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Last Stop: Blue Bunny

I’m still riding the high from last night’s excellent reading/book-signing at Blue Bunny Books & Toys. ¬†Or maybe it was all those cupcakes I ate. ūüėČ

Store Owner/Cupcake Maker, Janet Reynolds

So happy I got the chance to meet some local tweens & teens as well as some lovely and enthusiastic booksellers.

Books & vanilla frosting. Two of life’s greatest pleasures.

 

And how often do you get a photo op with Babar and a life-size stuffed sheep?

Of course, no Road Trip Book Tour stop would be complete without the obligatory Pea Pod photos.

Kids: don’t read & drive.

Booksellers extraordinaire: Cheryl, Margie & Janet

Overall, I’d say Kristen-Paige and I had a very successful (albeit slightly exhausting) week. ¬†Thanks to all the booksellers, friends, and readers who came out to join us!

 

 

 

 

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Sandwich, a personal history.

1. A long time ago, I was in an all-girl band called Sandwich.  We only played one song, also called Sandwich.

Sandwich, at a Halloween party, circra 1998. We’re sitting because we can’t play standing up.

2. Once, I invented a sandwich. The ingredients were: Fluff, Nutella, and sliced bananas on white bread. I called it the “HW Yummy” (patent pending).

3. ¬†Last night, I had the honor of doing a reading/book-signing at the lovely Sandwich Public Library with my fellow road-trip author, Kirsten-Paige Madonia (FINGERPRINTS OF YOU). ¬†The event was sponsored by Titcomb’s Bookshop.

We started off our night with an interview for a local cable access show, hosted by Kathy & her #1 YA reader, Emma, a high school senior.

We’ll be back, after this message from our sponsor.

Then we moved downstairs for the reading & book discussion.  Boy, were we surprised to see how much work Kathy put into our event.  The room was decorate with maps and travel guides, and she even had a bevy of tasty road-trip themed snacks!

Mmmmm, sugar.

Afterwards, we chatted with fellow YA author Scott Blagden, author of Dear Life, You Suck¬†(Harcourt, March ’13)¬†and signed some books. ¬†Of course, we ended the night with some pictures in the Pea Pod photo-booth.

Kids, do not try this at home.

Vicky & Kathy hit the road!

HUGE thanks to Kathy Johnson of the Sandwich Library and Vicky Uminowicz for making our night so special.  It really means a lot to know there are such devoted booksellers & librarians out there willing to go the extra mile to help out a couple of debut authors.  And kudos to the amazing Emma for being so darn literate & cool.

If you’re in the Dedham, MA area tonight, it’s you last chance to catch our Road Trip Books Hit the Road Tour at the Blue Bunny Bookstore at 6:30pm. ¬†Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Road Trip Stop #2 (where we meet the future authors of America)

The Road Trip Book Tour continues!  Yesterday, Kristen-Paige & I had a WONDERFUL meet & greet at the Manchester, NH Barnes & Noble.  And we were THRILLED to see so many of our new Pinkerton Academy & Londonderry Middle School friends/Future Authors of America.  How much do I love meeting teen readers & writers?

 

 

Meeting these girls totally made my day.

Next stop:  The Coop in Harvard Square!  (Monday September 10th, 7:00pm)

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On the Road Again

Hopefully, our road-trip will have a happier ending than theirs did.

Tomorrow morning, Kristen-Paige Madonia & I kick off our Road Trip Books Hit the Road tour with two school visits (Pinkerton Academy & Londonderry Middle School) followed by a reading at the Toadstool Bookshop in Milford, NH at 7:00pm.¬†Whew. I’m tired just thinking about it.

Our plan is to rendezvous at the school, but until then, Kristen-Paige and I will be traveling in separate cars. ¬†I live in the middle of nowhere,¬†so I tend to spend a fair share of my time alone in my car. ¬†So,¬†I thought I’d share some of my personal must-haves for those long solo drives.

1. An apple. ¬†I never drive long distances without an apple in my car. ¬†For one thing, it’s the perfect food. ¬†Plus, when you’re done, you get to chuck the core out the window, which is an added bonus¬†(location permitting). ¬†Then there’s ¬†my recent car apple discovery: ¬†even if you leave your apple in the car for a few hours and it gets really hot, it still tastes good! Like a crisp, single-serving, healthy¬†apple pie. Yum.

2. Podcasts. ¬†The Moth, This American Life, the JV Club, Radiolab, Fresh Air. Take your pick. ¬†Oh, and did I mention that I’ll be performing live on the Moth Mainstage in October? Eek! (Details TBA).

3. Hand lotion. ¬†For some reason, I never notice that my hands are dry until I see them on my steering wheel. ¬†And since I’m a pathological multi-tasker, what better place to revitalize my weary skin than while cruising down the highway at 80 MPH. Just kidding. ¬†I only moisturize on back roads. ūüėČ

Hope to see you on one of our tour stops. ¬†And if you haven’t read Kristen-Paige’s book, FINGERPRINTS OF YOU, it’s¬†poignant and¬†beautifully written, with a complex protagonist you’ll come to care about deeply. ¬†One of my favorite reads of the year!

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Giveaway Tuesday: Road Trips Rock!

In just one month from today, REUNITED hits the shelves! ¬†So, in celebration of the final countdown, I’m offering four straight weeks of giveaways, either with a music theme, a road trip theme, or both!

“The Pea Pod” – the ’76 V.W. camper van in REUNITED.

Level3, jammin’ at rehearsal.

Since Level3’s¬†reunion¬†show is the thing that motivates Alice, Summer, and Tiernan (ex-best friends) to hop into a van together and drive 2,000 miles cross-country, this week’s contest takes place on Level3’s website. ¬†All you need to do is head on over to¬†Level3theband.com and answer this question¬†in the COMMENTS SECTION (of their blog or mine): ¬†¬†If you were on a road trip, what band would provide your soundtrack?

One winner (selected at random)  will receive their very own REUNITED T-SHIRT, available in your custom size, plus signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD.  Two runners up will also win signed REUNITED bookmarks and a Road-Trip Mix CD.

Winners will be announced here¬†on May 22nd, when I reveal the next giveaway.¬†Good luck! ¬†And while you’re at Level3’s site,¬†don’t forget to download three¬†free chapters from REUNITED and¬†TWO FREE¬†SONGS from Level3!

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