Monday, December 12, 2011

We have a winner.

Wow. You guys make it really hard to judge a contest. I loved so many of these entries. I mean, from a Santa who yells, "Stay protected!" to an extra sock in every drawer to giving dances away to anyone who couldn't get a homecoming date to two mentions of a Delorean (one that delivers 70's and 80's toys), to "the creed of course is greed," to Millie who spreads joy with cheese in Boston to a watch that stops time to the UPS jumpsuit-clad Santa who flips the bird... a huge flying Dumpster, to the awesome ghost Santa who visits her sister, this was just a great bunch of 100 word stories.

Stephanie, your recruitment for teenage Santas was awesome! And Monica, your UN classified CLAUS division was great as was littlefluffycat's wicked good cat story and Sarah's story about Santa's daughter. And Rogue91101 your Evil Santa/John was completely out of the box. Loved it. And I loved your poem, Hugo.

Janet, your entry about "Just Read It" headquarters was the winner for me. Of COURSE I'd want to hang out with the Santa/s who give away books! Especially when you'd recommend The Book Thief to a person who needs to reconnect to his own humanity. Dude, that's such a perfect recommendation. And you've made it so easy to get gifts to everyone everywhere. Perfect solution.

(** Community hat on. . . ** I urge those buying e-reading devices to consider multi-platform devices which can read many different types of files and can also support your community bookshops through Indiebound ebooks.** Community hat off. **Who am I kidding? The hat never comes off.**)

THANK YOU ALL for your entries. Janet, I've sent you an email for mailing details, etc. and thank you again to all entrants. This is a time I wish I had ten more prizes to give away. I may stop in once more before the New Year, but if I don't, I hope you all have a great holiday no matter what you celebrate and none of you meet with Evil Santa. (<---soon everything will be his.)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Super Holiday Mega Giveaway Contest

I'm iffy at holiday time. It's because consumerism wigs me out. But I always dug Santa Claus because the dude is nice. Like, really nice. He's not really about buying stuff...he gives stuff away. Nicest dude ever, right?

So the thought of Santa made me feel like giving stuff away. Sure, Santa doesn't require any writing or thinking or anything. (But he does require one to be nice and not naughty, so that's some work, I guess.) But I'm not Santa. Or, well, I guess I am in the eyes of two little people who still think I'm Santa, but none of you think I'm Santa, so we're good.

The rules are simple.

1. Write me a 100 word (or less) story about alternative to Santa Claus...but who does the basic stuff that the traditional Santa does. (Gives stuff away and is nice.)

Inside the narrative (not in list form, please) answer these questions: How does this person/thing get around the world in just one night? What sorts of gifts does he/she/it bring? Any particular costume? Does he/she/it have a catch phrase? What is his/her name?

2. Remember a story has a beginning, middle and end. This alternative Santa is only a character. Your setting can be anywhere, any time, and your character can be anything.

3. The most imaginative story that makes me want to hang out with the new alternative Santa wins.

4. I've had to turn on comment moderation due to spam on this contest, so if your comment doesn't show up immediately, don't worry! I'm just weeding out the spam!

PRIZE: Signed copies of all of my books. (I can sign them to anyone you want me to.) That's THE DUST OF 100 DOGS, PLEASE IGNORE VERZ DIETZ and EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS.

DEADLINE: December 10th, 2011 11:59pm

BONUS: Open to entrants in any country. With that deadline, I may not be able to get it to you on time for the big day if you're overseas, but I'll try my best.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Make that six starred reviews for EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS. Six. As in one more than five and one less than seven.
This morning, I heard that the wonderful journal The Horn Book had raved and given ANTS another star. I was in an airport trying to eat a dry tasteless muffin when this news came in and needless to say, I scrapped the muffin. I am so grateful and so honored and most of all, SO HAPPY that people are getting Lucky Linderman's message. 

Here's a quote:
"King’s themes of torture, physical and emotional imprisonment, and bullying connect in satisfying ways in this improbably witty and heartwarming story." --The Horn Book (Starred)
Now...seriously. Stay tuned for the mega giveaway. I will post it tonight or tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Two Things

Okay, three things, really.

First: stay tuned for the Mega Holiday Giveaway Contest. I will post it in the next day or two.

