Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cover Reveal: A Midsummer’s Nightmare

Today I’ve got a first look at the steamy cover of Kody Keplinger’s upcoming novel, A Midsummer’s Nightmare.*  I was lucky enough to read this book early and loved it!

Here’s a summary:

Whitley Johnson’s dream summer with her divorce dad has turned into a nightmare. She’s just met his new fiancee and her kids. The fiancee’s son? Whitley’s one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin’ great. 

Worse, she totally doesn’t fit in with her dad’s perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn’t even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she’s ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn’t “do” friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn’t her stepbrother…at least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

And the cover….

To celebrate the cover’s hotness, Kody is giving away a signed ARC of AMN. Check out the details here. Get an extra entry in the contest by following my blog too!

*It’s possible there might be a few design tweaks still before it goes to print, but this should give you a good idea what to expect when the book comes out!

On the shoulders of Kings

My father was at the 1963 March on Washington, and he got to hear Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech in person. It’s really his tale to recount, but I’ve listened to it many times…how my dad got on a charter bus in New York heading to DC, and how he and the other passengers had no idea if anyone else would show up to the march at all. And as they got closer and closer, they began seeing more and more charter buses along the interstate, until finally as they reached the nation’s capital, they could see nothing around them BUT buses.

This past weekend, I got to hear another King speak. In celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the passing of Title IX, my family and I went to the Charles M. Schulz museum and listened to tennis great Billie Jean King speak about her efforts to fight sexism, and to promote women and girls’ participation in sports. When asked about what skills she thinks it takes in order for one to be a successful leader, King mentioned nurturing the following qualities:

1. never stop learning.
2. relationships are everything.
3. keep looking for answers; keep striving to solve problems.

It was emotional for me, to be able to sit with my daughter on the weekend we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, and to hear from another pioneer in civil rights. And it reminded me that, for all of us who come after these great leaders, it’s our job to never forget the shoulders on which we stand, and it’s our job to keep fighting for those who still don’t have the same liberties and freedoms that we do.

So happy MLK day and happy 40 years of Title IX!