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Friday, December 9, 2011

Clockwork Prince Interview Series: Interview with Cassandra Clare

I am SO EXCITED to post our interview with Cassie today!!! I've had this interview for a few weeks now and I wanted to wait for the right moment to post, and what's more fitting then the week of Clockwork Prince's release.

Cassie w/ Ed Westwick from the CP launch party at the Union Square Barnes & Noble Dec. 6th, 2011. Thank you to are *anonymous friend* for this lovely picture.

There is so much that happens in this book emotionally. How do you separate yourself emotionally from some of the harder scenes?

Well, you do and you don't. You want to feel the emotions the characters feel so you can channel them onto the page. At the same time you don't want to be a crying mess, because then you can't write! I would say it's a matter of going over those scenes over and over and over and over again. The first drafts will be rough and emotional, but you want to whittle that emotion down, fine-tune it. Sometimes the sparest word or description can carry a wealth of meaning.

Are you able to give us the page number of the scene that made you cry while writing it?

Page 469 in my copy!

Magnus is one of my most favorite characters from both the TMI and ID series. Which time period do you enjoy writing him in?

I love him in both. In ID he's a little younger, more idealistic. He believes he can save people, Will particularly. In TMI I have always felt like he was coming out of a long period of pessimism and self-distraction with his relationship with Alec. Both are fun to write.

With all that happens during CP, was there a scene that surprised you that wasn't apart of your original outline?

There were — and this is a spoiler, but originally it wasn't Sophie but **you know who, that hit you know who with the you know what **. I transferred the scene to Sophie to shore up her character and show her progress.

** I edited this so that NO SPOILERS would be revealed. If you've read the book then you know who we're referring to, and what scene that involves something that starts with an m. Please DO NOT mention what I've purposely edited out in the comments, so that those who haven't read CP won't be spoiled.

How was writing CP different than writing CA?

The first book in a series is always about getting to know the characters, introducing them, laying your groundwork, and it's fun that way, but the second book allows you delve more deeply into their characters and backstories. The first book establishes a conflict, and the second carries it forward, and lets you start paying off some of what you set up.

If Will could give Jace a piece of advice, what would it be?

Will is a terrible person to give anyone advice! But I suppose he'd say "Be honest."

If you could visit Victorian London where would you visit first?

The Crystal Palace, since it was destroyed in 1936 and could never be visited now.

If you could write Will and Jem into one of your favorite books, what book would you write them in?

Tale of Two Cities, of course!

Tessa is one of our all time favorite heroines, and one of our favorite Tessa's moments is "the talk" she has with herself about ultimately following her heart. Do we find out what her final decision will be in book three?

We will find out Tessa's ultimate decision about the placement of her heart in book three. I think it will surprise people.


THANK YOU Cassie for joining us today and taking the time out of your hectic schedule to answer our questions and all our character questions that have been featured through out the week.

You can read each of our character interviews via our Clockwork Prince Interview Series posts, read our 31 Days of CP posts, and our Clockwork Prince Release Day Celebration posts.

Upcoming Appearances:
Don't forget to go HERE to find out what cities Cassie is coming to next! In May of 2012 Cassie will be touring the UK & Ireland for the release of COLS!

The International Kissing Club: Guest Post with Ivy Adams

Today I'm excited to have the lovely Ivy Adams on the blog! She's stopping by to tell us a little bit about Paris, TX, one of the settings from her upcoming release, The International Kissing Club.


First of all, I want to thank Mundie Moms for having us today— I love this blog and it’s so much fun to be guesting here

In the International Kissing Club, three of the girls travel to exotic locales on their school’s international exchange program. Piper goes to Paris, France, Mei goes to China and Cassidy goes to Australia. But Izzy (poor Izzy) ends up stuck at home in Paris, Texas, which is the locale Mundie Moms asked me to talk about today.

Emily, Shellee and Tracy (the authors that make up Ivy Adams) all live in Austin, Texas, but when we were looking for a place to set IKC, we wanted someplace smaller. Someplace with character but that had a small town feel. Paris seemed like the perfect place. A small town in North Texas, Paris has a culture all its own. But instead of boring you with all its history, I thought I’d give you a few fun facts instead.

Despite being a small town, Paris, Texas has been mentioned in literally hundreds of songs, books and movies, including a movie called Paris, Texas.

