Well, this is it, you guys.
Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection comes out today, and while it’s still not 100% the end of the story (see last week’s announcement re: Iko-based graphic novels, coming soon!), I’m still feeling a little sentimental over the release of this collection. Because while the graphic novels continue some threads of the story set up in the books, this collection, with its wedding epilogue and happily ever afters, does feel like The End of the story that first started in a New Beijing marketplace with a mechanic, a prince, and a broken android.
So I just wanted to take a minute today to say Thank You.
You guys – you readers and Lunartics, fans and booksellers, librarians, artists and friends – have made the last five years of my life so unspeakably incredible. Though I think every writer dreams of things like bestseller lists and movie adaptations, I never in a million years could have imagined what it would be like to have a community of readers come together around my story, my characters, my world, and embrace it as fully as you guys have. Your costumes have made me smile. Your fanart has made me giddy. You have told me your personal stories of being strengthened and empowered by these characters and at times you have brought me to actual tears.
I spent my whole life wanting to be published, to see my name on the cover of a book and know that I had created that. But when you’re still learning the craft of writing and chipping away at your first (or second or third or fiftieth) manuscript, it’s impossible to imagine how this story you’re creating might one day go out into the world and take on a life of its own. How it can impact the lives of others. How it can bring people together. How it can spark feelings of joy or confidence or even a desire to change the world around us.
I didn’t expect that when I started writing these books, and it still blows my mind to see what the story has grown into. It’s grown so far beyond my own imagination – and that’s because of you. Because you guys embraced it and shared it and turned it into something that is so much bigger and more epic than a manuscript on my laptop, or a book held in your hand. You guys brought the story to life in a way I couldn’t have done on my own, and that means the absolute world to me.
I hope with all my heart that these books are merely the start of a very long writing career. This is all I want to do for the rest of my life and I hope to never lose that drive and passion for telling stories. But I also know that, whatever happens in the future, nothing will ever compare to my first published series and this amazing experience I’ve had with The Lunar Chronicles and my Lunartics.
Thank you. I hope you enjoy the finale.
With all my love,
First, check out this beautifully illustrated timeline for the upcoming A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS anthology!
(My character is the one from 1877!)
You could receive this image on a lovely, limited-edition print or postcard, plus get your book signed by some of the amazing contributing authors, when you pre-order it from One More Page Books!
A TYRANNY OF PETTICOATS: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers, and Other Badass Girls
Crisscross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Y. S. Lee
Do you live near the Seattle area? Mark your calendar for these TYRANNY events:
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00pm
Book Launch Party with Marissa Meyer, J. Anderson Coats, and Leslye Walton
Saturday, June 4, 5:00pm
Signing and Q&A with Marissa Meyer, J. Anderson Coats, and Leslye Walton
It’s almost February and I’m hitting the road again! I hope to see many Lunartics at these awesome events:
The STARS ABOVE Launch Party in Seattle, WA
Feb. 2, 7:00pm
University Bookstore (U District)
Please join me in celebrating the release of STARS ABOVE: A Lunar Chronicles Collection. There will be…
A Costume Contest
And my favorite… we will be raffling off an ARC of Heartless!
Oh, and I will also Sign All The Books.
Priority standing in the signing line will be given to guests who purchase Stars Above from University Book Store—in store on the day of the event or pre-ordered for pick-up at the event on February 2.
Or see me on tour at one of these other great events, where there will also be cool swag and amazing giveaways!
Salt Lake City, UT
February 3, 7:00pm
The King’s English Bookshop
Feb. 4, 7:00pm
Powell’s Books in Beaverton
Feb. 5, 7:00pm
Changing Hands Bookstore
Feb. 6, 3:00pm
Irving Public Library
Feb. 7, 3:00pm
Feb. 8, 6:00pm
Barnes & Noble
Coral Gables, FL
Feb. 9, 8:00pm
Books & Books
Can’t make it to any of those events, either?
The Feb. 9 event at Books & Books will be livestreamed to the interwebs, so anyone can join in the fun and shenanigans! You will be able to ask questions and even enter to win some really cool prizes.
Mark your calendars for Feb. 9, 8:00 EST / 5:00 PST, and watch the livestream here!
Do you or someone you know speak Spanish, Greek, or Thai? Or do you just think the foreign edition covers are super cool? Enter one of my current GoodReads giveaways!
(Open to US, Canada, and limited international.)
Do you guys realize that STARS ABOVE: A Lunar Chronicles Collection comes out in just THREE WEEKS?! It feels like Winter just came out yesterday!! (But for once, I’m so grateful that I don’t have to ask you guys to wait too long for the next book, ha!)
In celebration of the TRUE conclusion of The Lunar Chronicles (i.e., the epilogue short story “Something Old, Something New,” which includes a wedding), I’m hosting a little giveaway.
Just a complete signed set of The Lunar Chronicles.
