Writing

Boy Toy and BookSense

BookSense has listed Boy Toy on its roster of Fall 2007 Children’s Picks!

The great Jennifer Laughran of Books, Inc. in San Francisco is quoted as saying, “‘Teacher Has Scandalous Affair with Schoolboy!’ Sound familiar? If you think you know what’s behind those headlines, you’re wrong. This novel is shocking, devastating, and brilliant. Barry Lyga is a major new talent.”

Special thanks to Not Your Mother’s Book Club for the heads-up!

Tess Has it Right

So, as I sit here, Boy Toy is sorta-kinda out there. The book was deliberately shipped early to stores, but not everyone got the memo, so some stores have put it out already, and others are waiting on the original (late September) street date before putting it out.

I was going to write a little essay here about how strange and exhilirating and terrifying it is when your book comes out, but then what should appear in my RSS reader but Tess Gerritsen’s blog entry today about… Why, look — the exact same thing!

Tess gets it right and says it better than I would have. Go read her instead.

Boy Toy is Out! — UPDATED

Color me surprised as all hell.

Originally Boy Toy was supposed to hit stores on September 28. Then my publisher informed me that due to some promotions being planned, the book would come out in early September.

So imagine my surprise when I walked into a Barnes & Noble yesterday and saw this:

Yep, that’s Boy Toy, next to the spanking-new Fanboy paperback! Don’t they look happy together?

If you want to comment about Boy Toy, head over here.

UPDATE: Apparently, not all stores and chains have put the book out on their shelves yet. Amazon is shipping it, Barnes & Noble has it on the shelves, and several independent stores have it out, too. Many stores, though, are holding to the published ship date, which is some time in September, so you may not see on your local bookstore shelf until then.

Robin in PW!

My bestest buddy in the writing universe, Robin Brande, has her first book coming out soon. And Publishers Weekly has quite rightly taken notice and conducted an interview with her! Check it out — it’s full of Robin’s usual good sense and considered wit.

More Love, More Beauty

Ah, my cup runneth over! Check this out. Isn’t it beautiful?

It’s the paperback edition of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. I really thought I’d never like anything more than that red cover, but MAN! What an amazing cover! Love it.

A lot of authors HATE their covers. I’ve been really lucky — I love mine!

(Won’t it be eye-catching on a shelf next to Boy Toy?)