Monday, October 13, 2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME is almost here!!!

It's here! Publication day for MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME is TOMORROW!!! Have you ordered it yet? I can talk about this book in a way I can't talk about my own books because I only wrote one-twelfth of it, so it's only a one-twelfth brag when I say this collection is AWESOME and you should give it liberally as a gift this holiday season. Give it to aaaaaaall your friends. It's FABULOUS!

The US edition (above) is subtitled "Twelve Holiday Stories." The UK edition went with "Twelve Winter Romances." Both true. The genesis of the anthology was at YALLfest last year (on a side note, are you coming to YALLfest? It's coming up. COME!) talking about a shared love of made-for-television Christmas romance movies with Myra McEntire, and then a week or so later another spark leapt on the kindling of the idea and ignited it: WHY AREN'T THERE YA BOOKS LIKE THOSE MOVIES? 

So she created one :-) 

Here are the US and UK editions side by side. I love them both.

Though it's hard to compete with a liberal use of hot pink...but maybe that's just me :-)

Here's my story, "The Girl Who Woke the Dreamer":

This story was a delight to write. See, I was trying to write this other story. Or trying to start it. I had kind of an idea for a wintery romancey story, but it wasn't very developed. Which is fine. I prefer things not to be too developed in the early stages. But I couldn't really get a toehold to get started. I just wasn't very enthusiastic. 

And then I was on a train from Portland to Seattle, this gorgeous ride, with my laptop on my lap, and a first line popped into my head that had nothing to do with that story. So I just followed it to see where it would lead, and pretty soon I had plague orphans and dead twins, a sure recipe for a romantic holiday story! Ah ha ha, maybe not, but I was sure the romance was there somewhere, and it was. That was a terrific train ride, and I love this story. Hope you do too!!

Also, cute illustrations, right? They're by Jim Tierney.

Here are some of the other stories, along with their first lines. Some of my favorite writers!

You're totally going to order some, right? :-)

*note, Powell's page is erroring at the moment; will fix this link when they do!

And guess what! Powell's also has an order page for the UK edition, if you want to get that! 

Friday, September 26, 2014

Some cool foreign editions!!!

In the mail this morning: the Thai edition of Daughter of Smoke & Bone! I'm not sure if it's new or if I just never received it before, but I love it!

And these. So great! The Japanese Days of Blood & Starlight is in two volumes with these companion covers of Karou & Madrigal. They're the cutest things ever:

Also received recently: (l) Dutch and (r) Greek Days of Blood & Starlight:

And Spanish Dreams of Gods & Monsters, and Indonesian Days of Blood & Starlight!

The second translated edition of Dreams I've received also came this morning: the Bulgarian one!

I love getting foreign editions SO MUCH.

Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I've finally hired some personal assistants. They're sisters and their names are Witch and Hazel (above, that's Hazel on the left, Witch on the right), and they're not exactly the most skilled candidates for the job, but they're the fuzziest. My main hiring requirement. 

They're pretty good at guarding the keyboard.

But sometimes fall asleep on the job.

When it comes to holding papers down, they have no equal.

There's a certain amount of lap chaos, but nothing I can't handle.

Things are going pretty well so far. They've even shown an interest in typing!


Monday, September 22, 2014

The Musee des Arts Forains

So there's a really cool museum in Paris that no one knows about. It's called the Musee des Arts Forains, which means "Museum of Fun-Fair Arts," and it's exactly what that sounds like: a private collection of really awesome vintage fun-fair rides, games, and ephemera. My best friend Alexandra told us about it after going on one of her trips to Paris.

It's housed in this fabulous series of brick warehouses surviving from the time that this neighborhood, Bercy, was the famed tax-free district for wine cellars, from the early 18th Century. 

That's the history of the building. The collection celebrates a different history, that of the "carousel salon," these fantastic temporary pavilions that would be erected to attract a wealthy (and adult-only) clientele for an evening of wonder. Back then, carousels weren't for kids. Here's one of the pavilions:

It made me think of The Night Circus!

Anyway, it's fabulous, full of such wonderful things, and the best part: You RIDE the rides, and PLAY the games!

Here, the jewel of their collection, a bicycle carousel!

It's human-powered, from the days when bicycles were rare, and people could ride this to see what it was like! Let me tell you: it is FAST. Like hold-on-tight-so-you-don't-fly-off-it fast!

