Hi everyone! I hope you guys are having a wonderful pre-Fourth of July week. So, big news – I just got the cover of the next (and last) Daughters book sent to me by my publisher, and I had to share! Here it is!
Isn’t it pretty?? Designer Tracy Shaw did such a beautiful job once again – thank you, Tracy! And as you can see, there’s a Fourth Daughter who’ll be joining the group: Emma Conway, daughter of New York Senator Adam Conway. (That’s her on the far right.) Emma is tired of living in a family of over-achievers – especially because she isn’t one. When her dad tells his family that he plans to run for President, she feels intense pressure to be the Perfect First Daughter. But luckily, she’s met Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson, who know firsthand what intense pressure and expectations are all about! I don’t want to give too much away, but The Daughters Join the Party will be out in November.
Other than that, I’ve been in front of my computer most days, listening to an ever-growing playlist and working on an outline for the Next Book. Working on something new is exciting, but it also requires that you sort of act like Thought Cop, banishing any and all negative thoughts from your mind when you sit down to work. I’m talking about those doozies like “Is this any good?“, “Do I know what I’m doing?” or my favorite “Maybe I should take today off...” Some days being Thought Cop is harder than others. But I guess that’s kind of the trick with life, isn’t it? Learning to turn down the negative and turn up the good stuff. In my case, the good stuff has been a LOT of 80’s and 90’s pop. Like Roxy Music and the Eurythmics and even some really old stuff like Dire Straits’ “Romeo and Juliet” and Kate Bush’s “This Woman’s Work” and Billy Joel’s “Summer, Highland Falls” (but only the live version, from Songs in the Attic, but you probably don’t care about that…)
Anyway, Edie is scratching at my leg, and demanding my attention – as usual. I think that’s it for me tonight. Happy 4th of July, and I wish you all a great weekend!!