Happy summer, y’all!
I’ve already been there, done that, vacation-wise, and now I’m hunkered down. It’s time to start hiding in my house from Yellowface and his amazing ability to burn my fragile redhead’s skin despite all the sunblock and the protective rashguard shirts. Where do people whose genetic stock is evenly split between Scandinavia and Ireland go on vacation, you ask? Well, obviously nowhere warm. No, we went on a Disney Cruise to Alaska for my parents’ 50th anniversary, and it was amazing.
But what now?
Well, I have books to write, as per the norm.
But also I’ve got a book coming out in paperback. That’s right! SILVER IN THE BLOOD will be out in paperback in mid-July! It has an amazing new cover (same artist, new flashier look), and it has that sort of velvety feel to it which is so delicious to booklovers like me. I’ll be doing at least one signing, at the King’s English in Salt Lake City on July 30th, to celebrate. Would you like to see it?
Of course you would! Well, I'm saving it for the grand finale, so it's at the bottom of this very post! And keep an eye on my FB page for a giveaway!
And, as always, if you ever want any of my books signed and personalized, you can contact King’s English about it and they will be happy to take that order. I’ve also left some signed books here and there in my travels. In addition to the King’s English, The Printed Garden in Sandy, Utah, also has signed books. And so does Kidsbooks in Vancouver, Canada! So if you’re in western Canada, give them a ring!
As longtime readers of my blog also know, I love summer reading projects. I like to set aside certain books to read in the summer that look fun, and I like to challenge myself to read a certain amount. I do it with my kids, too. We check out the summer reading programs at Barnes & Noble (this summer kids can pick up a free book right away, just for taking a poll!), and at our local library, which has programs for all ages of kids as well as adults.
So, since I’m getting a late start blogging this year, I’ve already read a bunch of stuff. I like to count my summer reading from Memorial Day to Labor Day. And this summer’s challenge is read fifty books, and also I want to read a complete series or two. I just read the last book of the Raven Cycle (10/10, would recommend) and will be taking on The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan. I also want to reread Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. I love that book, but haven’t read it straight through since the first time. I loved the BBC series, and I want to reread it before I watch my DVD of the series I got for Christmas. So I’ve got that reread lined up, as well as reading more Harry Potter aloud to the kids at bedtime. We are currently up to Goblet of Fire.
Thus far I’ve read:
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond
The City of Mirrors by Justin Cronin
Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggic Stiefvater
Pax by Sarah Pennypacker (aloud to the kids)
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I’ve also read the copyedits of Saturdays at Sea, the last book about Celie and Castle Glower, which will be out next February.
And so, my friends, let us begin our summer of reading and attempting to avoid sunburn!