Sneak A Peek Saturday: TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us ravenous readers to enjoy.

A long time fan of Peter Pan I am most interested in this upcoming novel, TIGER LILY by Jodi Lynn Anderson. The concept and I believe upcoming heartache are an allure that I cannot deny. At least there is this tempting morsel to keep me happy.

by Jodi Lynn Anderson
ISBN-13: 978-0062003256
Harper Teen, 304 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Click on the book cover to enjoy your sneak Peek
Before Peter Pan belonged to Wendy Darling, he belonged to the girl with the crow feather in her hair.... In this stunning retelling, New York Times bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson expertly weaves a gripping tale of love, loss, and adventure.

Not since Gregory Maguire’s Wicked has a classic children’s tale been more expertly reimagined. Friendship turns to romance turns to heartbreak in this bittersweet story that explores the joys of first love and the choice between fulfilling your duty and following your heart.

Fifteen-year-old Tiger Lily, proud and fierce, wild and misunderstood, doesn’t believe in love stories or happy endings. Then she meets the alluring teenage Peter Pan in the forbidden woods of Neverland and immediately falls under his spell. Bonding over their shared sense of adventure, their competitive nature, and their courageous spirits, the two form an unlikely friendship and an even more unlikely romance. Then Wendy Darling—a girl who is everything Tiger Lily is not—arrives on the island, and Tiger Lily discovers how far she is willing to go to keep Peter with her, and in Neverland.

Blog Tour: ONCE by Anna Carey

Today I have the pleasure and honor of being a part of Anna Carey's ONCE blog tour. Please stay around and read about this fascinating new series and it's author. 

Anna Carey is the author of EVE, which is now available wherever books are sold. The sequel, ONCE, hits shelves July 3rd, 2012. She grew up on Long Island, the daughter of a special education teacher and an astronomer. Early on she talked of being a painter, district attorney, flutist, physical therapist, or graphic designer, but eventually pursued writing—the one thing that allowed her to be all of the above. She studied Literature and Creative Writing at NYU, and took part in her fair share of snowball fights in Washington Square Park. After college, she worked as an editor in children’s publishing before getting a Masters in Fiction from Brooklyn College. She now lives in Los Angeles, where the apartments are bigger and the weather is sunnier, but she still misses New York.

1) What was your inspiration for writing this series?
Eve started with a question: what happens when you find out everything you’ve learned is a lie? How do you move forward from that? How do you reconcile what you’ve been taught, with the truths you’re discovering every day?

2) What kind of research went into creating the post apocalyptic world for EVE/ONCE?

I knew I wanted the world to be a lush, overgrown version of our world—foreign and familiar all at once. What if life didn’t just go on without us, what if it thrived? What if ugly strip malls were covered over with ivy and moss and nature reclaimed everything we had built? I watched documentaries on Chernobyl to learn more about what life was like in places that had been abandoned. How quickly can the earth regenerate?

From there, researching the world was a long series of questions and answers. Is there a wild boar population in Marin? How many years can canned food last without going bad? How long does it take to get from Lake Tahoe to Sedona on horseback? Walking? By Jeep? Slowly, by answering these questions one by one, the setting became more specific and real.

3) What can your fans look forward to next?

I’ve just finished the third and final book in the series, Rise. Now I’m reading, writing, and developing my next series. Stay tuned!

4) What made you decide to write YA literature?

There’s something so compelling about firsts. Your first kiss, your first relationship, your first friendship that ends. I remember that time so vividly. Certain situations really do feel like they have life or death stakes. When I’m writing YA I get to revisit those firsts, and there’s a natural drama that arises in each story. It’s equally exciting and terrifying.

There was also this moment when I was writing Eve when I thought about who was going to read that first book. Now, because of what the YA world has become, you canhave a reader who’s just experienced their first kiss and a reader who’s going through their second divorce. I love reaching so many women from different generations. I often get emails about a mother and daughter who read the book together, or a grandmother and granddaughter who are awaiting the sequel. That’s thrilling to me.

5) Besides ONCE what other books do you recommend reading this year?

I’m just now reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and really enjoying it. The photographs add this whole other layer to the book.

6) ONCE was a very emotional read for me, so I can only imagine how you must have felt during the writing process. Without revealing too much what was the most difficult passage for you to write?

There are some very painful moments in the book. The final chapters were definitely the most challenging. It’s interesting though, overall I was more emotional writing the first book than the second, and I wonder if that has to do with how much Eve’s character has changed. She’s been hardened by everything she’s seen, so the way she processes things (even the most horrific events) is different than before. She’s a little more removed from her emotions, witnessing the events and trying to make sense of them.

7) In creating the character of "THE KING" whom did you draw inspiration from?

