Friday, March 30, 2012

Exciting News - Another "Cupcake" Book!!

This was in PW Children's Bookshelf yesterday:

Lisa Schroeder (The Day Before) has signed with Simon & Schuster for two new books. Annette Pollert at Simon Pulse has acquired her fifth YA novel, Falling for You, which will pub in spring 2013. Her first YA novel not in verse, it tells the story of a teen girl who relives the love of a dangerous boy as she hovers between life and death. At Aladdin, Alyson Heller signed Schroeder for Frosting and Friendship, a companion novel to It’s Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets. Scheduled for fall 2013, it’s about a girl who wishes she shared her friend’s talent for baking. Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger brokered the deals, both for world rights.

I announced Falling For You last week, But Frosting and Friendship is brand new news,  and I am SO EXCITED! Like, this is me right now:

I need to say a big thank you to all of the kids, parents, teachers and librarians who have bought and shared and loved It's Raining Cupcakes and Sprinkles and Secrets. It's because of YOU there will be another book! Writers can only keep writing when there is a demand, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for embracing Isabel and Sophie so there can be another book.

I don't want to say too much about the third book, because I am still writing it, and that's a fragile place to be. First and foremost, I need to get lost in the story and FINISH it!! But I can tell you the main character is Lily, and she is a disaster in the kitchen, but longs to be a great baker like Sophie and Isabel, who are in the book a lot too.

So excited for 2013! Now... back to that book!!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Cupcake Madness Recap

I'm flying home today, after a fun weekend in Narragansett, Rhode Island. I had a great school visit on Friday with all the kids at Narragansett Elementary School. Yesterday, I signed books at the Cupcake Madness event, put on by Friends of Hazard Castle. Toward the end of the day, I got to taste nine cupcakes and assist in naming the best cupcake in Rhode Island, which went to Patticakes, for their green velvet mint cupcake.

Friday was beautiful and I spent the entire afternoon outside. People were actually sun bathing on the beach. It was a perfect day - warm, sunny and no wind. Today is a different story, which is good, because it makes me even happier to be going home.

I ate at Crazy Burger not once, but twice, so got in some good food while I was here as well.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some pictures I took at the Cupcake Madness event:

Yep, as some of you said, it was a tough job, but somebody had to do it.

Have a great week!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Announcing my 2013 YA novel

YAY! We have a title! And a very, very short description.

This is supposed to run in Publisher's Marketplace one of these days:

Lisa Schroeder's FALLING FOR YOU, about a teen girl who relives the love of a dangerous boy, and unravels the secrets that haunt her family, as she hovers between life and death, searching for light amid the darkness--and a reason to hold on, to Annette Pollert at Simon Pulse by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger, to be published in Spring, 2013.

I worked really, really hard on this book and I hope my readers like it. It's different for me - it's not in verse, although there is some poetry sprinkled throughout. It's also sort of a mystery -- from the first page, the reader knows something bad has happened to the main character, but it's not revealed what's happened and how it happened until the end of the book.

I finished line edits last month and I'm frantically working on copy edits right now, so we're still working hard to make it the best book it can be. Stay tuned in the coming months, when I'll tell you how you can read a sneak peek of FALLING FOR YOU long before the release date!

Happy Monday!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

I get to be a cupcake judge!!

Yes, it's true! My wonderful job gets even better!

On Sunday, March 25th, I will be at an event called Cupcake Madness in Narragansett, Rhode Island. It's a fun, family event where you can walk around and taste cupcakes made by some of the best bakers in the state of Rhode Island.

Here's a picture of the strawberry lemonade cupcake that took home the title of "Best Cupcake" last year! Doesn't it look delicious??

I will be on a panel of judges who determines which is THE best cupcake after a timed bake-off of the finalists!

I've never been to Rhode Island, so I'm really excited about this trip. Along with Cupcake Madness on Sunday, I'll be doing a school visit on Friday, and Saturday night I go out to dinner with a family who won the opportunity to dine with me in a raffle prize drawing.

Along with eating delicious cupcakes, I'll be signing books (IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES and SPRINKLES AND SECRETS), which you can buy at the event from the local, independent bookstore, Wakefield Books.

To read more about the event, click HERE. I hope if you're in the area, you will come, eat cupcakes and say hi!

Monday, March 12, 2012

From my mail

Here are a few lovely snippets from my mail the past few weeks. Thank you for your awesome notes, readers!

"My two favorite things are reading and playing my instrument. You are the only author that has written back to me." ~Sabrina

"My friend told me It's Raining Cupcakes was a great book. She was totally right." ~Abby

"Your books are the ones I can read like ten times and not get tired of them." ~Katie

"I love It's Raining Cupcakes. All the characters are totally lovable and the idea is awesome. I'm from Oregon and not many books take place in Oregon, so I like that too!" ~Anne

"Do you think you could make a third book about Sophie and Isabel?" ~Mia

"I really loved your book I Heart You, You Haunt Me. I normally won't read a book, I would rather read comics." ~Renne

"I have read all of your books. The Day Before is by far your best, in my opinion. Something about that book is just so powerful. And I am very picky about books!" ~Sarabeth

"It was at the book fair a year ago I got I Heart You, You Haunt Me. Today we went to the book fair and I saw your last name, Schroeder, and I ran to my teacher and said, I found another book from my favorite author!" ~Maya

Read on!!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Thankful Thursday

I have been a horrible blogger.

Life has just been crazy busy lately. Appointments right and left for all kinds of different, not very fun, things, along with sickness and work and kids and the dog... I keep dreaming of summer, my favorite time of year, when things slow down a bit.

This morning, I'm sitting here with a nasty cold, and taking a moment to relax for a few minutes. I'm looking out at the blooming camellia bush in the backyard, thankful we get warm sunshine and beautiful blue skies today. If I can muster up the energy later, I'm sure a walk in the sunshine would feel really, really nice.

I am thankful for a little good news this week.

I am thankful for my agent, and my editors.

I am thankful for all of my readers, and the teachers and librarians who are so supportive of me and my books. It was a lot of fun to do six Skype visits yesterday with kids all across the country to celebrate World Read Aloud day.

I am thankful for a job that is somewhat flexible, so I can take the time when I need to in order to take care of myself and my family.

I am thankful for the banana bread I made yesterday that goes really well with the gallons of tea I'm drinking.

I am thankful the dog's leg is getting better, slowly but surely. I hope she can recover fully. Think I'll end with a picture of Stormy, because there's nothing like a cute dog picture, right?

Have a great weekend!