The Lunar Chronicles Pronunciation Guide

Posted on: 19th Jun 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

Due to popular request, I am finally getting around to creating a brief little pronunciation guide for all those lingering uncertainties!

 

I hope I’ve captured all the big ones here, but if there’s one I missed, please leave it in the comments. I’ll attempt to check back on this post from time to time and make sure it’s updated.

 

Adri: ah-DREE (Hindi)

 

Aimery: EM-mer-ee
Note: I say EM, as opposed to AIM, because I knew a guy named Aimery in high school and that’s how he pronounced it, but I have heard it both ways. And no, the character was not based off that guy, I just thought it was a cool name.

 

Benoit: ben-WAH (French)

 

Channary: CHAN-ner-ee (Cambodian)

 

Dataran: da-TAR-en
Note: I’ve been unable to find the ‘official’ pronunciation of this name, but this is how I’ve always said it. I think it’s a Malaysian name?

 

Erland: er-LAHND (rhymes with pond)
Note: One of the few purely made up names in the book, Erland is an anagram for his Lunar name, Darnel.

 

Farafrah: far-AH-frah
Note: Inspired by a real place in Egypt; sometimes spelled “Farafra.”

 

Fateen: fay-TEEN (Arabic)
Note: Some sources I see have one syllable for ‘teen,’ which is how I pronounce it, but some sources seem to give it an extra hitch, i.e. tee-EN. Do any Arabic speakers know for sure?

 

Garan: GAR-en (in which GAR rhymes with car)
Note: This is a name I thought I’d made up (therefore I also got to make up the pronunciation). I later learned that this is in fact an old Gaelic name, but I believe there it’s pronounced GAER-in… or something like that.

 

Iko: EE-ko
Note: I’ve always said EE-ko, as the name was inspired by the Japanese language, but the audiobook narrator says I-ko (or EYE-ko), so I’ll accept both.

 

Jacin: JAY-sin (rhymes with basin; or exactly like the name Jason)

 

Jael: JAY-el

 

Kai: Ky (rhymes with sky)

 

Kaito: Ky-TOE (long I, long O)

 

Kesley (Ze’ev Kesley, Maha Kesley): KES-lee
Note: Pronounced exactly how it looks, but I’ve noticed lots of readers misread it as “Kelsey.”

 

Letumosis: let-oo-MO-sis

 

Levana: le-VAHN-ah (rhymes with Donna)

 

Linh: linn (like the name Lynn)

 

Nainsi: NAIN-see (in which NAIN rhymes with plain)

 

Peony: I say PEE-uh-nee, but some people say pee-OH-nee, and that’s fine, too. (A peony is a type of flower.)

 

Ran: Pronounced like the verb “ran” / rhymes with “tan”

 

Rieux: ree-OO
Note: Scarlet’s hometown was inspired by a real town called Rieux-Volvestre in southern France, and it turns out I’ve been pronouncing it wrong all these years! (I’ve been saying “Roo.”) Thanks to the commenter for correcting me.

 

Rikan: ree-KAHN

 

Ryu: ree-OO
Note: It was not intentional on my part for this name to sound like Scarlet’s hometown of Rieux, but let’s go ahead and assume there’s actually some deep metaphorical meaning there. *wink*

 

Sybil: SIH-bul

 

Thaumaturge: THAHM-ah-terj
Note: I did not make this word up! I heard it for the first time in one of those Word-a-Day calendars while I was writing CINDER. It technically means “a magician.”

 

Ze’ev: zeh-EHV (Hebrew)
Note: This one is really tricky for us Americans, so here is a recording of someone saying the name.

 

Start reading RENEGADES!

Posted on: 23rd May 2017  /   Categorized: Marketing & Promotion

Has this been a month for reveals, or what? And they keep on coming!

 

 
1: RENEGADES is now a DUOLOGY!

(If you’ve been following along, you might know that this story started out a trilogy… then became a stand-alone. Well, now it’s back up to two books, and I’m 99% certain I’ve got it nailed down, HA! This definitely feels like the right course for Adrian and Nova’s story and I cannot WAIT to share it with you!)

Which is all to say… look for RENEGADES Part II (Title TBD) in Fall 2018!

 
2: Yesterday, Fierce Reads unveiled the brand new Universe of Marissa Meyer web site*!! (And it’s sooooo pretty!)

 

Check it out to learn more about my books, from TLC to Renegades!

 

3: As part of the big reveal, Fierce Reads is giving a sneak peek of RENEGADES! Sign up here to read the first chapters.

Enjoy!!

 

 

 
* The Universe of Marissa Meyer is still separate from this web site (marissameyer.com), which will continue to host my personal blog and newsletter.

My BEA / BookCon Schedule

Posted on: 18th May 2017  /   Categorized:

I’ll be at BEA and BookCon in New York City in a couple of weeks! Here’s my schedule – I hope to see some new and familiar faces!!

 

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 2

10:00 AM: Formal Autographing at Autographing Area Table 1
I will be signing 100 samplers of RENEGADES.

3:00 PM: AudioBook Tea
Location: Room 1E07/08
Panelists: Marissa Meyer, James Patterson, Daniel José Older Moderator: Alan Alda
Description: Four bestselling authors take the stage to discuss their craft, creativity, and inspiration, with a focus on the changing audiobook landscape.

 

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SATURDAY, JUNE 3

2:00 PM: YA Truth or Dare with Marissa Meyer and Laini Taylor
Location: Downtown Stage
Moderator: Cristina Arreola, Bustle.com
3:00 PM: Formal Signing in the BookCon Autographing Area
4:00 PM: Magie and Power Panel with Kami Garcia, Marissa Meyer, Maggie Stiefvater, Laini Taylor, and Daniel José Older
Location: Room 1E14

Cover Reveals: WIRES & NERVE 2 + RENEGADES!!!