Second: EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS got its FIFTH starred review in the December issue of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.  It's a great review and for some reason, this line jumped out at me:
"Compelling food for thought about the things we can control and the things we can’t."--BCCB (starred)
This has been an incredibly awesome year for Lucky Linderman and EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS and I can't thank readers enough for the support. Thank you!

Third: If you're in Westborough, Mass. then tonight is when the fun begins. The Westborough town-wide reading program, featuring PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ will kick off with a dessert social and book giveaway tonight at 6:30pm. More info here!

I'm off to Omaha! Will post the contest when I'm safe inside my hotel room.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Chicago ALAN Workshop in Pictures

So, you know I love the ALAN Workshop, right? I've been a member of ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE) since I knew about it thanks to the awesome Jim Blasingame. I try to go to the ALAN Workshop every year and this year was especially cool because I got to do a breakout session with Heather Brewer and Jackie Morse Kessler about teens who experience bullying, eating disorders and self harm and teens who need help navigating safe relationships. I love Jackie and Heather--we are all dedicated to talking about tough things with teens because a lot of times, adults in their lives don't know how or don't think it's appropriate.

When one in ten kids today are self harming, isn't it okay to talk about it?
When one in three girls is assaulted before they're out of college (16-23 being the high risk age group) isn't it okay to talk about it?
When ONE MILLION kids PER WEEK are bullied, isn't it okay to talk about it?

I'm not going to get into the dark/not dark/honest/who needs honesty question. I'm a writer. It's an art thing. I don't set out to send some dark, heavy message. (And I quite think I send a hopeful, positive message, and so do Heather and Jackie, but anyway.) I just write the stories that come to me. The kids I write about (and for) are smart and they happen to know that, you know, death, abuse and, say, bulimia exist...even if some adults have a beef with them knowing it.

The question that I get a lot that I do want to talk about is this one: Did you write a bullying book because bullying is a hot topic these days?

Here's my answer:

  • No.
  • When I wrote ANTS, bullying was not a "hot topic." In fact, I was asked by one editor to take the bullying out of the book.
  • Books take quite a while to go from my computer to the shelf. What's a hot topic today is not going to be a hot topic in three years.
  • Sad to think that only three years ago, bullying was not a "hot topic."
  • I sure bet it was for those million kids a week.
  • It sure was for me twenty years ago.
  • And long after this "hot topic" goes away and is replaced with another, those million a week will be suffering in silence, just like they/we always did.

This is why Heather, Jackie and I (and many other YA authors) go to schools and talk about this stuff. We have our own stories and we like to talk honestly with teenagers who appreciate honesty. This time, at ALAN, we got to talk with a room full of educators who also like to talk honestly, and that was a particularly awesome hour of my life. Sometimes, as YA writers, we get so boxed and labeled and banned and shushed by adults that we forget that there are many others on the front lines with us.
To them: THANK YOU.
Long after the news shows move on to another "hot topic" and the masses follow them, we will  still be on the front line with other honest people who are fighting a good fight. Kindness ninjas unite!

ANYWAY! Some pictures.

First, my brief visit to the floor of the NCTE conference where everyone was packing up. I got there just in time to hug Sara Zarr and get my picture taken with the starry book.

Love the starry book.
Sara Zarr, dude, our lunch conversation was pretty much life-changing. Thank you.
The ALAN Workshop starts with a great cocktail reception where everyone gets to mix and talk and it's always a blast. I got to chill with a bunch of cool ALAN folks (you all know who you are) and some groovy authors like Jennifer Donnelly, Matt de la Pena, Coe Booth, David Levithan, Laurie Halse Anderson, Lauren Myracle and of course, Heather Brewer and Jackie Morse Kessler. I got to meet some new authors, my complete author fangirl moment with MT Anderson and Andrew Smith.

Dudes! Me with Andrew Smith of Marbury Lens fame.
After the cocktail party, I was treated to an AMAZING Little, Brown dinner alongside Sara Zarr and Matthew Quick and 30 librarians and teachers and teacher trainers. There are no words to describe how much I loved that dinner. But here's a picture of me afterward that proves that I do wear a skirt from time to time. (If only vaguely, considering you can only see my knee.)

