I hope! I hit the road in just a few days on the Fierce Reads Tour with three amazing authors. It is going to be a blast. I hope you'll come join us! Here is the map of our stops, and here is the link with more book store and author details!
Dance of Thieves is getting closer and . . . An exclusive excerpt from DANCE OF THIEVES has been revealed at Entertainment Weekly! Go meet Kazi and Jase and step back into the Remnant universe! And then . . . check out this arc sweepstakes giveaway that Fierce Reads is hosting! TEN arcs of DANCE OF THIEVES are up for grabs! Hope you get one! xo
Wait, where am I? Blog land? If it seems I have been under a rock for the most part lately, it's because I have been. After finishing The Remnant Chronicles, I had a few things piled up around here to take care of (literal piles) and then I dug in with a book in January that had a short deadline.
Easy-peasy I thought, because this story had already been simmering in me for over three years, ever since I was halfway through The Heart of Betrayal. Plus, it's set in the Remnant Universe. I knew this world! And the characters were chomping to get on the page! Always talking to me!
But, nothing is ever as easy as it seems--especially with a whole new cast of characters that are all well-armed and sneaky--especially when you find yourself falling in love with them and wanting to get their stories just right. Thus, my rock that I've been hiding under. *brushes off moss*
But now the draft is done! Revision has begun! And the cover (oh my gosh--it exceeded all my dreams) has been revealed at USA Today HEA blog. I hope you love it as much as I do! DANCE OF THIEVES will be out next August!
The Beauty of Darkness! It's almost here! And before I hit the road and the prepub craziness turns to a whirlwind of fun chaos, I wanted to take a rare quiet moment to thank you. Thank YOU the readers.
This journey began back in the fall of 2013 when the arc of The Kiss of Deception came out. The Kiss of what? It was a brand new trilogy that few had heard of. But a few advanced readers read it, embraced Lia's story, and spread the word (thank you!) From there a few more read it, and then a few more. You went on this journey with us. Yes, and with Rafe and Kaden too. By the time The Heart of Betrayal came out, there was an army of you rooting for this trio, and you spread the word even more! Along the way, you tweeted, blogged, and instagrammed, sharing your thoughts with me and others. I giggled and laughed (the gifs!), admired your art and graphics, and loved your thoughts and reactions.
Now The Beauty of Darkness is almost here, and you are continuing to share and spread the word to new readers, for which I will forever be grateful.
THANK YOU to all for going on this journey with Lia--and me. One last leg to go!
Thank you too, for the many who have preordered this final book. It makes a huge difference and means the world to me. Thank you so much.
I leave on tour soon. I hope I'm coming to a town near you and we'll get to meet! If not, I hope at some point in the future I will make it to your hometown!
Here's where I'll be going. If you click the links you can see addresses and store details. (From most of these stores you can preorder signed personalized books if you hurry. Check with individual stores.) Tuesday, August 2nd, 6:30pm Dove Library, Carlsbad, CA Wednesday, August 3rd, 7pm Hicklebee's, San Jose, CA Thursday, August 4th. 7pm University Bookstore, Seattle, WA Friday, August 5th 6pm Tattered Cover, Aspen Grove,Denver, CO Saturday, August 6th 3pm BookWorks, Alburquerque, NM Sunday, August 7th 3pm Anderson's Bookshop, Naperville, IL Monday, August 8th 7pm Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Lexington, KY Tuesday, August 9th 7pm Towne Book Center & Cafe, Collegeville,PA September 9, 2016 TIME TO COME Chapters Metrotown, Vancouver, BC
Are you going? I am! I hope I see you there! Here is my schedule:
COMIC CON SCHEDULE FRIDAY, 10 am Love in the Time of YA PANEL Room: 32AB With: Kami Garcia, Andrea Cremer, Brenna Yovanoff, Amy Tintera, Kate Elliott, and Alexandra Bracken Autographing to follow at 12pm, Area #AA 09
FRIDAY, 2 pm It’s the End of the … Series (as we know it) PANEL Room: 29AB With: Alexandra Bracken, Marissa Meyer, Kami Garcia
SATURDAY, 10:30 am Facebook LIVE Interview from the Comic Con Exhibit Hall. Watch at Fierce Reads Facebook Page
The final installment of The Remnant Chronicles is almost here! To celebrate the final book, The Beauty of Darkness, I wanted to have a fun, creative giveaway. Do you like to draw or doodle? Show me your creative brain! It is all about Lia's kavah . . .
