Sunday, March 28, 2010

Look Who Came to Visit!

UPS is still failing me. My beautiful box of ARCs is still lost somewhere out there. But, since I have the Sweetest Editor Alive, she overnighted me something...

What could it be...

What is that strange woman snuggling while staring dreamily off into the distance (or rather, the bathroom, since that's the best lighting in her house)?

Could it be...
YES! YES IT COULD! A PARANORMALCY ARC! Complete with pretty, pretty, PRETTY COVER.

It has a back, too! A back with a description, and a bio, and my picture!! This is the point where I begin to wonder if maybe I haven't lapsed into some alternate dream reality. But if I had, surely I would have also lost those five pesky pounds...

So, ARC safely in my hands, I spent a long, long, LONG time staring dreamily at it. But then I realized I was being rude. Poor PARANORMALCY must have been exhausted, having flown all night just to get here. So I let her snuggle up in the quilt Natalie made for me.

"Snuggly. I love Natalie."

Me, too, PARANORMALCY. Me, too. When she was finally well-rested and refreshed, I decided to let her have a play-date with some friends I had around the house.

"Oh, hey Bertie! And Calla! And Laurel! Sheesh, Calla, stop baring your teeth at me. Of course I'm not going to bag and tag you. We're hanging out--I'm off duty."

Then I did something I've been waiting a long, long time to do. I was nervous, but PARANORMALCY kept telling me to just go for it, so...I inked her.

ACRONYM, guys, I signed my very first book!

This called for celebration. So we all loaded into the car and took off to get lunch.

Safety first, of course.

And, because I like to eat in high style when toting my two kids and my novel, we hit the gourmet In-N-Out.

"Come on, Kiersten, I wanted animal-style fries!"

(Incidentally, it was especially fun while taking these pictures when a nice man stopped and offered to take one of my kids and me, and I had to explain that I wasn't actually taking pictures of my kids...I was taking pictures of my book. At which point he got really, really confused. But no worries, PARANORMALCY, I'm happy to look crazy on your behalf.)

Finally, wiped out from a full, fun, emotional day together, PARANORMALCY and I curled up together to take a little nap, slipping into contented dreams of dreams fulfilled.

Also, PARANORMALCY snores.
"Do not!"
Do too.
"Do not!"
Fine. You don't.

(She really does.)

Coming next week in ARC Adventures, PARANORMALCY meets the computers. Bet you never imagined the life of a writer and her book was so filled with drama!

58 comments:

Lynsey Newton said...

*giggles* I would have liked to have witnessed the conversation between you and the man who offered to take photographs! I love these little ARC adventures!!! Only next time, can it visit my house in the UK please? :D

Kayeleen said...

So fun! I hope the rest of your arcs find their way home.

Kiersten White said...

Kayeleen--ME, TOO.

Lynsey--Only if I get to come, too.

Natalie Whipple said...

This whole thing just made me smile:) Smile smile smile.

lynnrush said...

Fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures. It must feel so great to hold your book.

Enjoy the ride!

Lisa Mantchev said...

LOVE LOVE this entry, and love that Bertie was invited to the party.

*giant glitter-splosions of congrats!*

Kristan said...

I love the tagline you signed!

Kelsey said...

How AWESOME! Loved the play date, she has some good friends :)

Kiersten White said...

Tee hee, thanks. Maybe I'll get around ever doing book reviews by just having book playdates, and you'll know that if PARANORMALCY approves, so do I ; )

Andrea Cremer said...

I think Calla and Evie will be BFFs, Calla just takes a while to warm up to people...especially people she thinks are hunting her :)

Claire Dawn said...

I'm so sorry she can't come play at my house til September :(

But at least I got to blow up the back and read the awesome blurbs! YAY YOU!

Tracy said...

After all of that, I'm not sure if I'm more jealous that PARANORMALCY is such an awesome kick butt book to hang out with...

Or that you all have In-N-Out over there, something we don't get on the east coast. The red palm trees are calling to me.

Candyland said...

So cool.

Dara said...

You're hysterical! Although I would probably take my ARC out to lunch too :)

And I am jealous that you have the ARC for Perchance to Dream. I so want that book!

Debbie Barr said...

Hilarious! And awesome! I'm so happy for you. :)

Lisa said...

Awwww, love the pics! Love the cover too. Can't wait to read it :)

Ravenous Reader said...

OH MY!! that cover is sweet as pie and I am so very happy that you finally have your "baby" in your possession.

Abby Stevens said...

So exciting! Your signature is gorgeous. I don't know if it is just me, but half of the pics aren't showing up - the one of the back cover, the one of the playdate, and the safety first one. :-) It may just be me, but I thought you should know just in case! Congrats, Kiersten!

Kiersten White said...

Abby--Maybe if you refresh?

And everyone else, you are so kind to humor me ; )

Linda G. said...

You look great with that book in your arms! :)

Michelle said...

Aww, cute! It really is such a stunning cover. And that was super sweet of your editor to do. Hopefully, the others will show up at your doorstep any day now. :)

Grimmster24 said...

Yayyyyy! Can't wait! :-D

beth said...

Yay for you and Paranormalcy!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an adventure! :)

Christine said...

I think that was the best "I got my ARC!" episode I've ever seen.

I heart that you celebrated at In n' Out - yum! I think not ordering animal-style french fries was a smart move. They're kinda sloppy and PARANORMALCY would've gotten her hands dirty which would've made re-snuggling with that pretty quilt dangerous ...

Abby Stevens said...

