Before Ever After: A Novel Pre-Order

Europe, Free Books, and Cleopatra

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*Sweeps away tumbleweeds*

Howdy, all! I know It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. I was swallowed by the Blog Slayer – also known as Summer Vacation (yup, it’s summer on my little island.) When I’m not driving the kiddos to piano, violin, drum, futsal or hiphop dance class, the little darlings have me corralled in Jenga blocks and Monopoly plastic hotels. But before my internment in Board Game Land, we did manage to do some travelling.

We ate our way through Europe (Paris, Normandy, Nice, Eze, Monaco, Barcelona, Madrid, Venice, Florence, Naples, and *pant* *pant* Rome!) and showed the kids some of the settings in Before Ever After. (I’ve posted TONS of photos from the trip on Facebook if you’re interested in pasta/pizza/gelato-hopping with me. Ten bonus points if you can recognize the places from the book and a gazillion points to Gryffindor if you can find Max’s house in Herculaneum :D )

Here are some of the…um…highlights from the trip…

Best. Pizza. Ever. (Da Michele, Naples)

And for dessert…

So you see, I’ve been really, er, busy. If you need me, I’ll be on the stepper.. for the rest of my life. I hope you forgive me for my long absence and accept my pizza peace offering. But if you need a little more convincing, I come bearing FREE BOOKS…


Check out GOODREADS to find out how you can win!

(Psst…the US TRADE PAPER BACK EDITION of Before Ever After will be released on May 29!)

And if free books still aren’t enough to do the trick, I’m hoping this next offering will win me a full pardon. Try not to laugh too loud.

I present to you…me…in all my Cleopatra splendor for Mega Magazine’s Twenty Most Beautiful edition (the theme was gold and royalty)… *dies*

You can also find me in Town and Country (Philippine edition) this May but I think I’ll keep that photo under wraps. For now. I’ve sacrificed enough dignity for one day. :P

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31 Responses to “Europe, Free Books, and Cleopatra”

  1. Jackie Go says:

    I LOVE IT! :) You should have a blow up copy of it and hang it in your bedroom wall! ;)

  2. Very awesome, sis! The travel, the photo shoots…I want thy life. *sigh then laughs*

  3. Diane says:

    Finally!!! I’ve been waiting for post from you. I’ve seen the photos in Facebook and I was totally mesmerized by everything.

    Please keep your posts coming and I’m looking forward to your next book.

    PS Your Mega magazine spread is for the win!

  4. Ahhh you’re back! I have missed you!
    It looks like you were eating your way through Europe! Those Pizza’s look so good, but then pizza is my favorite food!
    That top picture of you is great!
    And that Cleopatra shoot!…. well nothing need saying!

    Love ya Sam!

    • samantha says:

      Wendy!!! *hugs* The pizza in Naples (the birthplace of pizza!) was a-mazing. I never thought that I would like pizza without cheese, but I have to say that it was my favorite! :D

  5. You had me at “gelato.” ::sigh:: Looks like you had an amazing vacation. Congrats on the magazine shoot — I’m sure the photos will be gorgeous!

  6. DEZMOND says:

    OMG OMG I so need me a big sized Cleopatra you picture for my wallpaper, dahling! I must have it! Pronto!

    I’m loving the longer hair on you and I’m hating you for displaying all this sinful food! I’m on a lifelong diet!

  7. L.G.Smith says:

    Sammy, that’s you as Cleopatra? That’s awesome. I’d blow that thing up and post it all over the internet. ha!

    And love how you posted pics of the fabulous food you ate all over Europe. I’m still on the stepper after my vacation too. They have the best desserts ever.

  8. Amazing! I am sure the kids really enjoyed the trip and the food. Oh my God! The food!

    BTW, the post will come up tonight. I’ll e-mail you.


  9. mymommyology says:

    The food shots are to DIE for! Yummmm!!!! (I think I may join you on that life-long stepper as it is!)

    And Cleopatra… I never knew! Haha. Looks good! ;)

  10. Awesome pictures. It looks like it was a great trip!

    And wow. That Cleopatra shot is gorgeous. :)

  11. Diane says:

    You are beautiful! Love this pic and thanks for the chance to read your book. :O)

  12. tanya reimer says:

    Um, I gained twenty pounds just looking at those pics. Geesh. glad you had fun!

  13. TOTALLY salivating over those food photos. YUM! How amazing for you and the family! And how cool to get to dress up as Cleopatra for a photo shoot? You rock, Samantha! I hope your vacation has been full of new book ideas, too.

  14. MuMuGB says:

    Well, it looks like you had a fantastic time! May I just say that you are a natural when you pose as Cleopatra? How did you do this?

  15. I just gained five pounds looking at that food!! Wow!

    And the photos of you as Cleopatra are stunning!! I bet your husband liked those. :)

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