Monday, May 31, 2010

A Soggy Reminder...

We live in the Northwest, the land of Starbucks, sparkly vampires, and what's that wet stuff? Oh yeah, rain. So what is it that makes us continually believe that camping is something we should be doing? Out there. In the rain.

Well, for whatever reason, we tried it again this Memorial Weekend, as we huddled close to the campfire trying to stay dry in our parkas, making s'mores and pretended everything was as it should be. But our teeth chattered and the kids were covered in mud. Camping in the Northwest...YAY!

We gave up by Sunday morning, packing up and heading for home, where we could be safe and warm and dry. Instead of a campfire, we had family movie night. And instead of marshmallows, we had Healthy Pop microwave popcorn.

This has been a pattern for us, our camping war stories. I did a post about a year ago, called "Why I'll Never Be Confused With Mother Nature" and it seemed appropriate to share it again, since it seems I'm stuck in some sort of strange time-continuum, doomed to repeat these patterns over and over again...like some freaky version of the movie Groundhog's Day. On crack.

So here's a little trip down camping-memory-lane:

Camping is a summer pastime for many families. It’s a way to get away from it all, to explore the outdoors, to challenge yourself. It’s rugged, manly, tough.

Sorry, not me. I’m not your typical “outdoorsy” girl. I’m more...indoorsy. Or, your typical vacation-at-a-resort kind of gal. You know, the kind where they bring you drinks at the pool with foofy little umbrellas.

But over the years I’ve given camping the good old college try, it wasn’t my fault that the trips didn’t go particularly well:

1998: We packed up our SUV and drove six hours (with a car sick dog yacking all the way) to tent camp on the Oregon Coast. Two nights later, heavy rain storms soaked our tent to the point of flooding, and my husband packs everything up in the dark while my five-year-old son and I huddle inside the car. My husband had to drive the entire way home in just his t-shirt, underwear, and hiking boots because everything, including what he was wearing, was soaked. We stopped everywhere but couldn’t find a single hotel vacancy along the way. We finally had to wake his brother in Portland at 2 in the morning for a place to sleep. That. Was. Awesome!

1999: A second attempt at tent camping, this time closer to home, less than an hour away. After unrolling our tent we realized that it was damaged (probably from being packed in the dark during a rain storm) and had to drive to the nearest town to buy a replacement. But eventually we had our home-away-from-home. We stayed up late roasting marshmallows and hanging out by the fire with friends, only to realize in the middle of the night that our son (who was only six at the time) doesn’t stomach marshmallows very well. We woke to find him puking all over us...and our sleeping bags! Needless to say we abandoned our campsite sometime after midnight to head for home, leaving everything where it was. My husband returned the following morning to gather the evidence.

2000: We’ve grown wiser by this point, and have decided to graduate to rental houses at the lake. No more tent camping for us! Unfortunately, this trip fared no better. This one could have actually been written for a version of the “Griswold’s Family Vacation”. During the night, a summer windstorm frees one of our jetskis, which apparently we haven’t secured well enough to the dock, and we wake to find it missing. My husband and his brother spend the day searching the lake, only to eventually find it damaged and upside down in the water (oh, and did I mention that it was borrowed?). And to top it off, my son’s stomach apparently doesn’t react well to licorice and Oreos either, creating something black and tarlike that does NOT come out of rental house carpet.

So, it’s not that we’ve given up on summer getaways, or on the great outdoors. I’m nothing if not persistent. Only now we do it in a completely different fashion. We’ve traded in tents and rentals for a state-of-the-art camping trailer, complete with A/C, flat screen TV, shower, microwave, and an espresso maker.

I know what I am, I understand the kids I’ve created (and their sensitive stomachs), and I’m okay with that. So, this summer we’ll be camping, if you can call it that. And we’ll be building campfires and roasting marshmallows. But I’ll also be flat ironing my hair, drinking my latte, and using my satellite card to check email on my laptop.

What about you, any good/bad/ugly vacation stories???

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

MY EXCITING SMART CHICKS NEWS!!!