I read a lot about famous dictators throughout history and tried to understand theirmotivations. How does someone become so unfeeling and cold? How do they rationalize their actions? To themselves? To others? I started by reading First They Killed My Father, which is a young woman’s account of the Cambodian genocide. Strangely enough, while I was writing the first draft the Arab Spring happened. Revolutions were taking place in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

8) Ahhhh!! ONCE ended on a cliffhanger that has me twisting for the next novel. Is there anything that you can divulge about RISE?

It’s hard to say anything without revealing something. There’s a HUGE twist that happens in the third book, and it changes everything. I think readers will be very surprised at Eve’s evolution throughout the series.
 Here are the other participants of this great tour. Please stop by and check them all out.

An Eve Novel, Book One
by Anna Carey
ISBN-13: 978-0062048547
Harper Teen, 320 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

In the second book of this thrilling dystopian adventure, Eve comes face-to-face with the man who has been ruthlessly hunting her—and learns the shocking truth about who she really is.

Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet.

Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?

An Eve Novel, Book Three
by Anna Carey
Coming 04/02/13
ISBN-13: 978-0062048578
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 320
Find it on AmazonB&NGoodreads
Read an excerpt here
 Just a little tease to help satisfy a ravenous appetite but remember to read ONCE beforehand.

SNYC YA downloads: Week #3

Don't forget! Today begins week #3 of  SNYC YA literature for your earphones. Two new titles consisting of both classic and YA literature are available for you to download and enjoy for free.

Don't forget you get 2 Free Audiobook Downloads Each Week This Summer
June 14 - August 22, 2012

Get this week's audiobook downloads HERE.

This Week's Featured Titles:

The Amulet of Samarkand
by Jonathan Stroud
A Young Adult Audiobook from Listening Library

Tales from the Arabian Nights
by Andrew Lang
A Classic Audiobook from Naxos AudioBooks

Waiting on Wednesday: THE TRAGEDY PAPER by Elizabeth Laban

Jill at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.  What first captured my attention on THE TRAGEDY PAPER by Elizabeth Laban was the bokeh effect and crisp wintery feel of this image. Then I read the synopsis and it just left me with this ache in my chest, so I knew this was a book that wanted to read.
Now you know about my WoW? What do you think? and what is yours?

by Elizabeth Laban
Coming 01/08/13
ISBN-13: 978-0375870408
Knopf Books for Young Readers, 320 pages.
Tim Macbeth is a 17-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the prestigious Irving School, where the motto is, "Enter here to be and find a friend." Tim does not expect to find a friend; all he really wants to do is escape his senior year unnoticed. Despite his efforts to blend into the background, he finds himself falling for the quintessential "it" girl, Vanessa Sheller, girlfriend of Irving's most popular boy. To Tim's surprise, Vanessa is into him, too, and she can kiss her social status goodbye if anyone finds out. Tim and Vanessa enter into a clandestine relationship, but looming over them is the Tragedy Paper, Irving's version of a senior year thesis, assigned by the school's least forgiving teacher.

The story unfolds from two alternating viewpoints: Tim, the tragic, love-struck figure, and Duncan, a current senior, who uncovers the truth behind Tim and Vanessa's story and will consequently produce the greatest Tragedy Paper in Irving's history.

Blog Tour: TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins

TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins
Paperback 383 pages
Publication: June 26th 2012 by Harlequin
ISBN: 037321054X (ISBN13: 9780373210541)
Source: Net Galley

Your heart misleads you.
That’s what my friends and family say.

But I love Noah. And he loves me. We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other’s arms. It should be ROSE & NOAH forever, easy. But it won’t be.

Because he’s Amish.

And I’m not.

TEMPTATION is new series by Karen Ann Hopkins and I have the pleasure of being a part of her blog tour. Today is the first day of her blog tour and I am happy to jump start everything with a Guest Post from Karen. Please read this informative post then continue on for more Author information and an opportunity to enter in a contest for this novel and other great prizes.

A day in the life of an Amish teen: 
Hard work and responsibility are parts of every Amish teen’s life.  Whether girl or boy, they’re expected to contribute to the household’s income and livelihood.  After graduating in the eighth grade, Amish teens are finished with schooling and thrust into the workforce, either leaving the home for a forty hour work week or putting that much time into in a family business.    Jobs include carpentry, metal work, farming, and welding for the boys and butchery, bakery, woodworking, retail, teaching, child care, and housecleaning for the girls.  Usually, 90% of a teen’s income is given to the family as an intricate part of the family’s financial survival.  Part of the ten percent that the teens retain is saved towards the teen’s future married life, while the rest is for their own enjoyment. 
Even though Amish teens work hard, they also play hard.  Oftentimes, they will take short trips with their church groups, visit relatives and friends, and participate in activities such as hunting, horseback riding and skiing.  A usual day for an Amish teen begins at five o’clock in the morning, followed by prayer, breakfast and morning chores.  After working an eight hour work day, the youth will arrive home to afternoon chores before dinner with the family.  The evenings are playtime for the young people.  They can be found at the church’s youth group gatherings, such as singings andball games or they may be seen riding their horses or bikes on the roadways.

