Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Release Date, a Surprise and a Giveaway, Oh My!

Good news around here -- first of all, THIS HAPPENED:

This is the printed proof of my book, which arrived in the mail a few days ago. I almost fainted with joy when I opened the box. I seriously had the vapors. It's gorgeous. I love it.

BUT, smelling salts aside, the purpose of this little gem was for me to read through again to find all the little mistakes that might still be hanging around. What mistakes, I thought, it's PERFECT?!


Yeah. Every one of these Post-It scraps represents a correction that needed to be made (luckily, mostly small formatting things -- it looks worse than it is). Anyway, I whipped through these edits quickly and now I HAVE AN OFFICIAL RELEASE DATE!

Mark your calendars for TUESDAY, AUGUST 18th, 2015!

I guess it's an official re-release date. I sort of feel like this is THE SWEETEST THING 2.0. The story is the same, but there are extras, people! EXTRAS!

First there's a PRETTY NEW COVER. Although the original cover was appropriately sweet, I think this fresh, modern cover is mind-blowingly gorgeous.

Second, it comes in both e-book AND paperback! If you're all about the e-book, that's great, but if you like a nice bendy, light, portable paperback to carry around in your backpack or purse, we've got that!

Third, there's a special surprise at the end of this version -- it's the first chapter of the sequel, called CAKE GIRL.

I've been wanting to write the continuation of Sheridan Wells' story since the original book came out, and I hope you'll love the sneak peek. You can bet there will be more romance, drama and (naturally) plenty of cake!

Lastly -- to celebrate the countdown to release day (T-minus 10 DAYS!) -- I'm hosting a giveaway of the new paperback on Goodreads.

You can enter starting today -- until September 7 (that's Labor Day if you're counting -- which is fitting -- because that's what this new edition of TST feels like, a total labor of love). After that, I'll be sending two pretty new SIGNED paperbacks to the lucky winners (and some sweet new swag items too!) Here's the link to enter:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski

The Sweetest Thing

by Christina Mandelski

Giveaway ends September 07, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Good luck to all who enter, and thanks for celebrating this good news with me! Til the next time, stay cool (it's HOT here in Houston) and EAT CAKE!


  1. Chris! This is beautiful and wonderful and I've missed so much since I've stopped listening in at 2k11. Just thrilled for you, friend. I'll spread the word. xo

    1. Thank you, Caroline, I've been watching your success and I'm so happy for you! I still give MAY B to everyone! xo!