That’s right. All six books – CINDER, SCARLET, CRESS, WINTER, FAIREST, and STARS ABOVE – could be yours! And the best part… it’s open internationally! You have three ways to enter – via Instagram and TheLunarChronicles.com, Pinterest, or Twitter. So share away, enter like mad, and good luck!!
#StarsAboveIsComing <~ Hmm. This just doesn't have the same ring to it...
Slightly behind schedule, but finally, here is my annual end-of-year reading post, where I analyze last year’s reading stats and look ahead to some books I’m looking forward to in the coming months. 2015 saw a severe decline in my reading time (56 books down from 100 in 2014!), but that happens with babies, so I actually feel pretty great for having read even that many. Seriously, thank heavens for audiobooks!! And also long flights during book tours…
Besides, if I was including picture books, this list would be much longer. By the way: Love Monster. So. Stinking. Cute!
All right, let’s get started with some numbers…
MY 2015 READING STATS
Total books read: 56
Breakdown by Genre:
Graphic Novels: 10
Middle Grade: 4
Fiction, not YA: 8
Further broken down into…
Thriller: 1 (evidently The Martian is classified as a thriller… I would have said space adventure, but whatever)
Young Adult: 28
Further broken down into…
Science-Fiction: 5 (but to be fair, 4 of them were mine…)
Contemporary Romance: 4
Contemporary Fiction: 3
The Never-Easy-to-Choose Top 10 Favorite Books of 2015
Alpha by author
1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
2. White Cat (and the Curse Workers Trilogy) by Holly Black
3. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
4. Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler
5. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
6. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
7. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
8. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
9. The Martian by Andy Weir
10. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (graphic novel)
And the Top 10 Books I’m Determined to Read in 2016
Alpha by author
1. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
2. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
3. The Rise of Renegade X by Chelsea Campbell
4. The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima*
5. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
6. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow*
7. Screenplay by Syd Field
8. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
9. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
* These two were actually on my “determined to read in 2015” list, but they were both trapped in storage until last week! This year, they’re at the top of the list.
MY COMPLETE 2015 READING LIST
1. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
3. We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg
4. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
5. After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
6. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
7. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross
8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
9. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (audiobook)
10. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo
11. Cinder by Me!
12. Scarlet by Me!
13. Cress by Me!
14. Fairest by Me!
15. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (audiobook)
16. The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O’Neil
17. Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams (graphic novel)
18. The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (audiobook)
19. White Cat by Holly Black (audiobook)
20. Red Glove by Holly Black (audiobook)
21. Black Heart by Holly Black (audiobook)
22. The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (graphic novel)
23. Dave Ramsey’s Guide to Money by Dave Ramsey
24. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
25. Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
26. Wonder Woman: Blood by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, and Tony Akins (graphic novel)
27. Justice League: Origin by Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Scott Williams (graphic novel)
28. Alanna by Tamora Pierce
29. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey
30. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
31. Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler
32. Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
33. Adapted for Film by Stacey Rourke
34. Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber
35. Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, adapted by Stacy King, illustrated by Po-Tse (graphic novel)
36. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
37. Serena by Ron Rash
38. Rat Queens, Vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (graphic novel)
39. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (graphic novel)
40. City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster (audiobook)
41. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
42. Lintang and the Pirate Queen by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)
43. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (audiobook)
44. Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck (audiobook)
45. One Simple Idea by Stephen Key
46. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
47. The Martian by Andy Weir (audiobook)
48. Morning Glories: Volume One by Nick Spender and Joe Eisma (graphic novel)
49. Morning Glories: Volume Two by Nick Spender and Joe Eisma (graphic novel)
50. Avalon High: Volume One by Meg Cabot (graphic novel)
51. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (audiobook)
52. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (audiobook)
53. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
54. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
55. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
56. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (audiobook)
What books did you love last year?
Happy reading in the New Year, everyone!
Waaaaaaayyyyy sooner than I thought it would happen… the HEARTLESS cover has been revealed (!!!), along with an exclusive new excerpt which gives juuuuuust a hint of budding romance…. *wink*
What is HEARTLESS?
If you’re reading this and thinking, Heartless, who, what? Allow me to clue you in!
HEARTLESS is my first stand-alone novel that will be hitting shelves this November. It’s a prequel to Lewis Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND that tells that origin story of the infamous decapitation-happy Queen of Hearts. In some ways it’s a big change from TLC (re: less science, more nonsense; less mechanics, more magic), but it’s still full of adventure, derring-do, and of course… one swoony guy. (At least, *I* swooned and I hope you will too!)
Here’s the official summary:
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
So…. what do you think of the cover?!
Look how COOL these turned out!!!
I’m so incredibly in love. Thanks again to Litographs for choosing to highlight Cinder with their wonderful and unique brand, and to our excellent designer, Snigdha! You can now purchase your own Cinder poster, T-shirt, or tote bag straight from the Litographs web site.