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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Shadowhunters TV Series: Weekly Round Up for November 23rd - 28th #ShadowhuntersTV

Hello Shadowhunters! Happy Saturday! Check out some of this last week's ShadowhuntersTV posts on social media. Don't forget, on December 6th ABC Family will be airing a Shadowhunters TV special starting at 9:30 pm EST / 8:30 pm CST! 

Shadowhunters has recently shared some fantastic articles on FacebookTrust me, you don't want to miss some of their recent posts. Stay in the know with the latest Shadowhunters TV news by visiting and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and TumblrDon't forget to follow Shadowhunters on YouTube

Friday, November 27, 2015

RISE (Order of the Krigers) by Jennifer Anne Davis / Cover Reveal & Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

Happy Friday! Welcome to today's cover reveal. I'm excited to be apart of this week’s Month9Books Friday Reveal to help reveal the cover for Rise (The Order of the Krigers #1) by Jennifer Anne Davis. Check out the cover below and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!
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After reading Jennifer's CAGE OF DECEIT earlier this year, I've become a huge fan of her books, and her writing. I can not wait read this book! 


By: Jennifer Anne Davis
Published by: Month9Books
To Be Released on: May 17th, 2016
Pre-Order it from: AMAZON
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The people of Nelebek live in fear of persecution from the evil Morlet, who reigns with a dark and destructive magic. The kingdom’s only hope lies with the Order of the Krigers—twelve warriors with mysterious powers linked to magical weapons. 
For over a century, Morlet has been annihilating the Order, picking them off one by one. Eleven Krigers have been hunted down, tortured, and imprisoned in his dungeon. Now, only one remains. 
Sixteen-year-old Kaia survives by keeping her head down and minding her own business. But when she finds herself in the middle of a public execution where the mysterious Morlet is in attendance, an odd compulsion she can’t resist comes over her. 
Kaia looks into Morlet’s eyes. 
Soon, an ancient power awakens and Kaia can no more blend into the scenery. Will she heed the call of the Krigers or will Morlet’s dark magic destroy the last of the Order? 
Fans of GRACELING and THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS will enjoy RISE, book one in the RISE OF THE KRIGERS series from international bestselling author Jennifer Anne Davis.

Jennifer Anne Davis
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids' creativity.
Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr | Pinterest | Instagram | YouTube


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FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes / Flashback Friday: Book Review #FallingKingdomSeries

Happy 'Flashback' Friday! 

To celebrate the upcoming release of FROZEN TIDES by Morgan Rhodes, I've teamed up with Penguin Teen, and I will be spotlighting the first three books in The Falling Kingdom series each week to count down to the release of Frozen Tides. During the release week of Frozen Tides, Morgan herself will be stopping by the blog for an interview! Stay tuned for that, and my review of Frozen Tides!

 If you haven't yet picked up this series, I highly recommend that you do! My review below was originally posted here


Published by: Razorbill / Penguin Teen
Released on: December 11th, 2012
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed? -quoted from Goodreads

Wow, where do I start with this book. There are so many things I loved about it. As much as I want to list all the things that made me love this book, I'm going to be a bit vague in what I'll mention so I don't spoil anything, because there is  a lot that happens! First, I have to say I LOVE this cover! It does this story justice and I love that it contains some important things from the book in it. I love it when a cover compliments the book like this one does. Story wise, there are so many fabulous twists, betrayals and "holy crap, he did not just do that!" moments. Yeah, let me just say, I was stunned over some of these scenes and totally heartbroken over who dies in this book. Morgan Rhodes is not afraid to kill off characters I totally loved *sobs*. This is a book that once I started reading it, there was no stopping till I was done with the it. I got so wrapped up into what was going on with the three different kingdoms, and some of the characters, that I over looked some of the things that at first bugged me about the book. 

The magical element, forbidden love, danger and that wanting to know more about certain characters are what hooked me with this book. I'm intrigued with the series's history and magical mythology, though I'm left wanting to know much more about it. I suspect we'll learn a lot more in the next book. Normally I'm not a fan of the insta-love, but for some reason Cleo's and Theon's is one that worked for me and I liked it. Okay maybe that has to do with the fact he's her personal bodyguard and a Knight (coughs, there you go Sophie, and he has a sword!). There was something about him from the get go I liked.