Paris, Texas has a giant Eiffel Tower replica near the city limits. It’s not the only Paris in the US with an Eiffel Tower, but it is the only one with a cowboy hat perched on top (the cowboy hat was added in 1998, when another town built an Eiffel Tower bigger than theirs)

Famed Texas (and US) politician, Sam Rayburn is from Paris, and they still give tours of his house, complete with original broadcasts that aired during and right after the bombing at Pearl Harbor.

American President Dwight Eisenhower was born only a few miles from Paris, Texas

In 1998, Paris was named “the best small town in Texas,” a distinction they are very proud of

So, tell me something interesting about the town or city you live in? If you leave a comment, you’re entered into the drawing for our daily, weekly and grand prize! Thanks so much for stopping by this Smooch Stop

Thank you Ivy for stopping by today! Be sure to follow the rest of The Teen Scene's blog tour here. Stop back by on the 23rd of Jan when I post my review.

Published by: Walker Children's
To Be Released on: January 3rd, 2012

Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Book Depository | | IndieBound

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Four Best Friends…
Piper, Cassidy, Mei and Izzy are the misfits of Paris, Texas. Too artsy, too determined, too smart and too hip to fit in with the rest of their classmates, they’ve spent most of their sixteen years determined to escape the stifling fishbowl of life in their small Texas town.

One Mean Girl…
Enter Germaine Stewart, mean girl extraordinaire and undisputed queen of Paris High School. Head cheerleader and girlfriend of the coolest guy in school, she’s made it her life’s mission to torture Piper and her friends…a mission that leads, among other things, to Piper kissing a pig in front of the entire school—in her underwear.

Ten Million YouTube Hits…
When the Kiss the Pig video hits YouTube and Facebook there’s nowhere in the entire state of Texas—or America—that Piper can hide. Desperate to escape the pig noises that follow her every waking moment, she becomes an exchange student to the real Paris. Only her friends can’t let her go alone and soon Piper, Mei and Cassidy are heading to different countries for the adventures of their lives, while Izzy is stuck at home.

The International Kissing Club Facebook Page…
To make their time abroad more interesting—the girls form the International Kissing Club, a Facebook fan page where they record each boy they kiss while abroad—or at home, in Izzy’s case (one point for a regular kiss, three for a “transcendent” one).

Too Many Kisses to Count…
But while each girl meets a guy who curls her toes, their twelve weeks on their own teach them a lot more about themselves and their friendship than they ever expected.

Leminscate Blog Tour

We're excited to be kicking off and hosting a blog tour for Jennifer Murgia's LEMNISCATE, the sequel to her debut, ANGEL STAR. Our tour will run from December 9th- December 18th. Our tour will be a combination of reviews, giveaways for signed books, interviews and guest posts. You can find out more about the tour and the book below. You can read my review here.

Published by: Lands Atlantic
Released on: March 21st, 2011

For Teagan, these last few months have been heaven on earth - especially now that Garreth, her boyfriend and guardian angel, is earthbound. But perhaps Garreth is becoming a little more human than either of them expected.

Now, Teagan must realize that her world is once again about to shift, as she questions the faith she held in others against those once considered enemies.In this continuation of Angel Star, Lemniscate will draw you even deeper into the world of dark and light as Teagan realizes the angel who could possibly save them all is the one angel she feared the most. quoted from Goodreads

The Lemniscate Blog Tour:

12/9- Mundie Moms, tour kick off
12/10- Reader Girls, review & giveaway
12/11- Regina-Unsettled, guest post
12/12- Confession of a Vi3tBabe, character interview
12/13- Clean Teen Fiction, review & giveaway
12/14- The Non Reluctant Reader, guest post
12/15- A Blog About Nothing, excerpt
12/16- Pager Turners Blog, review
12/17- The Book Vortex, author interview

About the Book:

Please visit the Lemniscate webpage to learn more about the book & watch the book trailer here

Purchase the book from:

About the Author:

You can follow Jennifer on Twitter and Facebook, and visit her site here.

During the duration of the tour, be sure to enter Jennifer Murgia's Be An Angel, Give A Book Contest. Purchase a copy of Angel Star or Lemniscate during the month of December and email your receipt to for your chance to be "an angel". Both books in the name of the winner randomly chosen will be donated to that winner's choice of library. ALL those who enter, will be entered to win a Goodie Basket of Lands Atlantic books. That winner will be announced on Jan. 2nd, 2012 on Jennifer's site.