #100
Orange, CA 92868
tel: (714) 558-3029

& here:

Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 PM
Border’s Books
4980 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309

3. Will you ever come to my town to do a signing?

I have a couple tours in the works for next year, and my publisher will be the one who decides when & where I go. If you want your town to be considered, then head over to THE IMMORTALS website HERE and click on "subscribe" (note-you must be 13 to subscribe). Not only will you get the heads up on all the latest breaking IMMORTALS type news, but they will also look at where the bulk of my readers live and take that into consideration when choosing the cities for the tour.

4. Will SHADOWLAND be released in hardcover or paperback?

In hardcover on Tuesday, November 17, and in paperback about a year later.

5. Will SHADOWLAND be available on iTunes &/or Kindle?

Yes & Yes!

6. Can you tell me how Ever & Damen will handle what happened to them at the end of BLUE MOON, and just who is this Jude anyway?

Sorry, but no spoilers allowed! It's all in the book!

7. Are you going to make a movie of THE IMMORTALS series?

Whether or not a movie gets made is really up to Hollywood, not me--though the dramatic rights have been optioned to a producer so my fingers are crossed . . .

8. If THE IMMORTALS gets made into a movie can I audition for a part?

Trust me, I will have nothing to do with casting. They hire professional casting directors for that sort of thing.

9. Who is the girl on the cover of the books?

I don't know. My publisher has an amazing art department that designs all of the covers.

10. Who is the guy who plays Damen in the book trailers?

I don't know. I hire Circle of Seven to make all of the trailers and they choose the pictures from royalty free photo sites.

11. Is SHADOWLAND going to be the last book in the series?

No!! DARK FLAME will follow in 2010, along with untitled books #5 & 6 in 2010/11. Ever & Damen have many more adventures ahead of them!

12. What's this I hear about a "Riley Series"?

Riley, Ever's ghostly sister, will get her own series set to debut in Fall 2010. It will be about her life in the afterlife. I'm writing it now and having a blast!

13. When will BLUE MOON be released in the UK?

In March 2010.

14. When will SHADOWLAND be released in the UK?

Some time after BLUE MOON.

15. When will BLUE MOON be released in my country?

Sorry, I don't have all the release dates as I have a different publisher for each country.

16. I have an idea for how THE IMMORTALS series should end, can I send it to you?

I've already decided how it ends, and due to legal reasons, I'm not allowed to read your ideas.

17. I'm working on a book of my own and am wondering if you would read it?

I'm sorry, but I can't, again, due to legal reasons, not to mention time constraints--it's all I can do to finish my own books!

18. Can you keep me posted on any future releases and news?

Sure! Just subscribe HERE. Or join the Facebook IMMORTALS SERIES fan page HERE.

19. Do you think SHADOWLAND will hit #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers list like EVERMORE & BLUE MOON did?

Well, I hope so! But because it's the third book in the series, I'm no longer eligible for the individual list, I am only eligible for the series list--which is a very hard list to break since they count the sales of all of the books in the entire series--meaning the total sales of my three IMMORTALS books are directly competing with the sales of other series books that may have as many as six or eight or more!!

Very. Tough. List.

But my fingers (and toes!) are crossed!

20. Any early good news on SHADOWLAND?

RT Magazine gave it 4.5 stars (out of 4.5 stars) and chose it as a December Top Pick! Saying:

Noel’s novel is absolutely amazing! Fans of her Immortals series will not be disappointed—Ever and Damen’s love is challenged like never before, and the story ends with a big, satisfying twist that will have readers begging for more. This long awaited installment is incredible.” --4.5 Stars, Romantic Times (Top Pick!)

21. How can I win a super cool, super sekrit IMMORTALS SERIES prize?

By following Macmillan audio on Twitter HERE!!

Whew (wipes imaginary sweat off brow), that's it for now---

Happy Sunday Everyone!!!



Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Everyday is Like Sunday

(Blog title courtesy of Morrissey)

It seems I have a lot of catching up to do and lots of links to be shared, so, in the interest of time, allow me to get to it!

