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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Clockwork Princess Audiobook News!

Cassie announced today that Teen Wolf star, Daniel Sharman is going to narrate Clockwork Princess! She told fans here "Daniel’s great, and has a lovely British accent besides. I have to say, I am going to miss the accents now there are no more Clockwork books to record..... :)" 

Hollywood Crush reported the news saying, 

Daniel Sharman........ The "Teen Wolf" star has been officially tapped to record the audiobook of Cassandra Clare's "Clockwork Princess"...and we are officially planning to fall asleep on the night of its release to the dulcet lullaby of fantastical steampunk fiction being read by a man with the world's chiseled-est cheekbones. Sweet dreams, indeed!
Daniel's selection as audiobook narrator got the thumbs-up from none other than Cassandra herself, as she was the one who thought he'd be perfect for the job.
"During the casting process for the 'Mortal Instruments' movie, the casting director and I talked about probably every young actor in Hollywood. Daniel Sharman had just come off doing 'Immortals,' and I remember we talked about him as a an actor who had huge talent and promise. When we were looking for someone who could read the 'Clockwork Princess' audiobook, I thought of him because he seemed like someone who could capture the parts of the narrative that require vulnerability as well as the ones that require a great grasp of action."
I LOVE that Cassie was able to give her approval! British accent, high cheek bones.... does he have blue eyes like Will? I don't know about you guys, but I'll be picking this one up the day it's out!

Clockwork Princess is the final installment in the Infernal Devices series (say it isn't SO! This series can't end), and the audiobook will be released on March 19th, 2013.

Blog Tour: 5 Songs That Capture What We Saw At Night

Today I'm thrilled to be apart of SOHO Teen's blog tour for Jacquelyn Mitchard's What We Saw At Night. Before I share with you 5 songs that Jacquelyn feels capture her newest release, I wanted to tell you a little bit about the book.

By: Jacquelyn Mitchard
Published by: SOHO Teen
Released on: January 8th, 2013
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

Allie Kim suffers from Xeroderma Pigmentosum: a fatal allergy to sunlight that confines her and her two best friends, Rob and Juliet, to the night. When freewheeling Juliet takes up Parkour—the stunt-sport of scaling and leaping off tall buildings—Allie and Rob have no choice but to join her, if only to protect her. Though potentially deadly, Parkour after dark makes Allie feel truly alive, and for the first time equal to the “daytimers.”

On a random summer night, the trio catches a glimpse of what appears to be murder. Allie alone takes it upon herself to investigate, and the truth comes at an unthinkable price. Navigating the shadowy world of specialized XP care, extreme sports, and forbidden love, Allie ultimately uncovers a secret that upends everything she believes about the people she trusts the most -quoted from GoodReads

For today's tour stop I had the chance to ask Jacquelyn what are 5 songs she felt captured her newest release, What We Saw At Night. Here are the songs she listed:

My Dark Side (Kelly Clarkson)

People Are Strange (The Doors)

You've Got a Friend in Me (Randy Newman, from 'Toy Story)

Jump (Van Halen)

I Don't Want to Be (Gavin Degraw)

Thank you Jacquelyn for stopping by today! 

To find out more about Jacquelyn and her books, please visit her on: website | blog | her books

WriteOnCon Pitch Fest News!

I'm excited to be apart of this year's WriteOnCon, and be an official WriteOnCon Pitch Fest Blogger. What's this mean? It means I get to tell you about this year's exciting fest! Check out how you can be apart of this year's exciting festivities.

We here at WriteOnCon have decided that we sleep too much. To rectify that, we're organizing a mid-winter "Luck 'O the Irish" pitch-fest, where agents, book bloggers, and authors will team up to read and vote for the best pitches of 2013.

You read that right! A pitch-fest! At WriteOnCon!

But you won't need a pot 'o gold--or a lucky leprechaun--to participate, because our goal is to make sure you're well prepared. After all, we have bonafide literary agents coming to this thing! Yes, they will be reading the pitches, and yes, they are looking to sign clients. It could be you!

Not a writer? WE STILL NEED YOU! We're recruiting book bloggers and readers to spread the word and to vote for their favorites. Advocate for the books you want to see published--contact us at to become an official WOC 2013 Pitch-Fest Blogger. You'll even get a special button. Ooooo. Shiny buttons.

The details:
--Pitch-fest runs from March 18-22. Authors, book bloggers, readers, and our fabulous literary agents will be voting on the pitches. The favorites in each category will win prizes, including some great agent feedback or membership in the official WriteOnCon mentorship program!

--There will only be a limited number of pitches accepted. That number is unknown at this time, because it depends on how many agents attend. We're still recruiting agents and will let you know the final numbers as soon as we do! Pitches will be selected randomly, so it doesn’t matter what time zone you live in.

