I can hardly believe I’m typing this, but …

Four stars!!!

My True Love Gave to Me received its FOURTH *starred* review. Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and now Booklist:

"Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It’s a Christmas miracle! Not since 2008’s Let It Snow … has a compendium of wintry love stories given readers such reason to celebrate. Using her trademark sparkling dialogue, Rainbow Rowell rings in an amorous New Year’s between old pals. Matt De La Peña presents a house-sitter hookup with unlikely results. Jenny Han writes tales of woe and lust between Santa’s adopted daughter and her coworking elves. Stephanie Perkins pairs a tree-lot employee with a shopper who pines for much more. David Levithan’s Jewish St. Nick loves his boyfriend enough to (reluctantly) spread some X-mas magic. Holly Black’s hot Christmas Krampus crashes a swinging holiday soiree. Kiersten White whips up a delicious romance in a struggling Yule-themed diner. And several other big-name writers—Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Laini Taylor—craft cozy, clever, totally PG tales of good tidings. This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.”

This anthology will be available for purchase on October 14th!

Mark it to-read on Goodreads. Pre-order it from your favorite independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

Um, HOW gorgeous is the UK hardback edition of My True Love Gave To Me?! A stunning collection of winter romances, My True Love Gave To Me is edited by Stephanie Perkins, and includes short stories by Stephanie, Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor and Kiersten White.

And it’s BEAUTIFUL - a hardback with finishes that include BRIGHT PINK sprayed edges, foiled cover, and gold ribbon marker. We thought we’d show it off in all it’s glory with this handy visual :)

You can get your hands on a copy from 9th October… we are counting down the days!

It was good for a while, being empty. I didn’t hurt anymore. But as time went on, it was like I could hear myself from far away, begging for permission to come back.
—  Myra McEntire, Hourglass

On the first day of December, My True Love Gave to Me … a beautiful book tree.

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My True Love Gave To Me! In stores now!

Hi everyone!

Ally here, and today I’m going to tell you a story.

You see, last December I had just turned in the first draft of ALL FALL DOWN to my editor, and I had a little time off while I waited for Editor David to read the draft and tell me what I needed to work on in draft 2.

So I did what any self-respecting person does when they are faced with a few free days in December: I put on my stretchy pants and fuzzy socks and proceeded to watch about 200 cheesy holiday made-for-TV movies.

You know the ones? Where the plunky heroine and hunky hero trade barbs and banter under mistletoe and while sipping cocoa and are frequently snowed in together until they must face the fact that THEY ARE IN LOVE! And they must SAVE CHRISTMAS.

I KNOW you guys know those movies. And I bet you love them just as much as I do.

So I was watching a lot of those and, of course, tweeting the whole experience. It was fun. Then I got a text from my friend, New York Times Bestselling author and all-around sweetheart Stephanie Perkins.

“Can I call you?” Steph’s text said.

“Sure,” I texted back, totally unsure what this could be about.

So then a few minutes later my phone rang and, sure enough, it was Steph, who had, of course, seen my various tweets about my new all-consuming passion for cheesy holiday movies.

“How would you like to write one of those stories?” Steph asked.

“I’d love to!” I said.

“Good,” Steph told me, “because I’m planning on selling an anthology that includes holiday love stories from a whole bunch of YA authors, and you’re going to be one of them.”

“Sold!” I said, and true to her word, a few weeks later Steph had assembled an amazing list of authors and sold the book to St. Martins.

That was less than a year ago, and right now–TODAY– the book is in stores! (Which, trust me, is lightning fast in publishing years.)

I am so honored to be a part of such a wonderful collection! But don’t take my word for it. The anthology has garnered FOUR STARRED REVIEWS (and anthologies almost never get a single starred review), and has been beloved by everyone.

So if you’re in the bookstore, pick up a copy and check it out. And, of course, you can look it up online as well.

Here are a few retail options:

Barnes & Noble

iBookstore

IndieBound

Books-A-Million

Amazon

I’m so grateful to Steph for including me and St. Martins for making such a beautiful book (I know a lot of you probably love eBooks, but trust me, the physical book is a thing of beauty!)

Such a fun way to kick off the holiday season!

Ally

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For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may also change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should’ve happened?

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MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME!

Hello, darlings! So, today is the day. MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME is officially OUT in the US! I hope you enjoy it. It really is such a delightful collection of sweet, swoony, magical stories revolving around my favorite time of the year.

Here is some trivia about my story:

I stole two scenes directly from the lives of my sisters. One is very near the beginning, and seems pretty unbelievable, but that woman with the sunglasses and four small children? My older sister, the brilliant, high-powered attorney. The other is one of my favorite parts of the story, a past interaction between Maria and her mother’s boyfriend that turns out to be so much more than she remembered. It’s based on my own sweet father and his quiet ways of taking care of each of his five kids as we struggled in junior high and high school.

Even though “Welcome to Christmas, CA,” is a love story, it’s not just a romantic love story. It’s a love story to families, to home, to community, and to the food that helps connect us to all those things.

And if that isn’t enough to convince you to read it (along with the FOUR starred professional reviews the anthology received!), please keep in mind that Ben, the super cute new chef at the diner, is absolutely and completely based on one Ned the Piemaker:

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It’s true, Lee Pace! Totally modeled on you!

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So! Go get your copy. US or UK, or both. Keep one for yourself and give the other to someone you love. (Or keep both for yourself and tell your lazy, cheap loved one to get their own copy.)

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Sending you pumpkin spice and peppermint wishes!

XOXO