THE ART OF FLOATING Makes the Front Page of the Andover Townsman Newspaper

Huzzah! This in yesterday. That’s me…upper left-hand corner of the paper!

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Friday Night Launch Party at Jabberwocky Bookshop Newburyport, MA!

This is it, folks! The big launch party for THE ART OF FLOATING. Tonight. Friday, March 28, at 7pm. At Jabberwocky Bookshop in Newburyport, MA. Right in the town where the novel takes place.

Yep, I know that the book doesn’t officially release until April 1, but Penguin/Berkley has graciously given permission for Jabberwocky to sell copies at the event. Huzzah!

I hope to see all of you there! Yes, all of you!

And if you are inclined to buy a copy of THE ART OF FLOATING and read it, I’ll be eternally grateful. This is what it’s about really…when the story I imagined and saw in my head and spent years putting on the page reaches readers. Reaches you.




12 Hours Left to Enter Goodreads Giveaway of THE ART OF FLOATING

Folks, you’ve got just 12 hours left to enter the giveaway at Goodreads for THE ART OF FLOATING! Penguin is giving away 10 copies (10!), and so far 507 folks have entered! You could win…and isn’t it awesome to win stuff…especially kick-ass books?

Click here to enter the giveaway!

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Hippos & the Fine Art of Book Publicity

When you’ve got a book coming out (like my new novel THE ART OF FLOATING), you need to, want to, have to share a lot all the time. In essence, you  wear a bell around your neck, ringing almost constantly so that people—hopefully ALL PEOPLE IN THE ENTIRE WORLD AND THE WORLDS ON OTHER PLANETS THAT WE HAVE NOT DISCOVERED YET—ask, “What’s with the bell?” so that you can answer, “Oh, that ole thing. That’s a just a reminder that YOU SHOULD BUY MY BOOK!

Obviously I’m there. Wandering around with a giant bell on my neck. Clang, clang, clang.

But today, a break. Instead, a funny story about my daughter and writing…

A few days ago, my six-year-old daughter was so mad-mad-mad that I made her get out of bed for school that she said to me, “I’m going to take you to Africa and leave you with a herd of hippos! They’ll nudge you and bump you and push you around.” (gotta love the threats of a writer’s kid…)

Later that night while sleeping (during the few hours of each day that I get to remove the bell and stop yelling YOU SHOULD BUY MY BOOK!) I dreamed that I was driving inside my office at my day job in an “inside car” & what do I meet in the hallway? A red-and-black spotted HIPPO. The windows are down in my “inside car,” and every time I reach for the button to put them up to protect myself from the crazy hippo, it sticks its head into the car and bites my hand. (gotta love a writer’s dreams instigated by a writer’s kid…)

Tomorrow? Back to our regularly scheduled programming (aka YOU SHOULD BUY MY BOOK)!




Thumbs Up from a “1st Reader” of THE ART OF FLOATING

Back in January, during Kathryn Craft’s launch party on Facebook, Wendy Paine Miller won an ARC of THE ART OF FLOATING. A few days ago, after reading the book, she messaged me on Twitter. Here’s what she said:

“Finished your book tonight. I loved it! I’m really going to miss Sia! We have a lot in common…. Seriously am going to be wondering about Sia, Toad, M, Jilly…the whole crew years from now.”

Whew! Music to this author’s ears. It’s always great to get a positive review from one of the wonderful review publications out there, but it’s extra special when a review comes from a reader.

Thanks, Wendy! For reading & loving THE ART OF FLOATING!



Shiny, Bright Blurb from the Fantabulous Hank Phillippi Ryan

9780425271483_large_The Art of Floating_HIGH RESA few weeks ago, after sending an ARC of THE ART OF FLOATING to the amazing author/human Hank Phillipi Ryan, I received an email from her that read, “I don’t know quite what to make of this unique and  enchanting novel, but I cannot put it down.”

A week later, after reading the whole book, Hank wrote again. This time she shared the following: “A triumph. A treasure. Tender, profound, and hilariously heartbreaking. A gorgeously magical story that will have you saying ‘my favorite!’ and then sharing it with everyone you know.”

I, of course, have been smiling ever since. Walking around with “Tender, profound, and hilariously heartbreaking” running through my head and heart. It means something when someone gets your book—really GETS it. You know what I mean?


Hank Phillippi Ryan_wrong-girl-240hIf you don’t know Hank’s work, check it out. Her latest novel, THE WRONG GIRL, is currently:

  • an AGATHA nominee for Best Contemporary Novel
  • a Left Coast Crime nominee for Best Mystery (set in the United States)
  • a nominee for Best Suspense/Thriller of 2013 (from the RT BookReviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards)

Hank rocks.




5 Galley Giveaway of THE ART OF FLOATING! Enter now!

9780425271483_large_The Art of Floating_HIGH RESIn honor of great love and Valentine’s Day, I’m giving away 5 galleys of my new novel THE ART OF FLOATING (which comes out on April 1, 2014)!

To enter the contest (Feb 12–18), pop on over to my author page on Facebook:

All (very easy) instructions for entering the giveaway are on my author page. I’ll select the lucky winners randomly on Tuesday, February 18, 2014. One galley can go to an overseas reader, so if you’re outside of the U.S., please enter!

Good luck! Whoop! Whoop!