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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The TMI Movie Trailer in HD

This is worthy of it's own post. The TMI Movie Trailer #2 in HD!

The Bane Chronicles Gets a Narrator!

Hollywood Crush reported earlier today that Grey's Anatomy actor, Jesse Williams will narrating The Bane Chronicles! Per their report:

Hot on the heels of the just-released trailer for "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"comes a bit of news that will surely leave Magnus Bane lovers in need of a little mouth-to-ear resuscitation, courtesy of a hot medical resident. Confused? Let us explain.
Perhaps you've heard of the upcoming "Bane Chronicles," a short-story cycle centered around the mysterious High Warlock of Brooklyn, penned by "The Mortal Instruments" writer Cassandra Clare in collaboration with author friends Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan. The first installment, "What Really Happened In Peru," debuts in April, and Hollywood Crush has the distinct pleasure of announcing the identity of the corresponding audiobook's narrator. Who is none other than...
"Grey's Anatomy" actor Jesse Williams! You may also recognize the dreamy 31-year-old from roles in "The Cabin in the Woods" and "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2." Jesse will voice the debut short story, which will be available mid-April for $3.95 via iTunes, Audible and the Simon and Schuster website.
Hmmm I'm think Magnus would appreciate who's narrating his story.

I can't wait to listen to this! I love that they're doing an audiobook for this as well.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Movie Soundtrack News!

Exciting news from PRNewsWire today reveals that Republic Records and Constantin Films has partnered up to create the City of Bones soundtrack! This album will be released on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013, the week the movie is set to hit theaters. Via their report:

Republic Records and Constantin Films has partnered up to create the City of Bones soundtrack album. This soundtrack album will be released Tuesday, August, 20th, 2013.

It serves as the sonic companion to one of the year's most hotly anticipated films—in theaters August 23, 2013 via Screen Gems in the US. Hitting stores and digital retailers this summer, the record will be comprised of a bevy of new music. 

The album opens the doorway into the world of "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones", and the music fuels the film's mind-blowing fantasy. It's the perfect aural gateway to the City of Bones for fans of the series and newcomers alike. The music serves an integral role in the film, adding even more emotion to key moments. Every element comes together for an unforgettable experience.

This release also continues a big-screen tradition for REPUBLIC RECORDS, whose recent success includes chart-topping albums for Les Miserables, Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games, and AMC's The Walking Dead.

What songs are you hoping to hear on the Soundtrack?

In The Shadow of Blackbirds Blog Tour: Guest Post With Author Cat Winters

Welcome to today's In The Shadow of Blackbirds tour stop! I'm thrilled to have Cat Winters on the blog today to talk about her newest release, but first, here's a little bit about her book, which is OUT TODAY!!!

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

by Cat Winters

“I think between the war and the flu, no one’s going to escape getting haunted. We live in a world so horrifying, it frightens even the dead.”


Today marks the debut of my first novel, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, a YA ghost tale that takes place during the World War I era. I’m thrilled and honored to be celebrating the book’s release right here on Mundie Moms!

Paranormal romance fans: Yes, IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS does indeed contain a love story, an intense one involving a bright and compassionate sixteen-year-old girl and the young soldier who literally and figuratively haunts her.

Hesitant readers of paranormal teen fiction: This is not a typical ghost story. The novel contains surprises and twists for everyone. Do not be frightened by the paranormal YA label.

In 1918, when the book takes place, the world was slammed by the horrors of both WWI and a deadly strain of the flu known as the Spanish influenza. The average life expectancy age dropped to thirty-nine. To appease their grief, desperate mourners turned to séances (a craze that started in Victorian America) and spirit photographers—people who invited customers into their studios, had them sit for a portrait, and in the developed photo, the spirits of departed loved ones would emerge, posing with their mortal relatives.

Creepy? Definitely. Yet the practice was popular in the early 1900s. Grief was intense and knowledge of trick photography limited.

Some of the central questions IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS asks are “How far would you go to find proof of the afterlife when you’re immersed in grief?” and “What would it take to get you to believe in ghosts if you’re a skeptic?” To us modern readers living in a world of Photoshopped images and CGI movies, these early examples of altered photos look crude and phony and would doubtfully make us believers. Most of the time, the ghosts were created using paper cutouts or double exposures involving someone standing under a sheet. The spirit photograph on the IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS cover was created using the latter technique and closely resembles the historical “ghosts.”

I honestly don’t believe that any of those early spirit photographers were the real deal, although some of them may have convinced themselves they were truly gifted with the talent of capturing ghosts. Perhaps grief played games with their own minds. I certainly can’t criticize the victims of early-twentieth-century photo scams. The people posing for such photos may seem gullible and foolish to us, but it’s unfair to judge them if we aren’t living in an era with an average life expectancy of thirty-nine.

