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Sunday, February 7, 2010

BEFORE I FALL, the Illustrated Edition


Way back in the fall, after a bunch of people (bloggers, primarily) wrote to me and requested a review copy of Before I Fall and I realized I did not have enough ARCs to go around, I remembered an all-important lesson from kindergarten: sharing is caring.

So I decided to send my book on something of a 1-ARC tour. Actually, it was a 2-ARC tour: one copy went to England and Spain, the other copy made its way across the US. I asked participating bloggers to write me notes in the book, if they were so inclined.

I am still waiting for the US copy to return to me, but a few weeks ago I got my little ARC back from Europe. It was a little worse for the wear, but infinitely improved: the notes inside moved me to tears, and this book has now become one of my most prized possessions. So thank you to Carla of The Crooked Shelf, Jenny of Wondrous Reads, and Lauren at I Was a Teenage Book Geek--your words truly touched me, as I hope my words have touched you!

One blogger, however, did not just write a note. Nope. The amazingly, incredibly talented Ana (Librojoven Blog), who is based in Spain, actually illustrated the book. Her drawings are stunning and, I believe, speak for themselves; I am not able to post all of the exquisite illustrations she left for me in the book's pages, but I would love to share a sampling of them.








AREN'T THEY UNBELIEVABLE?? And for those of you who have read it, the illustration below is actually the drawing that Kent gives to Sam on Cupid Day--Ana has envisioned it exactly the way I'd imagined it in my head!



So thank you, thank you, thank you! READERS ROCK.

xo
Lauren









10 comments:

Iffath♥Ahmed said...

Wow..the illustrations are gorgeous! :)

LovesSam said...

Wow!! Look at those pictures! how talented is Ana, they are amazing :-) So glad you liked the notes!! Been seeing Before I Fall in people's mailboxes this week and I am so excited to be able to talk about it with everyone soon!

prophecygirl said...

Those pics are amazing! Thanks for sending the book round to us dude :)

Jemi Fraser said...

Fabulous pictures!! And what a great idea :)

Lauren said...

Ana's illustrations are amazing! I'm really glad you liked the notes too. Thank you so much for sending the ARC round to us. It's always nice to get a review copy, but sharing that one ARC ended up meaning so much more. xxx

jessjordan said...

Gor. Geous!

And what a great idea you had with the ARC tour! So clever.

Melissa said...

Those are just fantastic!!! And what a meaningful "gift" for you!

Keris said...

What a great idea! Wish I'd thought to do that with mine, but I only got one and I sent it to my favourite author! Wonder if she'll send it back, illustrated... ;)

Jenn-ay said...

Oh that's such a great idea! It's cool that you let some of your international bloggers a chance to be a part of the tour. I hope more authors do what you did : )

Adele said...

Lauren and Ana, you've made me curse my lack of artistry. How wonderful!

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