I'll be honest, Cleo wasn't a character I at first liked. I had issues with her and there's a pivotal scene in this book that made me lose all respect for her, until I saw how much it ended up effecting her. I over looked her spoiled ways and chalked it up her being the youngest Princess of her family, and having grown up in a sheltered like I guess I couldn't except her to be any different. Some where along the way I started to see her in a different way and I liked the changes I saw in her, and by the end of the book I saw a glimpse of the strong character I think she's going to become in the next book.

One of my favorite characters is Prince Magnus. No not the one that glitters from Cassie's series. This Magnus is brutal, lethal, dark and yet there's something vulnerable about himself he tries so hard to hide behind his mask of steel. I couldn't help but like him. He's torn between his duty and doing what he feels, and I like that about him. I have a feeling he's going to surprise me in the next book. Then there's Jonas. For much of this book he's driven by rage and the yearning to seek revenge for the death of his brother, and I couldn't blame him for that. There's a moment at the end of the book that shocked me with him and I can not wait to find out what he does next! This turn of events is completely not what I expected and I love that!

Morgan's writing really surprised me, and she made it so easy for me to become hooked with this story. At first I both liked that she included a list of the different kingdoms and characters who are from each kingdom, and at the same time I might have blanched that there were so many characters I didn't think I could keep them straight. I love it when I'm proven wrong, because Morgan's writing is such that I had no problems keeping up with who was who, and part of which kingdom. Everyone had distinct voices, making it easy for me to keep up. I liked that this is a book that's written from three different points of views, one for each character representing each of the three kingdoms in this book. Though there are four main characters, each new chapter not only kept up with the overall story line, it also allowed me to get to know more about each one of the main characters. 

There is a wide range of emotions that drove this plot line. Love, jealously, forbidden love, greed, hatred, secrecy, betrayals, an impending war and much more. The timeless feel to the book, the vivid world building, and getting to understand the emotions that are behind the characters actions are just a few of the things I enjoyed. I loved getting to read about the three kingdoms who make up this world, being able to read about some of the characters who play important roles in this book, and being able to understand what it was that drove some of the characters to do what they did. This is a book that has moments of romance, plenty of action scenes, and heartbreak. There's a lot of tense moments, times where feelings of helplessness are felt and moments of hope. I can not wait to jump into book 2 when it's out next year. 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

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We want to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! We're so grateful to each of you who take the time to stop by our blogs, chat with us online, and whom share and understand our love of books. We're so grateful to the authors, and publishers who continue to support us, and allow us to indulge in our love of reading with your books! We hope y'all have a day that is filled with comfort, love and cheer. If you're not able to be with family and friends this day, please know you're thought of!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima / Waiting on Wednesday #264

By: Cinda Williams Chima
Published by:Harper Collins
To Be Released on: April 19th, 2015
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The first in a thrilling new four-book fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, set in the same world as her beloved Seven Realms series, a generation later

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it? 

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

I am so excited about Cinda's upcoming release! I love her books. I love that this is a new book set in her Seven Realms series. I'm looking forward to reading it! What book are you waiting to get your hands on?

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

OBLIVION by Jennifer L. Armentrout / Blog Tour: Excerpt

Hello and welcome to the second stop in the OBLIVION blog tour! I'm so thrilled to be apart of the tour to celebrate the upcoming release of this book!! I'm looking forward to reading Daemon's point of view from Obsidian. For today's stop, I've got an excerpt from Oblivion. Check it out below! 


I spent half the night out there, finding nothing to work off the building frustration. Building? Hell. That was laughable. More like constant state of anger that had been present ever since Dawson... Since he’d died. Very few things eased it. Certain things with Ash had, but the peace was always fleeting and it was never worth all the strings attached to it.
I crashed somewhere around three in the morning and woke up way too damn late, near eleven, the pent-up energy still humming in my veins. Dragging myself out of bed, I brushed my teeth, then pulled on a pair of sweats and sneakers.
Dee was already gone when I left the house and stepped out into the muggy summer weather. Her car was in the driveway, but that girl’s was gone. Hell. They were together. Of course. My anger hit near stroke levels.
If I could actually have a stroke.
I kicked off the porch steps and started jogging down the driveway. Once I reached the end, I crossed the street and then made my way around the trees. I kept myself running at a human pace so I could burn off as much energy as possible and forced my mind to empty. When I ran, I tried not to think about anything. No Arum. No DOD. No expectations. No Dee. No Dawson.
No girl next door.