Posted on: 16th May 2017  /   Categorized: Book Love

AAAAH! This past week has been INTENSE with awesome things happening.

 

First, we revealed the completely kickass cover for Wires and Nerve, Vol. 2: Gone Rogue over at the The Mary Sue:

Release date: January 2018

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And THEN… just yesterday we also revealed the cover for… RENEGADES!!! 

 

Release date: November 2017

Click through to visit the exclusive reveal at the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog and get a special sneak peek of the book’s first pages!

I love both covers so-so-SO much, but especially the cover for RENEGADES. It is everything I hoped for and more. In fact, it just might be my favorite of all my covers to date – and that is saying something!

*SQUEAL!*

The Reading Without Walls Challenge

Posted on: 3rd Apr 2017  /   Categorized: Book Love

If you haven’t heard the news yet, there is a fun new reading challenge kicking off this month, with the phenomenal Gene Luen Yang (one of my personal author/illustrator idols) leading the charge.

 

The Reading Without Walls Challenge

 

Everything you need to know about the challenge can be found here: http://read.macmillan.com/mcpg/reading-without-walls/

 
Essentially, the challenge is to read something that stretches your mind just a little beyond your comfort zone. You can pick to read something that fits into one of three categories – or perhaps read three somethings that fit into each one.

Once you’ve finished, post about it to your favorite social media using the #ReadingWithoutWalls hashtag.

I’m excited to do this challenge, and hope lots of people are going to join in!

 

My three picks for the challenge:

 
1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.

I’ll be reading: WONDER by R.J. Palacio (about a boy with a facial deformity).

 

2. Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.

I’ll be reading: THE SECRET SOCIETIES HANDBOOK by Michael Bradley (a topic that has long fascinated me, but never been explored).

 

3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun.

I’ll be reading: CRUSHING IT by Joanne Levy (as I very rarely read middle grade).

 

Are you taking the #ReadingWithoutWalls Challenge? Let me know your book picks in the comments!

The Renegades are Coming

Posted on: 24th Feb 2017  /   Categorized: Renegades

 

 

Sooooooo excited to be announcing my new book!!!

 

 

From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.

Extraordinary Powers.

She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone…except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

 

Sign up at FierceReads.com for ongoing updates about Renegades!

 

 

(For those of you who have been following me for a long time and really pay attention to this stuff – YES, this is the first book of what was previously called the Gatlon Trilogy, but now it is a stand-alone. Long story. But I’M SO HAPPY AND EXCITED to finally be sharing stuff about it, yaaaayyyyy!!!)

The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book Contest

Posted on: 14th Feb 2017  /   Categorized: Coloring Book

 

 

Here we go again, folks. It’s… CONTEST TIME!

 

THE CONTEST

 

YOUR MISSION: Color a page – any page – from The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book, illustrated by Kathryn Gee.

 

If you own the coloring book, then choose any page you like! If you don’t own it, you can still enter by downloading one of the coloring pages on TheLunarChronicles.com. (Under any character profile, click Download, then select Coloring Sheet.)

 

 

GUIDELINES

1. The page you color must be from The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book, illustrated by Kathryn Gee.

2. Use any medium you’d like. Crayons, colored pencils, paint, pastels, glued-on dried pasta shapes…

3. Open internationally. (Hooray!)

4. Please enter only once.

5. All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

6. This time around, the winner will be randomly selected, so it’s anyone’s game!

 

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

Once your page is colored, take a photo or scan it, then share it on your favorite social media site. Be sure to mention the Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book (and/or this contest) and use the #LunarChronicles hashtag.

Lastly, fill out the Rafflecopter form below, and you’re done!

 

PRIZES

Three winners will be randomly selected via Rafflecopter.

Each winner will receive:

– A signed Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book

– A signed copy of Wires and Nerve, 1

– A signed PanMacmillan (paperback) edition of Heartless

– A signed Scholastic (paperback) edition of Fairest

– Exclusive Wires and Nerve nail wrap decals from Espionage Cosmetics (these are so cool!!)

 

 

 

 

Happy Coloring, and good luck!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted on: 7th Feb 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

Confession: I love Valentine’s Day. I always have. Even long before I had a special someone to spend it with, I loved the idea of a holiday centered around love – romantic love, familial love, friendly and platonic love… it all makes me happy.

Plus, you know, the chocolate.

I know my appreciation for Valentine’s Day tends to put me in the minority this day and age, and that’s okay. To each his own.

And so, this year, we have a little something both for the Valentine lovers and the haters.

 

For the Valentine’s Day Lovers… Lunar Chronicles Valentines!

Yes, these were posted on my blog last year, but I had to bring them back, because I simply love them so much! (Plus, there could be new fans out there that haven’t seen them yet.) Each of these phenomenal valentines was crafted by a beloved Lunar Chronicles fanartist, and they each make me so, so happy.

On top of that, with the recent release of Wires and NerveI think the Iko valentine might have a few new shippers out there…

Right Click Any Image to Download

 

 

 

 

For the Anti-Valentine’s Day Folks… a #Heartless Sweepstakes!

Thanks to Fierce Reads, everyone* will have something to get excited about during this season of love and hearts, even if it’s just the chance to win an awesome #Heartless prize pack!

 

Enter Here for your chance to win one signed copy of Heartless, one box of cookie mix, one box of tea, one tea diffuser, one Heartless tumbler, and one Heartless t-shirt!

 

(*Sadly, by “everyone,” I mean U.S. residents, because my publisher can’t host international giveaways. Sorry!)

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