"The others waited in silence for my response. I resisted drawing in a breath. I wouldn't give my mother that satisfaction, but I couldn't deny that my wedding kavah was exquisite. The ugly crest of the Kingdom of Dalbreck had been made startlingly beautiful, the snarling lion tamed on my back, the intricate designs gracefully hemming in his claws."
--Page 7 The Kiss of Deception
<------One of my doodled interpretations
First off, I want to clarify. . . this is not Lia's "official" kavah.
The Remnant Chronicles are stories, and stories are made up of words that create images, so whatever image you imagined, IS what her kavah looks like. I don't own the words, I just put them down. (This applies to book covers too! They are not the final say on what a character looks like.) So, back to the kavah. Here's what The Kiss of Deception tells us about it:
There was a lion claw.
There was a vine.
It was made with a henna dye
Lia thought it was beautiful
So I doodled around and this was one possible way I thought the kavah might look--a little snip of grapevines and a lion claw. Lia's kavah was supposed to be temporary, lasting only a few weeks, but in Lia's case something went wrong (or maybe right?) and some of it became permanent. On my Pinterest page I have a bulletin board of henna body art and designs where you can see how elaborate they can be. Maybe these pictures will help spark some of your creative energy.
Now for the giveaway part! What do you have to do to enter? This: 1) Draw a kavah!It's easy! There's a "blank" kavah below that you can add your own designs to (a fine point Sharpie works great. Just print the blank out on a piece of paper and have at it!) OR you can start from scratch. Interpret Lia's kavah for yourself. From badass to sweet, I'd love to see what you come up with! 2) Post a picture of your kavah creation on Twitter, Instagram, or Tumblr
3) INCLUDE this hashtag in your tweet or post: #RemnantChronicles (This is a must!) 4) Follow instructions on Rafflecopter entry below. Leave a comment. (edited to add: You don't have to wait to do this step last--you can do it now.)
The giveaway ends at midnight on 7/20/16
That's it! And yes, it is open internationally!
THREE random winners will get:
1) A signed and personalized hardcover ofThe Beauty of Darkness
2) A Beauty of Darkness heart-shaped fan! (for my amazing fans)
3) A Remnant Chronicles Charm. Hang it from your purse, backpack, zipper, belt loop--your pony tail! Whatever suits you! Inside the little antique brass book it says, "In the farthest corner, I will find you."
4) Signed bookmarks from all three books.
5) A mini poster of the gorgeous map! (and the reverse side is the cover of The Beauty of Darkness)
And last but not least, the "blank" kavah I mentioned is below.
Have fun with this! Doodle your heart out! It is quite relaxing.
Or ditch the blank and create something entirely new!
I can't wait to see what you come up with! Neither can Lia!
Hey all, I'm going to be speaking at a February 13 SCBWI event! It takes place on the USD campus in the Hahn School of Nursing from 2-4. It is open to members and non-members, details here. And directions are here.
Here is the blurb for the talk. I hope I see you there!
Juggling the Art and Business of Writing: Craft, Tips, and Realities Mary E. Pearson discusses and shares the journey of writing a trilogy, from the first proposal to her editor, to the work of promotion, to wrestling with unexpected challenges along the way, and most importantly, keeping the writing passion alive through 1700 pages of story.
2015 was a wild, jam-packed year.