Photo credit: Viklets and ginger ale
So, then everything became a whirlwind. Monday I had an AWESOME visit at Niles West High School where I found these two awesome signs:

Why do I find this awesome? Because I've never seen one before. Spot the easterner.

I left this image huge if you want to read it. It's about bullying. And it quotes MLK.
And yes, its on the back of a bathroom stall.
Which means I take pictures while peeing. So?

And then there was the awesome Anderson's Bookshop event with nine other amazing authors.

The rest is a blur, guys. Tuesday we had our breakout panel and it was really great to share our resources and our concern and talk about ways to combat the bad that touches millions of kids every single week. I then had to run out the door to catch my car to the airport...which got stuck in two hours of traffic but only by luck was my plane late, which means I MADE MY FLIGHT. It was a miracle. An O'Hare Airport Miracle.

Thanksgiving was nice. I really missed my family.
Then on Friday, my daughters and I pieced the triangles into squares and then we pieced the squares into blocks on our tinfoil hat book quilt.

I'm digging it.
ONE MORE my favorite high school in Omaha (That's you Bryan HS) and then I am home for three and a half months. Woot. Writing. Writing. And more writing.

Stay tuned for a super holiday mega giveaway contest in the next week. Fun contest. Books to win. You want to enter. Trust me.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Matthew Quick did an awesome interview with me and is giving away two copies of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS. If you click on this link you will be magically transported to his blog. You only have to comment to enter. 

Next public A.S. King sighting will be at Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL on Monday the 21st of Nov. at 7pm. I'll be on a really cool YA panel with Heather Brewer, David Levithan, Jackie Morse Kessler, Coe Booth. CJ Hill and Jeff Hirsch.

Monday, November 7, 2011

A.S. King: Badass Quilting Lady + Bonus Material

This was one of my first quilts.
I never told you this before, but in my former life, I was a [badass] quilter. I used to make a quilt for every book I was writing. It was what I'd do when my brain wasn't working on task or just to get my head clear and my hands moving. (I'm one of those people who has to be doing something all the time. I bet you know that already.) Anyway, I saw quilting as a way to get away from my desk and listen to great music and do something with my hands. I'd just mong out and sew straight lines and iron the little pieces and then sew them up again to make big pieces and then sew more little pieces onto the bigger pieces to make a bigger piece and then quilt the whole thing together for a few weeks and then, pow. . . I'd have a [badass] quilt.

In a lot of ways, it's just like writing a [badass] book.
Here are some of my old quilts.

My very first. While I wrote my first two novels.
Probably my favorite quilt of all time. It's on my bed right now.
I made these quilts (and about 5 more) while I wrote the seven books that you will never read. By the time I was writing The Dust of 100 Dogs during 2000-2002, I wasn't quilting to keep my hands busy. I was hanging out with my first baby and building this house.

Electrics, paint, ladders and baby. 
This was my quilt for D100D.
And I wrote the 2nd half of D100D at that table.

So the book I'm working on now, lovingly called the tinfoil hat book, needed a quilt. I needed some head space while I got it down. And due to touring and working my little buns off, I've been spending less time with those babies of mine...who are no longer babies. So, I decided that the awesomest solution to this situation was: we should make a [badass] quilt together. And they liked that idea. So, I had the fat quarters already. (Click on this is you don't know what a fat quarter is.) I had the girls pick out their favorite colors and a design that they liked.

We took a break from Wii bowling to pick colors. I suck at Wii bowling.
And yesterday was cutting day.

My back hurts from this.
Next weekend is all about buying a hamster for Mini-Me's birthday. Then, I'll be in Chicago for ALAN, so I'm guessing we'll piece those triangles over Thanksgiving break. I'll keep you informed. There will be [badass] show and tell.

But know that quilting is awesome. In case you are shocked that a woman who might fit the word boner into a few sentences in a novel also makes quilts, let it be known that we only quilt to either punk rock or hard funk. Today is was hard funk.


First, a CONTEST to win a signed copy of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS over at My Brain on Books. You have until the 9th. All you have to do is comment. Go to it.

