Valentine’s Day: The Purge

February 11th, 2017

Well, it’s that time of year again: VALENTINE’S DAY!

Every year I try to ignore this holiday, and every year I can’t because commercials start appearing, urging me to go to Jared’s (an American jewelry store for those of you who don’t live in this country) or buy a gigantic teddy bear (like John McLean in Die Hard)!

I’ve written in the past about how I think this holiday has gotten away from its original message (which I forget right now but I think it’s that we shouldn’t kill Roman soldiers for getting married or something?) and how it now puts too much stress on the importance on “finding the one” or whatever, when the really important thing is to love yourself and be happy in your own company.

But even though I’m not the biggest fan of Valentine’s Day, I’ve created characters who love it (Tina Hakim Baba, anyone?), and even written whole books about it.

And you can bet that on February 15th I’ll be at the drugstore buying all the chocolate there that’s been marked down to half-price (don’t tell my trainer). (Oh, what am I saying, she’ll be there, too.)

So I guess deep down I have to admit, there’s a part of me that has an affection for Valentine’s Day, too.

Okay so now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s get down to business:

Question: What book(s) have you got coming out in 2017, Meg?

Answer: This one!

Royal Crush, Book 3 in the From the Notebooks of a Middle School Princess series, will be out in August 2017! You can probably guess what happens in it by looking at the cover . . .

OR CAN YOU?

Ha, I just read the synopsis on Goodreads and it is from an old draft. Oops. More info to come closer to pub date. But here is a hint of one thing that might happen: Royal twins.

Question: Really? That’s the ONLY book you have coming out in 2017?

Answer: Yes! Really! More books will be coming soon, I just can’t talk about them (yet). Stay tuned here for more info!

Question: Fine. So what appearances will you be making soon?

Answer: This one!

FEBRUARY TUESDAY 28th
6 pm
Discussion and Signing with children’s book writer Rachel Vail
Key West Books and Books
533 Eaton St., Key West, FL
www.booksandbookskw.com

An in-converstaion event with Rachel Vail and Meg Cabot! Set in the tumultuous tween world of eighth grade, Rachel Vail’s brand new book WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD (which has received rave reviews from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and Meg herself), is a delightful 21st century take on Cyrano de Bergerac…but with texting! Join Meg (and Judy Blume!) in welcoming Rachel to Key West on the first night of her WELL, THAT WAS AWKWARD book tour!

You guys, I’ve read this book, and it is GREAT (for real, I could not put it down which adversely effected or affected my busy reality show watching I mean writing schedule).

Question: How was your 50th birthday?

Answer: IT WAS SO GREAT! Thank you all for your well wishes! I spent my birthday with He Who Shall Not Be Named In This Blog at this amazing tropical resort called Little Palm Island where there are no children or cell phones allowed. We had the nicest time, and the staff was so great, especially about my gluten-free diet. I think they even arranged for there to be a perfect sunset just for me.

Sunset

Little deer

He Who Shall Not Be Named enjoying some sun

I’m fifty!!!

Question: How is Allie Finkle Cat?

Answer: She is the sweetest, cuddliest, funniest cat in the history of the universe.  Everyone should adopt a cat from the animal shelter.

No, Mom, don’t go to the gym!

Okay, I won’t go to the gym.

Question: What will you be doing for Valentine’s Day?

Answer: Reading novels and eating chocolate, as is proper.

Until the next time . . . have a happy Valentine’s Day, and thanks for reading!

More later.

Much love,

Meg