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Monday, August 19, 2013 0 comments

Long time, no blog

by Brittany Geragotelis
I know..... Worst. Writer. Ever. Why? Because the last time I wrote on this blog was FOREVER ago. And I admit, there's no excuse for it. Though I have been busy writing and editing and adjusting to this life of being a full-time author (okay, so there may be a little bit of an excuse there). And I totally get the irony in that since I've become a full-time writer, I've stopped writing regularly on this blog...

Point is, I'm gonna try to be better. Let you all in on the things that are happening to me--because things ARE happening! And I don't want to become a writer who doesn't write.

So, as a thank you for forgiving me (I know you will, because you're THAT awesome), here's an update on EVERYTHING that's happened over the last 3 months. Lets see if you can keep up!

I got to witness two of my favorite girlfriends get married! Both weddings were in NYC. One was at City Hall and the other was on the East River at sunrise! Both ceremonies were gorgeous and perfectly suited to the brides. I was so honored to be there to help them each celebrate one of the most important days of their lives...and was happy to be the honorary documentarian at both.
Tammy, the bride, wore a royal blue gown that could be customized a dozen different ways! Our friend, Amanda, officiated. Oh, and that's Charlie, the groom!
Rebecca rocked a homemade wedding dress and cool coif.
My hubby has taken to photo-bombing at weddings. This is the third one this summer.
My second book, which is actually the first book I wrote in the series, Life's a Witch came out July 9th! This was the book that started it all. If you don't know the story, I originally posted LAW exclusively on the online book site, Wattpad for free and later self-published it. After gaining 19 million reads of it online, traditional publishers reached out and I ended up with a book deal with Simon & Schuster! Now, a new and improved version of the book is available at bookstores across the country. Get your copy today!

Me on Pub-day!
Matt and I went to Disneyland! We stayed in Anaheim for five days for Vid-Con, a video convention (think Comic-Con for YouTube videos) that's been growing exponentially each year. Matt was there to attend AND he even participated in a panel (and gained praise for his expertise!). Even though this was our THIRD time at a Disney resort this year, it didn't disappoint, and we still managed to find some time to have a little fun at the parks. Matt might have had a little too much fun...

Matt and I on California Screamin'
Matt and I on the Tower of Terror.

THE WITCH IS BACK! Good news...I've officially turned in the MS for the sequel to Life's a Witch, appropriately called, The Witch is Back. And she certainly is! Without giving toooo much away, in TWIB the Cleri are headed off to a witchy summer intensive in the middle of Colorado. And Hadley has no idea what she's in for. Not only does she find herself competing against Asher's ex-girlfriend, Brooklyn, but some sketchy stuff is going on around campus which leaves everyone thinking the famed legend of the "Witch in the Woods" might just be real. I can't wait for everyone to read the next chapter in Hadley's story! The Witch is Back is set to be out in bookstores in January.

Hadley will be back in January in "The Witch is Back"!
We spent a lovely week at the beach. Every summer we head to Ocean City, MD, for a week to spend some time with Matt's whole family. It's always a ton of fun catching up with everyone, relaxing, and spending some time in the sun. But most importantly, it's a whole week of READING for me. And can I just say...there was some pretty impressive fashion taking place on the sand. Don't believe me? Check it out!

The books I read at the beach!
Little fashionista, Lily, rocking this retro beach vibe
I just pitched my next series to publishers! I wish I could tell you all about it....but for now I'm going to have to stay mum until I know more. I CAN promise that it's about a girl who kicks major ass.
No, the book's not an autobiography...I just wanted to show off my new do.
Veronica Mars is my homegirl! So, I--like thousands of others--donated to the Veronica Mars movie campaign on Kickstarter and am beyond psyched that I'll get to see everyone from Neptune High on the big screen next year! On top of that...Kristen Bell (probably one of the coolest chicks EVER) and VM creator Rob Thomas both followed me on Twitter. Talk about awesomeness!

The New York Times followed me around on a Sunday. Seriously. This was a huge deal. Find out how to stalk me here.

Hollywood, here we come! Lastly, after almost 12 years of living in NYC, Matt & I have decided to move to LA. I've wanted to go for about four years now and finally all the stars have aligned and we'll be relocating back to the west coast. We're super-excited to start this new adventure and will be tying things up here in NY over the next few months.

So that's MOST of what's happened in the last three months. There are a few more things I haven't mentioned here, but if I included them all, it would make this the longest post known to the web. So I'll leave them for another time.

Til the next blog...

Friday, May 3, 2013 0 comments

The Intern Diaries #2: Boston, Journey & Witches

by Rose Kahn

           Boston, is the perfect state of grace.”

