WELCOMING THE SUMMER

My new anthology is out today! Hooray! But first . . .

TRIGGER WARNING

Summer Days and Summer Nights DOES NOT contain: terrorist attacks, mass shootings, hate laws, internet trolls, or election coverage.

If you are interested in reading about any of those items, please click over to your favorite news feed. But if the twenty-four hour news cycle is stressing you out, may I offer . . . an alternative.

A break.

A reading vacation.

My latest anthology DOES contain: a cliff jump into the ocean, a spirited theme park revue, an extravagant hedge maze, a mysterious sea monster, a motorcycle ride with a sexy stranger, a box of Chicago’s finest pastries, a plush Cthulhu dressed like Strawberry Shortcake, a ridiculous powder-blue uniform, a map of perfect moments, a camping trip with new friends, an intense pop-a-shot competition, and a love potion.

I am so proud of these stories, and I am so proud of these authors. We worked hard to bring you something intelligent and light and fun and overflowing with kindness and friendship and romance and love.

And hope. This book contains a lot of hope.

Read this if the world seems frightening, and your well of hope is running low. Read this and discover yourself smiling again. Read this and have a simply fantastic summer.

SUMMER DAYS ARE ON THEIR WAY

In one week—on May 17th—Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories will release.

YAY!

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:

Leigh Bardugo!

Francesca Lia Block!

Libba Bray!

Cassandra Clare!

Brandy Colbert!

Tim Federle!

Lev Grossman!

Nina LaCour!

Veronica Roth!

Jon Skovron!

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 --> :-)