Images aren't showing up on other people's blogs, too, so I think it's just me today. I probably just need to restart, but there are too many things open on my computer right now to worry about it. :-)

And btw, In-N-Out Burger? Mmmmmm... I have only eaten there once when I was in San Diego in 2007 and it was soooooo delicious. Perfect for someone who has trouble making choices (like, ahem, ME). We are supposed to be coming back to San Diego in July for my husband's work, and if we do, you can bet I'll be eating me some In-N-Out!

Are you planning on doing an ARC tour (you know, when they find your box of ARCs :( ) I just recently discovered Traveling ARCs http://travelingarc.bookblather.net/ and have signed up for a couple!

Lisa said...

Um, Kiersten, you aren't, like, making out with the ARC, are you? Something tells me Hot Stuff may not be so pleased...or maybe he would?

Stephanie L. McGee said...

Your signature is gorgeous. I'm officially jealous. I do hope the box of ARCs reaches you soon.

Myrna Foster said...

Thanks for the happy post today!

Kiersten White said...

Abby--I haven't decided about an ARC tour yet.

Lisa--Not quite ; ) I may get to that point, though...

And Stephanie and Abby, you two are so sweet. I'll admit to some serious signature envy when I see authors with really pretty ones...I'm glad you like mine!

Everyone--You make this all so much more fun!

GreenBeanTeenQueen said...

Ok, you just made me look like a giggling fool at the reference desk! I'm reading this post while I'm at work and I think I got weird looks from people as they walked by (what is wrong with that crazy librarian??) But very happy it arrived and I loved your adventures!:)

Danyelle said...

Congratulations! The cover is beautiful. I can't wait to read it. :)

Renee Collins said...

haha! I love this post! My favorite is the pic of your book with her own fries and drink from In and Out. That's just classic.

Jessie Oliveros said...

What an exciting day for you. Were your kids jealous?

Nadine said...

Adorable post!

The Screaming Guppy said...

I bet everyone does this, they just don't admit it. ;)

What a fun post - thanks for sharing!

Larissa said...

Oh, YAY! And seriously, how nice of your editor to overnight you an ARC?!? Awesome!

Ryan said...

Good at pushing those jealousy buttons aren't you >.> lol

I didn't know that books liked french fries though, I'll try to remember that when I get to take my first arc out:)

Karla said...

Congrats on finally getting your arc it is beautiful. It looks like you and Paranormalcy had a blast and she has some pretty awesome playdates. Can't wait until September so I can read Paranormalcy :)

THE SMITHS said...

How exciting! Wow I didnt know that you wrote books! that so awsome. you always were the smart one of us all. Congratuations!

H-Duck said...

Awesome post with an awesome guest!

Kiersten White said...

Jeni--I was just the craziest is all ; )

H-Duck--Thanks!

Ryan--No no, no being jealous. This is meant to say, hey, I made it and you can too ; )

Larissa--I have the SWEETEST editor ever. Seriously. If she weren't an adult...and married...and older than me, I'd totally adopt her.

GreenBean--I wish the librarians at my library would giggle a little more!

Jessie--My kids were totally excited. They're so proud ; )

Everyone--Thanks!

Marsha Sigman said...

LOL. Hilarious. I wish I could have been there to see that man's face when you told him that.

At least you were not dancing with Para in public. You have to draw a line somewhere.

Megs said...

YAY! :)

P.S. You and Natalie were totally in my dream last night. We were getting icecream together. Oh, and you can tell her to stop driving my dad's truck and trailer around. ;) ?!?!?!

Becca Fitzpatrick said...

EEEEK!!!! I just saw this! Oh, wow, the cover is so gorgeous!!! I'm so happy for you! Hurry up, September!

Kiersten White said...

Marsha--Maybe next time.

Megs--Ha! I wish.

Becca--YES! And did you see whose quote is on the back all pretty in pink?

Katie said...

This is so durn exciting! I can't wait to read it!

Palindrome said...

LOL! I would do the same thing!

Sharon Mayhew said...

That was wonderful! I got all warm and fuzzy inside for you and your ARC...

Keliah said...

Loves it! And that book has such a beautiful cover too. Congrats again. :)

Yamile said...

awww. How fun Kiersten! Congratulations and enjoy the "babymoon!"

Em said...

Kiersten, you are so cute! And so much fun! What a nice home Paranormalcy has come to! She looks very happy there. :) SO looking forward to reading it....her?... The book!

The Blogger Girlz said...

OMG, SQUEE!!! It's sooo beautiful!!! Now when are you going to hold a contest to win one?? :)

~Breeann

Kate at Read This Book! said...

ARC Adventures sound like fun!! :) I think your kids will be fighting for your attention with Paranormalcy now. xD Looking forward to seeing more adventures!

Lauren said...

That's so exciting! To be honest, if I published a book, I'd totally be doing the same thing. :)

Congratulations!!

Lynsey Newton said...

Absolutely!!!!!! You can visit any time ;)c

Kim Walus said...

I'm so behind in my life with the wedding and everything but I really wanted to say Congratulations! How very exciting for you and for us. I can't wait to read it!! I LOVE the COVER too, so awesome!!!

Kimberley Griffiths Little said...

SO. STUNNING. Truly, it is gorgeous!!!! Congratulations, Kiersten!

NotNessie said...

Aw, she's just beautiful. Congratulations on your new arrival.

PS. I don't blame you for taking pictures of the book instead of teh kids. If they're anything like my kids, they always have runny noses this time of year. Not nearly as photogenic as that gorgeous book cover.