Thursday, August 21, 2008

Spooky News & Giveaways

Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, edited by P. C. Cast (BenBella, 2008) is now available at Borders and Waldenbooks! Note: when I picked up mine last weekend, the book wasn't in the system yet, but it was in the store.

This vampire-themed YA anthology includes short stories by P. C., L. J. Smith, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Kristin Cast, Rachel Caine (author interview), Tanith Lee, Nancy Holder, Richelle Mead, and Claudia Gray. Note: the title of my story is "Haunted Love," it involves a vampire and ghost, and it's set in a fictional small town, "Spirit, Texas."

Enter to win one of three copies autographed by contributor Cynthia Leitich Smith (that's me, obviously)! 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. 30!

OR, if you're on MySpace or Facebook, you can message me on that network by 10 p.m. CST Aug. 30! 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), one will go to any Cynsational reader, and one will go to a member of Tantalize Fans Unite! at MySpace. Please indicate status. Please also type "Immortal" in the subject line.

Enter to win one of two copies of The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (HarperCollins, 2008)! From the promotional copy: "My name is Chloe Saunders, and my life will never be the same again.

"All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don't even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost--and the ghost saw me.

"Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won't leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a 'special home' for troubled teens. Yet the home isn't what it seems. Don't tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It's up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House...before its skeletons come back to haunt me."

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. 26!

OR, if you're on MySpace or Facebook, you can message me on that network by 10 p.m. CST Aug. 26! 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 one will go to any Cynsational readers. Please indicate status. Please also type "Summoning" in the subject line.

Winners of the autographed copies of Night Road by A. M. Jenkins (HarperCollins, 2008) were Moriah in South Carolina and Deena at Brighton Memorial Library in Rochester, NY! Read a Cynsations interview with A. M. Jenkins. Note: congratulations to the winners! Your books are on their way!

Reading and Discussion Teacher Guides for Books by Cecil Castellucci; guides written by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer. Check out guides for Beige (Candlewick, 2007), Boy Proof (Candlewick, 2005), and The Plain Janes (Minx, 2007). Read Cynsations interviews with Cecil and Tracy.

Some Thoughts on Book Design from Alvina Ling at Blue Rose Girls. Peek: "Personally, I trust our designers and their vision, and love working with them on cover designs. In some cases, I have an idea of what I want the cover to look like, but oftentimes I'll wait and see what the designer comes up with first so as not to taint their creativity."

Graphic Novels from The Horn Book. Peek: "Our handy primer gives a quick lesson on how to navigate comic pages and also provides a few recommended titles."

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!

Rick Guzman (Austin) will speak at the Sept. 13 meeting of the CenTex Chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers in Round Rock, Texas. "Book Publishing Contracts: What You Need to Know," will discuss what to look for, what to avoid, and what it all means. "Guzman's law practice includes publishing interests, and he writes biographies of famous Latinos, most recently George Lopez: Latino King of Comedy (Enslow, 2008)." Source: Writers' League of Texas.

"Connections & Craft: Writing for Children and Young Adults:" hosted by Brazos Valley (Texas) SCBWI Nov. 15 at A & M United Methodist Church in College Station, Texas. "Editor Joy Neaves, agent Emily Van Beek, and author Cynthia Leitich Smith comprise our faculty for this day-long event. Published BV-SCBWI authors will also conduct a hands-on Writers' Workshop." Download the brochure. Read a Cynsations interview with Emily.

More Personally

This week's highlights were the Austin SCBWI meeting, showcasing author Helen Hemphill's talk on plotting the novel, and Armadillocon. I'll tell you more about them in today's follow-up post.

Be especially sure to check out the two video interviews with graphic chapter book author Brian Anderson! They're the must-watch features of the day.

I also finished and sent in minor edits on the pass pages to Eternal (Candlewick, March 2008). After three reads, I'd found one actual line-editing issue, one minor fact tweak, and one missing scene break. The rest were all matters of fiddling and the fact that the text simply looks different typeset, suggesting additional minor adjustments. ARCs should be printed soon!

In the meantime, you can take a sneak peek at an excerpt in the back of the U. S. paperback edition of Tantalize (Candlewick, 2008).


Right now, Austin area readers may find additional copies of Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, autographed by me, at Borders (4477 S. Lamar Blvd.) at Westgate Marketplace along with autographed copies of Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008) in the young adult section.


In the Borders children's section, look for autographed copies of Rain Is Not My Indian Name (HarperCollins, 2001), and Indian Shoes (HarperCollins, 2002).

Note: Typically, you can also find autographed copies of Tantalize at Barnes & Noble Westlake (701 S. Capital of Texas Highway #P860) and Austin's famed indie BookPeople (603 N. Lamar). Go upstairs to the BookKids department, and look in the YA section.

Given last weekend's hectic schedule (Sunday morning panel?!), I'm going to sign off Cynsations a day early this week. But no worries! I'll be back online Monday!