back in the usa...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hola friends!!

Here's the first photo of la familia on the beach in front of the fabulous Holbox Fly Fishing Lodge, where we had one of the best reunions so far. How could we go wrong, really---white sand beaches, blue water, friends and family, homemade ceviche, glorious sunsets...and did I mention the margaritas?
As I mentioned in my post from down there, we were on a quiet, very remote island not far from Cancun. I had never really been to Mexico before, and i quite fell in love with the laid back atmosphere. It is not my beloved Hawaii, but it was wonderful in a totally different way. Goodbye hula and hello mariachi. Did I spell that right? Best part of the getaway was spending quality time with my family; worst part was being totally cut off from my cell phone and my laptop. It's been a long time since I was that unplugged. :) And for Sharon, if you're reading this, you had a couple of great photos in the family slide show.
Now I'm back into ordinary life for the foreseeable future. Ben and I are headed to Hawaii in late March, but as you all know, I have wireless there. No problems blogging from the beach. Also, I'll be looking for good books to read. Any suggestions?
I know you can't see that I just took a break, but I did. I just got a call from my agent, who told me that Firefly Lane has held it's number FOUR spot on the New York Times again this week. How flippin' amazing is that? And True Colors is at number ten. Too bad there's no one here to drink champagne with me. Or maybe we could all toast our drink of choice this evening as if we're together...
Other than book signings and touring and family reunions and finishing the book for 2010, I haven't been doing a whole lot. I guess all that has pretty much taken up all of my time. Oh, and the fact that my satellite company is fighting with the local ABC affiliate is my biggest headache. In case you don't know, what that means is that I don't have ABC, which means I don't have LOST!!! AAAAAAgggggghhhhh.... Picture me angry. I also don't have Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Grey's get the drift. So I'm trying to keep up with my shows on my computer and I'm way way behind. So please, friends, no big spoilers without an alert. I'd hate to stumble across something I hadn't seen yet. Anyone have recommendations for what shows on ABC I should watch first. Literally, I'm weeks and weeks behind...
Thoughts on the Oscars: LOVED the new way they presented the acting awards--I actually cried a couple of times. Shirley Maclaine was especially great, as was Goldie. Loved Hugh Jackman, LOVED the fabulous and amazing set, loved the Seth Rogen/James Franco bit, loved seeing Kate Winslet win. I would have liked more presenters, though. I am a dress watcher, at heart.
Let's there any other news? Honestly, with my tv down and my book at the final editing stage, my brain is reduced to baby food. Thanks to all of you who came to the various signings. I sure appreciated seeing you all. I'll be in Redmond, Washington tomorrow night and Village Books in Bellingham on Saturday night for anyone in the area.
Aloha and adios---

5 down...2 to go

Five signings down...Two to Go

Here are a few pictures from Kristin's signing at Liberty Bay Books. My less-than-stellar skills with a camera has kept most of the photos from being uploaded. :( Apologizes to everyone who I made stand and pose and the pictures still turned out too fuzzy to use! If any Fireflies happen to make either of Kristin's last two signings (Redmond on the 26th or Bellingham on the 28th), please snap some pics and I'll post them on the blog.

Also, Kristin will be guest blogging on the 27th at ttp://

I know she'd love it if you came over and said hi if you have time.


Kristin with the lovely and talented
Jill Barnett

Kristin and two wonderful readers.

Kristin with one of our newest Fireflies!!!

Kristin with her charming father and his lovely wife

Mr. Hannah and Firefly Rachael

Hola from sunny Mexico!!!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hola firefly friends---

I know I usually post from the beaches of sunny Hawaii, but just this once I've gone south instead of west. (I am hopelessly directionally challenged, so if that's wrong, please don't tell me). Except for Leen, who is always funny in her observations. :)

Anyway, I'm down on a GORGEOUS island off the coast of Mexico. Not surprisingly, I don't know the precise location, but we're about a two hour drive from Cancun. My entire family (at least almost entire, a few people are sadly unable to attend) is gathering for a reunion. The last time we all got together was a few years ago, in Hawaii. And here we are again. We'll be trading in pina coladas and reaching for margaritas instead... The only thing missing, really, is Jill Marie Landis, who makes every beach party more fun.

So far, we've been kayaking and running and listening to local music and swimming on our fashion fun floats. There are three of us that do this---Debbie is the fun; Mackenzie is the fashion (her suit matches the float), and me. The float. I don't think this is a crack about my weight. :)

As crazy as the last few weeks has been, it's GREAT to be down here. My husband and I were on tour for True Colors (it was great to meet a bunch of you all, by the way--and welcome to anyone new I met!). We came home from the tour and turned right around and left again. I know, I know, we were leaving for sunny Mexico, so it wasn't such a hardship, but still...don't you feel a little sorry for me. All that travel and packing and repacking? Just a little? Okay, okay, I know you don't. You're still thinking about the beach and the margarita...and you're right. It's cool.

The other thing going on, of course, is the books. While I'm down here lazing around, Firefly Lane continues to blaze up the book charts. Last I heard it was number 5 on the New York Times list. As if that isn't amazing enough, True Colors debuted at number 5!!! Needless to say, number 5 is my new favorite number. :) And best of all, if they start to fall, I'm too far away to hear. There's no cell service down here, no real internet (just cafes where you have to sit and type while the beach is calling), so whatever happens, I won't know about it until after the fact. Margarita on!

I'll be home in five days and show you all some great photos. My niece is a great photographer, so maybe she'll loan me a few. I can't post my own here because this is a public computer.

So, hola and adios to all!!

Talk to you again soon,


ps: And yes....I am missing LOST!!!!!!!! The price of paradise....

Come see Kristin!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Hello Fireflies!! I interrupt Kristin's regularly scheduled blogging for the following:

Tour Dates

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 6:30pm
Liberty Bay Books
Poulsbo, WA

Thursday, February 5, 2009 7:30pm
Eagle Harbor Books
157 Winslow WayBainbridge, WA

Friday, February 6, 2009 6:30pm
Third Place Books
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA

Monday, February 9, 2009 7:00pm
Borders687 NW 12th St.
Gresham, OR

Tuesday, February 10, 2009 7:00pm
Powells Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd.
Beaverton, OR

Thursday, February 26, 2009 7:00pm
Borders16549 NE 74th Street
Redmond, WA

Saturday, February 28, 2009 7:00pm
Village Books
1200 11th Street
Bellingham, WA