It is hard to believe… but nearly two years after I signed the publishing contract… and nearly four years after I completed the first draft… and after more than two decades of dreaming about this moment… my debut novel is out in the world today!!
THE BEST WEEK THAT NEVER HAPPENED is a love story set in Hawaii, with a dash of mystery and magic, about living each day to the fullest. It is available as a print book, an ebook, and an audiobook — wherever books are sold!
Amazon / IndieBound / Barnes & Noble / Target / Books-A-Million / Book Depository
ABOUT THE BOOK:
“This debut novel is captivating and moving. A dazzling, emotional story of love, loss, and living in the moment.”—Kirkus Reviews
After her parents’ bitter divorce, family vacations to the Big Island in Hawaii ceased. But across the miles, eighteen-year-old Tegan Rossi remains connected to local Kai Kapule, her best friend from childhood. Now, Tegan finds herself alone and confused about how she got to the Big Island. With no wallet, no cell phone, purse, or plane ticket, Tegan struggles to piece together what happened. She must have come to surprise-visit Kai. Right?
As the teens grow even closer, Tegan pushes aside her worries and gets swept away in the vacation of her dreams. But each morning, Tegan startles awake from nightmares that become more difficult to ignore. Something is eerily amiss. Why is there a strange gap in her memory? Why can’t she reach her parents or friends from home? And what’s with the mysterious hourglass tattoo over her heart?
Kai promises to help Tegan figure out what is going on. But the answers they find only lead to more questions. As the week unfolds, Tegan will experience the magic of first love, the hope of second chances, and the bittersweet joy and grief of being human.
Due to COVID-19, I unfortunately had to postpone all my bookstore events… but the silver lining is that I am doing a virtual book launch that anyone can attend from the comfort of their homes around the world!
On Sunday, April 26th at 2pm PST I will go live on Facebook and YouTube!
For the livestream, I will have a book talk, reading, and Q&A that will be led by the young adult authors Tobie Easton & Jennieke Cohen.
Prizes will also be given out! There will be small prizes for those who participate in a trivia game that will be run in the comments (themed bookmark, postcard, and temporary tattoos!) There will also be some bigger prizes!
Please add the event to your calendar and invite anyone who might be interested!
There is even a book trailer! Special thanks to Demi Bernice Eslit & Bryan Murphy for their help with production.
It’s also been really fun to connect with book bloggers and websites who have been kind enough to help spread the word about my book! Here is a sampling:
Cover reveal & excerpt of The Best Week That Never Happened on The Nerd Daily
Exclusive excerpt of The Best Week That Never Happened on Hypable
Guest post on School Library Journal’s Teen Librarian Toolbox: Writing Our Way Through Grief
Guest post on Novel Novice: The Day I Finished My Novel
Interview on Mark Gottlieb Talks Books
This has truly been one of the best days of my life!! My heart is so full. I feel so supported and loved– and in this time of social distancing, I feel connected to all of you! Thank you for your support of me and my dreams!
And look what my publisher just sent me: THE BEST WEEK THAT NEVER HAPPENED is ranked on Amazon New Releases #2 for the print book and #4 for the ebook! 😍 Thank you!!