You’ll find actual examples of early-twentieth-century spirit photography in the pages of IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, as well as other images from the time period. The photos are sad, strange, and surreal, and interestingly enough, the ones that seem to haunt readers the most are the real-life pictures involving the war and the flu, not the ghosts.

To view online spirit photo galleries, please visit The American Museum of Photography and the Science & Society Picture Library.

Thank you to Cat for stopping by Mundie Moms today!

About the Author:

Cat Winters was born and raised in Southern California, near Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She received degrees in drama and English from the University of California, Irvine, and formerly worked in publishing.

Her debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirdsa YA ghost tale set during the World War I era—is coming April 2, 2013, from Amulet Books/ABRAMS. She currently lives outside of Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids.

Visit Cat via her: Website | Twitter | Facebook | GoodReads

About the Book:

By: Cat Winters
Published by: Amulet Books
Released on: April 2nd, 2013
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
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It's JACE!

I honestly don't know how many times I've watched the new TMI Movie Trailer, but for whatever reason seeing this, made me have a light bulb moment.

I just had one of those "Holy Crap, It's JACE!" light bulb moments. Does Jamie not look like Jace in this shot? I know what the Jace in my head looks like, but if I had to describe him I'm not sure I'd get his description right. Well know I'll just point to this (above), and say, "There's Jace!" It's totally surreal to see all these characters come to life. I can only imagine what it's like for Cassie, since these are her babies.

New TMI Movie Trailer & a New TMI Movie Poster

Yesterday Sony Pictures revealed the theatrical movie trailer release of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. This same trailer was featured this past weekend at WonderCon. You can watch it here on iTunes and here:

If you're like me you've probably already watched the trailer once, twice, twenty something times, but who's counting. I can not get enough of this trailer! The entire cast rocks, and from the looks of everything, Sony has nailed Cassie's world perfectly! I can not wait for August!

Along with the trailer, Sony also revealed this FABULOUS new movie poster!

Oh yes, I am LOVING this poster. I'm thinking this is one I need to get for my office.

What do you guys think of the trailer? Do you have a favorite part?

April 2013 YA / MG Releases

Happy April! I can't believe how quickly this year has already flown by. Check out all the exciting releases happening this month!

The Week of April 2nd:
  1. Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers, Harcourt
  2. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E Smith, Poppy
  3. The Rising by Kelley Armstrong, Harper Teen
  4. The Collector by Victoria Scott, Entangled Teen
  5. Rise by Anna Carey, Harper Teen
  6. My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi, Source Books
  7. Hunted by Ednah Walters, Spencer Hill Press
  8. Fractured by Teri Terry, Orchard Books 
  9. Naturals by Tiffany Truitt, Entangled Teens
  10. Light: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant, Harper Teen
  11. In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, Amulet Books
  12. One Day More by Aprilynne Pike, novella
  13. Die For Her by Amy Plum, novella 
  14. Saved at Sunrise by C.C. Hunter, novella
  15. Story's End by Marissa Burt, Harper *MG
  16. Stolen Magic by Stephanie Burgis, Atheneum, *MG
  17. The Key and The Flame by Claire M. Caterer, Margaret K. McElderry Books *MG
The Week of April 9th:
The Week of April 16th:
  1. Dead Silence by Kimberly Derting, Harper Teen
  2. Taken by Erin Bowman, Harper Teen
  3. Bad Unicorn by Platte F. Clark, Aladdin, *MG
The Week of April 23rd:
  1. Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris, Balzer + Bray
  2. The Elite by Kiera Cass, Harper Teen
  3. Natural Born Angel by Scott Speer, Razorbill
  4. The Obsidian Mirror by Catherine Fisher, Dial
  5. TheEvanescence by Jessica Sorensen
  6. Spirit's Chosen by Esther M Friesner, Random House
  7. The Rules by Stacey Kade, Disney-Hyperion
  8. Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather L. Reid, Month9Books
  9. Chosen at Nightfall by C.C. Hunter, St Martin's Press
  10. Blood Awakening by Jamie Manning, Pendrell Publishing
  11. The Ability by M.M. Vaughan, Margaret K. McElderry Bks, *MG
  12. The Silver Dream by Neil Gaiman & Michael Reaves
  13. How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True by Sarah Strohmeyer
  14. Crush by Nicole Williams
The Week of April 30th:

* If you see any YA releases for this month, not on this list, please leave a comment below with the book's title and the author. Thank you!

TMI Movie Trailer #2 Stills

I know we've all watched the trailer once, twice, twenty plus times already, and we still can't get enough of it. A few fans have posted a variety of movie trailer stills, but these ones are some of my favorites, so I thought I'd share them on here. 

 *credit/source:  iheartroberto, via jacefairchilds

What do you think of the trailer