Win a signed copy of A&L Do Summer! Details at the end of this post.

“Just imagine it, Aspen.” Laurel walks beside me waving her arms. I feel like a football player dodging her flapping hands and the lunatics rushing to their lockers. “It’s Monday morning. Principal Hammond arrives at dawn with his briefcase in one hand and his thermos of coffee in the other–”

“I’m pretty sure Principal Hammond doesn’t drink coffee.” I clutch my notebook tighter against my chest to protect my advanced chemistry take-home final. After sweating bullets over it for three precious hours last night, I’m not about to risk losing it. “Once when I was picking up copies from the office, I overheard the secretary kidding him about being addicted to Mountain Dew.”

Excerpt © 2011 Jan Blazanin

About the Book:

After a year in rural Cottonwood Creek, Iowa, city girl Laurel is still adjusting to a place where parties take place in barns, guys ride around in pickup trucks, and a killer senior prank involves getting pigs into the principal’s office. Fortunately, she has her best friend Aspen on her side. The real problem is that neither the country girl nor the city slicker have boyfriends, nor any prospects for getting them. Clearly, they need to raise their profiles—and they have a summer to do it.

Release Date: May 10, 2011

About the Author:

Jan Blazanin, a former middle school teacher, grew up in a converted railroad depot near Des Moines, Iowa. Fairest of Them All, her first young adult novel about a beauty queen who develops alopecia, debuted in April 2009. Her upcoming novel, A & L Do Summer, will be available May 10, 2011. Jan received degrees from Grand View University, Iowa State, and Drake University. She studied writing at the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Iowa Summer Writing Festival and teaches creative writing for adults and teens. Jan currently lives on 11 acres in Waukee, Iowa, with her life partner Mike, her dogs and cat, and a flock of guinea fowl. When she’s not writing, you’ll find Jan reading, running, pulling weeds, walking the dogs, or chasing uninvited wildlife out of the house. For more information visit her at


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