Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Strolling Down Memory Lane in an Unworn Prom Dress

Before I start my blog post today, I want to send out Kelly’s and my best 
to all on the east coast who are dealing with superstorm Sandy!    
Details of the devastation are still emerging, but
so glad the worst is over for some of you, and to the rest, keep safe!  

Back in December of 2008, Random House released the electronic version of my first book with them, Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress. 

Here’s the cover and back blurb:

 Sophomore year, Nicolette Antonovich was dumped two days before prom 
by the hottest guy at school. As a result, she became the proud owner
 of one unworn, perfectly magical pink vintage dress. 
But Nic is determined to put that night behind her for good. 
She's a junior now— older, wiser, 
and completely overwhelmed by a new set of problems: 
(1) The bank's ready to foreclose on her childhood home. 
(2) Her father's too busy with his "replacement" daughter to care. 
(3) Her best friend's brother is an eternal thorn in her side. 
(4) Her best friend isn't exactly the rose attached to that thorn.
 (5) Rumors are flying around school that could get her 
kicked off the volleyball team, which would 
(6) ruin all chances of a college scholarship. 
(7) She still likes the boy who dumped her in the first place.
 (8) And what in the world do you do with an unworn prom dress, anyway? 
Strangely, it's getting to the bottom of this last dilemma 
that just might hold the answer to all Nic's problems.

Upon e-publication, I immediately bought a Kindle and downloaded the book--although I admit I didn’t actually read it.  I’d spent plenty of time writing it, revising it, and editing it for paper publication, and, well, I had other pressing interests.

But this past weekend, while getting ready to **spoiler alert** announce a brand new book about to be released in e-book form, I fired up my Kindle and went back to the fictional Thurman Oaks, California, to spend time with some of my favorite old friends. 

And what a surreal experience it was!  It was walk down memory lane for me not only with these characters, but from my real life, as well, as I remembered conversations and suggestions with my wonderful critique partner/blog partner, Kelly Parra, and fabulous editor, Krista Marino.  I was able to be more subjective about the story, to see why I had received such nice compliments about it being “compulsively re-readable” and the fan mail wanting to know if Nicolette and Jared stayed together forever.  (I don’t know for sure...but I really think they do!)

Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress is still available e-book form  (and to my delight, still being downloaded with regularity), so if you’re looking for a looking for a light young adult romance with “an interesting plot, funny dialogue and situations, and an engaging lead character” (Library School Journal), you can check it out here:

And be sure to check back early next month to learn all about my next release, The Starter Boyfriend!

4 fresh comments:

Janie Emaus said...

I read this book and loved it! And I too, hope they stay together.
PS. I'm glad getting downloaded regularly!

Leigh Purtill said...

Tina, you are a braver woman than I! I am afraid to look at my books that were pubbed in 07 and 08. I'm glad your experience was a good one! Congrats on whatever's coming next!

Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Our thoughts and prayers with all of you on the East Coast!

Looking forward to The Starter Boyfriend, Tina!

LinWash said...

I still have (and love) my paperback of Top Ten Uses for an Unworn Prom Dress! So excited to hear about your new book! And my thoughts and prayers are with all of you guys too.