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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Mundie Moms Live Chat w/ UNRAVEL ME Author Tahereh Mafi

Hello! I'm so excited to be back in action with our Live Author Chats! We're kicking off this year's live author chats with UNRAVEL ME author Tahereh Mafi! This spoiler free chat will be your chance to ask Tahereh your burning questions about Warner and Adam! :)

I also hear there might be two other guest authors joining into tonight's UNRAVEL ME love!

Join us TONIGHT, Thursday 1/31 at 8 pm CST / 9 pm EST here on the blog!

Oh yes, THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY tonight for a copy of UNRAVEL ME!!! Be sure to stop by! If you can't stop by, leave a comment in the post to be entered to win. ;)

*this post will be edited and moved the day of the chat to the top of the blog*

This is a moderated chat, meaning your comments will not go live unless they are published. Due to the high volume of fans excepted tonight, comments and questions will not automatically be published, though Tahereh, myself, Sophie and the two other guest authors can see all the comments/questions. Thank you!

* No part of this chat may be used without permission from Mundie Moms or any of the participating authors*

THE YEAR OF SHADOWS Cover Reveal Week - Day 3– Final Cover and First Page

Hello and Welcome to today's exciting cover reveal for Claire Legrand's THE YEAR OF SHADOWS! I know, I'm extremely excited about being able to team up with Claire and Simon Kids to reveal this lovely cover. Why delay any longer, check out this cover!

 What do you think of the cover?  Isn't it a lovely cover? I love the look on the cat's face. I wonder where that stair case leads to. I can't wait to see this cover out in stores! Guess what else I have for you today, a giveaway and a sneak peak of the first, along with a guest post from Claire!

This is our exclusive sneak peak into page #1. I am already in love. I seriously love that there's a silhouette of the cat on this page *must get book*.


Olivia Stellatella is having a rough year.

Her mother left, her neglectful father—the maestro of a failing orchestra—has moved her and her grandmother into his dark, broken-down concert hall to save money, and her only friend is Igor, an ornery stray cat.

Just when she thinks life couldn’t get any weirder, she meets four ghosts who haunt the hall. They need Olivia’s help—if the hall is torn down, they’ll be stuck as ghosts forever, never able to move on.

Olivia has to do the impossible for her shadowy new friends: Save the concert hall. But helping the dead has powerful consequences for the living . . . and soon it’s not just the concert hall that needs saving.

Giveaway Details

To celebrate cover reveal week, Claire is giving away seven awesome prizes – seven prizes for seven different winners!

To win one of these prizes, simply comment on this post! The giveaway begins today and ends Thursday, February 7th. U.S./Canada only. Also, for more chances to win, don’t forget to comment on the first two cover reveal week posts at Icey Books and The Book Smugglers!


Thank you to Simon & Schuster Kids and Claire Legrand for being apart of Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids today. 

About The Book:

By: Claire Legrand
Published by: Simon & Schuster
To Be Released On (around): August 27th, 2013
Soon to be available for Pre-Order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes

12-year-old Olivia Stellatella and her father have sold all their belongings to keep her father's orchestra from going bankrupt. Now, they live out of suitcases in the back rooms of Emerson Hall, where the orchestra performs.

Olivia hates it there.

She hates her squeaky cot and shabby clothes. She hates her father, too, for being so obsessed with music that he drove Olivia's mother out of the house and got them into this mess. Most of all, Olivia hates the orchestra. It's the orchestra's fault that her father's the way he is. She can't wait for it to fail.

Until the ghosts come.

They're lonely, frightened, and stuck in our world. Only if Olivia and the 12-year-old usher, Henry, can help the ghosts solve the mysteries of their deaths -- deaths that are somehow related to the Hall's past -- will they be able to move on and find peace. But time -- and money -- is running out. The mayor wants to bulldoze the Hall to the ground, which would put Olivia and her father out on the streets and trap the ghosts in our world permanently. And other ghosts -- bad ones -- will do anything to keep them here. As the “ghosts of Emerson Hall” craze sweeps the city, Olivia faces life-changing family secrets and must fight for her life when her world, and the world of Death, collide.

