“Queen of Princesses” Meg Cabot makes triumphant return to Size 12!

NEW YORK, July 12, 2012 - First there was SIZE 12 IS NOT FAT. Then, there was SIZE 14 IS NOT FAT EITHER. You demanded BIG BONED. And now, Meg Cabot makes a triumphant return to her reader-favorite “Heather Wells” mystery series with SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK.

New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, who most know by her beloved “Princess Diaries” novels, was recently featured on VH-1 Celebrity, talking about Heather Wells, the fan-favorite heroine of Cabot’s “Size 12″ books. The author, known for her effervescent style, believes in empowering readers, through her own experiences, and her characters’ as well. VH-1 quoted Cabot, saying, “‘I wanted to write about a heroine who…has the same problems that I did ’cause I just found that I couldn’t find books like that but [whose heroines] also still have romances and sex and don’t need to lose weight to find guys, because I never had that problem, you know. I always got guys.’”

In SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK, readers are reunited with Heather Wells, who used to be a teen pop sensation…until her label dropped her for gaining a few extra pounds, and she walked in on her boy-band boyfriend Jordan Cartwright banging her pint-sized popstar replacement, Tania Trace. In the aftermath of this debacle, the last thing Heather expected were the plus-sized sparks that flared with Jordan’s big brother, Cooper.

But now that Heather and Cooper are ready to tie the knot, she’s determined to keep her new job at New York College’s aptly-nicknamed “Death Dorm” from throwing a wrench (and the many other deadly little surprises it’s thrown in the past) into her happily-ever-after plans. (Maybe not the “ever after” – Heather and Cooper have learned to take the words “until death do us part” very seriously!)

Now, in SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK, it’s summer break and the campus is quiet. But that doesn’t mean Heather can relax because that ambulance she just saw pulling up in front of Death Dorm is there for none other than Tania Trace, now married to – and pregnant by – Heather’s ex who just happens to be covered in his wife’s bodyguard’s blood.

Just another day at Death Dorm – or has America’s hottest couple got a deadly secret? Soon Heather’s dodging photo-hungry paparazzi and squealing fourteen and fifteen year-old pop star protégés after the first-ever Tania Trace Rock Camp – with its own reality film crew – checks into the dorm. But when one of the producers of Tania’s reality show checks out – on a gurney – it’s clear murder wasn’t taking the summer off.

Can Heather get estranged brothers Cooper and Jordan to bury the hatchet – before someone buries it into Cartwright Record’s biggest star? If the “reality” is that saving Tania’s life is what it takes to get her ex out of her life – and Cooper firmly into it, once and for all – Heather Wells is ready to rock, roll, and right some grievous wrongs!

Check out SIZE 12 AND READY TO ROCK, the latest in a series that “will leave readers begging for time-outs to control sudden laughing fits” (Publishers Weekly)!

About Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot was born during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign, but learned at an early age that a good storyteller can always give herself a happy ending. Her books for both adults, teens, and tweens have included multiple #1 New York Times bestsellers, selling over sixteen million copies worldwide.

Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Meg also lived in Grenoble, France and Carmel, California (the setting for her bestselling Mediator series) before moving to New York City after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Indiana University.

After working for ten years as an assistant residence hall director at New York University (an experience from which she occasionally draws inspiration for her Heather Wells mystery series (Size 12 Is Not Fat; Size 14 Is Not Fat Either; Big Boned—two new books in the series will be out in 2012 and 2013, including Size 12 and Ready to Rock), Meg wrote the Princess Diaries series, which has been translated into 38 languages and on which two hit feature films by Disney were based.

Meg also wrote the 1-800-Where-R-You? series (which has been reprinted under the title Vanished and was made into the Lifetime series called Missing), as well as numerous other award-winning, best-selling stand-alone books and series, including All-American Girl and Avalon High (on which an original Disney Channel movie was based), and several books told entirely in emails and text messages (Boy Next Door/Boy Meets Girl/Every Boy’s Got One).

Meg’s newest series include the hit middle grade series Allie Finkle’s Rules for Girls, Insatiable, a paranormal romance for adult readers, which was followed by a sequel, Overbite, in July 2011, and Abandon, a new paranormal series for YA readers (the sequel, Underworld, is in US stores in May 2012).

Meg Cabot (her last name rhymes with habit, as in “her books can be habit forming”) currently lives in Key West with her husband and two cats. He does not know he married a fire horse. Please don’t tell him!