Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Love Blind's release & Why I'm Grateful for Jolene

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray! The day for LOVE BLIND's release is finally here. The journey of this book has been a long one, and if you'd like to read more about it, you can do that here. Suffice it to say, we first wrote this book in a series of back and forth emails and a Word doc in 2011 before I'd ever met my collaboration partner Jolene Perry in real life. 

A few things you need to know about the book: 
1. This is probably the "lightest" book I've ever written. (Though fair warning, everything is relative and I'm me so don't think it's all kittens and unicorns. SLJ said, "it hits hard, exploring issues such as depression, homosexuality, and loss of virginity." But truthfully, it's quite a bit lighter than my other books. Oh Christa. )
2. I wrote Kyle's part, Jolene wrote Hailey's part. We wrote a lot on top of each other's parts. It was messy and fun and Jolene is the easiest collaboration partner a person could ask for.
3. This is the closest to a "happily ever after" that I've ever gotten. It was not really meant to be a love story when we started off. If you ever meet me in real life, I'll tell you how much this book changed from start to finish. (Fair warning again: "love story" is a relative term for me and I doubt anyone will be doing any swooning. I'm not really the swoon kind of writer. Poor Jolene. She writes a lot of swoony guys, and this time I made it next to impossible for her. Heh.)

And now I will make a list of my absolute favorite things about Jolene and why I'm so lucky to have her in my life:

1. Every time I call her she's in the midst of doing some project for someone else. I have never known anyone who is so willing to step in and lend a hand to whatever endeavor. 
I have no idea what Jo is doing here but this is not unusual behavior.
 2. Jolene is one of probably 4 liberals in her town in Alaska. She's married to a dude who prosecutes sex crimes and they are a real-deal love story. Also, while I'm wandering around Chicago walking my dog and taking my kids to the library, Jo and her husband are doing things like snow machining. Or whatever. ALASKA!
This is Jo & her husband. They live in this place with woods!
3. Jolene writes love stories, but more importantly Jolene writes about girls who make bad choices and who have a million reasons why they should probably give up and then they figure out a way to keep going. This is her central project as a writer and if you know anything about Jolene's relationship with her daughter, you know that lifting that girl up and making her believe that anything/everything is possible is Jo's central project in life.

I mean, for real, aren't they the cutest?
4. Jolene is one of the most chatty and warm people I have ever met. We have made our way to SCBWI in LA for several years because it's the halfway point between Alaska and Chicago and Jo manages to draw in everyone. She is hilarious and infectious and incredibly creative and easy to talk to. And probably the most important of all, she is up for whatever nonsense I am dropping at her feet.
With Jolene at the Bean when she decided to drop her life and finally come meet me here. 
So here's the book description:

Shy high schooler Kyle Jamieson and Hailey Bosler, a musician with degenerative blindness, team up to tackle a bucket list of greatest fears in this compelling novel that explores what it means to take risks.

It starts with a list of fears. Stupid things really. Things that Hailey shouldn t worry about, wouldn t worry about if she didn t wake up every morning with the world a little more blurry. Unable to see her two moms clearly. Unable to read the music for her guitar. One step closer to losing the things she cares about the most. 

For a while, the only thing that keeps Hailey moving forward is the feeling she gets when she crosses something off the list. Then she meets Kyle. He mumbles when he talks at all and listens to music to drown out his thoughts. He's loaded down with fears, too. So Hailey talks him into making his own list. 

Together, they stumble into an odd friendship, helping each other tackle one after another of their biggest fears. But fate and timing can change everything. And sometimes facing your worst fear makes you realize you had nothing to lose after all.

And here's where you can buy it: IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon



93 comments:

Jolene Perry said...

You made me cry a little, in the best possible way. Love you, friend.

M.J. Fifield said...

This book is coming up next in my reading queue. Can't wait...

Congratulations to you both!

googlemediaseo said...


