Sunday, April 6, 2014

Oh my gosh, is it time??

It IS! It's time. (Almost.) Somehow it is almost April 8th! That happened fast. I'm still trying to accept 2014! I'm off tomorrow morning for the first leg of the DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS tour, which starts in Albuquerque and will wind me around back to Portland via Texas and California. A few days at home and then: Toronto and Boston. A day at home and then: England! 

See HERE for tour details!

My amazing publishers, Little Brown, have some incredible stuff planned for the events, it's going to be so fun and I will definitely be posting pictures here. I hope to meet you soon! 

Oh, and...

...I hope you like the book :-)

P.S. I'm feeling very in love with the amazing Daughter of Smoke & Bone fandom right now because I was over browsing the tumblr site and there's so much fun stuff! Check it out!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

IN THE SHADOWS BY Jim Di Bartolo & Kiersten White

So, you guys already know that my husband, Jim Di Bartolo, is super talented. And I'm sure you also know that Kiersten White is super talented. But still, knowing this, you cannot quite imagine how amazing their collaboration, IN THE SHADOWS, is. 

What is IN THE SHADOWS? It's a heavily illustrated novel, but it's not a novel where the art illustrates the text. Two stories are told, one by Kiersten, with words, and one by Jim, with pictures. The stories are connected, but it will take you the duration of the book to figure out exactly how. And when they do come together in the end: POW! It's crazy satisfying.  

That all sounds cool and all (it is), but I've been trying to figure out how to really SHOW YOU this book. The only thing that does it justice is holding it in your hands and reading it. It's this beautiful compact brick of glossy paper, text printed in sepia, decorative borders, lavish artwork. So much artwork. I think this will help give you an idea of why this is a reading experience you have to have (and why you have to have this experience with a physical book, not a tablet):

WOW, right?

So what's it "about"?

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.
Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who’ve been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can’t.

Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can’t say why, and doesn’t even know if they can be saved.  

Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world.  

Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.  

Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, IN THE SHADOWS collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear.  The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.

Even the text pages are gorgeous. I mean, the writing is gorgeous, yes, but I'm not allowed to show you that. I'm sneaking showing you this much. Hope I don't get in trouble ... But the design is gorgeous too:

Sneaky me. Get this book. It's just as good for boys as for girls. The art is edgy and dangerous and will appeal to readers of graphic novels, and the text story offers something different: it's poetic and atmospheric, gothic, creepy and romantic.

It's just awesome. Don't miss it.

Pre-order now:

Thursday, March 13, 2014


Oh man did we love the house we stayed in in Mexico. Thanks eternally to Cassie, Holly, Sarah, Josh, Kelly, and Gavin for inviting us on this fabulous retreat!

Of course I want to walk you through the whole house and explain how it fits together and how magnificent and perfect it is, but I won't. I'll just show you the pictures.

This is all hidden behind high walls in the town center. Amazing. From the outside, you can't guess what's within. I kept wishing I could fly so I could skim over the rooftops and peek into all the courtyards and rooftop gardens.

Did I mention there was a view? *stagger faint*

That cute tile-roofed lantery dome above? This is it from below, as it lets light into the dining room:

Below, check out the mini terrace on to of the pool house. Beyond adorable. There was even an outdoor shower up there.

Oh man. The perfection. It was really really hard to leave, especially considering the amazing company!

Thursday, February 27, 2014


Here are the DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS tour dates and upcoming events!
I'm so excited!!!

Tuesday, April 8 - Albuquerque, NM
Bookworks (7:00 PM)
4022 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107 

Wednesday April 9 - Austin, TX
(In conversation with Margaret Stohl)
2200 Hancock Dr.
Austin, TX 78756

Thursday, April 10 - San Antonio, TX
15900 La Cantera Parkway, Bldg 27
San Antonio, TX 78256

*I will be at the Texas Library Association Conference, schedule TBA*

Saturday, April 12 - Los Angeles, CA
University of Southern California Campus
3551 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Sunday, April 13 - Los Angeles, CA
7881 Edinger Ave. #110
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

