So excited to head back to the fantastic Books of Wonder to sign copies of Sparkle Spa #4: TRUE COLORS on December 6! I’ll be there from 1-3 pm, chatting on a panel with four other writers:Charise Mericle Harper (author of JUST GRACE GETS CRAFTY) Yona Zeldis McDonough (author of LITTLE AUTHOR IN THE BIG WOODS) Abby Hanlon (author of DORY FANTASMAGORY) Veera Hiranandani (author of FARM FRESH FUN) Here’s the info, if you’d like to stop by. (PS. For all grown-ups out there, signed books make GREAT holiday presents!)
I always hold my breath a little bit when a review for one of my books comes flying into my inbox. This week, the first one for LOVE ON THE LIFTS (the second Follow Your Heart book, out in January 2015) came flying in. And it was a nice one! (Whew!)
Kirkus Reviews said: “Santopolo does a wondrous job creating 11 distinctly different characters with such limited time for development, and the dialogue is snappy and creative…deliciously appealing fare for teenage girl readers.” (The whole review is here if you’d like to read it.)
Thank you so much, Kirkus, I hope all my readers agree with you.
In celebration of the publication of TRUE COLORS, last week I visited the Vermont College of Fine Arts Launchpad blog and gave my own step-by-step instructions on how to do the polka-dot manicure I gave myself a few months ago (though in the instructions, I turned it into a pedicure). If you want to check it out, just click here.
I got my author copies of TRUE COLORS (the fourth Sparkle Spa book) in the mail today, and my nail polish happened to match! The same thing happened when MAKEOVER MAGIC arrived. Maybe I’m subconsciously painting my nails the same colors as my books? We’ll have to see if it happens when BAD NEWS NAILS arrives in February…
So excited to share the jacket for Follow Your Heart: Love on the Lifts, which lets you choose your own romance (or decide not to have a romance) at a ski resort. The book will be out January 22, 2015. I can’t wait!
If you happen to be in the Brooklyn-area on Sunday, Sept. 21, and if you happen to want to come say hello, I’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival signing copies of Sparkle Spa #1: All That Glitters and participating in a fun panel about books for elementary schoolers with Jon Scieszka and Lenore Look, moderated by Jen Arena. It’s at the Youth Pavillion from 12 noon to 1 pm–I’m not quite sure where the Youth Pavilion will be exactly, but I’m guessing there will be signs.
If you want more info about the festival, you can find it here.
Hope to see you in Brooklyn!
Whoa! It’s a jacket for Sparkle Spa #5: Bad News Nails! The book will be out in stores on February 17, 2015, but is available for pre-order now wherever books are sold. (I wish I had a shirt with fringes like Suzy Davis’s. And I wouldn’t mind wearing Aly’s skirt either.)
So I got an interesting email last week from the folks over at Mod Cloth inviting me to create a fancy manicure inspired by one of their dresses and post it on my website. Apparently, lots of manicure-loving people will be doing the same thing. Now, I’m not a nail artist–not even close–but I do love manicures, so I decided I’d have some fun and go for it. And I figured I’d try to create a manicure that all the fans of the Sparkle Spa series could recreate–and that Brooke and Aly and their friends would love. And so….inspired by this dress over at Mod Cloth (which is actually called the Author Outing Dress in Dots), I polka-dotted my nails!
I used two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue, and then a Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in White Round. Then I put a layer of clear on top. All in all, I had a lot of fun. And now every time I look at my fingers, it makes me smile. (Wondering if I should go buy that dress….)
Just heard from that All That Glitters will be reviewed in the August/September Library Media Connection. I can’t post the whole thing yet, but I can post this part:
“Girls are sure to enjoy the concept of a kid salon and the everyday activities of sisters, family, and school situations. The simple, easy-to-read text flows effortlessly and leads well into the next book of the Sparkle Spa series.”
Thanks to LMC for all those nice words about my book!