I liked your blog very muchDigital MarketingBy the next afternoon I'm kissing on the bit to bring it back. This is a great blogspot theme, where you can find the best themes and latest designs. very nice. But you know that this is the right time to start your business with Google Media Website Development

play bazaar said...

A job sometimes defines a lot to people everywhere.You spend about 40 hours a great deal of time at work each week. It is not uncommon for someone to spend most of their waking hours at their job.play bazaar This is why you must look for a job all the more serious. Use the advice here to guide you.satta king

MONK said...

makasih atas artikelnya,


visit our website href="https://ittelkom-jkt.ac.id/"

href="http://akademitelkom.ac.id/"

James Williams said...

Very nice blog, Thanks for sharing great article.
You are providing wonderful information, it is very useful to us.
Keep posting like this informative articles.
Thank you.

From: Field Engineer
Get to know about network security firewall.

Abbie Wright said...

Hello admin, This side Jessica! This is my first visit to your article post! This is my first comment here and trust me you are really best of this topic field, so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I genuinely enjoy reading your articles. Thank you so much for posting this niche and share with us. Australia Assignment Help - Assignment Help Adelaide - Assignment Help - Assignment Help Brisbane

Abbie Wright said...

I was exceptionally satisfied to discover this very helpful article and I needed to thank you so much for this extraordinary read post and I have you bookmarked to look at new stuff you releases. I am impressed by the this superb info that you have on this blog. It shows how well you understand this niche. Thanks for the sharing again. pharmacology assignment help - property law assignment help - customer relationship management assignment help - oracle assignment help

Unknown said...

I blog often and I truly appreciate your content.
야설
Feel free to visit my blog :
야설

Unknown said...

This great article has truly peaked my interest.
일본야동
Feel free to visit my blog : 일본야동

Unknown said...

I’m going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new details about once per week.
국산야동
Feel free to visit my blog : 국산야동

Unknown said...

I subscribed to your Feed too.
일본야동
Feel free to visit my blog : 일본야동

Unknown said...


Hi there! This article could not be written much better!
야설
Feel free to visit my blog : 야설

rajkumarias said...

The ISO 9001 certification is highly recommended for all types of organizations in Singapore, irrespective of size & category. ISO 9001 Certification in Singapore | Quality Management | Audit and Reports | certificate in record time | Simple-Transparent | Contact:enquiry@iascertification.com. Call @+6531591803

oncasinosite said...

Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on blogs I stumbleupon on a daily basis. It’s always interesting to read articles from other authors and practice something from their web sites. Feel free to visit my website; 온라인카지노

oncasinosite said...

I am interested in this area if you are a great site but know some community forums. I think it should be a good opportunity to get feedback from others who are experienced. Feel free to visit my website; 온라인카지노

oncasinosite said...

I don’t even understand how I stopped up here, but I thought this submit used to be good. I do not realize who you are but definitely you’re going to a well-known blogger in case you are not already. Feel free to visit my website; 바카라사이트

oncasinosite said...

Such an interesrting and essential topic that everyone should know this. keep posting Feel free to visit my website; 온라인카지노

John Wick said...

One of the best Top Cosmetics brand "colour cosmetics" Providing high quality products in the lowest prices in the market.

diamond glow elegant whitening beauty milk
nutriclair lightening glycerin
neutrlab website
camille rose oud rich infusion hair oil
hair chemist coconut oil serum
daggett and ramsdell eye fade cream
dh7 lightening cream

John Wick said...

tgin miracle repair serum
hollywood curl cold wave solution kit-hollywood perm kit
pure glow soap
kinky curly seriously smooth prep & protect
tgin miracle repair anti breakage serum
queen helene placenta hot oil treatment
jane carter incredible curls cream
extreme glow strong lightening serum

John Wick said...

pure white cosmetic gold glowing
tgin miracle repair anti-breakage serum
magic wave curved palm brush
carotein serum
cocoa glow supreme brightening milk reviews
nutriclair glycerine
neutrogena oil balancing daily exfoliator
radiant glow solutions
neutrlab hair products

John Wick said...

brown maxima
wild cherry by adore
dark and lovely 394
worlds of curls spray
extreme glow website
benjamins bay rum
extreme glow serum
carrot glow soap

John Wick said...