Follow this tour:

Monday,June 25th - Ravenous Reader
Tuesday, June 26th – Xpresso Reads
Wednesday,June 27th -  Harlequin Paranormal blog
Friday, June 29th – Page Turners
Monday,June 2nd – Evie Bookish
Wednesday, July 4th –  I Like These Books
Friday,July 6th – The Cozy Reader
or follow the Temptation tour page.

Karen Ann Hopkins

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.

TEMPTATION is out Tuesday, June 19th by HarlequinTEEN,  please check out these other sites for more information on Karen and TEMPTATION.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The second give-away is for the chance to win an awesome, grand-prize Harlequin romance pack, consisting of:  1 copy of TEMPTATION by Karen Ann Hopkins, 1 copy of SPEECHLESS by Hannah Harrington, 1 copy of INSIDE by Maria V. Snyder, 1 pair Harlequin socks, 1 red Harlequin bag, 1 large Harlequin notebook, 1 small Harlequin notebook & 1 pack of 3 Harlequin notepads

Entries in the daily give-away also count toward the grand prize give-away.

Sneak A Peek Saturday: THE KILL ORDER by James Dashner

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us ravenous readers to enjoy.

I enjoy reading Dystopian novels and James Dashner has done a great job with his MAZE RUNNER series. Now, an upcoming prequel to this series will be available in August but you can get a sneek peek now. 

Maze Runner Prequel, Book 0.5
by James Dashner
Delacorte BYR
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Click on the above book cover for the Sneak Peek

Before WICKED was formed, before the Glade was built, before Thomas entered the Maze, sun flares hit the earth and mankind fell to disease.

The Kill Order is the story of that fall.

A prequel to the Maze Runner trilogy, The Kill Order has been in the works since the completion of The Maze Runner. The story of civilization's fall was kept under wraps and is the explication of the events that began this bestselling series.

SNYC YA downloads: Week #2

Don't forget! Today begins week #2 of  SNYC YA literature for your earphones. Two new titles consisting of both classic and YA literature are available for you to download and enjoy for free.

June 21 – June 27, 2012
by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)

I am excited about this weeks titles and cannot wait to start listening to them. So, what are you waiting for???

Waiting on Wednesday: THE FARM by Emily McKay

Jill at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

THE FARM by Emily McKay is a book that I am eagerly awaiting. It sounds wicked crazy and with a premise that is original and that is a very good thing when dealing with the world of Vampires. I cannot wait for this novel to hit the shelves and creep me out.  Now, you know my WoW, tell me what is yours?

by Emily McKay
ISBN-13: 978-0425257807
Berkley Trade, 384 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
From the alternating viewpoints of two sisters, a powerful new vampire mythology takes shape.

When vampires began devouring humans in a swarm across America, the surviving young people were rounded up and quarantined. But the quarantines were only a trap—holding pens where human blood was turned into more food for the undead monsters, known as Ticks. Surrounded by electrical fences, most kids try to survive the Farms by turning on each other. Lily and her twin sister Mel have another plan.
Mel’s autism helps her notice things no one else notices—like the portion of electrical fence that gets turned off every night. Getting across won’t be easy, but as Lily gathers what they need to escape, a familiar face appears out of nowhere, offering to help...

Carter was a schoolmate of Lily’s. Managing to evade capture until now, he has valuable knowledge of the outside world. But like everyone on the Farm, Carter has his own agenda, and he knows that behind the Ticks is an even more dangerous threat to the human race...


I am so excited about this event. I already have my ticket and hope to see you there! 

DEBORAH HARKNESS comes to Books Inc. in Palo Alto!  The author of The Discovery of Witches reads and signs the second incredibly anticipated book, Shadow of Night!
  • Ticketed Event - $25.00 per person includes a copy of Shadow of Night (reflects 20% discount on book).
  • Advance tickets are available online below and Books Inc. in Palo Alto. Tickets purchased online and by phone will be mailed until July 6 – tickets purchased after July 6 will be held at the door.
  • Tickets at the door will be subject to availability. Seating will be first come, first serve, barring special circumstances.
  • Signing Line priority will be noted on ticket
  • Ticket guarantees entry to event!
  • Space is limited!

Click on the ticket above for tickets to the event
HURRY! While tickets are still available.

Bay Area YA Book Event: CHRIS COLFER

Glee's CHRIS COLFER at Opera Plaza!!! Chris Colfer will be signing his wildly imaginative children's novel, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, which tells the tale of twins Alex and Conner. Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, they leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. 

This is TICKETED event. 
HURRY!! before it's too late


Sneak A Peek Saturday: A WANT SO WICKED by Suzanne Young

Sneak a Peek Saturday is a feature that I like to indulge in because I cannot wait to read the tasty tid bits that are put out there for us ravenous readers to enjoy.

