In my hometown of Birmingham, AL:
Tuesday, September 2, 6pm
Little Professor Book Center
2717 18th St S, Homewood, AL 35209
(Little Professor is actually a setting in the book!)
And in Chicago, IL:
Friday September 5, 7pm
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
(Have to love a place where you can sip wine and shop for books at the same time...)
Exciting news! I have two newly scheduled book launch events.
Whether or not you're able to make it to one of these events, these are also great places to pre-order Don't Touch and support a couple of excellent independent bookstores!
Some of my goofy theater friends got together for a Memorial Day BBQ and managed to sneakily film this in my presence without me catching on. Victoria R. Golden asked these nuts what they thought my book was about--and a few even came close.
For the record, Don't Touch is definitely not about:
1. magical powers
3. genetic sticky-skin defects
4. a galactically imperialistic female president with genocidal tendencies
9. crime-fighting mummies
10. teenage natural history enthusiasts
11. fried chicken
13. Mega Man
14. Romeo & Juliet
Though it may include:
1. a discussion of superpowers
2. gloves (albeit not lace ones)
3. theater as an outlet to let "feelings out into society"
4. a crush on a boy in a play
5. a gay teen (though not one who has problems with touching)
6. a reference to time travel
10. coming of age
14. moving, world-changing genius (according to my excellent friends who have not yet read the book)
Two exciting cover updates have come about that I haven't yet shared here.
For starters, Don't Touch has a new, darker look.
Personally, I love it! What do you think? I've gotten a glimpse of the full jacket design as well, and I couldn't be happier.
Also, my short story, "The Game of Boys and Monsters," which will release October 7th as a digital short with HarperTeen Impulse has a cover now!
When you write a short story, you don't think about cover art, but it makes sense for digital shorts. The cover holds the story's place on the digital shelf! And this is a longish short story (40 pages), a novelette some might say.
I think the cover perfectly captures the story's tone and contains some nice thematic imagery as well.
And if you'll notice, my name is in the same font on both covers. No, I don't think I've ever loved a font so much as that one.
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