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11.07.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME TOUR


South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia . . . we're coming for you!

In fifteen minutes, I'll be hopping into my car and driving to YALLFest. Hurrah! I assume that if you're planning to attend, those plans, well . . . they've already been in the works for a while. But for everyone else in the South, you can still catch David Levithan, Jennifer E. Smith, and me at the following events this week:

CHARLESTON, SC: Saturday, November 8
Various panels and signings at YALLFest.

DECATUR, GA: Sunday, November 9
2:00 PM reading and signing at Little Shop of Stories.

ATHENS, GA: Sunday, November 9
7:30 PM party and signing at Avid Bookshop.

CHAPEL HILL, NC: Monday, November 10
7:00 PM reading and signing at Flyleaf Books.

ASHEVILLE, NC: Tuesday, November 11
7:00 PM reading and signing at Malaprop’s.

And if you don't live in this region, there's still time to enter this sweepstakes to win a free copy of My True Love Gave to Me and these cute holiday cookie cutters!


If you live in the United States, you can enter here now through November 13th to win either: 1 of 10 grand prizes (a copy of My True Love Gave to Me, a holiday cookie cutter, and a gift tag) *or* 1 of 115 holiday cookie cutters and gift tags.

The gingerbread lady cookie cutter is inspired by something in my story, “It’s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown.” So much fun!

Okay, gotta dash. I hope to see some of you soon!!!

11.03.2014

31 HORROR FILMS IN 31 DAYS


Happy November, friends!

The first snow of the season began falling on Asheville at midnight between Halloween and the first of November. It was magical. It felt like a gift just for me. I love snow, and I love November. It's my favorite month.

My lucky month.

Good things happen in November.


Last month—my second favorite month, and, yes, I rank everything—Jarrod and I participated in horror author Daniel Kraus’s annual 31 Horror Films in 31 Days Challenge. The idea is simple: Watch thirty-one horror films during the month of October, and tweet about each one with a brief description or review.

There's no prize. Just the glory of getting to say you've done it.

Well . . . WE DID IT.

Here's the full list of films we watched. Some of these tweets were more clever than others.* We watched these movies pretty late at night, okay?? My brain was tired.**

*The best were written by my husband.
**That's my weak excuse for two Kevin McCallister jokes. Cripes.***

***Also, I just really like Home Alone.


1. THE MIST (2007): Andrea, Dale, & Carol from THE WALKING DEAD get trapped in a grocery store & fight a parking-lot octopus.

2. SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983): Crop tops and short shorts are killed in delightfully creative ways. Lock up your curling iron.

3. ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (2006): Unfriendly friends go to a ranch for blow jobs. Heads are blown off instead.

4. RAVENOUS (1999): Cool setting cool cannibals OH NO THIS MUSIC AGAIN. Guy Pearce, you're great, but I *think* it's a comedy?


5. COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (2012): It'll make you wish the elderly were used more often in climactic chase scenes.

6. GRABBERS (2012): Irish island gets drunk for protection against alien sea monsters. Great characters. Gorgeous setting.

7. THE MIDNIGHT MEAT TRAIN (2008): Poor choices abound as Bradley Cooper photographs a butcher doing his work on the subway.

8. OLDBOY (2003): Keep your mouth shut. For multiple reasons.


9. FUNNY GAMES (1997): If their son had been Kevin McCallister, this home invasion would have gone very differently.

10. [REC] (2007): Blair Witch Outbreak in Barcelona.

11. SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE (2011): Some guy = ice cream man. People = bullies. Sad. Sweet. Funny. Quiet. Not really horror?

12. DETENTION (2011): Peeta and Dane Cook star in this 90s edition of Trivial Pursuit: Pop Culture.


13. HORNS (2013): Townspeople can't lie to Harry Potter's pointy nubbins.

14. DRAG ME TO HELL (2009): Rests beside CORALINE in the pantheon of films about evil buttons.

15. CANDYMAN (1992): It takes longer to call him than Bloody Mary, but it's worth it for his coat alone.

16. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE (2009): I'm having a hard time digesting this one.


17. THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 (2011): What's black and white and brown all over? That one scene.

18. THE VANISHING (1988): Why you should never buy coffee at a gas station.

19. THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959): Teenagers, hot rods, and ukeleles. A regular gila monster. And then more ukeleles.

20. CURSED (2005): (A) Wednesday Addams, Mark Zuckerberg, Pacey, Kitty Sanchez, Ron Swanson, Lindsay Bluth. (B) Werewolves.


21. BLACK CHRISTMAS (1974): The call is coming from inside the sorority! A modern slasher made pre-HALLOWEEN. Impressive.

22. THE RETURNED (2013): Zombies have been cured! Oops. Medicine's gone. Cue humanity at its worst.

23. FRANKENSTEIN (2011, Cumberbatch as Creature): Wow. WOW. Been waiting to see this for three years. Danny Boyle did NOT disappoint! Outstanding.