So much has happened these last few weeks my head is spinning. All the things we were doing to promote What The Spell was so exciting—until the Boston tragedy occurred. I have family in Boston and have visited a few times, and have fallen in love with it. It’s a unique city with a long history. It’s not just a capital, not just a place. Boston, President Obama quoted, “is the perfect state of grace.” It is where the American Revolution began and as a New Yorker, where we have our biggest rivals (The Red Sox). But on that Monday we weren’t rivals anymore, we were all Americans, all human beings that were trying to overcome the darkness with good. The photos and stories of individuals lending helping hands really warmed my heart, and reaffirmed my belief in the goodness of mankind. Brittany was so kind as to check up on me and make sure I was dealing with tragedy okay. I told her it was awful and hurt my spirit, but that the best revenge is to be kinder, friendlier, more helpful, stronger and to go on living your life with gusto. Like 8-year-old Martin said (on a class project for school prior to tragically losing his life in the Boston bombing): “No more hurting people. Peace!” #BostonStrong 

“Don’t stop believin’!” –Journey

With that said, I’ve now turned my attention back to my intern duties with that same gusto. I need to catch you guys and gals up (like my own version of the water cooler) on what’s been happening on the publishing front! First is that What the Spell was on one of my favorite shows… “GLEE”! I was so excited when I heard the news that Brittany’s book would make a cameo in an episode titled “Guilty Pleasures.” I was literally jumping up and down. I mean, I sing all their songs all the time, in the shower, on the train (sorry homeless man on Canal Street)… I was just so excited and happy for Brittany. I truly think the book was a perfect fit for the show, as it portrays very similar themes. From Brooklyn’s deep need to fit in and her journey to love and accept her true self, these are the same ideas “Glee” touches on in each episode—complete with a Journey song in the background! They deal with body image, bullying and self acceptance. These are all issues that most young people deal with.

That night I sat on the edge of my fold out chair and did something I haven’t done in over three years: watched a live episode of TV, all the while texting Brittany every 10 seconds (sorry so annoying!) [EDITOR’S NOTE: Not annoying at all.] We finally saw a glimpse of the book when Tina Cohen-Chang held it in the macaroni art scene! As an avid macaroni artist back in summer camp in Staten Island, I totally appreciated the reference. But back to Tina holding What the Spell! When I saw it, I screamed in my Brooklyn apartment (half expecting someone to lean out of their window and yell, “Shut Up!”) and then quickly texted Brittany like a mad woman. All I could think about was that it had made it on “Glee!”

I watched the episode closely after that, searching for more cameos, and though there were others, they were less noticeable. Still, I was floating on air. I loved the rest of the episode and laughed through everyone’s guilty pleasures especially the Spice Girls moment. (“Oh tell me what you want, what you really really want…” hello 7th grade!) After Brittany found the perfect screen capture and we sent it along to an awesome Glee fansite, Glee-Fans.Org, we felt elated. Don’t stop believing, kids!

“Love is never having to say you’re sorry.” --Love Story

So spring doesn’t just come with cherry blossoms and iced lattes (my addiction!), but holidays like Passover and Easter and fun events like book signings and WEDDINGS! Passover came and went, and for this “Jewish American Princess,” that meant I got to hang out with my whole loud, Jewish family, for a fun-filled 10 days that will be repeatedly retold to my therapist for years to come. The fun part was giving my sisters and nieces Brittany’s books to read, and then discussing and comparing notes. There were fights over who would read what first. My 15-year-old niece got first choice because she’s kind of awesome and will be a kick-ass lawyer one day (you go V!). She picked Life’s a Witch, (yup, Brittany gave me an advance copy, one of the perks of an unpaid intern. How do I afford the lattes you might ask…. …shhh…it’s magic ;) and she loved it!

One of my sisters got What the Spell, and she thought it was adorable. She loved the high school setting, Brooklyn, and everything about it. They switched books and the rotation continued. My older sisters loved Life’s A Witch for its retelling of the Salem witch trials and the rest of my family just loved the books for the very fact that Brittany has worked so hard and come so far. They commended her for her resilience and perseverance and will read anything she writes from here on out.

After Passover (all that matza) and Easter (yes, I did buy a dozen chocolate bunnies on sale at Duane Read!) came Brittany’s wedding! She looked stunning! At first I thought that getting married at Disney World meant Mickey and Minnie came to your wedding (a little scary). But when I actually saw what her wedding was like, it made me want to change my mind about my own dream location (See, I’ve wanted to get married at the Plaza Hotel since I started planning my special day when I was 12 with my first wedding planner scrapbook—now a Pinterest board. Yes boys, girls really do this.).