One of my favorite novels of last year was A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL from Suzanne Young and now her upcoming novel A WANT SO WICKED is soon to hit bookstands everywhere, but until then you can quench your thirst for this amazing novel with a sneak peek.

A Need So Beautiful, Book Two
ISBN-13: 978-0062008268
Balzer + Bray, 288 pages.
Click on the book cover to enjoy your sneak peek

Elise is a normal seventeen-year-old girl until the day she wakes up in a desert park, with no idea who she is.

After that episode, her life takes a bizarre turn. She’s experiencing unexpected flashes of insight into people’s lives—people she’s never met before. Strangers frighten her with warnings about the approaching Shadows. And although Elise has never had a boyfriend, she suddenly finds herself torn between two handsome but very different young men: Abe, the charming bad boy whose affect on her both seduces and frightens her, and the mysterious Harlin, who’s new to town but with whom Elise feels an urgent, elemental connection—almost as if they are soul mates.

Now Elise begins to question everything about her life. Why do these guys both want her so desperately? What are the Shadows? Why does the name Charlotte inspire a terrifying familiarity? And who is Elise, really?

Bay Area Book Event: TAKE THAT, NEW YORK!!!

How do I love the SF bay area? Let me count the ways.... 

OMG SO MANY AUTHORS! Signed up so far are:
Malinda Lo
CJ Omololu
Katherine Longshore
Jandy Nelson
Heidi R Kling
Cheryl Herbsman
Elizabeth Norris
Cory Jackson
Lewis Buzbee
Tamara Ireland Stone
Lynn Hazen
Amy Reed
Ingrid Paulson
Kristin Tracy
Corina Vacco
and more! 

Bay Area peeps, are you as excited about this event as I am? I cannot wait till next month it is gonna rule.

SYNC: YA Literature Into Your Earphones

Hello Audiobook lovers. Do I have a great opportunity to tell you about. SYNC is a program combining audiobook publishers' with AudioFile Magazine to introduce the listening experience to the YA audience! YEAH! This program has been going on for a few years, but I just learned of it this month and I wanted to spread the word because I really enjoy listening to my reads during my long commutes and feel that it enhances my reading experience.  I am listening to my current download on my Ipod as I am typing this and it was a very easy process. Everything it set up on the site to guide you and the first downloads are available starting today. Please take a few minutes and get to know what this program is about then take the plunge and enjoy some amazing reads. It is a great opportunity and it's free. 



SYNC is back in Summer 2012 with 20 FREE YA and Classic audiobook downloads!
What is SYNC?
• SYNC is the audiobook publishers’ and AudioFile Magazine’s commitment to introducing the listening experience to the young adult audience.
• SYNC will give away 2 FREE audiobook downloads each week for 10 weeks this summer.
• The weekly SYNC audiobook pairings will offer a popular Young Adult title and a related Classic.
• SYNC hooks readers by introducing a free download of a Young Adult “first in series” or prolific author.
• SYNC demonstrates that Required Reading can be completed by listening.
• Libraries, schools, and bloggers can access a full promo tool kit here.
Download Details
• Downloads are in MP3 format, hosted by OverDrive, and are Mac and Windows compatible.
• Downloads will operate through OverDrive’s Media Console.
• Most listening devices are supported.
• Each SYNC audiobook will be available for download for a period of 7 days (only).
•Titles, once downloaded, can be listened to at any time.

Schedule of SYNC Downloads

SYNC Titles
Summer 2012
June14 – June 20, 2012
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch, Read by Dan Bittner (Scholastic Audiobooks)
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Frank Galati [Adapt.], Read by Shirley Knight, Jeffrey Donovan, and a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)
June 21 – June 27, 2012
by Francisco X. Stork, Read by Carrington MacDuffie (Listening Library)
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Media)
June 28 – July 4, 2012
The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud, Read by Simon Jones
(Listening Library)
Tales from the Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang, Read by Toby Stephens
(Naxos AudioBooks)
July 5 – July 11, 2012
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake, Read by August Ross (AudioGO)
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, Read by Ian Holm (AudioGO)
July 12 – July 18, 2012
Guys Read: Funny Business by Jon Scieszka [Ed.] et al., Read by Michael Boatman, Kate DiCamillo, John Keating, Jon Scieszka, Bronson Pinchot (Harper Audio)
The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories by Mark Twain, Read by Norman Dietz (Recorded Books)
July 19 – July 25, 2012
Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter, Read by Kirsten Potter (Oasis Audio)
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, Read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)
July 26 – August 1, 2012
Pinned by Alfred C. Martino, Read by Mark Shanahan (Listen & Live Audio)
TBA (Brilliance Audio)
August 2 – August 8, 2012
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, Read by Khristine Hvam (Hachette Audio)
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Read by Simon Prebble (Blackstone Audio)
August 9 – August 15, 2012
Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy, Read by Rupert Degas (Harper Audio)
Dead Men Kill by L. Ron Hubbard, Read by Jennifer Aspen and a Full Cast
(Galaxy Press)
August 16 – August 22, 2012
The Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera, Read by Jay Laga’aia (Bolinda Audio)
The Call of the Wild by Jack London, Read by William Roberts (Naxos AudioBooks)
**Information and images supplied from the SYNC website**

