Friday, August 08, 2008

Spooky News & Giveaways

Enter to win one of two copies of Gone by Michael Grant (HarperCollins, 2008). From the promotional copy:

"In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone.

"Except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not one single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no Internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what's happened.

"Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day.

"It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else..."

To enter the giveaway, email me (scroll and click on the envelope) with your name and snail/street mail address by 10 p.m. CST Aug. 11!

More News

Author Interview: Annette Curtis Klause from Reviewer X. Peek: "Each book has its own time. Some of the creating is done before I even actually touch the keyboard, and each book has its own length of time before it reaches critical mass and I can start to write. I need to know enough about the book to begin—it might be seeing the setting in my head well enough to walk in it, or the character coming alive in my head, or I know the mood or the sound track." Read a Cynsations interview with Annette.

BitterCon: Urban Fantasy Expectations: Fantasy or Romance? from KG's Booklog. Note: For my own related work, I use the term "Gothic fantasy" genre bender. "Urban" seems an off fit as my next two short stories are set in small towns, and "Gothic" implies a certain dialog with old-school literary precedents, which is definitely ongoing. That said, I'm a fan across the board.

Ghostly Tidings by Madeline at BookKids Recommends. Check out her suggested ghost stories and suggested favorites of your own!

Interview with Marlene Perez on Dead is the New Black from Debbi Michiko Florence. Peek: "I love stories of the supernatural, ghosts, vampires, werewolves, etc. and then somewhere I read that a real-life psychic investigator had daughters who were psychic, too. The first thought that popped into my mind was that I'd hate to be the only non-psychic in a family of psychics and the story just grew from there."

No Flying, No Tights: a graphic novel review site for teens. See also The Lair for Teens and Adults and Sidekicks for Kids.

Check out this book trailer for Monster Blood Tattoo by D. N. Cornish (Putnam):

Author Interview: Christopher Golden on Soulless (MTV Books, Oct. 2008) from Little Willow at Bildungsroman. Peek: "I've never seen or experienced anything that has convinced me that spirits are real, but I'd like to. I did take a photograph in France a few years ago that any rational person would have to agree seems to show a specter of some kind. But it isn't incontrovertible proof, and that's what I'd need." Learn more about Soulless.

Enter to win August book giveaways at TeensReadToo!

City of Glass (McElderry, March 2009) excerpt by Cassandra Clare from her MySpace blog. Read a Cynsations interview with Cassandra.

The G-rated apocalypse from The Take-Away: Susan Beth Pfeffer, author of post-apocalyptic books, Life as We Knew It (Harcourt, 2006) and The Dead and the Gone (Harcourt, 2008), and Dr. Frank Gaskil, child psychologist. Read a Cynsations interview with Susan.


"The primary focus of ArmadilloCon is literary science fiction, but that's not all we do -- we also pay attention to art, animation, science, media, and gaming. Every year, dozens of professional writers, artists and editors attend the convention. We invite you to attend the convention especially if you are a fan of reading, writing, meeting, sighting, feeding, knighting, and all the other things folks do at a sci-f/fantasy convention." Note: I'll be on the program (not sure of the specifics yet), and I hope to see y'all there!

More Giveaways

Enter to win a copy of Monsterology: The Complete Book of Monstrous Creatures by Dr. Ernest Drake, illustrated by Douglas Carrell, Nicholas Lenn, and Helen Ward, edited by Dugald A. Steer (Candlewick, 2008)(inside spread)! To enter the giveaway, email me (scroll and click on the envelope) with your name and snail/street mail address by midnight CST Aug. 11! Either: (a) name your favorite monster and briefly explain why; or (b) share your favorite line from Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008)(note: include the page number and whether you're quoting from the hardcover or paperback; a member of Tantalize Fans Unite! is collecting favorite quotes, so this should help). Please also type "Monsterology" in the subject line.

More Personally

My upcoming short story "Cat Calls" will appear in an anthology now titled Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical (Candlewick, July 2009). Note: the original working title was "Cabinet of Curiosities."

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