Real Life

Free book alert!

To celebrate the release of the final book in Kersten Hamilton’s riveting Goblin Wars Trilogy, you can get a copy of the first book free at iTunes. The offer is only good this week, so jump on it!

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You can also download a copy onto your Kindle for 0.00 at Amazon.

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Here’s what reviewers are saying about WHEN THE STARS THREW DOWN THEIR SPEARS:

“This spectacular conclusion will satisfy fans and lead new readers into a complex world with fascinating magic and appealing characters.” Kirkus, starred review

 “Brimming with heroism, violence, romance, and tragedy. . . . This will more than satisfy series fans—it will make them laugh, fill them with wonder, and uplift them in the end.” Booklist Online
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My two-timing summer

I am a late bloomer. A late, late bloomer. By the end of high school, my statistics in the romance department were deplorable:
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Crushes – 16
Dates – 6
Kisses – 2
Boyfriends – 0
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The summer after graduation my world changed. At the graduation party, Rick (not his real name) kissed me. A week later as I came off a shift at my summer job, Rick was waiting for me. I liked him. We started going out.

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Before all that, I’d developed a substantial crush on another boy named Pelle. We’d met in a community college poetry class that I took my final semester of high school. On the first day he read a love poem. To his girlfriend. For some reason that didn’t discourage me from getting to know him (flirting, actually). After several weeks I learned that his girlfriend lived 400 miles away. (yes!) And then one day, he invited me to go sailing. The whole time we were together, we had a blast—laughing and talking and being silly.

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Nothing “happened” on my date with Pelle. He didn’t ask me out again right away. While I waited for him to make the next move, Rick asked me to be his girlfriend, and I accepted. Rick and I enjoyed each other, but I couldn’t help comparing him to Pelle. Unfavorably. Then Rick told me that he planned to break up with me at the end of the summer because long distance relationships don’t work.
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That was not a good move for him.
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One evening Pelle appeared on my doorstep to return a sweater I’d left on his sailing dinghy. And to ask me out on a lunar eclipse viewing date. Oo la la. But one of my closest friends was staying the night, so I turned him down. When he left, I felt I’d blown my last chance.
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A few days later Rick told me he wanted to have sex before the summer ended. Before our pre-determined break up, naturally.
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Worst. Move. Ever.
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Luckily Pelle persisted. Not long after, he invited me on a drive to an overlook. As we gazed at the shimmering lights together (swoon), he still didn’t try to kiss me.
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Was I wrong to go out with him without telling Rick? Yes. Did I worry about it? No.
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Finally the turning point arrived. Pelle and I spent a romantic evening together in San Francisco. At the end he hinted that he would break up with his girlfriend. I hinted I’d do the same.
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Now Pelle and I are married. Our son is 16, one year younger than I was in the above story.
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Yikes.
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How do you think the world will end?

Zombie dinosaurs?

Sinkholes?

Radioactive capybaras?

Tweet your theory for the impending apocalypse.
#apocalypseprediction

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Chatting it up on World Talk Radio

Cynthia Brian will interview me tomorrow for her program StarStyle on World Talk Radio.

You can catch us live at 3 pm Pacific Standard Time (California) and  6pm EST ( East Coast). Just click on the link at the bottom.

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Miss Fortune Cookie by Lauren Bjorkman is an uplifting story about the struggle between being true to yourself, fitting in, and considering the needs and desires of the people you love, told through a teen’s funny observations as a secret advice columnist. It deals with the moment all young people must face: choosing the kind of adult they will become.

When the Saudi royal family vacationed in Los Angeles, they hired Jayne Amelia Larson, an actress struggling to make ends meet, to be their personal chauffeur. Her book, Driving the Saudis is a story about the corruption that nearly infinite wealth causes, and about what we all do for money.

The Golden Globes, the SAG Awards, the Oscars, and Emmys? What do they all have in common besides glamour, glitz, and garb? They influence the movies and TV shows we watch, support, and mimic. SAG-AFTRA members Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany go behind the scenes to bring you the gab.

Be sure to tune into Be the Star You Are with Cynthia Brian and Heather Brittany every Thur 3 PM PT on World Talk RadioLog on to Listen:
http://www.worldtalkradio.com

 If you miss us, you can catch the podcast later.

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“Dear Abby” advice columnist dies at 94

When I was 12 and 13, I delivered the Palo Alto Times to around 80 customers. Before rolling the papers and stuffing them into my bag, I’d read the Dear Abby letters. I always enjoyed her motherly advice.

Here’s a sample letter:

DEAR ABBY:

I am 16 but will be 17 in a few months. I have known my boyfriend, “John,” for two years. He is my first boyfriend.

After four months of dating, John has asked me to marry him, and I said yes. He had been hinting about an engagement, and I didn’t have the heart to say otherwise. John is very dear to me, but I keep hearing people say, “Keep your options open.” I told John that I am young (he’s 18), and I want to take it slowly, but he says if I break up with him to date other guys, he will never date me again.

Abby, I want to make sure John is the person I want to spend the rest of my life with. Sometimes I wish I hadn’t started dating him because I feel too young to be engaged or married. I love John dearly. I

don’t want to break his heart or mine. I am also scared I might mess up this relationship. What should I do to make myself believe that I have found my true love? — STUCK IN OKLAHOMA

DEAR STUCK:

You should have been absolutely honest with John from the beginning. When you have found your own true love, you won’t have to “make yourself” believe it. You will KNOW it.

John is pressuring you because he is afraid if you start dating others he won’t measure up. For both your sakes, tell him that you are not ready to make the kind of commitment he is demanding. He may not like hearing it, but it is the truth. You won’t break his heart, and once you have done it, you will feel a sense of relief.

You can read about her life in the LA Times.

I’m off to look for more of her letters!

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Giving away a sprillion books!

Okay, not really. Each month 25 amazing YA authors (including me) blog about process, craft, our writing, and personal lives at YA Outside the Lines. This month, we’re giving away 30 books, plus Skype visits with authors and cool swag. Go here to enter! Here’s a sampling of what you can win.

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Miss Fortune Cookie in Hawaii

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My friend Erica and her daughter, Isabelle in Hawaii. Mele Kalikimaka!

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Miss Fortune Cookie in the wild

At the Smithsonian with The Chinese Zodiac by Ai Weiwei

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Miss Fortune Cookie is in the building!

A new book is as sweet as a newborn baby. I talk to mine in a funny voice and pat its soft head.

Every morning.

 It rarely cries. It already sleeps through the night.

Best of all is its innocence.

It has never thrown a tantrum, told me it hates me, or left its socks on the floor.

I know that day will come, of course. Until then, I will sing lullabies.

 You can win a copy through Goodreads. The giveaway ends the 15th at midnight.

You can also enter at Jelly Loves Books. Win a copy of the book plus some cool swag.  Entries will close on November 20.

For a peek at the first page, plus one more chance to win a copy, visit First Page Panda.

If you don’t win (sad face) , buy a copy, borrow it from your library, or steal one (from you best friend, not a bookstore).

Then curl up under the covers and enjoy.

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Following advice vs. falling in love

Jelly Loves Books is hosting a giveaway of Miss Fortune Cookie plus some cool swag.

Go here to enter!

You can also read my guest post about how falling in love and following advice don’t mix.

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