Thanks to @pasiveagressiva at THE OPTIMISTIC PESSIMIST blog for the heads up on this

Waiting on Wednesday: DEATH AND THE GIRL NEXT DOOR by Darynda Jones

Jill at Breaking the Spine started this and I believe that it's awesome" This blog post is to alert those that visit about "the" book that we cannot wait to get our hands on.

Woot!! I am so very excited for this series. I really enjoyed Darynda Jones' adult series and when I learned that she was coming out with a YA series, well I could not be any happier. If only October would get hear faster. Now you know my WoW, what is yours?

Darklight, Book One
by Darynda Jones
ISBN-13: 978-0312625207
St. Martin's Griffin, 320 pages.
Amazon , B&N, Goodreads
Things get turned upside down for sophomore Lorelei MacAlister when the Angel of Death starts high school in her small town. What she doesn’t know is that she has been slated to die. It’s simply her time. And Death has been sent to do the deed. But when he touches her, when he peers into her eyes and reaches into her heart, he realizes she is more than what he was led to believe, and he disobeys his orders. He brings her back from the brink of death when he was supposed to push her into it. Because of this, he gets trapped on this plane. And that’s when all hell breaks loose. Literally.

GIVEAWAY and MORE: SHADOW OF NIGHT (signed) by Deborah Harkness

I am so very excited about this. On July 10th, Viking Adult (Penguin) will be publishing SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness, the sequel to the bestselling A Discovery of Witches of last year. I have had the pleasure of reading A Discovery of Witches and absolutely adored and now have the privilege of reading SHADOW OF NIGHT, right now and love it to pieces. For those of you not familiar with this series and author here is a bit of information to get you caught up. Then at the end of this post there is a giveaway for a signed copy and more.

SHADOW OF NIGHT picks up right where A Discovery of Witches left off. Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont, a witch historian and vampire geneticist respectively, have timewalked to Elizabethan England on their hunt for a magical alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782—its sudden appearance and sudden disappearance have upended the delicately ordered world of magical creatures (witches, vampires, and daemons), threatening to unleash unprecedented metaphysical chaos.

Though Diana and Matthew have escaped the threats of the present, they soon find the past holds its own challenges—Diana must find a witch to continue her magical education, a task made difficult by a rash of witch hunts across the British Isles. And Matthew finds himself back in a life he thought he left behind, reuniting with friends and family that had long been reduced to memory, opening wounds he thought had healed. Some of those friends comprise the infamous School of Night, a coterie of visionaries that includes Christopher Marlowe and Sir Walter Raleigh. Together, Matthew and Diana must navigate the new dangers of an old century—bringing them closer and closer to solving the mystery of Ashmole 782.
About the Author:
Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. Her publications include works on the history of science, magic, and alchemy. Her most recent scholarly book is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She has received fellowships from the Fulbright Association, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. She is also a noted wine critic and blogger. A Discovery of Witches was her fiction debut. Learn more at Deborah's author website.


Giveaway for a finished (signed) copy of SHADOW OF NIGHT   and a set of specially designed Ashmole 782 temporary tattoos, 6 All Souls Trilogy-related buttons. Just look at the goodies below.

Contest ends, July 9, 2012. Midnight PST. Contest open internationally.

Fill out form HERE to win and good luck to everyone.

*Book will be signed at a local event, book and swag supplied by Viking adult, Penguin (thank you)

This is me with my lovely copy :)

DEAL OF THE DAY: Discovery of Witches

click on book cover to enjoy this "Deal of the Day"

I have some exciting news for anyone who has not had the chance to enjoy A Discovery of Witches: Today, Amazon is offering the e-book as their “Deal of the Day” on June 10th, where readers will be able to buy it for just $2.99 on that day only.  Then you will be in prime position and ready to read SHADOW OF NIGHT when it hits stores next month. 

Shadow of Night is available for pre-order now

Also, On Deborah’s Facebook page, Penguin is hosting a contest leading up to the book’s publication.  Every Friday from June 1st to July 6th, four winners will be selected to receive an advance copy of SHADOW OF NIGHT signed by Deborah and sample bottles of two perfumes specially selected to represent the scents of Matthew and Diana. To enter, readers can click on this link to the contest page starting today. 

It all sounds so very amazing as this wonderful novel. So, what are you waiting for?