--The agents have selected their top three genres, and pitches will ONLY be accepted in those genres. Again, all genres are unknown at this time as we're still finalizing agents, but don't worry. We will make announcements about genres and numbers as things solidify (sign up for our newsletter so you don't miss a thing!). At this time, we are only focusing on the children's market, so you can know now that this pitch-fest will focus only on middle grade and young adult genres.

--We're announcing this now, before all details are finalized, because we're running a "perfect your pitch" workshop in February. This will take place in the WriteOnCon forums, and will work much the same as the query critique boards do during the annual WOC. You will post your pitch, and your peers will critique it. We will have posts from industry professionals on writing pitches and genre classification.

We're doing this for a good reason. We want your pitch to be as perfect as possible once the submission window hits in March. We will only be accepting your entry for the pitch-fest one time. We will not change your genre or edit your pitch after it has been submitted. This workshop during February is the time for you to fine-tune your pitch and get feedback about which genre your novel really belongs in.

--Only one pitch per person. Put forth your best work.

--Pitches should be for polished and query-ready novels only. That means if you haven't finished your novel yet, you shouldn't pitch. Still revising? Don't pitch. The agents attending are looking for material, and when they request, you want to be ready to send out your novel. We're announcing early to give you time to finish!

Dates to know:
February 18-March 10 - Forum peer pitch critiques (Carolin has the forum boards built! Check them out HERE)
March 11-13 - Submission of final pitches (this will be done through a Google form, NOT in the forum--details to come!)
March 14-17 - We build the boards in the forum (they will be hidden until March 18)
March 18-22 - Voting and commenting by literary agents, mentor authors, and book bloggers

We can't wait to see you at the Luck o' the Irish Pitch-Fest! Watch the WOC newsletter and site for more updates as we get closer to liftoff. Yeah, that was totally a mixed metaphor.

Waiting on Wednesday: Prodigy by Marie Lu

By: Marie Lu
Published by: Penguin Teen
To Be Released on: January 29th, 2012
Series: Legend #2
Pre-Order from: Penguin | Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Read an Excerpt

June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request—June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.

It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. 

But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must be more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood—what if the Patriots are wrong?

In this highly-anticipated sequel, Lu delivers a breathtaking thriller with high stakes and cinematic action - quoted from Goodreads

All I can say is I.CAN.NOT.WAIT.FOR.THIS.BOOK! I really enjoyed Legend and I hear Prodigy is even better! I can't wait to get my hands on this one!

Exciting news for Marie fans, Prodigy is part of this Winter's Breathless Reads tour! Guess what Austin fans? Marie is coming to Book People for the Austin leg of the tour on Friday Feb. 15th at 7 pm! Check out all the info here and be sure to come out and say hi to Marie, who will be there along with Andrea Cremer, Jessica Khoury, and Brenna Yovanoff. 

Life Before Legend by Marie Lu
Find out more about June and Day in this never-before-seen glimpse into their daily lives before they met in Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND series.  Purchase it for $2.99 from | Amazon | Barnes & Noble  
Don't miss TONIGHT'S  Penguin Teen Twitter chat with Marie Lu happening from 6:30-7:30 (EST). Use the hashtag #prodigy to ask Marie questions about her LEGEND trilogy! All of the questions asked during tonight's chat using #prodigy will automatically enter you into a giveaway for your chance to win an advance hardcover copy of PRODIGY before its release on 1/29/2013! You can follow Marie on twitter & Penguin Teen Twitter

Clockwork Princess Snippet: Gideon and Gabriel

In celebration of this week's advancement of The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones movie making ir to round 2 in MTV's Movie Brawl 2013, Cassie shared a Clockwork Princess snippet!! 

“Why?” Gabriel asked. “Why are you so sure that Charlotte’s side is the right one?
“Because our father’s is not,” said Gideon. “Because I know Charlotte. Because I have lived among these people for months and they are good people. Because Charlotte Branwell has been nothing but kind to me. And Sophie loves her.”

“And you love Sophie.”

Gideon’s mouth tensed.

“She’s a mundane and a servant,” said Gabriel. “I don’t know what you expect to come of it, Gideon.”

“Nothing,” Gideon said roughly. “I expect nothing. But the fact that you believe I should shows that our father brought us up to believe that we should do right only if some reward was the result. I will not betray the word I have given Charlotte; that is the situation, Gabriel. If you do not want a part of it, I can send you to live with the Blackthorns. But I will not lie to Charlotte.”

“Yes, you will,” said Gabriel. “We are both going to lie to Charlotte. And I will tell you why.”

Is it March yet?!

