Just when I think life can't get any more exciting and crazy...

I had the most amazing launch week! FREAK is doing better than I could have hoped. The reviews have been really positive, and I'm so grateful to everyone who bought a copy and told their friends to buy a copy – thank you, thank you, thank you.

And! I have more exciting news. National Book Store in the Philippines (which is a chain of bookstores, much like Chapters Indigo in Canada and Barnes & Noble in the US) has invited me to attend the Manila Book Fair next month! I'm over the moon. I have so much family in the Philippines I haven't seen in years – especially my dad – that of course I could never pass up this chance to launch FREAK in the Philippines and spend time with them all.

I just received a tentative itinerary today and there are lots of things scheduled for me, including media interviews (TV, radio, newspaper – so nervous already!), book signings, and dinners. It looks like I'll be giving a talk at the book fair as well. (Crap, I'm going to have to buy nicer clothes.)

And in between all that, there will time to spend with my family, some of whom live in a different province. And my dad is taking me to Hong Kong for a couple of days!

I'll be gone for three weeks total, leaving on August 31st and returning on September 21st. I'll try and blog if I can, but for sure I'll be on Twitter and Facebook the whole time, with updates and hopefully lots of photos, so please follow me there.

I know I'm repeating myself, but I want to thank you all so much for your support. Thanks for reading my blog for the last three and half years, and thanks for always cheering me on.

I really believe it takes a village to do great things, and my village rocks. I'm a lucky girl.

Photo from way back! (Click to enlarge.) I love how my dad looks better than I do at my grade eight graduation.
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