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Something Strange & Deadly Book Club Week 2

Welcome to week 2 in the Something Strange & Deadly book club!

If you missed the line-up of  discussions last week, be sure to head here. I’ve got the full list of people who’s shared their responses with me via the participation prize form and week 1 giveaway form.

Speaking of giveaways…The winner of the first week’s prizes–a copy of Taken by Erin Bowman, a signed copy of SS&D or ADS&L, and signed swag–is…

Kate at the YA Book Fanatic!

Thank you to everyone who participated, and look below for THIS week’s prizes. 😉

Oh, and–whether you participate in this book club or not–you’ll definitely want to stop by the Epic Reads discussion board! So far they’ve…

Now, just in case you’re late joining this, here’s how the book club works: I have the week’s discussion questions (one for book 1 and one for book 2) below. You have all of August to answer these, and you can answer them anywhere on the web (that’s publicly visible, of course).

If you don’t want to answer this week’s discussion question, that’s fine! You can chime in next week…or even in the final week. One discussion qualifies you for the participation prize. 🙂 What is the prize? A copy of the e-novella A Dawn Most Wicked or an exclusive cut scene from A Darkness Strange and Lovely.

Of course, if you want to be eligible for this week’s EPIC giveaway, you’ll want to be sure you answer this week’s discussion question somewhere on the web (publicly visible, of course) before Monday of next week (8/19), when I choose a winner! (Read more…)

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SS&D Book Club, Week 1 Discussions!

Hey guys!! Thank you for an AWESOME first week in our book club discussion! It was really cool to read everyone’s answers.

If you’d still like to join in on the discussions, then that’s TOTALLY cool and I’d love to have you! Just be sure you sign up for it on this form. 🙂

If you missed my video on Wednesday, be sure to check out my atrocious reading skills. I tried to at least make all the background and music pretty, to compensate for my painful audio-book skills. Still, I hope you enjoy this brief excerpt!

If you haven’t yet stopped by the Epic Reads discussion board, please do! They’ve got some fun conversations going on–including a discussion of our question this week. To remind you, the question was:

Eleanor finds herself with next to nothing at the start of A Darkness Strange and Lovely. Do you think she is justified in leaving Philadelphia and leaving behind her mother? On the flip side, can you put yourself in Mrs. Fitt’s shoes and understand why she might be so cruel toward Eleanor?

The most common response seems to be that yes, Mrs. Fitt was in fact justified given the time period…but that it doesn’t necessarily make her right. She should still have give poor Eleanor a bit more love. 🙁 (Read more…)

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Something Strange & Deadly Book Club Week 1

Welcome to week 1 in the Something Strange & Deadly book club!

I’m SO amazed by the amount of people who have signed up, and I hope–as the word spreads–that more people might jump in! If you know of anyone interested in joining, please direct them to the sign-up form here.

And–whether you participate in this book club or not–you’ll definitely want to stop by the Epic Reads discussion board! So far they’ve…

Now, I’m sure many of you are wondering how exactly my  book club works. Basically, I have the week’s discussion questions (one for book 1 and one for book 2) below. You have all of August to answer these, and you can answer them anywhere on the web (that’s publicly visible, of course).

If you don’t want to answer this week’s discussion question, that’s fine! You can chime in next week…or the next. Or even in the final week. One discussion qualifies you for the participation prize. 🙂 What is the prize? A copy of the e-novella A Dawn Most Wicked or an exclusive cut scene from A Darkness Strange and Lovely.

Of course, if you want to be eligible for this week’s EPIC giveaway, you’ll want to be sure you answer this week’s discussion question somewhere on the web (publicly visible, of course) before Monday of next week, when I choose a winner! (Read more…)

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Something Strange & Deadly Book Club

Hey guys! This August, Something Strange & Deadly is the book club pick for Epic Reads! YAY! 😀

Because of this, New Leaf Literary has decided to do something fun and different…Something fun and different that involves ZOMBIE PICTURES. If you want to give it a go, you can be entered to win signed swag and e-books and hardcovers from New Leaf Literary!

Basically, to enter, you just need to take a picture of YOU in zombie garb! Put the picture Tumblr with the hashtag #Strange&Deadly, and then you’re IN! Oh, and you can find details on the contest here. 🙂

I too want to celebrate being the book club pick, so I thought it might be fun to do my own book club to coincide with theirs–but I’ll also include A Darkness Strange & Lovely, for those of you who’ve already read or are reading book 2.

When Will This Happen:

The book club will begin August 5, and run until August 31.

New discussion questions will appear each Monday (8/5, 8/12, 8/18, 8/26) and giveaway winners will be announced the following Mondays.

How This Will Work:

Each Monday in August, I will ask a discussion question on my blog as well as on my TumblrFacebookTwitter, and even my under-used YouTube. If you want to participate, you can respond to the question on any of those same social media sites.

Of course, you don’t HAVE to respond to my discussion question–you can really talk about whatever you like that relates to Something Strange & Deadly or A Darkness Strange & Lovely–or even A Dawn Most Wicked.

Also, if you sign up below to participate, I will email you links to the discussion questions each Monday–but don’t worry. I will never bother you with emails again after this or share your email with anyone. (Read more…)

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Current Favorite Reads: a Michael Crichton Binge

I’m out of town (yay! Visiting friends in warm ol’ Texas and TOMORROW IS EDGEFEST!!!), so I thought I’d make today’s post simple. A month or so back, a reader asked,

What are some of your current favorite reads?

