Guess what officially comes out today? Our second young adult novel, MESSY. And we’re giving away an awesome prize pack! Want to win it? READ ON:

First of all, we can’t wait to meet you at one of our upcoming book signings — so far, we’re at:

– The Barnes and Noble at the Grove in Los Angeles on June 20 at 7 p.m.

– Vroman’s in Pasadena on June 24 at noon

– Books and Greetings in Northvale, New Jersey, on July 17 at 6 p.m.

– WORD in Brooklyn on July 18 at 7 p.m.

If you’re in the area, please come say hi! We love people. And we don’t want to be sitting there alone braiding each other’s hair.

What’s MESSY about? Let us tell you:

After a rocky start in SPOILED, Brooke Berlin and her newly discovered half sister, Molly Dix, have settled into something like sisterly love, but the drama is far from over. Now that Brooke’s caught a taste of fame and her movie star father’s attention, she wants to launch a blog that will position her as the ultimate Hollywood insider. But between schoolwork, party-planning committee meetings, and spa treatments, she hardly has the time to write it herself… Enter Max McCormack, an aspiring author with a terrible after-school job pushing faux meat on the macrobiotic masses of La-La Land. Max reluctantly agrees to play Brooke’s ghost-blogger for an impressive salary, and the site takes off, but how long can their lie last? In person, Brooke can’t live up to the intellectual wit of, and Max soon begins to resent hiding her genius behind a bandage dress-wearing blonde. Can the girls work together to stay on top, or will the truth come out and ruin everything they’ve built?

Cue dramatic music here. Other questions that you may have, if you’ve read SPOILED (which you don’t have to in order to enjoy MESSY, although of course we’d advise it): What’s up with Molly and Teddy? Will there be a sequel to Brick Berlin’s magnum opus Avalanche!?  Has Jennifer Parker booked another late-night infomercial? You will have to read it to find out: As of right this moment, you can get MESSY on Amazon, on Barnes and, AT Barnes and Noble in person, at Sam’s Club when you’re off buying your giant tubs of BBQ sauce (we know how you roll), at independent book stores everywhere, and for the Nook, the Kindle, and in the Apple iBooks store. And at libraries.

And, for a lucky three of you, from US. In honor of the book’s publication, we are giving away a SPOILED/MESSY prize pack that includes: a paperback of SPOILED, a brand new MESSY hardcover (both signed, of course), a MESSY-branded mirror, and three bottles of OPI nail polish in I’m Not Really a Waitress, That’s Hot!, and Yodel Me On My Cell.

The contest: Those of you who’ve read SPOILED know that Brick Berlin (aforementioned movie star father, and avowed enemy of carbs) starred in a tremendously popular action movie series about a renegade hero by the name of Dirk Venom (think Mission Impossible meets Die Hard meets Batman meets flamethrowers). As MESSY opens, Hollywood is rumored to be planning a fifth Dirk Venom movie, working title: Dirk Venom: V Is For Five. Ah, Roman numeral humor. Never leave us. Anyway, your challenge: Please run down for us, in the comments, the plot of said film (basically: you are making up a cracked out action movie, no need to have Extensive Brick Berlin Knowledge…although that would not hurt). The best three win.

The deadline: This is open until 9 p.m. Pacific time on SUNDAY, June 10.  All entries must be in the COMMENTS below, not emailed to us. And, finally, this contest is open to ALL READERS (I will mail this prize packet to Zimbabwe if you live there). Good luck, and have fun!