THE YEAR OF SHADOWS is a middle grade ghost story about loss, magic, music, and the power of friendship - quoted from 

About The Author:

Claire is a Texan living in New York City! She writes fantastical stories, and her daemon is an ocelot but sometimes a unicorn. When presented with the choice to high five or not to high five, she will always choose TO HIGH FIVE. Her first novel, THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, due out August 28, 2012 fromSimon & Schuster BFYR, will probably give you nightmares. Or at the very least make you buy a nightlight. Her second novel, THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, due out Fall 2013, also from S&S, involves several ghosts, a girl who lives in a haunted music hall, and a rather insouciant cat. Her third novel,WINTERSPELL, due out in Fall 2014, also from S&S, is a young adult retelling of The Nutcracker, full of faeries, bloody swordfights, and forbidden romance. 

Follow Claire via her: Blog | Website | Twitter | GoodReads | Facebook | Tumblr

Changeling Blog Tour: Order of The Darkness & A Giveaway

Welcome to today's ORDER OF DARKNESS blog tour. Order of Darkness is the second book in the CHANGELING series by Philippa Gregory, and I'm thrilled to be today's tour stop. Today's tour question for me to answer is:

If you could go back in time, which era would you choose?

That's such a hard answer to pick, because there are so many era I'd like to visit. One of the era's I'm most fascinated by is late 1920's through the late 1930's. I think a lot of that has to do with growing up listening to my Grandmother vivid story's from her growing up during this. She easily painted the picture for me of what it was like growing up then, the good, the bad (the depression), and the fun. She talked about the fashion, the music, and really over all what society was like then. It's always intrigued me and left an impression on me and had me wishing that I could go back during that time just to get a glimpse of her life life then, and what the world was like.

I've also been intrigued with the Victorian Era for as long as I can remember, and my reading of this time period only fuels that. I feel like this was a time in our world's history that was all about change. Things were being invented, movements were slowly starting to happen, and let's face it, if I could I would choose to go back in the era that Will, Jem and Tessa (from Cassandra Clare's The Infernal Devices series) lived, I would in a heart beat. I'm sure picking this era is comical to those who really know me, as I wouldn't last long during a time when women were subjected to not really think for themselves, and weren't treated equally. If I could go back in time for a day or so I'm pretty sure I could control my outspoken, get it done myself, women can do a lot of (not all) the same things men can, don't tell me what to do attitude. I would totally drag Sophie with me, who'd most likely have that same modern day wit and charm I'd bring with me. That way we'd both get shunned and scrutinized together. Though instead of romping around the streets of London, she'd be off roaming the romantic country side of England playing coy with her beloved Mr. Darcy. ;) 

Though I am intrigued by the fashion of this period of time, let's face it, having to squeeze into a corset every day wouldn't be as fun as it first sounds. Sure if I really were able to step back in time and visit the streets of London, it would be a dirty, dangerous place for a women of standing to be. *snort laugh* I mean for any women, since the time I'd want to go to, women needed escorts and had their name and virtue to protect. Can you imagine having Jem or Will walking you around a London park? Okay maybe not Will since he seems like the kind of boy who would want to claim your virtue as his own, but you know what I mean. So I guess my answer would be Victorian London with Jem and Will, oh or wait, Sherlock Holmes was also around this time. Yes, I'm talking the Robert Downey Jr Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I'm totally picking this era to go back and visit. ;) 

What era would you visit? 

About the book
Dark myths, medieval secrets, intrigue, and romance populate the pages of this first in a four-book teen series from the #1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

The year is 1453 and all signs point to it being the end of the world. Accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery, handsome seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is recruited by a mysterious stranger to record the end of times across Europe. Commanded by sealed orders, Luca is sent to map the fears of Christendom and travel to the very frontier of good and evil.
Seventeen-year-old Isolde, a Lady Abbess, is trapped in a nunnery to prevent her from claiming her rich inheritance. As the nuns in her care are driven mad by strange visions, walking in their sleep, and showing bleeding wounds, Luca is sent to investigate and driven to accuse her.
Forced to face the greatest fears of the dark ages—witchcraft, werewolves, madness—Luca and Isolde embark on a search for truth, their own destinies, and even love as they take the unknown ways to the real historical figure who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.

About the author 
Philippa Gregory is the author of several internationally bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She lives in the north of England with her family and welcomes visitors to her website, Order of Darkness: Changeling is her first novel written for teens.

The Giveaway:
Thank you to Simon & Schuster and Big Hancho Media I have a copy of Order of Darkness:Changeling and this Limited Edition "Our Love Story Has History" tote bag (seen here) to giveaway to one lucky tour follower. 

Please fill out the form below to enter. 

