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Mamma Mia!

It’s here!

Princess Mia is in stores now!

Well, actually it was in a few stores last week, because some booksellers couldn’t resist putting it out on shelves early for eager Christmas shoppers (I’m told. I didn’t actually see this, I just heard about it).

But it, along with Princess on the Brink in paperback, is officially on shelves as of today. YAY!

I’ve even heard from a few very excited readers who’ve already read Princess Mia–thank you! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed it. What a perfect way to spend a holiday: READING. That totally rules…and so do you! You win the snowflake tiara!

(Okay, not really, because it costs $165,000. But it’s the thought that counts.)

For the rest of you, I hope you had a restful and joyous Christmas (those of you who celebrate Christmas). I myself spent the holiday doing exactly what I always do…trying to catch as many versions of A Christmas Carol (why do I love that story so much?) on TV as I possibly could (while also gorging myself on all the cookies people brought me. Getting surgery is an awesome, guilt-free way to get people to bring you baked goods. Although none of my pants fit now and I look a bit like the Santa lady in the Special K commercial).

In between the Patrick Stewart Scrooge and the Bill Murray Scrooge, I saw that some of you have already begun posting nice things about Princess Mia online. This is fantastic!

But while I appreciate your enthusiasm, and know that you’re eager to discuss the book’s finer plot points in detail, I’d like to ask that you please keep in mind that there are readers who haven’t gotten their copies yet. Please don’t spoil the fun for them by posting the ending! In the UK markets, the book doesn’t even come out until January 7.

Please Don’t Be A Spoiler!

Thundarr the Barbarian, Ookla the Mok, and Princess Ariel hate spoilers.

Thanks for being so understanding!

And for those of you haven’t read the book yet, I’d like to point out that some of the spoilers I’ve seen online are inaccurate. I’m not sure why anyone would be so cruel as to post inaccurate spoilers, but there you have it (that’s why I only trust one site for all my spoiler needs). Don’t believe everything you read!

In the meantime, we’ve opened a spoiler-safe forum for you to chat about the book here!

As for the many readers who’ve been asking me about www.ihatemiathermopolis.com, well, I can’t tell you who’s behind it. You can only find out one way…by reading Princess Mia!

In answer to a general question I get a lot, no, this book has nothing to do with Princess Diaries 2, A Royal Engagement (which I didn’t see). I’m sure the movie was very sweet, but my series is NOT following any of Disney’s story arc for the characters. Far, far from it. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again:

There’s Disney’s Princess Diaries universe, which is very nice:

And then there’s Meg Cabot’s Princess Diaries universe, which is right.

People always ask me, “Which character from your series do you like the best?” and I always say I like them all the same.

But this is a lie. Just like your mom has kids she loves best (oh yes…unless you’re an only child), I have some characters I love and some I hate, but I can’t tell you which are which, because in giving away my personal feelings about them, I might inadvertently give away what happens in Book 10. As readers, you’re only allowed to know what Mia knows. I of course know EVERYTHING, such as every character’s SECRET motivation (including the ones that don’t have one), including Lilly’s, Michael’s, J.P.’s, Boris’s, Lana’s, Tina’s, etc. I have to, in order to tell the story.

So, it wouldn’t be fair of me to tell you who I like best or like least, because then you’d know what’s going on behind the scenes, stuff Mia doesn’t know…

Because there IS stuff Mia doesn’t know. Astute readers of Book 9 will have figured that out. Keep in mind that there’s still one more book left in the series after Princess Mia…Book 10, Forever Princess. Note the title—Forever Princess—and also that there are some mysteries in Princess Mia that were left unsolved at the end of the book. There’s plenty more to come in Book 10. Neither Mia’s—nor Genovia’s—fate is in any way secure by the end of Book 9….Which means I still have a lot of work to do!

In the meantime, I got to celebrate my publication day by….

…getting my stitches out. Fun! Remember when you were a little kid and you’d get your stitches out and the doctor would tell you, “This is going to tickle a little,” and you’d start screaming because it so didn’t tickle?

Yeah, well, it still doesn’t tickle, but it didn’t really hurt. I did come home and take a Percocet though. I got to see photos of my left and right ovary, pre-surgery. Lefty was really really tiny, and Righty was HUGE! I love watching surgery on TV, but it’s different when it’s your own innards. Righty was GROSS looking, I’m glad it’s gone, even though Lefty is inherently evil and must be thwarted at all times to keep from making me say inappropriate things, such as, if I hear Paula Deen say, “Hey, ya’ll,” one more time, I’ll hurt someone, though I appreciate all the adversity she’s overcome.

Anyway, watch this spot because we’ve got all sorts of fun things planned for Princess Mia give aways and promotions! Remember last year’s haiku contest? Well, this year we’re doing something even MORE fun.

So get ready.

More later.

Much love,

Meg

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