Oh wow. Today is the day.
Rebecca Phillips’ THESE THINGS I’VE DONE is in our stores everywhere today with HarperTeen! It’s a beautiful contemporary story about friendship, loss, and trauma. Readers meet Dara, a teen girl living with the crushing guilt of accidentally killing her best friend, as she returns to her old high school to answer for what she’s done.
She’s punishing herself, even though she doesn’t have to. She feels like she deserves it. And while sure, not all of us have accidentally killed a friend (at least, I’d hope not!), the feeling of thinking you deserve to be treated poorly and deserve to suffer for something… that’s universal. And the message that you don’t have to feel that way, is just so important.
That it’s okay to let go, and it’s okay to try to forgive yourself… it’s a story I’m so proud of Rebecca for writing.
From amazing blurbs from Lauren Gibaldi, Gina Ciocca, and Charlotte Huang, to the lovely reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal (not online yet, but you can see it on B&N!), Rebecca’s book has had quite the journey, and I’m so excited for you to see what she does next.
I’m lucky enough to already know, and hopefully we can share soon.
You can order Rebecca’s book wherever books are sold; Amazon, Barnes & Noble, your local indie bookseller… you name it. And if you’re a blogger, bookseller, and/or librarian, you can still request a review copy off Edelweiss.
I got sent a bundle of agent copies, and while most of them have already gone out to bloggers who wanted to read the book (thank you!), I’ve put a few up for giveaway on Goodreads. You can enter here.
Rebecca’s also got a blog tour going on. Check out some of the stops for chances to win cool prizes and learn fun facts about the book and Rebecca’s writing process.
- 7/31: The Book Bratz: Win Dara’s Satchel & a Signed Book
- 8/1: Willas Ramblings: An Interview with Rebecca Phillips
- 8/2: YA Wednesdays: Guest Post, The Evolution of These Things I’ve Done
- 8/3: YA and Wine: Guest Post, A Playlist for These Things I’ve Done
- 8/4: Off Color Lit: An Interview with Rebecca Phillips
- 8/7: Serial Bibliophile: Guest Post, Top Ten Couples in YA
- 8/8: Alexa Loves Books: Win Five of Rebecca’s Favorite YA Reads
I met Rebecca through Carly Watters, my superstar colleague and friend at P.S. Literary, and I’m just happy she brought us together. It’s wild to think how I was still living in Philadelphia, and now, two states later, the book is here.
I cried pretty openly in a little cafe in South Philadelphia the day I got the email with her offer, right in front of my dear Allie Ilagan. I’m so happy someone was there to share that moment with me. Allie, there’s a copy of Rebecca’s book in the mail for you right now.
And of course, to Rebecca. Thanks for letting me play a little part in your amazing writing career. Let’s get to work on that next big thing.
Barnes & Noble picked The Geek’s Guide to Dating as their Daily Find for San Diego Comic Con! It’s currently just $1.99 on the Nook, and will be all day today (7/20) and through end-of-day tomorrow.
My lil’ non-fiction humor book came out with Quirk Books back in 2013, and has had quite the wild ride. If you haven’t checked it out yet, now is a good time!
That photo is by Lauren Reads YA, and will forever be my favorite picture of my book.
When Sam Slaughter first queried me with his first amazing cocktail book idea, I was ecstatic. I signed him right away, we dove into the work, and got him out on submission within a month.
And that week, several major publishers purchased very similar books, and the project was dead.
But here’s the thing. To know Sam, is to know someone with limitless ideas and boundless enthusiasm. We kicked around fresh concepts, in long email threads that very likely hold the seeds of his next book. And Grown Up Drinks was born.
In Grown Up Drinks, Sam teachers readers how to make a number of original cocktails that taste just like the beverages we’ve all grown so nostalgic for. Want to make Echo Cooler using ingredients found behind your bar? How about a Capri Sun? Ssips? Remember those? Sam does. And this book collects the drinks you grew up loving, and instructs how to craft them yourself with a boozy kick.
In addition, it has a bunch of original, pun-filled cocktails inspired by your favorite TV shows and films… such as the Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum. If you just groaned a little, good. Your groans in response to Sam’s bad puns give him strength. He grows strong with each one.
The book is hilarious and the drinks are delicious, and I’m so thrilled to say it’ll be published by Andrews McMeel.
You might know the famous publisher for their work on The Oatmeal’s bestselling comic collections, or you know, CALVIN AND HOBBES. They also publish stunning cookbooks and cocktail books, like Mark Bitterman’s Field Guide to Bitters & Amari, one of Sam’s favorite recent books. I’m just so thrilled to see him joining this family, with an amazing editor like Allison Adler.
Here are the details from Publisher’s Marketplace:
Spirits editor for The Manual Sam Slaughter’s GROWN UP DRINKS, on how to make cocktails inspired by nostalgic 90′s beverages like Ecto Cooler and Capri Sun as well as original themed craft cocktails like Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum, to Allison Adler at Andrews McMeel, by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary Agency (World).
Congrats Sam! I knew we’d get here.
So, over the next few months, a few of the first books I’ve sold as an agent will be rolling out, and I’m so very proud of each and every one of them.
And guess what? You can request free review copies! NetGalley! Edelweiss! Physical copies that I want to re-home! Here’s how.
THESE THINGS I’VE DONE by Rebecca Phillips: This beautifully devastating book will be out with HarperTeen in… gasp, two weeks! And you can still request free review copies via Edelweiss, here. https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=0062570900
Word on the street my agent copies are on their way, and I will want to re-home a few of them to bloggers who will post about and review them. Want a physical hardcover copy of the book? You are more than welcome to email me with details about your blog. I’ve only got ten though, so supplies are limited. I’ll cross this out when they are all claimed.
THE TEMPTATION OF ADAM by Dave Connis: Fun fact, Dave’s debut was actually the very first book I got to sell in my first months as a Baby Agent™ in 2015, and now it’s here! You can request a copy on Edelweiss, here. https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1510707301.
For those of you who prefer NetGalley, you can request it here. https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/118159
I’ll be getting a few agent copies in August, but don’t have any agent ARCs to send out. If you want to request a physical ARC, you can email the rockstar publicity team at Sky Horse via their website.
LOVE HATE AND OTHER FILTERS by Samira Ahmed: You can currently request Samira’s debut on NetGalley and Edelweiss, here.
- NetGalley: https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/115544
- Edelweiss: https://www.edelweiss.plus/#sku=1616958472
Now, if you’re interested in a physical review copy of any of these, feel free to email me (email@example.com), and I’ll forward you on to the respective publicity team. Can’t make any promises, but I’m happy to send your request forward.