There are A LOT of fun things to look forward to next week! CRESS releases, the SCARLET paperback releases, plus #SaveCRESS Twitter Chats and Launch Party Livestreams galore!
If that wasn’t enough, Bonnie at A Backwards Story is hosting her third annual Fairy Tale Feature in celebration of CRESS!
Check out her blog all next week for:
– A guest post from yours truly, in which I share the contents of one of my secretive story folders for the first time EVER.
– A spoiler-free dialogue between my three amazing beta readers on their experience critiquing the book’s early drafts.
– Book Reviews
– Author Visits
– Giveaways, and more!
There can just never be enough fairy tale love.
#WeekofRapunzel / #SaveCRESS
The final (I hope!) CRESS book tour schedule is posted below! If you can’t come to any of the in-person events, I hope you’ll join us for our two virtual ones!
The #SaveCRESS Twitter Chat
Monday, February 03, 9:00 EST / 6:00 PST
As Macmillan lovingly pointed out – once that chat starts there will only be a FEW HOURS LEFT before CRESS is available!
The CRESS Launch Party Livestream
Tuesday, February 04, 10:00 EST / 7:00 PST
Fairy tales, music, costumes, Q&A, and more!
Watch the livestream at http://www.thelunarchronicles.com/featured
Tweet your questions during the livestream using #SaveCRESS and Marissa might answer them on stage. You could even win a Lunar Chronicles VIP prize!
THE CRESS BOOK TOUR – US & Canada
Tuesday, February 04, 7:00 PM
Karen Hille Phillips Center (formerly Eastvold Hall)
Pacific Lutheran University
See all the crazy details here.
Pre-order CRESS and get your event ticket here.
Hood River, OR
Wednesday, February 05, 6:30 PM
Hood River County Library
212 Oak Street
Hood River, OR 97031
San Diego, CA
Thursday, February 06, 7:00 PM
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92101
Corte Madera, CA
Friday, February 07, 6:30 PM
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
Saturday, February 08, 3:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
330 East 1300 South
Orem, UT 84058
Sunday, February 09, 4:00 PM
1107 Pearl Street
Boulder, CO 80302
Tuesday, February 11, 6:00 PM
2820 Towne Centre Blvd
Lansing Charter Township, MI 48912
Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 PM
Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
New York, NY
Thursday, February 13, 6:00 PM *note the changed start time!*
Books of Wonder
18 West 18th Street
New York, NY 10011
Friday, February 14, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
2325 Stemmons Freeway #401
Lewisville, TX 75067
Saturday, February 15
Montgomery County Book Festival
3200 College Park Drive
Conroe, TX, 77385
1:00 PM: It’s More than Just Robots & Outer Space: Science Fiction Author Panel
3:30 PM: Keynote Speech
Monday, February 17, 7:00 PM
603 North Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
481 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
Burnaby, BC, Canada
Saturday, February 22, 2:00 PM
Toronto, ON, Canada
Monday, February 24, 2:00 PM
Toronto Public Library
Toronto, ON, Canada
Monday, February 24, 7:00 PM
(Can’t make any of these events! Don’t worry – I have more coming up throughout all of 2014! I’ll post further details in the coming weeks.)
My newest short story, “The Little Android,” was released yesterday on WattPad! It was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid” and is set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
(It also features a cameo from a much-beloved cyborg!)
When Mech6.0, an unimportant android, saves the life of a handsome hardware engineer, her body is destroyed and a glitch is discovered in her programming. Androids aren’t meant to develop unpractical reasoning or near-emotional responses . . . let alone fall in love.
And true to fandom form, the Tumblr inspiration boards are already popping up! Check out this beautiful one from MocaMittel.
*Orlando Location Change*
The location of the Orlando Tour Signing on February 18 at 7:00 pm has changed.
The new location is:
Barnes & Noble #2998
481 N. Alafaya Trail
Orlando, FL 32828
*Two Canada Events Added*
Hey Canadian Lunartics! I hope you can make it out to one of these just-added events:
Saturday, February 22, 2:00 pm
Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm
*Fan-hosted Blog Chat*
Some fans are hosting a Lunar Chronicles fan-chat on Feb. 3 at 4:30p.m. (Eastern time??). Details are found in the comments here if you would like to join in!
This fantastic review popped up in the Shelf Talker newsletter yesterday! Twelve more days before the release!!
(FYI – it’s a tiny bit spoilery, so if you really hate having advance information, I suggest skipping this one!)
Cress by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends//Macmillan, $18.99 hardcover, 560p., ages 12-up, 9780312642976, February 4, 2014)
Marissa Meyer continues her brilliant bending of classic fairytales in her Lunar Chronicles with this riff on Rapunzel.
Cress lives imprisoned in a satellite, rather than in a tower. She is a shell–with none of the powers of most Lunars–but is also a skilled hacker and tech wiz. In Cinder, Cress warned the cyborg mechanic of the intent of Levana, Queen of Luna, to marry Emperor Kai, kill him and, from her seat as heir to the Commonwealth, take over Earth. Thanks to Cress, the Lunars have a complete surveillance system to track the emperor’s comings and goings. But that also means Cress knows how to dismantle the system.
As she did in Scarlet, Meyer crafts a self-contained story in this third volume, while building on the overarching tale of Cinder, whose impossible love for Emperor Kai and devotion to her adopted homeland, Earth, drives her to halt Queen Levana’s plan. If it is possible to ramp up the suspense, Meyer does so here, beginning with a failed attempt by Cinder and Captain Thorne to rescue Cress from her satellite. As with Rapunzel, the witch (here Levana’s chief thaumaturge, Sybil) lies in wait. The rescue turns into a part kidnapping (Sybil kidnaps Scarlet; Sybil’s pilot winds up on Cinder’s ship), part fortuitous mishap: Captain Thorne and Cress are thrown together, and both Cinder’s and Cress’s conveyances wind up on Earth.
