First and most importantly:
You have most likely already heard about the awful tsunami that hit Japan. Maureen Johnson, author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, is hosting a donation drive for Shelterbox, which is a group that enters disaster zones with boxes of basic needs for survival and recovery. Many authors have donated signed books/ARCs in the hopes of getting the book community to donate. Maureen's website has been flooded, so you can find the information here. Please consider donating to this cause.
On a much happier note: Melissa Marr has released a deleted scene/alternate point of view that takes place at the end of Radiant Shadows and before Darkest Mercy. This is from Irial's POV, and talks a lot about Ani and Devlin, who I was really happy to read more about because they were two of my favorite characters.
Melissa MarrSometimes to understand a character, I re-write a scene from a different POV. The scene belong was the re-do of the Iri/Niall/Ani/Devlin conversation that took place in one of the last chapters of RS. I re-wrote it in Irial's pov for DARKEST MERCY, but it ultimately didn't belong in the book. However, I think it does shine light on Irial a bit more, & since I'm not the only one who likes him, I thought I'd share it here.You can find the scene on the Wicked Lovely Facebook Page. (Make sure you "like" the page, then you can find it under the "discussions" tab on the left hand side.)
And last but not least, there are two new covers that were revealed by Penguin that I am ecstatic about!! These are sequels/companions to two of my favorite books of 2010, so I'm seriously giddy with anticipation.
Lola and the Boy Next Door is a companion to Anna and the French Kiss, which was such an amazingly cute, fun, sweet, fantastic book and one of my favorite reads of 2010. I can't wait to meet Lola and her purple hair!
In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.
For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.
When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
How is this a companion novel, you ask? Well, Steph says that the row of houses in the background are Victorian style San Fransisco houses. So....I think we may get a glimpse of a familiar neighbor. :)
Anna and the French Kiss is going to be coming out in paperback August 4th, and it will contain an excerpt of Lola! Lola will be released Sept. 29th, but you can preorder now! I can't wait!!
Another of my favorites of 2010 was Matched by Ally Condie!! I love that this cover is SO similar to Matched, but just breaking out of the restraints.
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky— taken by the Society to his certain death—only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander—who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart—change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
Here is what Ally had to say on her blog today:
I love the way she has shattered the bubble and is breaking free. LOVE. It’s exactly what happens in this part of Cassia’s story.
And I love the color. (And yes, for those of you who asked, the green cover of MATCHED and the blue cover of CROSSED do represent the tablets, as well as other thematic elements in the books.)
The model, photographer, and designer are the same talented people who worked on MATCHED and I think they’ve done an incredible job.