By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Published by: Entangled Teen
To Be Released On: 12.1.2015
Series: The Lux Series
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Kobo | BAM | Barnes and Noble | iBooks
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Experience the epic love story of OBSIDIAN as told by its hero, Daemon Black…

I knew the moment Katy Swartz moved in next door, there was going to be trouble. Lots of it.

And trouble’s the last thing I need, since I’m not exactly from around here. My people arrived on Earth from Lux, a planet thirteen billion light years away. Plus, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that humans can’t be trusted. We scare them. We can do things they only dream about, and honestly, we make them look weak as hell. ‘Cuz they are.

But Kat is getting to me in ways no one else has, and I can't stop myself from wanting her—or wanting to use my powers to protect her. She makes me weak, and I’m the strongest of our kind, tasked with protecting us all. So this one simple girl…she can mean the end for us. Because the Luxen have an even bigger enemy—the Arum, and I need to stay on my game.

Falling for Katy—a human—won't just place her in danger. It could get us all killed, and that’s one thing I’ll never let happen...

More about the book

OBLIVION is a Young Adult Paranormal Romance being published by Entangled Teen, and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New York Times and USA Today bestselling LUX Series. It is being released on December 1st, 2015. The eBook includes two bonus books from Daemon's POV, as well as original music inspired by OBLIVION embedded in the eBook.

Oblivion (Trade paperback) – will be Obsidian in Daemon’s POV

Oblivion (digital copy across all retailers) – will be Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal in Daemon’s POV

OBLIVION Pre-Order Campaign

Get Invaded with Oblivion - Daemon's POV, which releases on December 1st! If you order OBLIVION before 12/4/15, you can receive a deleted scene. You must fill out the following form at the link below. This is open to any type of order, from anywhere:

Check out the Lux Series

Check out the rest of the LUX series! Don't miss the first three books in the series! Beginnings, Consequences and Opposition. Find out more about each book here: 
  1. BeginningsAmazon | Barnes and Noble
  2. Consequences: Amazon |  Barnes and Noble
  3. OppositionAmazon |  Barnes and Noble


# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing, she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA.

She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

Find Jennifer: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads 


November 23-USA Today/Vilma's Book Blog-Chapter One released
November 24-Mundie Moms-Excerpt
November 25-Paranormal Book Club-Daemon Q&A
November 26-Thanksgiving
November 27-No BS Book Reviews-Daemon Q&A
November 28-Stuck in Books-Daemon Q&A
November 29-Jenuine Cupcakes-Baking w/ Daemon
November 30-Love Between the Sheets-Daemon Q&A
December 1-Reading Teen-Excerpt
December 2-A Bookish Escape-Daemon Q&A
December 3-Owl Always Be Reading-Daemon Q&A
December 4-Nose Stuck in a Book-Excerpt
December 5-Bookhounds YA-Excerpt

Top Ten Things We're Thankful For / Top Ten Tuesday #43

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Hello & welcome to this week's Top Ten Tuesday. This week's topic is 10 Things We're Thankful For. My last Top Ten Tuesday post was, 10 Debut Authors Who's Sophomore Books I'm Looking Forward to Reading.

Happy Holidays! It's the week of Thanksgiving here in the US, which kicks off the holiday season for us. I love this time of year. I love this week's Top Ten topic. I'm so thankful for a lot of things. For today's post I broke it into two parts, a list of things I'm grateful for through blogging, and a more personal list.

Blogging Gratitude:

1) I'm so thankful for books! For the adventures they've taken me on, the things they've taught me, the characters they've made me fall in love with, and most importantly the friendships I've made because of a shared interest in books. I'm thankful for the books I've been able to promote through my blogs. Books are seriously an amazing thing. They can be life changing. 

2) I'm so thankful for friends, both old and new! I'm so grateful for the friendships I've made all because of a book and through blogging. I'm grateful my closest friends who apart of MMs (Sophie, Em and Shandra), as well as the friends I've met through my blogs, at author events, other book events and on line. I love that I've been able to connect with some many people in person over the last few years. 

