I'm advised not to respond to reader reviews, but sometimes it's tempting! One recent review on Goodreads assumed that my sister and I had lost touch. Chanel Bonfire is dedicated to my sister, who I consider to be the hero of the story in many ways, and we remain close.
Another common critique is that the book has no pictures. This was an editorial decision made by my publisher, Gallery Books. You can go to the Chanel Bonfire Facebook page or the website www.chanelbonfire.com and see photos of many of the people who appear in Chanel - friends and family.
I hope that clears up a few things!
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The new paperback edition of Chanel is out today! And it's being featured at the Hudson News Store in all your favorite airports! Perfect for vacation reading!
Both the photo of my mother, Georgann Rea and the one of me and my sister Robin were taken by my late step-father, Oliver Rea. The new edition also includes the first chapter of the sequel, Heart of Glass due out in March 2016!
Happy Summer! Happy Reading!
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Fresh from the publisher! My first copies of the new Chanel paperback which includes the first chapter of the sequel Heart of Glass! The books will be available two weeks from today and will be featured at Hudson News in airports all over the country! I think Gallery did a lovely job. And I absolutely love the Tiffany blue. That's my mother on the cover and Robbie and I in the inset photo. I hope you like Chanel and will look forward to Heart of Glass which is being published in March, 2016.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Congratulations Erika from Austin, TX, Julio from Portland, CT, Jill from Downer's Grove, IL, Alyson from Wheat Ridge, CO, and Tracy from Southfield, MI! Out of over 1,600 entries, you've won free copies of Chanel! You should receive them this week if you haven't already. And if any of you choose the book for a book group, I'd be happy to Skype with you and answer any questions you all might have. I've done it with many groups all over the world and it's always a terrific time!
Saturday, June 27, 2015
I'm always flattered when a teacher uses my book in a discussion on memoir or workshop on telling one's own story. And I was thrilled to be back in the UCLA classroom of the great writer and brilliant teacher Alison Singh Gee. If you haven't read her wonderful book, "Where The Peacocks Sing" you should. Just click on the Amazon link to the right and order it for your Kindle or have a copy delivered! And you can also check out her author page at MacMillan: Alison Singh Gee
Friday, May 8, 2015
This is an early proof copy of the new paperback cover for Chanel due out this summer! The reissue will include the first chapter of the sequel, HEART OF GLASS! That's my mom on Lyford Cay with Robbie and me in the inset. The photos were taken by Pop, my once-upon-a-time stepfather Oliver Rea (note the misspelling of his name on the credit). Should be out in July in time to take to the beach!
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
HEART OF GLASS, the sequel to Chanel Bonfire is on its way! I turned in the manuscript to my wonderful editor and publisher just before Thanksgiving and am hard at work on the notes. Look for updates during the year on the progress and some sneak peeks at the story. Publication is set for January 2016!