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Monday, January 9, 2012

Happy Birthday, Wendy Everly!

If you've read my book Switched, then you're familiar with the leading lady, Wendy Everly. And as you discover in Ascend, her birthday is January 9th. It's also the birthday of my friend Valerie, who is a real person. I just thought I should point that out since Wendy is fictional.

So Switched has been out for over a week, and the response has been pretty great.

I spent last week in New York doing some press, and not blogging nearly as much as I wanted to. Doing interviews is more work than it sounds. I did a great interview with NPR, which aired yesterday, and based on the replies I got, I'd say a lot of people heard it & liked it. I also did a radio interview with a BBC station, but I'm not sure when/where that will air, because I'm not nearly familiar enough with the BBC as I'd liked to be.

I also taped a segment for the hit daytime talk show Anderson starring the silver fox himself, Anderson Cooper. It was pretty much the most terrifying/fun/surreal thing I've ever done in my life. I'm not sure exactly when it will air, but the producers told me they thought it'd be somewhere around the 13th. But you're DVRing it everyday, anyway, right? ;)

I also did a meet and greet with a few local book bloggers in New York. That was actually really cool, and it was awesome to be able to have a conversation with them in real life. It's something I'd definitely want to do again. You can check out more about that at Good Choice Reading, where they have pics and a really awesome giveaway: here.

I'm back home in Minnesota now, enjoying a few more days with my friends, family, and menagerie of animals before I hit the road again for a big tour in the UK, Italy, and Spain. Over the next couple days, I'll be doing some local press, and a book signing in Rochester, MN at Barnes & Noble.

Right now, I'm sleepy, and should be sleeping, I wasn't sleepy like twenty minutes so I decided to give up on sleep after tossing and turning for 3 hours in bed since I have get up at 4 in the morning to drive to Iowa to do an interview for KIMT. But now I'm tired, and I don't think I should sleep, because then I'll be super tired, and won't get up in time to get ready, and I'll be on TV looking gross, and nobody wants to see me on TV looking gross.

Anyway. I'll try to be better about blogging. And after Anderson airs, I plan to post more about the taping of the episode.

Oh! And have you guys read "The Vittra Attacks?" I'm seriously dying to know what people think of it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Book Birthday!

Today was the day that Switched came out in bookstores. Here are some pictures of Switched in bookstores:

That's J. L Bryan's son John.

David Dalglish bought a girlie book.

Her husband made her the fancy shirt.

Those are my cousin's kids, Leyton and Miley, standing in front of my book.

That's my BFF Pete with my book at Walmart, You may recognize her as the original cover model for the first edition of Switched. So it's all come full circle.
I also did a book signing in New Jersey at Barnes & Noble. Thanks to everybody who turned out! It was a fun time.

That's what I look like when I sign my name at the Princeton, NJ Barnes & Noble.

Now I'm in the hotel room with Eric, eating sushi and watching What's Your Number? starring Anna Faris and Chris Evans even though Eric doesn't really like Chris Evans but I do, ever since I saw Not Another Teen Movie. (Also, did you see Chris Evans in Captain America? Him as a little guy, that was CGI, but when he was buff, he was really that friggin buff. That was crazy, right?)

So that was what my book looks like in stores. If you haven't picked up a copy yet, you should. And if you have, thank you! And if you've read the short story, you should tell me what you think about it!

Tomorrow, hopefully, I'll post more interesting things. But right now, I'm sleepy, and Chris Evans is half naked on the TV, so think I'm heading off. But thanks for making it a great book birthday!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Only One More Sleep... PLUS a Vlog

I seriously wrote this entire blog on Saturday and set it up to post this morning, but it just disappeared. I'm very frustrated by this. But oh well, there's not much I can do now.

I'm now writing this new blog from my hotel in New York City, where I will be doing some promo stuff for the release of Switched tomorrow, January 3rd. I'm doing a book signing tomorrow at the Barnes & Noble in Princeton, NJ at 7:00 pm, and if you're in the area, you should totally check it out. I'll also be in the USA Today tomorrow, so you should also check that out.

I'm really, really excited and also mind-numbling terrified for Switched to hit bookshelves tomorrow. I can't wait to hear what people think of the new short story, "The Vittra Attacks," because nobody's read that yet.

Also, if you are picking yourself up a copy of Switched tomorrow, you should totally take a picture of yourself with it in the store. (As long as it doesn't break any laws or store policies). Share it with me via Twitter, Facebook, or email - hockingbooks@hotmailcom, and I'll post some of my favorites later on this week.

Now with all that rambling out the way, why don't I go ahead and post the vlog I made? It's actually a "tutorial" on how to pronounce some of the words in the Trylle books, since I get questions about them a lot.

So.. here it is:



And don't forget! Tomorrow is the big day! I sincerely hope that you, your friends, and every person you've ever had any form of contact with picks up a copy. And if you do, I really hope you enjoy it. I'm really grateful for all the support I've gotten so far :)