Britt’s wedding pictures came flowing in and I gasped after each one. She looked like a princess, and Matt, her prince. This was a magical day for her indeed. From the gown to the ceremony, and the party favors of carved-out books to the wedding cake of books stacked on top of each other, the event looked magnificent—everything the bride and groom deserved. The love and warmth emanated through the photos and filled my heart with joy. (Getting mushy I know, it’s been a tough week y’all, let me have it.)

“Please do not feed the intern! She is on a strict diet of snark and sarcasm.

When Brittany and Matt came back from their honeymoon all tanned and with perma-smiles plastered on their faces, we attended a book reading/signing Brittany did at Books of Wonder. BOW is a fabulous independent bookstore in Manhattan’s Flatiron district (home of my favorite building). The store has book readings and a café inside with the best barstools (yes, I tested them out). Brittany and four other authors (Alaya Dawn Johnson, Jesse Karp, Nova Ren Suma and Suzzane Weyn) attended the Supernatural Young Adult reading together. They each took their seats at a long table and proceeded to wait for the bookish New Yorkers to fill the room. The authors’ magical stories varied from themes like an Amazonian dystopian future and ritual sacrifices to a girl who can see other missing girls in her dreams.

Then Brittany began to read her excerpt and I was riveted. It was the scene where Brooklyn and Asher first kiss; it was so fun and lovely to hear out loud from the creator herself. The audience gasped and cheered because they too could feel the magic of young love. It was short and brilliant and the crowd loved it. All the authors read their excerpts and then opened the floor to questions. Brittany had some fantastic answers about the writing process and how she found new avenues to get her writing out to the public.

They also discussed how they come up with ideas and what inspires them. Jesse Karp explained that he starts to think about “what if’s.” “What if everyone forgot I existed?” “What if my parents forgot me?” It was then that I wondered whether Jesse had read my 7th grade diary and began to panic over where I’d hid it all those years ago.

Brittany explained that she drew inspiration from stories that she loved, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She enjoyed how the magical and the mundane come together to make an extraordinary tale that is also relatable to everyone.

When the question segment ended they then proceed to sign books and I wanted them all. Being an intern and living in a big city, budgets are a necessary evil, so I could only choose one al la Sophie’s Choice. After some legit nail biting agony, I chose 17 and Gone, the mystery of missing teens intrigued me, as I often fantasized about running away when I was younger in order to get some quiet from my five siblings. The author signed my copy for me, and I added it to my growing collection of signed books currently piled on my bedroom floor. Brittany, her husband Matt, her publicist Siena (who is awesome, btw!) and myself finished our venti lattes and then proceeded to use all our leftover enthusiasm and adrenaline to go shopping (or it could have just been me.) It was a great event and a wonderful turnout. You should all come to the next one!

            It was a fun (yet somber) filled four weeks of family, wedded bliss and books galore. I could not ask for more. So much more to share, but you’re going to have to hang tight guys and gals—because the intern will return with more lattes, scoops and pop cultured-laced anecdotes about Brittany’s zany adventures. Until next time!


AKA The Intern

P.S. Follow me on Twitter @krazybklyngurl so you can see more updates on my crazy internship debacles in Brittany’s presence.

Friday, September 28, 2012 2 comments

Disney Daze

by Brittany Geragotelis

Last weekend I took my whole family down to Disneyland. It was sort of my superbowl moment. You know, those old Disney ads where they'd ask athletes what they were going to do now that they'd accomplished some amazing feat, and they answered, "I'm going to Disneyland!!!" My book deal was my superbowl moment, and I couldn't think of a better way of celebrating than taking my family to the happiest place on earth.

So, me, Matty, my parents John and Diane, my youngest sister Jacey, and my middle sister Amy, along with her husband Cody and my nephew Cash, all headed from our respective cities to Anaheim for the weekend. Our family's always been huge Disney fans....I've gone to one park or another at least once a year since I was a little kid. My mom runs from one ride to the next and pumps everyone up. This was also my nephew's first time at Disney, so it was really special to be able to be with him.

In the end, though we certainly had our grumpy moments (lots of running around, heat and little sleep can do that), I think we all made some wonderful memories. Here are a few that I was able to catch on camera. Enjoy!