There was a fabulous Venetian automaton show too.

And plenty of silliness.

So, so pretty.

Highly recommended! And you need reservations so book ahead. Have fun!

(P.S. We haven't been back to Paris this week or anything -- we wish! These are from last spring.)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Mexico I am coming to you!

I can finally confirm that I am, in fact, coming to FIL in Guadalajara! Yippeee!!! I will post a schedule by and by, but it looks like I'll be there the first weekend of December. Can't wait to be back in Mexico! I really, really love Mexico :-)

FIL--both a trade show and a festival open to the public--is the most important book fair in the Spanish-speaking world, with 750,000 people attending!!!!! I can't even fathom that! As for Guadalajara, it is Mexico's second city, home to over four million people, and is known for mariachi music, tequila, handicrafts, and good weather. Sounds pretty awesome :-)

I will also be going to Mexico City after that. 
Info to come. Double yippee!!!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Happy Book Birthday ILLUSIONS OF FATE!

HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY TO KIERSTEN WHITE and ILLUSIONS OF FATE!!! This book. This book. When Kiersten characterized the hero as "Howl meets Mr. Darcy" I said GIVE IT TO ME NOW. Only, you know, politely. Pleeease give it to me now. Please?

And because Kiersten is lovely she did give it to me (thank you thank you thank you) and I spent a marvelous couple of days with said hero...and the heroine too of course whose book this actually is. And you should too! I love historical romance, and I love historical romance with magic even more, so this was a big treat. The system of magic is intriguing, the setting is wonderful, and the romance swoony. Stephanie Perkins called it "an absolute delight--a magical, sparkling, dangerous world with witty repartee and a romance that will light your heart on fire."

The back of the book says this:

"I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have."
The people of Albion are different from anyone Jessamin has ever known: harsh, uptight, and obsessed with wealth and rank. Jessamin knew as much when she left her sun-drenched island home to attend school in their gray, dreary, country. But she had no idea how different they truly were.
She never thought she would discover a house with doors that open onto a hundred corners of the city or a book that spends its days as a bird. She certainly never expected to become a pawn in a political and magical power struggle between the sinister Lord Downpike and the handsome, charming Finn Ackerly. And she never so much as imagined she'd win Finn's affections--or that one day his shadow would follow her every step.
Fortunately for Jessamin, fate has other ideas...

Publisher's Weekly describes the plot thus:

"White (A Chaos of Stars) claims the influence of Jane Austen on her latest fantasy, but the hero, Finn, is less reminiscent of Mr. Darcy than of Dorothy Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey — all nervy blond elegance. Like Wimsey, Finn has a nameless role to play in keeping the empire out of war (in this case, the magic-wielding nation of Albion). Finn falls in love at first sight, most inappropriately, with narrator Jessamin, an illegitimate 'island rat' whose father is a professor in Albion and whose mother is a marriage-obsessed native of Melei, a colony. Jessamin has blackmailed her father to gain entrance to an exclusive school, but she works in a hotel to make ends meet, a situation that allows for riffs on A Little Princess as Finn — and Finn's enemies — inflict their attention and wealth on her."

So celebrate this book birthday by going out to the bookstore or library, or ordering yourself a copy of ILLUSIONS OF FATE! 

Friday, August 15, 2014

Finally, Australia & New Zealand!!

I am coming. At last! I'm so excited! I've never been to Australia or New Zealand, and though this isn't the trip where I'm going to get to really experience much of either country, I will get to meet some book lovers, who are of course the BEST PART OF ANY COUNTRY! 

Here's the schedule of public events:


Wed, Aug 27 

Remuera Library 6:15 pm talk & signing
427 Remuera Road

Sat/Sun, Aug 30/31 

WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival

Sat, Aug 30, 1-2 pm CREATING WORLDS: YA Fiction panel
Laini Taylor, Elizabeth Knox, Karen Healey, Tania Roxburg

Sun, Aug 31, 1-2 pm SUPERNATURALLY: Laini Taylor & Elizabeth Knox
In conversation

(Can I tell you how thrilled I am to meet Elizabeth Knox who is one of my favorite writers??? Very thrilled! Fantastic books: The Dreamhunter Duet and Mortal Fire (YA), and Wake (adult). Read them!)


