Monday, November 22, 2010

Just a Hop, Skip, and a Jump Away!

I am getting seriously close to reaching my goal of reading 100 books for 2010. I've now completed book #90 and with only a little over a month to go before this year's end, I am quite confident I can do it.
A lot of people have mentioned to me that they want to join me in 2011 in making it their goal to read 100 books as well and it makes me really  happy that there are still people that are able to see the joy that reading can bring. Video games and Reality Tv, you will not defeat us!! For those of you that haven't read one book this year, why not make it a goal to read one before the new year? I swear you will feel great after....and if you don't well it's one step towards better spelling on your friends' Facebook walls.  I am planning on making this goal into a charity event for 2011. Similar to the MS read-a-thon, but for both kids and adults. I will also have some celeb support involved in it, so I'm really excited.  Just working out the details, so check back early in the New Year for this information.
So here is another updated top 10 list. If there are stars beside it, that means "I liked it... I liked it a lot" (say it in the voice of Jim Carrey from Dumb and Dumber.)
1. Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers ****
2. Timbuktu: A Novel, by Paul Auster****
3. Amen, Amen, Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn't Stop Praying, by Abby Sher****
4. Thin is the New Happy, by Valerie Frankel
5. The Book of Awesome, by Neil Pasricha****
6. The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein****
7. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak****
8. The Heights, by Peter Hedges
9. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith (an oldie but a goodie)
10. Birds in Fall: A Novel, by Brad Kessler****

Have a great week everyone and Happy Reading!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thank God for YOU!!

By "YOU" I mean all those that came out on Thursday night to help make my book launch a very successful event. It was such a blast and I was not expecting so many people. When one of the employees came back to tell me not to come out yet because they had to put more chairs out, I was shocked.
It felt so great to have so much support from all walks of my life and amazing to see people that I hadn't seen in probably over ten years. (Thanks Facebook for that one). It was such a surreal and magical experience and I look forward to my launch in LA and New York in the new year.
If you couldn't make it out and still wish to purchase my book(s), you can get it at Indigo Manulife Centre or order online at Indigo or Amazon, or Barnes and Noble etc. etc.
Special thanks to Rob from the Chanel counter at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street for doing my makeup. I've been with him for years and he ROCKS!! Also to my close friend Megan Vincent for taking professional pictures on Thursday night. She is also the photographer of my author picture on the back....and of course to the pretty blonde girl that was standing at the back with the baby stroller, Jordana Lieberman-Hay, who has done my cover for both books now and we are already discussing the third. I have gotten so many compliments on it and she really did a fantastic job.
Of course last but not least, again to all of you that came out (some even from out of town).......THANK GOD FOR YOU!!!

Love and Silver Linings
Andrea Dana

Thursday, November 11, 2010

It's Ouuuuut!!!! (to be sung to the tune of "They're baaack"--from Poltergeist

I'm super excited to announce the release of my second novel "StarSitter: Thank God For You!" If you are in the Toronto area, please feel free to stop by Indigo Books at the Manulife Centre at 7pm tonight where my Canadian launch will be taking place. If you are in the LA area, a launch will be taking place in January (date to be determined).  If you can't make it to the signing the book is available online at Amazon, Indigo, Barnes and Noble, and tons of other online book sites. It is also available at Indigo. My StarSitter series would also make a great holiday gift, and as someone who's on her 87th out of 100 books for 2010, obviously I'm a big advocate for reading. You can check out my other blogs for other great recommendations. I have just returned from LA and there's a lot of exciting things happening with StarSitter that I will talk about in the next few weeks, but for now I am so grateful to everyone who has made this event possible. It means so much to me how people have really stepped up to the plate for me over the past couple years. I apologize for letting my blog slip for a while, but I have been so busy working on set, I haven't had time to post. However, keep checking back because I have an amazing and inspiring blog coming up about someone I have worked with
                      Hope to see you all tonight!
                     xoxo Andrea Dana