I love that there are two covers--one with the demon and one with the angel character. CLEVER!

Well, as of this week, I’ve been on an “old-books-I-read-but-don’t-remember” kick. I started on Sunday, with Good Omens (my World Book Night giveaway book).

I zoomed through THAT amazingly hilarious book in an evening.

And guys, it wasn’t my “normal” reading genre. Lately, all I read is adult fantasy, adult romance, and occasional YA. But Good Omens is straight humor.  It’s speculative fiction layered with more clever jokes than you can imagine…and just as I had when I’d read it at age 18, I adored it on Monday. I haven’t laughed so hard in ages.

So after finishing Good Omens, I thought: why not read other old favorites I’ve forgotten? Why not read…(insert me rummaging through moving boxes of unpacked books)…Jurassic Park? I was a huge Michael Crichton fan in junior high, but I really didn’t remember most of his books. Plus, scientific thrillers and heist books really aren’t my usual diet. (Read more…)

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Interview with Wendy Higgins, author of Sweet Evil

Woohoo! We’re kicking off this second week of Pub(lishing) Crawl post-apocalyptic insanity with an interview from the amazing Wendy Higgins. If you haven’t read Sweet Evil, then you guys are really missing out. Seriously, there’s a reason this book has been making waves all over the blogosphere (and beyond!), and that reason is that it’s awesome.

Also, it’s got some seriously hot romance with a seriously amazing female lead (and comparably amazing male lead to match her–oh Kaidan, be still my heart!). Truly, guys, I cannot recommend this book enough! (Read more…)

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: We’re Glad We Survived the Apocalypse For THESE Books!

We’re back! And we made it through the apocalypse with only a few minor cuts and bruises. 😉

To kick off a brand new year at Pub(lishing) Crawl, we’re sharing some books we’re glad we survived the apocalypse for!

Also, if you scrollllllll down, you can enter in a HUGE GIVEAWAY to celebrate this new 2013! Don’t forget to enter or spread the word! Now, lets get started, shall we?

Marie Lu says she’s most excited for Proxy by Alex London. (Read more…)

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If you liked Something Strange and Deadly…

…then I think you might like these books, too.

I’ve had a number of people email/tweet me for other books they might like after finishing Something Strange and Deadly. Since–ya know–there’s a full 9 months before A Darkness Strange and Lovely releases, so I am more than happy to comply.

1. The first book I would recommend–even though there aren’t any zombies or steampunk elements in sight–is Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty. I adore this series, and I think most readers of SS&D will too.

2. The Native Star and its sequel The Hidden Goddess by M.K. Hobson are my next recs. It’s not technically YA, but I think it’s absolutely suitable for teens. I love the heroine, Emily, and Dreadnought Stanton–DREADNOUGHT STANTON!! Oh my, he might be one of my favorite male leads of all time.

3. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan was so amazing that I devoured it in a night. It has twisty mystery, a ton of humor, and an achingly wonderful romance. I cannot possibly recommend this book enough!

4. Sabriel by Garth Nix was what inspired me to go with walking dead and necromancy. His necromancy is FAR more clever than mine, but it’s also deliciously dark and creepy. I adore the entire Abhorsen series, and I really wanted to offer a similar aura of death in mine.

5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins is a wonderful example of a snarky heroine who is definitely thrown into a world for which she ain’t prepared–which is kinda similar to SS&D. Also, Archer=SWOON.

6. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong had the same assistant editor who ended up acquiring SS&D, so clearly there are some parallels. Necromancy, girl with unexpected powers, misfit teens, and a delicious mystery make this book a favorite for me.

7. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier is a lot like Unspoken in terms of voice, and I just adored the main character, Gwyneth. The word “romp” pretty much embodies this book, and the sequel, Sapphire Blue, releases in a few weeks. EEEE!

8. Dearly Departed by Lia Habel is not a book I’ve actually read. HOWEVER, I hear it compared a lot or recommended a lot by people who’ve read both my book and this one. And I assume those people must know what they’re talking about. 😉

 

 You tell me: If you’ve read Something Strange and Deadly, do you have any reading recommendations to offer?

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Pub(lishing) Crawl: Those Who Inspire Us to Read

Chances are, if you’re reading this blog post, then you enjoy reading.

You probably devour book after book (and maybe you’re a writer too). You no doubt have a TBR (To Be Read) stack a mile high and your shelf space reached its limit long ago*. Maybe you’re a regular at your library/bookstore. Maybe you’re in a book club. Maybe your default birthday/holiday gift is a book.

Me too.

But I wasn’t always that way. Sure, my parents read to me growing up, and the highlight of Saturdays was going to the bookstore. I had a library card, and my mother was kind enough to transport me regularly. My parents promoted reading my entire life, and they supported it with their wallets and their time.

But I can’t deny that my love for reading underwent a giant shift in 3rd grade. That was the year I met my best friend, Brenna. You see, Brenna’s mother was a librarian, so Brenna didn’t just like to read–she knew about reading. She knew titles and writer names and genres. Even cooler, her librarian mama was friends with authors. I very vividly recall the day Brenna flashed her signed edition of William Sleator’s Singularity like it was no biggie. (Read more…)

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Shadow and Bone: a book recommendation

5 out of 5 stars.

Oh, where to begin with this review without spiraling into a gush-fest? To start, let me just say that Shadow and Bone is truly unique–I can’t think of anything I’ve read quite like it.

But even better than being unique, Shadow and Bone is good. Like, REALLY good.

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.  (Read more…)

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