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Book Talking Dreaming Anastasia

Got to chat about books and Dreaming Anastasia with my school's National English Honor Society. Check it out here: http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2009/09/book-talking-dreaming-anastasia.html

The Best Birthday Ever

Did a book signing on my birthday yesterday and it was honestly so much fun. Plus I raffled off more Dreaming Anastasia t shirts! 4 lucky winners!! Check it out here:
http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2009/09/best-birthday-ever.html
The t shirts have been a big hit. So I'll be raffling some off again this weekend when I sign on Saturday 9/26 at Barnes and Noble on 1960 at Champions Forest in Houston. If you're local, come see me!! And check out the picture of the t shirts and the rest of my amazing witticisms here: http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2009/09/come-see-me-win-t-shirt.html

Feeling the Dreaming Anastasia Love

It's been an amazing couple of weeks since Dreaming Anastasia launched on 9/1. Just wanted to give some thanks and post some pics from the reception my school library held in my honor. (the cake! Did I mention lemon filling? So seriously yummy) And a huge shout out to the book bloggers of the world, who have embraced me and Dreaming Anastasia and whose support has been humbling!

Check it all out here: http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2009/09/feeling-dreaming-anastasia-love.html

Rocking the House at Barnes and Noble

Yesterday's Dreaming Anastasia Book Launch Signing was the most fun a girl could have without breaking a few laws! Check it out by clicking here:

http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2009/09/rocking-house-at-barnes-and-noble.html

Til next time...
Walked into my local Barnes and Noble and discovered an amazing display. So click here to see what I saw!

http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2009/09/dreaming-anastasia-front-and-center-for.html

Til next time...
Want to see how things have been going? (and it's been great!) Then click on over and check it out! I'd be delighted...

http://joysnovelidea.blogspot.com/2009/09/dreaming-anastasia-blog-tour-updates.html

Dreaming Anastasia - on shelves everywhere - from the fabulous folks at Sourcebooks!

Til next time...


As I type this preparing for my launch day post, it’s Saturday night, August 29th. You won’t see these words until Tuesday morning, 9/1. So I guess there’s a chance that I’ll feel differently than I do right now. That some other huge piece of news will have broken and maybe I’ll have to chunk this post and start a new one. Or I’ll realize that having just watched Teddy Kennedy’s funeral on CNN that my mood is a tad darkly sentimental for what is ultimately one of the most joyous messages I’ve ever written. But for what it’s worth, here goes:

A little over five years ago I began writing the book that eventually became Dreaming Anastasia. It has been a long journey between then and now. Reams of paper, lots of copier ink, a couple of computer apocalypses, two agents – the current one being the fearless Cowgirl Jen- two editors – the current one being the fabulous Mr. Tiger Beat, Dan Ehrenhaft - a copy editing team that simply rocked, the boy genius who forced me to tweet called Publicist Paul, some sleepless nights, an amazing group of people called the Class of 2k9, a generally patient family who realized that this wasn’t just a whim and that I was going to see it through no matter what, a stiff neck from too much typing, and a few too many glasses of wine when the need arose.

Along the way, I learned a lot of things, the most important one being that I should believe in myself. I want to say that I always did, but I realize now that that’s probably not the truth. I wanted to, but the leap of faith that required was pretty darn scary. Because once you leap, there’s no going back. My life changed completely and utterly in many ways. I am better for all of them. People I had never met took a chance on me and this crazy story about a strong, kick ass girl who had the power to change history and a handsome stranger who didn’t really know as much as he thought he did and a bad guy with a crazy secret and a fairy tale witch. It was part fantasy and part fairy tale and part historical fiction and part romance. It had a strong literary element – which as we all know doesn’t sell well most days – and three narrative voices. It will come, my agent at the time said. But I sensed it wouldn’t be easy. (okay the six months of revision was probably a clue) But as we are fond of saying in the publishing business, it just takes one offer. One person to take that leap of faith with you.

That person was my original editor at Sourcebooks, Lyron Bennett.

The rest, as they say, is history.

I hope you all enjoy this story as much as I do. It’s a fine, rollicking tale of love and loss and hope and regret and the desperate need most of us have for second chances. It’s about the power of blood and the power of secrets and about what people do for both of those. It’s about stories within stories and layers within layers and the things we do for the people we love. And okay, Ethan is really, really hot!

Welcome to the world, Dreaming Anastasia! Happy birthday. May you have a long and prosperous life.

With all my love,
Joy

PS- And to my favorite NYC girl, Michelle Andelman – I owe you! Seriously!

The Official Dreaming Anastasia Blog Tour

Otherwise known as: Where in the World is Joy Preble?

A multitude of thanks to the amazing YA book blog community for embracing me and Dreaming Anastasia so utterly and wholeheartedly. You are all rock stars!!

So to check out the reviews, interviews and ever so creative and amusing guest posts by yours truly (plus one - and I'm not saying which one - written by Anne and Ethan from Dreaming Anastasia, who were nice enough to help me out the other night), here's the scoop!

Teens Read Too (8/17)
Through the Wardrobe (8/29)
Class of 2k9 (8/29)
Story Siren (8/31)
EVEREAD (9/1)
The Book Resort (9/1)
Marta’s Meanderings (9/2)
Babbling About Books (9/3)
A Passion for Books (9/3)
Day by Day Writer (9/4)
Neverending Shelf (9/5)
YA Books Central (9/6)
The Book Obsessions (9/7)
Dolce Bellezza (9/7)
Books & Literature for Teens (9/7)
Shelf Elf (9/8)
The Shady Glade (9/8)
Debbie’s World of Books (9/9)
Bookalicio.us (9/9)
Ultimate Book Hound (9/10)
Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf (9/10)
Sarah’s Random Musings (9/11)
Cindy’s Love of Books (9/12)
Presenting Lenore (9/12)
Always Riddikulus (9/12)
Jenn’s Bookshelf (9/13)
Carol’s Corner (9/13)
A High & Hidden Place (9/14)
Looking Glass Review (9/14)
Karin’s Book Nook (9/14)
Shooting Stars Magazine (9/15)
Library Lounge Lizard (9/15)
Book Journey (9/16)
The Book Pixie (9/16)
The Compulsive Reader (9/17)
Slayground.net (9/17)
Booking Mama (9/18)
BriMeetsBooks.com (9/18)
The Written World (9/19)
Hope’s Bookshelf (9/19)
Book Nut (9/20)
Hope is the Word (9/20)
Zoe’s Book Reviews (9/21)
Homespun Light (9/21)
Teen Scene magazine (9/21)
Galleysmith (9/22)
Once Upon a Bookshelf (9/22)
Café of Dreams (9/23)
My Friend Amy (9/23; 9pm EST author chat)
The Brain Lair (9/24)
Ms. Bookish (9/24)
Lori Calabrese Writes (9/25)
Mrs. Magoo Reads (9/25)
Ramblings of a Teenage Bookworm (9/26)
Fantasy Book Critic (9/26)
Into the Wardrobe (9/27)In the Pages (9/27)
Beth Fish Reads (9/28)
Reverie Book Reviews (9/28)

Let the party begin!! And see you tomorrow for my launch day guest post!

Til next time...

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