Who Is Marcus Finch Clue #8

Welcome to Penguin Teen's Who is Marcus Finch? two week campgain! Over the next two week's myself and a handful of other fabulous blogs will be treating you to a daily quote/teaser, giving you clues into who Marcus is. Today's clue is:

Dying to get your hands on The Indigo Spell? Be sure here to by and read an excerpt from the book before it's out. Enter to win a copy of the book HERE

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, the Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive—this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood. -quoted from Goodreads

Be sure to check out the Bloodlines Website, and visit the Bloodlines Facebook page.

Clockwork Princess Snippet

Cassie has been treating fans to a lot of fabulous teasers lately. About a hour or so ago Cassie shared this new CP2 teaser with fans:

Tessa couldn’t help herself; despite everything, she giggled. “It laces,” she whispered. “In the back,” and she guided his hands around her until his fingers were on the strings of the corset. She shivered then, and not from cold, but from the intimacy of the gesture. 

HOLY CRAP I think I just died and went to heaven. I'd like to guess this is from a Jem / Tessa moment, but knowing Cassie, this scene is most likely taken out of context just to mess with our raging Shadowhunter emotions. LOL

MTV's 2013 Movie Brawl: A Shadowhunter Thank You / A Clockwork Princess Teaser

I had meant to post this the other day when both the official TMI movie page on facebook and Cassie herself shared a heartfelt thank you to all the TMI fans for taking the movie to 2nd place in MTV's 2013 Movie Brawl. This is a huge success considering our movie hasn't even been released yet. 

From the movie facebook page, they posted this image along with this message:

"We might have lost the battle, but Shadowhunters never quit.

THANK YOU for your dedication in getting us to the final round of the MTV movie brawl. They had this to say about you.... "

Cassie then shared this and had this to say:

The Hunger Games fandom: Congrats, you are awesome!
TMI/TiD fandom: Congrats as well, you are also awesome! Of course, I love you, and am biased, but I think in this case, bias is okay. It is so fantastic that you guys made it to the final round of the MTV movie brawl; I mean you beat Man of Steel and Iron Man 3 and Stark Trek: Into Darkness, and that is like, amazing. You should be crazy proud for coming in second. I mean, what came in second last year? The Hunger Games. 
As MTV says: “The strong showing from the Shadowhunters proved that the YA adaptation is a force to be reckoned with.”
Well, I could have told them you were a force to be reckoned with. :) And:

That is, actually, a phenomenal accomplishment, doing that well so early. Pat yourselves on the backs, love one another, and have a snippet from Clockwork Princess
Will looked at his sister. “And you don’t care about being a Shadowhunter. How is this: I shall write a letter and give it to you if you promise to deliver it home yourself — and not to return.”
Cecily recoiled; she had many memories of shouting matches with Will, of the china dolls she had owned that he had broken by dropping them out an attic window; but there was also kindness in her memories: the brother who had bandaged up a cut knee, or retied her hair ribbons when they came loose. That kindness was absent from the Will who stood before her now. Her mother had used to cry for the first year or two after Will went; she had said, in Welsh, holding Cecily to her, that they — the Shadowhunters — would “take all the love out of him.” A cold, unloving people, she had told Cecily, who had forbidden her marriage to her husband. What could he want with them, her Will, her little one?
“I will not go,” Cecily said, staring her brother down. “And if you insist that I must, I will — I will —”
The door of the attic slid open and Jem stood silhouetted in the doorway…

The Bane Chronicles gets a Photo Place Holder!

You guys! We have a photo place holder for The Bane Chronicles! You know what that means!?! We're that much closer to getting a real cover and it's release!! I can not wait! What do you guys think? I'm so excited Magnus will finally be on a cover. 

Here's what Cassie shared the other day:

Rule of thumb: THE SHADOWHUNTERS OF TUMBLR NOTICE EVERYTHING! Yes, that is the placeholder art for the Bane Chronicles. It isn’t the final cover, because they have to shoot a model for that, but it’s Magnus’ wizardy hand shooting blue fire, so that’s something!
This is Cassie’s tumblr background and if you save the picure its name is tumblr_static_banechronicles_placeholder.png
So yeah, Bane Chronicles but it’s a placeholder.
If you take a closer look, there are buildings in the background and maybe cogs (?) in the right corner.
Inspired by this post.
You guys noticed this. ;) Isn’t it pretty? Magnus’s colour is totally blue, and also I just think—well, I have never been part of such a FANCY endeavour before, so I was excited to behold this. A placeholder cover of great prettiness before the cover of great foxiness! (Trust me it will be.)