It looks like I’ll be hitting one more stop on the Smart Chicks Kick-It Tour in September. So now, along with my Phoenix stop at the Poisoned Pen on the 17th, I’ll also be joining these super-smart chicks in San Francisco, to be hosted by Keplers Books (YAY, Keplers!!!) on the 18th as well!

What? You need me to repeat that???

Okay. On September 17th, I will be in Phoenix, Arizona with Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Becca Fitzpatrick.

And then…on September 18th, I’ll be joining Melissa, Kelley, Alyson, Becca, the other Melissa (yes, we are all on a first name basis now) and Rachel in the city by the bay (that’s San Francisco for those of you who weren’t paying attention earlier). Oh, and while I will be calling them by their first names, most of them still have no idea who I am! :)

OMG, can I get a woof-woof?!?! No? Is it because that’s super lame? Okay, I understand. I’ll settle for a hells-yeah, baby!!!!

Still too much???

Oh, and don’t forget to check back later this week when I blog about the upcoming HarperTeen Supernatural Summer Tour! Let’s just say, my trip may or not involve a guy in the airport (wearing a suit) holding up a little piece of cardboard that says “DERTING”. Does this mean I’ve made the big time? No??? I don’t care, I’m still excited!!!

Friday, May 21, 2010

WE HAVE A WINNER!!!!

The winner of the High School Flashback Tour Prize Pack is...

MannaB

Congratulations, MannaB, I'm emailing you now!!!!

Thanks to everyone to entered, and I LOVED reading your favorite high school memories. And if you didn't win here, be sure to check out the other Flashback Bloggers to see if you won one of their prize packs!

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER!!!

I've decided to offer up one last chance to win this awesome prize pack giveaway, all you have to do is leave a comment letting me know either your favorite thing about this week's Flashback Tour OR your favorite high school memory!

I'm only going to count one entry per post from this week, but that gives you five chances to win ON MY BLOG ALONE! (The contest closes at 5PM Pacific today, so be sure you've commented on all the High School Flashback Tour entries this week.)





















Don't forget, this same prize pack is being offered at everyone else's blogs too, so check out their blogs for more chances to win!

Kay Cassidy
Jen Nadol
Christy Raedeke
Christina Gonzalez

Thursday, May 20, 2010

High School Flashback Tour: Kay Cassidy

This is the last day to poke fun at the five us for the high school dorks we were, and here she is, The Mastermind behind this whole operation: Kay Cassidy, author of THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY.

'Sup, Kay?


The pic is of me on top of Die Zugspitze, the tallest mountain in Germany when I was 15. Those are the Alps behind me. And be sure not to miss the ginormous grandma-worthy sunglasses. I was uber-cool, I'm telling you. (Wait, why are you laughing?)

1) So, did you (or any of your friends) actually marry your high school sweetheart?

We actually had several marriages! I've never made it to any of my high school reunions, but I think they're all still happily married. I think that is seriously the coolest thing EVER.

2) What would your teenage self have thought of today’s technology? And what piece of technology would have been your favorite (email/cell phones/texting/digital cameras/MySpace/Twitter/Facebook…)?

My dad has been an early adapter of technology his whole life. He had the original Apple (and every one after that for a bazillion years), so I was always pretty comfortable with technology. Given that my entire school existence revolved about writing notes in school (is my mom reading this? I mean STUDYING), I have to think that email and texting would've been my entire world in high school.

3) What’s one thing you would have done differently (like a do-over)?

You know, I made a lot of mistakes in high school. There are quite a few do-overs I would love because I did something completely moronic that I would swear people are still laughing over (even though I know deep down I'm the only person who even remembers it). But the do-overs I'd like most? The ones where I hurt someone else, whether I meant to or not.

The biggest one was probably my first serious boyfriend. I broke up with him because we hit high school and it was the first time in four years I didn't make the cheerleading team. Which seems like, "So what?" but was actually a very big deal because it was a large part of who I was and suddenly, I didn't know who I was anymore. So there we were at this huge new school, my boyfriend was a football player, and everyone only knew me as "X's woman". That just devastated me. I couldn't stand the idea of being known only as the extension of someone else, even someone I adored, so I let my insecurity get the best of me. Which was really sad. I ended up cheering for the rest of high school – I only missed out that one season – but my boyfriend and I had been good friends before we started dating and we were never able to get that back. Sometimes you can't go back, you know? You just have to try to make better choices in the first place. So yeah, that's my big do-over if I could have one. (Wait, do we get one? Is that part of the tour??) *Kay rubs hands together with glee*

Kay’s book, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY is all about girl-power (one of the things I loved most when I read it):

What a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn't want to wear it anymore?

Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it's like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys' magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she's finally found her chance to fit in.

Then the Wickeds--led by Jess's arch-enemy--begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there's more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.

Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn't want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?


Today, Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She is the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and teens and the host of the inspirational Living Your FiveTM web project. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, movies, music, and reading. Lots and lots of reading. She hopes her debut YA novel, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY (April 13, 2010 - Egmont), will help girls embrace their inner Cindy.



DON'T FORGET: On Friday, I’ll choose one random winner from all of the comments I receive on the interviews this week to win this AWESOME prize pack:















(Today’s the last day to enter, so check them all out all the blogs for your chance to win!!)




Kay Cassidy’s blog - Monday (5/17)
Jen Nadol's blog - Tuesday (5/18)
Christy Raedeke's blog - Wednesday (5/19)
Christina Gonzalez's blog - Thursday (5/20)



Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

High School Flashback Tour: Jen Nadol



I’m super excited to introduce today’s flashback victim: Jen Nadol, author of THE MARK (which I’ve read and loved!).

Here's a little about THE MARK:

When sixteen-year-old Cassie Renfield realizes the glow she’s always seen around certain people means death is imminent, she struggles to understand her “gift”. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? Most importantly, if you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

I'm just gonna jump in and start with THE PICTURE, because...well...


Jen, Jen, Jen! *shakes head sadly* Did you actually complete the look by "stuffing" a pair of socks in your pants??? (In case you didn't guess, that's Jen on the left!)


Today, Jen is a little more…feminine. She grew up in Reading, PA and has lived in Washington DC, Boston, NYC and now, in a 150 year-old farmhouse in Westchester County, NY with her husband and three young sons.

1) So, Jen, did you (or any of your friends) actually marry your high school sweetheart?

Not me. I didn’t date much in high school and my only longer-than-a-month boyfriend was gay. But three of my friends married their HS sweethearts, including Jess – on the right in the picture – who lives up the block from my parents now. We didn’t usually dress like dudes, btw. It was Halloween.

2) What would your teenage self have thought of today’s technology? And what piece of technology would have been your favorite (email/cell phones/texting/digital cameras/MySpace/Twitter/Facebook…)?

I’d have loved email and hated cell phones, but stalking people on Facebook would have been my secret addiction.

3) What’s one thing you would have done differently (like a do-over)?

NOT tested whether I could still do a backflip five years and a few drinks after my last gymnastics class.

(Oh my gosh, that is awful/awesome! Totally something I might have tried…if I had been able to do a backflip. Ever.)

You can read my FLASHBACK INTERVIEWS (complete with pics!) this week on:

Kay Cassidy’s blog - Monday (5/17)
Jen Nadol's blog - Tuesday (5/18)
Christy Raedeke's blog - Wednesday (5/19)
Christina Gonzalez's blog - Thursday (5/20)

(And today over on Christy’s blog you can see my OTHER senior picture—and check out my love for pastel clothing!!!!)


DON'T FORGET: On Friday, I’ll choose one random winner from all of the comments I receive on the interviews this week to win this AWESOME prize pack:
















(There are five prize packs in all, so check out ALL the blogs for extra chances to win!)

Monday, May 17, 2010

High School Flashback Tour: Christy Raedeke

Christy Raedeke is one of my favorite authors. Okay, no, I haven’t read her book yet (although I did just get my very own signed copy!), but her funky mix of self-deprecating humor and random factoids definitely makes her blogs one of my all-time faves! Plus, where else can you read about pickled babies or about creepy cats that appear out of nowhere?

And her debut, Prophecy of Days, promises to be an awesome blend of all of those things that I adore about her:

When Caity Mac Fireland accompanies her parents to an isle off the coast of Scotland, she’s not expecting to find a Mayan relic. Guided by a motley crew of advisors, Caity uncovers an incredible secret that an elite group of power-brokers will stop at nothing to control.

