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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ana Gasteyer Interviews Ann Brashares About Her New Release: The Here and Now

Guess who's in town TONIGHT?! Ann Brashares! She's signing her new release THE HERE AND NOW tonight at Book People at 7 pm! 

Published by: Random House
Released on: April 8th, 2014
Purchase it from Amazon | Barnes & Noble | *signed copies will be available from Book People. 
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An unforgettable epic romantic thriller about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

This is the story of seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. 

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. 

But everything changes when Prenna falls for Ethan Jarves. 

From Ann Brashares, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, The Here and Now is thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking—and a must-read novel of the year.

While we patiently wait for seven o'clock to roll around, check out this hilarious video of Ana Gasteyer interviewing Ann. 

Torchwood Star, Gareth David-Lloyd Narrates TBC: The Course of True Love

TMI Source shared an exclusive clip of Gareth David-Lloyd reading the last of The Bane Chronicles: The Course of True Love (and First Dates). You can listen to his dreamy voice below:

Gareth in the studio:
"Torchwood" star, Gareth David-Lloyd reading The Course of True Love in the studio.

Chantress Alchemy by Amy Butler Greenfield, Book Trailer Reveal & A Giveaway

Hello & Welcome to today's exciting Book Trailer reveal for Amy Butler Greenfield's CHANTRESS ALCHEMY!!! I'm so thrilled to be apart of today's reveal. Check out this awesome trailer!

About The Book

By: Amy Butler Greenfield
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books
To Be Released on: May 6th, 2014
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Hold Fast to Your Secrets
Since defeating Lord Scargrave with her music, Lucy, the last Chantress, has lived by the sea, mastering the intricacies of Wild Magic. But now her quiet life is about to end: the wheat crop has failed, the people are rebelling, and Lucy is called urgently back to King Henry IX’s court. There she finds the Inner Council planning to save England by making gold through alchemy. But the golden crucible—the critical element in the alchemical process—has been stolen, its guards murdered. Lucy is charged with finding the traitor behind the attack.
Meanwhile, enemies old and new are gathering. Scargrave's brutal Chantress-hunter has become King Henry's closest advisor. Lucy’s beloved Nat has fallen out of favor and is shunned by his colleagues; their romance means trouble for both of them. Worst of all, something goes wrong with Lucy’s magic. The palace is a labyrinth, and there’s a monster at its heart—a monster who may have the power to defeat Lucy once and for all.
Amy Butler Greenfield returns to the beguiling world of Chantress for a suspenseful tale of courtly intrigue, music, and magic in Chantress Alchemy.

About The Author

Amy Butler Greenfield was on her way to a history Ph.D. when she gave into temptation and became a writer. Among other honors, her books have won a PEN/Albrand Award, the Veolia Prix du Livre Environnement, and a Beacon of Freedom Award.
Amy grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State and went to Williams College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Marshall Scholar at Oxford, she studied Renaissance Europe, imperial Spain, and colonial Latin America. She now lives with her family on the edge of the Cotswolds in England, where she writes, reads, and bakes double-dark-chocolate cake.
She loves music, romantic adventure, history, quirky science, and suspense, which explains how she came to write her first YA novel, Chantress. Her next book,Chantress Alchemy, will be published in May 2014.

Visit Amy via her Website | Blog | Twitter | Goodreads

The Giveaway
Thank you to Amy and Simon & Schuster, one lucky commenter will be entered to win a copy of Chantress Alchemy. *US only, standard Mundie Moms giveaway rules apply
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Thoughtful Thursday: Altered Perceptions Anthology to Help Robison Wells

I spied a tweet a few days ago from Shannon Hale with a link to her post, "What Do Writers and Mental Illness Have in Common?" Here's a little of what she said:

When a writer needs help, what do fellow writers do? We write! (Let’s be honest, it’s all we know how to do. We literally have zero other skills.) Due to his debilitating mental illnesses, fellow writer Robison Wells (Variant) and his family have crippling debt. In support of Robison Wells, his brother Dan Wells (I Am Not a Serial Killer) and Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Steelheart) have put together Altered Perceptions, a stellar anthology with contributions from 30 professional authors. For $10 buy the ebook, for $25 a hardcopy, with every dime going to the Wells’ family debt (Brandon Sanderson is swallowing all the overhead).

Please go to the Indiegogo page and pledge your money! Great stuff for a great cause! My own contribution is a short story. As of this moment, the only people in the world who have read this short story are my husband and Kiersten White. I hesitate to describe it for fear of spoi

ling it. But it’s safe to say my readers haven’t read anything like it from me before. I anticipate some people might be shocked by it, but I like it. I wanted to participate in this fundraiser not only because I know and like Robison, but because mental illness is a personal matter for me. Like all of you I’m sure, there are dear people in my life who have to claw their way through every day battling a mental illness. It’s common. It’s biological. It’s not their fault. It’s not laziness or a bad attitude or a result of bad choices. It’s a disease like cancer or any other. I appreciate how open Robison is about his own struggles. He is helping to remove the stigma of mental illness. It’s something we could all acknowledge a little more.

I think it's very safe to say that all of our lives have been touched by mental illness whether in our family or our friends or ourselves. Shannon's words definitely touched me, so I headed over and pledged. Just think, Mundie Moms, a $10 contribution is about what you'd pay for an ebook or a YA paperback. You get an amazing anthology in return. I think it's worth it and I hope you consider contributing if you are able.

Here's the link one more time. We all know how very generous our Shadowhunter community is when it comes to moments like this. Have a fabulous Thursday.