New See How They Run Pub Date!

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Christmas is coming early to Embassy Row!

Yes. The rumors are true! The official pub date of See How They Run is now December 22nd, 2015–almost a full month earlier than expected!

We are that excited to bring you the next Embassy Row novel.

Want a sneak peek? Want to win cool prizes? Easy. Just sign up to be an #AllyAmbassador by visiting EmbassyRowBooks.com and clicking on the Ally Ambassadors tab.

Both books are available for preorder now! And don’t forget to mark your calendars. Winter break just got a lot more exciting!

-Ally

Magnificent Tuesday!

Hi Everyone!

Well I am a day late on my Magnificent Monday post and if you noticed last Monday’s post I  had my dates all wrong!!!

This start of the school year has my whole family out of whack! Anyone else having a hard time getting back into the groove of things?

On the upside, there are so many fun things coming up this fall and winter! What are you looking forward to?

I will have a fun puzzle next week, I promise!

Hope everyone is having a better start to their week than I am!

Magnificent Tumblr Contest

Hi Everyone!

This week are having  an Embassy Row Fan Art Contest on Tumblr!

So head over to Tumblr and post your best Embassy Row Fan Art and use the hashtags #embassyrowcontest & #isgracecrazy

You have until this Friday August 28th to post your art and you must use the 2 hashtags to be entered.

Ally will pick a winner or winners on Monday August 31.

What’s the prize you ask?

An Advanced Reading Copy of See How They Run!!!!

That’s right you can win it before you can buy it!

Magnificent Answer Monday

Hi Everyone!

A few weeks ago I asked you to send in your questions for Ally, and today I am going to post some of the questions and her answers!

Can you describe See How They Run in one word?

INTENSE!

 

What book was the most fun to write?

I’m sure I probably hated every single one of them at one point or another in the process, but as far as just the sheer glee of it, I’m going to have to say the first draft of Love You, Kill You. It got much, much harder and more stressful when I started revisions, but up until that it was a lot of fun! (Probably because I had absolutely no idea what I was doing.) Ignorance truly is bliss.

About Money

Hi, all!

Ally here again to continue my series of blog posts about Things I’ve Learned in the Past Ten Years, because, as you know, this December will mark my ten year “publiversary”, so I’ve been thinking a lot about all the things that a-decade-ago-me didn’t quite understand yet. And so this is me trying to pass some knowledge along.

Today is a hard one–but an important one: money.

No. I’m not going to talk about how to make pots of it. I’m going to talk about what you should do with what you’ve got.

Ally Goes to Hollywood

So…earlier this week, THIS happened.

 

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Here I am pictured with Brownstone Productions, specifically Max Handelman, Elizabeth Banks (yes, that Elizabeth Banks) and Allison Small.

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These are three of the wonderful and very smart people who are working to make Heist Society a movie, and I was so excited to get to go to their offices to talk about the script and the progress they’ve made so far. (Which is incredibly impressive because, again, they’re very smart.)

Now, as soon as I posted this pic Monday afternoon the internet exploded into a chorus of “IS HEIST SOCIETY GOING TO BE A MOVIE!?!”

Magnificent Ask Ally Monday

Hey Everyone!

Since we asked you questions last week, I thought this week we would let you ask the questions!

I will pick a handful of fun questions to have Ally answer.

For example, I know Ally likes to bake but I wonder what her favorite thing to bake is?!?!?!?

I think that will be my question! Ha!

So post your questions and I will get some answers!

Have a good week!

Shellie

The Book That Almost Killed Me

Hello, everyone!

Ally here! As those of you who follow me on twitter might have seen a week or two ago, I just realized that this December will be my ten year Publiversary! Yep. My very first novel (which is now out of print and very hard to find, sorry) came out almost ten years ago.

I’ve been thinking for a while now of what I might do to mark the occasion, and I’ve got some ideas for something I think you guys are really going to like. But that’s going to take a little while to bring into fruition.

Magnificent Quiz Monday

Hi Everyone!

Since we have a lot of new followers to the blog I thought a fun “get to know you” quiz would be fun!

1. Hamburger or Hotdog or I don’t eat meat?

2. Call or text or snapchat?

3. Purse or Backpack or Nothing, a true spy just uses what’s around?

4. Outside or Inside or Either?

5. Makeup or just mascara or nothing but face lotion?

6. Bike or skateboard or what are those?

7. Winter or Spring or Summer or Fall?

8. High heels or Tennis shoes or Hiking boots or Flip flops?

Baking Soda and the Art of Book-to-Film Adaptations

So this is something I’ve been thinking about writing for a long time. At least a year. Maybe longer. Probably longer. And I’ve decided to write this now because John Green’s PAPER TOWNS opens this weekend, and I’m extremely excited for John and about the movie. Also because the “John Green Hollywood experience” has been on my mind a lot lately.

It never ceases to amaze me how much the book-to-film process both captures the public’s fascination and confuses the heck out of people.

If you write a book – any book – you will hear every day that “you should make a movie out of your book!”