Christy Raedeke writes from her tiny home office in Southern Oregon. She is inspired by her two quirky children and her hilarious (and long-suffering) husband.

And now we get to see what made teen Christy tick:

1) Did you (or any of your friends) actually marry your highschool sweetheart?

My best friend did marry her high school sweetheart! Wait, I’m not sure they were really sweethearts. They went to prom together and I think she dumped him at the after party because I remember him crying and carrying on out in the fields. But hey, they’ve been going strong now for 17 years, so it’s working!

2) What would your teenage self have thought of today’s technology? And what piece of technology would have been your favorite (email/cell phones/texting/digital cameras/MySpace/Twitter/Facebook…)?

Definitely Facebook - the ultimate stalking machine! You can see every single detail bout a person and what they’ve been up to and they NEVER have to know. I would have looked at pictures for body language and placement of people, would have read things in to status updates, would have made elaborate spreadsheets detailing who has “liked” or “commented” on whose pages, etc. Seriously, I would have been an utter mess with Facebook!

3) What’s one thing you would have done differently (like a do-over)?

I would like to go back and choose not wear my Dad’s 60s-era Mexican poncho as a fashion statement. And I would like to go back and actually win the essay contest that got you a free trip to Finland for the summer. My good friend David won and I was first runner up, which allowed me to go if he could not. I seriously considered pulling a Tonya Harding on him.

And check out her high school pic:

“This was my summer job. We were called Tart Wenches because we wore those Elizabethan costumes and carried trays of tarts and treacle around at intermission during the Summer Shakespearean Festival. I’m in “the cage” here, where we sold play guides. “The cage” was the crappy job because you had to sit in direct line with the sun and you sweated your tarts off. I think I made $3.75 an hour - serious cash.”

(Okay, what the hell is “treacle”???)

You can check out my FLASHBACK INTERVIEWS (complete with pics!) this week at:

Kay Cassidy’s blog - Monday (5/17)
Jen Nadol's blog - Tuesday (5/18)
Christy Raedeke's blog - Wednesday (5/19)
Christina Gonzalez's blog - Thursday (5/20)

(And today over on Jen’s blog you can see my senior picture—and try to figure out how I managed to cake on that much masacara!!!!)


DON'T FORGET: On Friday, I’ll choose one random winner from all of the comments I receive on the interviews this week to win this AWESOME prize pack:















(And there are five prize packs in all, so check out ALL the blogs for extra chances to win!)

High School Flashback Tour: Christina Gonzalez

What do five YA writers do when they get together? Well, for one thing, we dish...about what we were like in high school. And we’ve decided to share!

So, this time it’s not just me having a flashback, it’s an entire group of Tenners (me, Kay Cassidy, Christy Raedeke, Jen Nadol, and Christina Gonzalez) all teaming up for a glimpse back at what we were like as teens!

We’re doing daily interviews (complete with uber-embarrassing pics)...and believe me, I saved the best ones for these ladies! And at the end of the week, someone will win a prize pack just for commenting on the interviews!

So, today give it up for Christina Gonzalez, author of The Red Umbrella, a book set in 1961, two years after the Communist revolution, Lucía Álvarez still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her sleepy Cuban town, everything begins to change. Freedoms are stripped away. Neighbors disappear. Her friends feel like strangers. And her family is being watched.

As the revolution's impact becomes more oppressive, Lucía's parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States —on their own.

Suddenly plunked down in Nebraska with well-meaning strangers, Lucía struggles to adapt to a new country, a new language, a new way of life. But what of her old life? Will she ever see her home or her parents again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

Christina Diaz Gonzalez was born in a small Southern town, but moved to the big city of Miami when she was in high school. In high school she was a Majorette and had the silly nickname of Moose (the football coach gave it to her because she was small and the exact opposite of what people thought someone named Moose should look like).

Okay, Christina, it’s your turn to share:

1) Did you (or any of your friends) actually marry your highschool sweetheart?

None of my BFFs married their highschool sweethearts.

