Sunday, January 27, 2013

Calling All Cammy Lovers

What is it you like so much about Casey + Sammy?

How are they different (better?) than other literary couples?

Can you come up with a sentence or two to sum it up?

I usually think of Sammy in terms of her skateboard and high-tops (and what they represent about her) and her keen observational skills (and its associated humor), but Showdown in Sin City takes place over Valentine's Day, and as part of the ramp up to the series wrap up campaign, there will be a Random House sponsored FaceBook page launching on Valentine's Day. So I was thinking it would be great to have you chime in on the page and state why you like the Sammy/Casey relationship.

Did I ever tell you that Casey--introduced in Moustache Mary--was only supposed to be a prominent character for that one book? But after Hollywood Mummy came out and I got so much mail saying WHERE'S CASEY!? I started rethinking. And the more he showed up, the more I liked him.

So, see?

I listen.

This may not always be immediately evident. Plus, sometimes I like to surprise you so it takes a while for you to know I listen, and by then you may have even forgotten what we discussed. But I haven't!

You will see evidence of that in Killer Cruise, I promise.

But ANYWAY!

The FB launch is still a couple of weeks away, so there's plenty of time to think about it, and here's something else to consider: I don't know exactly what's coming down the pike for the last 2 books, and I can't guarantee anything, but if you would like to send your "quote" about Cammy to me for consideration in future publicity, I will do my best to get it utilized. (In what I'm not sure! Promotional campaign materials? The website [which I'm promised will be updated!]? Future Sammy paperbacks?)

I'd say limit yourself to a sentence or two, send it to this e-mail address, include your first name, age, and the state you're from. For the e-mail's subject use: MY QUOTE. (And if you want to send more than one--or are more keen on saying something about the series as a whole instead of specifically Cammy--go ahead!)

So the body of your e-mail would look like:

"Your amazing quote!" Lidia, 72, Hawaii

(If you're not comfortable with the age thing, leave it out. I just think it's very cool that the range in age of people who read Sammy is so wide.)

(Also, I'm asking you to send your quote to the mailbox for your privacy and protection. If you want to post it publicly without the age and state info, wait for the Feb 14th Random House FB page launch and post it there.) (I'll keep you informed as the date gets closer.)

I like the idea of including my faithful blog readers in this ramp up to wrap up, and I hope you think it's fun to be part of it.

Thanks for giving it some thought. See you in the comments!


27 comments:

Yusa said...

This is great! Something bout Cammy! I have so much to say....

Yusa said...

How to sum it up into 2 sentences instead of a paragraph? Difficult :)

Kylie said...

I totally agree with Yuss! I don't know how to sum it up, but I shall think!

Ky

Leslie said...

...yeah, I'm stuck at 6 sentences. Maybe I should go for a different angle (but I really like the angle I'm coming from).

Or, brainwave. I'll just employ run-on sentences! That will fill the publishers with confidence.

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Leslie (and anyone else it may apply to!) : If you don't mind me culling from your 6 sentences, send in the whole thing!

Jessica said...

Hmm, I'm not a big fan of romance in general, so the fact that I actually *like* Sammy and Casey (vs. cringing and trying to rush through it) is definitely something... just not sure I can come up with something quotable. I'll have a think on it later.

Right now I'm embroiled in my very own mystery and could really use Sammy's help. Someone hit my car with theirs, probably while it was parked in my cul-de-sac between Thursday night and Saturday morning. Now I need to find whodunnit or cough up $250 for the deductible myself. :(

I've asked some of the neighbors, but I haven't found the kids who are always out there playing yet, and they're the ones most likely to have seen anything. (The police say they can't consider someone a suspect unless someone says they saw them hit my car -- but if I find matching damage, surely there must be a way to confirm if that's the right car.)

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Oh, grr about the smash and run. We had a car totaled once--it was parked in front of our house and a drunk driver took the (residential neighborhood) turn too slowly and hit it head on, then drove away! Fortunately a neighbor saw it, got the license and we tracked down the driver (who parked it in a field and then reported it stolen). Anyway, good luck, Jessica. I know how maddening (and time consuming and expensive) this sort of thing is!

Sophia Bianchi said...

I LOVE Sammy and Casey!!! They are my favorite romance in all of the books i have read!! (i sort of hope they get married!) I can't wait until the last two books come out (tear!) so I can find out more.

Yusa said...

I know what i want to say i just dont know how to say it! Its so frustrating it doesnt sound how i want it to. You can 'edit' mine if you want

Isabel said...

I can think of alot of stuff to say, but saying it in just two sentences...will be difficult.
Thank you, Wendelin for adding us in this!

Isabel said...

I literally have butterflies in my stomach...OMG...I can't wait to send my quotes, oh man...I'm worried, excited, happy, scared all at the same time.

Isabel said...

Can't wait to post my quotes on FB.

gabrielle said...

okay so when i first the title of this post i gt super excited!! because well im a HUGE Cammy fan!!!! and moustache mary was the first book of the sammy keyes series i read,and when they brought up casey in that book,i was like,YAAAY!! i hope they end up together!!! i love romance in books so thats one of the many thins i like about these books. but anyways ive been thinking about what to say. and i cant wait for the facebook page!!! :D

Isabel said...

Gabrielle- For your type I would recommend City of Bones, a movie is going to come out based on it too.
Just a suggestion. :)

Isabel said...