Clockwork Princess: Cassie's Answers to Fan Questions

Over the past couple of weeks Cassie has been answering a lot of fan questions regarding Clockwork Princess on her tumblr. I've complied a list of those questions and her answers here, and I'll continue to add to this list when she posts more. *I'm having some blogger issues, please ignore any weird text, coding, and coloring issues*
  • In regards to Jem becoming Brother Zachariah, Cassie had this to say
    Or maybe I just want you to think that. :) Sometimes theories get so entrenched they become fancanon. (Blaise Zabini is a girl! - whoops, no. Or sometimes they’re right — Snape loved Lily! Who’d a thought?) 
    I can think of quite a few characters who only loved two people. :) Anyway, you’ll find out Zach’s identity eventually, if not in CP than in CoHF.
  • About the placements of the family trees being printed in the first editions of Clockwork Princess, Cassie said
When I say “printed on the inside of the cover” I mean you literally have to take the book jacket off the book and look on the reverse side to find it. You will have to go out of your way to look at it — you can’t possibly look at it by accident — and if you are determined to spoiler yourself, you can, but you will be sorry, because you will be mightily confused rather than illuminated. :)
Hi Cassie! Since the past books have additional special content from Barnes & Noble, will Clockwork Princess have other special content other than the family tree? I hope you could answer this so that I can order from either Amazon/B&N. Thank you! :) 
— the-four-to-my-six
Nope. No other special content, and nothing specific to any store! This is so people don’t have to worry about buying more than one copy to get the special content.
  • On if we'll being see Jessamine in Clockwork Princess, Cassie said
Absolutely, you will see Jessamine again.
  • On why can't all the copies of Clockwork Princess contain the family trees outside the first editions, Cassie replied:
Publishers put special things in first editions to reward really passionate fans, the kind who will run out and buy the book the first week or so that it’s out, the kind of readers who’ve been waiting for the next book with bated breath. The special edition doesn’t cost any more, it’s not hard to get hold of, all you have to have is a desire to read the story as soon as you can. It’s a way for them to say, “Hey, passionate readers, we acknowledge you and we want to give you something cool.”
  • About whether or not those who pre-order 1st editions in the UK, Cassie replied,
You don’t need to pre-order an American copy if you’re in the UK. Or Ireland. Or South Africa. Or Australia. Or New Zealand. Your publisher of Shadowhunter books, Walker books, is putting the family tree in all their first editions. You are in exactly the same situation as everyone in North America. Pre-ordering is still the best way to make sure you get the first edition, either online or in a store.
So all first copies will have the family tree in it? No matter where you buy it? — jacesgoldeneyes
All first editions in English
“I really understand that, but in Hungary, there’s no way to get the first edition, ‘casue CoLS aren’t in the bookstores yet, and it’s so disappointing.”
Well, I called Big Ben Books in Prague (my favorite English language bookstore there) and asked if they could order in a first edition of Clockwork Princess and they said sure. So if you lived in Prague, you could just walk over and get it. Outside big cities, it’s more difficult, but just because Amazon or Book Depository take longer to deliver there doesn’t mean they’re not dispatching a first edition.
It would be nice if simultaneous publication all over the globe was possible, and on occasion it is (Harry Potter tended to come out everywhere at the same time, but Harry Potter was a global phenomenon — this sort of thing costs publishers massive amounts of money). I assume CoLS isn’t in the bookstores in Hungary in Hungarian. (I mean it probably isn’t there in English much either, except, again, in English language bookstores, because it wouldn’t be considered that there would be a big demand for the English version. But again, you could order the English one. What bookstores have on the shelves does not represent everything they could ever get in.) 
The world has become a big global economy and that includes the book business, as well. But the antiquated systems of distribution and translation and foreign rights haven’t caught up yet. Hopefully they will: in the meantime, if you’re in an non-English speaking country you do either have to wait or jump through more hoops to get a first edition: I wish it wasn’t so, but it is.
  • When asked about reading the family tree before reading or after reading Clockwork Princess, Cassie said this:
Not only will it be horribly spoilery, it will also be confusing.
Remember that the family tree is created to be a “found object.” It tells you what someone making the family tree would know to be officially true. That doesn’t mean it is the actual truth. For instance, say Charlotte cheated madly on Henry with Nate. Say the baby she is having is Nate’s*. It would be listed on the family tree as hers and Henry’s, because no one knows that it actually isn’t except for Charlotte and the reader if you actually read to the end of the book
So looking at the family tree first is not just a bad idea because it is spoilery, but a bad idea because it is misleading. (The same can be said for reading the last page first. I did that once and assumed a character lived through the book, only to find out when I actually read the thing that the end was a hallucination another character was having, and the first character was dead.)
Books are meant to be read in order. If something is stuck in the back it is a safe bet you are not supposed to read it before the beginning of the book. Don’t do it.
*I use this as an example because it is silly.