In one week—on May 17th—Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories will release.
If you've already pre-ordered or are considering it, check out this giveaway from our publisher. You can get a free *signed* bookplate, plus the adorable beach ball pictured above. The anthology features twelve new stories from twelve bestselling authors:
Francesca Lia Block!
Jennifer E. Smith!
And me, of course! My story is called "In Ninety Minutes, Turn North," and it's a continuation of the story I wrote for My True Love Gave to Me. If you've ever wondered what happened to Marigold and her handsome Christmas-tree-lot boy North, now you'll know. The story takes place six months later, and it happens on a FUNICULAR, which is a weird type of mountainside train that I've just always liked.
The Grand Budapest Hotel had an excellent funicular. And it was a miniature model, which is even better. Miniature is always better.
Anyway, that's one of the great things about being an author. You can say, "I want to write a love story set on a FUNICULAR," and you totally can.
I'm proud and excited about my story, but I'm really proud and excited about everyone else's. It's still hard for me to believe that I got to work with these authors—these incredibly talented authors who worked their asses off. Their stories exist across multiple genres: contemporary, fantasy, science fiction. There's even a Shakespearian farce! And they come together beautifully and thematically through hope and romantic love. And with gorgeous illustrations from Jim Tierney to boot.
It's pretty fantastic, if I say so myself.
Of course . . . I'm biased.
So, before I go, I'll drop off these FOUR (!!!!) starred reviews:
★ “There’s not a false note in the whole thing. These big-name authors deliver a collection that scorches as surely as any day in the sun.” —Booklist, starred review
★ "This is a star-studded lineup that doesn't disappoint . . . An intelligent beach read with heart, soul, and sizzle." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "Offering a sampling of many different genres, bright and distinct narrative voices, and a generous portion of tender moments, this book has something for everyone who has loved or longs for it." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “This title is a sizzling must-have that will be too hot to keep on shelves.” —School Library Journal, starred review
My face right now --> :-)