3) I'm thankful for social media when it comes to blogging. It's so cool to think about how connected we are with friends from around the world because of social media, and our shared love of a book. Even though I wish I could pick up a phone and call them, it's nice we can chat online to keep in touch.

4) I'm so thankful for the authors, publishers, and readers of our blogs! You all make it possible to do what I love, and that's promote books. Though life has become insanely busy with my working (I love being a substitute teacher), and I may be behind on posting reviews, and responding to emails, y'all haven't given up on us. I can't tell you how much I have appreciated your continued support over the years, and your friendships! Thank you!!

5) I am so thankful for blogging, and all the wonderful things I've been able to do over the years because of it. From author events, to book events, BEA, ALA, moderating author signings, moderating a panel at the Texas Book Festival, the couple of years I helped out at the Texas Teen Book Festival, helping out behind the scenes with authors at BEA, volunteering at TLA, attending Comic Con, and visiting the TMI movie set, the red carpet premiere, the countless author interviews I've been able to do, the author chats I've hosted and so much more. Most importantly, I'm thankful for the friendships I've made.   

Personal Gratitudes:

1) I'm thankful for my family. Especially my husband and kids. They are my world, and I love that I get to spend every day with them.  

2) I'm thankful for all the fun trips my husband and I have been able to take this year. One in particular was a business trip I accompanied him on was to Barcelona. What a beautiful city! Not only was this my first trip over seas, I conquered a huge fear of mine, and flew over the ocean. I mean it was a huge fear of mine. I finally got to go to London, even if it was spending 5 hours in the airport. I can't wait to go back.  

3) I'm thankful for my faith. This has been the one thing that has gotten me through everything that life has thrown at me, the good and bad. 

4) I'm grateful for my health. Publicly I'm a rather private person, but I can't make a thankful post without mentioning it. The last couple years have been a little rough, and I feel like this year was the year things finally started getting better.

5) I'm thankful for this past year. I finally accomplishment some things I've been wanting to do for awhile, and decided to finally own my to do list, and over come fears. I love that feeling of accomplishment. I've also gotten to do some incredible things this year, and in the process I feel like I've grown a lot more as a person.

Let us know... what are some things you're thankful this year?

OUT TODAY - Tuesday, November 24th, 2015!

Happy Release Day to the following new YA books hitting shelves today!

  1. Undeniable by Liz Bankes, on sale 11.24 from Bloomsbury Children's
  2. Queen by Aimee Carter, on sale 11.24 from Harlequin Teen
  3. Promises I Made by Michelle Zink, on sale 11.24 from Harper Teen 
  4. Reckless Hearts by Sean Olin, on sale 11.24 from Harper Teen
  5. Light of Day by Allison van Diepen, on sale 11.24 from Harper Teen
Which new releases are you looking forward to picking up? 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Interview with @penguinteen Authors Ally Condie, Meg Wolitzer & Jandy Nelson #PenguinTeenOnTour

A couple weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to sit down and interview three incredible Penguin Teen YA authors, whom were in Dallas for a signing. Ally Condie, Meg Wolitzer and Jandy Nelson. Unfortunately one of my children became ill and I couldn't attend. Thankful my wonderful friend Mary could, and she graciously did the interview for me & asked the authors a few questions I had for them! Check out her recap of the signing, and her interview with Ally, Meg and Jandy below. I look forward to seeing Ally, Meg and Jandy next time they're in TX! Thank you Mary for being there for me!

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Hi, guys! Mary from Mary Had a Little Book Blog here. A couple weeks ago Mundie Moms offered me the opportunity to interview Ally Condie, Jandy Nelson, and Meg Wolitzer during their recent tour and post about the event so even if you weren't able to meet these wonderful authors, you can still learn more about them, their books, and their writing process. I hope you enjoy it!

First, a panel with questions from the moderator and audience:

What inspired you to craft your story in a way that focuses on love, loss, and redemption?
Jandy Nelson: When I was writing, I'm not aware thematically of what I'm doing, but I'm an optimist. I feel like with I'll Give You the Sun, each character was locked in a stone prison of their own making, and I can't imagine ending it without a note of hope.
Ally Condie: There's not a way to read a story without including hope. I love writing for young adults because it's not frowned down upon to end on hope.
Meg Wolitzer: When I'm writing for adults, I'm taking a look at the long view, but with YA, my character couldn't see the long view. You have to let your character be annoying sometimes. It's honoring the character.

