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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Clockwork Princess: The Full Jacket / Read The Full Jacket Copy

Previously Cassie posted the entire jacket for Clockwork Princess (see below) and today she shared what it is found on the inside of the jacket. WARNING, this does contain spoilers and if you've not read Clockwork Prince and don't want to be spoiled, do not read any further.

The Full Jacket:

Tessa Gray should be happy — aren’t all brides happy? Yet as she prepares for her wedding to Jem Carstairs, a net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. A new demon appears, one linked by blood and secrecy to the Magister, the man who plans to use his army of pitiless automatons, the Infernal Devices, to destroy the Shadowhunters. He needs only one last item to complete his plan of destruction.
He needs Tessa.
Tessa knows Axel Mortmain, the Magister, is coming for her, but not where or when he will strike. Charlotte Branwell, the head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain first. And the boys who lay equal claim to Tessa’s heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. For though Tessa and Jem are now engaged, and Will knows he should force himself to find someone else to care for, he is as much in love with her as ever.
In the last words of a dying Shadowhunter reside the clue that might lead Tessa and her friends to Mortmain. But the Shadowhunters of the London Institute cannot stand alone, and in their homeland of Idris, the ruling body of the Clave doubt their claims that Mortmain is coming. Deserted by those who should be their allies and with their enemies closing in, the Shadowhunters find themselves trapped when Mortmain seizes the medicine which is all that is keeping Jem alive. With his best friend at death’s door it is up to Will to risk everything to save the woman they both love.
To buy Will time, the warlock Magnus Bane joins with Henry Branwell to create a device that could help them to defeat the Magister. As those who love Tessa work to save her, and the future of the Shadowhunters that resides with her, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself —for in the discovery of her own true nature, Tessa begins to learn that she is more powerful than she ever dreamed possible. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?
Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.
*GASP* I, um. WOW! I'm at a loss for words. JEM! WILL! TESSA! I don't even know what to think or say after reading that other than I wish CP2 was already released! What are your thoughts?

The Mortal Instruments Advance To Round 2 in MTV's Movie Brawl 2013

We did! We won 19.45% of the votes to advance from MTV's Movie Brawl 2013 round 1, to round 2!! Now it's on to the sweet sixteen. Though there are 15 other movies to contend with, we're up against 9 seed, Carrie. GO GET YOUR VOTE on HERE!

Remember, after this round we'd move onto
1/17: The Elite 8
1/21: Finale 4
1/25: Final 2
1/28: The Winner is Revealed!

Let's get TMI to the number one spot!!

Clockwork Princess First Editions

Recently Cassie has been answering fan questions regarding Clockwork Princess. In reply to questions about CP2 special editions, Cassie replied with some need to know answers. I've complied everything she's posted on her tumblr via two different posts.

Per Cassie:
Okay, this is an explanation of what a first edition is, what editions will have special content, and how to get those editions, whatever country you may be in or dimension you may inhabit. PLEASE read the whole thing before contacting me with questions! I will love you forever.
All hardback or paperback first editions in English of Clockwork Princess will have, printed either in the back or on the inside of the cover, a family tree that links the generations of The Infernal Devices with the generations of The Mortal Instruments and Dark Artifices.
What’s a first edition?
Publishers print books in batches called print runs. Every book printed in the first batch of books printed is a first edition ”A first edition book is a copy that was printed in the first print run, when the book was originally published. If the books sell out, the publisher will authorize the printing of a new batch, called the second edition. When that stock is depleted, the next print run is called the third edition, and so on.”

Why are some first editions paperback and some first editions hardcover?

Because my American editions (published by Margaret K. McElderry Books) are published in hardcover first. Therefore if you come across a hardcover first edition, it is American. The family tree will be reverse-printed on the inside of the jacket of Clockwork Princess. (You have to take off the cover to see it.)  My UK/Australia publisher publishes only in paperback. All their first editions will be in paperback. You can buy either, depending on whether you want paperback or hardback. I would suggest simply buying whatever you usually buy.

How can I tell if it’s a first edition?