It left me tired, and breathless, and ever so grateful.
And as 2015 was winding down I was finally able to finish the draft of THE BEAUTY OF DARKNESS, Book 3 of The Remnant Chronicles! Hooray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Milestone achieved!
Here's a Flipagram (My first one! Are you on Flipagram?) which gives you a quick glimpse of 2015--and what it's like writing a first draft while a whole LOT of other stuff is going on!
THANK YOU to all of you who helped make 2015 an amazing year. I loved that I got to meet so many new fans, and reconnect with old ones! And continued thanks for your blogs, tweets, instagrams, book tubes, and all the ways you spread the word about The Remnant Chronicles and embraced Lia, Rafe, and Kaden's world. YOU are the best.
And now 2016 is starting out with a bang!
MORRIGHAN, my e-novella which is a prequel to The Remnant Chronicles, is out on January 12!!! I'm very excited! It's an ebook and there are lots of places where you can preorder and download it. My publisher has more information HEREon the remnantchronicles.com site.
I hope you love this tale the way I do. It started out as a short story, but then the characters of Morrighan and Jafir took hold of my heart, and a hundred pages later I was still engrossed in their world and lives. I learned their secrets, their hopes, and their sorrows even as I wrote the story. It was both heartbreaking and a joy to watch it unfold.
MORRIGHAN, is about the girl Morrighan, who is the namesake of Lia's kingdom, and also about Jafir, a boy from a clan of scavengers, two young people trying to survive on their own terms in a world that has been devastated by disaster. When they meet, history is changed forever, both for them and all the kingdoms of the Remnant yet to come.
Before borders were drawn, before treaties were signed,
before wars were waged anew,
before the great kingdoms of the Remnant were even born
and the world of old was only a hazy slate of memory told in story and legend,
a girl and her family fought to survive. And that girl’s name was Morrighan.
So to celebrate a new year and two new books on the horizon, I think it's time for a giveaway! Don't you?
Enter for a chance to win one prize package that includes: One signed paperback of
The Kiss of Deception
One signed map/poster
Remnant Chronicles Stickers
First off, THIS: It was announced on Thursday that The Adoration of Jenna Fox is coming to the BIG SCREEN! I am ecstatic! And there's already an amazing script written by the equally amazing, Garry Williams. You can get the scoop here at Deadline Hollywood, and the full press release from Dolphin Entertainment who is making the film! Hooray!!!
AND . . . drumroll . . .
The cover for the final book in The Remnant Chronicles has been unveiled! Oh, my aching heart. I LOVE it. I hope you do too! #TeamLia all the way!
The Beauty of Darkness will be rolling your way August 2, 2016!
And last but not least, I just found out that The Kiss of Deception was voted a YALSA Teens' Top Ten Title. 27,000 readers casted votes! Wow. I'm absolutely thrilled that TKOD was included with so many amazing books. THANK YOU to all the readers who voted!!
And add in a lot more screaming and jumping up and down.
So . . . to all the fans who blogged, shouted, tweeted, shared, and spread the news in all possible ways--and of course read The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal--YOU made it happen! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And THANK YOU to my amazing publisher who made this book so beautiful and touchable and sent me out on tour to meet face to face so many awesome fans, booksellers, and librarians. It was so much fun to talk with you and hear your thoughts (and hunches, hopes, and guesses) on Lia, Rafe, Kaden, and the Remnant world!
And special THANKS to these bloggers who just hosted my blog tour! Many of them still have giveaways going on, so go visit their sites--and learn some insights too!
Books of Wonder, New York NY
Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville IL
Watermark Books, Wichita KS
Tattered Cover Aspen Grove, Littleton CO
Kepler’s, Menlo Park CA
Books Inc, Burlingame CA
Barnes and Noble, Mira Mesa CA
Mysterious Galaxy, San Diego CA
Blue Willow, Houston TX
Barnes & Noble, Irving TX
BookPeople, Austin TX