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Wednesday
Oct292014

Ready, Set, Go! Populatti Blog Tour

Yes readers, it is finally here! The Populatti blog tour kicks off on Friday over at the Young Folks blog and doesn't let up until mid-November. Throughout this tour, there'll be never-before-seen Q&As, guest posts, reviews, giveaways and more!

So get ready to learn everything you've ever wanted to know about Populatti and its author (me!). I've been hard at work on a number of posts for this tour and can't wait to share them with you!

And now onto logistics. The full schedule with links is below, so don't forget to check back regularly to find the latest posts :)

POPULATTI BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE:

October 31

Review at Young Folks

November 2
Review and Spotlight Feature at Therian

November 3
Review at Mindy’s Mayhem Reviews and More
Review at A Cup of Tea and a Big Book

November 4
Review at Tamara Morning

November 5
Spotlight Feature at A TiffyFit’s Review

November 6
Interview at Book Bunny

November 7
Guest Post at Sash and Em

November 8
Guest Post and Giveaway at Adventure in Bookland

November 9
Spotlight Feature at Cubicle Blindness

November 10
Interview at Literary Lunes Publications

November 11
Interview at The Pen Muse

November 12
Spotlight Feature and Giveaway of 1 Digital Copy of Populatti and $10 Amazon Gift Card at Actin’ Up With Books

November 13
Guest Post at Sahar’s Blog

November 14
Review at Black Plume

November 17
Review and Giveaway of 1 digital copy of the book plus $5 Amazon Gift Card at The Book Lover’s Lounge

Tuesday
Oct142014

POPULATTI RELEASE ROUND UP!!

And it's here. POPULATTI has been out for a week, and the reviews are coming in! While the official blog tour is still a few weeks away, I wanted to take a moment to summarize some of the first sentiments coming in from readers. Please feel free to follow the links for the full reviews. Or head over to Amazon if you're interested in checking out the 45+ reviews listed there.

And THANK YOU again to my loyal readers. I am so lucky to have you all!!

FIRST REVIEWS:

  • Author Interview and Book Summary, Stamford Patch
  • Review - "Populatti remains a strong addition to any book club wanting to discuss the role that social media can play in our lives." SeattlePI.com/BlogCritics.org
  • Review - "I really felt the writer did a great job on the characters, I could totally relate to them" Scrap N Today
  • Review - "It was quite obviously written by someone who understands the mind of a self-conscious teenage girl" The Glitter Diaries
  • Review - "Well worth reading." Katsmiao
  • Review - "Overall...this was a very fun read" The Library of the Seen

Wednesday
Oct012014

Shout Out to the Little Free Library!

Our little free library :)With the release of the second edition of POPULATTI just days away, I decided to start dropping a few advance copies around town.  After debating the best locations for the drops (is it too late in the season for the beach? What about outside the local high school? Or movie theater?), I decided to start with my very own neighborhood library. And I'm not talking about our public library, which will get its own copy soon, but the one located a few streets down, right on the edge of someone's lawn.

Anything look familiar in there?The Little Free Library is an amazing concept - essentially a "take a book, leave a book" box, it is a way to bring neighbors together by sharing some of what is cluttering their bookshelves in a very cute, weather-resistant environment.

In the past few months since one popped up nearby, my daughter and I have become its biggest fans. We make the trek multiple times a week to pick out board books and novels, while always donating some of our favorites as well. 

There it is - the new edition!So today when we made the walk, instead of just bringing our usual haul of well-loved paperbacks, I also threw in a brand-new ARC of POPULATTI. I hope whoever finds it enjoys the early peek, and remembers to drop off a couple of their favorite reads as well.

Because if there's one thing we devour in this household, it's books. And there's always room for more!

 

Tuesday
Sep232014

Shoe Shopping with Populatti!

Ever since my daughter started walking, I’ve learned that she has a propensity to wear out shoes at an alarmingly quick rate. This has led to many hours lost online to the latest sites in toddler footwear (bummer!).

