Tuesday, November 26, 2013

If It's Thanksgiving, It's Time for Joy's Thanksgiving Play!

So yeah, it's my annual literary gift to the world time. The VERY FIRST THING I ever wrote was a 5 act Thanksgiving play. Yes, 'tis true. 2nd Grade. Brenneman Elementary School in Chicago. I got my friends to perform it with me. We played multiple roles. The Pilgrims came from Holland. (this is actually historically accurate, although why I knew this is a HUGE mystery.) Mostly they were concerned about washing their clothes. I don't know why. They just were, okay? Who the hell knows why we do anything. I don't know why I let Mari Mancusi's hairdresser weave purple tinstle in my hair this past weekend. But THERE IT IS!

Or as we like to say around here, Happy Thanksgivvukah! (Chanukah plays no role in this play. But let me repeat: The Pilgrims are from Holland.)

READ ON AND SEE HOW I WAS DESTINED FOR AUTHORIAL GREATNESS!! This is where the magic began, folks. A 7 year old playing with 5 act structure! WTF!
*please note that the original is in brown crayon. I have typed it here for your ease of reading*

Scene 1

Mary: Oh, we hardly have enough food to last us on the whole trip to Virginia, Sue.
Sue: I know it, Mary, but we will soon be there. We will have good crops and maybe the people there will show us how to make our homes snug inside.
Julie: Sue, we are near to shore now.
Sue: But Julie, all I see is trees and grass and how cold it is out.

Scene 2

Sue: The men are going down on the new land now, Mary.
Mary: But look, what is on the land, Sue?
Sue: Maybe the Indians are going to welcome us.
Julie: I certainly hope they're not angry at us, Sue.
Mary: Julie, listen to what the Captain is saying. All women go to shore.

Scene 3

Julie: Now we are on land, Mary and we must wash our clothes.
Joe: Hey, Jack!
Jack: Yes, Joe, those Indians are pretty friendly!
Joe: Well, let's start building and cutting down trees, Jack. Jack! I've made friends with some Indians.

Scene 4

Sue: We're certainly having a cold winter, Mary.
Mary: And a hard time finding food, too.
Julie: We are having so much snow this winter.

Scene 5

Mary: Now that the winter is over we shall have to thank God by having a feast.
Julie: We shall invite some Indians to share it with us.
Mary; When we are done, some of us shall go back home.
Sue: now we shall start our feast. The turkey is good and the cranberries are delicious.
Julie: Now that we are done, we shall say goodbye to some of us.
Mary: They shall go back to Holland.

All: Good bye. Good bye.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Wanna Win an ARC of THE A-WORD?

Yeah, you know you want to win this advanced reader copy!

I have ONE galley of THE A-WORD (Soho Teen, May 2014) to give away.

One of you will get to find out what happens with Jenna and Casey and Amber BEFORE EVERYONE ELSE!

One of you will get to find out about Jenna's first romance with Ryan Sloboda!

One of you will know who Bo Shivers is!

One of you will get to read book 2 of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE series, which my editor describes in his opening letter in the galley as "Libba Bray meets Kurt Vonnegut." Yes! That's exactly what he says.

Angels. Romance. Mystery. And since it's Texas: kolaches and breakfast tacos and high school football.

All you have to do is: Comment on this post and tell me that you want to win!
(And make sure I know how to find you when you do!)

Think of it as my Thanksgiving gift to one lucky reader!

Contest will be open until midnight on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 11/28.  So you can even enter while you're full of turkey and stuffing and pie!

Winner will be announced the Monday after Thanksgiving!

Okay. Go!

(Open to US and Canada only. If you are international, I hope to do another giveaway for you soon!)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

THE A WORD galleys are HERE!!

Few things are more thrilling than the physical evidence that a book you've been working on is almost a real thing! So when I opened the mailbox yesterday and found a fat white mailing envelope from my editor at Soho Press containing three gorgeous ARCs of THE A WORD (May 2014, Soho Teen), I did the dance of joy! (When your name is Joy this is pretty easy, but you know what I mean!)

The sequel to this year's THE SWEET DEAD LIFE is looking like a lovely almost book! Contest coming soon to win one and find out before everyone else what Jenna and Casey and Amber and a new guardian angel named Bo are up to. Plus Jenna gets her first boyfriend! I am so excited for you to read. 

More soon, but for now, here they are! Feel free to pet the picture! :)