1. Don't forget to head on over to Free Book Friday Teens by tomorrow for your chance to win one of 5 signed copies of SHADOWLAND!

2. I did a really fun interview talking about writing & marketing that you can read HERE.

3. I'm over at Living Your Five today blogging about how I've been Living My Five and would love to hear all about how you've been living yours! Click Here to spill!

4. I've got a new Immortals series page over at Facebook! Click HERE to join and be the first to learn about the latest breaking Immortals type news!

5. Speaking of The Immortals--there are some very exciting, brand spanking new audio clips now available over at The Immortals website! Just click on the tulips to eavesdrop on scenes not included in the books, including scenes from SHADOWLAND!

6. And speaking of SHADOWLAND, it's now less than a week away until it lands in a store near you on November 17th!! I'm so excited about this book and can hardly believe it's already upon us! Oh, and I really hope to meet you at one of the signings!

Whew, I think that's it!

Have a good day everyone!


Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Love Under Cover!!!

Huge Congrats to Jessica Brody who's book, Love Under Cover, the sequel to last year's Fidelity Files, is in stores today!!

To get your signed copy and meet Jessica, click HERE!

Have a good night everyone!


Monday, November 09, 2009


(Blog title courtesy of Carly Simon)

Wow, it's really November 9th already?

That means it's just one more week until SHADOWLAND is in stores!

Just one more week until I'll be signing copies of SHADOWLAND both here:

Tuesday, November 17
Time: 6:00 PM
SHADOWLAND release & signing!
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
791 S. Main St., #100
Orange, CA 92868
tel: (714) 558-3029

and here:

Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 PM
Border’s Books
4980 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Just a few more days until 5 people will win a signed copy of SHADOWLAND on Free Book Friday Teens!

And I am so excited I can hardly wait!

But, in the meantime, if you haven't joined the Immortals Series Fan Site on Facebook, be sure to do so HERE, so you can keep up on all the latest breaking, Immortals type news!!

Back to working on THE RILEY BOOK . . . have a great day everyone!


Saturday, November 07, 2009

Build Me Up Buttercup

(Blog title courtesy of The Foundations)

So yesterday I was working on Riley Book Number 1 (no title yet, so that's what I'm calling it until further notice!) and I was writing this scene with Buttercup (her yellow lab) and at that moment I wanted a yellow lab of my own so bad I can't even tell you. It was just like writing about Italy when I've been chained (figuratively speaking!) to my desk for weeks on end, or describing food in a scene when my last meal was hours ago--that sort of salivating feeling filled with so much, well, wantingness! Then just after I hit my word count, I headed over to some friend's house for dinner and there on the couch was their yellow lab who was so incredibly sweet and well behaved, well, it seemed like a sign . . .

But well before I make the transition from fictional dog owner to real dog owner, I'm giving away five signed copies of SHADOWLAND, (in stores November 17th!), and answering your questions in a podcast interview over at Free Book Friday Teens, just click HERE! for your chance to listen and win!

Okay, back to Riley's adventures for me . . . have a fun weekend everyone!



Thursday, November 05, 2009

My Life Would Suck Without YOU!!

(blog title courtesy of Kelly Clarkson)

So, the photo above was sent to me last night, and I have to tell you, the second I saw it it was all I could do not to head straight for the international terminal at LAX and board the first plane bound for Rome or Milan so I could see it for myself!

That is actually an advertisement that my Italian publisher, Fanucci, did for EVERMORE in the Rome and Milan subway stations--how cool is that?!

And check out the awesome website they built HERE!

Not like I needed yet another reason to love all things Italian, but still . . .

I am totally gobsmacked.

And speaking of gobsmacked, I just learned that Hebrew rights to The Immortals series were just sold, making for a total of 26 countries, which is more than I ever visited during my flight attendant days, so yeah, gobsmacked again!

