Sunday, May 06, 2012

Sunday Salon: Princesses of Iowa

So you've noticed that all week that I've been super-pushing The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes.

It comes out in 2 days! That's the day after tomorrow!

This is Molly's first book and I think it's wonderful. I'll admit that's not an unbiased opinion. I met Molly in the late 90s. We're friends. Before I was a librarian, before we were author and blogger, before everything. Back when we were still in high school, I met Molly.

And let me tell you, she's always been way cooler than me. When she first emailed me a few years ago to see if I'd read/edit the manuscript that she was about to start querying, I died a little. Like, in a good way. She says she was nervous about asking but I just thought "OMG Molly Backes thinks I'm worthy to read this draft! EEP!"

My opinion is COMPLETELY biased. I'm mentioned in the acknowledgements (EEP!)

Molly's a damn good writer. Hopefully you saw that with the bit of the prologue that I posted yesterday. But not just that, Molly taught me how to use eyeliner. I like makeup. I think it's fun. I like the fact that I don't have to wear it on a regular basis, so when I do, it's special. One day, I was lamenting (online) about how I am completely incapable of doing eyeliner. Molly told me how to apply eyeliner. USING ONLY HER WORDS. No pictures, no video, just explaining with her words. I am now fully capable of wearing eyeliner. And that's how good a writer Molly is-- she can tell you how to do eyeliner without pictures or video.

And now she's gone and written a book. A book about taking back your life. A book about standing up for what is right. A book about making amends, about change, about shedding off perfect and stepping into you.

I'm giving away two autographed copies. Fill out the form below:

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1 comment:

Caroline Starr Rose said...

I love personal connections like this!