*blows dust off of ye ol' blog*
This last weekend at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, I had a conversation with some authors about blogs as a platform, on their relevancy, on how often we blog (cough, cough), etc. etc. And valid points were made all around, but I still like having my blog HERE, even if I only post a couple times a year, even if google reader no longer exists and I know this isn't read very often. As a writer, sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name... CUE THEME SONG FROM CHEERS
and they're always glad you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
our troubles are all the same
You wanna be where everybody knows
Yes, I know that has no relevancy to my topic, but that song's been stuck in my head and I wanted to share. You're welcome, those alive in the eighties.
Anyway, quick catch up...
Vegas Valley book festival was awesome! We had 60+ YA authors, dozens of panels, and an adorably awkward YA Prom through the ages. Here are a couple of pics...
|PROM THROUGH THE AGES!!!! Yes. It was as amazing as it looks. No, I can't name everyone. Well, I can, but it takes SOO long to type.|
|I'm in there somewhere. Doing something.|
And I've done other things lately, like began writing a book for National Novel Writing Month, which might be the worse thing I've ever done. Or the best. We'll see.But that's not why you're here, right? You're really here because you want to see my new book cover. Maybe even hear about this mysterious book. Chapel? Is this book religious? Wars? Is it violent?
No and no. You're getting another Lindsey Leavitt book with my trademark Lindsey Leavittness-which according to my publisher is humor and heart. Although I must say, this one starts with someone dead, so The Funny is a little more respectful of such circumstances. And The Angst is perhaps more amped up. But The Awesome? It's all in there. Or as in there as I am able.
This was a brutal writing and personal year for me, which is why I haven't been online as much as usual. I'm glad to come out of it with a book of which I am very proud. I imagine this book is the closest I will ever come to understanding natural childbirth. But, you know, in a good way.
This is what the book is about....
Sixteen-year-old Holly wants to remember her Grandpa forever, but she’d rather forget what he left her in his will: his wedding chapel on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever happened to gold watches, savings bonds, or some normal inheritance?
And then there's Grandpa's letter. Not only is Holly running the business with her recently divorced parents, but she needs to make some serious money—fast. Grandpa also insists Holly reach out to Dax, the grandson of her family's mortal enemy and owner of the cheesy chapel next door. No matter how cute Dax is, Holly needs to stay focused: on her group of guy friends, her disjointed family, work, school and... Dax. No wait, not Dax.
Holly’s chapel represents everything she’s ever loved in her past. Dax might be everything she could ever love in the future. But as for right now, there's a wedding chapel to save.
And this is one of my favorite publishing peeps said about it....
"You'll want to place your bets on Lindsey Leavitt's hilarious and heartfelt novel filled with family rivalry, forbidden love, life-changing secrets, and a hot boy dressed up like Cupid. Just like Vegas, The Chapel Wars kept me up all night." —Elizabeth Eulberg, author of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality
(isn't she the very best? Thank you Elizabeth Eulberg! *throws confetti*)
AND THIS IS WHAT THE BOOK WILL (PROBABLY) LOOK LIKE!*
*unless they change the cover. This is the cover for the ARC. Things could change. Things always change. But I hope not because OHMIGOSH I am hearting this cover so hard. Get it? HEART