And the winners are…

Salma and Shelby!

Congratulations — look for an email from me soon, with details.

Loved reading EVERYONE’S maple memories!  I wish I could invite you all over to my house for homemade sourdough waffles and maple syrup, just like Truly’s father makes for her in YOURS TRULY…

Believe it or not, there’s another giveaway just around the corner, to celebrate the paperback release of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP. Stay tuned!

 

See you in Hadley & a giveaway!

It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday morning in Boston, and I’m looking forward to seeing some of you at a book signing this afternoon (2 pm) in Hadley, Massachusetts, where I’ll be at the Barnes & Noble as part of their B-Fest Teen Book Festival!  It’s the biggest weekend of author events in B&N history, and promises to be great fun! Click here for more information.

For those of you who live far away and can’t join us, fear not, I’ve thought of a way you can participate … with a giveaway!

One of you will win a FULL SET of the Mother-Daughter Book Club series — yes, all seven of them, including hot-off-the-press MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP!

Mother-Daughter Book Camp

And that’s not all (as they say on those obnoxious TV commercials) — there will be other surprises in your box o’ goodies…

So, here’s the challenge for you: Come up with a Mother-Daughter Book Club trivia question and enter it in the comments section below. (Feel free to answer each other’s questions, too, if you want to, just for fun!)

The winner will be chosen at random at midnight on June 25, 2016. Share this giveaway on your blog or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media for additional entries, using the hashtag #MDBCgiveaway. (If you share on social media, please leave a link in the comments below so I can assign you an extra entry.) U.S. and Canada only, please.

CANADA and CONCORD, here I come!

I’m thrilled to announce two upcoming bookstore appearances, in two of my very favorite places!

To help celebrate the launch of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP, the seventh and final (sniff) book in my Mother-Daughter Book Club series, I’ll be heading first to Vancouver, British Columbia (yep, that’s right, my first appearance in CANADA!), and then on to Concord, Massachusetts, the town that started it all (the books are set in my old hometown, in case you didn’t know — talk about bringing it full circle…).

If you’re in either area, I’d love to see you! Please come join me on Monday, May 2, at 7 pm at Kidsbooks in Vancouver or Sunday, May 22nd at 3 pm at The Concord Bookshop in Concord (full details on both events here).

Warning: there may be dorky pictures of me at summer camp involved…

Mother-Daughter Book Camp

 

 

Saturday Story Starter

Well hellooooooo there!  It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I have a really REALLY good excuse, though — we’ve been in the middle of a move. A BIG move. An all-the-way-across-the-country-from-Oregon-to-Boston kind of move! Things are still pretty topsy-turvy around here, but we’re starting to feel settled. It’s really fun to be back on home turf (I grew up in New Hampshire and the Boston area), and I’m especially loving the snow!

On the book front, MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP is in the pipeline and ready to go. Look for it on bookshelves near you May 3rd. Wheee! This is the 7th and final (I know I said that last time but really truly final) book in the series. Click here to read a sneak peek. And fear not, although it’s the last hurrah for my book club girls, there’s more fun ahead for you with a book that will be out in early 2017 — YOURS TRULY, the sequel to ABSOLUTELY TRULY. I’m putting the finishing touches on that this spring.

What do you say we dive into a little Saturday Story Starter? I can’t think of a better way to spend a cold and snowy weekend (at least it’s cold and snowy here in Boston).

For those of you who haven’t participated before, Saturday Story Starter is purely for fun, just a way to exercise those writing muscles (think of it as Heather’s Literary Gym). I rewrite my essay a lot but lately I’ve been lacking inspiration so I started this. There are no prizes, only the simple joy of putting words on paper (well, OK, on the computer screen). Also, I won’t be offering critiques, just brief words of encouragement, but I will read all your entries, that I can promise! (And if you’d like to read some of the earlier stories that have been shared, click here and click here and here and click here and here and click here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here to browse to your heart’s content.)

Let’s get started, shall we?

Snow day in Boston

Ah, pink tulips and snow. Two of my favorite things! And even better together!

But what are they doing here? Who brought them? Who are they for? And what’s the story behind the tulips and the snowy winter scene we glimpse through the window? You’re the writer, so it’s your decision. Set the scene for us, and tell us a story…

Ready, set, WRITE!

And the winners are…

  • Madison Cassidy, who started reading the series in middle school and is now a freshman in college
  • Sam, who confessed to feeling “unnaturally excited for this book” (there’s no such thing, Sam, I assure you)!
  • Olivia, who almost hyperventilated when she heard there was going to be a 7th book

Congratulations, everyone! Each of you won an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP, which will be published in May. Check your email inboxes for official notification, as I’ll be contacting you directly soon to get your mailing information.

MDBC 7 front cover

Thanks to all of you who entered this giveaway — OVER TWO HUNDRED OF YOU, I might add! Wowza! That’s a record for this blog, I think. I sure wish I had enough ARCs to send to all of you, but I’m sending my love and thanks, that’s for sure. Enthusiastic and supportive readers like you make all the hard work worthwhile.

Stay tuned, because I have several more giveaways up my sleeve, as the rest of the audio books in the MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CLUB series have been released and we need to celebrate that, plus there’s a branch new paperback version of ABSOLUTELY TRULY! Lots of fun ahead!

 

Lookee what I’ve got!

MDBC 7 ARCS

They’re here! They’re here!  Advance reader copies of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP! 

HUZZAH!!  

:: tosses confetti  ::

:: makes embarrassing squealing sounds ::

:: does the HAPPY FEET dance ::

HUZZAH AGAIN!!

