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Glitter Girls

Guess what I just got?

A big box of the new Allie Finkle adventure, Glitter Girls and the Great Fake Out!

I know! I was like, didn’t Allie’s Rules for Girls, Stage Fright, just come out? How can the new one be here already?

But this is just the advanced reader copy (uncorrected proof) for Allie #5, which won’t be out until March 2010 (so far away)!

I got super excited anyway because this is the one where Allie gets a big makeover (both in the book as well as on the cover, as you can see. Allie has a whole new look, although the same model plays her).

In Glitter Girls, Allie has a choice between going to a Twirltacular (please don’t tell me you don’t know what one of these is!) and supporting her friends….

…or going to a birthday party given by her frenemy Brittany at a store called Glitterati (special thanks to Becky Lee at Blue Willow Bookshop for the inspiration for this), a special store for kids where you can dress up like a model and get your photo taken on a real runway.

Which do you think Allie chooses?

You have to read the book to find out, of course!

But I have a hard time choosing myself. Glitterati. Twirltacular. Glitterati. Twirltacular. They’re both so SPECTACULAR.

My heart breaks a little with yearning every time I think about it. I want to do both!

Anyway, I was trying to take a really hot picture of the Glitter Girls ARC for all of you, but my plans were ruined when from out of nowhere my husband’s cat Miss Slutty-McSlut-A-Lot showed up, having seen me taking photos and deciding she had to butt her way into the whole thing, ruining it.

(Slutty has been REALLY bad lately, bringing birds and tree rats into the house through her cat door, LIVE, to play with. It’s like the movie Paranormal Activity where I live, only instead of demons, we have birds and rats popping out all over the place when we least expect it. Like, quietly eating oatmeal, watching Robin Meade on Headline News. Oh, there’s a BIRD flying around the room.)

Anyway, I was like, “GET OUT! GET OUT OF THE PICTURE!”

And she was all, “What? Is someone saying something? I can’t hear you. Don’t I look great? Look at my butt. Did you happen to see my incredible butt?”

So then I tried to put the book in her paws so at least she could be useful and look like she was reading it.

But she was like, “Stop touching me. I’m a star.”

Then she got mad that I was making her work and she walked away.

Anyway, the new cover is AMAZING.

The older book covers are getting makeovers too.

I heart them. Especially Stage Fright, because it really captures Allie’s longing to be a star (much like Slutty’s…only Allie isn’t as in love with her butt, of course).

Anyway, if you have a book review blog and you want a sneak peek at Glitter Girls (I KNOW! Glitterati! Twirltacular!), email me with your name, the link to your blog, and a snail mail address where we can ship the book, and I’ll send you a copy someday soon! (You will be notified if an ARC is coming your way. I have only limited supplies. My publisher is sending some out, too, though, so we’ll try to combine our efforts.)

Also, I just realized that I totally forgot—I never sent out copies of Stage Fright (except to teachers and librarians)!

So if you have a book review blog and you want a copy of Stage Fright (the ACTUAL book), I’ll send you one of those, too! (Please specify which book you want, Glitter Girls, Stage Fright, or both.)

In other news…some people have pointed out that Mia’s latest blog entry is ever so slightly reminiscent of the first chapter of a certain book I wrote.

All I have to say about that is, obviously when you’ve written as many books as I have, a few things are bound to come true (and may already have)! I can’t help it if Mia’s life is imitating my art.

Truth really is stranger than fiction.

Poor, poor Mia. I wonder what will happen to her (not to mention poor Allie) next.

More later.

Much love,