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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Cassie's Valentine's Day Treats to TMI & TDI Fans

Cassie treated fans today with this FABULOUS Valentine's Day posts on Tumblr. The one is a cut from City of Lost Souls she recently posted:

Jace and Clary. Cut from the final draft of City of Lost Souls.

Jace set what he was holding down on the windowsill and reached out to her. She came to lean against him, and his hand slid up under her t-shirt and rested caressingly, possessively, on the small of her back. He bent to kiss her, gently at first, but the gentleness went quickly and soon she was pressed up against the glass of the window, his hands at the hem of her shirt — his shirt —

“Jace.” She moved a little bit away. “I’m pretty sure people down there in the street can see us.”

“We could …” He gestured toward the bed. “Move…over there.”

She grinned. “You said that like it took you a while to come up with the idea.”

When he spoke, his voice was muffled against her neck. “What can I say, you make my thought processes slow down. Now I know what it’s like to be a normal person.”

“How … is it?” The things he was doing with his hands under the t-shirt were distracting.

“Terrible. I’m already way behind on my quota of witty comments for the day. ”


The second one is a scene between Will & Jem from Clockwork Prince

Scene cut from Clockwork Prince - Will tells Jem about his secret

The Whole of It

“And that is it?” Jem said. “That is the whole of it? The truth?”

He was sitting at his desk, one of his legs bent up on the chair beneath him; he looked very young. His violin was propped against the side of the chair. He had been playing it when Will had come in and, without preamble, announced that now was the end of pretense: Will had a confession to make, and he meant to make it now.

That had been the end of the music: Jem laying his violin down with a startled look and leaning back, tensed as if he were readying himself for whatever Will might throw at him.

“That is all of it,” said Will, who had been pacing back and forth as he spoke, and had only now paused to look at Jem. “And I do not blame you if you hate me. I could understand it.”

There was a long pause. Jem’s gaze was steady on his face, steady and silver in the wavering light of the fire.“I could never hate you, William.”

Will’s guts contracted as he saw another face, a pair of steady blue-gray eyes looking up at his. “I could never hate you Will, no matter how hard I tried,” she had said.

In that moment he was painfully aware that what he had told Jem was not “the whole of it.” There was more truth. There was his love for Tessa. But it was his burden to bear, not Jem’s. It was something that must be hidden for Jem to be happy. “I deserve it,” Will said, his voice cracking. “I believed I was cursed that all who cared for me would die; yet I let myself care for you, and let you be a brother to me, risking the danger to you —”

“There was no danger.”

“But I believed there was. If I held a pistol to your head, James, and pulled the trigger, would it really matter if I did not know that there were no bullets in the chambers?”

Jem’s eyes widened, and then he laughed, a soft laugh. “Did you think I did not know you had a secret?” he said. “Did you think I walked into my friendship with you with my eyes closed fast? I did not know the nature of the burden you carried. But I knew there was a burden.” His voice softened. “I knew you thought yourself poison to all those around you,” he went on. “I knew you thought there to be some corruptive force about you that would break me. I meant to show you that I would not break. That love was not so fragile. Did I do that?”

Will shrugged once, helplessly. He had almost wished Jem would be angry with him. It would be easier. “You saved my life.”

A smile spread across Jem’s face, as brilliant as the sunrise breaking over the Thames. “That is all I ever wanted.”

You can find all of Cassie's Valentine's Day posts here.

Our 5 Favorite Romantic Reads

Happy Valentine's Day!! To celebrate love day we wanted to share with you some of our favorite romantic reads.

Katie's List:
  1. Princess Bride by William Goldman
  2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. Anna & The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
  4. The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren
  5. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E Smith
Sophie's List:
  1. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. The River of Time Series by Lisa T. Bergren
  3. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
  4. Audrey Wait by Robin Fenway
  5. Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg

We were going to do a favorite's list of our literary crushes, but that list was a little to long. So instead I'm going to use today as an excuse to post pictures of some of Sophie's and Shandra's favorite literary crushes.

For Sophie:

Mr. Darcy & Prince Caspian

For Shandra:

Edward Cullen

We hope y'all have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Mundie Moms Birthday Bash Giveaway #2

A Mundie Moms birthday bash isn't complete without some sort of TMI/TID giveaway. So today I'm giving away this....

Opps not that, "Jace" is all MINE! *evil laugh* I meant I'm giving away this....

The last Shadowhunter poster I have from Simon & Schuster! Let me tell you, if you're a fan of Cassie's this is a must have. The poster is HUGE and lovely to look at.

To enter, please fill out the form below: (same rules as always apply, 1 entry per person, you need to be 13 yrs & older to enter (or have a parent/guardian's permission), this is open internationally (international rules apply)). This giveaway will also end on 3/14/12

Mundie Moms is 3!!!!

Happy Birthday to Mundie Moms!! It's seriously crazy to think that 3 years ago Mundie Moms was started. This has been an incredible journey and one I feel truly grateful to have taken and to still be on. As many of you know Mundie Moms was originally started here on our forum. The blog was something I kept private until a couple months later, but since MM's was started on 2.14.09 I celebrate our b-day on this day vs a blogoversary for when the blog officially went live. This three years has flown by incredibly fast and it's been so much fun! I've had the privilege of taking part in a lot of fabulous events, volunteering at some amazing book events, meeting a lot of amazing authors, publishers and bloggers, many of whom have become wonderful friends outside of blogging.

