Is It Sequel Review Syndrome?

Ready for a writer's whine? First Daughter: White House Rules, the follow-up novel to First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover (June 2007), releases next month.

At least I think it does.

To date, there have been no reviews of the second book anywhere, not in Kirkus, PW, SLJ, or any other pre-publication sources. Wait -- my friend Pooja Makhijani asked for a review copy to feature the book in our beloved Kahani magazine, but other than that, zilch. Okay, I haven't been out there yelling and picketing about the book like I did for the first one. But still.

I can see now how fortunate I've been with reviews, and taken them hideously for granted, so now I'm holding out a writer's empty rice bowl. If anybody wants a galley for review purposes, please let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do.

Here's the blurb from Dutton:
This First Daughter makes her own rules.

Last year, Sameera started a blog and helped her father win an election. Now she’s unpacking boxes and exploring her new house. The White House.

Between re-decorating Camp David and learning to waltz at State Dinners, being a First Daughter has lots of perks. But life in the White House may not turn out to be a fairy tale. The guy Sameera fell for on the campaign trail mysteriously stopped calling after her dad became Commander-in-Chief. And while her blog is popular, Sameera is struggling to find something real to write about. Her critics scoff that a pampered First Daughter knows nothing about real life. Cooped up in the Big House, under the watchful eyes of her tutor, the Secret Service, and a pack of paparazzi, Sameera thinks her critics might be right.

It’s time, she decides, to break out of the First Daughter bubble. Sameera just needs an escape plan – and a disguise – to shake things up. As it turns out, to make a fairy tale come true, a girl’s got to be willing to break a few rules . . .