I’m thrilled that Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) has been included in the Spring YA edition of Buzz Books. You can download it FOR FREE for any ereading app or device that floats your boat, and you’ll get excerpts of 26 upcoming YA titles. I’m thrilled to find myself alongside Rebecca Stead, even if I only have alphabetical order to thank for that. Read the first few chapters of Kissing Ted Callahan where, I promise, you’ll find out very quickly all about the object of Riley’s affections, the titular Ted Callahan.
I am truly thrilled to have Kissing Ted Callahan included in BookRiot’s list of 2015 feminist YA novels! I’ve already read All the Rage and Bone Gap and couldn’t be more flattered to see my book on the same list. Feminism isn’t just one thing or message–beyond equality, of course–and so it means a lot that my weird little romcom was included here.
There’s a first time for everything?
Thank you to SLJ for their kind words about Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)!
Sixteen-year-old Riley is pretty happy with her life so far. She has her best friends Lucy and Reid; their band, the Gold Diggers, is getting better; and school is not horrible. After walking in on Lucy and their other bandmate Nathan, Riley and Reid decide they need to do something to bring a bit of romance into their own lives. They make a pact: help each other with their respective crushes and document everything in a notebook. Reid tries to overcome his insecurity and anxiety; Riley gets in over her head with three different guys—Garrick, Milo, and her crush, Ted. While trying to figure out what to do about the men in her life, Riley also avoids Lucy, feeling like they no longer know each other. The band starts to take off but everything gets jumbled as emotions escalate and things get complicated. Then the notebook disappears and Riley and Reid must tell the people closest to them the truth. Character-driven enough to keep the story moving, this book will appeal most to teenagers questioning and exploring romantic relationships. Sex does happen in this story, more than once, along with a small amount of drinking. Most readers will find the notebook entries (done in a handwriting-like font) humorous and relate to the confusing feelings that come from acting on a crush or trying to date in high school. VERDICT Recommended for teens looking for realistic stories without a hefty amount of drama.
(Headline totally stolen from my agent.)
So thrilled for this lovely review from Kirkus:
So many boys, so little time; what’s a rock girl to do?
Music-obsessed Riley and Reid, a writer, are shocked to find out that their fellow band mates, Lucy (Riley’s once–best friend and former confidante) and Nathan, have not only been secretly dating, they’ve also been doing it. Feeling glaringly inexperienced, Riley and Reid decide to keep a handwritten notebook—nicknamed the Passenger Manifest from the TV show Lost—chronicling all of their experiences with love, dating and sex. To Riley’s surprise, she becomes involved with three guys: science-loving Garrick, who once dated a celebrity; Ted Callahan, her longtime, irresistibly floppy-haired crush; and Milo, a fellow band geek and tuba player. Riley and Reid carefully record every detail of their dating foibles, but when the Passenger Manifest turns up missing, what are they to do? Narrated mainly by Riley, the story provides small snippets of Reid’s dating life—and, regrettably, little else about him—in the entries from the Passenger Manifest that appear between prose chapters. Riley’s approach to sex is a long way from Forever…; losing her virginity seems to be more an item on her to-do list than a milestone moment.
A not-so-fluffy chick-lit offering rife with angst, rock ’n’ roll and lots of kissing. (Romance. 13-18)
New York! I told you I’d have an update for you…and I do!!
Amy Spalding is a professional author, not a professional singer, but that’s no longer going to hold back her dream of starring in her own cabaret show! Join Amy for songs, a dramatic reading (or two), and special guests, to celebrate the release of her third young adult novel, Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys).
$5 Ticket without Book & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre
$20 VIP Ticket with Book & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre
Reserve your ticket here!! Now!! See you in May!!
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, I would love you to attend the launch party for Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) on Saturday April 11 at 5pm at Skylight Books. Feel free to RSVP on the Facebook event page if that floats your boat!
If you’re in the New York area, I will have a link for you soon!
Hope to see you soon!!
Happy New Year, everyone! Can you believe that Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) will be out in a few short months? Nope, me either! There are still a few days left to win a copy on Goodreads!
Speaking of Mr. Callahan, the cover got a teeny tiny facelift:
In other teeny tiny facelift news, my fourth book has a new title!…it is now called The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions).
In non teeny tiny facelift news, I was a guest on Joseph Scrimshaw’s Obsessed podcast, talking about my favorite Swedish pop duo.
You can win ebook copies of The Reece Malcolm List and Ink Is Thicker than Water on Rather Be Reading! (You can also read an interview with me, if that sort of thing floats your boat.)
Oh hi there! It is me, Amy Spalding, and I come with news!
If you can’t easily read the above, here’s the official announcement from Publishers Weekly:
Pam Gruber at Little, Brown’s Poppy imprint has acquired a new YA novel by Amy Spalding, author of Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys). In Jules, the New Guy, and Other Senior Year Distractions, a neurotic overachiever’s plans for her perfect senior year are derailed by a relationship – and then a rivalry – with a cute boy at school. It’s set for spring 2016 publication; Kate Schafer Testerman at kt literary sold world English rights.
Ohhh, I am excited about this one. I’m still writing it! That’s scary, and exhilarating, kind of like the second drop when you’re riding Pirates of the Caribbean. But I am very much in love with Jules, with Alex (the titular New Guy), with Jules’ parents (I LIVE FOR WRITING PARENTS!), with Jules’ dogs, with Jules’ BFF. It’s been wonderful writing someone who is so incredibly goal-oriented and ambitious. I’m thrilled that my agent Kate and my editor Pam love her like I do.
(I updated the FAQ with a few Jules questions!)
I also just received this magical box:
Are you guys ready for Ted? Really you need to get ready for Riley, who may be my weirdest girl yet. She loves waffles and rock and roll and boys with great hair, and if you think, “Aren’t you just describing yourself, Amy?” well, Riley is a bit cooler than me, but, you aren’t wrong there.
NOTE: THIS CONTEST HAS NOW ENDED!
I think I should give one of these beauties away to one of you beauties, don’t you think? If you want to WIN an advance copy of Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) all you have to do is comment below and tell me EITHER your favorite fake band name (THAT YOU CAME UP WITH!) or the dorkiest thing you ever did/said to impress a crush! You could also TWEET to win! Just answer one of these questions and HASHTAG IT! #KissingTedCallahan Entries will be accepted through next Wednesday, September 24! A winner will be chosen AT RANDOM! Only fate can help you now.
I know all of you were on the edge of your seats hoping I’d return to blogging. The good news is that day has arrived. That day is now. You are reading the blog, so you know this. Do you feel the excitement? I hope that you do.
There’s exciting news in the world of Kissing Ted Callahan (And Other Guys). Firstly…there is a cover!
I had nothing to do with this cover, so I can just flat-out say that I love it and think it’s amazing. It’s nothing at all like what I pictured it might be, and yet it’s PERFECT.
You may spy on this beautiful cover something else beautiful: and that is a blurb from the wonderful and NEWLY NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING Stephanie Perkins:
“I laughed so hard I cried. I have a major crush on Ted Callahan.”
The site has been updated with pre-order links for all vendors!