MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME: A GORGEOUS COVER

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I'm so excited and proud to present you with the cover of My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.

Isn't it lovely?

Our editor Sara Goodman had the idea, Olga Grlic did the design, and Jim Tierney is the phenomenal illustrator. (Jim has done a TON of beautiful book covers. If you visit his website, I'm sure you'll recognize some of them!) Jim was our top choice, and we were all ecstatic when he said yes!

I adore the colors, the handwritten text, the stars and ornaments and trees and snow . . . and those those figures ice skating on the pond? They're the characters from our stories! How wonderful is that?? I love how classic it feels. Like a holiday card received from a beloved friend.

I can't even begin to tell you how often I just open up the file on my computer and STARE AT IT. 

My characters are on the bottom left—red skirt, red plaid shirt. So cute!

My favorite part, though?

Those eleven other names at the top.

I'm so, so, so happy to have all twelve authors on the cover. Those of you who read a lot of anthologies already know how rare this is. I'm grateful that Sara—and everyone at St. Martin's Griffin—recognized this anthology as a project about joy and friendship and love. Every author worked HARD to make this happen (from conception to publication, it'll be less than a year), and it was important to me that every author receive equal billing.

Thank you, St. Martin's.

Thank you, authors.

I mean, guys . . . did you see the authors in this collection? Holly Black! Ally Carter! Matt de la Peña! Gayle Forman! Jenny Han! David Levithan! Kelly Link! Myra McEntire! Rainbow Rowell! Laini Taylor! Kiersten White!

Isn't that nuts??

I can't believe how lucky I was to work with these people. I've learned so much from them, and I'm so freaking proud of their stories. All twelve stories are romantic and smart and funny and breathtaking. Some of them will make you cry. Others will make you laugh out loud. They'll all make you swoon.

I'll let the other authors choose what to share about their stories. But . . . I can tell you a little bit about mine! It's called "It's a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown," and it's about a girl named Marigold, a boy named North, a beautiful Christmas tree lot, and one life-changing night. It's the first story I've written that I've set in my hometown of Asheville, NC. And it was so much fun!

I think you'll like it. I think, I think. :-)

I'm so thankful for these authors for trusting me with their work. And I'm so thankful for Sara Goodman and everyone at St. Martin's for understanding this project . . . exactly.

My True Love Gave to Me will be released on October 14th.

You can mark it to-read here on Goodreads. And here are some places where it's available for pre-order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

This anthology is . . . really and truly special. The stories make you feel good inside. I can't wait for you all to read it this holiday season.

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