I am overjoyed and so filled with gratitude that Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection!
Notes from the Word Nest
I’m thrilled and honored to learn that Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is a New England Book Award finalist! Thank you New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA).
Congratulations to all the finalists! I’m so awed to see Keiko in such amazing company!
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is in French! I’m over-the-moon happy to know that readers in France will get to meet and hopefully fall in love with Keiko.
Les coups de coeur de Keiko Carter/Michel Lafon 2020
Thank you to everyone for playing along and helping me celebrate my debut middle grade novel! Today is the last day of festivities with a special prize. Not only will you get a signed copy of my book, but you will get something special, too!
As I’ve mentioned, Keiko Carter loves chocolate. The book opens up with her eating M&Ms so what better way to end the week of celebration – with M&Ms! But not just any M&Ms, custom Keiko Carter M&Ms!
M&Ms in pink, blue, purple inscribed with Keiko, Jenna, Audrey, and a heart!
What’s the special prize along with a signed copy of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter? This baggie of custom M&Ms with a special edition hologram sticker of the cover:
What do you have to do to win? Guess the number of M&Ms in this jar:
Find my post on Twitter or Instagram and comment with your guess. The person with the correct number wins! If more than one person guesses the correct number, I will randomly draw a winner from the correct guesses. If no one guesses the correct number, I will gather the guesses closest to the correct number and randomly draw a winner on Saturday, May 9 in the morning EDT. US mailing addresses only! Good luck!
Thank you again for making my launch week feel like a party!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to FMMS Library for winning with the closest guess of 164! (Correct answer was 165.) And thank you again to everyone for helping me celebrate!
May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and in honor of it, today I’m sharing some blurbs for Keep It Together, Keiko Carter from the amazing AAPI community. I’m also giving away a signed copy of my book – all you have to do is comment on my Twitter or IG post and a winner will be drawn at random across all my social media platforms tomorrow morning (5/8/) EDT. US mailing address only, one entry per person, and new winner only. Thank you for playing!
Thank you for all the book love and support and for making my launch week feel like a party!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Kristin P for winning!
Thank you all for a wonderful book birthday celebration yesterday! I’m overjoyed to know that Keep It Together, Keiko Carter is now in the hands of readers!
The winner from yesterday’s Chocolate Challenge drawing is Karen L. Congratulations!
Today we’re sharing silly dog tricks. Keiko Carter loves dogs and so do I! So, today, I’m asking you to post/share your dog’s (or any pet’s) silly trick. Make sure you tag me and use #KeikoCarter in your post. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram.
Here is my dog Kiku. When we take her for walks along the river, we toss her poop bags on the opposite side of the road to pick up on the way back. We have trained her to alert/point out her bags so we don’t accidentally forget to pick them up.
Your turn! To be entered in the drawing to win a signed copy of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, be sure to post on Twitter or IG, tag me, and use the #KeikoCarter and Silly Dog Tricks. US mailing addresses only. Winner will be drawn at random and announced on 5/7 in the AM EDT. Thank you and good luck!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Emily F for winning!
Joining me to celebrate my book birthday are friends and authors Christina Soontornvat and Supriya Kelkar – and they have agreed to compete in a chocolate quiz. Who wins? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!
You can be entered in a drawing to win a personalized signed copy of Keep It Together, Keiko Carter. Please comment on Twitter or Instagram for one entry. US mailing address only. Winner announced on Wednesday morning EST, May 6. (I always love hearing from you, but comments here will not count toward the drawing.)
Thank you for helping me celebrate!
EDITED TO ADD: Congratulations to Karen L for winning!
For more about the book: Keep It Together, Keiko Carter
Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, and thank you to awesome independent bookstore Bank Square Books for running the campaign. And now, the winner of the grand prize….
If you missed the pre-order campaign, but still want a personalized signed copy of the book, you can still purchase copies from Bank Square Books. Just put the name of whom you want to book signed in the Comments when you check out. Thank you!
Keep It Together, Keiko Carter, my middle grade debut novel, will be celebrating a book birthday on May 5! After years of writing, revising, submitting, collecting rejections, writing, and revising, this story of my heart will be a real book with readers and I’m so excited to celebrate!
May 5: The drawing of the winner from my pre-order campaign with Bank Square Books. The winner will receive a grand prize package of amazing items from the cover/book including Keiko’s backpack with enamel pins and plush keychain.
May 5: Chocolate Quiz video – Joining me to celebrate my book birthday, authors Christina Soontornvat and Supriya Kelkar take a chocolate quiz. See who wins! Comment with your favorite chocolate and be entered in a drawing for my book.
May 6: Silly Dog Tricks – Keiko Carter loves dogs! Post a pic or a video of your dog’s (or any pet’s) silly trick to be entered in a drawing for my book.
May 7: AAPI blurbs – May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I’ll be posting blurbs from the AAPI community. Retweet/like to be entered in a drawing for my book.
May 8: Guess the M&Ms – Guess the number of M&Ms in a container to be entered in a drawing for my book and a special package of custom M&Ms.
US mailing addresses only. Each contest will run till the following morning EST.
Thanks for celebrating with me!
In one week, I’ll be celebrating the launch of my debut middle grade novel, Keep It Together, Keiko Carter! I’m super excited! I hope you’ll join me in celebrating virtually. I’ll be hosting some fun giveaways where you could win signed copies of the book. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram, and join the week-long celebration starting on May 5!
You can still pre-order here, Bank Square Books, and get a personalized signed copy, limited edition swag, and be entered in a grand prize drawing for fun items from the book/cover. Don’t worry, you can still order signed copies from that link after the pre-order campaign is over on May 4.
Thanks for all the book love, and “see” you next week!
Pre-orders are a great way to support authors to let publishers know that there is excitement around a book. This means you order the book in advance of publication.
In partnership with my local independent bookstore, Bank Square Books, I am running a special pre-order campaign.
Pre-order the book through this link, and you will get a personalized signed copy mailed to you (free shipping in the US) with one bookmark and one limited edition Keiko Carter button. When you check out during purchasing, leave a note in the comments to let me know to whom you’d like the book signed. Thank you!
Button will be randomly selected
You will also be entered in a drawing for a grand prize of items from the cover/book: backpack, enamel pins, plush keychain, water bottle, chocolate bars, and a boba tea light! One entry for each book purchase. Winner will be announced on May 5, 2020.
Good luck and thank you so much for your support!