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Can We Get Serious for a Minute?

I tend to shine a rosy light on EM & EM and depict it as a sweet romance, and it is that. But it also touches on a very serious subject: date rape.

There is nothing rosy or sweet or romantic about date rape, nor is there anything humorous or festive about it. By now, you’ve probably seen the Bloomingdale’s ad: “Spike your best friend’s eggnog when they’re not looking.”

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Unbelievable. Bloomingdale’s? What? How?

Seriously, how did this get through layers of review? Presumably your marketers are respectable, educated business people. They understand certain advertising principles (especially the one about how “sex sells,” apparently). The ad itself is beautiful and sophisticated, so clearly they have an appreciation for clean page composition, font usage, and color. Yet they can’t grasp the simple concept that rape is wrong? Because, news flash: It is. Always. Even when the victim is drinking eggnog.

This week, I attended a book club meeting with a group who had read EM & EM. We talked about the problem of date rape and date rape drugs. One of the women remarked that she knew girls are often advised not to leave their drinks unattended but that often at parties, girls are handed drinks by their friends, and they don’t know exactly what went into them in the first place.

As the Bloomingdale’s ad reminds us, sometimes it may not be advisable to trust these “friends.” Even if they seem like respectable, educated people.

I’m not one to celebrate victimhood. On the contrary, I often rail against the fact that we are becoming a society that perceives persecution and discrimination and offense at every turn. But when an American institution such as Bloomingdale’s errs so blatantly in its judgment on a topic like rape, it’s time to take a step back and try to understand what messages we, and in particular the media, are projecting to teens and young men and women.

EM & EM Book Release Launch!

Em and EmToday is EM & EM’s release day!! As I write this, there are just three hours left in the day, and I can tell you it has been an exciting, nerve-wracking, and exhausting 21 hours.

Exciting because of all the wonderful writers, readers, and bloggers out there who have been kind enough to post, tweet, and comment about my book, not to mention the folks–family, friends, and followers–who have written to congratulate me. You know that sense of overload you feel when you pop onto Facebook on your birthday? You’re overwhelmed in more ways than one, and that is how today felt. In other words, awesome!

Nerve-wracking because I tend to obsess over my Amazon rankings, even though I don’t entirely understand what they mean, and that basically is no way to live.

And exhausting because, like a kid at Christmas, I could barely sleep last night.

Wouldn’t trade today for the world.

Oh yeah, and I almost forgot, if you want to buy the book, you can do so on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Thanks!!

Em & Em Cover Reveal

Em and EmThis week was the cover reveal for EM & EM, being released from Swoon Romance on September 15. I loved my cover for THE FUNERAL SINGER, and if it’s possible, I think I may love this one even more.

EM & EM is a sweet romance, but it has a little bit of a dark side, and feel like the designer did a great job of striking the perfect tone.

I’ve heard a couple of theories already about the heart. One commenter on a blog that participated in the cover reveal said it reminded her of the saying, “Can a zebra change its stripes?” My sister Karen said she thought the stripes represented Em/Em’s dual identity, her light side and her dark side. I love both theories!

Here’s the promo description of the book. What do you think the heart means?

The last thing sixteen-year-old Emily Slovkowski wants is to move away from her home at the Jersey shore, gorgeous surfer boyfriend Zach, and her entire identity. But that’s kind of how Witness Protection works, and Em must prepare herself for an epic do-over as she starts a new life in the Midwest.

Even as she pines for sandy beaches and the night life of the shore, the newly-named Ember O’Malley finds herself making new friends, taking photos for the high school newspaper, and thinking an awful lot about the paper’s editor, an oddly cute cowboy named Charles.

When Em stumbles upon a shady beneath-the-bleachers exchange between one of the school’s football coaches and a student, she refuses to get involved. The last thing she needs is to be witness to another crime or call attention to herself. Besides, she finally has some real friends—well, real except for the fact that they don’t know a single thing about her—and she prefers to keep it that way until the trial.

But as her day in court approaches, Em begins piecing together what she saw that day beneath the bleachers. And, as her own past secrets start to catch up with her, Em needs to figure out who she really is—Em or Em.