Oh, and it also continues to be a bestseller in the UK - so I'd like to send a big, huge, purple (my new favorite color, turquoise move over!) THANKS to all of my readers across the pond--I couldn't do it without you! There's even a UK Bebo page you can check out HERE with a different and very cool version of the EVERMORE trailer!

And, the awesome Brittney over at St. Martin's Press has put together an Immortals Series Fan Page over at Facebook, so even if you're already a friend on my other page, I'd really love it if you would join this one as well, since it'll serve as the one stop spot (well aside from the awesome Immortals Series website they built) for all Immortals related news--and all you have to do is click HERE!

And while I haven't received my SHADOWLAND author copies yet (just 11 more days until it hits the stores!), I did receive a few copies of the audio version and was thrilled to see that they've included a nice little surprise in the form of an Immortals necklace!

And for those of you interested in attending one of the SHADOWLAND signings, just click HERE for the details!

And now I'm gearing up for a pod cast interview with the awesome Jessica Brody (whose book, LOVE UNDER COVER will hit the stores next week on Nov 10!), for a Free Book Friday Teens feature that'll be up next week . . . so stay tuned . . .

Oh, and if you haven't been to Free Book Friday Teens yet, be sure to do so, as she's giving away signed copies of PC & Kristin Cast's new release, TEMPTED, and today is the last day to enter to win! All you have to do is click HERE!!!

That's all for now--have a great day everyone!


Monday, November 02, 2009

This Charming Man

(Blog title courtesy of The Smiths)

So, last Friday night I lived out a long held dream--

I got to see David Sedaris perform live.

And I laughed for two hours straight.

He is hilarious! A master of observation, seamlessly blending the absurd with the poignant. The theater was packed, the signing lines were long, but it was worth every second of waiting as he just camps out at that table, occasionally taking bites of his dinner, as he chats with every single person, and signs every single book, no matter how long it takes.

Yup, I love him even more now!!

And since the event was in San Diego, we decided to make a weekend of it, and stayed a couple nights in La Jolla, which is a lot like Laguna, except that they have lots of Torrey Pines and we don't.

Anyway, it was one of those awesome, relaxing weekends that you don't want to end, except that it did, and now it's Monday, and I'm working like crazy to catch up . . .

And speaking of catching up, just 15 more days until SHADOWLAND is released and I really hope you can make one (or both!) of these signings!

Tuesday, November 17
Time: 6:00 PM
SHADOWLAND release & signing!
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
791 S. Main St., #100
Orange, CA 92868
tel: (714) 558-3029

Thursday, November 19
Time: 7:00 PM
Border’s Books
4980 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Have a great day everyone!


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Brand New Day

(Blog title courtesy of Sting)

Wow, somehow this week really got away from me--I can't believe it's already Thursday!

Which, means I am now, officially, just one day away from seeing David Sedaris live--I can't wait!!!

I paid an embarrassing amount to sit front row center, and just after clicking "submit" I have to admit I felt more than a little dumb. I mean, the guy stands at a podium and READS--it's not like there will be any singing or dancing. But still, the truth is, I love him, and I just can't take the chance that someone with an especially big head, wearing an especially big hat will come between us.

Nope, I just can't risk it.

But that's all for tomorrow, for now, I just wanted to remind you of a few things, the first being: Free Book Friday Teens--the awesome site run by author extraordinaire Jessica Brody, where you can win a signed book every Friday--all you have to do is click HERE to sign up! And, while you're there, if there's anything you want to ask me--any burning Immortals related questions, just fill out the box on the right hand side bar, as I'll be dropping by in November to answer the top ten! But hurry, last day to submit your question is November 1!

Also, I'm Living My Five this week HERE and giving an interview over at The Enchanted Inkpot HERE!

And, I just wanted to thank you all, yet again, for all of your amazing support!! EVERMORE & BLUE MOON continue to stay on the New York Times Bestsellers list for their 38th & 16th weeks respectively, and I just learned that they hit the WalMart bestsellers list too--and I couldn't have done it without you! So thank you - thank you - thank you!!