2) What would your teenage self have thought of today’s technology? And what piece of technology would have been your favorite (email/cell phones/texting/digital cameras/MySpace/Twitter/Facebook…)?

My teenage self would have been fascinated with all the tech stuff. I think digital cameras would have been my favorite because I loved taking pictures, but hated having to wait to develop them.

3) What’s one thing you would have done differently (like a do-over)?

If I had a do-over I think I would have taken more pictures (or at least put them in an album somewhere). I'm bummed that I can't find that shoebox with my old pictures.

(Thankfully, she still had this one!)

You can see all of my FLASHBACK INTERVIEWS (complete with pics!) this week at:

Kay Cassidy’s blog - Monday (5/17)
Jen Nadol's blog - Tuesday (5/18)
Christy Raedeke's blog - Wednesday (5/19)
Christina Gonzalez's blog - Thursday (5/20)

(And today over on Kay’s blog I talk about my over-the-top obsession with Madonna. Again!)

On Friday, I’ll choose one random winner from all of the comments I receive on the interviews this week to win this AWESOME prize pack:













(And there are five prize packs in all to win, so check out ALL the blogs for extra chances!)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I LOVE CHAPTERS!!!

When I was invited by the Chapters store in Kamloops for a signing this weekend, do you know what I said? Absolutely!!! Then to my husband I said: “Where in the frick is Kamloops anyway???”

Sadly (because I’m a little geographically challenged), I assumed it was just across the Washington / Canadian border, maybe three, three and half hours away. Okay, no…try six hours, but you know what, we didn’t regret a single minute of it. Let’s just say, NOW I understand why they call it “Beautiful British Columbia.”

So, for those you who didn’t know where Kamloops was (including my stupid GPS!), it’s nestled in the mountains of British Columbia. The drive through the mountain pass was not only breathtaking but very exciting because…we saw a bear! And not just a bear, but a bear-cub. In real life! He was just hanging out off the side of the highway. How cool is that??? Unfortunately, my camera was stuffed in my purse and my husband was going like 110 so I didn’t get my shot. (Okay, in his defense, that was 110 kilometers per hour so he wasn’t actually speeding, but I’m still sad I didn’t get my picture.)

Besides my husband ruining my photo op (yes, somehow I’m still blaming him for this), the trip was fabulous! Here are some highlights :

The gals that work at Chapters were AWESOME (Hi, Chandra and Nikki!)


They setup my sweet signing table in a great spot!


They had even pre-ordered cupcakes for us to eat after the signing! So, after picking up the cupcakes, they asked: “So, do you guys drink?” Best. Line. Of. The. Trip! (Gotta love the way these gals think!) So we all went for margaritas and appetizers and ate the most delicious cupcakes on the planet. It was a blast!


Oh, and in case you were wondering, the Canadian Border Patrol do not have a sense of humor. They said things like this:

Sir, can you please remove your sunglasses?

Where do you live? (This while looking at our passports)

Where is that exactly? (In case we were lying???)

So what brings you to Canada?

And when he found out why we were there, he asked if I had a copy of my book in the vehicle. I said yes, and he asked me to get it. I unbuckled and (not very lady-like) climbed into the back of the truck scrounging around (butt in the air) until I finally found it. He examined it for about 90 very long seconds…without saying a single word. It was very surreal but he eventually let us pass.

Let’s just say that Dude was seriously SERIOUS about his job. He did not crack even a hint of a smile or utter a single “have a nice day.”

What made me even more nervous was the whole way up there, my husband was trying to convince me that if the border police asked him: “What brings you to Canada?” he was going to respond with: “What brings you to Canada?” I’m so glad he didn’t. :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Supernatural Summer Photo Caption Challenge

Over at the Supernatural Summer website not only can you see a picture of a snake trying to french-kiss my son, but you can also enter the Photo Caption Challenge...to be judged by none other than MOI!

So make 'em cute, make 'em funny, or make me nostalgic for the days when the little boy in that picture didn't say things like: "Can't you just sit over there and pretend like we don't know each other?" when we go to the dentist's office.

Plus, while you're there, you can totally enter to win an iPad!

Hello!?! What are you waiting for???

TODAY'S THE LAST DAY...