It will say “COLLECTOR’S FIRST EDITION” on the front. The below is the cover of the North American first edition. See the words next to the big thumbs-up? (Which I added and is not part of the cover) - that is how you know it’s a first edition.
The next image is the Australian, UK/Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa first edition. Again, you see where the finger is pointing? It says COLLECTOR’S EDITION. That is how you know it will have the family tree.
How do I get a first edition?
A first edition is, again, every book that is one of the first batch of books printed by a publisher. There are a limited amount. When they sell out, then the rest of the books printed will be without the family tree. The best way to make sure you get a first edition is to pre order. You can do this online.
Like, if you go to the Amazon page for Clockwork Princess, you can see that the image says Collectors Edition. That means if you order from Amazon right now, you will get that first edition.
If you do not want to order online, you can go into any bookstore now and tell them that you wish to pre-order a first edition. They will call you when it comes in. Bookstores can do that. They put in their own order with the publisher, and the publisher makes sure they get those first editions. You can even do this at Walmart. You can do this in any country, in any bookstore where English language books are sold.

I’m in the UK/Australia/etc and the “special edition” cover isn’t showing up on or whatever website I usually use.

Yes, it looks like it hasn’t been uploaded everywhere yet. The best way of getting a first edition remains pre-ordering. If you pre-order from a website, you are pretty sure to get a first edition. If that makes you nervous, rememeber you can go into any bookstore now and tell them that you wish to pre-order a first edition. They will call you when it comes in. Bookstores can do that. They put in their own order with the publisher, and the publisher makes sure they get those first editions. You can do this in any country, in any bookstore where English language books are sold.

Will the family tree be in ebooks for Nook or Kindle?

It will not. (This is not my decision. It is my publisher’s. I do understand that the family tree is a very nicely designed piece of work and they want to show it at its best, on paper. Also, because of the nature of ebooks, there is no such thing as an ebook first edition.)

Will the family tree be in books in other languages?

I don’t know. Those books need to be translated. The family tree has been made available to all my foreign publishers and it is their choice as to whether they wish to include it in their books. If you want to know if they will have it in their editions, you should contact a bookstore in your country and ask.

Will the family tree be in the box sets?

Boxed sets, like books, also have editions. It will be in the first edition of the boxed set. Again the best way to make sure you get a special edition/content is to pre-order.

Will the family tree be in the audiobook?


Is there a difference between the COLLECTOR’S EDITION and the COLLECTOR’S FIRST EDITION?

One is the American edition. One is the UK.

Level 2 Blog Tour: The Playlist!

If you've been following us for awhile now, you'll know we LOVE playlists almost as much as we love a good book trailer. For today's stop in Simon & Schuster's LEVEL2 blog tour I'm thrilled to reveal author Lenore Appelhans's playlist for her debut, LEVEL2. First, let me tell you a little bit about the book:

By: Lenore Appelhans
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Released on: January 15th, 2013 TODAY!
Purchase from: Simon & Schuster | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Three levels. Two loves. One choice. Debut novelist, Lenore Appelhans has written a thrilling otherworldly young adult novel about a place that exists between our world (Level 1) and what comes after life (Level 2).

'I pause to look around the hive - all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories ... I've wanted to get out of here before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me. There has to be more to death than this.'

Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend ... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves- quoted from GoodReads

While I can’t listen to music while I write, I do create a playlist for every book I write and play it before writing to get me into the mood.  Here are the songs that were essential to LEVEL 2 and why I chose them.

Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National
“I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees” goes the chorus, and I chose this as my theme song to LEVEL 2 because it foreshadows Felicia’s own journey.  Bees are an important motif in the novel, and this song just ties in so perfectly in both theme and tone.

The Beekeeper by Tori Amos
Speaking of bees, it was an interview with Tori about The Beekeeper that first got me thinking about bees and eternity. So you might say this song even inspired some of the basic worldbuilding in the afterlife realm of LEVEL 2.

Shake it Out by Florence + the Machine
This opens with the words: “Regrets collect like old friends, here to relive your darkest moments”. The whole song mirrors Felicia’s state of mind and the memories she has to face.

In the Blood by Better than Ezra
Piggybacking on the theme of the last song, the bridge of this song is gold, promising that things will get better “If we just face the pain, and the fear”.  It’s very hopeful.

Everything by Alanis Morrisette
“You see everything. You see every part. You see all my light, and you love my dark.” I listened to this song so many times before the Felicia/Neil scenes because this is the kind of love I wanted for Felicia. I wanted her to see that despite her mistakes, she deserves to be loved.