24. THE HITCHER (1986): Killer hitchhiker finds perfect victim—a guy who, inexplicably, will never describe him to the cops.


25. PROM NIGHT (1980): Disco dancing! And other things that go bump in the night.

26. FRANKENSTEIN (2011, Cumberbatch as Victor Frankenstein): Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller switch roles. Creature becomes Creator. Phenomenal.

27. THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005): Gary Busey is a tiny homicidal cookie. Yes, you read that correctly. Yes, you should watch it.

28. ERNEST SCARED STUPID (1991): When fighting booger trolls, don't forget the miak.


29. YOU'RE NEXT (2011): The Wet Bandits were lucky Kevin McCallister didn't use a blender, unlike this film's Final Girl.

30. SHAUN OF THE DEAD (2004): My favorite horror comedy. Period. (You've got red on you.)

31. SLEEPY HOLLOW (1999): Is it weird that I've always wanted to live on this set? Christopher Walken's pointy teeth and all.

All of these films were new-to-us with the exception of Ernest Scared Stupid, which we watch every Halloween Eve while carving pumpkins, and Shaun of the Dead and Sleepy Hollow, which we watch every year on Halloween itself. Obviously, we love them! Tease me all you want about Ernest, but I'll still maintain that it's massively underrated. It actually did scare me as a child. And the troll in it (a man in a costume) is ickier than 95% of modern CGI monsters.

As for the new films, Jarrod and I were unanimous in our top pick: Sleepaway Camp. This one was BONKERS. And so, so wrong. I never use this verb, but: Bless this film for existing.

Also, thanks to everyone on Twitter who told me to listen to the Sleepaway Camp episode of How Did This Get Made? It made me laugh (almost) as much as the movie.

Seriously, guys. That movie is ridiculous. And I mean that as a compliment.

The other films that I loved: Grabbers, Oldboy, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Candyman, Horns, The Vanishing, Black Christmas, and both versions of Danny Boyle's filmed play Frankenstein, which I saw in a movie theater via Fathom Events.


I also really, really, really liked Some Guy Who Kills People, though it seemed like it would be better friends with Little Miss Sunshine than Nightmare on Elm Street. It was great to see Kevin Corrigan, one of my favorite weirdos, in a leading role.

There was also plenty to enjoy about these: The Mist, Ravenous, Cockneys vs Zombies, [Rec], Drag Me To Hell, The Human Centipede, Cursed, The Returned, The Gingerdead Man, and You're Next.

As for the SCARIEST film, my tolerance for horror is high, so . . . none of them frightened me. I'm sorry! I know that's not helpful. But Candyman was the only film that made me vocally jump, and [Rec] was the only film that made me sick to my stomach. But that's because it used shaky cam. (Death to shaky cam!)

Funny Games was the hardest to watch. An hour and forty minutes of unrelenting misery. It wasn't graphic. Just bleak. And frustrating. With my least favorite type of ending to boot. The director accomplished exactly what he set out to do, and I can admire that, but I still hope I never have to see it—or anything like it—ever again.*

*I can't help but feel like the director (of both the original and the remake), Michael Haneke, would see this as a victory. Kudos to you, Haneke.

A few final thoughts:

Best title = The Midnight Meat Train
Runner up = Some Guy Who Kills People

Best title screen = You're Next, it's part of the actual plot
Runner up = Ravenous, vomiting Guy Pierce

Best kill You're Next, blender
Runner upSleepaway Camp, curling iron

Best chase scene = Cockneys vs Zombies, elderly man with walker vs zombies
Runner up = Frankenstein, the entire film(s)

Best worst quote = Sleepaway Camp, "Eat shit and die." "Eat shit and live, Bill."
Runner up = The Gingerdead Man, "Got milk?"

Best costumeCandyman, the title villain's wicked sweet coat
Runner upSleepaway Camp, male crop tops and short shorts


Seriously, guys. You HAVE to see Sleepaway Camp.

Even though it's November.

10.24.2014

MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME THE TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL


Welcome to the world, My True Love Gave to Me!

I'm so PROUD of this book. (Four starred reviews!!!) And I'm excited that you can finally read it. It's available everywhere—your local indie bookstore, Barnes & Noble, Target, etc.

I want to talk about it in greater detail here soon, but today—as it always seems these days, eep!—I'm in a rush. I'm packing for the Texas Book Festival, which is tomorrow, and I'm obsessing over Serial, which I SWEAR Ira Glass dreamed up just for me.

From their website:

"Serial is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial will follow one story—a true story—over the course of a whole season. We'll follow the plot and characters wherever they take us and we won’t know what happens at the end of the story until we get there, not long before you get there with us. Each week we'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in order, starting with Episode 1."