What a blog, I really like to thank blog author for the wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.
one of the top uk cosmetics products for skin care. Must try these, Highly Recommended.

indian healing clay
gorilla snot
creme of nature
shea moisture uk
jerome russell silver toner
chear


brylcreem gel cream
dudu osun

Masonethan said...


Do you write to research a paper writing topic? A useful way to find a topic that makes one want to write a good research topic is to use a topic you've already written about. Take one of the essays you wrote for this particular easy research paper topic and see if you can elaborate on the topic. How much more detail can you add? Has there been any new research on that topic? In academia, it is quite common to broaden and deepen your previous research, so you can start now. Running out of topics to write? Check out a good topic for a research paper that can help you to choose the right research paper topic.

Cris Jordan said...

Our Chemistry Homework Help online allows you to get answers to all of your questions promptly. You can submit your query and receive assignment help within an itemized timeframe. If you need 100% correct answers in a short amount of time, online assignment help is the only way to choose.

bilyhank said...

I am really impressed with your posted content. In fact, it is really helpful to know what is going in outside the world. Reading this post series, I feel better in my thinking ability. I have the broad area development concept to do something better in the explanation attribute. I like to connect to you with Assignment Help Service provision for better remarks. Keep it an appreciable post.

Masonethan said...


Nice! We provide you the best thesis writing service you can get online. We have many years of experience in thesis writing. We have successfully handled many thesis projects in our life and are still working on some. We are well-versed in thesis assistants and can offer you high quality thesis writing service at a cheap price. If you are facing any issue with your Thesis Assistant feel free to contact me, I will help you.

Jone Marsh said...

Superb information for Business Law Assignment Help . Students need the online business law assignment help that fits their budget and offers them all the benefits of hiring experts. We understand that students are concerned about their assignment work; this is why we offer various benefits like We have subject experts in all the fields, so you don't need to wander here and there for other subject help.

Unknown said...

Great work. Do you want help with case study assignment help? sourceessay.com will be ideal place to explore numerous blog on different subjects. Best essay writing service Adelaide

Essien said...


You’re in point of fact a good webmaster. The web site loading pace is amazing. It kind of feels that you are doing any distinctive trick. Cheers! Meanwhile, the contents are masterwork. Thank you for sharing. visit dui post utme past questions and answers pdf

iftikhar said...

I feel extremely cheerful to have seen your post. I found the most beautiful and fascinating one. I am really extremely glad to visit your post. Tyler the creator merch

Motherhood University said...

I found a Very interesting post so keep posting it.
Best University for Pharmacy in Uttarakhand

Best University for MBA in Roorkee

Motherhood University said...

Best University for Teacher Education in Uttarakhand

Macmillermerchstore said...

Palm Angels Clothing Official Shop for Palm Angels hoodies and shirts. Get Amazing Hoodies and shirts with Big Discount. Fast Shipping.

palm angels hoodie

Unknown said...

เว็บสล็อตออนไลน์ BETFLIX เกมสล็อต ฟรีเครดิต โบนัสเครดิต เข้าเล่น แทงบอลสด แทงบอลมือถือ เกมยิงปลา บาคาร่า รูเล็ต หวยออนไลน์ สมัครสมาชิกใหม่ รับโบนัส 50% ฝากขั้นต่ำ 100 บาท ถอนขั้นต่ำ 100 บาท BETFLIX ฝากถอน ได้ตลอด 24 ชั่วโมง.

토토사이트 said...

Your writing is perfect and complete. 메리트카지노 However, I think it will be more wonderful if your post includes additional topics that I am thinking of. I have a lot of posts on my site similar to your topic. Would you like to visit once?


casinosite24.com said...

