Lovely readers: Would you like a SIGNED and PERSONALIZED first edition copy of Goodnight June, mailed to your door the week of publication (or even a little before!)? I'm signing hundreds of copies of Goodnight June at the fab Seattle bookstore, Third Place Books, and I'd love to sign one for you! Put your order in this week or next, and I'll sign your copy, and personalize it however you like (think: "To Lisa, you are the most awesome human being in the history of the world." Ha!) And order two, or three! Signed books make awesome gifts (teachers, grandmas, best friends, moms), and I'd love to write a special note to whoever you designate in the order. Thank you for supporting my work, and Third Place, a truly fabulous Seattle independent bookstore. I hope you love this new story as much as I loved writing it. (Sorry, US readers only for now.)

I am so completely excited to share that Goodnight June, my sixth novel (out on May 27 in bookstores everywhere) was chosen as an IndieNext Pick for June (the web site is not currently featuring June titles; but you'll see my book there soon!). This means that Goodnight June will be one of about a dozen other featured novels recommended at independent bookstores across the country in the month of June. Just wow. This is a huge career moment for me, and I'm so very honored and grateful for the support of my beloved independent bookstores. And, in this novel, you can read about a very special one: Bluebird Books in Seattle, the imagined bookstore in the story that captured my heart from the moment I began writing this book. I'm grateful, happy, and mostly just can't wait for May 27 to share this new story with the world. P.S. Stay tuned for details about how you can pre-order a SIGNED copy of Goodnight June.

I love getting surprises in the mail. Today, I received a package from my publisher, Penguin/Plume, with a hot-off-the-press copy of their fall 2014 catalog. And guess whose novel makes an exciting appearance on the cover, with a two-page spread inside? Yep---THE LOOK OF LOVE, my seventh novel with Penguin, which I'm just finishing writing now. I can't stop staring at those green eyes. A little secret that I'll share: The original cover featured blue eyes, but I felt that my character's eyes should be green, like mine (an author gets to be, occasionally, bossy about these things!). So the artist changed them. And don't they look great (though mine are more sea-foam than emerald)? Jane, my character, is intrepidly curious, a little sad, searching, seeking, wondering, hoping, trying to make sense of this great beautiful mess that is life, and also fierce, in her own quiet way. She's a lot like me.

I'm so excited to share the cover for THE LOOK OF LOVE, my fall 2014 novel with Penguin. This is, without a doubt, my favorite novel and cover to date, and I can't wait to share the story with the world. For now, here's a quick peek at the text on the book jacket: "Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to literally see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, she receives a card from a mysterious woman. Jane must identify the six types of love before sunset on her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love will utterly enchant Sarah Jio’s rapidly growing fanbase." Audio rights have already sold (so exciting to this author, given that, er, it's not quite done yet!), and the story is available for pre-order on Amazon now (and soon at other sites).