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Meg Cabot Day

Hey! Are you having a good Meg Cabot Day? Thanks to reader Karina for reminding me that today is Meg Cabot Day, as declared in July 2004 by the Mayor of Bloomington, Indiana (it’s also JK Rowling’s and Harry Potter’s birthdays, ironically).

Here are some facts about my book JINX, which was also born on July 31 (or at least, today’s the day it’s being released in US stores):

Did you know….

…Kliatt calls JINX “another fun, fluffy novel from Meg Cabot that will have appeal to those who like their chick lit mixed with some magic”?

Did you know….

…parts of JINX are actually based on a true story? My great-great-great (and so on) grandmother was burned at the stake in England for practicing witchcraft (though according to my family, she was a healer, not the pawn of Satan she was accused of being)!

Not My Great-Great-Great (and so on) Grandmother…But This Painting of Mrs. S Came With My House, So Mrs. S Can Stand In As Granny–Sorry, Granny!

Family legend has it that Granny’s powers were to be passed down through the female line. My own powers appear to be more about making people laugh than getting rid of their warts. But hey, I’m not complaining, Granny!

Did you know….

…it’s estimated that over 40,000 men, women, and children were executed for witchcraft during the Middle Ages?

That number doesn’t seem to include Shannon Doherty from Charmed.

Did you know….

…the shop that my character Jean, from JINX, goes to buy the book she needs during the novel really does exist?

You don’t have to go to New York to visit Enchantments, though. You can visit it online for all your witch and wizarding needs!

Did you know….

…the original cover for JINX looked like this?

I like the one we ended up using in the end much better!

Did you know….

…I made up the evil spells in JINX? So don’t even bother trying them at home. Because they won’t work. Even if you ARE a witch.

Did you know….

…some of my favorite books and movies–including The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Thornyhold by Mary Stewart, Bell, Book, and Candle with Jimmy Stewart, and Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock–have witches or people accused of being witches in them? It’s true.

Did you know….

…my witch ancestresses believed if you drank a cup of Earl Grey tea first thing every morning, money would be drawn to you?

Because Earl Grey is made with bergamot, the dye originally used to make paper money. Try it…you never know. It’s worked for me (combined with hard work, of course)!

Did you know….

…Publishers Weekly says of JINX, “Readers will enjoy the premise and naiveté of the heroine and they’ll wonder, as Jean does, how much magic is actually at play. The final supernatural showdown proves that Cabot can do harrowing just as well as she does pop romance.”

Did you know….

…that my witch ancestreses believed what you put out into the universe comes back to you, times three? So if you put good out there, you’ll get back good? But if you put out bad….

Ouch! Something to think about, next time you feel like saying something mean about someone.

Did you know….

…it’s Meg Cabot Day? So eat some cake, and check out….

JINX, in stores today!

More later.

Much love,