Friday, March 11, 2011

In Which I Send You Elsewhere

First and foremost, no doubt you have already heard about the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan.  Maureen Johnson, a YA author, is doing a donation drive for Shelterbox, a first-response type group that goes into disaster zones with boxes full of the basics a small group of people would need to a) survive and b) get started on recovery.  Many authors have donated signed books as incentive to donate.  If you follow the instructions on Maureen's blog (which also has more info about Shelterbox), you will be entered to randomly win. (UPDATE: Maureen's blog has been exploded by extra traffic, info is reposted HERE, too.)  I donated a signed ARC of Supernaturally (which no I don't have yet but should next month I think) + a signed hardcover of Paranormalcy.  You don't have to donate much--each box is remarkably low-cost and high impact.

Thank you.

In far happier news, Stephanie Perkins has just released the cover + a teaser description of her next book, Lola and the Boy Next Door.  Not only do I love Steph and this book, I also have a strange connection to the cover.  When Steph sent it to me, I opened it, only to do a double take.

I know precisely one male model in the whole world.  (I know!  I can't believe I only know one, either.  You would think that surely the life of an author is FILLED with male models, but alas, this is not the case.  Good thing I have Hot Stuff to fill my beautiful-man-viewing needs.)  Not only had I seen this model as the entire wall of Abercrombie and Fitch stores across the country a few years ago, but I'd seen him on a regular basis during the years he was dating my sister-in-law.  Imagine my surprise when my sister-in-law's old boyfriend showed up on my best friend's new book cover.

Yup.  I know that guy.

(And girls, in case you were wondering, yes, as my mother-in-law puts it "He's so beautiful!" and bonus, he's actually a super nice guy, too.  Go figure!)  (Yes, I have his email address and we've talked about what a small world it is.)  (No, you can't have his email address.  Sorry.)  (Okay, fine, it's justkiddingyoureallycant@privacycounts.com.)

Anyhow.  This got way off track.  Go ogle Steph's new cover!  Go pre-order her book!  Go wish you had a purple wig that adorable!  Go read the synopsis and writhe in bitter jealousy that I have already read this book but you can't until September!  (See?  Who needs male models--my job's perks ROCK.)

So: Thank you for considering donating to a very good cause.  Thank you thank you if you already have.  And yay for happy, awesome covers to add a little bit of cheer into a sad, scary day.

16 comments:

Heather said...

If this new book is good as Anna and the French Kiss, I'm SOLD.

Thanks for sharing the Shelterbox link, will pass it on as well. It's good to know there is something we can do!

Happy Friday!

Leigh said...

Holy crap, dude's HOT! I love love loved Anna and the French Kiss and read it in large part because of your recommendation. So thanks for that. I can't wait to read Lola.

Stephanie Perkins said...

I still love that phone call:

YOU: I know that guy!
ME: Ha ha.
YOU: No. I know that guy.

Kiersten White said...

That was the WEIRDEST, opening the cover and thinking, "Oh, that's [Redacted]. OH MY GOSH I KNOW HIM."

Stephanie Perkins said...

It's so crazy that the first person who saw it had actually dined with him! That the ONLY MALE MODEL in the ENTIRE WORLD that I could play the Kevin Bacon game with wound up on my cover!

BookChic said...

LOL love that story!

And I will only have to wait until May when I go to BEA (I am assuming it will be there, along with Supernaturally. Not at the same booth obviously, though that would be cool.).

I love Steph's book cover for Lola and I love yours for Supernaturally. SO PRETTY. Though I may love Lola's more because it has a hot guy on it. I'm sorry, but I'm a shallow gay man. :P

Kiersten White said...

James--SNORT. You are forgiven.

And all--I hope you are very excited for Lola! I love love love love love love love Cricket...

Not to be confused with the model playing him on the cover. Because that would be awkward.

A. Knight said...

That is just too funny! You're too funny! Thanks for that laugh of the day! Loved Paranormalcy, by the way! (Just thought I'd add that in.)

Asher K.

Jennifer Morian Frye said...

"That the ONLY MALE MODEL in the ENTIRE WORLD that I could play the Kevin Bacon game with wound up on my cover!" What are the odds? That's great!

Thanks for posting the ShelterBox links. These people do wonderful things!

Becky Wallace said...

LOL. I only know one male model too and about peed my pants when he was the doorway poster guy at AF. So I had to go check out the cover, enlarge the cover, and decide that even though he isn't the male model I know, he certianly is nice looking.

Thanks for sharing the shelterbox link. So tragic.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Thanks for sharing the link. We all need to pitch in and help Japan.

Sarah said...

I know exactly one male model as well. From now on, I'm keeping my eyes out in case he's on a book cover.

I do see him in commercials sometimes.

Wendy said...

AAHHHHH! I just noticed that the "This Tab Just For Looks" is gone! NOOO! I think I'll cry... but you can't have it anymore... I should put one on my blog...

Sorry if that was kind of unrelated *coughVERYUNRELATEDcough*... I like covers too. :)

Kiersten White said...

Wendy--I know! It had to go because it no longer filled the exact amount of space needed

Amethyst Princess said...

Google Follower number 1800, does that make me a winner.

though I have never read your books they are in my to read pile...now if only I could make that dwindle down instead of grow like it does.

Amber said...

COmpletely off topic - because you wrote "go ogle" I JUST realised that "go ogle" was probably where "Google" got its name.... -.- Yes, you can thwack me now.

That's interesting that you know him. What are the chances???? You'd have better odds finding a laptop for $99.99 on Black Friday after 2am.