It’s No Good by Depeche Mode
In contrast, Julian’s attraction to Felicia feels more obsessive which is why I think of him when I hear this song and especially these lyrics: “I'm going to take my time, I have all the time in the world to make you mine, it is written in the stars above”

Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons
All the lyrics for this song are so perfect for LEVEL 2.  There’s the idea that the souls that are trapped need be awoken from their drowsy numbness and I also love the line “I struggle to find any truth in your lies” because that’s totally the situation Felicia is in with Julian.

Julien by Placebo
The crazy thing about this song is that I only heard it for the first time after I had already finished the first draft, and yet it illuminates a lot about Julian’s character. I especially like the line: “You can run but you can’t hide, cause no one here gets out alive”.  See also Infrared by Placebo (but only AFTER you read, because the lyrics are so spot on as to be a bit plot spoilery!)

Apparitions by The Raveonettes
The spooky atmosphere of this song prepared me for the darker scenes within the afterlife world of LEVEL 2.

This is Why We Fight by The Decemberists
“When we die, we will die with our arms unbound” is a great motivation for fighting back against your oppressors. This song never fails to fire me up!

Through Glass by Stone Sour
I came to this song relatively late in the revision process, but I think it fits the feeling of being trapped in the Level 2 hives: “Don't know how much time has passed,
all I know is that it feels like forever, sitting all alone inside your head.”

Bittersweet Melodies by Feist
This lyric - “With those bittersweet melodies, like a sweet memory, can't go back, I can't go on” – captures the mood of early memory flashbacks in the book.  In OUR TOWN by Thornton Wilder, Emily discovers the bittersweet nature of reliving even the most innocuous memories of her life after her death. And the same can definitely be said for Felicia.

Joga by Bjork
This is another song that speaks strongly to the redemptive power of love: “All that no one sees, you see what's inside of me, every nerve that hurts you heal.” And the fact that the cover model looks a bit like Bjork and the song is about being in a “state of emergency”, I think it’s an apt choice for the playlist.

And now as a sneak peek, I’m going to reveal two songs that I’m playing obsessively as I work on the sequel, LEVEL 3.

What Else Is There? by Royksopp
The atmosphere and lyrics of this one capture my vision of LEVEL 3 so well, I’ve chosen it as my theme song.  Here are some of the lyrics to tease you: “I am the storm and I am the wonder. And the flashlights, nightmares, and sudden explosions. I don't know what more to ask for. I was given just one wish.”  Also, the part where she sings “You’ve got secrets too” gives me chills every time.

Here in Me by Saint Saviour
This song is also pretty perfect for reasons I can’t yet divulge. Who might the following lyrics refer to? “I say I’m different now, I’m a liar.


Thank you Lenore for stopping by and sharing your playlist with us! 

Want more info about Lenore's new release? Be sure to check her out on her Blog, Follow her on Twitter and read the 1st 50 pages of Level 2 HERE!

Twitter Tuesday - Julie Cross

You guys know that I'm a huge fan of time travel stories, I think I blame my love for them because of that moment in second or third grade when I picked up Edward Eager's Half Magic and I was transported to a lazy English summer and a group of siblings who find a mysterious coin which allows them to time travel.

So it's no surprise that Julie Cross' Tempest Trilogy has me on the edge of my seat. I adore her time traveling protagonist, Jackson, and his ability in Vortex gets to be used in a very different way -- he joins a special division of the CIA. Can you hear me clapping my hands? I love, love, love special agent plots.

Why am I going on about this? Because the sequel to Tempest, Vortex, is released today. I encourage you to go on and buy this series because if you love a boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl, boy-gets-caught-up-in-a-unbelievably-twisty-government-plot-where-there-are-no-good-guys...yeah, you'll be zipping through pages screaming to yourself, "Wait, this cannot end here!"

Now besides the Tempest Trilogy, Julie has another project that she's working on with (none other than) the model on the cover of Tempest and Vortex, Mark Perini. And boy, are their gchats hysterical. Julie tweets a link to them about once a week. Check them out here.

I'll post my 5-star review of Vortex later this week along with a signed copy giveaway of a paperback edition of Tempest. In the mean time, you can enter to win a personalized, signed copy of both Tempest and Vortex on Julie's blog.