Tues, Sept 2

City of Sydney Libraries: Custom House Library 6 pm talk & signing
31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay NSW

Wed, Sept 3

Little Bookroom: 6:30 pm talk & signing
5 Desgraves St., Melbourne

Fri, Sept 5 - Sun, Sept 7

Brisbane Writers Festival

I'm teaching a three-hour writing workshop! Please come!

Fri, Sept 5, 5-6 pm FANTASY: THIS WORLD & THE NEXT panel
Laini Taylor, Isobelle Carmody & Kirilee Baker talk with Trent Jamieson about diving into fantastical other worlds, and bringing some of the magical to this Muggle one

Sat, Sept 6, 10-11 am UNNATURAL CREATURES panel
Laini Taylor, Rjurik Davidson & John Pickrell in a discussion that will look at how weird and wonderful existing (and historical) creatures are, and how fantasy fiction borrows biology and zoology etc to create otherworldly beings -- how fake is fantasy really?

Sat, Sept 6, 3:45-4:30 LOVE YA: EPIC LOVE, STAR-CROSSED OR CURSED panel
Laini Taylor & Aimee Kaufman: Who are your book boyfriends? What books score high on your swoon scale? And are we doing ourselves any favors when real life can seem just a little bit awkward and tame by comparison? The agony and ecstasy of that all-encompassing, overwhelming, EPIC love in YA fiction.

Sun, Sept 7, 1-2 pm LAWS OF MAGIC panel
Laini Taylor, Rjurik Davidson, Trudi Canavan & Kirilee Barker discussing mythologies, legends, and magic systems in genre fiction.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Random Paris

Beautiful Paris. This is an uncurated slew of photos from our May/June trip, mostly not of famous monuments (though a couple sneak in!) I should be putting up pics of Comic Con (which was so much fun!) but this is quick and easy and I need to get photos of my hard drive because my laptop is FULL and I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. Life can't function if computer can't function. Don't want to go into my technical difficulties (I have a "genius" meeting this afternoon, aren't they so modest?) but I hope to be fully functioning again later today!

Near the Pompidou:

Needs no explanation: 

Puss in Boots at the Tuileries, part of a statue of Charles Perrault:

Tuileries carousel:

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The Latin Quarter

We stayed on a mega-touristy street in the Latin Quarter, but high up on the 7th floor where we couldn't hear the chaos. It was a fantastic location; we could see Notre Dame from our window, and my new favorite monument in Paris, the Fontaine St. Michel, was a block away. It has seraphim and chimaera, guys!

(photo by Clementine :-)

I couldn't pass it without taking pictures. Also mere steps away from our apartment:

I may have bought a book I could easily have gotten in the States, just to get this stamp:

Oh man, this street (Rue St. Jacques), just around the corner from Shakespeare & Company and in sight of Notre Dame. LOVE: 

Wonderful restaurant on Rue St. Jacques, La Fourmi Ailee.

In the window, the eponymous winged ant:

Rue St. Jacques/Rue St. Germain are ground zero for bandes dessines (graphic novels, comic books) stores, like the magnificent Album, which has three locations in the immediate area: 

(Fans of Stephanie Perkins will recognize Album as where Isla and Josh shop for bandes dessines!)

* * *

The menagerie at the Jardin des Plantes (and the whole garden) was lovely. This was the first time we've made it there. So worth it. There's also the Natural History museum and the most unique carousel in Paris.

(the second flamingoes not at the menagerie, ha ha, but in the window of Antoine et Lili)

The famous Dodo carousel:

It's all extinct and endangered animals.

* * *

Les Puces, or the Clingnancourt mega flea market! 
I hadn't been since high school. It's not the place to look for bargains, but it was very picturesque.

This flying saucer in one of the permanent pavilions. 
I want it to fly to my backyard to be my writing studio!

Isn't this table amazing? It can ride back in the flying saucer.

* * *

Another place we made it for the first time: the Canal St. Martin neighborhood, and the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, a bit off the tourist path.

The Guignol at Buttes Chaumont:

Those two tall dads going in, they sat in the front and blocked everyone's view. Tools.

This park, not well known to tourists, is gorgeous. It's got ravines and waterfalls and this temple on an outcropping. Very cool.

And our last night, we thought, well, we might as well see the Eiffel Tower once...
And made it just in time for the lighting.

This carousel, very worth it. 

Oh, Paris.

 More (less random) pics to come.


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