First review…also Fabio!

I’m really excited! I got my first review!   It’s from a magazine called Publishers Weekly, and it’s really good, if I do say so myself.   I mean, not to brag or anything.   Well, you can judge for yourself:


Ransom My Heart  Meg Cabot Avon, $13.95 paper (432p) ISBN 978-0-06-170007-1, on sale date January 6, 2009

The gimmick to accompany the conclusion of the Princess Diaries is this delightful historical romance written by series heroine Princess Mia Thermopolis ("with help from" Cabot, who is donating all proceeds to Greenpeace). Finn Crais is the resourceful daughter of a miller living in Stephensgate, England, in 1291. When Finn’s older sister, Mellana, gets pregnant by a troubadour and has no money for a dowry, Finn agrees to carry out Mellana’s ridiculous plan to abduct a wealthy man and hold him ransom, settling on Earl Hugh Fitzstephen, fresh back from the crusades and loaded with gold and jewels. Finn doesn’t realize who it is she’s captured, and Fitzstephen, owing to a curiosity about Finn and wanting to see where the kidnapping will lead, plays along. As to be expected, passions become enflamed, and Finn discovers her sister’s plan may not be a simple as she originally thought. Though predictable, the novel is thoroughly enjoyable and funny. Cabot’s fans, and particularly those graduating from the Princess Diaries, will be pleased, especially as they may have read brief excerpts in Forever Princess, the series finale (Reviews, p. 55). (Jan.)

And okay, I realize the review says the book is predictable, but predictable is not really the worst thing for a romance novel.   I mean, you do kind of know the hero and heroine are going to get together at some point.   I mean, duh.   The thing you’re waiting to find out is when, and how, and in what position and after how much arguing.  

So I think that’s okay.

The important thing is, Publishers Weekly  said it was DELIGHTFUL!  And thoroughly enjoyable!   And funny!  

And they got the plot and all the characters and my name right!   YAY!!!!

OK, they did mess up the part about Meg Cabot (who only wrote the foreword for the book).   They kind of implied she wrote the whole thing and some other crazy stuff (she is the royal chronicler of my diaries.   Sometimes people get mixed up about that).  

But what does it really matter, when the rest of it says my book was delightful, thoroughly enjoyable, and funny? Right?   Yay!

Anyway, last week I also had my first interview about my book!   It was really weird, because I’m used to being interviewed (of course), but not about writing.   I actually don’t have a lot of time for all this book publicity stuff, with my royal duties and college course load and (extremely limited) social life.  

And they kept asking me about my NEXT book! Like I have so much time to just sit down and write another one!   Or at least, not until summer break.

Anyway, my interview was with a magazine called Romantic Times Book Reviews.    You’ll be able to read it in the January issue (if they don’t cut it–this happens all the time, as I know from working on The Atom back in high school).  I’m very excited about being in this magazine though because I heard it used to frequently feature Fabio back in the old days.      My friend Tina Hakim Baba says he was one of the great romance novel cover models, until he graduated to I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter commercials.  

Here’s a picture of Fabio, on a book cover—if you look close you will notice he has NO CLOTHES ON!!!    Like, zero.    Also, is it just me, or does he look a little ripe?      If I were that girl, I’d totally make him take a shower before I had sex with him.


Here are some other pictures of Fabio on some other romance novel covers:

He was on like a zillion covers for my publisher before he moved on to do TV commercials.  Then he got hit in the head by a bird when he was riding on a roller coaster at Six Flags Great Adventure (or somewhere).    This must have scarred him, if not physically then obviously emotionally, as it would anyone.  

Here is Fabio after he was hit by the bird.

I don’t know why that one girl next to him is laughing.  Animal-related injuries are never amusing. Maybe she is just asking if he needs a tissue.

Fabio’s okay now though.  According to Wikipedia, you can see him sometimes on America’s Next Top Model and on Conan O’Brien.   In the dorm, we often stay up late enough to watch Conan, allegedly while doing homework, and order in pizza.   But I have yet to see Fabio on the show.   I’m totally going to look out for him now though!   It’s my duty as a romance writer.

Well, that’s it for now.   I have to go celebrate study for my art history mid-term (I always forget my dad is reading this).  Bye!



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