As I website possessor I believe the content material here is rattling great , appreciate it for your hard work. You should keep it up forever! Best of luck. 카지노사이트

baccaratsite.top said...

Very good blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? I’m planning to start my own site soon but I’m a little lost on everything. 바카라사이트

casinositezone.com said...

I really like your writing so so much! percentage we keep in touch more about your post on AOL? I require a specialist in this house to solve my problem. May be that is you! Having a look ahead to peer you. 토토사이트

baccaratsite.biz said...

I really appreciate this post. I have been looking all over for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You have made my day! Thanks again! 카지노사이트

unknown said...

Why couldn't I have the same or similar opinions as you? T^T I hope you also visit my blog and give us a good opinion.casino online

Luckymeiseeghosts said...

Buy genuine medical gloves in Malaysia at very low cost. Top quality gloves is the leading manufacturers and wholesale supplier of medical gloves, exam gloves, surgery gloves in bulk in malaysia. To know price of medical gloves call us on +60 16 332 5611

Industrial gloves

merchstore said...

amazing post as always thanks for sharing keep up the good workFear Of God Essentials Hoodie

iftikhar said...

Great this site and its information is very well.Thanks for sharing information such a great another people guide.
vlone

merchstore said...

great post thanks for sharing keep up the good work juice wrld hoodie

Luckymeiseeghosts said...

BBC Shirt Official Billionaire Boys Club shirt for Men and Women. Get official clothing with big discount and fast shipping.
Faze shirt

Emarketedu said...

Thanks for your marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you could be a great author. I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back in the foreseeable future. I want to encourage you to continue your great posts, have a nice afternoon! Digital Marketing Courses in Bangalore with Placement

treu skincare said...

treu skincare
This paraben and wax-free formula offers intense moisturizing, styling manageability, lightweight hold, frizz control and shine. Elongate and define curls for softer, shinier hair after this...

amethyst chrome hair dye said...

amethyst chrome hair dye
Complete your look with striking colour intensity. Discover maximum colour depth with cool tones, metallic shine and an anti-fade effect. Metallic Shine Booster - The Metallic...

Black SkinCare said...

Black SkinCare
Topiclear Shea Butter Cream is a rich moisturizer enriched with vitamin E, natural shea butter, aloe vera, and other vital emollients to help soften, soothe and...

Active Argan said...

Active Argan
The argan oil properties in this cream will boost the lightning effect and helps to reduce pigmentation disorders. The complexion will be clearer, lighter, and uniform....

Unknown said...

Visit ij.start.canon | ij.start canon and find out the best way to download Canon printer drivers.Canon printers are ideal for every situation wherever you need a document, paper, or photo print or even if you wish to scan, fax, and do more.

Once you are done with the driver setup via
canon.com/ijsetup , you will have to insert a pile of pages into the printer tray for printing the documents. But it is important to know how to correctly load the pages into the tray for avoiding all the printing errors.

lordwilliam said...

Homework help: You can now buy you Murdoch University Assignment Help, made by expert writers with professional experience in the field!.

Luckymeiseeghosts said...

Lucky Me I See Ghosts Official Store for real fans Hoodie Shirt and more. Get save up to 50% big discounts with Fast Shipping worldwide.
lucky me i see ghost

Unknown said...

Ij start canon and find out the best way to download Canon printer drivers.
Ij.start.cannon | Ij.start.canon | canon.com/ijsetup

technologies said...

I am working as a SEO Analyst.My blog gives information about latest technologies and IT Courses.
movierulz

James Martin said...




What a great blog provide the information of Assignment Help Service In Ireland . Such a difficult task to complete the assignment during the exam period. So you can uncomeatable feel complete the assignment, contact us our support team. Our Academic Writer provides the best solution for other company.

Unknown said...

Pretty useful article. I merely stumbled upon your internet site and wanted to say that I’ve very favored learning your weblog posts. Any signifies I’ll be subscribing with your feed and I hope you publish once additional soon. 메이저사이트

assignment help said...

