Countdown to Better Off Friends: 1 Week! The Events, Giveaways Galore and HUGE THANKS!

Hello all! I remember when I finished the page proofs for Better Off Friends in May thinking it was going to be FOREVER until the book would finally be out. But we are almost here! We are ONE WEEK away from Better Off Friends being out in the world!


I've already talked about the inspiration,  characters, and setting, so I thought I'd have this last pre-release blog post be about where you can pre-order a copy of the book, where you can see me this spring, AND where you can win one of EIGHT signed books being given away! That's right, it's the PAR-TAY post! Plus, I have a special note for each and every one of you below (see Final Thoughts). 


Since I can't be everywhere at once, the lovely folks at Boswell Books in Milwaukee are currently taking pre-orders for anybody who wants a SIGNED, PERSONALIZE copy of Better Off Friends (or any of my books!). I'll be there on the 25th signing away, so if you want a signed book give them a call at 414/332-1181.


Below are the current list of events I'll be doing this spring. I do know I'll for sure be in Los Angeles and Philadelphia area, but don't have that information yet. As always, keeping checking my EVENTS page for updates. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Better Off Friends launch event!
Boswell Books
2559 N. Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211
For more information

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
6:30 p.m.
Books and Company
1039 Summit Ave.
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
There'll be CULVER'S CUSTARD, so bring your sweet tooth! 
For more information

Friday, February 28, 2014
4:30 p.m.
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093
For more information

Monday, March 3, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Presentation/signing for WUD Publications Lit Fest
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Union South
1308 W. Dayton Street, Madison, WI 53716
I'll be talking more about the publishing process at this open to the public event, but also answering any and all book questions! A Room of One's Own bookstore will be selling books afterwards.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Portage Public Library 
253 W. Edgewater, Portage, WI 53901
For more information

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
7:30 p.m.
WORD bookstore
123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
The Mutual Admiration Society Reading with Kate Brian (Hereafter), Susane Colasanti (All I Need), Michelle Hodkin (The Evolution of Mara Dyer), David Levithan (Two Boys Kissing), and Rebecca Serle (The Edge of Falling)
For more information

Sunday, March 23, 2014
1:45-2:30 p.m.
Books of Wonder
18 W. 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
For more information
This is part of The New York City Teen Author Festival, click here for the full schedule of events.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Teen Author Reading Night
NYPL - Jefferson Market Branch
425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th Street), NYC
I'll be reading along with Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam (Elusion), Gwendolyn Heasley (Don’t Call Me Baby / The Art of Goodbye), Emmy Laybourne (Sky on Fire), Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse), Jennifer E. Smith (The Geography of You and Me), and Jess Verdi (The Summer I Wasn’t Me).
For more information

Saturday, April 26, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alief Taylor High School
7555 Howell Sugar Land Road
Houston, TX 77083
For more information



I'm so fortunate that a group of awesome Wisconsin bloggers are not only reviewing and doing blog posts this week leading up to the release, but each will be giving away of a signed book. That's right, EIGHT CHANCES TO WIN A SIGNED BOOK! (HUGE thanks to Liza at WhoRuBlog for spearheading the #BetterOffInWi blog tour!)

Feb 16 Liza – WhoRuBlog – Review & some more recipes & giveaway of a signed book

Feb 17 Sarah – Novel Thoughts  - Review and and giveaway of signed book

Feb 18 Jaime and Erin – Fiction Fare – Quotes from the book with Wisconsin references & giveaway of a signed book

Feb 19 Andrea – Mrs. Payan Reads – History of Culvers and giveaway of a signed book

Feb 20 Erica – The Book Cellar – (still to be determined) & giveaway of a signed book

Feb 21 Heidi – YA Bibliophile – Irish references and giveaway of a signed book

Feb 22 Rachel – As told by Rachel – Pictures of places mentioned in the book from Wisconsin and giveaway of a signed book

Feb 23 Kelly – Belle of the Literati – WHEN HARRY MET SALLY: Can girls and boys be friends? Kelly is asking her friends for for their thoughts!

Feb 24 Jillian – Heise Reads and Recommends – Reviews from Students & giveaway of a signed book


I keep having to pinch myself that my FIFTH book is about to come out. Not only that, this Thursday will mark my third anniversary as a full-time author. Three years ago, I thought I'd take a year off to write and see where that would lead me. Never did I think I'd still be doing it three years later. It isn't easy being a full-time author (hello health care premiums and paying loads in taxes!), but it's the best job. I don't take it for granted for one minute. I have no idea where I'll be in a year, but I do know this: each and every day I wake up and get to have the best job in the world, and it's because of YOU. Authors are nothing without people to read their books. Thank you for making my dreams come true.

XOXO, Elizabeth