Meyer takes the discussion of earth’s inhabitants, cyborgs and lunars, to a new level, drawing parallels to modern society’s fears of immigration and of “the other,” and the perils of information-gathering, eerily akin to the N.S.A. debate (Cress “knew intimately how much access Queen Levana had to Earth’s net and all those comms that Earthens mistakenly believed were private”). Meyer once again creates nuanced characters that grow in complexity–as Captain Thorne develops a moral backbone, Cinder discovers a dark side to her potential power (“More than anything, I’m afraid that… the more I fight [Levana] and the stronger I become, the more I’m turning into her”).
Meanwhile, Levana and Kai’s wedding date edges closer. Cinder discovers unexpected allies–and foes. Dr. Erland returns, paying a key role in revelations about the rampant letumosis plague, for which Levana possesses the antidote. Events unfold at a breakneck pace, and we won’t know for sure if Cinder’s audacious plan to halt Levana will work until the fourth and final installment, slated for February 2015. Readers will be anxiously orbiting until then. —Jennifer M. Brown
Shelf Talker: In Marissa Meyer’s third installment of the Lunar Chronicles, Cress, trapped in a satellite, holds the key to thwarting Queen Levana’s diabolical plot to rule Earth.
I saw the hashtag #DressforCress on Twitter a few days ago and got SUPER excited. (Pajamas and costumes making up my two favorite dress codes.) What better way to show your Lunarcy and celebrate Cress’s launch than dressing for the occasion?
Whether you’re coming to the Launch Party in Tacoma, WA, or any of my signings during the tour, or just heading to your local bookstore to pick up your book, here are some ideas for Lunar-izing your ensemble.
(And remember, if you wear a costume to the launch party, you could win a prize!)
Keeping It Simple
Red is the color of the series, and red hair accessories are particularly fitting for our Rapunzel tie-in! Choose from hats, ribbons, bows, and barrettes to represent Cress, or hark back to Cinder and Scarlet with red shoes or hoodies!
You could also cyborg yourself with hand-painted prostheses (for the artistic types) or these completely awesome android leggings.
Can’t go all crazy like? Hint at your geekdom with your favorite mechanic-worthy accessory, like this cool wrench pin:
For those of you who like to broadcast your awesomeness to the world, go all out with a Lunar Chronicles costume!
Cinder is all about the utilitarian, with cargo pants, work gloves, and a handy messenger bag.
Or get gussied up with a ball gown and silk gloves . . . just don’t forget the grease stains!
Scarlet, farm girl that she is, can generally be found in dirty tennis shoes, torn jeans, and, of course, her signature red hooded sweatshirt.
Cress is all about comfort in her satellite prison, with worn cotton dresses and bare feet . . . and long, long, long hair.
Or be devious with a villain costume! Levana and her veil or the thaumaturge coats (for those of you with sewing skills) could be really cool. If I do say so myself.
No matter how simple or complex you decide to go, I hope to see some fun outfits at the launch party and on tour! If you #DressforCress on February 4,please tweet me a picture—I want to see!!!
I get such a kick out of writing the blog tour posts every year! It’s like sharing all these quirky behind-the-scenes things that I’ve been hoarding all year long. 😀
The CRESS blog tour kicks off today! Here’s the full list of stops. On top of my guest posts, the tour is also full of giveaways, reviews, and more, so make sure to stop by each blog for the full Lunar Chronicles experience. Enjoy!
Monday, January 20 : That Artsy Reader Girl
In which I explain why I almost named Cress “Arugula” . . .
Tuesday, January 21 : Mermaid Vision Books
In which I share my “Ode to Spaceship Captains.” Yes, I wrote an actual ode.
Wednesday, January 22 : MacTeenBooks
In which I get a little nostalgic over the music that inspired the book . . .
Thursday, January 23 : Refracted Light Reviews
In which Meg Tao, Kai’s fan club president, is devastated.
Friday, January 24 : Love is Not a Triangle
In which I *squee* over some of my favorite Lunar Chronicles fanart . . .
Monday, January 27 : YA Bibliophile
In which I talk about my experience riding a real-live camel for research.
Tuesday, January 28 : The Irish Banana Review
In which I explain how I relate to Cress’s character . . .
Wednesday, January 29 : Forever Young Adult
In which I discuss the challenges of writing a quartet (and the third book in particular).
Thursday, January 30 : Alexa Loves Books
In which I talk about food. A LOT of food . . .
Friday, January 31 : FicFare
In which I discuss 10 things that changed from Cress’s early drafts . . .
Monday, February 3 : Mundie Moms
In which you can take a quiz to find out which Lunar Chronicles heroine you are . . .
(Posts from previous blog tours can be found on my blog posts Pinterest board.)
I *might* be biased, but I’m fairly certain that I have the most talented audiobook narrator in the history of… audiobooks. Rebecca Soler is AMAZING, deftly weaving in accents and voices for, oh, about EIGHT BILLION CHARACTERS. There are times when I’m writing a scene with lots of characters and feel legitimately guilty when I think about poor Rebecca, but she handles it with so much talent and energy and I just . . . I am really, really impressed.
Listen to the first chapter:
The CRESS audiobook releases the same day as the hardback – February 4! You can pre-order it now wherever audiobooks are sold.
Or enter this giveaway for a signed copy!