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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Walker Books Designer Discusses New Look to UK TMI Covers

Maria Soler Canton of Walker Books is the designer responsible for the new, gorgeous UK covers. She did a post on Inkslingers explaining the inspiration behind the more mature, yet faithful to the original, look:
Our chosen route was to go with an iconic/illustrative cover look and a more sophisticated/mature approach. The aim with this was to use the following:
 - Beautiful, intricate and ornamental illustrations
 - A subtle color palette
 - A high spec: with foil and emboss on some of the cover elements
 We also thought about the hierarchy of the elements when designing the covers, making Cassandra’s name bigger, to create a stronger and more recognizable branding. We also added The Shadowhunter Chronicles to reinforce it.
Read the rest of the story behind the covers here.

So what do you think? Do we miss the drawn characters? Bare-chested Jace? I love the color palette and the intricate pattern of the drawings in the new covers.

U.S. Copper Gauntlet Tour Dates: San Francisco Bay Area and NYC

We are so excited to see Cassie and Holly again at the Kepler's signing. Will you be joining us?? e:

09/18/15 San Francisco Bay Area: Menlo Park, California Kepler’s Bookstore  Time: 7:00pm. Admission: $10.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Box office: (650) 324-4321.
Address: 1010 El Camino Real.

Come and meet Cassandra Clare, the #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices series and Holly Black, the award-winning #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), Doll Bones, The Darkest Part of the Forest, The Curse Workers series, and the Modern Faerie Tale series.

They will be discussing the second book in the wonderful Magisterium series that Publishers Weekly in a starred review calls, “A thrilling coming-of-age story that embraces fantasy tropes while keeping readers guessing.” * Three-book limit per author per person!

10/22/15 New York, NEW YORK 92nd Street Y Time: 6:00pm. Admission: $22.00. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St.

Master storyteller David Baldacci, whose new YA title is The Keeper, joins the bestselling partnership Cassandra Clare and Holly Black to discuss the new volume in their Magisterium collaboration, The Copper Gauntlet.

Catching up with Cassie

You may have noticed that it's a little quiet around here at Mundie Moms. Katie is enjoying the last bits of summer vacation, and I'm surviving the first week of school (how many trips to Office Depot/Walmart/Target does it take to get ALL the supplies for three kids? I think I'm up to 6 so far.). So, this is a catch-up post to the recent Q&As Cassie posted on twitter and tumblr.

As usual, there are spoilers if you're not caught up with all the published books, so proceed with caution!

Q. Hi Cassie!! So its been said that at Shadowhunter weddings both participants are given away by someone close to them. I was just wondering who did this for wessa at their wedding? And jessa if this was there at their wedding. Thank you!!!! — my-chemical-kay

Cassie: Yes, it’s been fun creating the Shadowhunter wedding customs — as we find out in TSFA, Shadowhunters brides aren’t given away by their fathers, but instead both bride and groom are accompanied by a suggenes, someone they are close to in their lives that they select. Could be a parent, could be a parabatai if they’re close — I’m sure Jace and Alec would select each other. We’ll find out in TLH who Tessa and Will picked, and also there’s a flashback to Jem asking Will all the way back in the time of Clockwork Princess. Jem and Tessa didn’t have a Shadowhunter wedding, so they didn’t observe that tradition. Magnus performed the wedding as I suspect he got ordained online from the Church of Snappy Dressing or something.

A Malec Week Snippet from Lady Midnight

In combing through Cassie's tweets, I spied a tiny Malec snippet from Lady Midnight

Malec by Cassandra Jean

 Q. Hey Cassie! I love your books and Magnus and Alec mean the world to me. Since it’s Malec Week, maybe we could have a MALEC SNIPPET? Preferably from Lady Midnight? Love you! Happy Malec Week! — magic-magnus-heaven-sin 

Cassie: Thank you so much, awesome username! :) I have had a reaaallly hard time finding nonspoilery snippets of Malec stuff from Lady Midnight. I found something TINY and I hope in combination with the set photo and Cassandra Jean’s drawing, it makes a contribution to the WEEK.

 Magnus grinned at her, sideways. “Anyway. It was no big deal for me to stop by here on my way to Buenos Aires.”
 “What’s in Buenos Aires?” said Julian.
 “Alec,” Magnus said.

HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU OUT LOUD by Karole Cozzo / Blog Tour: Spotlight & Giveaway

Hello and welcome to today's blog tour for HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU OUT LOUD. The newest YA release from Swoon Reads. I'm thrilled to host today's spotlight tour stop. Learn more about Karole Cozzo's new release from Swoon Reads, here, and enter to win a copy below:

By: Karole Cozzo
Published by: Swoon Reads
Released on: 8.4.15
Purchase from: Amazon | B&N
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Words are strong. Love is stronger.
When Jordyn Michaelson’s autistic brother joins her at her elite school, she’s determined not to let anyone know they're related. Even if that means closing herself off to all her closest friends, including charming football stud Alex Colby. But despite her best intentions, she just can't shake the memory of kissing Alex last summer, and the desire to do it again.

Can Jordyn find the courage to tell Alex how she really feels—and the truth about her family—before he slips away forever?

“Jacques and Kiki are intriguing chracters, strong and empathetic. Despite problems of culture, they find their way to friendship in a story that is beautifully crafted. A stunning debut novel.”
-Patricia Reilly Giff, Two-time Winner of the Newberry Honor (Lily’s Crossing and Pictures of Hollis Woods)


Karole lives outside of Philadephia, PA with her loving husband, eternally exuberant little girl, and perpetually pleasant little boy.  Hobbies include nursing a persistent Starbucks addition, eating way too much candy, emptying her wallet at Target, spending time with her family, decorating her home, and completing any other crafty project she can think of.  Karole has degrees in School Psychology, women's studies, and biology but has never taken a formal creative writing course, although she'd really like to one day. 
Author Website | @KACozzo | Swoon Reads

Thank you to Swoon Reads, I have 1 finished copy of HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU OUT LOUD to giveaway. To enter, please fill out the form below. US only, no PO Boxes. 
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