Amy at the character breakfast
From Top Left to Bottom Right: Cody, Matt and I. None of us were ready for the camera on Space Mountain
Most of the time Cash hid from the characters. He was not pleased.
There WAS a bit of mid-day napping for at least one of us....
Jacey was embarrassed that this character hadn't remembered to put pants on that morning.
Jacey giving us her best "pizza face" while eating at Naples Restaurant
Can you blame him for being scared?
The Haunted Mansion was decorated in Nightmare Before Christmas style. It was AWESOME!
Jacey likes big butts and she cannot lie....
Amy just told her a secret....guess what it was?!?!
What a flirt!
The happy family: Amy, Cash and Cody
We were dying when we saw this pic of us on Splash Mountain. And look at Jacey. She made this face on EVERY ride that took a photo. It was hilarious!
....See what I mean?...
And again...
You can even see her in the back left of this one...
So we tried it....though I'm not sure we pulled it off.
All in all, it was a really great vacation full of magic, fun and lots of laughs!
Sunday, August 14, 2011 0 comments

Lizzie McGuire Preggers!

by Brittany Geragotelis

Do you guys remember the show on The Disney Channel, "Lizzie McGuire?" I used to watch it growing up...I loved the fact that scenes were broken up by the little cartoon Lizzie. Anyways, the little girl who played this cute and precocious blonde, has grown up to be the gorgeous and talented Hilary Duff!

And now, little Lizzie McGuire just announced that she's pregnant! Can you believe it? After almost exactly a year of wedded bliss, Hilary and her hubby, hockey player Mike Comrie have announced that they're expecting! In a smart move (I like her style and tend to agree with her on this), apparently the two decided to give themselves at least a year to enjoy some couple time before getting their baby bump on. "I think it was important to us that we had a year to just do whatever," Hilary told E! News. "And maybe longer than that because we enjoy having so much freedom. But we're thinking about it."

Well, the two are finally ready to make their twosome into a threesome (the family kind). And though we haven't caught a look at her baby bump yet, here's a pic of the actress from a movie where she played a pregnant woman, in case you need an idea of what we might expect in the upcoming months. I for one, have enjoyed watching the Disney star grow up to be a good role model for younger generations and now, for her son or daughter. Way to go Hilary and congratulations!

So, what do you think? Is it going to be a boy or a girl?



P.S. Hilary just ruined our winter fashion idea! We'd just contacted her publicist on Friday to see if she could participate in our December issue. Too bad our idea didn't include winter maternity clothes (though we're sure Hilary would be the cutest soon-to-be mom EVER!)
Monday, July 11, 2011 0 comments

Hob-knobbing with celebrities....

by Brittany Geragotelis

I know this e-mail is LOOOOONG overdue, but I've been a bit busy—in and out of town, getting some much-needed R&R, catching up on my reading, etc. Better late than never, right? Okay, so what kind of delicious dish do I have for you today? Well, a few weeks ago, I headed to LA for a few more celebrity photo shoots. The girls were amazing and after we were finished, I walked away with some pretty crazy/awesome memories. So, if you can keep a secret, I'll give you a sneak peek at what (and who) we shot.

Debby Ryan: Sure, she's a Disney channel girl—well-mannered, pretty, multi-talented—but this one's got a little bit of edge to her. Don't get me wrong, the former "Suite Life on Deck" co-star and upcoming "Jessie" star is fully worthy of her mouse ears, but there's more to this fiery redhead than the kid-friendly shows she's a part of. (Hint: Disney's toting her as the next Miley or Selena!)

Corrine Foxx: As Jamie Foxx's daughter, she's become a regular on the red carpet as her dad's arm candy. Though she's not planning on following in his footsteps anytime soon, she proved to us that she's learned a little something from the Oscar winner over the years.

Christa B. Allen: She played the young Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30, and the comparisons don't stop there. This upcoming "Revenge" star is smart and sweet and totally one to watch!

Jasmine V:
Look familiar? Besides having a killer voice and an album coming out later this year, Jasmine once had the Biebster singing "Baby, baby, baby" to her. The two were an item before he moved on to Selena!

Bella Thorne: Turn some music on and watch her go! The star of "Shake It Up" on the Disney channel claims she never took dance classes before scoring the role on this booty-shaking show.

Megan Park: The "Secret Life of the American Teenager" star was even more beautiful in person than she is on the show. Though not at all a faith bully, Megan was opinionated and intelligent just like her character Grace.

Sasha Pieterse: You'd never know that the girl who plays manipulative and conniving "A" on the ABC Family show "Pretty Little Liars" would be so young, but Sasha is actually only 15! She was sweet as pie and had a quiet confidence about her that left you wanting to know more about the girl who plays bad so well!

Ayla Kell: Okay, I only recently began to watch the ABC Family show "Make it or Break it," and though I don't usually like watching gymnastics, I couldn't help but fall in love with this show. I'd liked Ayla's character, Peyson, from the start, but it wasn't until I met her at our shoot that I realized just how freaking COOL the she is! A bit of a tomboy, Ayla has a strong sense of self as well as an extreme background in dance (she's a classically-trained ballerina and even danced at ABT!). But beyond that, she's just really down to earth, a hard worker and.....did I mention she's so freaking cool?!?!?!

Hope you like the pics! Tomorrow, I'll be posting pics that I took while hanging out at Jamie Foxx's house. Oh yeah, I said it! Stay tuned!