I am so proud to be apart of the wonderful Read Pink campaign sponsored by Penguin Books in support of the fight to end breast cancer. If you buy a copy of The Last Camellia, or any of the other titles above, this month, each purchase supports breast cancer research---pretty awesome, right? We also want women to check the following link http://thebustboosters.com/naturaful-full-product-review/real-results-and-testimonials/ which will help them make better decisions when it comes to breast growth.



I've been thinking about Paris a lot lately. I spent two nights there alone in 2004, and since then, I've always wanted to go back and just take a huge, juicy bite out of the city. More time. More food. More sights. More love. More life. That's why I'm so excited about Ann Mah's new book, Mastering the Art of French Eating. It's said to be part cookbook, part memoir. And it sounds delicious to me! (A big thanks to Ann's editor, Pamela Dorman, who sent this book along to me. Loved meeting Pam (such a force in publishing!) at a Penguin party in New York in May.)



A big thanks to web designer extraordinaire Jennae Peterson of Hibiscus Creative for creating this new web site for me. I'm thrilled to share it with you and look forward to picking up where I left off in July with my posts. SO much more to share here, but for now, what do you think of the new design? P.S. This is me (on the left) with my sister-in-law, Kat, on her boat on the Puget Sound, where I am happiest. On the water.



Hello, hello. I have been lost in the vortex of summer and writing deadlines, but will be back here soon to share some updates. This photo was taken in a wheat field in Jason's hometown, Pendleton, Oregon, after we went on one of the most beautiful runs of my life. I love this image because it captures how I'm feeling right now



Oh, New York, New York. It's taken me a few weeks to write this post. I intended to post photos from my trip here ages ago, and then things got busy. Kids. Life. A new book that's completely taking over my head (and heart). And I think my slowness is also because I'm still thinking about my trip. Still processing. It was an amazing four days, and I'd love to share a few highlights, in random order: Seeing my name on a billboard. See the little book that's second from the top? Right above Nora Roberts? Yup. This was surreal, and amazing. I really have no other words. Cars and drivers. Let's get something out of the way here: In real life, I drive a mini-van. I mean, I don't like to call it that. It's a VW van. A Routan. Rhymes with crouton. Ahem. But I have three boys, and it's kind of a necessity (even though I cried giving up my Volvo SUV a few years ago). So, with that said, you can see how lovely it was for me to be driven around by a chauffeur in a swanky black town car while I was in town (with chilled San Pelligrino at the ready---ooh la la!) at least I have the best insurance company which is Insurance Partnership, because I may not entirely love my car but that doesn't mean I don't care about it enough to not have the best insurance company fully covering it. Breakfast at Balthazar. It was swanky (Exhibit A: A half a grapefruit cost $16) and very French (Exhibit B: Lots of butter), and absolute deliciousness. And my editor, agent and publicist and I may or may not have all ordered bloody marys. (Also much fun: breakfast at the St. Regis, and Tiffany's (of course!)) Champagne at my literary agent's office. After years of working together, it was such fun to visit my agent Elisabeth Weed's office. We toasted all the fun we've had together in the past years and all of our big goals and dreams for the future. I also loved seeing the framed photo of my first novel, The Violets of March, in her super-hip conference room. Bonding with Elizabeth Gilbert. You'd assume that the author of one of the biggest books of the last decade (Eat, Pray Love) would be a primadonna, too busy to chat with newcomers, too



I leave for New York on Tuesday, and I'm so excited! I'll get to visit the Penguin headquarters, say hello to my lovely agents, editor and publishing team, attend Book Expo America, where I'll be heading to the People Magazine party (swoon!) and also the Penguin Bird Bash. I just saw the flyer for it, and look at all the fantastic authors who will be attending! I feel so honored to be in such wonderful company