IT HAS ARRIVED.
As of today, Winter is officially out in the world, and I am a bundle of nerves and excitement and happy jitters!
I hope with all my heart that you will love this conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles. It’s been an amazing journey for me and I hope for you as well. Thank you all so incredibly much for coming along for the ride.
A few reminders:
If you’re coming to the Lunar Ball in Tacoma, WA, tonight – don’t forget to dress up and bring your non-perishable food item(s) for our Feed the Outer Sectors Food Drive!
If you’re not coming to the Lunar Ball tonight, you can still be a part of the celebration! Download the Periscope app to your smart phone or tablet, then follow @FierceReads. We’ll be livestreaming parts of tonight’s party beginning around 8:00 EST / 5:00 PST. (The official performance will kick off at 9:30 EST / 6:30 PST.)
We’re also encouraging guests to comment and post photos to social media using #WinterIsHere if you’d like to live vicariously through them.
I’ve taken over the @FierceReads Snapchat account. Follow for a behind-the-scenes look at my launch day and book tour!
And don’t forget about the current Lunar Chronicles Sweepstakes going on, and the upcoming tour dates, and more! All details can be found in this blog post.
Well, I’ve got a ball to get ready for, so I think all that’s left to say is . . .
So much to talk about today! Here we go!
One grand prize winner will receive a Lunar Chronicles sweatshirt, mirror, lip gloss, comb, makeup bag, an Iko USB, and a complete signed set of books!! You have until November 20 to enter, and lots of chances to earn extra entries, too. (This one is for US residents only.)
The Fanfiction Contest Winners are up!
All six winning stories have been posted and you can read them HERE, including the fabulous grand prize winner “The Princess and the Bug” by Lauren Lopez. It’s a fantastic Lunar-ized retelling of “The Princess and the Pea,” full of romance, technology, and a sweet little twist at the end.
I’m going on tour!
Can’t make it to any of the events? You can still follow @FierceReads on Snapchat! I’ll be taking over the account from November 9 – 20, and posting about all sorts of behind-the-scenes shenanigans.
Launch Party Livestreaming on Periscope
Speaking of behind-the-scenes shenanigans, if you’re totally bummed about not being able to come to the Lunar Ball in Tacoma, WA, on November 10 (which is going to be amazing), you can still live vicariously! First, download the Periscope app on your smart phone or tablet, then follow @FierceReads. We’ll be livestreaming events starting around 5:00pm PST, including a special announcement from yours truly.
Not tired of me yet? Then I hope you’ll join me and Grant Faulkner, the executive direction of National Novel Writing Month, for a one-hour webcast this Saturday. Festivities will kick off at 3:00 EST / Noon PST, and we’ll be talking books, noveling, Winter, writing tips, and encouragement. Follow along at http://www.spreecast.com/events/doubleupday-write-in-with-marissa-meyer.
Selene’s revolution is growing! If you haven’t done it yet, be sure to take a photo showing your support of the true Lunar queen and post it to Instagram using #JoinTheResistance and #LunarChronicles. If your location is turned on, it will appear on the Resistance Map.
Lastly, this just in: Winter is a GoodReads Choice Awards Nominee!
I’m super honored! You guys must have so much faith in me. *tears*
I know you haven’t actually read the book yet, but if you think it might be your fav read of 2015 and you want to keep it in the voting for the next round, you can vote here: https://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-young-adult-fantasy-books-2015
Okay. That it. I think I got it all.
A couple of announcements for guests who will be joining us for the WINTER Launch Party and Lunar Ball in Tacoma:
Be sure to don your finest ball attire…
Dust off your tiaras, evening gloves, and bow ties. There will be a Best-Dressed Contest during the festivities, and the grand prize winner will receive a fabulous Lunar Chronicles prize!
Support our “Feed the Outer Sectors” Food Drive…
Luna’s Outer Sectors are suffering from poverty and starvation, but we’re joining forces with St. Leo’s Food Connection to help those in need.
The first 200 guests to bring an item of non-perishable food will receive a special gift.
I’ll see you at the ball!
Calling all Writers, Costumers, Illustrators, and General Lunartics! Thanks to the success and enthusiasm from last year’s TLC Ship Weeks, it’s happening again. In fact, it’s happening TWICE this year.
Let the shipping commence!!
Here is some info straight from the Ship Weeks Tumblr:
WHAT IS TLC SHIP WEEKS?
A Ship Week is a specified week where fans draw/write/etc and submit pieces for a particular pairing. Ship Weeks of course implies more than one week of such festivities.
In other words, it’s a multi-week extravaganza where hundreds of TLC fans gather together to create, share, gush, swoon, discuss, and fangirl/fanboy over our beloved characters!
WHEN ARE SHIP WEEKS?
