I attended several of your workshops over the last few years when you have come to London. I wanted to let you know that my debut Young Adult novel, Firsts, is being released on January 5 by Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin's Press. I’m having a book launch on February 10, and you and everyone else is invited to help me celebrate at:
The Landon Library
167 Wortley Road, London, Ontario, (Map here)
February 10, from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
The event will be hosted by the Oxford Book Shop, and everyone is welcome. If you're in the London area, I'd love to see you there! Please RSVP by January 18 (if you can) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can't attend but would like a signed copy of the book, feel free to contact the Oxford Book Shop at (519) 438-8336.
Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Seventeen-year-old Mercedes Ayres has an open-door policy when it comes to her bedroom, but only if the guy fulfills a specific criteria: he has to be a virgin. Mercedes lets the boys get their awkward fumbling first times over with, and all she asks in return is that they give their girlfriends the perfect first time-the kind Mercedes never had herself.
Keeping what goes on in her bedroom a secret has been easy – so far. Her mother isn't home nearly enough to know about Mercedes' extracurricular activities, and her uber-religious best friend, Angela, won't even say the word "sex" until she gets married.
But Mercedes doesn't bank on Angela's boyfriend finding out about her services and wanting a turn – or on Zach, who likes her for who she is instead of what she can do in bed. When Mercedes' perfect system falls apart, she has to find a way to salvage her own reputation – and figure out where her heart really belongs in the process.
Funny, smart, and true-to-life, Laurie Elizabeth Flynn's Firsts is a one-of-a-kind young adult novel about growing up.
Firsts is being distributed in Canada by Raincoast books and is available here or available internationally here.
Note: My next workshop in London, Ontario, will be Writing Your Life and Other True Stories on April 16. Details here. ~ Brian
See my full schedule here, including writing workshops and creative writing courses in Algonquin Park, Alton, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brampton, Burlington, Caledon, Collingwood, Georgetown, Guelph, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Midland, Mississauga, Newmarket, Orillia, Oakville, Ottawa, Peterborough, St. Catharines, St. John, NB, Sudbury, Thessalon, Toronto, Windsor, Halton, Ingersoll, Kitchener-Waterloo, Muskoka, Peel, Simcoe, York, the GTA, Ontario and beyond.