What about families interests you?
Ally: My mom said your brothers and sisters are the only people who will know you your whole life. We're not perfect and we still fight, but we're still close. I wanted to explore if that goes away suddenly.
Meg: I think family... I take my character away from her family, but everything is rooted around family. There's a quote that says every child in a family has a different set of parents. It's so complicated; you don't have to look any farther.
Jandy: When you're a kid, you pronounce things wrong because you're reading and don't know how to say them. I love writing about family and siblings. Siblings alone without their parents have their own civilizations, and I love exploring that. There's so much possibility for humor and drama and heartbreak.

Were the artistic components of your books conscious decisions?
Jandy: No, it was not that I wanted kids to love art, but more selfish: I love art and wanted to share it, but then I was worried I was including too much so it became both.
Meg: The Bell Jar was an inspiration. I think using a book within a book is such a seduction. I love that. Books are what I call a hot object. Take books away from kids and they'll become desired.
Ally: It was kind of a luxury to use The Little Mermaid. I kind of knew what was going to happen on a basic level [instead of building an entire world].

Can you share some insights about your process?
Meg: I like to have a question or problem to solve. Sometimes it's easier to tell yourself a story than face what's going on, and it's like a character will rise up and say, "I'll do that!" In this case it was a character named Jam, and then things start to happen, things fall into place. You just continue down this path, and it's mysterious, and that's what makes someone a writer.
Ally: I think of a character first, and then have them doing something. I like that moment when your character takes a life of their own.
Jandy: I started with Noah at thirteen and she was sixteen and thought I'd go dual and they'd be separated by a tragedy. I knew I'd have to write Noah start to finish and then Jude and then weave them together and it took a very long time.
Meg: [on teen writers] If you are a parent, don't whittle your children down because the world will do that. Just encourage them.
Jandy: Touching the humanity of others will help you touch your own.

What is a YA novel you wish you could have read as a teen?
Meg: Eleanor and Park (by Rainbow Rowell). It was so simple and natural. It was about people you could know.
Ally: Everything Is Fine. It's about a quirky girl and I would have loved that, to not feel so weird.
Jandy: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

How do you improve your ideas and give your writing a shot of adrenaline and make it less boring?
Meg: I read the best passage from a book where the author was excited about it. Teens who take creative writing, you don't do that for money or because your editor needs it, you do it because you love it.
Ally: I take it a step further. I like to watch Olympic clips of people winning medals. Or I'll watch a human interest piece and happily watch them take eighteenth place.

What books have you reread that reach you in different stages of your life?
Jandy: To reread things... I love to wake up in language. Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He works for me. Virginia Woolf. William Stied.
Ally: Anne Tyler. Agatha Christie.
Meg: Charles Webb. Weirdly, Archie comics. I think a lot of books are about who you were when you read them.
Jandy: Ann Sexton is good for waking up your language. She's so lively.

After the panel Q&A, all three authors signed attendees books before sitting down for a short interview with me!

Mundie Moms: Everyone has a different definition of what makes a character strong. What do you feel is an important characteristic of strength?

Meg: I feel like the best thing I can do as a feminist is tell the truth of lives of girls and women. Strength appears in different ways. Sometimes it's physical, but for me, it's emotional. It's not even courage. It shows up in small moments, and as a writer, I record those small moments.
Jandy: In the context of I'll Give You the Sun, the characters are in stone prisons of their own making, and I think being strong is breaking free of that and being your authentic self.
Meg: I also think it's creating vividly drawn characters. Like female characters are sometimes generic, but I like to draw them vividly, boldly.
Jandy: Having personal fragility is human. Being good to others is strength and also overcoming really big obstacles.

Mundie Moms: Which of your characters would you have been friends with as a teen?

Jandy: Lenny. And Jude.
Meg: Jam's roommate DJ. She's just so jaded and cool.
Ally: All of them, especially Leo in my new book.
Me: I really liked Vic in Crossed. I wanted to be his friend.
Ally: Really? I loved him. Um... sorry...

Mundie Moms: What has writing your books taught you about yourself?

Ally: I think my high school running coach taught me how to run and how to write. I change with each book.
Meg: The freer you can be in the first draft, the more you can let go, you can learn more.
Jandy: When I wrote The Sky is Everywhere, I was at a loss from losing someone, and... I just got it, things I wouldn't have if I hadn't been writing.