Last Thursday I had the opportunity to interview the lovely ladies of the FIERCE READS tour. It as a great honor and I had the best time with all of them. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did. 


1) How did the concept of Mermaids with OF POSEIDON come to you?  Because everything else was beaten to death already and I didn't think that I could do any better than they did and I did not think the market was ready for a YA saskwatch romance.

2) Rayna is my favorite character to read about in OF POSEIDON, who is your favorite character to write about and why? I like Toraf because he can get into so much trouble without even trying. I can throw mostly anything at him, and he will remain good natured. I like people like that.

3) I had quite a few laughs while reading OF POSEIDON, and one of my favorite lines is "Princess cheater, cheater-whale-dung eater". Please tell me, where did that come from? We used to say that while growing up if we got caught cheating, my cousins and I would say "Cheater, cheater dog pooh eater!" So that is where I got it from.

4) What can your fans look forward to next? I am working on OF TRIDENT the sequel and after that I  may or may not write a Saskwatch YA novel, I don't know. I haven't had the guts to fish that to my agent, but I have had good responses on this tour so I just might. I am also working on a TOP SECRET project on the Trojan war but I don't know if I can pull it off because I don't know if you notice but I am not serious all the time and this would be a very serious project. I probably would want to write snark to it, but I really want to write a story.

6) How much research went into OF POSEIDON?  Did you go a lot into mermaid lore?  I tried to stay away from mermaid lore and I tried to stay away from a lot of Greek mythology and I wanted to create my own spin on it. What I did research, because I wanted my mermaids to be scientifically feasible,  so I did a lot of research on the ocean.  I watched a lot of nerdy documentaries and things like that. I wanted to make sure to know where would they live? How would they hide? What skills would they have? How could they survive? So, I did my research on that.

7) While you have been on the FIERCE READS tour can you tell me about that and what is your favorite moment so far? Last night when Jennifer Bosworth was on bendryl and completely stopped talking and spaced out and I swear it was children's benedryl. Another favorite moment came while on a plane I noticed someone reading Beautiful Disaster and then we started talking about YA novels and I got the guts to say that I am a YA author and she had my sign her barf bag.

Leigh Bardugo: SHADOW AND BONE

1) What inspired you to write SHADOW and BONE? The Idea for Shadow and Bone came about one night when I was staying with some friends in the mountains. I got up in the middle of the night and I was at the end of this hallway and I was scrambling around for the light switch and all of a sudden I heard something breathing in the dark with me and I thought "Holy Crap!"  there's somebody here and then I realized that it was actually me breathing. It all became clear and I had this moment that the fact that no matter how old you get that that fear always stays with you. Something is under the bed, something in the closet fear and I was lying in bed and started thinking what if you couldn't flip that light switch, what if you didn't know that you were safe and what if darkness were a place and everything you imagined lurking in the dark was real and that's what became the shadow fold. The more I thought about that and what would be in there and who would be on it and the questions just started piling up until I had to get up and put them down on paper.

2) The world of Ravka is sumptuous and exquisitely detailed, what kind of research went into setting up this new and amazing world? I spent about two months on research. I'm  that kind of person that can stay away from a draft just getting distracted. So, I tried to put a specific cap and spent about two months researching predominately Russian history, culture, folklore, food but some other cultures as well. Russia is so massive that there are a lot of different ethnic groups under it's umbrella. That is how I gave texture to the world and it was really important to me that things felt grounded. I think with high fantasy that it is easy to not have a sense of place and it was really important to me for people to be able to smell, hear, taste everything and at the same time feel as if they are transported to some place magical. So, I'm hoping that since it is summer will people want to read about being on the icy tundra? wearing furs?

3) I have a mad crush with The Darkling, and I suspect that I am not the only one. Does it surprise you to hear this? being that he is so mysteriously dark and cryptic? No. I am delighted that readers have responded that way to him. I guess I am surprised, being that it is my first book out, that people are reacting to my characters and it's really exciting. But some people actually do hate him which has been interesting to. There are people who love him and people who hate him, but he is kind of a mash up of every gentleman of dubious ethics whom I have ever had a crush on from literature and film.

4) I am extremely interested in all things TSAR PUNK can you tell me about that it and how it influences the world of SHADOW and BONE? I think the thing to remember is a lot of people have gotten a little hung up on the fact that influence for the world was not from mid evil Europe. Is it alternate history? Is it Steampunk? Is it this? Is it that? So, kind of as a joke I started calling it Tsar Punk because people just wouldn't not call it high fantasy for whatever reason. Also, because there are guns and that seems to throw people for a loop. It's most definitely is a secondary world  the kind of punk aspect that has a revolutionary spirit. This scrapper coming up
kind of feeling and if the third title RUIN and RISING which tells you what some of that direction is.

