Welcome to the World, SUMMER OF SLOANE!

After more than eight long years, a couple hundred rejection letters, two agents, two editors, and too many sleepless nights to count, I cannot believe SUMMER OF SLOANE is finally here.

This truly has been one of the most surreal moments in my life and sometimes I can't believe I actually wrote a real book.

But before I break down into a blubbering mess, I'd just like to say thank you to all of my CP's, every single blogger, librarian, book seller, and all of my friends - both new and old - that have tagged along for this crazy ride -- your support means the world to me.

And in the off chance anyone would like to purchase an autographed copy of SLOANE, University Bookstore here in Seattle has them available to order and ready to ship worldwide! For more information, please go here.

Welcome to the world, SUMMER OF SLOANE -- I'm so happy you're finally here!

And The Winners Are...

Holy WOW -- this couldn't have been a closer competition! It literally came down to the wire, with the tie-breaking vote coming in 4 minutes before I closed the contest!

With a total of 34 votes, first place for my #SLOANEAroundTheWorld giveaway goes to:

7. Bea | Namsan Tower, South Korea

And second place goes to:

12. Carolina | Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

Since the votes were so, so close, BOTH winners will be receiving a signed hard cover copy of SUMMER OF SLOANE, along with some cool swag -- I hope you don't mind the upgrade, Carolina!!!

#SLOANEAroundTheWorld Stats:

132 people stopped by and voted for their favorite image, breaking down the votes as follows:

1st Place: #7 Bea | Namsan Tower, South Korea with 34 votes.
2nd Place: #12 Carolina | Caldas da Rainha, Portugal with 33 votes.
3rd Place: Was a tie between two photos, both getting 16 votes each:
  A. #1 Lisa | Groningen, The Netherlands
  B. #6 Hazel | Camarines Sur, Philippines
5th Place: #2 Kim | North Sea, Sylt, Germany with 12 votes.
6th Place: #9 Lauren | Disneyland, California with 10 votes.
7th Place: was tied with 2 entries both getting 4 votes each:
  A. #4 Hannah | Marblehead Lighthouse / Lake Erie, Marblehead, Ohio
  B. #10 Sarah | Shubenacadie River, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia
9th Place: #3 Rebecca | Kings Park, Western Australia with 2 votes
10th Place: #5 Daphne | Kaneohe Library, Oahu, Hawai'i with 1 vote  

No matter if you got 34 votes or zero, THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who entered and took the time to take SLOANE around your part of the world -- I loved seeing it all!!!

And congratulations to both Bea and Carolina -- I'll pack up your boxes shortly and get them out to you asap!

#SLOANEAroundTheWorld Part Deux: Vote For Your Favorite Photo!

The following are the final images entered into the #SLOANEAroundTheWorld Part Deux contest via Twitter and Instagram. Note: all images were pulled exactly as they were posted and I have not, in any way, altered them for this post.

How this will work:

  1. Take a look at all of the pictures entered -- they're numbered 1 - 14. 
  2. Pick whichever photo you like the best and leave the corresponding number to that picture in the comments below.
  3. Please only vote once / for one picture.
  4. All contestants are allowed to vote, even for themselves!
  5. Voting is open from April 22 - 28th -- any votes after 11:59pm PST on 4/28 will not be counted.
  6. Winners will be announced here on Friday, 4/29!

And with that, here are all of the official entries for #SLOANEAroundTheWorld Part Deux:

1. Lisa | Groningen, The Netherlands

2. Kim | North Sea, Sylt, Germany 

3.  Rebecca | Kings Park, Western Australia

4. HannahMarblehead Lighthouse / Lake Erie, Marblehead, Ohio

5. Daphne | Kaneohe Library, Oahu, Hawaii

6. Hazel | Camarines Sur, Philippines 

7. Bea | Namsan Tower, South Korea

8. Jen | Virginia, USA 

9. Lauren | Disneyland, California

10. Sarah | Shubenacadie River, Stewiacke, Nova Scotia

11. Gabriella | Saguaro National Park, Tucson, Arizona

12. CarolinaCaldas da Rainha, Portugal

13. Alice | Ontario, Canada

14. Gavin | Mt. Balungao Zip Line, Pangasinan, Philippines

Best of luck to everyone who entered a photo -- I absolutely love seeing all the places SLOANE has been able to go!


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