Huge thanks to Ally, Meg, and Jandy for your wonderful books and giving me some time at the end of a long time to sit down and chat! Thanks to Penguin teen for sending this talented women on tour to Dallas! And thanks to Katie and Mundie Moms for the fantastic opportunity!

TDA / TLH Release Dates & Other News From Cassandra Clare / Mundane Monday #264

Happy Mundane Monday! Today's post is a catching up some exciting news that Cassie has recently shared on Tumblr. Below is a variety of news taking from various posts. I've included the links to each post below.

Cassie Talks TDA / TLH Release Dates

Lately Cassie has been on social media answering fan questions. Below is a question I know a lot of fans have had, which is what is the TLH series release date schedule. Cassie answered the question below here, and I've also included it below. 

Hi Cassie!! Quick question, when will the first book of TLH come out is it 2017? Will it be like
2016 TDA 1
2017 TLH 1
2018 TDA 2
2019 TLH 2
I’m asking this because goodreads says that TLH 1 is coming out 2016, 2 in 2017, 3 in 2018 and I just want to confirm with you. Thanks!!!
— project-entity-x
The first book of TLH isn’t scheduled. It is most likely, unless something weird happens, to come out after the second book of TDA. It is likely to go like this:
2016 TDA 1
2017 TDA 2
? TLH 1
? TDA 3 
Etc. But none of this is set in stone, and I feel very squirrelly about even suggesting dates and order, because they are not final. In the past, when I’ve said a date was tentative and it was then moved, as tentative dates are, people have asked in droves why the book was pushed back.
I totally get that: when you’re looking forward to something, it’s nice to have a specific date you can know when you’ll get it. And I’m grateful people are looking forward to these! Part of the reason, though, that I asked — so this is on me — my publisher not to set release dates yet was to give myself a little creative freedom. To figure out the right order of publication for the story I want to tell, and not to be constantly panicked about deadlines. (Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean I am not writing. I am a workaholic. I write 20/24.) To be able to preserve my health a bit and provide a cushion in case unexpected stuff happens (like traveling to New York to meet a contest winner!) 
I don’t know what’s up with Goodreads, but like IMDB, before a book comes out, I am not sure I would entirely trust the information provided. For instance the official site of my publisher, , says TLH 1 is coming in 2017. And it might. But I can tell you it sure isn’t coming in 2016!
I know it sucks to wait. It sucks for me, too. Every time I write a scene I like with Mark, or a funny line for Anna, I want you guys to see it. But ultimately I want you to see the polished form, the best I can make it. And that does take some time.
Okay, enough scheduling stuff. Further posts will be about writingy things!

On When Tales From The Shadowhunters Academy Book Will Be Released
Cassie also answered questions about when Tales From The Shadowhunter Academy book will be released. See her answer here, which I also shared below:
The series, just like the Bane Chronicles, will be bound up and publishing as a hard copy. (That is why they created a full cover with wraparound art.) 
I do not yet know when. The book needs to be gone through again, small mistakes corrected (they tend to be more frequent in the ebooks, as they simply don’t go through the lengthy proofing stages that the novels do). It needs to be laid out, and art for the final version created, and then it needs to actually be printed and shipped to stores.
Publishers decide on print dates, not authors, and so far I haven’t heard what the print date would be. I think it took the Bane Chronicles about ten months from being finished to being printed. Maybe that could be a guideline?
In short, it will be printed as a novel, but I don’t know when. As soon as I do, I promise I’ll let you know, and also update my existing FAQ on my website. Just as a reminder, you can also always check . Hope that helps!

A Shadowhunter Flower Card Book Is In The Works!

Cassie confirms that a shadowhunters flower card book is in the works. Check out her post about it here, and see what she said about it below:

Hallo,blueberry! So just a line to say that Cassandra Jean and I are definitely putting together all the flower cards of characters into a book. We’re excited about designing it and making it really pretty. It won’t be ready in time for Christmas, but we’re hoping for Valentine’s Day! It will contain 10-15 new flower cards of characters that we couldn’t reveal before (Like Max, above) or who didn’t get their own card yet (Celine Herondale.) As we know more, we’ll keep you updated!