RED’s blog tour has come to an end! Did you miss any stops? Here are the links to all my guest posts and interviews, just in case!
Friends! So sorry for the prolonged absence from this blog… it turns out launching a book takes up a fair amount of time. (Who knew?) But now, a week later, I’ve finally pulled my life back together enough to write about RED’s release into the world!
RED came out on October 8th. Knowing I would likely be a mess of a human being if left to my own devices, I scheduled a writers retreat in upstate New York with seven friends to coincide with launch week. We took off for the woods on Saturday morning, stayed through RED’s birthday on Tuesday, and came home on Wednesday. Having my writer friends around me was unbelievably helpful—I was so distracted by their general hilariousness that I didn’t even remember to freak out. For future reference, if you need to be calmed, you want Lindsay Ribar, Caela Carter, Mindy Raf, Jess Verdi, Jenna Scherer, Nicole Lisa, and Liz Whelan with you. Here we are, just outside the house:
Artist Simini Blocker painted a scene from RED! I am a huge fan of Simini’s work—you can see more of it here—and she did a spectacular job with Felicity and Jonathan.
I’m going to hang this over my desk and stare at it forever.
Thanks for your gorgeous work, Simini!
RED just got an excellent review from School Library Journal! Check it out! 🙂 🙂
“Gr 8 Up–When you live in a town that was founded as a refuge for misunderstood redheads, well, you better be a ginger. Felicity St. John, popular junior at Scarletville High School and nominee for this year’s Miss Scarlet pageant, lives in fear that her deepest secret will be revealed. Her copper locks are really a dye job–she’s naturally strawberry blonde. With a mother who is a past Miss Scarlet, the truth is just unacceptable and so Felicity has been going to the top-secret Rouge-o-Rama salon to get her hair colored since she was two years old. As the pageant approaches, though, Felicity finds she doesn’t really care about winning. Her devotion to her mother’s obsession with having her daughter follow in her footsteps is truly tested when someone begins to blackmail Felicity, threatening to let everyone know she’s a fake. Soon she finds herself acting completely out of character, doing things that could cost her her friends and boyfriend, all just to protect a secret that she’s starting to be tired of keeping. At first Cherry’s novel may seem to have a somewhat silly premise, but underneath the “ginger” focus, there is a really strong commentary on superficiality and social standing. Readers will find themselves questioning the distribution of power based on appearance and the lengths that people will go to in order to protect their deepest secrets. Inner strength and self-acceptance are also strong themes that run throughout the book. While readers may giggle their way through this fast-paced tale, they will also find themselves thinking about it.–Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MA”
RED received a review from Publishers Weekly this morning! Check it out!!
RED hits shelves ONE SHORT MONTH from today.
Half of my brain is like:
And the other half is like:
But my crazy emotional acrobatics don’t impede my ability to go to the post office, so I thought you guys deserved one last present before launch day. I have ONE annotated ARC left, and by the end of the week, it’ll belong to one of you! This giveaway is open to everyone. Enter away!
Author you’ve read the most books by:
Whoever was ghostwriting for Francine Pascal when I was about eight. I read ALL the Sweet Valley Twins books, much to the chagrin of my mother. She would only let me take one out of the library at a time, so I just went back to the library every day. [Read more…]
Not that I’m counting or anything, but RED hits shelves in SEVENTY DAYS.
Friends! I have just returned from the strangest and most crowded place on earth, otherwise known as San Diego Comic Con. Since the convention center is basically the Bermuda Triangle of cell phone reception, I wasn’t able to tweet as much as I would’ve liked, but never fear. I’m here to catch you up now.
– First of all, this was the view from my hotel room: