Some of my friends have begun to receive their pre-orders in the mail, which is wild!
I'll be having two launch events this week, in Birmingham and Chicago!
If you want a signed copy but can't make it to one of these events, you can order a personalized copy from The Book Cellar. Just make a note specifying how you would like it signed when you order.
I have a bunch of fun links to share:
I shared a "Recipe for Don't Touch" with HCC Frenzy--that's Harper Collins Canada--featuring Miss Piggy and her lavender evening gloves!
I'm psyched to have made EpicReads's list of The 20 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing in September. This list is based on Goodreads adds, so it keeps fluctuating, but various points, Don't Touch has been was way anticipated.
I’m giving up The Debut Dish with That Artsy Reader Girl, along with Erica Cameron, Austin Aslan, and Paul Williams.
I also visited the Big Blue Marble Bookstore blog for an interview with the brilliant Cordelia Jensen, author of the forthcoming YA verse novel, SKYSCRAPER. Cordelia asked some thoughtful questions that surprised me, so I really enjoyed this one.
Sue from YA Hollywood made a fanmix for Don't Touch that I absolutely love! You can see the tracklist at her Tumblr.
And while I’m doing sharesies, I love this review from Ellis of Finding Bliss in Books. PLUS, she loved the book so much that she’s running a giveaway of a hardback copy. Here's what Ellis had to say:
If reading awesome reviews is your thing, here are a few more, from Hiver & Cafe (isn’t that name the coolest?), I Swim for Oceans, Island Geek Girl, Reading on the Farm, Ms. Martin Teaches Media, and Awkwordly Emma.
Stay tuned during launch week for the Don't Touch book trailer and a Fantastic Flying Book Club Tour!
I'm offering up one last annotated ARC and a pair of purple evening gloves like Caddie's.
There are lots of ways to win including some freebie entries, so hop in there and spread the word!
I'm so excited to announce a cool giveaway contest with one of my favorite Tumblrs, Fashion by the Book.
Fashion by the Book creates cool outfits inspired by book covers, and now you have the opportunity to try that out yourself. Entries can either be inspired by the book cover or by Ophelia. One winner in each category will receive an ARC of Don't Touch and a pair of evening gloves like Caddie's. Visit Fashion by the Book for all the details!
And while we're talking giveaways, HarperTeen's Goodreads giveaway of 10 ARCs of Don't Touch ends in just three days!
I haven't been great about keeping track of links that feature Don't Touch, but I promise to be better. Here are some of my favorites from the past few weeks!
Kody Keplinger of Disability in Kidlit interviewed me, asking some tough, thoughtful questions about writing OCD and my own experience with it. I really enjoyed this interview and send extra-special thanks to Corinne Duyvis, author of Otherbound, for setting it up and to We Need Diverse Books for sharing it around!
Young Adult Hollywood featured Don't Touch as a Most Anticipated Book! I'm honored.
I visited Nikki Wang at Fiction Freak with a Get Your Debut On feature. I played the Essence Game with Caddie and Peter and found out a lot about how they see each other.
Back in June, The Bookish Owl spotlighted Don't Touch with a roundup of some nice Goodreads reviews.
School Library Journal said Don't Touch “Offers a good look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders." They also included Don't Touch in this roundup of What's Hot in YA . . . I was excited to see several fellow VCFAers and OneFour Kidlit peeps there as well!
And Kirkus Reviews said Caddie's "story effectively highlights how anxiety disorders and the stigma of mental illness affect teens," calling it "An insightful look at anxiety disorders and letting go of fear."
News, events, fun stuff, serious stuff, and online doings. I kept a personal blog for years at The Storybook Girl, and I'll slowly be migrating some of those posts to this blog.