There have been a few people along the way that have helped me make Mundie Moms what it is today and I'm incredibly grateful to them. There's a few people whom I'll forever be grateful to for all they've done for MM's. THANK YOU to Cassie Clare, who's been a huge supporter long before anyone else knew what Mundie Moms was, and she continues to support what MM's is today. To Shandra, who does a lot of the behind the scenes things on the forum and to Sophie who helps me keep my sanity (snickers). THANK YOU so much for you all you guys do for the forum and blog. They do more than they think.

THANK YOU to all of you who have are and have been apart of Mundie Moms! I truly appreciate you guys for taking the time out of your busy days to stop by and visit the blog, comment, read posts, and help promote whatever is going on the blog.

A big THANK YOU to all of the authors and publishers who continue to support Mundie Moms! I can not tell you how much that means to me. Sometimes Thank You just doesn't seem like enough. I should say I'm totally humbled by all of your support.

Okay, enough of the mushy stuff right?! I mean it is Valentine's Day so that is allowed. haha.

To celebrate this fabulous mile stone, today's 1st GIVEAWAY is a BOX OF ARCS! Here's what 1 lucky winner will receive:
  1. Black Heart by Holly Black
  2. Until I Die by Amy Plum
  3. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
  4. Dreamless by Josephine Angelini
  5. Destined by Aprilynne Pike
  6. Fracture by Megan Miranda
  7. Thumped by Megan McMafferty
  8. The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams, signed
* This is open internationally (international giveaway rules apply)
* You must be 13 yrs & older unless you have a parent/guardian permission to enter
* This giveaway will end on March 14th, 2012

Interview with The Nightmare Garden author, Caitlin Kittredge

I'm excited that to have author Caitlin Kittredge on the blog today! She stopped by to celebrate today's release of The Nightmare Garden, book #2 in the Iron Codex Series.

Congratulations on today's release of The Nightmare Garden, you're sequel in the Iron Codex series. Did you find writing the sequel to be more challenging or a little bit easier than the first book?

It was definitely more challenging--I had a lot of plot threads to juggle from the first book, plus I had to include a standalone story that new readers could jump into without being bogged down. The Iron Codex books are definitely a linked trilogy, so deciding what I'd wrap up in Nightmare Garden or carry on to the third volume was hard! The Nightmare Garden was definitely more difficult in terms of the details, but it was nice to have the worldbuilding all done so I could take readers right into the story.

What's something you've come to admire about Aoife?

I love Aoife's stubbornness and her refusal to give up, even when the odds are against her. She might not be the strongest, most powerful character in these books but she's the most resilient, and determined. She sticks by her friends and she's loyal, smart and courageous. To me, those are the qualities that define a heroine.

Aside from Aoife, which of your characters do you feel has grown the most since book 1 and in what way have they changed?

I think Aoife's dad, Archie, has grown the most. He started off as a guy who'd made some very bad choices and hadn't done right by his family and I think in Nightmare Garden, we get to understand more about what makes him tick and see that he's not cold and calculating--he's a good man forced into an impossible situation who made the best choice he could. Aoife and he are a lot alike, and I really enjoyed showing readers more of their father/daughter relationship.

I like that you have a blend of steampunk and dark fantasy in this series. What was one of your favorite dark fantasy reads as a teen?

Definitely the Sandman comics by Neil Gaiman. I did and still do love them and consider them some of my favorite fantasy stories.

What's one thing you do when you find yourself in a writing slump?

I try to go work on something new, even if it's just for an afternoon. Change it up a bit. Or I clean my house--distracting myself from a problem with a draft is a good way to get unstuck.

If you could share one piece of writing advance with teen writers, what would that be?

Don't give up--this is an endeavor that can be very frustrating at times, but the ultimate rewards are worth all the challenges. And try to push yourself--if you think you "can't" write something because you're "not ready", give it a try--it might be terrible, but you'll be teaching yourself to be a better writer, even if it takes you five, ten or twenty tries to write the story you wanted.

Thank you so much for stopping by today Caitlin!

Thanks Katie!


You can follow Caitlin via her Website | Twitter | Goodreads
The Nightmare Garden series on Tumblr | Facebook

Published by: Random House
Released on: February 14th, 2012- TODAY
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Everything Aoife thought she knew about the world was a lie. There is no Necrovirus. And Aoife isn't going to succumb to madness because of a latent strain—she will lose her faculties because she is allergic to iron. Aoife isn't human. She is a changeling—half human and half from the land of Thorn. And time is running out for her.

When Aoife destroyed the Lovecraft engine she released the monsters from the Thorn Lands into the Iron Lands and now she must find a way to seal the gates and reverse the destruction she's ravaged on the world that's about to poison her. -quoted from Goodreads

Twitter Tuesday - An Iron Fey Valentine

Okay, as promised, Julie Kagawa's released "An Iron Fey Valentine" today. Hmmm, something all Mundie Moms can relate to -- date night. Well, perhaps, not with a Faerie Prince.

Click here and enjoy the story and, oh wait, Julie's also posted a contest!