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Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Countdown Until Switched...

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!

30 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about Jasper!!! Loving the new glasses, and i am counting down the days also to switched... cant wait!!! totally taking a picture when i see them in store THAT WILL BE FUN!!

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  2. Already preordered months ago for the Nook...can't wait. Sorry about Jasper :(

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  3. How is that possible? I've already read the entire trilogy!! I have it on my Nook... this is a new cover though. I liked it, "loaned" it to my sister even!

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  4. Congrats on Switched hitting stores! I know you must be super excited. I am so sorry to hear about Jasper, bless his little turtle heart. And the new glasses totally rock. Also, I saw on Twitter that your mom wasn't feeling well. I hope she is doing much better.

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  5. Sorry about Jasper but very excited for you with switched. Love the pic . Bit of a naughty secretary look :)

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  6. You've lost weight, and the glasses are bookish. Superb for an author. You look fantastic. G'luck on your book tour.

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  7. Woohoo! You look great! I'm planning to head to Priceton on the third hopefully I'll be bold enough to take that picture while I'm there.

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  8. I want a tortoise in the worst way! But I don't want my ancient hamster to feel like he's being replaced, so I'm just going to keep one small pet at a time for now. Sorry about Jasper- it's so tough to lose a pet!

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  9. Ah, I have a Russian Tortoise. Her name is Tortilla, but we all just call her Tilla. Amazing pet!! Yours is adorable!

    Sorry about your turtle :(

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  10. Love your glasses, can't wait for you to post your vlog's. It seemed like so much fun last time. Happy New Year!!

    Sorry to hear about your turtle. :(

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  11. R.I.P. Jasper! (T_T)

    Your glasses are so cute!! I like them.

    Happy New Year!!

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  12. Sorry to hear about your turtle. I lost mine a few months ago and haven't decided if I am going to get another.

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  13. The glasses look awesome!!!

    And congratulations on the release!!! I'm very excited for you!!! :)

    Lisa

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  14. "illegal is bad"... does that mean legal is good? I think in a world where war is legal and plants are not, there is a lot of room for improvement, law wise... Just a thought! Wish you success with the book launch in stores!

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  15. Hi, Amanda!

    Happy New Year! You are an inspiration to me and to writers everywhere. Best wishes on the release of Switched. I'm halfway through, and I love every page of it. Thank you for not giving up and making your dreams happen.

    May 2012 bring you much wealth and continued health. I look forward to reading the next two installments of the Trylle series.

    Cheers!

    Sincerely,
    Kate

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  16. I love your pic with the glasses! Glad you made it your profile pic. Thanks for the fun challenge; I can't wait to see Switched in stores!

    And I'm so sorry about Jasper. I know how much you love animals, and how much it hurts to see them pass away. When I was little I had two turtles, Tortu and Tuga. When Tortu died, Tuga doubled in size in a matter of months and made many attempts to escape. Luckily for her, we lived in a sort of farm in the country and it even had a creek that ran behind it. I would let Tuga out for exercise in the fenced portion of our patio while the dogs and kittehs ran away in fear. One day, after about an hour of being outside, Tuga was nowhere to be found... She had escaped the fenced area and made it all the way to the river, just like Willy. Well, yeah I don't know if she really made it there, but why wouldn't she? She was a smart turtle and I believe in her turtle power.

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  17. Congratulations on your books hitting stores! I cannot necessarily say I know how it feels on your sort of level, but I just recently self-published my first story ("Murder on Laodicea Street") on Kindle stores and it is a cool feeling to have your work out there, in general.

    Your story and blog are an inspiration.

    Keep up the awesome work!

    Sincerely

    R. W. Morici (rwmorici.blogspot.com)

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  18. Sucks that your turtle died. Some advice. Ive had my red ear slider for 20 years. However, ive had two tortoises and they've both died within a year at most. They look study but you need the right food and temperature. They're very picky.

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  19. 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.

    Leslie

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  20. Just wanted to say Happy New Year!

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

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  22. 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 ;-)

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  23. 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. :)

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  24. Sorry about Jasper :( But totally cute glasses!

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  26. 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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  27. 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!

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