32 CANDLES Is In Stores Now!!!

I tried to resist putting exclamation marks in that subject line, but alas, it proved impossible. I managed to sleep three whole hours last night and the only thing I’m running on right now are exclamation points and this large cup of Starbucks Instant Coffee (which I would argue is better than their in-store drip — but that’s another blogumn for another day), so you’ll have to forgive me.

A few notes about 32 CANDLES:

1. Thank you all so much for all your love and support. A few of you just got here, I know, but so many of you accompanied me on the journey from unpublished to published author and I know that I wouldn’t have made it here without you.

2. For those of you who have sent me kind notes about receiving your copies. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for pre-ordering. If you could do me the further favor of leaving a review on either (or all of ) my Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or GoodReads pages when you’ve finished the book, I would be extremely grateful.

3. For those of you who haven’t purchased the book yet, please do me the favor of doing so by this Friday. That’s when the NYT tabulates their bestseller list.

4. Please let any networks that you’re affiliated with (sororities, alumnae groups, book clubs, church groups, et al) know about 32 CANDLES. I’ve attached a letter for you below to make your email blast easy.

5. If you have a friend who might enjoy 32 CANDLES, please buy her or him a copy. People love unexpected gifts!

Again, thank you so much for all you’ve already done. You’ve made my dreams come true, and I could not be any more grateful.

100% Love,


Dear Friends and Family,

Please forgive me for the mass email. I just wanted to let you know that 32 CANDLES, a book written by my [family member/friend], Ernessa T. Carter goes on sale today. In short 32 CANDLES is about Davie Jones, a girl growing up poverty-stricken and unpopular in Mississippi. She sees the movie Sixteen Candles for the first time and decides that she wants her own “Molly Ringwald Ending.” Much drama ensues, and sixteen years later she has to answer the question, “Can someone achieve a Sixteen Candles ending at the age of 32?”

You can find out more about the book and watch the trailer at www.32candles.com.