The first season is about Sarah's investigation into the murder of a teenage girl in the late nineties.

This American Life! Podcast! True crime!!!

If you have any interest in any of the above subjects, I can't recommend it highly enough. I've listened to each episode three times. (I told you I was obsessed.)

Okay, back to the Texas Book Festival . . .


Do you live in Austin, Texas?

If so, I hope you'll drop everything (because obviously I'm writing this at the last second) and come see me this SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25th.

1:15–2:15 PM: ”SA-WOOON” in the Family Life Center (1300 Lavaca). Every reader has their literary crush; admit it, even you. These authors are the experts on creating those seemingly perfect characters that make readers swoon, and now are sharing their insights into the field of romance. Join Stephanie Perkins, Rebecca Serle, and Jennifer E. Smith and hear what they have to say on everything from the first butterflies to happily ever after.

A book signing will immediately follow the panel.

Okay, time to return to packing! Because. You know. The festival is in less than twenty-four hours. And I'm still in North Carolina.

*gulp*

9.04.2014

GIVEAWAY WINNERS + ISLA TOUR


The randomly selected winners—I always use this handy tool—for the Kiersten White signed books giveaway are: Chloe Smith for Illusions of Fate and Janna Jinahon for In the Shadows. (I've emailed you both. If you haven't heard from me, let me know!)

And a quick reminder:

I'm leaving for tour THIS SUNDAY! If you live in one of these cities, I hope you'll join me and my friends:

Oakland, CA: Sunday, September 7

San Francisco, CA: Monday, September 8
Not Your Mother’s Book Club event with NINA LACOUR

Oceanside, CA: Tuesday, September 9
Illusions of Fate launch party with KIERSTEN WHITE and NATALIE WHIPPLE

New York, NY: Wednesday, September 10
Milk & Cookies event with GAYLE FORMAN

Doylestown, PA: Thursday, September 11
with JON SKOVRON
6:30 PM at Doylestown Books

Haverford, PA: Friday, September 12
with DAVID LEVITHAN and CHRIS VAN ETTEN

Houston, TX: Saturday, September 13
with KIERSTEN WHITE and JENNIFER MATHIEU

Extra-special reminder: Did you know Kiersten White and I sign each other's books? We do! If you'd like, you're welcome to ask us to do this at any of the events we're doing together *OR* at any event I'm doing, period.

More autumn events listed here. And even more to come soon!

9.02.2014

KIERSTEN WHITE SIGNED BOOKS GIVEAWAY


Hello, hello!

We're one week away from the release of my dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear dear friend Kiersten White's latest book!

It's called Illusions of Fate, and it's her strongest yet. It's so *ROMANTIC.*

This novel contains: a headstrong heroine, a swoony young lord, witty banter, a mysterious shadow, a gossipy best friend who talks like Jane Austen, fiery-red island flowers, a frightening nightmare man, magic sugar bowls, fateful Tarot cards, and a delightful black bird named Mr. Bird.

You know how Everything Leads to You is my favorite contemporary love story of the year? This is my favorite fantasy love story. It's like if Downtown Abbey and Howl's Moving Castle were baked into a single mouthwatering pie.

Bonus note for readers looking for diverse titles (all of you, I hope): Jessamin is a dark-skinned heroine!

I loooooooooooooooooooooooooooove it.

To celebrate its forthcoming release on September 9th, I'm giving away a signed advance copy *and* a signed hardcover of last spring's release, In the Shadows.


In the Shadows is half text (Kiersten) and half illustration (Jim Di Bartolo—whom you may know from his work with his wife Laini Taylor), two stories that combine to create one marvelous, mysterious, and wholly original tale.

Here's the starred (!) review from Booklist:

Maine. 1900. Five teens are living in a boardinghouse beneath a hill at the top of which stands a witch’s home. Attracted one evening by the sound of music, the five—Thomas and his desperately ill brother, Charles; sisters Cora and Minnie; and mysterious Arthur—arrive at the witch's abode. While peering in the windows, they see the witch wildly dance and then—to their horror—hang herself. Running for help, they return with the deputy sheriff to find her gone. What has happened? Could it involve the three strangers who have come to their town: two men—the sinister Alden and his ominous, bearded companion—and the elegant woman who accompanies them? What is Arthur’s dark secret? And what on earth is the Ladon Vitae?

These questions and more drive the tantalizing mystery that unfolds in two twinned stories: one told in the intriguing text by author White, and the second told in artist Di Bartolo’s wordless, enigmatic images that are interspersed throughout the narrative. The result is an enthralling, page-turning Gothic mystery infused with hair-raising horror. The well-written words harmonize perfectly with the lushly executed, haunting images that, at first, seem to have nothing to do with the textual story but are gradually revealed to be an integral part that, ultimately, brings light to the darkest of shadows.

