Launching All Four Stars has been a wild, wonderful ride so far, and I’ll try to gather my thoughts on the entire process at some point in the coming weeks. But for now I’ll just say THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has supported me and my first book in person and online over this past week. I’ve been so honored and humbled by your enthusiasm for my work. Read deliciously!
I’ve been remiss at posting links over the last few days thanks to my sister’s wedding. But my Internet friends have been doing an awesome job of celebrating All Four Stars in my absence–and offering giveaways!
I currently have interviews up at the following places. Thank you so much to all of these bloggers for your fantastic questions!
Jessica Spotswood (including an ARC giveaway of All Four Stars and Pennyroyal Academy!)
And last, but certainly not least, it’s launch week for All Four Stars at my beloved group blog,Emu’s Debuts! Yesterday, Jeannie Mobley kicked things off with a post about cake(as in “Let Them Eat Cake”–fitting on Bastille Day), and today the Emus are sharing pics and reviews from their adventures with “Flat Gladys,” who has been traveling the country reviewing meals. And more fun is scheduled all week–comment on any post to enter to win a signed copy!
I’m probably missing some links, but I’ll do my best to round them up next week. I’ll be scarce on the Internet this weekend, with my sister’s wedding looming, but first up is my book launch party at Books of Wonder tonight. Can’t wait!
Thank you so much to everyone who has already Tweeted, blogged, and Facebooked, and made today feel like a giant party. 🙂
Today’s official blog tour stop is an interview at Finding Bliss in Books. Thanks for having me, Blythe! Lots of travel-related chat in this one, plus my favorite and least favorite foods. And don’t forget that this is another chance to enter to win free copies!
I also have a new interview up at Spirit of Children’s Literature. If you would like to see pictures of donkey meat and get a sneak peak at what happens in the sequel to All Four Stars, head over there. 🙂
Monday also means that the All Four Stars blog tour is back at full swing. At Xpresso Reads, I have a guest post up called “Diversity is Delicious.” I think that the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is important, and I thank Jenni for giving me a chance to write a little about my own path to including diverse cultures in my writing. The post is about a very special teacher I had in high school and the culinary experiences that helped me get out of my picky-eating bubble.
I’m also interviewed today over at With Faith and Grace, which is my lovely friend Allison’s blog. We talk about the publishing process, and there’s a whole new chance to win a copy of the book. The giveaway ends this week, so hurry on over!
There have also been some terrific new reviews over at Carina’s Books and Great Imaginations. I’m really enjoying hearing what new readers are enjoying in the book, and noting their intelligent critiques. Keep the opinions coming!
Today was the fourth stop on the official All Four Stars blog tour, and a great day for recipes. Over at A Baked Creation, Sylvia has created a crème brûlée recipe inspired by the opening scene from the book! Check out her beautiful pictures. As a bonus, it’s flavored with osmanthus (which, I admit I had to look up. It’s a flower that tastes like peach or apricot–yum!).
AND, over at Spirit of Children’s Literature, Katie has concocted a recipe for “Mrs. Anderson’s Aztec Brownies with Caramel Walnut Glaze,” inspired by the experimental brownies that Mrs. Anderson bakes (and Charissa adores) in All Four Stars. These have ancho chile powder and ground ginger in them, and look absolutely amazing!
I can’t wait to try these recipes, and will be linking both of them from my own four-star recipes page for the future!
Today is the third stop on the official All Four Stars blog tour! Over at For What It’s Worth, Karen is featuring an excerpt from an early chapter of All Four Stars. Many thanks, Karen, for your enthusiasm for the book! 🙂
Also, over at Pop! Goes the Reader, Jen (who wrote this wonderfully in-depth review of AFS last week) has created a desktop wallpaper inspired by the book.It features macarons, and it is adorable.
Finally, the radio interview I recorded last weekend at KRFC in Fort Collins is now available online for listening! Eleven-year-old junior broadcaster Lacy Miller asked me such fantastic questions; her mentor Vincent Burkardt is really doing something special with this program. Here are some pics from recording day, including a couple of the three of us. (Yes, I am the shortest.)
Outside the studio
In the hot seat!
Vincent, Lacy, and me
Finally, today is the last day to enter to win The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson by commenting here!
Today, for the second stop on the official All Four Stars blog tour, I’m being interviewed at The Reading Date! Lucy has asked me some terrific foodie and literary questions, and my list of restaurant recommendations in NYC expands. 🙂
I am also at Literary Rambles today! My guest post, “The time it takes to get it right,” is about my looong journey to publication, and there is also a giveaway going for commenters.
Finally, All Four Stars got a lovely review yesterday from Katie at Spirit of Children’s Literature (which will also be featuring a recipe and an interview with me in the next week). Katie’s reviews have a unique focus on spirituality that I find fascinating, and I love what she illuminates about the book.
(And don’t forget that I’ve got my own giveaway going on–win The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher by Jessica Lawson by commenting here!)
Secondly, the official All Four Stars blog tour has now begun! Hooray!
The wonderful Wendy Darling of The Midnight Garden and I have been working hard together behind the scenes to bring you 10 days of fun posts and bonus material leading up to the book’s release on July 10. Today’s post is “Gladys Gatsby’s Foodie Tour of NYC,”which will take you all over Manhattan to culinary spots that inspired scenes in All Four Stars! You can also enter quite a nice giveaway of final copies of the book, courtesy of Penguin.
Here are the rest of the stops scheduled for the tour. I will try to post links here daily, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.