I’m so thrilled to share that Tara Singh Carlson at Putnam is going to publish my third book for adults, Everything After, which tells the story of a woman whose perfect life in New York City is threatened by the secrets of her past. I’m writing it now and hoping it’ll be ready soon enough that it’ll be able to be published in early 2021.
The lovely folks at Putnam Books created this fun in-depth Book Club Kit for More Than Words that even includes recipes for mimosas and pancakes to make your brunch-time book club meetings pretty extra. So if you’re looking for a book club pick for the spring…
I just got back from the most incredible weekend in Meredith, New Hampshire where I got to see the first ever production of Sparkle Spa The Musical at the Interlakes Children’s Theatre. The kids and grown-ups who acted, sang, and danced in the show were wonderful! It was so cool to see my imaginary world come alive!
Here are some photos, including one with me, Brad Ross (the show’s composer), and Christiana Cole (the show’s lyricist) just before we went inside to watch the show for the fist time. (We were pretty excited.)
The children’s bookstore in my neighborhood, Bank Street Book Store, moved to a brand new (beautiful!) location recently, and to celebrate had a ton of authors reading and signing books yesterday. I got to sign a whole bunch of Sparkle Spas (books 1-5!) and talk to some adorably sparkly kids about the series. (There were even sparkly nail stickers for everyone who came by.) Here are a few pictures from the event.
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….)
On May 18, there was Follow Your Heart: Summer Love launch party at McNally Jackson Bookstore in New York City. We had a Follow Your Stomach cupcake bar, a store-wide scavenger hunt, frisbees, raffle prizes, and some summer-ready lemonade. Here’s a tiny peek into what happened there..
I found out that Simon & Schuster offered free Sparkle Spa massages to all of the attendees of the Texas Library Association earlier this month. How cool is that? Here are some photos of the set-up:
Time has really been flying by over here. I can’t believe school has already started in some places—and is about to start in others. I spent a lot of my summer writing and traveling. And it looks like that’s how I’m going to spend a lot of my fall as well. It’s exciting to be working on two series at once, but it means my laptop and I go pretty much everywhere together.
Anyway, I jumped on here today because I am incredibly excited to share the covers for the first two Sparkle Spa books with you all. I totally love how they came out and can’t wait to see them on actual printed books!
Happy New Year! As usual, time has been flying by here. I’ve done a few school visits this past month, and one of the teachers just sent me some photos, so I figured I’d share them with all of you. Here’s a sneak peek at what it looks like when I talk with elementary schoolers—and when we brainstorm a mystery together.