Monday, April 14 - San Francisco, CA
Kepler’s Books (7:00 PM) 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Tuesday, April 15 - San Francisco, CA
1550 Oak St
Alameda, CA 94501

Wednesday, April 16 – Portland, OR
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. 
Beaverton, OR 97005 

Tuesday, April 22 – Toronto, Canada
1950 The Queensway
Etobicoke, ON M9C 5H5

Wednesday, April 23 - Boston, MA
361 Washington St.
Brookline, MA 02445

Thursday, April 24 - South Hadley, MA
50 College St (location TK)
South Hadley, MA 01075

Saturday, April 26 - Houston, TX
7555 Howell Sugar Land Rd
Houston, TX 77083

Wednesday, April 30 - London, England 
GLAMOUR Magazine's G-Book Club DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS party (6:30 PM - 8:00 PM)
20 Portman Square, London W1H 6LW, 
United Kingdom


*this will be my first time ever in Canada, which is shocking and silly considering how close it is to Oregon (well, Toronto's not close, but you know what I mean.) Can't wait!)

schedule TBA
Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix AZ 

schedule TBA
Las Vegas, NV

schedule TBA
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego CA

I hope I'm not jumping the gun here but I'm preeeetty sure I'll be coming in August/September. I hope so! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Exclusive Edition of DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS!

Okay, finally. I've been meaning to tell you about the signed special edition of DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS that will be available in the US (for UK, see here.

I've spent most of my time since returning from Mexico signing the above limited edition prints (art by me), and I'm done! Whew. And my hand has survived. Yay! These prints will be included in Barnes & Noble's first print run of DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS, both in stores and on-line. 

(This edition will also be available from Indigo in Canada.)

Also, the paperback of DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT came out today! 

If you haven't read it yet, I hope you will check it out! The re-read is going at Goodreads, and there will be another online chat and Q&A upcoming (actually, a couple more!) and I hope you'll join in! The last one was really fun. Thanks for all the great questions!

I'm in a life-catch-up mode right now, after neglecting all things including myself for months while finishing DREAMS. It's a time for dentists appointments and spring cleaning and all those joyous tasks that are just so easy to put off. Also we have a tree slowly tipping over, and the basement is flooding. Joys of living in Portland. What are YOU doing today? :-)

Saturday, February 22, 2014

More foreign editions of DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT!

You guys know how getting boxes of foreign editions is one of my favorite things, right?

Isn't that GORGEOUS? That's the Estonian DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT. I love it!

And here's the Japanese DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, isn't it great?!?!

Here you can see how cute and wee it is between the regular-size books! 

And also, reprising the US cover, the Finnish edition:

... and Norwegian edition:

Wheeeee! Yayyyyyyyy!!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014


Hey, wanna read the first two chapters of 


(This always makes me soooo nervous. I'll just be over here covering my eyes so you can't see me...)

Sunday, February 16, 2014


Hello! This long blog silence has been due to vacation! Jim and Clementine and I went to Mexico. More details and specifics later. For now, here's some general Mexico ambience and color. It's magic. A magical country. I mean, just look. Every minute of the day there, I was questioning why there isn't more flair and pizzazz here. What's up, America?

The whole time I was finishing Dreams of Gods & Monsters, I was fantasizing about being done and going to Mexico. Jim and I had been once before, to Chiapas, pre-Clementine. Loved it, mango-smorgasbord that it is. The above region was less mango-prolific, alas, but remarkable in other ways. And the best part about the whole trip was that we were in the company of some of my favorite writers! Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan, and Kelly Link, as well as Kelly's daughter Ursula (Clementine's age) and husband Gavin Grant (publisher of Small Beer Press and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet), and Cassie's husband Joshua Lewis, also a writer, and everyone was so terrifically fun and smart and nice. 

I want to be back there, in the sun and splendor! If I had to guess, I would say that the Portland wind is angry at us for going away, and is bent on vindictive destruction. The house is shuddering. Maybe even cowering. Hopefully the roof will hang on! 

More later. I've returned home inspired to work on a new project. It just *might* be set in Mexico. Hasta luego!

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