Joy Preble


What: Joy Preble will discuss and sign her newest novel for teens, THE A-WORD.

When: Saturday, May 17, 2:00 pm

Where: Blue Willow Bookshop, 14532 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079

Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Joy Preble for book personalization, please purchase THE A-WORD from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event.

About the Author:

Joy Preble is Texas girl who was born and raised in Chicago and a former high school teacher who now writes full time, which means she gets paid for making up stuff. She speaks and teaches widely on writing and literacy at libraries and schools as well as SCBWI, NCTE, AWP and other conferences. Joy is the author of THE SWEET DEAD LIFE and the forthcoming sequel, THE A WORD (May 2014), both from Soho Press. Kirkus hailed THE SWEET DEAD LIFE with “Hallelujah! A paranormal tale of angels…that breaks the mold.” She is also the author the DREAMING ANASTASIA series (Sourcebooks) that combines paranormal romance with Russian folklore. DREAMING ANASTASIA was nominated for a Cybil Award in the Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy Category in 2009. It was named an ABC Best Book for Children, Teen Category in 2009, and was featured in Justine Magazine. Joy also has a contemporary mystery/romance on the way: FINDING PARIS will be out in Spring 2015 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins. When she’s not writing, you can find Joy eating guacamole and unsuccessfully battling her Bravo channel addiction.


Jenna Samuels is about to turn fifteen. It's been almost a year since her stoner brother, Casey, died. Almost a year since he returned as her guardian angel, along with his "angel boss," Amber Velasco, the hot twenty-something former EMT. Almost a year since Casey and Amber used up their one-time-only angel power of flight to save Jenna from the evil Dr. Renfroe, swooping down to catch her as she tumbled off the balcony at the Houston Galleria.

But now Casey's begun to wonder why he's still hanging around--not that he minds protecting Jenna. She's a handful, but there's got to be a bigger picture, right? Something to distract him from his on again/off again, doomed relationship with cheerleader Lanie Phelps, who has no idea her boyfriend is, well, dead. After all, he can't use his angel wings anymore. Neither can Amber. Enter Bo Shivers, Amber's "angel boss,” a mysterious A-word guy Jenna and Casey didn't even know existed. Whiskey-guzzling, handsome in a grizzled way, unpredictable -- okay, make that crazy, Bo lost his angel wings in an earthly flight a long, long, long time back, and he's been a thorn in Angel Management's side ever since. But Bo knows something is coming. Something big. Something that was worth forfeiting wings for Jenna... something that might just change everything for everyone.


A limited number of autographed copies of Joy’s book will be available for purchase after the event. If you cannot attend the event, and would like a personalized copy of her book, please call us before the event at (281) 497-8675.

If you can't attend the event or need a copy shipped to you, you may call the store or add the appropriate book to your cart on our website. Payment type must be "CreditCard." In the order notes, add personalization details.

To place an international order, please email to obtain shipping details and to have items shipped to you. Staff will respond within 24-48 hours.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
14532 Memorial Dr
77079 Houston
The A-Word: A Sweet Dead Life Novel: A Sweet Dead Life Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616952907
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Soho Teen - May 13th, 2014

Jenna Samuels and her guardian angel brother battle heavenly head-honchos and earthbound bullies in this hilarious, Texas-set follow up to The Sweet Dead Life.