It's a remarkable achievement. There's truly NOTHING like it, which is one of the highest compliments I can give.

To get an even better sense of the book, here's a flip of its pages:



Gorgeous, right??

I'll be giving away these two books—both signed by Kiersten White—separately.

To enter, please leave a comment here on my website telling me: (A) your email address, and (B) if you'd like to be entered for ILLUSIONS, SHADOWS, or BOTH. This giveaway is open internationally. I'll randomly select and announce the winners here this Thursday.

And while you wait to see if you've won, why don't you mark Illusions of Fate to-read on Goodreads here and In the Shadows here? :-)

Good luck!

[THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.]

8.25.2014

AUTUMN TOUR DATES



America, I am leaving my house! I'm coming to see you! I'm bringing friends!

Atlanta! THIS WEEKEND, I'll be at the Decatur Book Festival and Dragon Con.

Friday, August 29: Dragon Con 

LGBTQA Representation in YA (A707, Marriott) — 11:30 AM
Panelists: Cinda Williams Chima, Christopher Elliot, Casey Fiesler, Stephanie Perkins, Nessa Warrin
*If you bring my books, I will happily sign them in the hallway after this panel.

Saturday, August 30: Decatur Book Festival

Map of My Heart: Love Stories (Teen Stage) — 12:00-12:45 PM
Panelists: Adi Alsaid, Isabel Gillies, Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer E. Smith
*Signing immediately following this panel

Sunday, August 31: Dragon Con

Beyond Genre: Realistic YA Fiction (A707, Marriott) — 11:30 AM
Panelists: Gwenda Bond, Michelle Hodkin, Stephanie Perkins, Debbie Vigui√©
*If you bring my books, I will happily sign them in the hallway after this panel.

* * *

Isla and the Happily Ever After tour:

Oakland, CA: Sunday, September 7
4 PM at A Great Good Place for Books

San Francisco, CA: Monday, September 8
Not Your Mother's Book Club event with Nina LaCour
7 PM at Books, Inc. Opera Plaza

Oceanside, CA: Tuesday, September 9
Illusions of Fate launch party with Kiersten White and Natalie Whipple
7 PM at Barnes & Noble (Oceanside location)

New York, NY: Wednesday, September 10
Milk & Cookies event with Gayle Forman
6 PM at McNally Jackson

Doylestown, PA: Thursday, September 11
with Jon Skovron
6:30 PM at Doylestown Books

Haverford, PA: Friday, September 12
with David Levithan and Chris Van Etten
7 PM at Children’s Book World

Houston, TX: Saturday, September 13
with Kiersten White and Jennifer Mathieu
2 PM at Blue Willow Bookshop

* * *

Additional events:

Naperville, IL: September 27-28
Anderson’s YA Conference (must purchase ticket to attend)

St. Paul, MN: October 11
Twin Cities Book Festival

Charleston, SC: November 7-8
YALLFest 

* * *

I'll have even more events to announce in the coming months!

8.07.2014

RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION (WITH A FEW QUICK STOPS ON THE SHAME TRAIN)


Oh, man. The shame train. It has arrived.

I get SO embarrassed having to talk about myself and my books and my events and my this and my that. It always feels . . . braggy. And awkward. But with Isla and the Happily Ever After releasing in one week (EEP!), it's my full-time job right now.

Me talking about me. And my books. And why you should buy them.

*hides underneath desk*

*eats cookie*

*eats another cookie*

*eats twelve more shame cookies*

The good news is that everyone is being very kind about it! Thank you for not unfollowing me on Twitter. Seriously. I swear I'll be back to talking about my cat soon. (Oh, who am I kidding? I have never stopped talking about my cat.)


But soon I'll also have time to see Guardians of the Galaxy, which everyone seems to adore, and season four of The Killing (LINDEN AND HOLDER OMGGGGG), and we can talk about those things instead! I can't wait!!!

In the meantime, my incredible publicist Lauren has been working her butt off, and she's put together a mighty fine tour for me this autumn. I'll be visiting so many of your cities! I'll announce these dates/stops within the next week, but today . . . 

There is only *ONE EVENT* that matters:

RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION!
My hometown bookstore!
Malaprop's Bookstore & Café!
Asheville, North Carolina!
Thursday, August 14th!
7:00 p.m.!

I'll be reading and chatting and answering questions and signing books, and I really hope that those of you who live in the area will be able to make it.

Malaprop's has always been my biggest supporter. I am so grateful for their knowledgeable, enthusiastic, freaking awesome booksellers. They've DOMINATED the Isla pre-order campaign. (This one! There's still time to pre-order! Signed book! Free buttons! Free stickers! Open internationally!)

I can't wait to thank them in person. 

I can't wait to thank YOU in person.

Thanks for being so patient for this book . . . and for being so patient while I have to promote it. We're almost there, guys. I promise.
 


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