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So here we are at Monday, after a long, hot gorgeous weekend. It’s like we skipped spring entirely and went straight to summer….it was in the nineties both days, and I spent most of my time chasing my baby around with a tube of sunscreen, slathering her up. She will NOT wear a hat willingly this year (ah, for the days when she did whatever I wanted!) so sunblock is even more important than ever. I see a lot of Coppertone in my future.

Also this weekend, we convened a meeting of Sarah Dessen Inc. (which is, um, me and Parker) in our home headquarters (i.e. my guest room). We are so unprofessional, it’s hilarious. Our satellite headquarters? Whole Foods. But I digress. So Parker and I are keeping busy with a ton of stuff coming up for Lock and Key being released in paperback and, of course, Along for the Ride. First up, phase two of my website overhaul is now up, and we’ve added a mailing list. If you like—no pressure!—you can sign up to receive emails about upcoming events, book releases, and appearances. Just go to my website, www.sarahdessen.com, and scroll down to check it out. We’ve also put a link to the Ning Community, Sarah-land, which is still going strong.

Speaking of groups, Parker has also alerted me to the fact that I am about to hit my friends limit on my Facebook page. Apparently, you are capped at 5,000, and we’re getting close to that. Once we are capped, I’ll be doing updates there AND at my fan page. There’s also my official fan club. I know, I know, you are probably officially sick of me. I know I am. But just in case, now you know where to find me. Now I’ll shut up about it.

In other news, I’ve been listening to a TON of audiobooks lately. I’m kind of addicted. Actually reading is a bit more difficult, between juggling baby and work and everything else, but since I spend a lot of time in the car, shuttling between places, I’ve found audiobooks are a great way to stay literary. I just finished Stolen Innocence, about a girl who was raised in, and then escaped, a fundamentalist Mormon sect. Really informative, and timely as well, as Warren Jeffs has been in the news recently. Now, I’m moving on to a book about the Columbine tragedy, which I think will probably be really sad but really interesting.

Speaking of audio, after digging through all my stuff this weekend, I discovered a box of That Summer and Someone Like You audiobooks on cassette . Does anyone still have tape players? I hate for these to just sit, and I have quite a few of them. (EDIT: I think we’ve found homes for them all. Thanks to everyone for writing in. If we picked you, expect a package soon!)
Have a great day, everyone!


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