Mundie Moms

Friday, November 14, 2014

ROGUE by Julie Kagawa, Check Out This Cover!

Check it out! Yesterday Harlequin Teen revealed the cover to ROUGE, the sequel to Julie Kagawa's TALON, yesterday! Just in case you missed it, I've got it here:

What a fabulous cover. I love the Dragon marks on the top right hand corner. Look at the blue scales! 
Can this book already be out please!?


By: Julie Kagawa
Published by: Harlequin Teen
To Be Released on: 4.28.15
Add it to Goodreads

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant. 

Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. 

A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?

I can't wait to read this one! I love TALON, but I have a feeling ROGUE will be even better.

Universal Options Author Gayle Forman's Just One Day & Just One Year!

HUGE Congratulations to Gayle Forman! Last night she tweeted the exciting news that Universal has optioned JUST ONE DAY & JUST ONE YEAR!!! The Holly Reporter announced the news here. Here's a little bit of that news: 

Universal Pictures has optioned the bestselling YA novels Just One Day and its follow-up Just One Year, both written by Gayle Forman, with a plan to combine both into a single feature love story.
Fake Empire heads Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are on board to produce through their Universal-based shingle. 

Just One Day and Just One Year follows the story of a young couple who meet and share one incredible day (and night!) together only to be separated, spending the next year looking for each other and finding themselves along the journey.

One Day, released Aug. 20, 2013, told the story from the young woman’s point of view while One Year, published in September 2014, told the young man’s story.
Congratulations to Gayle! This is just exciting news. Please go here to read more of The Hollywood Reporter's article about the movie announcement. 

COURT by Cat Patrick, Spotlight: Author Q&A, Read an Excerpt & Enter To Win!

Hello & welcome to today's book spotlight. I'm thrilled to feature COURT, Cat Patrick's newest release on the blog today. Along with today's spotlight I've got an excerpt of the book for you to read, a Q&A with Cat, and a giveaway! Before I tell you more about those, here's a little bit about the book:

By: Cat Patrick
Released on: 10.23.14
Add it to Goodreads
Purchase it from Amazon 

For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn't. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon -- and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon's lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he's assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve -- or destroy -- everything, depending on your bloodline.

Money. Love. Power. Community. What's your motivation?

Sounds like an intriguing read right? I'm looking forward to reading it. If you've not yet read the book, check out an excerpt below:

Read An Excerpt 

It was supposed to be study time. Every Sunday evening between five and eight o’clock, the halls of the boarding school known as Eurus Academy were silent, the common spaces deserted. Students were either in their rooms or at the library—where all that could be heard was the rustling of pages, the clacking of keyboards, and the gurgle of bodily noises that only seemed to present themselves during the quietest of moments.
It was a time for students to feed their minds.
Instead, Gwendolyn Rose, first daughter of the Duke of Coal, was preparing to sneak out and feed her soul.
Right after she addressed the knock on the tower door.
“Just a second!” Gwen called in a voice some people said sounded like her mother’s, buttoning her generic uniform cardigan. She made sure the backpack on the bed was zipped and the trunk by the footboard was locked. She smoothed her raven hair and opened the door.
“Margaret’s back,” her longtime friend Hope blurted out, going up on her toes like a child, making her blond waves bounce and her glasses slide down her freckled nose. “We’re meeting at the library and she’s going to tell me all about Boston. I still can’t believe she went to the Democracy. Her parents must have had to pay a fortune!”
Citizens were allowed out of the Realm, but only after paying the king a leave tax determined by social standing and other unknown factors. It was much harder for a commoner to leave than a courtier—and even courtiers couldn’t cross the borders into one of the Democracy’s states more than a few times per year without very special permission.
“Would you like to come hear about her trip?” Hope continued. “How was your weekend, by the way?”
Since kindergarten, Hope had spoken like she thought you’d stop paying attention if she didn’t get it all out quickly enough.
“My weekend was fine, thank you,” Gwen said calmly, playing a part. “It was nice to see my parents,” she lied. “I read, spent some time with my sister, and helped around the house.”
“It sounds fulfilling,” Hope said.
If your idea of fun is hanging out with your family.
“It was.”
“So, the library?” Hope pushed up her glasses and looked at Gwen expectantly.
“I’m meeting my cousin in Stuart.” It felt strange to articulate the excuse that Gwen had been rehearsing for an hour in her head. “I did my work earlier.”
Ever trusting, Hope didn’t waste energy trying to figure out which cousin Gwen was planning to meet—or why. She just told her to have a nice evening and left.
Backpack slung over her shoulders, Gwen stepped into the corridor and shut the door behind her. As with many things in Eurus, there were silent reminders of hierarchy here.
The sleeping floors of Eurus Academy had regular dorm rooms lining the hallways, but at the corners, there were four, single-occupancy tower rooms. Larger, with ornate rugs covering the wood flooring and special heating units to warm the stone walls, the tower rooms were for the oldest from the five, non-royal families: Coal, Wind, Tourism, and Oil.
Since the inception of the Realm, when the Democracy still hadn’t discovered it, Natural Gas had been the king’s resource. Sons and daughters of the king slept in the castle—not on campus—so there was no tower room for the Natural Gas family.
The oldest girls from the Families slept on the sixth floor; boys on the fifth.
Gwen tapped down three Italian marble steps to the plush carpeting, the Medieval feel of the secluded corner tower giving way to a modern-baroque hallway with cream-colored walls papered from chair height up with sweeping blooms in varying shades of light blue, metallic on matte.
She looked right toward the northwest tower, which belonged to the Brevard family. Specifically, it belonged to Josephine Brevard. Haakon had no idea, but Gwen had seen him leaving that room recently. She hadn’t minded: Gwen had no interest in Haakon. The time to worry about that was many years down the road.

