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How to Rock Giveaway!

How to Rock Giveaway!

Happy release day, rockers!!

I’m so excited that HOW TO ROCK has finally hit the shelves. If you haven’t yet, run out and get a copy. Then Tweet me a picture of you and your brand new book! I’ll retweet my faves.

In celebration of today’s release, we’re hosting a HOW TO ROCK giveaway on Twitter.

It’s simple: Just tell @how_to_rock what makes you rock, and be sure to include the hashtag #rockbracesandglasses in your tweet. For five days, five lucky winners PER DAY will receive a copy of the book and a Braced-let, just like the ones I’m wearing here:

Braced-lets!

Intrigued? Check out the complete details here. Good luck!

 

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Kacey’s Jams

Kacey’s Jams

You probably won’t be surprised to know that music was an important part of my process as I wrote HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES. While I developed Kacey and Zander’s musical tastes, I found some great new (and old) tunes, and have compiled some of my favorites in a playlist on mixpod.com. Some of the songs on this playlist are mentioned in the book; some are songs that were inspiring to me as I wrote certain scenes. I hope you love them all. Listen to Kacey Simon’s soundtrack below by clicking on the iPod.

And for more on the role of music in How to Rock, check out my guest post for TeenReads!


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Music Playlist at MixPod.com

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Brace yourself.

Brace yourself.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?  What I have to share is way too exciting to waste time on a witty opener.

So, we’re down to the wire! HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES releases on Monday, October 24th. And in anticipation of said release, I’ve got a goody to share! Are you sitting down? You should be sitting down for this.

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Playing catch up!

Playing catch up! Share

Well, heyyy there. *slinks into the blogosphere; smiles sheepishly*

It’s been an embarrassingly long time since my last post. But better late than never, right? And I do have an excuse. I’ve been in major prep mode for the sequel to HOW TO ROCK BRACES AND GLASSES! I know– kind of strange to be talking about Book 2 when Book 1 isn’t out yet (Repeat after me: September 5th! September 5th!), but such is the world of publishing. Anyway, I definitely wanted to bring you guys up to date, so here goes…

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Fly, book baby. Fly.

Fly, book baby. Fly.

I’m back, after a little posting hiatus. Hope your Fourth of Julys were happy, safe, and fireworks-filled (where appropriate, of course).

Two days ago, I had an epiphany.

Well, epiphany is a bit of an exaggeration. But I did realize something: in two months, on September 5th, my book baby will make its way into the world. The closer we get, the more real it becomes. Yesterday, the fantabulous design team at Alloy sent me an almost-final cover mock-up. Which I LOVE. I can’t show it, but I do want to direct you to the website of the most-talented Carolyn Sewell, who did the hand-lettering for the cover. Super talented, no?

But I digress. Seeing the cover made the release date real. We (the Alloy team, the Little, Brown team, moi, and my greater-than-great agent) have been working on this book since 2009. And I think there was a small part of me that thought we might actually be working on the book, um, forever. That it will actually be finished, and out there for the world to see, is thrilling and terrifying. I wonder, are these some of the same concerns a real mother has when she sends her actual baby into the world? Like, I’ve done the best I can! I’ve nurtured and loved and put my heart and soul into the baby’s growth! Will the world see how wonderful my baby is? Will they judge my baby by its outer appearance, or take the time to see what’s inside? And what if some mean kids make fun of my baby, or give it a wedgie in gym class? CURSE YOU, MEAN KIDS! I HOPE YOU PEAK IN MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Okay. I don’t mean to draw an actual comparison between real parenting and writing a book. There clearly is no comparison to be made. But I will say that the excitement, insecurities, neuroses, and pride that are all coming up for me are probably the same exact feelings that anyone who has ever created anything and then allowed someone else to take a peek, must feel. And I will say something else, too: I am so incredibly lucky, and blessed, to have the experience of feeling all of these things.

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