It’s starting to feel real, at last! And for those of you who have been asking (OK, begging), YES, the sneak preview will be posting VERY SOON! Like any day now.

I apologize for the delay, but there has been a lot going on aboard the Good Ship Frederick these days, including a cross-country move. I barely know which end is up! To make up for it, how about we have a GIVEAWAY?!?

I have THREE advance reader copies to share with a handful of you. As you know from reading this blog regularly, these copies are printed up before the final edits are made, so there will be some slight changes between this version and the final book published in May. But I’m guessing that’s not going to deter anyone from entering our giveaway contest…

To enter, leave a comment below, telling us what you’re most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

The winner will be chosen at random at midnight on December 6, 2015. Share this giveaway on your blog or Facebook or Twitter or other social media for additional entries. (If you share on social media, please leave a link in the comments below so I can assign you an extra entry.) 

And the winners are ….

Eunice, Asmanaz, and Alexi W!

Congratulations on winning an autographed jacket of MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP, along with the MDBC paperback book of your choice. Wheee!

MDBC 7 front cover

Eunice’s favorite memory of summer camp is playing flute at an orchestra camp. (Hey, I played the flute once up on a time, too!)

Asmanaz hasn’t been to camp yet, but imagines staying up late talking to her friends in their cabin (definitely one of the best things about camp, Asmanaz!).

Alexi W. shared a story about playing Espionage (a game I don’t know), which apparently involves running around in the dark searching for clues and trying not to get caught. The penalty if they did? Being sprayed with shaving cream and glitter. Sounds like summer camp to me!

Congratulations, ladies! Check your email inbox for official notification, as I’ll be contacting you directly soon to get your mailing information and book preference.

Thanks to all of you who entered this giveaway — wow, we had 80 entries! Look for another giveaway coming soon, as we celebrate the release of the audio version of MUCH ADO ABOUT ANNE!

 

 

 

MDBC #7 cover reveal & giveaway!

Let’s start the week off with something fun, shall we?

How about a publication date for MDBC #7 — aka MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP!

Yes, my friends, we have lift-off! Coming soon(ish) to a bookstore or library near you! Mark your calendars for May 2, 2016.

As if that’s not enough cause for celebration, how about a sneak peek at the cover?

MDBC 7 front cover

Ta da! That’s the front, of course. And in case you’re wondering (which I know you are), that’s Emma under the canoe. Here’s the back cover …

MDBC 7 back cover

… which features Jess.

I love love LOVE this cover! It totally captures the breezy spirit of the book. Once again, Lucy Ruth Cummins, the MDBC’s fabulous art director at Simon & Schuster, has knocked it out of the park!

(Lucy, by the way, has two new publications of her own to celebrate, first and foremost an adorable new BABY BOY, and second, A HUNGRY LION …

A HUNGRY LION

… her picture book which will be released in March, and which is available for pre-order now. I can’t wait to read it!)

What’s that you say? What’s MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP about? So glad you asked. Here’s the answer:

MDBC 7 jacket flap

 

Click on the picture to enlarge it. Otherwise you’ll be squinting, which isn’t very attractive plus your face could get stuck that way.

Ha!

Can you tell I’m in high spirits? Oh yes I am.

 

Hang on, where are you going? We’re not done celebrating yet!

:: balloons! ::     :: confetti! ::     :: fireworks! ::

Plus, I think we need a giveaway, don’t you? Three of you are going to be very happy campers (sorry, couldn’t resist) because I have three autographed MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP covers to give away, along with an autographed copy of the paperback MDBC of your choice. That’s right — any one of the first six titles in the series that you want. Maybe you need one to round out your collection or maybe you want to give one to a friend. It’s up to you!

All you need to do is leave a comment below, telling us about a favorite summer camp memory. If you’ve never been to camp, tell us the one thing you’d most want to do if you did go, OK? 

Winners will be chosen at random at midnight on September 15th, 2015. US and Canada only, please. Share this giveaway on your blog or Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, or other social media for additional entries. (If you share on social media, please leave a link in the comments below so I can assign you an extra entry.) 

 

Fan mail Friday

It’s that time of the week again!

Before I share this week’s mail with you, though, I have something exciting to announce. We finally have a title for MDBC #7!!

MOTHER-DAUGHTER BOOK CAMP

Fun, huh?

I love it. Love it! And I’m enormously grateful to Justin Chanda, one of Simon & Schuster’s resident geniuses, for the suggestion. My editor and I kept throwing spaghetti at the wall, but nothing was sticking …

Anyway, a sneak preview of the book will be coming along later this spring, so stay tuned. I also happen to know that one of the goddesses in the S&S art department (Lucy, I’m looking at you!) has a REALLY cool idea for the cover, so once it’s been designed I’ll post it here on my blog.

I think you’re going to like this new book (she says modestly). And yes, it really is the FINAL one in the series, in case you’re wondering. I had such a great time writing this story, and I can’t wait to share it with the world!

So, on to more important things here — your mail! This week, I have a couple of great drawings to show you from Brooke. Her favorite book in the series is PIES & PREJUDICE, so she chose to picture the girls in their ballgowns:

Brooke - mdbc girls

Don’t you love it?

But wait! That’s not all! Brooke also sent along a drawing of the MDBC moms:

Brooke - mdbc moms

This is SUCH fun. I don’t get to see the mothers as often — well, aside from in my mind’s eye. Did you catch the slogan on Mrs. Wong’s T-shirt? Well done, Brooke! You’re awesome.

As always, many thanks for your letters and emails. They’re the cherry on top of the ice cream sundae that is my life as an author!