Monday, August 27, 2018

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES tour!!


Thrilled to be coming to see so many places I haven't been on past tours! 





Monday, April 30, 2018

French Strange!



The French edition of Strange the Dreamer is in the world! 
I love this promo that the publisher, Lumen Editions, made :)

Sunday, April 29, 2018

MUSE OF NIGHTMARES covers!!!



Here are the US (above) and UK (below) covers for MUSE OF NIGHTMARES, which comes out on October 2! I love them both. I hope you do too!! :)

Saturday, February 24, 2018

STRANGE THE DREAMER paperback covers!



Here are the paperback covers for the US and UK editions of STRANGE THE DREAMER! Above is the US edition. You make recognize it, since it is the UK hardcover. We all loved that cover so much and I'm happy it will have new life! It comes out on May 22nd, and you can preorder it here!


And below is the new UK look, very simple and elegant. I hope you like it! It will be out very soon, on March 8! 






Thank you for reading! :)


Friday, February 23, 2018

PRINTZ HONOR!!!




I'm thrilled beyond words that Strange the Dreamer was selected as a Michael L. Printz honor book. I really can't tell you what this silver sticker means to me. Awards are such a rare gift that I try really hard to not even hope, because...what are the chances? There are so many amazing books published each year. I live in constant awe of the quality and artistry and importance of the books being published for teens, and so to think that Strange the Dreamer was considered to be exceptional...it fills my heart. A huge, HUGE thank you to the amazing librarians who are on the committee this year. I can't wait to meet you in New Orleans!  <3






Thursday, September 14, 2017

Night of Cake & Puppets is in the world!!

It's here! Happy book birthday to Night of Cake & Puppets! 

If you're in the Portland area, come by and have some cake with us :-)

We also have some art and stuff to give you.

I'm so happy this beautiful edition exists!
Thank you, Jim, for the beautiful art.



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

NIGHT OF CAKE & PUPPETS!!!




I'M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!!!

Sometimes it happens that there are stories you want to tell that just won't fit in your novel. Maybe  they're outside the timeline, and not really relevant to the present, or maybe they're about secondary characters. The novel needs to stay true to its primary narrative. It isn't free to indulge in the fun little cul de sacs that you might wish to glide into and while away some sweet moments. Well, from the earliest days of writing Daughter of Smoke & Bone, I was really invested in Zuzana and her "violin boy," and I wanted to fit their romance into my novel somehow. But Daughter of Smoke & Bone wasn't their story, and I just couldn't, so it had to happen backstage.

In Days of Blood & Starlight, clearly I was still trying. There's this moment where Karou tells Ziri a little about Mik and Zuzana's first date. It was as much as I dared allow myself, and you can be sure that early drafts of that scene were longer! Again, it was indulgence. I had to stay focused on Karou's story, and Mik and Zuzana are a really important part of that, but there was no way to justify writing their romance the way I wanted to. 

So I made it a novella!! It was such a joy to write! This was four years ago, and that novella was released in e-format only, but NOW IT IS COMING TO YOU AS A BOOK-SHAPED OBJECT! WITH PAGES! AND COVERS! And ohhhh the pages and covers are beaaauuuuuutiful, because this is a GIFT EDITION, and it is illustrated by the wonderful Jim Di Bartolo, who is super talented as well as awesome, and who I had the wisdom and good luck to marry sixteen years ago!

You guys are going to LOVE IT. 

Our idea was that it would look like Zuzana's sketchbook, and that the drawings would be "done by her," so there's a lot of humor as well as gorgeousness. What I love is how the book feels like an artifact from the story itself, with the polaroids, diagrams, and notes all recreated, as though you're holding them in your hands. It's just so much fun. And the design! It's amazing. I'll have more to show you in the coming weeks. Wait till you see what's under the jacket! 

(Is this not the best cover EVER???)

Night of Cake & Puppets comes out September 12,
and you can preorder it now from your preferred vendor! 


Some sample art:





I couldn't resist taking a few snaps of the layout in my hands. (These are from the ARC; the finished copy will be even more gorgeous!)









Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Which godspawn are you?

I've always loved these "which character are you?" quizzes, so I'm especially thrilled with this one! In Strange the Dreamer there are five blue-skinned characters, half-human, half god, each with unique abilities, and you can find out which one you are...


(scroll down the page just a little to get to the quiz)

And because you only get to see the character you are, here's the art for all of them, by the amazing lesya blackbird ink! 

I LOVE THESE!!!

Minya

Sparrow, aka Orchid Witch

Feral, aka Cloud Thief

Sarai, aka the Muse of Nightmares

Ruby, aka Bonfire

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Strange the Dreamer tour!

It's almost time :) It seemed like the day would never come, but Strange comes out in ONE WEEK!
I hope to see you at one of these fabulous bookstores or festivals:


US tour



Oh, and if you come to one of the events you can get this limited edition sticker, the 2nd of four collectibles (get the 1st one by preordering!!)





And I'm coming to the UK!!!




Wednesday, March 1, 2017

One month till STRANGE: pre-order info!



It's getting real. STRANGE THE DREAMER is getting close! The finished books are in, both the US and UK editions, and they are the most gorgeous books I've ever seen. I mean, look at thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis...




So shiny! It's like a mirror!
And an embossed gold moth under the jacket!




Last week I went to the massive Hachette warehouse in Indiana (where 85 million books live and you have to drive around the huge hangars in carts) and signed some stacks:






And the UK editions, swoon!
I don't have mine yet. I've only seen these pictures:




Here's the signed (printed signature) illustrated title page from the first edition,
which also has blue sprayed pages :




And the back!





And another gold embossed moth!




The Strange the Dreamer shelf in my library is filling up. My heart is full :-)




Oh, and see that one in the middle? FROM THE GREAT LIBRARY OF ZOSMA? That's an awesome ARC wraparound Little Brown made. I'm a complete fool for things that are like artifacts from my fictional worlds. This makes me so happy.





(There are all these myths and stories within stories in Strange, and I want to mock up fake covers for them all and add to this collection :-)








So, preorder campaigns! There are two.

FOR THE US EDITION:

Basically, preorder it wherever you like, and upload your receipt at strangethedreamer.com, and you'll get shwag mailed to you: a signed bookplate (not a printed signature but a unique signature. I still have to sign these! Eep!) plus the first in a collectible set of 4 character decals illustrated by the amazing Lesya BlackBirdInk!





Look at Lazlo. Isn't he beautiful?? 






For the UK edition:



Anyone who preorders the book from a UK bookseller or site will receive the special first print run, which includes the gold foil, the blue sprayed edges, and the illustrated title page. Stores will have these too, until they run out and are replaced by the second print run, which will be less fancy. Go to Hodderscape for more info.

You want the Lazlo decal in the UK too? There will be a drawing for those, which you can enter HERE.


I think that covers everything.

I'm so excited!!

Check back in a couple days for full book tour info
(plus a peek at the 2nd collectible character decal!)



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