Thursday, June 26, 2008

Spooky News & Links

And Another Awesome Author Visit: Claudia Gray from And Another Book Read. Peek: "I see some of myself in virtually all the characters. I think that's fairly important, really--to identify with everyone, at least a little bit. (Maybe not Erich, though.)"

Fiction with Fangs by Tanita Davis (TadMack) and Sarah Stevenson (a.fortis) from The Edge of the Forest. Peek: "Yes, all discussion of hotties aside...and pushing aside our biases...we thought we'd share with you what :01 First Second has been up to vampire-wise, along with a few other bloodsucker tales which have had us...uh...drooling." Check out what else is new at The Edge.

Casting the Spell: Fairy Tales in Novel Form by Terrell A. Young and Barbara A. Ward from Book Links. Peek: "These enchanting novels based on fairy tales will have teens and tweens asking for more."

Back to the Janes: Castellucci and Rugg on Janes in Love by Jack Smith from Newsarama. Peek: "I love it when a gentleman comes and says that they picked it up for their wife, daughter, niece, girlfriend, who never read a graphic novel before, or were resistant to comics and that those ladies enjoyed it so much that they were open to checking out other comics. I also really love that many of those gentlemen enjoyed the Plain Janes themselves. That's the best." Read a Cynsations interview with Cecil.

Futuristic, Speculative, Science Fiction and Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults by Jen Robinson at Jen Robinson's Book Page.

Midnighters in Japan by Scott Westerfeld at Westerblog. Peek: "What I love about these interpretations is how they’re simultaneously literal and surreal. All three use scenes directly from the book, but they also have a trippiness about them: the close up on the raindrops, the huge moon, the distended human figures." Read a Cynsations interview with Scott.

More Personally

Slumber Party @ Teen Fest: April Lurie (author interview)(MySpace), Jennifer Ziegler (author interview)(MySpace), and Cynthia Leitich Smith will join forces in a "lively, intimate discussion about books and writing for teen girls" at noon Aug. 2 at Carver Branch Library/Austin Public Library in Austin, Texas. The event will include a book signing, "games, snacks, beauty tips, and even a passionate reading contest. Pajamas and pillows optional!"

Austin SCBWI's "A Day with an Editor" featuring Jill Santopolo, author and senior editor at Laura Geringer/HarperCollins, and Cynthia Leitich Smith will be Sept. 13. "Mark your calendars now and prepare to register early as this event is expected to be a sellout. Registrations will open around July 1, and registration forms will be available at Austin SCBWI." Note: Jill is interested in literary novels, quirky middle grades, and picture books. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and is the author of Alec Flint, Super Sleuth: The Nina, The Pinta and the Vanishing Treasure (Scholastic/Orchard, 2008).

In the U.S. and Canada, Tantalize is available in prose from Candlewick Press (the paperback release date is July 22!) and on audio from Listening Library. You also can order it from Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. The novel will be released by Walker U.K. this fall, and more oversees editions are pending--I'm just waiting for the final paperwork to announce another one.

Ashley features a lovely new Tantalize banner at her MySpace page! She also models the Sanguini's T-shirt and the novel in her pics! Surf by to see for yourself! Thanks, Ashley!

Speaking of MySpace, I've polished up my page a bit! Check it out! Visit Tantalize Fans Unite! at MySpace!

Thank you to Donna Gephart at Wild about Words for recommending Cynsations! Read a Cynsations interview with Donna!