To bid on a signed copy of THE BODY FINDER (with swag pack!) for the Do The Write Thing For Nashville auction.

AAAAAAANNND...as an added BONUS (because this is such a great cause), I'm throwing in a super cool TEAM JAY t-shirt (in whatever size the winner chooses)!

You have until midnight, folks. Check it out!!!

Monday, May 10, 2010

FIVE THINGS THAT MADE MY (Unconventional) MOTHER’S DAY ROCK!

This year we celebrated Mother’s Day in a different way. There was no big family get-together with my mom and my brother and his kids, my oldest daughter was out of town for a wedding, and we forced our sixteen-year-old to stay home (something he was less than thrilled about). It was just this nice, quiet, do-nothing kind of day.

And it was exactly what I needed:

1) My husband and I played two-square with my youngest daughter. This is funny on so many levels.

Me + Any sport involving a ball = Hilarity!

I flinch, I whiff the ball, and I will occasionally cheat. And, ultimately, I got crushed by a nine-year-old with a cute blonde ponytail.

2) Even though my oldest daughter wasn’t there, she called and texted me all day long as she made her way from airport to airport on her return trip from Alabama. I think she felt guilty for missing Mother’s Day. (Secretly, this made me far too happy. Best. Mother’s. Day. Gift. Ever!!!)

3) Played WOULD YOU RATHER? We don’t play the actual board game, we just read the cards as we gross each other out and crack up:

There are gems like these:

Would you rather…

have a sixth finger OR a third nipple?

eat a live tarantula OR hold a live wasp in your mouth for one full minute?

And my personal favorite:

bob for apples in pus OR hit a piñata filled with diarrhea?

4) We watched AVATAR…at last! We were possibly the last people on the planet who hadn’t seen this movie, and it was SPECTACULAR!!! Even our son enjoyed it (in between text messages to his girlfriend).

5) Movie snacks! Thank god I burned those extra 12 calories playing two-square. I didn’t feel guilty at all as I inhaled a huge bowl of popcorn mixed with Reese’s Pieces (if you’ve never done this, you’re totally missing out, they get all warm and melty. You can also use M&Ms, Milk Duds, or Junior Mints). Either way, I’m pretty sure it was a wash calorie-wise, right???

So that was my perfectly uneventful Mom’s Day, how did you celebrate???

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Are You Ready For The Awesome?

Check out this sweet trailer for the Supernatural Summer Tour:



I'm so excited to meet you all!!!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

ARE YOU TEAM JAY???

So, have you ever wondered where you could get one of those sweet Team Jay t-shirts from The Body Finder launch party?

What!!! You have no idea what I’m talking about??? Fine, here are a couple pictures from the launch party to refresh your memory:



Note: My daughter’s boyfriend agreed to let my husband pick the phrase for the back of his TBF shirt (thus, Team Jay)! I think he wore it proudly! :)

Well, here’s your chance to get your very own Team Jay shirt! Brenda Novack’s online auction to benefit Diabetes research has a TBF package that not only includes a signed copy of The Body Finder (and other awesome swag), but also has a super rare official TEAM JAY t-shirt!!! (Daughter’s boyfriend not included.)

Head on over so you can:

1) Win a signed copy of The Body Finder!
2) Win a Team Jay T!
3) Do a good deed by donating to a great cause!!!!

If you don’t, I may just send you a TEAM GRADY shirt! :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Working On My British Accent…

Okay, I’ve never confessed this before, but I’ve always wanted a British accent…somehow it just makes everything sound so much more sophisticated. But since I wasn’t born in England, and since my mom refused to move us there (thanks a lot, mom!), I was forced to suffer through life with no accent at all.

But I've got something better than a wicked-cool British accent! That’s right, my friends:

Headine Publishing Group in the UK has just purchased the rights to publish The Body Finder and Desires of the Dead!!!!

And what’s even better than one foreign deal??? Two deals! So, yay France:

Both books will be coming out in French as well, courtesy of Pocket Jeunesse! (Tres bien!!!)

When I told my nine-year-old that The Body Finder was going to be published in England, she said: “You mean like, Chip Chip Cheerio?”

Yes, sweetie, exactly like that...only with a way cooler accent!