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Photo Shoot!

montage-2I recently got all glammed up and walked around Seattle’s gorgeous Queen Anne neighborhood while the amazingly talented photographer, and dear friend, Wendi Parierra, worked her magic. Which shot should I use for the book jacket of THE LOOK OF LOVE?

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LOL-catalogI love getting surprises in the mail. Today, I received a package from my publisher, Penguin/Plume, with a hot-off-the-press copy of their fall 2014 catalog. And guess whose novel makes an exciting appearance on the cover, with a two-page spread inside? Yep—THE LOOK OF LOVE, my seventh novel with Penguin, which I’m just finishing writing now. I can’t stop staring at those green eyes.

A little secret that I’ll share: The original cover featured blue eyes, but I felt that my character’s eyes should be green, like mine (an author gets to be, occasionally, bossy about these things!). So the artist changed them. And don’t they look great (though mine are more sea-foam than emerald)? Jane, my character, is intrepidly curious, a little sad, searching, seeking, wondering, hoping, trying to make sense of this great beautiful mess that is life, and also fierce, in her own quiet way.

She’s a lot like me.

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THE LOOK OF LOVE LR--webI’m so excited to share the cover for THE LOOK OF LOVE, my fall 2014 novel with Penguin. This is, without a doubt, my favorite novel and cover to date, and I can’t wait to share the story with the world. For now, here’s a quick peek at the text on the book jacket:

“Born during a Christmas blizzard, Jane Williams receives a rare gift: the ability to literally see true love. Jane has emerged from an ailing childhood a lonely, hopeless romantic when, on her twenty-ninth birthday, she receives a card from a mysterious woman. Jane must identify the six types of love before sunset on her thirtieth birthday, or face grave consequences. When Jane falls for a science writer who doesn’t believe in love, she fears that her fate is sealed. Inspired by the classic song, The Look of Love will utterly enchant Sarah Jio’s rapidly growing fanbase.”

Audio rights have already sold (so exciting to this author, given that, er, it’s not quite done yet!), and the story is available for pre-order on Amazon now (and soon at other sites).

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Here I am, rocking the “O” and the “K” at the King County Library’s Literary Lions Gala last weekend, along with a bunch of my author friends who clearly loved to ham it up in front of the camera (I’m talking about you, Cat Patrick, Amy Hatvany, and Carol Cassella!). True story: I tripped on the red carpet shortly after this. Anyone who knows me, will just nod and smile at this revelation. I am completely, 100 percent, clumsy. But, boy did we have fun that night!

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Baskin-Robbins!

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I have no idea why it took me seven years into motherhood to take my boys to Baskin-Robbins (bad mom! And yes, I’m a bit of a health nut) but I did over the weekend and the result was total bliss. Hello pink bubble gum, orange sherbet and strawberry.

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