Friday, August 29, 2008

Spooky News & Giveaways

Enter to win one of three ARCs of The Devouring: Sorry Night by Simon Holt (Little Brown, Sept. 2008). From the promotional copy:

"When dark creeps in and eats the light,

"Bury yours fears on Sorry Night.

"For in the winter's blackest hours,

"Comes the feasting of the Vours.

"No one will see it, the life they stole,

"Your body's here but not your soul..."


"15-year-old Reggie doesn't know who penned the mysterious journal about the Vours, wicked creatures that inhabit children's bodies on Sorry Night, the darkness of the winter solstice. Once inside a human, the Vour assumes the victim's personality, banishing their soul to a dark netherworld called a fearscape. Frightening, but thought to be only the musings of an anonymous lunatic... until a midnight game awakens an ancient evil.

"After playing with the journal's incantations on Sorry Night, Reggie and her best friend Aaron discover the story of the Vours is all too real. When a demonic force consumes Reggie's little brother, Henry, she must race to save him. Slowly, she uncovers the truth: Vours have existed since the dawn of mankind, feeding on humanity's fright. Reggie acquires the ability to enter victims' fearscapes, psychic prisons sculpted from pure terror. Once inside, she must empower victims to conquer their fear and destroy the Vours that have enslaved them.

"Together with a small band of believers, Reggie wages war against an enemy she cannot touch or reason with, creatures powerful enough to enslave human bodies and steal souls without detection. The Vours gorge themselves on human fear—feeding their guile, their cruelty, and their power. A cataclysm called 'The Devouring' approaches, and only Reggie Halloway can stop it."

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 Sept. 8!

OR, if you're on MySpace or Facebook, you can message me on that network by 10 p.m. CST Sept. 8! But DON'T send in your contact information on MySpace or Facebook. I'll contact you for it if you win.

One ARC 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 "Devouring" in the subject line.

Last Chance

Enter to win Immortal: Love Stories with Bite, edited by P. C. Cast (BenBella, 2008), now available at Borders and Waldenbooks! Note: there's some delay in adding it to the Borders website, so try to find a "brick-and-mortar" 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.

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.

I'm giving away three copies, each autographed by contributor Cynthia Leitich Smith (that's me, obviously)! 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.

Winners of The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong (HarperCollins, 2008)(author interview) were Kearsten of the Glendale Public Library in Arizona and Royal in California.

This Weekend

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

In a starred review for KLIATT, Clare Rosser says: "
She writes with wit, intelligence, and compassion for her characters. This is a story about guys, primarily...brothers; fathers and sons; lonely young men who are feeling somewhat lost. Lurie does a wonderful job of making them real."

See also April's report on the Teen Slumber Fest at the Austin Public Library and speaking to kids at Gardner Betts Juvenile Detention Center through the Second Chance Books Project. And, while you're at it, read a Cynsations interview with Brazos Price on Second Chance Books.

More News & Links

Check out the trailer for Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival by Arthur G. Slade (Wendy Lamb/Random House, March 2009). Source: Maggie L. Wood's Journal.


Online Videos by Veoh.com

We're warming up for the 2008 contest... from The Cybils 2008. Peek: "We open nominations to the public on Oct. 1 at cybils.com. Anyone 13 or older--authors and publishers included--may nominate a book in one of our eight genres." Don't miss the Call for Judges! Read a Cynsations interview with Kelly Herold and Anne Boles Levy on The Cybils.

Featuring Maggie Stiefvater from Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast. Peek: "Lament (Flux, October 2008), as Maggie puts it at her art blog, is about a musically talented high school girl who falls for an enigmatic boy who seems to know a lot about her. And, adds Maggie, it 'sucks that he's a fairy assassin.' There is more information about the book here."

Books after Ink Exchange from Melissa Marr. Here's the full (and exciting scoop). I especially cheer the spoiler observations that follow. Peek: "The individual resolution for Leslie wasn't an authorial ploy to tease out a different romantic resolution. " Read a Cynsations interview with Melissa.

Coming Soon

"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.

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.

More Personally

For me this week has been one of productivity and local writers!

I've reviewed and sent back copyedits on my forthcoming short story, "Cat Calls," which will appear in Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical, edited by Deborah Noyes (Candlewick, July 2009)(author interview).

I've signed and returned a foreign rights contract on Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008). More on that soon!

I enjoyed lunch at Suzi's China Grill and Sushi Bar with Blooming Tree publisher Miriam Hees (publisher interview), a performance at the Hyde Park Theater by author Lindsey Lane (author interview), and I'm off tomorrow to the Barnes & Noble Round Rock for YA author April Lurie's signing (author interview)(see event details above).

I've also read through and made notes on manuscripts for Austin SCBWI's Day With an Editor, which I co-leading with author-editor Jill Santopolo (author-editor interview) on Sept. 13.

On the book front, I'm honored to report that Rain Is Not My Indian Name (HarperCollins, 2001) is the recipient of the Dishchii'Bikoh High School Reader Award. DHS is on the White Mountain Apache Reservation in eastern Arizona. See also a reading group guide for Rain Is Not My Indian Name.

Author Daria Snadowsky writes to report that Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008) was included in this Houston ISD summer reading list! Read a Cynsations interview with Daria.

I'll also be appearing twice to discuss Tantalize and related forthcoming books in October on the Eye4You Alliance Island at Second Life. From School Library Journal: "There will be two appearances, the first on the main grid of Second Life (for those 18 and over) on October 14, and again on October 28 on the teen grid of Teen Second." See more information.

Reminder

Join debut author Kimberly Pauley from now to Sept. 10 at the The Official Sucks to Be Me Book Launch Par-tay! Note: it's so gracious (and typical) of Kimberly to be highlighting other authors as she launches her own debut title! There are tons of amazing giveaways!

Speaking of which, don't miss our question-and-answer interviews with each other and her giveaways of Tantalize (Candlewick, 2007, 2008) as well as a Sanguini's T-shirt!

Then jump to her features on Marlene Perez, Lauren Myracle, and Tanya Lee Stone, and enter to win those giveaways, too!