Friday, August 15, 2008

Spooky News & Giveaways

Enter to win one of two two autographed copies of Night Road by A. M. Jenkins (HarperCollins, 2008)! Read a Cynsations interview with A. M. Jenkins.

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. 18!

OR, if you're on MySpace or Facebook, you can message me on that network
by 10 p.m. CST Aug. 18! But DON'T send in your contact information on MySpace or Facebook. I'll contact you for it if you win.

One copy will go to a teacher, librarian, or university professor of youth literature (please indicate), and the other will go to any Cynsational reader. Please also type "Night Road" in the subject line.

The winner 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) is Cheryl in Florida.

As for her favorite monster, Cheryl writes: "I'll choose the chupacabra as I live in South Florida and have neighbors who swear they've seen one! Plus, it's not a commonly known monster."

The winners of Gone by Michael Grant (HarperCollins, 2008) were Elizabeth in Georgia, who blogged it, and Cyn (not me, obviously) in Pennsylvania!

This Weekend

"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 speaking Saturday night on the vampire panel, and Sunday morning on the YA panel. Hope to see y'all there!

"Five Things To Consider When Plotting a Novel" with Helen Hemphill from Austin SCBWI on Aug. 16 at Barnes and Noble Westlake.

Helen is the author of the middle grade novel Runaround (2007) and the young adult novel Long Gone Daddy (2006), both published by Front Street. Her new novel, The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones (Front Street, 2008), will be published this fall. Helen holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College.

More News & Links

Heather Brewer has shared the new cover art to Tenth Grade Bleeds (Dutton, 2009). Note: Loving it, and, FYI, Heather is a gracious, reader-friendly author. You know, in an appropriately spooky and fang-y kind of way. The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod series also has great dual-gender appeal.

Corpus Libris: An Ongoing Photo Essay on Books and the Bodies that love them... Peek: "...began as a fun little photo essay on a Thursday night while working at Skylight Books in Los Angeles." Note: Outstanding! Please do submit photos! Source: Cecil Castellucci.

"kidlit 08" shop!: a CafePress shop with apparel and mugs from Laini Taylor at Grow Wings. Note: all proceeds go to support the 2008 Kidlitosphere Conference in Portland on Sept. 27." Note: upbeat and fashionable! Brava!

Mirrorstone Changes Submissions Guidelines from Stacy Whitman's Grimoire. Peek: "the Discoveries imprint will cease publishing at the end of the year, and Mirrorstone will now focus solely on books inspired by the lore of Dungeons and Dragons, such as the Dragon Codex books and The New York Times best-selling Practical Guide series."

In Case You Guys Think I Don't Like Vampires from Holly Black. Peek: "I am in the process of making Cassie a belated birthday Vampire Hunting Kit." Read a Cynsations interview with Holly.

Interview with David Macinnis Gill by Julie M. Prince from Young Adult Books Central. Peek: "The role of Bug will take an actress with the chops to pull off outer toughness, inner marshmallow, and athletic prowess, all with comedic timing."

Coming Soon

The first annual Hill Country Book Festival will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library (Georgetown, Texas).

The children's activities will include author and illustrator visits; live music; face painting; crafts (puppets and collages). Free popcorn and snow cones will be available, as will hot dogs for $1.

Participating authors/illustrators include Liz Garton Scanlon, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, Don Tate, P. J. Hoover, and Deborah Frontiera. The Biscuit Brothers also will be performing! See schedule.

April Lurie will celebrate the release of her latest book, The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine (Delacorte, 2008), with a book signing from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Barnes & Noble in Round Rock!

Attention Authors & Bloggers

Do you write YA Gothic fantasy, suspense horror, paranormal romance or otherwise spooky stories? If so, feel free to send me (CYALR PO Box 3255 Austin TX 78764) bookmarks, buttons, or other fun promotional items. I typically spend the last several moments of presentations to teens highlighting related books of interest, and I can use such materials to support that effort. Note: I'm featuring Mary E. Pearson's cover art as a reminder to check out The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Henry Holt, 2008). Read a Cynsations interview with Mary.

Do you sponsor giveaways? I am happy to help promote them, whenever possible. You are welcome to email me (scroll and click on the envelope) with the name of the giveaway, the book (or other item--must be youth-lit related), the deadline, and the URL for more information. I'll do my best to feature it--keeping in mind that I have some editorial discretion, am sometimes sincerely swamped, and every once in a blue moon, take a day off. Note that the news round-up usually runs on Fridays, so please check your calendar and contact me with the info before the deadline expires. Thanks!

More Personally

Thanks to deenaml at LJ for listing Cynsations among her favorite blogs!

Happy birthday to my very cute husband and (sometimes) co-author Greg Leitich Smith! Greg is turning 41.

You can wish him a happy birthday via email or at his blog.

Floral cake from; photo used with permission.

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