The Friday Five!

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1. Whew! I have to say, I’m still kind of wiped out from all the excitement of the contest yesterday. It was so much fun to see all the entries, and give prizes….but a LOT of work as well. I need a nap. Or ten naps. I wonder if I can make that happen? Something tells me….well, probably not. But a girl can dream. Even if she’s not, um, sleeping.

2. In other news, I am VERY close to being able to announce the book tour dates for Along for the Ride. I’m just waiting until all times are confirmed and I get the official go ahead. But I CAN say that I’ll be coming to LA, San Francisco, Miami and the New York area. I know, I know. That’s super vague. But I can also say, officially, that I’ll be kicking it all off here in NC, at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham, on my pub day, June 16th. Yay! You can get all the info here. Then, on June 18th, I’ll be at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Get info here. The next day, I head out to the West Coast. Then it’s home, another hop to NY and Miami, then home, then family vacation, then ALA. Oh, and I’ll also be at BEA at the end of this month. WHEW. I am tired just thinking about it. But also really excited.

3. One reason I am so excited: I have found my book tour shoes. Ever since Just Listen, I have treated myself to a new pair of fancy shoes (i.e. not flip flops or Danskos) for my appearances. For Just Listen, it was a pair of brown Kenzie wedges I wore out as I crisscrossed the country. For Lock and Key, I had a pair of pink shiny ones. My friend Dana, my shopping guru, always tells me that you can’t force the right look: the clothes, or shoes, have to call to you. Walking through Nordstrom the other day, I heard this:

How could I resist? I could not. So, dear reader, I bought them. In a kind of pink/purple color. They are TALL and I am going to have to work to not twist an ankle. But it will be worth it. Have shoes, will book tour!

4. The other night, I was flipping through channels with nothing much to watch when I saw that Grease was on VH1. So I had to stop. It’s like a rule: if Grease is on, I must watch. At least until my husband protests, which happened a few minutes later. But within that few minutes, I think I kind of freaked him out by not only singing along to EVERY WORD of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” but also reciting the dialogue as it was said. Is that weird? Maybe it is. But I’ve seen that movie about a million times. I saw it in the THEATRE when I was a kid. It is now part of my DNA. That’s my name, don’t wear it out!

5. Yesterday, I finished listening to my latest audiobook, Columbine by Bill Cullen. WHEW. This was quite a read (or a listen…I’m still not sure whether you can say “read” when you only listen). It took about 15 hours total, and it was engrossing for just about every second. Not to mention chilling, heartbreaking, and just….confusing. Not because of the book, which is great, but because we’ll NEVER know why the killers did what they did. Such hatred, such anger. And no real clue, despite the rumors we all heard after the shootings. It left me feeling so sad that I figured I’d better do something cheery next, so I just downloaded Michael J. Fox’s memoir, which is supposed to be very uplifting. On the page, I’m going to head out to pick up Susane Colasanti’s latest, Waiting for You, and I still have Gayle Forman’s If I Stay on deck as well. I wish I had more time to read! Maybe if I napped less…

Have a great day, everyone!

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