Hope you all have a great day!


PS- Just 19 more days until SHADOWLAND is in stores. . .

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


(Blog title courtesy of Adam Ant)

So last night's signing in Oceanside was AMAZING!

Seriously. Amazing.

One of my best events yet.

When teacher extraordinaire Mrs. Duncan first approached me to do it several months back, I had no idea what was in store for me. But between her, her students, the readers, store CRM Lisa Haynes, and the wonderful and enthusiastic B&N staff--it was a total treat from beginning to end.

It stared with this:

A SHADOWLAND necklace that I couldn't wait to wear--and Cinda Williams Chima who I signed alongside also got one for the first book in her new series, THE DEMON KING (which, btw, just got an awesome review from the Story Siren that you can see HERE!).

And then a trip to the B&N cafe revealed this:

Yup, an IMMORTALS menu!! The top two cupcakes in that picture are the BLUE MOON and EVERMORE cupcakes--and let me tell you--they looked delicious!!

People dressed up in amazing costumes and there was even a face painter on hand!

But the best part of all, as always, was meeting YOU GUYS--the readers! I answered questions, took pictures, signed a ton of books, read a letter delivered by the world's nicest uncle who was there on behalf of his niece who couldn't make it, was interviewed by the amazing Courtney who is such a natural I fully expect to see her anchoring the news someday, and one of you told me an especially touching story that brought me to tears (shout out to Amber!) and pretty much made my entire year!

Oh, and I also got to meet the super nice and wildly talented Cinda Williams Chima whose book I can't wait to dig into!

So, a Big Huge Thanks to Mrs. Duncan, Lisa Haynes, the awesome staff at B&N Oceanside, and all of the students, librarians, teachers, and readers--you guys are The Best!!!

And just in case you missed this one, my next event is for the SHADOWLAND release on Tuesday, November 17 at the B&N in Orange and another on Thursday, November 19 at the Border's in Bakersfield (details on the sidebar)--hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just a Reminder . . .

I'll be signing copies of my books this Monday, October 26th here:

Book Discussion & Signing
6:00 - 9:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
El Camino North Shopping Center
2615 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 529-0106

And I hope to see YOU there!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Heart of Gold

(Blog title courtesy of Neil Young)

So, I'm over at The Cafe today, blogging about Friends & Boyfriends and would love to hear your take--all you have to do is click HERE.

Also, I just wanted to thank you yet again for your continued support! I was just informed that EVERMORE & BLUE MOON made the New York Times Bestsellers list once again for their 37th and 15th week respectively -- so Thank YOU so very much for that!!

I also wanted to give a shout out to my friends Stacia Deutsch and Becca Fitzpatrick who also made the list!!! CONGRATS!!!

Okay, back to work for me--hope you all are well!

PS- Oh, and this just in-- SHADOWLAND received 4.5 stars (out of 4.5) from RT magazine and was chosen as one of the December issues Top Picks!!! Woo-Hoo!!!


Monday, October 19, 2009

Dancing Queen

(Blog title courtesy of Abba)

So, the other day I realized we're now less than one month away from the release of SHADOWLAND (in stores 11.17.09!) and I can hardly believe it!!

Less than one month away from my SHADOWLAND release signings on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:00 PM at:

Barnes and Noble Booksellers
791 S. Main St., #100
Orange, CA 92868


Thursday, November 19
7:00 PM
Border’s Books
4980 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309

Less than one month away until I answer YOUR questions on Free Book Friday Teens--all you have to do to submit your question is click HERE and input it on the right hand side. The top 10 questions will be answered in my November interview! But hurry, deadline to submit is November 1!

But in the meantime, I did a fun interview today over at The Examiner--click HERE to read it!

Also, I'll be chatting over at The Readergirlz blog this afternoon at 6:00 PM (Pacific), along with Justina Chen Headly and Zoe Martiott, and all you have to do to join us is click HERE!

And last but not least, the SHADOWLAND book trailer is ready for viewing!!!