Next, an AWESOMECHUTNEY review in today's Fredericksburg Free Star-Lancer that happens to include a quote from my favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut. That made my badass quilting day, let me tell you.
"Lucky's path to relative normalcy and a return to smiling is not an easy one, but then few are. King captures the journey without the need for a moral soapbox. In fact, her message in all of her novels is reminiscent of one written by the late Kurt Vonnegut: "Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.'""
COME SEE ME at Children's Book World (Who says about ANTS: Our staff is calling this the MUST READ book of the season.) this Wednesday, November 9th. We'll have pizza and you get a prize pack with your copy of ANTS.

And DO NOT FORGET the Lititz Kid Lit Festival on Saturday November 12th. Dudes, there will be Stormtroopers. And look at that list of awesome authors. I'll be doing a few things, including a panel about being a dork with Josh Berk who is not really a dork, even though he might play one on TV.

And, under THIS JUST IN, here's a really boss review by Jen over at Reading Rants.
"This darkly humorous book may be one of the best I’ve ever read about how it feels to be relentlessly, aggressively bullied and how adults don’t do nearly enough to protect teens who are being targeted. Lucky’s story is raw, ragged, honest and true and quite possibly happening to you or someone you know." to find my tinfoil hat and write more. Cutting 160 [badass] triangles has a way of making my brain work. Ideas? I got em.

In the meantime, bonus material. I call this one "I totally had to cheat to get out of this maze."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

We Interrupt This Fine Week For. . .

. . . A freak snow storm which knocked power out all over the place.

I planned on posting a blog about being a badass quilter this weekend, but then the storm came and we've been doing the whole generator living since. The price we pay for living here, and I'm happy to pay it.

The view...from pretty much every window. 
Some quick links and news while I have a router...

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 3rd I will be at Clinton Book Shop in Clinton, NJ. I'll be talking to fellow writers in the audience about writing first drafts in a month (a la NaNoWriMo, which I've never done, but I write books in a month a lot) and and I'll answer any question tossed at me. PRIZE PACKS for anyone who purchases a book at the shop on the night. See you there.

Here's a chance to WIN a signed copy of ANTS from a very cool bookseller.

Cool News: EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS made the American Booksellers Association's ABC Best Books for Teens catalog. Thank you to the ABA and ABC and Indiebound for that!

Now. . . more when I have power. Which might not be until Friday.
By which time I hope to have a shower.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I want you to know about Awesomechutney

So I tried to get it published at Urban Dictionary. And for the second time in a year, it was rejected.

My fight will continue! We will not rest until Awesomechutney is recognized for its extra-chunky awesome.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Part Two: Ohio & NYC in Pictures. (And Some Words.)

I'm completely about to start a week's hardcore work on the tinfoil hat book so I wanted to blog now before the awesome begins. Before I do...TWO groovy events this week:
TOMORROW---> TUESDAY, October 25th at Alvernia University at 1pm. Details on website!

FRIDAY October 28th at the Keystone State Reading Association's conference in Lancaster, PA. I'll be chilling all day at the Aaron's Books stand signing copies of EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS and dancing randomly alongside Josh Berk, awesome author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin and the upcoming Guy Langman: Crime Scene Procrastinator.
It started here at Philly airport on a blue, gorgeous day.
Then the actual Ohio business started here, very early:

Where I talked to Meghan on the Morning News for about 3 minutes about Lucky Linderman.

This was the Noon News studio at WDTN
[Imagine a picture here of the cool students of Beavercreek High School who totally rocked and asked awesome questions like: Who was your role model? The answer, eventually: Aside from my parents and other family members, etc. my role model was Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H.]
After Beavercreek HS, I went directly to Books and Co...