This book has a map!! I love maps with books, and totally had to share this with you. Now I want to read the book that much more to find out more about each the sections on the map. 

Q&A with Cat Patrick

Thank you to the publisher, I've got a few questions and answers that Cat has answered to share with you. *All questions were provided by the publisher.

What advice do you have for aspiring authors?

From one of my six-year-old daughters: “Think of something that happened to you. Touch and tell across pages. Write a quick sketch so you don’t forget. Then write the words.”

I’m not kidding. She just said that.

For me, I think the most important thing is to just do it. I hear from people all the time: “I want to publish a book.” And they haven’t written the book yet. Also, unlike my kiddo, I purposely don’t write down book ideas—or sketch them. If I forget them before it’s time to write then you’ll forget them before it’s time to read.

Can you tell us about your first book. What would readers find different about the first one and your most recent published work?

Forgotten, is about a girl who remembers the future instead of the past. It’s a romance and a mystery and I still love my first book baby. What’s different about Court is that it’s a bigger world told from more perspectives. Ultimately, though, no matter the scale of the world, the most important thing in my books is the depth of the characters and relationships between them. I hope readers will find that even though Court is urban fantasy and on a larger scale, it’s still very “me.”

Does music play any type of role in your writing?

I find inspiration from alternative bands like The National, Arcade Fire and Band of Horses, but I can’t write with music or noise of any kind. My daughter wants to tell you that she is inspired by, “we will we will rock you.”

Who are some of your writing mentors?

I find inspiration from every good book I read. I’d recently finished Justin Cronin’s The Passage as I was getting going on Court, and it inspired me to be more thoughtful about description of landscapes, for example.

Who are your favorite authors, past and present?

I would like to have a dinner party with Ray Bradbury, J.K. Rowling, Gabrielle Zevin, Rainbow Rowell, Harper Lee, Stan Lee and Neil Gaiman.

About Cat Patrick
Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books ForgottenRevived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.
As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters, and is on Twitter @seecatwrite, or Facebook at authorcatpatrick.
Cat once…
• Interrupted Warren Beatty’s lunch to snap a picture with him.
• Appeared on a game show, but not as a competitor.
• Climbed a 50 foot tower and rappelled back down. (At least she thinks it was 50 feet.)
• Met Muhammad Ali.
• Was on the high school golf team.
• Got a tattoo.
• Was pooped on by a dolphin.
• Performed a high kick routine to Personal Jesus.
• Interviewed Carmen Electra.
• Worked as a “concessionist” at a movie theater.
• Met the guy who created Sonic the Hedgehog.
Cat likes… Crunchy snacks, decaf nonfat lattes, mint chip ice cream, Alan Rickman, zombies from afar, traveling, reading, easy hikes, challenging plotlines, stargazing, silly hats, and boots.
Cat dislikes… Talking on the phone, socks with holes, zombies close up, the flu, mean people, touching ice, copyedits, flying, spiders, squeaky windshield wipers, black licorice, and salmon.
Find Cat

The Giveaway
Enter to win 2 sets of signed copies of ALL of Cat's previous books (4 in all!)
a Rafflecopter giveaway

FanArt Friday

Happy Friday!

I love this fanart that Cassandra Clare shared earlier in the week via Tumblr. 
Here's what Cassie said,

Aw. The final final scene of TMI. Does Alec actually know anything about astronomy?
“Freely we serve
Because we freely love, as in our will
To love or not; in this we stand or fall.”
-City of Heavenly Fire
ㅠ.ㅠ cue happy tears
This is such a great picture. I've said this many times before, but I think the TMI/ID fandom has some of the best artists. Also, I vicariously live through each of you, since I have zero artist ability. Thank you for sharing your talents with the rest of us. Your artwork is amazing.