And now for some happier news....IN HER SHOES is in your stores! (Yes, I've been waiting a year and a half to say that). And it's on sale at lots of places -- 30 percent off at Amazon, 20 percent off at Barnes & Noble.com, and I think it's going to be discounted at big chain bookstores, and hopefully some independents, too.

I've added a few new tour stops. On Thursday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m., I'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. On Friday, November 15, at 7 p.m., I'll be in Vero Beach, at the Vero Beach Book Center. And I'll be in Portland, Maine, at the Portland Public Library on Wednesday, November 20, at noon.

Last but not least, People magazine is taking my picture tomorrow. They're going to be reviewing IN HER SHOES, and they want a "warm portrait" of me to go along with the review. Which of course fills me with trepidation. For one, I cringe at the idea of posing for a cutesy People picture which would run below a less-than-warm review. Which happens -- they got poor Allegra Goodman to pose in an adorable sundress, in what looked like her back yard, and then trashed her book completely.

Then, of course, is the inevitable hair-and-makeup scramble, complicated by the tan I picked up in Cape Cod, which looked great two days ago but has now caused my nose to peel. And what am I supposed to wear, exactly? Do I get dressed up? Do I wear what I normally wear? Do I wear the really beautiful sweater I bought at Nordstrom, even though it's 85 degrees here?

And, most importantly of all, do you think they'll let Wendell be in the picture? I really hope so. He's much more photogenic than I am.

Jen