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photo (c) Julie Strauss-Gabel Photography

Don’t these books look happy together? I think they do. Many thanks to my editor for sending me this picture.

I’m at BEA in New York City this week, promoting CROSSED. While I’m here, I’m doing two awesome events on Wednesday, the 25th. The first is a signing in the Penguin booth, where we’ll have copies of CROSSED from 10-11 a.m. only. The second event is a YA Panel at the Mulberry Library in Soho. My fellow panelists will be Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, James Dashner, Lauren Kate, and Ellen Hopkins. This seems too good to be true but I’ve been assured by reliable sources that, in fact, it is actually true. Click on the Events page for more details.

CROSSED is an ARC* now. Which feels so wonderful. I am so happy about this book. I’ve talked about my dad’s favorite thing I’ve ever written (Being Sixteen) and my husband’s (the short story in ENTHRALLED). And CROSSED–this book is my favorite thing I’ve ever written. This story was very, very important to me to get right, and thanks to my editor and agent and awesome longtime readers, I feel that I did. That’s a good feeling. I feel like writing this book has been like running a marathon (you knew a running comparison was inevitable) and that we’ve crossed (pun intended!) the finish line completely spent and happy because we’ve given it all. No regrets.

Now I’m working on Book 3, and I’m so excited about it too. This writing gig really is a wonderful thing.

And, last but not least, the winner of the ARC of ENTHRALLED is commenter melissa @ 1lbr! Congrats, Melissa! And many thanks to all of you who entered. You all had very awesome reasons and I wish I had enough copies to send to everyone.

* ARC stands for Advance Reading Copy, which are the copies of books that publishers print up before the “real” hardcover book. The ARC gets sent out to book reviewers, etc. a few months early to generate buzz. Before anyone asks, I actually don’t have any ARCs of CROSSED yet to distribute myself. But if I do get any extras, I will be sure to have a giveaway here on the blog. So stay tuned.

+ comments (28)
  • Estela
    May 24, 2011

    It’s amazing!
    I love how looks the second part of Matched.
    I’m so, so excited for read it…! I think I can’t wait to november (but I think that in Spain, I have to wait a little more…).

    Kisses from Spain Ally! πŸ™‚


  • Brooke
    May 24, 2011

    Beautiful Ally! So exciting.

  • Jenni Elyse
    May 24, 2011

    The cover looks so much prettier on the actual book! I can’t wait to see it on the hard cover when it comes out. πŸ™‚

  • Bonnie
    May 24, 2011

    I wish I was going to BEA! CROSSED would have been one of my MUSTS!

  • Julie
    May 24, 2011

    Oooooh, this is the first time I’ve seen the cover!! That’s absolutely fabulous and I’m thrilled that the release date is coming closer!! And what a great experience at BEA!! Wish I could be there! (And Kieran is keeping a running tally of how many Matched copies they’ve sold at her store – it’s still going up!)

  • melissa @ 1lbr
    May 24, 2011

    Oh, I’m so happy to see my name as the winner! I will definitely be content to have Enthralled and not be envious of those who get a copy of Crossed πŸ™‚ Thanks, Ally!

  • *chanting* We want Crossed! We want Crossed! We want Crossed!


  • Melanie Jacobson
    May 24, 2011

    That cover makes me want to touch it. To see if it’s real, maybe? I don’t know. But seriously cool.

  • Libby
    May 24, 2011

    Have fun in NY Ally! The books looks amazing together! And that panel….awesome!!!! How exciting.

  • Charlotte
    May 24, 2011

    SQUEALS of EXCITEMENT from Southern California!

  • Barmy_Bex
    May 24, 2011

    Aw, even more sad that I couldn’t get there now, I would have loved to have met you and Scott Westefeld, and Lauren Kate. πŸ™

    Hope you all have a fab time though.

    And Crossed looks epic! Cannot wait to get my hands on that.

  • Enna Isilee
    May 24, 2011

    AHHHHH!!!!! I wish I could go to BEA JUST so I could get that ARC!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rachel
    May 24, 2011

    I just started reading some of your books!!! THEY ARE SOOO AMAZING!!!!!! I CAN’T PUT MATCHED DOWN!!!

  • Devan
    May 24, 2011

    Ugh I wish I could be there! ABEA will do though for this year. I do have to admit I didn’t realize how fun it would be! I’ve been wondering about the cover colors and if they are at all connected to the pills?

  • emmy
    May 24, 2011

    Aahhh, wish I could get an ARC, I am soo excited for Crossed!! πŸ˜€

  • warnagirl
    May 25, 2011

    I’m even more excited to read Crossed now that I know that it’s your favorite so far Ally. November can’t come soon enough! Actually September also, because of Enthralled!

  • HeatherS
    May 25, 2011

    They do look great together! I can’t wait to hold a copy of Crossed in my hands. Especially since you say it is your favorite.

    This is so great. Congratulations all around!

  • Alice
    May 26, 2011

    I’m from Italy and Matched has been released a few weeks ago, i bought it the first day it came out and I read it at least 5 times!!
    I can’t wait to read Crossed, I really like the cover!!

  • Sarah Allen
    May 26, 2011

    Awesome!!! Thank you for sharing πŸ™‚ Have fun in NY!

    Sarah Allen
    (my creative writing blog)

  • Audra
    May 26, 2011

    Looked like BEA was a ton of fun! I hate that all this fun stuff happens everywhere but near me πŸ™‚

  • Steph
    May 27, 2011

    Thank you for a wonderful book that is keeping my students reading!!

  • Peanut Butter Girl
    May 27, 2011

    I can’t wait for Crossed! I thought Matched was so good that I reviewed it on my book blog. Check it out!fictionfanaticbookreviews.blogspot.com

  • Carson F
    May 28, 2011

    I am a huge fan. I was just wondering, who do you use for the pictures on the front cover? I think she’s beautiful.

  • Anna McF
    May 29, 2011

    Congratulations Ally! I just read about your Whitney award win! You deserved it. So glad writing is going so well for you.

    Best wishes!

  • JodieLane
    May 29, 2011

    So pretty!! =)

  • isabelle
    May 30, 2011

    ich habe das buch “die auswahl” gelesen und fand es toll, ich habe das cover vom 2ten jez auch shocn gesehen & warte sehnsΓΌchtig auf november ich hoffe es vergeht schnell !!! πŸ˜€
    die cover sind echt schΓΆn & passen super zum ihnhalt auf november 2012 freu ich mich dann auch πŸ˜€

  • isabelle
    May 30, 2011

    DIE AUSWAHL (MATCHED) <3 love them πŸ˜€

  • carry
    May 30, 2011

    ally, your books are amazing !
    i love them i read the book, crossed too and i just say WOOW !
    i love to read the third on today, but i have to wait πŸ˜€

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