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Omigod!

I mean it. It's hours later and I remain gobsmacked.

My lovely editor at Tiger Tales Books sent me an email today with the final art for my first-ever picture book, AT THE BOARDWALK, and it is jawdroppingly, goosebumpingly gorgeous. It is to die for. I quite literally got chills while looking through it, and then I had the disconcerting experience of reading the book with all the pictures and wondering if I actually wrote those lines, because surely not?

Only I did.

Holy sh!t, batman, this book is gonna be gorgeous.

I may be the luckiest picture book author I know to have the exquisitely talented Mónica Armiño as my illustrator. And I know some people who have been pretty damn lucky with their illustrators. (Liz Garton Scanlon, I'm looking at you!)

Sadly, you're just going to have to take my word on it for now. Meanwhile, you can check out some of Mónica's work online. (There are two separate links there. The boys on the boardwalk that you can see if you follow that second link are not from At the Boardwalk, by the way.)


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lisaalbert
Mar. 9th, 2011 12:18 am (UTC)
Wahoo! Sounds exciting!! Congrats!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks! *prances*
soniag
Mar. 9th, 2011 12:22 am (UTC)
Oh, her work is lovely! CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THE BOOK!

Congrats, Kelly!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
I feel like I won the illustrator lottery!
newport2newport
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)
I'm thrilled for you, Kelly.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye!
dungeonwriter
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
So happy for you!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
I totally lucked out!
liz_scanlon
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
Listen to Kelly Fineman, throwing down the gauntlet!!!
(super duper happy for you my sweet friend...)
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Hee! (Just wait until you see the illustrations, Liz!)
robinellen
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Her work is gorgeous -- I can't wait to see the final result!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
I totally won the illustrator lottery!
writerjenn
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:24 am (UTC)
Happiness!!!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
Indeed!!
boreal_owl
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:28 am (UTC)
Yah! She is so talented, with an old-fashioned, classic look to her work.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Her work for At the Boardwalk is everything I ever wanted, even if I didn't know I'd wanted it.
sheela_chari
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:30 am (UTC)
Ohhh....her work is beautiful! You are so lucky, Kelly. When does your pb come out? I can't wait to see and read it!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
It's due out in 2012, so there's still a while to wait - and her work really is gorgeous!
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tltrent
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:40 am (UTC)
YAY!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
xD
dotificus
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:05 am (UTC)
Wowie wow wow! Those are indeed some gorgeous illos at the link. Congrats!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
YAY! It's Han Solo!

Her work is gorgeous. I feel quite lucky to have been paired with her!
reneesweet
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:43 am (UTC)
So exciting!! Her work is GORGEOUS. I can't wait to see the finished product. :)
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:48 am (UTC)
The book isn't due out until next year, but the wait will be worth it!
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kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 03:12 am (UTC)
I am totally, totally lucky - and I know it!
bogwitch64
Mar. 9th, 2011 04:14 am (UTC)


kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
Indeed!
cynthialord
Mar. 9th, 2011 09:23 am (UTC)
Yay! How wonderful! It all seems like magic seeing illustrations come in, doesn't it?
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
It does! And I totally forgot I'd written those words, because they were somehow so much more with the finished art there!
stephanieburgis
Mar. 9th, 2011 09:35 am (UTC)
Yay! Can't wait to see it!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
It's due out next year!
(Anonymous)
Mar. 9th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
tanita says:
WOW, she really is an amazing artist -- I can't wait to seeeeeeeeee!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:56 pm (UTC)
Re: tanita says:
You will LOVE it!
mguibord
Mar. 9th, 2011 10:39 am (UTC)
Oh this sounds wonderful! Congratulations !!!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks - I am so excited!
christinenorris
Mar. 9th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
Yippee!!! I can't wait to see it!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
It will be that much more exciting when it's a real book!!
rachelswardrobe
Mar. 9th, 2011 12:09 pm (UTC)
OMG her work is so beautifully gorgeous, truely stunning - you are lucky : ) Can't wait to see the finished product, it must be very exciting : )
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
I feel like I won the illustrator lottery - and it IS quite exciting!
jamarattigan
Mar. 9th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
SO exciting!! Chomping at the bit to see the book!!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
Me too - of course, I'm quite excited for the cover art to be final and real, and then I'll be able to share it!
tracyworld
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Now fair! I wanna see it NOW!

(Congratulations on your beautiful book!!)
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
Man, I'd love to be able to share it with everyone, but it will have to wait!
jeniwrites
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:58 pm (UTC)
I am so very excited for you. Can't wait to see it!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 02:59 pm (UTC)
It's jawdroppingly pretty!
mostly_irish
Mar. 9th, 2011 05:04 pm (UTC)
Squee!! I cannot wait to seeeeeeee!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 9th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
I think you're going to love it!
jengt
Mar. 10th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Exciting! I can't wait to see it! :)
kellyrfineman
Mar. 10th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
I can't wait either!
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