5) What can your fans look forward to next? I cannot tell you too much about SIEGE and STORM  which is book two, but I can tell you that pretty much every character from book one will be back including The Darkling and they are going to through some rough times and I am also going to introduce some new characters including one of my favorite characters of the whole series. He is really fun to write, so I hope people like him. The weirdest part is having book two finished with book one has not even come out and you cannot say anything.
6) You have a few creative outlets for your talents. What motivated you to write stories for young adult readers? I always wanted to be a writer. That was always the dream. I had a lot of kind of false starts and distractions. I think that getting into make up and special effects was really good for me because instead of getting copy all day or working as a journalist I was flexing a different muscle. So, instead of feeling kind of written out at the end of the day I felt like putting my story down and putting ideas down. As, far as young adult I didn't think that much about it. I am sometimes a little embarrassed at how little I know about the market although I think if I had known I might not have written it because at the time no one wanted high fantasy in YA. No one. They wanted Dystopian, Science Fiction, Steam Punk but their were very few agents who would even look.

7) Your on tour this summer for the FIERCE READS what has been your favorite moment so far? Jen Bosworth has this piece of music by Rat a tat that we put on the other day and we were all exhausted because we had all flown into California. Nobody had had a good night's sleep and we were on our way to this event and we wanted to be psyched for the event and Jen put on her psych up song and we were all dancing in the car and I have horrible feeling that there is going to be a video of it that Kate took. It was fun and this is kind of what I pictured it would be like. It was really cool. The whole thing, being on tour...I keep having this sensation that I am going to wake up and it's going to be like Inception and I am asleep in a train somewhere. So, I am waiting for it to sink in. It seems trite to say it's a dream come true. Every moment I walk into a book store and see my book it is my favorite moment and also when someone comes up and says they like the book. I cry at the drop of a hat and it's totally embarrassing. I think I have wept at every event.

Jennifer Bosworth: STRUCK

1) How did you come up with the Idea for struck? I got it about four years ago and it was around the time shortly after hurricane Katrina. The scientists were talking about how natural disasters were getting worse and more severe. So I started thinking what it would be like if a natural disaster as severe as Katrina hit Los Angeles? So, I had the setting in mind. Mia, my character is like a a piece of me so I gave her my cynicism.  I've always love apocalypse -end of the world novels. I like to put characters in the most extreme circumstances possible and see what they will do and how they will survive. I took a lot of things that I love and things I was interested in and put them in there. Probably the most inspirational thing was learning that there are actual human lightening rods and that jump started everything. I had a character in mind. I had a set up in mind, but the knowledge of human lightening rods was the thing that brought it all together.

2) The very concept of getting hit by lightning even once is terrifying. How did you get the idea about Mia not only being hit by lightning several times but that she is addicted to it? There is a man that holds the world record for the most lightning strikes an had survived. He was struck by lightning seven times and he was a park ranger and he used to drive around with a bucket of water in his truck in case he lit on fire when he was struck and had to put himself out. People stopped wanting to be around him because they were afraid. So, people avoided him. He became really sad and a lonely person. When I read about him the question that stood out in my mind the most was just..."Why didn't you move? Get a different job? Stop being out in the open all day long?" Since he has since passed, I tried answering that question myself. I felt like what if he actually liked it? What if it was a drug to him? Makes him feel alive? That idea wouldn't let go and it was like jet fuel for my imagination.

3) Discussing religious cults can be quite controversial and unusual. What made you decide to address this subject in STRUCK, a YA novel? It seemed to fit because I feel like you can't have the end of the world scenario without some religious crazy involved. Just getting up in arms. That is what worked for me but I started to explore what that really means. What I was trying to say with these religious cults, if anything, if I could offer a subliminal message to the readers is don't let anyone else do your thinking for you. Because I felt like when I was a teenager I wish that somebody would have told me to do. Think for yourself, don't let other people do your thinking for you. So, that's what stands out with me when it comes with cults because I did a lot of research on them and they usually have a very charismatic leader and they are very convincing and they just attract a certain kind of person that is willing to listen and willing to be led. If these people who ended up in situations like Jonestown or the Mansion family who ended up doing some terrible things if they just not listened so closely to what was being said and thought for themselves, it could have turned out so differently. So, I think it was important for me to have that message included in the book.

5) What can fans look forward to next? I'm working on so many things right now I cannot keep these projects straight. I'm working on novel called THE HIVE, which  compared to struck seem like it would be a quiet book because it takes place all in one cul-de-sac. Where STRUCK is all over L.A. and it's this grand scale epic novel, but it has similarities. It is about a very claustrophobic small town religious community and it has a supernatural element and my mash up for it is Big Love meets the Ring. So, It will be very scary. I am also working on a post apocalyptic fantasy western called the KNIVE SHARPENER'S DAUGHTER. I feel like there is so much goo stuff that has that western flare, like Justified (t.v. show) and Deadwood. I want to write something like Deadwood but put it in a post apocalyptic edge. I want that gritty old west feel, but I also want magic.

