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The Countdown Until Switched…

December 30th, 2011 by
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It’s only four days until Switched hits stores. I am sorta freaking out about it, but in a really awesome way.

I had a spectacular if exhausting holiday weekend. I ended up sleeping pretty much all of Monday to catch on the weekend’s festivities, and this whole week has felt like a mess of catching up and getting ready for  Switched to come out and for all the traveling I’m going to do.

I have an idea for a fun vlog where I pronounce all the words in Switched that people seem to trip over, and I’m going to write a blog letting you know some other fun facts about the book. I don’t know for sure when these blogs will post, but I’m going to say one will post over the weekend, and the other will post on Monday.

Oh! Also, I want to issue a challenge to all of you. I’m super psyched about the book being in stores, so if you see Switched in stores and take a fun picture of yourself with it in the store (assuming that this doesn’t go against store policy), and share it with me (via Twitter or Facebook or blogs), I’ll post my favorites on my blog. But I’m going to emphasize – don’t do anything that will break the law or store rules. Fun is fun, but illegal is bad.

I do have some sad news, though. My beloved turtle, Jasper Tortuga, passed away this week. He’d gotten a respiratory infection in early November, and even though he went to the vets and took medication, he never fully recovered from it.

RIP Jasper Tortuga

While I was very sad to see him go and he will be greatly missed, I do have a new addition to my family. He’s a Russian tortoise named Gusgus Tortuga. He won’t replace Jasper, but he’s tough and adorable, so I think he’ll be a good fit for my family.

Gusgus Tortuga

 Also, I have new glasses! Check them out!

So… I’ll blog more later. I hope you all had a good holiday, and that the 2012 is as fun for you as 2011 has been for me!

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  • But I’m going to highlight – don’t do something that will break the law or store rules. Fun is fun, but illegitimate is bad.

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  • Jessalyn says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss. I am a turtle parent myself & most people think they are easy to care for but that is one of the worst & most common misconceptions. We have an eastern box turtle & she’s amazing! She’s hibernating now & I miss her terribly while she’s hibernating but she’s healthier & happier every year. Your new tortoise is super cute. Congrats on your new baby. Rest in peace Jasper!!! On another note, I started & finished ‘switched’ today. Really enjoyed it. Anxious to read ‘torn’. Thanks for a great read!

  • Anonymous says:

    Just read an article about you on NPR’s website! Your story is so inspiring! Wishing you continued success in everything you produce!

    Camille 🙂

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  • Annie Oldham says:

    Sorry about Jasper 🙁 But totally cute glasses!

  • Craig Hansen says:

    I was planning to do just that… Run over to Barnes and Noble Tuesday, snap a photo of your book on the shelf and post it to Facebook and Twitter. Very happy for you. 🙂

  • Rachel says:

    I have already seen switched at bookstores in Melbourne! I love the cover by the way simply beautiful and I’ll try to get a picture taken for you 😉

  • Gail Shumway says:

    Happy New Year! Cheers to more reading, writing, and publishing great books!

  • MAFW says:

    Just wanted to say Happy New Year!

  • I keep checking in and smiling. Congratulations on your books making it into stores! I can;t wait to have a print copy of Switched.Reviews are starting to come in for my first book(A Marked Past). I’m interested in hearing more about what you did while Switched was stirring…I’m guessing you wrote, right 🙂

    Your blog is a source of inspiration and smiles.