Y’all do not KNOW how hard it’s been to keep this a secret for FOUR MONTHS.

[CORRECTION: It goes on sale on 10/11/22!] Y’all do not KNOW how hard it’s been to keep this a secret for FOUR MONTHS. (Thank god I’ve never been interrogated because this news would have been the first thing to fall out of my mouth.)

Gosh, what can I possibly say to express how honored and grateful I am that @casey.mcquiston chose me to illustrate their endpapers? If you’ve been following me for a while, then you know this book holds incredibly special meaning for me, especially as a queer Latine who at the time this book was released was still working for the federal government (a stone’s throw from where so much of this story takes place). This was an absolute dream commission, and it was such a joy to work with Casey on refreshed character designs for Alex and Henry! Swipe right to see the ink/color tests we did to hammer out their look for the endpapers! (Plus a wee celebratory pick of me next to the White House. Lol)

Endless thanks goes also to the wonderful @thedaysbetween and @devanenn of @stmartinspress whose teamwork on this made the process easy and so much fun, and to my agent, Sary for screaming with me when the email request came in and I was alone in my house!

With that said: I did my best to deliver endpapers that matches the celebratory feel of this collector’s edition. The bonus chapter is *glorious*, the foil treatments are gorgeous, and I hope that, when you pick up your copy, you feel the illustrations have done this truly special book justice. ❤️💙🤍


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