Monday, November 25, 2013

BLOGFEST: Class of 2k14 is Thankful For...


This week, the Class of 2k14 is sharing what we're thankful for. Click the logo above to see links to posts from the other members!

I'm not going to lie, this has been a difficult year. I'm anxious for 2014 to start, hopeful the new year won't be quite so heart smashing. But despite the trials, there's still plenty to be thankful for.


  • My husband. The best man in the world. 
  • My parents. Supportive. Loving. Funny. 
  • My husband's family. I couldn't have asked for better in-laws and nephews.
  • My friends. A wide variety of personalities and interests. I love them all.
  • My book deal with Bloomsbury. If it weren't for this amazing dream come true, I feel it's likely I'd be wallowing around in a black hole of sadness. This has been a bright spot that brings a smile to my face every day. And I'm so thankful for that. 
  • My agent, Marietta Zacker. She's so great, y'all. I can't even believe I get to work with such a talented and kind person who also gets my stories.
  • My editor, Caroline Abbey. Smart, sweet, similar interests. Couldn't have hand picked a better editor for my debut experience. 
  • The Class of 2k14. I'm learning so much, and it's brought me a new close friend. 
  • My boxers, Duke and Mylie. The personalities on these two! We're laughing every day. 
  • My tastebuds. I'll be especially thankful these work on Thursday when I'm eating pumpkin crunch cake. 
  • Books, and that people are still buying/reading them.  
  • Television shows.
  • Movies.
  • Music. 
  • Hair dye. 
  • Tap shoes.
  • Scarves.
  • Airplanes that allow me to visit far away lands.
  • Digital cameras, Photoshop, and that I sort of know how to use both of them.  
  • Running water.
  • Corrective eyewear.
There's plenty more, but I won't bore you. What are you thankful for this year?

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 4, 2013

My First Foreign Rights Sale!

Pippa's going to the UK! 


Bloomsbury UK is going to publish WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN in July 2014! 
I learned this news the same time I saw my cover for the first time, so it was a bit overshadowed, but once it really registered, I FLIPPED! My book will be on shelves ACROSS THE POND! I'm so beyond thrilled, I don't even know what to say. Eeeeeep!!

This is me NOT keeping calm:



Friday, November 1, 2013

My Book Has a Cover (AND A BLURB!) Part 2

That was such a fun cover reveal day! Thanks again to my blogging friends for helping me celebrate!! Cari's Book BlogEx LibrisThe Daisy DailyGone with the WordsG Reads!Girls in the StacksHip Mama JennI Read Banned BooksJoy's Novel IdeaMundie MomsA Nook for BooksPortrait of a BookSarah's Books & Life, and Katie M. Stout!!

Coming May 6, 2014 from Bloomsbury!

I'm also SO super pumped about the AMAZINGLY ADORABLE BLURB from Lindsey Leavitt, author of Going Vintage and Sean Griswold's Head!

“With Italy's brilliant landscapes, a main character you'll love from the first line and a new dreamy book boyfriend (he's mine!), IF ONLY YOU WERE ITALIAN is a charming and addictive read. Devour this delicious treat like a double scoop of gelato.”

Cutest blurb EVER!! I'm still freaking out that someone besides my agent and my editor has read my book, but to have her say such SWEET things about it too?! I'm so so so very delighted and thankful!

My brain doesn't fully understand that in seven months, this THING that I wrote will be OUT in the world! Even sooner once ARCs start floating around! I'm so hopeful that my little story will find its readers and give them all the warm squishy feels. Eeeep!