First of all, Heather and I would like to thank all of you for being so very supportive of SPOILED. The book was incredibly fun to write, but getting to hear from those of you who’ve read it and loved it has been exponentially more awesome. In addition to reading it, Fug Nation has taken pictures of the book in their local bookstores, emailed to tell us how many holds their library has on it, and basically kept an eye on our baby in the wild for us. Which is, of course, why we dedicated it to you — your awesomeness. So PLEASE COME OUT AND MEET US! This post has all the details for our scheduled events, but in the very short term: Heather and I will be reading and signing the book at the Barnes and Nobles on the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica THIS SUNDAY (June 5) at 2pm! Come on down!
We will next be at Chaucer’s in Santa Barbara on Tuesday at 7pm, Vroman’s in Pasadena on June 11th at noon, and then we’ll be doing two signings in the Bay Area on the 16th and 17th. We sincerely can’t wait to meet you.
– Speaking of SPOILED, thanks to the LA Times for calling it “fast-paced, gossipy….a clever, entertaining read,” to NPR for calling it “great summer reading for anyone,” to Atlantic for calling it “a witty dissection of celebrity culture…both a nostalgic wink to readers who grew up on Judy Blume and the Sweet Valley High novels and a great entry point for girls just starting their exploration of YA stories,” to the smart bitches at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books (the best blog name ever) for saying that “…if there’s going to be a YA novel set between two sisters, with OC-meets-Gossip-Girl-meets-Sweet-Valley, Cocks and Morgan are going to bring it with noise and funk and some more noise and funk and wtfery on top of that.” And a huge, giant, massive THANK YOU to all the rest of you who’ve spread the good word. Seriously. We love you. The book is out on Amazon, BN.com, and at bookstores everywhere (plus Target, Sam’s Club, Cost-Co and, obviously, the trunk of my car).
- AND NOW STUFF THAT DOESN’T HAVE TO DO WITH THE BOOK. I’m obsessed with the National Spelling Bee. Here are the 10 final words from this year’s contest. Holy moly, I can’t spell NOR HAVE I HEARD OF any of those. The kid who won this year – and honestly, every year — is awesome. [Flavorwire]
– I love this article about how to create an awesome summer reading list. Books ARE fundamental. (Lifehacker)
- I saw a screening of X-Men: First Class this weekend and it’s (a) really fun and (b) quite well acted with one exception and (c) super stylish. Hollywood Reporter thinks so too, which is why this slideshow about the movie’s 1960s wardrobe is fun. (THR)
– Jon Hamm, carrying what looks like a hotdog (or a sandwich!), in cargo shorts YOU ARE WELCOME. (Lainey)
– The new book by the final Mrs Frank Sinatra sounds good/juicy. Also: he showered TWELVE TIMES A DAY. Frank, Frank, Frank. I love ya, but that is going to dry your skin out something awful. (Celebitchy)
– Also juicy: the deets from the Nicolette Sheridan/Marc Cherry lawsuit. I don’t know if I actually believe he full-on whacked her in front of God and the crew, but I DO think I believe that set might be
– People made dresses out of cheese. At least you’d always know you had something to snack on. (Styleite)
– Remember Jane? And how they did that thing called The Makeunder? Well, Jane Pratt has — as you probably have read — a new website and she has brought The Makeunder with her. The first Makeunderee? Tinsley Mortimer. I think I wish there was a Make-Middle for this one. (XOJane)
– This flow-chart — explicating the %#^^$$! who Forgot About Dre – is like maybe my favorite flowchart ever. (Pop Chart Lab, via Vulture)
– PS: We’ve been playing ABC Family’s Nine Lives of Chloe King Nine Paths game, and it truly is fun — like a very layered online scavenger hunt. (ABC Family)