6) Your on tour  with the FIERCE READS tour what is your favorite moment so far? Our first stop at Mrs. Nelson went so well that was great for me because it got off to a really good start. So, that mattered for me a lot. I just wanted to get off on the right foot. Then the second stop I ate something I was allergic to and I had to take a bunch of benedryl or everything would start to swell so I was very loopy.

Emmy Laybourne: MONUMENT 14

1) What was your inspiration to write MONUMENT 14? It came from a lot of different places. I've always been a person who has fantasized about what I would do if the apocalypse came. When Y2K was approaching I had like a huge plan. Salt lakes and guns and getting up into the hills. It's been a preoccupation of mine. So that was a part of it. I think that everyone has had experience of walking through a Walmart and think "I could live here".

2) What kind of research went into creating the disastrous circumstances for MONUMENT 14? Mega tsunamis are real and one of the Canary islands that is considered to's a long shot but there are doomsday theorists who think that if this volcanic  island drops into the sea that it could go up and fall into the ocean and cause the mega tsunamis that could wipe out the east coast of the United States along with parts of Europe and Africa. But the rest of it was a little bit of conjecture. I don't really know. I think that the plates of the earth that if a trauma like that would happen that it would destabilize the rest of North America which is what happens with the earth quake and then of course the chemical ware fare component that stems completely from my own imagination. Those are not based on reality.

3) I was fascinated by the concept of how a chemical spill affected the population differently, dependent on their blood type. How did you come up with that idea? Sometimes you get inspiration from strategy. I wanted something that would divide the population and affect them differently and I wanted some people to have this reaction and that so that it could be unpredictable. So, you didn't know what was going to happen. Just putting it together with blood type it was just a fluke and I don't know how I got that idea. 

4) You are an accomplished actor, comedian, and teacher. What motivated you to write stories for young adult readers? I think I always knew that I would be a writer. When I started acting I started improvising. In a way it was because I couldn't express what I wanted to on the page. I had to act it out. The comedy that I did I couldn't figure out how to write it. When I read my early writing I was trying to write funny but it was just not there, it just didn't make sense. It was funny unless I did it because I could make it funny. So, I think as my skills as a writer grew. I didn't need to act  anymore in a funny way. Although I miss making people laugh. I do miss improvising. We had got a question the night before at our event and it was "When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?" and everyone had an example of a story that they wrote when they were a little kid. I didn't say mine because I actually talked about my experience of being an actor. But, I had a story that I had wrote as a kid about an alien named Grog and I think many, many writers have those early storeies that call them into being a writer.

5) What can your fans look forward to next? Well the sequel to Monument 14 is next. Book two is darker and more scary. It's hard to believe but it is very, very dark. Sky on Fire has two narrators (sorry can't say who for those that haven't read the Monument 14 yet) but it will give you an idea of which direction the story is going.

6) Your on tour  with the FIERCE READS tour what is your favorite moment so far? I can identify with a particular moment, but I can say that I am the mom of two children ages eight and five. So my life at home is hard. I work hard. I write all day when they are school and then I am the mom. I pick them up from school, I clean the house and do the dishes and all that stuff. So, being on tour is like joy upon joy it is so much fun. I miss my kids but its so fun to be in a hotel. I sleep late. I can get room service. It's super fun, but this is my debut novel. I was a novelist before and there is a moment at our first tour stop and I looked out (she starts welling up at this moment). When I looked out at these people gathered at Mrs. Nelson's book store and I was like, here I am in this beautiful book store surrounded by people who love books and they love books so much that they came out to a writer event to meet us. And it felt like I had found my people. I spent all this time in the world of actors auditioning for roles and its a snarky hard, hard world. Auditioning is so hard  and then to write a book and to have people like it and respond to it and get to meet them. It's like a dream come true for me.

What a perfect ending to a great interview set with the ladies of the FIERCE READS tour. I wanted to thank MacMillan for giving me this amazing opportunity and for  Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth and Emmy Laybourne for making this interview really special. Thank you, and best wishes always.

Vampire's, Wine and More with Deborah Harkness

Author (and wine connoisseur) Deborah Harkness reveals the best wines to serve when a vampire is your dinner guest. After reading A Discovery of Witches I had a new appreciation for wine, and now want to broaden my palate thanks to Deborah's knowledge and poetically descriptive talents.

Don't Forget: On Deborah’s Facebook page, Penguin is hosting a contest leading up to the book’s publication.  Every Friday from June 1st to July 6th, four winners will be selected to receive an advance copy of SHADOW OF NIGHT signed by Deborah and sample bottles of two perfumes specially selected to represent the scents of Matthew and Diana. To enter, readers can click on this link to the contest page starting today.