The second annual The Lunar Chronicles Ship Weeks will take place in two parts:
I. Mini-Ship Week will be the week leading up to the release of Winter from Sunday, November 1 to Saturday, November 7, 2015. Themes will be given for each of the 7 days; submit pieces for whichever ships you’d like!
Your themes are as follows:
II. The full Ship Weeks event will take place on Sunday, December 27, 2015 to Saturday, January 30, 2016, the 5 weeks before the release of Stars Above. It will feature the following ships and the corresponding themes (to be determined) for Days 2, 4, and 6 of each week:
Winter x Jacin
Cress x Thorne
Scarlet x Wolf
Cinder x Kai
HOW CAN I PARTICIPATE?
Submit any type of piece you want! Fanart, fanfiction, edits, quotes, headcanons, videos, music, cosplays, etc.
Don’t have time to go all out? That’s okay! We accept sketches, ficlets, or anything else you’d like to contribute!
Can’t draw? Can’t write? Can’t come up with any ideas? We hope that you’ll still participate by sharing and commenting on other people’s submissions! Feedback is always appreciated. Let’s be the best fandom ever!
Don’t use Tumblr or DeviantArt? We’re working to bring you TLC Ship Weeks on other social media platforms (Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) Suggestions and volunteers are welcome!
QUESTIONS? Check out the FAQ page for more info.
Okay, here I go, trying to get caught up on all the amazing things that are happening in the world of The Lunar Chronicles!
My news for today… we have a BRAND NEW WEB SITE!
Check it out: http://www.thelunarchronicles.com
The new site is so sleek and full of awesome things, but let’s draw attention to some of the big highlights:
The Map of the Resistance: This is my favorite new feature! Join the resistance and watch it grow!
Step One: Print out one of the super cool resistance posters. Step Two: Take a picture of the poster somewhere in your hometown (and/or a picture of yourself being a Lunartic, like wearing cosplay to the nearest coffeeshop or something). Step Three: Instagram your photo using the hashtag #JoinTheResistance and #LunarChronicles. Step Four: Watch the movement spread!
The Resistance Chat Room: Chat with other Lunartics and even a special guest hacker *wink wink* in the brand new chat room! I’ve heard there’s already been some fun roleplaying going on, which makes my geeky fangirl heart swell like you wouldn’t believe.
And don’t miss a special one-hour chat with me! This Thursday at 9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST in the Resistance Chat Room. I’ll be answering questions and making annoyingly vague statements like, “Hmm, I don’t remember what becomes of Character X, I guess you’ll just have to wait until November to find out!”
Sounds like fun, right??
New Teasers… all month long! The first of nine(?) brand new Winter teasers was released this morning, and more will be posted in the coming weeks! Prepare to scream in frustration as my publisher chooses the meanest place to end each one, bwahaha!
The Fanfiction Contest is currently being judged! There were hundreds of entries, so we’re running a little behind, but we will be alerting winners and posting the winning entry as soon as we can!
The Winter Pre-Order Campaign is still going on! Pre-order Winter and submit your receipt and you’ll receive a pair of Lunar Chronicles texting gloves and a sheet of sparkly flash tattoos! (Sorry International Lunartics, this promotion is for US and Canada fans only.)
#JoinTheResistance #LunarChronicles #WinterIsComing
Have you pre-ordered Winter? Do you plan to?
Then don’t miss this amazing opportunity to win TLC swag! Just submit your receipt and you could receive a pair of Winter touch screen gloves and a Lunar Chronicles shimmer tattoo sheet, which is just about the coolest swag I’ve ever seen.
(Small print: Offer begins Monday, August 31, 2015, and ends Monday, November 9, 2015. Offer only available to residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding the province of Quebec) ages 13 and up. )
In celebration of the release of
WINTER: Book Four of the Lunar Chronicles
You are cordially invited to a Lunar Ball
The ball is to be held at
Artemisia Palace The Temple Theater
at Tacoma’s Landmark Convention Center on Tuesday, November 10.
Doors open at 6:00p.m. Performance to begin at 6:30, followed by a book signing.
Light appetizers will be served. Additional indulgences include a photo booth
with Her Majesty’s mirror, a masquerade crafting table, dancing, and more.
Ballroom attire is encouraged.
Books will be sold during the event through Garfield Book Co.,
or you can pre-order your copy for advance signing here.
Admission is free and open to the public, but RSVPs on Facebook are appreciated.
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Can’t make it to Tacoma? Check out the rest of the Winter Book Tour stops below.
An anthology of historical YA short stories (in which I am a contributor) comes out next March, and they just released the gorgeous cover! It was revealed on USAToday’s HEA blog this morning, and it is stunning.
And while you’re there, check out the epic synopsis for the collection and the list of A-list authors. I am so honored to be included among such superstars, and I can’t wait to read what they all came up with!
(For those curious, I can tell you that my story takes place during the Deadwood Gold Rush, and it includes ghosts. OOOooooOOOOOooooo…)