Need english assignment help to top grades? English is one subject that might seem easy but won’t turn out to be so. OnlineAssignmenthelp.com offers par excellence english assignment help to students.

Unknown said...

Golf Wang Converse Products From Golf Wang Store Official® Website. Shop Hoodies, Shirts, Jackets, Shoes. ? FAST DELIVERY ? Amazing DISCOUNTS.

Rittu Mittal said...

Thank you for sharing

Rittu Mittal said...

ISO 22301:2012 LEAD AUDITOR TRAINING
Thank you for sharing

pologmerch said...

Polo G Merch Shop for real fans Hoodie, T-Shirt & Sweatshirt official store. Get Amazing High-Quality with Fast Shipping worldwide 50% off.
polo g merch

Unknown said...

Hello! Nice to meet you, I say . The name of the community I run is 안전놀이터추천, and the community I run contains articles similar to your blog. If you have time, I would be very grateful if you visit my site .

Unknown said...

The vacation trades offered are evaluated a variety of in the chosen and simply good value all around the world. Those hostels are normally based towards households which you’ll find accented via charming shores promoting crystal-clear fishing holes, concurrent of one’s Ocean. Hotels Discounts 메이저사이트

Unknown said...

Follow cricut.com/setup and it is the online portal that allows you to set up your Cricut machine. A most advanced Cricut machine is best in cutting shapes, text, and photos. It doesn’t only make cuts on card stock or vinyl but adhesive foil, faux leather, balsa wood, and more. So how do you start your circuit machine? You have to download Cricut setup from cricut.come/setup then connect your machine and software to get started.

pologmerch said...

Essentials Hoodies is the official store and Hoodie Outfits 7th collection. Get Amazing Essentials Hoodies with a Big Discount Fast Shipping.
essentials hoodies

assignment help said...

Assessment is a very stringent task often given to students no matter what their type of subjects. Do you wish someone to write your assessment? Are you unable to get an instant assessment help after rummaging the internet for a long time? That is why you should rely on the top-notch assessment help services from OnlineAssignmentWriter.com.

Assignment Help Australia said...

Are you struggling to get the Assignment Help Australia? You shouldn’t! Get the best quality Assignment Help from experts with Ph.D. and master's degrees. Visit our website now to know more about our services.

Assignment Help Australia said...

Writing a great quality assignment is tough if you are not familiar about professional writing. This is the reason why Assignment Help Sydney is a prominent choice of aspirants across the world. We have a team of brilliant writers and professional staffs who can handle all your assignment help related query to make your assignment proficient. Our writers have delivered thousands of assignments to students of colleges and universities. We have covered more than 100 subjects and our certified writers are professional enough to make a great quality assignment. So, if you are in Sydney and looking for the best assignment help Sydney writers, we can give you the best service.

Assignment Help Australia said...

What in case you have to write something around 1000 words, like a blog post or an article? How Many Pages is 1000 Words? The answer to the query relies on the medium of those 1000 words. The number of pages for a certain number of words relies on the font, margins, spacing, size, and paragraph structure. The last format of your writing piece, whether it is a published book, or printed word file a page on a website, or an article in a magazine, additionally matters. Page count is also a required component of an academic assignment or business article or something that you can monitor for a personal reason. Hire our best essay writer to write your assignment or essay brilliantly.

Do Assignment Help said...

Wow! Awesome blog you posted here. Really informative and easy to read. I visited your blog for the first time but I must say great words you choose in your blog. Like you I am also here to promote my Assignment help online website organically. So kindly visit my blog and give me suggestions on how I can improve my website more.

Hihihi said...

슬롯커뮤니티

singapore assignment help said...

Thank you for this wonderful information share and excellent information providing by your article, do my assignment

david anderson said...

Availability of assignment help service lets you free from unwanted worries as you cannot make the free decision. If you want to keep more information to make your subject better understood, then you should connect with us.

