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Galentine's Mini-tour!

Happy Galentine's Day, one and all! To celebrate this month of love and BFF-ing, I've got a ton of fun events coming up. I'm going on a Galentine's Day mini-tour with one of my literary BFFs, Crystal Cestari, author of THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC! I'd love to see you at one of these events!

Tuesday, February 6th
7:00 - 8:30pm
The Des Plaines Public Library
(1501 Ellinwood Ave, Des Plaines, IL 60016)
For 7th - 12th Graders
Join me and Crystal Cestari as we talk writing and YA romance!
Bonus: we're making a fun Valentine's day book craft!

Saturday, February 10th
2:00 pm
Westfield Old Orchard Barnes & Noble
(55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie, IL 60077)
Open to everyone!
Reading, signing, and book chatting! 

Tuesday, February 13th
7:00 - 9:00 pm 
Anderson's Bookshop
(123 W Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
Open to everyone!
Our official Galentine's Day Event! Follow the link below to learn more and preorder your copy of PRINCE IN DISGUISE or THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC/THE SWEETEST KIND OF FATE - and reserve your spot in the signing line!

BONUS: The Anderson's Children Literature Breakfast!
Saturday, February 24th
8:00am - 12:00pm
(Bobak's Signature Events, 6440 Double Eagle Dr, Woodridge, IL 60517)
I'll be one of the many amazing authors and illustrators at this fantastic event. 
Tickets at the link below:

Launch Event for THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC!

On Friday May 19th at 7:00 pm, I'll be in conversation with Crystal Cestari at The Book Cellar in Chicago, celebrating the launch of her debut YA novel, The Best Kind of Magic. Come talk books and boys and witches and the Windy City with us!

About The Best Kind of Magic:
Gilmore Girls meets Buffy in Crystal Cestari’s bewitching debut novel: THE BEST KIND OF MAGIC. Set in urban Chicago, this new Windy City Magic series presents a sharp-witted, sassy heroine that will have readers everywhere laughing out loud as they explore happily-ever-afters, and the unexpected road it takes to get there.

Amber Sand is more than she seems: high school student, baker with her heart set on the Chicago Culinary Institute when she graduates and… matchmaker? Though Amber doesn’t have witch powers like her mother, she have the ability to look into a person’s eyes and see who he or she is meant to be with! So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she can’t help but take a glimpse at his future bride-to-be. Unfortunately, that future love is not Amber. But as they spend more time together, Charlie falls head over heels for Amber and she can’t help but feel the same for him. But as she continues to help him, and inevitably fall for him, there’s a truth in his eyes not even she wants to know.

About Crystal Cestari:
Crystal Cestari lives in the west Chicago suburbs where she works as a content strategist for a marketing agency. She received her MA in Mass communication from Kent State University and a BA from DePaul University in Chicago. She lives with her daughter and English bulldog. Visit Crystal at and on Twitter @crystalcestari.

Spring Events 2017

Hi all! A bunch of exciting events coming up this Spring:

March 18 - 26, New York City
Over a hundred authors and a dozen events!
Check out the full schedule here: 

Thursday, March 30th, 7:00pm
Anderson's Bookshop Naperville
123 W. Jefferson Ave.
Naperville, IL 60540
 I'll be in conversation with Cecilia Vinesse, talking about her debut,  SEVEN DAYS OF YOU, at one of the best independent bookstores in the Midwest!

Saturday, April 22nd
Much more info coming soon!

East Coast Events

Hi friends! I have been TERRIBLE about updating with news, but next week's an exciting one, so here's the rundown on the events I'll be doing on the east coast next week!

Wednesday December 7th, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Teen Author Reading Night
Jefferson Market Library, first floor
425 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Panel of amazing authors reading from their newest books, featuring a dramatic reading of IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU!
More info here:

Saturday December 10th, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Meet and Greet
Fairfield University Bookstore
1499 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

Come help my hometown bookstore celebrate their five year anniversary (!!!) and get your copy of IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU signed!  

Hope to see you there, East Coasters! 

April Events!

With The Taming of the Drew releasing on Tuesday April 12th, April is a big month for me!  I've got lots of events coming up and I'd love to see you at them!

Thursday April 7th @ 7pm
Taming of the Drew Chicago Book Launch Event
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Reading, signing, and cupcakes!

Saturday April 16th @ 12pm
Taming of the Drew East Coast Launch Event
Fairfield Univeristy Bookstore
1499 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT
Reading, signing, and cupcakes!

Saturday April 23rd 10 am - 4 pm
Chicago Young Adult Book Festival
Everybody's Coffee
935 W Wilson Avenue
I'll be on panels at 11:15 am and 1:15 and signing directly after, but the whole day is jam-packed full of awesome author events!  More info to come!  

TAMING OF THE DREW Chicago Launch Event!

Come celebrate the launch of the TAMING OF THE DREW with me at the Book Cellar, my favorite Chicago bookstore!  Reading!  Signing!  Shakespeare! CUPCAKES!  I can't wait to see you there!
The Book Cellar
4736 N Lincoln Ave
Thursday April 7th
7:00 PM

All the into on the Book Cellar's website:

Double Big News - Fall Books in 2016 and 2017!

Hi all!  The end of 2015 has brought LOTS of exciting news!  I have a new book coming out in the Fall of 2016, AND a new book coming out in the Fall of 2017!  Both deal announcements are below - keep on the lookout for lots of news on both as we get closer to the release dates!

PILGRIMS DON'T WEAR PINK author Stephanie Kate Strohm's IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU, in which a high school senior is dumped just before prom and uses an oral-history assignment to interview her exes, friends, and family for clues to why her relationships never work out, to Matt Ringler at Scholastic, for publication in fall 2016, by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency (World).

Kieran Viola at Disney-Hyperion has acquired at auction Stephanie Kate Strohm's Prince in Disguise, a romantic comedy in which a Mississippi teen finds herself in front of the cameras as her beauty-queen big sister prepares for a reality-TV wedding to a Scottish aristocrat. Publication is set for fall 2017; Molly Ker Hawn at the Bent Agency brokered the deal for world English rights. 

From a California High School to a Scottish Castle...get ready to travel!