So I admit it. I’ve been keeping a secret from you. One that I’ve been desperate to reveal, but have had to keep to myself until the time was right (AND until it was announced to the publishing industry!) But now I can safely announce my secret to you at last, and it’s a doozy: I’m writing a new book!
It’s called THE RULES OF SUMMER and is about two 17 year-old girls living in the same beachfront mansion in East Hampton for the summer, one “upstairs” (the daughter of a very blue-blooded family) and one “downstairs” (the niece of the family’s housekeeper.) Isabel is the privileged daughter who’s used to having guys fall at her feet. Rory is the no-nonsense girl from a small New Jersey town who’s always been the friend, never the girlfriend. Besides becoming each other’s unlikely allies, both Rory and Isabel have a summer romance that will change her life. Expect a story about friendship, family, and first love (i.e. what happens after that amazing first kiss.) Poppy, the amazing publisher of The Daughters series, will be releasing the book in May of 2013. I’m thrilled to be working with the folks at Poppy on this new book, and I’m especially excited to be writing a book set in East Hampton, where I spent many a memorable summer (or two) in my teens.
If you’re not familiar with the Hamptons, they are a cluster of towns at the very eastern tip of Long Island, about a two and a half hour drive from New York City. It’s an area lined with pristine beaches, dotted with sky-blue ponds, and filled with some spectacular homes that rise up above the corn and potato fields. It’s also known for becoming a miniature version of Manhattan on summer weekends (complete with bumper-to-bumper traffic and tres expensive shopping.) My main reason for coming to New York this fall was so that I could go back there to do some research, and finally, last weekend, I did. Here’s a little taste of what it looked like:
I loved every minute of it. I walked on the (empty) beaches, drove past some jaw-dropping homes, attended a cocktail party for the Hamptons Film Festival, and ate at the very cool, very shabby-chic American Hotel in Sag Harbor, which is like stepping back a hundred years in time. And, of course, I got tons of great ideas for my next book. For me, getting a setting just right is crucial, because it always winds up becoming another character in the book. Just like New York City does in The Daughters. And speaking of The Daughters….
THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY COMES OUT IN 2 WEEKS! (It might even be out before November 8th, but that is the official “pub” date, so that’s what I’m stickin’ with!) I can’t wait for everyone to meet Emma Conway, the newest Daughter. At fifteen, Emma has never fit in with her high-achieving family. Her purple hair dye and lack of interest in school has always made her the “problem” child. Then her senator dad announces that he’s running for president. In a world where image means everything, will Emma have to change into the perfect First Kid to help her dad get elected? Thankfully she has Lizzie, Carina, and Hudson to help her make the right decisions.
We’ll be celebrating the release of THE DAUGHTERS JOIN THE PARTY on November 8th from 6 – 8 p.m. at Books of Wonder in New York City. Please come for a reading, signing, and, yes, cupcakes. Details are on my Facebook page and in the Events section of my website. I’ll also be doing a signing at the lovely Diane’s Books in Greenwich, CT and at the wonderful RJ Julia Booksellers in Madison, CT. (More info on FB and on this website.) Hope to see you there!
Also: giveaways of signed copies of The Daughters Join the Party, The Daughters Take the Stage, and all four of The Daughters books in hardcover will be happening very, very soon on Facebook – stay tuned!
I hope all of you are well and having one heck of an October. Here’s one little shot before I go, because, well, I think it’s cute: