Monday, March 07, 2011

Since I've Been Gone


Hey Everyone!

Just back from an amazing week in beautiful New Mexico where I saw things like this:



And this:



And this:



And ate things like this:



I'd been to NM several times in the past, but always as a quick weekend visit--this was the first time I spent an entire week taking pictures, taking notes, talking to interesting people, soaking in hot springs, and, of course, eating!!! (The blue corn pancakes above were a definite fave!).

And since I was there to do research for my upcoming SOUL SEEKERS series, I was thrilled to get the chance to interview several locals who provided a ton of insight that I couldn't have gotten otherwise--so a big THANK YOU to Emily, Daniel, and those who prefer not to be mentioned by name--you know who you are!!

But, of course, while I was gone, tons of stuff came in, and since I had limited Internet access, this is the first chance I've had to post them--so without further ado, here goes!

First off, the sweet, talented, and crazy stylish Melissa Walker posted my thoughts on the EVERLASTING cover, which you can read HERE!

Also, as NIGHT STAR was just released in the UK - (have you seen the commercials? For my UK readers they're playing on E4 TV )-- I did a piece for Amazon UK on my thoughts on finishing the series, which you can read HERE! (Note: you may have to scroll down a bit since it originally posted several days ago!).

Also for UK readers, there's an awesome giveaway going on over at My Kinda Book, click HERE for your chance to win!

And to keep up on all of my UK releases, you can friend the UK Facebook page HERE! (PS- You can watch the commercial on FB too!).

And, I have to say that as someone who was once told by one of my OC high school teachers that I'd "never amount to anything"-- it was pretty cool to be chosen as OC Metro magazines "20 Women to Watch for 2011" which you can see HERE!

And last, but most definitely not least . . . I just learned that EVERMORE is nominated for Colorado's Blue Spruce Young Adult Award!! To see the full list of nominees click HERE!

And . . . I've got some incredibly exciting news to announce . . . just waiting for the final OK so stay tuned for that!!

But meanwhile, SHIMMER is releasing next Tuesday, March 15--and I really hope to see you at one of the signings, which you can find HERE!

Okay, I think that covers it . . . now back to my post-vacation Laundrypalooza!!!

Have a good night, all!

Alyson
xoxo

8 comments:

Melissa said...

Where in New Mexico did you go? I live in Northwest New Mexico. Hope you had fun!

Alyson Noel said...

Hi Melissa - I was in Santa Fe and Taos--both were amazing! Everyone was so nice. Can't wait to go back! :)

Anita Saxena said...

Those pancakes look yummy. Sounds like you had an amazing trip. Good luck with the laundry.

Mikayla said...

It looks like it must have been fun! I have to say that you have inspired me so much through your writing and I constantly look at your FAQ answers to ensure myself that I am not alone in the world of writing. My favorite series of yours is the Immortal Series. It is... beyond amazing. You are beyond amazing and such a great role model!

And though you have probably heard it so many times: Thank you so much for encouraging us writers to never give up. You rock! Hope you had fun and can't wait for the last book of the Immortal Series to be released!

- Mikayla

Alyson Noel said...

Mikayla - Thank you so much--that really means a lot to me! And I'm so glad the FAQ page has been helpful. Wishing you the best with your writing! :)

Martha Ramirez said...

So awesome, Alyson! Glad you had fun. I just ordered Shimmer a couple weeks ago. Can't wait to get it!!
And I agree with Mikayla. U are an extraordinary role model. When I grow up I wanna be just like you :)

Really, in all seriousness. You rock!

Lori said...

Those were lovely pictures. Thanks for sharing them! Good luck on Shimmer's release, though I know you won't need it.

And as for the teacher who gave you such a discouraging attitude, I'm certain she's been eating those words for years thanks to all your amazing books!

Alyson Noel said...

Anita - The pancakes were definitely yummy! Thanks for stopping by!

Martha - Thank you so much--I can't tell you how much your support means to me! Hope you enjoy Shimmer! :)

Lori - Thanks for the good luck wishes--much appreciated!