Monday, February 23, 2015

Blog Tour: The Boy Who Lost Fairyland + GIVEAWAY!



The Fairyland series is headed in an exciting direction! 


A young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, and becomes a changeling in our world, a place no less bizarre than Fairyland in his eyes. Left with a human family in Chicago, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. 

When he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland changed. An Endless Summer lies upon the land; powerful Fairies want to claim the world again—and rumors fly through the capital that ancient King Goldmouth is awakening with a terrible hunger. Hawthorn finds himself at the center of a changeling revolution—until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientiste with very large and ungainly feet and a mole on her left cheek, and a very big, very red assistant.


Catherynne M. Valente is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with her husband, two dogs, and an enormous cat. Visit her online at catherynnemvalente.com or on Twitter at @catvalente.


Ana Juan is a world-renowned illustrator best known in this country for her wonderful New Yorker magazine covers. She lives in Spain. Visit her online at anajuan.net.


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Kalahari Safari: Joey's Challenge


Welcome to my stop on the Kalahari Safari! If you’re new to the Safari, check in at Base Camp to learn what it’s about and how you can win!

From the Author:

THE KALAHARI

When sketching ideas for a new story, one of my favorite first steps is choosing the setting. For Origin, it was the Amazon rainforest. For Vitro, it was a tropical island in the South Pacific. Approaching the third Corpus book, I knew its setting had to be equally compelling and remote, and ideally, a place I knew nothing about—because half the fun of writing a story there (much like the fun of reading it) is getting to learn about someplace new.


The first mention I’d ever heard of the Kalahari desert was in the 80’s comedy classic The Gods Must Be Crazy.
When I was listing ideas for the setting of the story that would become Kalahari, I saw this DVD sitting on my shelf and thought “I wonder…” I dove into some cursory research to be sure it matched the criteria I had (remote location, dangerous wildlife, could I imagine a secret lab hidden there?, etc.), and was soon entirely obsessed. I had my setting.

Next step? Lots and lots of research. I knew practically nothing about the area, and the movie was notorious for sneaking in completely bonkers “facts” (like rhinoceroses who stamp out fires—um, nope!) so I immediately bought a stack of books about the region and got busy reading up.


So now I had a lot of factual information and cool stories in my research file, but there was still something missing that was preventing me from starting the book. I still didn’t really feel the Kalahari. I didn’t know how to describe waking up there on your first morning in the bush, or what sort of things you’d hear late at night. I wanted a sense of the size and colors and sounds—sensations I needed to experience myself.

And so I booked a ticket to Botswana, and with equal measures of excitement and trepidation, flew in a tiny single prop Cessna deep into the central Kalahari—a region called Deception Valley, to be specific, chosen because it was the location where zoologists Mark and Delia Owens (authors of Cry of the Kalahari) originally planted their base camp. 

What I saw and experienced there became integral to the story itself; there are few pages in the book which don’t include descriptions taken from the journal I kept each day while exploring the Kalahari. And beyond just seeing and feeling the land and its wildlife, I was able to meet and talk to its people—South Africans who had made their home there, Naro guides whose ancestors had roamed the Kalahari for thousands of years, pilots who flew over it every day. And that’s where my real research began—listening to the ones who knew the Kalahari best, asking questions, and leaving every expectation at the airport. 


(Me with my husband—my intrepid travel buddy!—and our guides Jacobus and Tsota, on our last day in the Kalahari.)

Joey’s number is:


Complete the challenges below (the more you complete the higher your chances of winning a big prize!) and then head back to Base Camp and on to the next challenge!


Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Cover Reveal: Beckon Me by Cindy Thomas

    

 Available April 13, 2015

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 Everything nineteen-year-old Karina Mitchell knows about death changes the instant that she and her best friend, Rainey, are shot. 

For one, souls don’t die. They cross over. 

Only, Rainey’s soul hasn’t, and her ghost is hell bent on haunting Karina. When Karina begins her sophomore year of college and moves into the apartment that she was supposed to share with Rainey, she learns a few shocking truths from her mysterious and gorgeous blue-eyed neighbor, Eli. 

 One: Karina has been chosen to become a Beckoner—an immortal conduit of the dead who helps safely guide souls to the other side. 

 Two: She’s the reason that Rainey’s soul can’t cross over—Rainey followed her back from death and missed her window to be at peace. 

Three: Eli is hot. 

As in swoon-worthy, to-die-for, will-make-you-forget-yourself hot. And it turns out, Eli is a Beckoner, too. Despite her attraction to Eli, the decision to become a Beckoner isn’t an easy one—it would mean giving up her own mortality … her own soul. But if she doesn’t, her best friend will be left to suffer an eternity at the hands of the evil Ceptors, dark creatures that feed on the souls left behind. After all, it’s her fault Rainey is haunting her. 

 Time is running out, and Karina needs to decide: Are love and loyalty worth sacrificing her soul? 

 BECKON ME is a dark but sweet NA paranormal romance for both NA and upper YA readers, ages 16 and up.

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Available April 13, 2015 



About the Author:

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 Cindy has dreamed of being an author since third grade when she won a writing contest for a story she wrote about her deceased great aunt. She hasn’t been able to ignore that dream since and chooses to spend most of her free time listening to the voices in her head and writing their stories. Outside of her writing and working for Spencer Hill Press, Cindy is happily married and has three young boys. She lives in PA, but was born and raised in NC. Even though she’s lived in the northern half of the US for ten years, she still very much misses grits for breakfast and every now and then goes on a country music binge. 

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