So I've been trying to get my friend to read the SK books, for like, a month. And one day we were in the library and she returns a book, then turns to me and asks, "Where are those SK books?" And my eyes get all bug eyed and say, "You're going to read them?" So she smiles and says, "Yeah." So I lead her to the books, give her the first book and she asks, "Which on is the second one?" So I show her Skeleton Man, and she's like, "I'm going to read that." And I start jumping and like 25 times say, "Finally!" or, "You'd love it." and, "It'll make you laugh ALOT." And whole bunch of other stuff. So when we get it checked out I say, "All that hard work payed off." And she said it at the same time, and both of start laughing.
So we sit in out spot, which is between to shelves in a corner, and I tell her, "I laughed alot, you'd laugh too." And then she starts reading, and laugh ALOT. The bad thing is, it was brunch recess, and we were reading and both of us get lost in books. So we didn't notice that we were ten minutes late- and the sad part is, we got detention, it was during lunch but still I cried 5 times. Same with my friend. But I know this sound dumb- but our friendship became even more closer, cause when you go through hard stuff with a friend, you become better friends. Yet that was yesterday, and man it was REALLY my worst day ever- and it was the 100th day of school, wasn't the best 100th day either. But all our friend comforted us, cause they knew my friend and I didn't mean to get detention. But, mistakes do come along. :/

Isabel said...

I just reviewed what I wrote, I have alot of mistakes- oh well...

Yusa said...

Gasp! Isabel you got detention? :/ Not good... and this is why i dont like reading at school....

gabrielle said...

Thanks Isabel i'll have to look into those books. And oh no you got detention!! That sucks! I got my friend to read those books to,cause I talked about them all time!! And her mom finally said that maybe she should try reading the books,and she did,and she loved them!! And she also thought the books where funny. :)

Bella Honeydew said...

Most people at my school read at least one book, 'cause there was this thing called battle of the books that we did last year and sammy keyes and shredderman were 2 of the books, thats how i found out about them=)
only im the only one who read the whole series
i'm very glad i did=)

Isabel said...

I know, I wasn't looking forward to detention, first I cried from surprise cause I'v never EVER gotten detention. Then I told my teacher that my friend and I din't know that we were late to class, and she said we said we still have to go. So then I started crying again. Then before detention started I cried again. And then, during detention I cried...again. After detention ended, my friend were like, asking me and comforting me, then one of my friend she came over and she asked, "I didn't see you at lunch, what happened?" So I told her I got detention. Then she said, "Really?!?!?! I'm so sorry." And so I explained her the whole story, and my voice started shaking, my eyes got watery, and tears started spilling. And then all my friend started hugging me and my friend comforting my friend and I. I was SOO scared to tell my mom, but when I did, i asked her not to tell my brother, cause I knew he would either make fun of me, or keep reminding me, and my dad would probably talk about. So yeah...I told her not to tell them. Then she said, "Tell me the whole story." So I did, and again, I started crying. Then I asked, "Are you mad...?" And she said, "No, you didn't want to, it wasn't even your fault." So at that I relaxed. And today my friend said, "It is stupid, that you had to go to detention." And I agreed, cause when you go to a new school, would you want teachers thinking you're bad when you aren't? Not me for one. But still, I have to remember to STOP being guilty, I mean I didn't even know.
The good thing is, my friend is finally reading it, I made her promise. SO...YAAAAY!!!!!

Jessica said...

Isabel, I have siblings and friends who are teachers. Your teacher knows you're a good kid. They know [i]everyone[/i] makes mistakes. The important thing is that you own up to it, take your punishment, and try to do better. The teacher can't bend the rules because even though you didn't mean to, you were still late. But your tears showed how sorry you were. She understands.

And really, lunch detention is no big deal. It probably doesn't even get reported to the office. A single lunch detention won't follow you around from grade to grade and school to school. Something like a suspension [i]might[/i], but lunch detention? Nah. Just look at Sammy -- she punched a girl on the first day of school and got suspended, and yet in just a few months, despite several other breakings of school rules, she's given the benefit of the doubt by the administration and her teachers. Because she earned their trust by being a good kid.

I understand why you're upset. I was, too, during my first lunch detention. But now I can't even remember how many lunch detentions I ever had, or what most of them were for. I do know that most people didn't even realize I'd been punished, except for 1) other people in lunch detention, who were in the same boat as me, and 2) my closest friends, who knew me and weren't going to judge me. So try to chalk it up as a learning experience.

Yusa said...

Like i said Isabel use this to your advantage. you got detention for reading but make people think you're tougher than that ;) They dont know... No one at my school read them so i was alone and talking to my librarian about them... And you guys

Isabel said...

Jessica and Yusa, I laughed alot. Thanks for the advice, I'll use it.

Jessica said...

So a few days ago I finished rereading "The Running Dream" (and it was just as motivating as the first time). Tonight I read this story about two men who have designed a public domain hand prosthesis that anyone can print on a 3D printer and assemble, anywhere in the world: http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/02/robohand-how-cheap-3d-printers-built-a-replacement-hand-for-a-five-year-old-boy/. It may not be high-tech running legs, but I bet you could button your shirt and shampoo your hair with it (assuming it's waterproof).

Wendelin Van Draanen said...

Jessica, wow. Thank you for finding and posting that piece. Read/watched the whole thing. Fantastic!

Isabel said...

Wow, aww, that is so cool, sweat and a whole lot of other stuff. I'm just happy that they are making little boys happy. :)

Raisa Karim said...

Simple: They balance each other out.