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I just looked at the calendar and kind of freaked out when I realized I had LESS than a MONTH before Along for the Ride is released. And only a little over a week before I head to NYC for BEA. (OMG check out my use of acronyms!) Now, some of these dates and times may still be subject to change. But since a couple are ticketed events and tickets are already on sale, I wanted to go ahead and post them. Just be sure to contact the store for more details if you need them, and I'll post other updates here as well.

Okay, here we go.....

Tuesday, June 16 (Pub Day!)

7PM: The Regulator

720 Ninth Street

Durham NC 27705

Phone: 919-286-2700




Thursday, June 18

7:30PM: Quail Ridge

3522 Wade Avenue

Raleigh NC 27607

Phone: 919-828-1588




Friday June 19

3PM: Mrs. Nelson’s

1030 Bonita Avenue

La Verne CA 91750

Phone: 909-509-4558

7PM: Barnes & Noble

7881 Edinger Avenue

Huntington Beach CA 92647

Phone: (714) 897-8781





Saturday June 20

1PM: Warwick’s

7812 Girard Ave

La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: (858) 454-0347


7PM: Copperfield’s

140 Kentucky St

Petaluma, CA 94952

Phone: 707-762-0563





Sunday June 21

1PM: Books Inc

601 Van Ness Ave

San Francisco 94102

Phone: (415) 776-1111



4PM: Great Good Place for Books

Address: 6120 LaSalle Avenue

Oakland, CA 94611

Phone: (510) 339-8210





Thursday June 25

7PM: RJ Julia

768 Boston Post Road

Madison CT 06443

Phone: 203-245-3959





Friday June 26

1PM: Vero Beach Books & Music

2145 Indian River Rd.

Vero Beach, FL 32960

Phone: 772-569-6650

8PM: Books & Books

265 Aragon Ave.

Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: 305-444-9044





July 11

7PM: Anderson's *With Laurie Halse Anderson (!!!! How cool is that?)

Address: 123 West Jefferson

Naperville IL 60540

Phone: 630-355-2665





July 25

11AM: McIntyre’s

2000 Fearrington Village

Pittsboro NC 27312

Phone: 919-545-5727



Also: for those of you attending BEA next week, I'll be signing on Saturday morning, the 30th, at Table 5. at 10:30 am. Then I'll be doing an informal signing at the Penguin booth from 11:30-12.

Whew! I get a little tired just looking at that. But because I didn't do much traveling for Lock and Key, I'm actually really excited to get out there and see my readers. Before then, though, I have to get my act together. Here at home, I'm all about jeans and flip flops and ponytails, but on book tour you kind of have to look, you know, cute. Or at least like you're doing a book reading, not running out to buy tuna salad at Whole Foods. So I have to get a haircut, an eyebrow wax, and some decent clothes that do not have sticky mac-and-cheese handprints on them. Also: cute shoes that are also comfortable, a couple of really good books for the plane rides, and possibly a sedative to keep me from freaking out about being a FULL COUNTRY away from my daughter.

*gulp*

That's the thing that's so crazy about all this. On the one hand, I'm so excited to get out and travel, see the readers, share the book. Not to mention get to stay in nice hotels (if only fleetingly), hang out with cool people and maybe even get to sleep past 5:30am once or twice. But at the same time, my heart honestly ACHES when I think about leaving Sasha. So it's like a no-win situation. My husband, every time I start bemoaning this (which is increasingly often) tells me that I need to just decide to enjoy it. Go out and give it all I have, and just, you know.....go along for the ride. (He doesn't actually say that, because he is not that cheesy. But I am.) And that is what I will try to do.

But, if you do see me in California or Florida or NYC, and ask me about the baby, don't be shocked if I, you know, have to swallow hard or sniffle a bit, or quickly change the subject to The Real Housewives or my current obsession with Taylor Kitsch. I'm not being rude. It's just a defense mechanism, I promise.

Have a great day, everyone!

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