Dayton's Awesome Books & Co. What a great store!
But before I read at Books an Co. something AWESOMECHUTNEY happened. I got to see my best friend from growing up for the first time in 20 years. Since my wedding, actually. How awesome was that? Answer: pretty awesome. We spent almost every day together until I was 14 and she moved away. So, we spent 3 hours catching up before my event and I will treasure it until I get to do it again! Make it soon, Cincinnati!
Me and Tara, BFFs since birth, pretty much.
View from my awesome hotel room in Cleveland.
So, the next day was so busy, I didn't get any pictures. But trust me--it was great. The elements of this awesome Tuesday were:
  • CJ Bott. This is the link to her website. I'm giving it to you because it's an amazing resource, as are her books. CJ is an amazing woman and I need to spend more than a day with her next time. She cares so much about students and about our society's silence about bullying that she's inspired me to do as much as I can to get to schools during the next year to talk about this and spread her passion for the subject of bullying education. If you want me to come to your high school and talk about this, contact
  • Normandy High School (shout outs to the students, and also the librarians and teachers who made this happen. Was SO STOKED to come to Normandy! Great to meet you all and thank you for having us!) (True story: I even saved my visitor sticker and stuck it on my favorite filing cabinet to remember you by.)
  • Independence High School (shout outs to the same people as last time--students, librarians and teachers and to those who came up to us afterward and chatted. That's my favorite part, you know? Meeting awesome people.)
  • And then the totally killer The Learned Owl Bookshop.Where I not only met Rollie, one of the two missing Printz committee members from last year's ALA (I am so incredibly grateful for that Printz Honor and I was so glad to say so in person.) But I also got to meet awesome bloggers Lizzie, Brynne and Sarah...and librarian/supporter, Laura. Had a great time and thanks to Kate and Co. at The Learned Owl.
I had Wednesday off except for a mid afternoon when I got back to my hotel with the waterfall on Tuesday night, I did simple math for the final element to the perfect day.


Simple math says: 1 jacuzzi + 1 copy of Lisa McMann's DEAD TO YOU + one Viklets ginger ale = A really relaxing night after a few hectic days.
Trust me. (You have to wait though. Doesn't come out until February.)

Then, a delayed flight to New York. Found huge paper airplanes in Cleveland airport while wandering...these are for Charlie and Vera:
This picture probably doesn't do them justice, really.

I had the kind of flight where you think you're going to die. And I've flown a lot. It was white knuckles all the way to NYC, man. I nearly kissed the ground when I got off the plane except that it was pouring...which was made evident by the soaked suitcase I opened in my hotel to find all my clothing wet. Rock on.

I also found mystery powder on the radiator. I'm thinking it's Ajax. But the dork in me had to take a picture. And the even bigger dork in me is going to share it.

This is a writing prompt picture if I ever saw one. Go write about what you think this is and how it got there.
[Insert a picture of me reading at the gorgeous and awesome Brooklyn Library and me FINALLY getting to meet the Book Muncher AND the bonus meeting of Kody Keplinger.]

[Insert another picture of me having an amazing dinner with Victoria Stapleton and her merry band of awesome NYC librarians and teachers. I had such a great night that I'm still kinda pinching myself.]

[Insert picture of me pinching myself.]

Pic thanks to @doseofsnark/awesome Chris at HFPL.
 The last stop on my trip was the Hamilton Fish Park Library where I got to talk to a class of fifth graders. My work isn't for fifth graders, but this group of fifth graders makes me want to write for fifth graders. As I say in a COOL INTERVIEW with awesome indie bookseller Joanne Fritz that will go live on Friday October 28th:

The first question I got this week from a room full of 5th graders at the New York Public Library was, “Are you rich?"
I shook my head no and said, “I am not even close to rich.”
To which they answered, “How old are you?”
And I said “How old do you think I am?”
And they all called out numbers that started with twenty to make me feel better about not being rich. Anyway, it played well for me 30 minutes later when I asked them, “So, since you know I’m not rich, then why do you think I do this?”
All of them got the answer on the first try. “You must like it.”

Have I mentioned how much I love fifth graders?

And so, the tour is over until my next local-ish stops which I will tell you later this week in a blog about quilting and being badass at the same time.


The Compulsive Reader wrote a smashing review HERE. I love this quote: "Everybody should read this book."

Stacked had an amazing review that Mr. King made me read twice (because he has to make me read the good stuff sometimes.) Thank you! Favorite line: "It’s literary fiction with popular appeal." Rock on!


The ALA Banned Books Week Video! I didn't see it until today.

Friday, October 14, 2011

A HUGE Thank You & Finally. . . Some Pictures

Dear Bloggers from my blog tour,

Thank you so much for being part of our launch week fun and for taking the time to have me around to your blogs. Your support means the world to me and the busier I get, the less I tell you this. But I know you understand and you want me to use my time to write more books, so consider this thank you a huge thank you for all you do for all of us authors. You rock to the maximum and I am sending you all a herd of cyber goats. Cyber goats look like this.