Eminem Merch said...

This is a great feature for sharing this informative message. I am impressed by the knowledge.
essentials hoodie

Rose Black said...

When managing college tasks becomes difficult, seeking online essay help is a sensible decision. Students frequently miss deadlines for submitting assignments and receive poor grades as a result. That's when online homework help comes in handy. Most assignment experts are reasonably priced, and students can use them without sacrificing other necessities. Websites offer various plans and bundles that make assignment assistance reasonable. The money you spend on online assignment expert services is completely justified.

studyhelpme said...

Unique problems need unique and affordable solutions. If you are looking for the best and most reliable Homework Help UK, look no further! Our experts at Study Help Me have real experience of helping students with all their academic problems. You just have to get in touch with our experts via the website Studyhelpme.com and hand over your mundane and incessant homework to them. They will meticulously complete your homework on time and at a very affordable rate adhering to all the instructions you share to ensure you the top scores and the best accolades. With Study Help Me available for you around the clock, you can be sure to have a stress-free academic life.

Jone Marsh said...

Law Assignment Help experts can deliver the assignment within the given timeframe. Thus, the medium includes academic assignments helpers who work dedicatedly, efficiently, and flexibly, and know various methods and techniques of the conception. However, students can instantly contact our writers at affordable prices.

MalaysiaAssignmentHelp said...

If you're in need of the Case Study Help in Malaysia, then visit Malaysiaassignmenthelp.com and get your case studies completed by the expert academic writers which will help you scoring good results.

Nelson Lima said...

Is assignment work trouble you? Don’t worry and take QQi assignment help. We are here to help you, we provide assignment help service to the Ireland student and make them stress-free from their assignment burden at a very low cost.

Hdpcgames said...

demon’s souls download
wifi password hacker crack
videoscribe crack
autodesk 3ds max crack
Ultimate Defrag Crack
new gangster movies
dmitrirender crack
adobe illustrator crack
icloud remover crack
protonvpn crack

Hazel Drew said...

Similarly, writing a research proposal is a difficult assignment that students must complete before writing their thesis paper. They must outline the entire thesis writing process as well as the topic's goal. It comprises the target audience as well as the topics that will be explored in the next paper. To accomplish so, it goes through the key points of the study as well as the relevant research procedures. For students who are unable to complete the entire procedure, this can be a stressful Endeavour. However, with our expert research proposal help, you will be able to simply face this difficulty without exerting any effort. We provide high-quality assignment answers with original material at a reasonable price. With our help, meeting deadlines isn't a problem.

gthcf6rtyihbjn said...

You provided us with some excellent information that I appreciate you sharing.
https://abusinesstalk.com/

pologmerch said...


thanks for sharing this amazing post
Ariana Grande Merch

pologmerch said...

Great Post. Thanks for the information.
amiriclothing

Lanvin Official said...


I have read this article it's just a awesome. I am litterly Impressed. Amazing Blog or article Gallery Dept.


I have read this article it's just a awesome. I am litterly Impressed. Amazing Blog or article Gallery Dept.

Peter said...

Love Blind's is a very amazing book. This is one of my favorite books of mine. According to the author, this one is his lightest book ever. Now it's time to avail airport chauffeur service for more information.

David said...

I read this blog. Its informative and useful content. This book is good. Your writing technique is impressive and enjoyable to read. Keep sharing more information about this book. Now it's time to get interior demolition for more information.

Sruthi Karan said...

This is a very interesting blog and got more knowledge to read this post. Thanks for sharing this informative post.
bankruptcy law near me

assignment helper said...

Thanks For Visit my blog I agree with the majority of the points in this Blog. best assignment helper

marketingwiththor said...

Thanks For Visit my blog I agree with the majority of the points in this Blog.IDX Real Estate Wordpress Plugin

marketingwiththor said...

Thanks For Visit my blog I agree with the majority of the points in this Blog.
Single Property Sites