And of course once I’m perusing baby shoes, it’s impossible not to look at all those "big kid" offerings as well. And to wonder. Not only about what I’d buy if I ever again went somewhere requiring heels (thank goodness I have a wedding coming up, picking out those heels was pure bliss), but about what my characters might choose as well. While Piper is easy – certainly she’d be grabbing a new pair of Guy Harvey flip flops before heading off to Coral High – my friends of Populatti are a little bit trickier.

Below I’ve done my best to guess at what Golden Hill’s finest feet might look like this season. 

Sammie – Always the trendsetter, Sammie’s go-to pair would have to be stylish, versatile and a little bit loud. These taupe booties from Steve Madden fit the bill perfectly. She can pair them with just about any print or color, while still wearing something more fun than the traditional black or brown.

 

Tara – Always the socially responsible one, Tara would most likely be looking for something good for the planet and good for her feet – like these clogs from Jambu. Not only are their soles made partly from recycled material, but they’re cute too, making them the perfect complement to Tara’s easy, muted look.

 

Crystal – With a fashion sense that’s just as quirky as the computer programs she designs, Crys would gravitate toward the sweet and practical. Like these gorgeous ankle boots from House of Harlow. Low heeled, practical and built for the halls of Golden Hill and one day MIT. Ms. Lim would be proud.

 

Livi – Known for her stellar fashion sense and dream of being just a little bit taller, Livi would be hunting for something cute, not too flashy, and with just enough heel to even out her (perfectly normal) legs. These C Label Sandra 11 dark brown boots check all the boxes. And they’re vegan. Tara can't complain.

 

B-Dash – Okay, okay, so I wasn’t gonna go there, but then how could I not? B-Dash is the ultimate prep, so really, his shoe choice was pretty much predetermined. The only lingering question - how many pairs does he own?

 

Monday
Sep152014

How My Daughter's Making Me a Better Writer - Toddler Tweets and More!

As many of you know, my husband and I welcomed our first child a little over a year ago. During this time, I made the big decision to become a full-time writer, thinking I’d have all the time in the world to blog, tweet, write, and snuggle our precious little girl. More than a year later and I can tell you, life is very busy. In the best way possible.

Because not only am I learning to be a better person (patience really is a virtue) but I also think I’m becoming a better writer.  I’ve compiled my top five list of reasons why here.

  1. I’m Cutting the Fat – No, I’m not talking about food, though judging by the amount of food getting thrown from my plate to the floor, I guess it could mean that too. But really, I’m talking about cutting out all those superfluous activities. Like showers. Or manicures. Who needs them when you could be embarking on a tricycle ride or working on a new work-in-progress? These days, I’m all about prioritizing what’s important.
  2. I’m Rediscovering the Classics – Eric Carle, Sandra Boynton and Beatrix Potter. Oh, how I’ve missed you. One of the joys of motherhood is definitely snuggling up at night for that precious bedtime story. Or ten. Apparently my daughter already knows the best way to delay bedtime is to point at another book. Mommy does not know how to say “no.” Especially to a good story.
  3. I’ve Got a Built-In Promotion Team – Never before have I had someone cheer when I walkedHer first official tweet. into a room. Every. Time. Talk about an ego boost. Not to mention that she is already trying to help out in the social media world too. To date, she’s drafted hundreds of tweets, but only one’s made it to prime time.
  4. I’m Relearning Perseverance – I thought I worked hard until I saw my daughter first try to walk.  And then run, hold a fork, drink from a cup, dance around the room, and complete her first puzzle. Wow. Talk about facing adversity and fighting through it! Toddlers try, try, try, and try again until they get things right. Watching her master each skill is extremely motivating. Because if she can learn to walk, how can I not figure out how to write the next scene of my work-in-progress?
  5. I Want to Impress Her, Too – She may think she’s the one looking for approval (especially after unraveling a roll of toilet paper – yes, I still laugh every time) but really, I think I’m the one working hard for hers. Because one day I want her to look up and see that her mama worked through those sleepless nights and mountains of laundry and endless lists of revisions and rewrites, because she was chasing her dreams and doing what she felt was important. Something I hope that she always does too, no matter where her dreams take her. 

And now with that, I’m off to sneak in a shower. Because let’s face it. There’s only so much fat you can really cut.