Now...for Launch week in PICTURES.

The east coast launch party at Exeter Community Library was AWESOME. I have to thank the ECL a trillion times for the amazing launch party. (Laura & Sandy--you know I'm looking at you.) And I need to thank The Friends of the ECL and I need to thank Aaron's Books who came up to the ECL to sell books and ROCK HARD LIKE INDIES DO.

Todd & Sam of Aaron's Books and the awesome Nic Dufort

Cakes! Rocking and seriously yummy cakes.
Ditto above. Seriously yummy. Maximum respect to Cake maker Kristen.
That's me and my completely awesome HS English teacher Rosemary.
It was a long line and I thank everyone who stood in it! YOU ROCK.

So then I nearly missed my flight to Arizona. Almost. I was two hours later than I'd expected and I met really really nice people in the Philly airport who let me through security and got me to Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe. Before I got there, I made prize packs in my hotel room.

Ah, the glamor. Can you stand it?
Changing Hands was awesome as always. Thank you to all the awesome people who came out to see me and to Robyn and Brandi who set up the great event. Hope to see you again next year.

This is me and Amy Nichols at Changing Hands. Amy ROCKS.
Palomino Library TOTALLY ROCKED THE PLANET. Not just saying that, either.
On Friday, I had a few great school visits at Chaparral HS and then a killer event at Palomino Library in Scottsdale where I had such fun and was treated so wonderfully by everyone (I'm looking at YOU Jess & Co.) that I didn't want to leave. See that A.S. King collection they have up there? Woot!

Saturday, I hit the usual Barnes & Noble at Chandler where I met my blood sister Melissa and the completely cool CRM Sibley. No pics this time except for this smokin' endcap. They spoil me at Chandler B&N. I am so lucky.

I did secret things on Sunday. I will only reveal that it involved kicking Lisa McMann's butt in ping pong. (Or her letting me because she is a sweet host.) Other than that, it's top secret. Not even I know what I did on Sunday.

MONDAY: Awesome day with 80 awesome librarians at Chandler Library Staff Development Day. They made awesome bookworm cupcakes. Check it out.

Before I flew out on that red-eye, I did something I never even though I'd do. I had a girls day which was all about my first ever pedicure. I know. Totally not what you expected from the lady with the chainsaw.

Blue for my new roller derby team. Yes. I plan on embracing that forevah.

This is me with a baby I now love who belongs to two awesome people. Could have hugged him all day.

The entire girls day crew. They made me feel so welcome in AZ that I want to move there.
So! Now I have you caught up.
Tonight was a crazy bad driving night, so those of you who came out to Chester Co. Books & Music rocked for doing so. I had a great night and Joanne you are so awesome, I can't wait to come back already...and I just left.

Next up: OHIO! Check my tour page...Dayton's Books & Co. on Monday and Cleavland's Learned Owl on Tuesday. I'll be stopping at many schools--many with the hugely amazing CJ Bott--so I hope to see you then.

For now, I get to go to a wedding and dance with Mr. King this weekend, chill with my kids and, uh...pack.

Oh yeah. And pants. I have to shop for pants.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Last Stop on the ANTS Blog Tour: Presenting Lenore's love of Embarrassing Pictures of A.S. King

Today's final stop on the EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS Blog Tour is Lenore at Presenting Lenore where she interviews me about EVERYBODY SES THE ANTS and as always, asks for an embarrassing picture. Since I last hung out over at Lenore's blog, she sold her debut  in an astounding deal and her YA novel LEVEL TWO will be published by Simon & Schuster BFYR in Fall 2012.


A new stop open to the public has been added to my tour schedule:

Thursday, October 20, 4PM
Central Library,10 Grand Army Plaza, Trustees Room
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Chester County Books and Music Company at 7pm. 
Reading, signing and Random Giveaways! 

I planned on catching you up with some pictures from Arizona, but I still can't do it today. Yesterday I finished the final edit on ASK THE PASSENGERS and today I'm prepping for my trip to Ohio and NYC next week. I hope to get to it on Friday or Saturday...which is the same time I need to buy pants.

Yes. I still need to buy pants.
Wish me luck. This could get ugly.