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!)

Wires and Nerve is here!!

Posted on: 31st Jan 2017  /   Categorized: News

 

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!

 

Wires and Nerve, the first of my Lunar Chronicles graphic novels, IS ON SALE TODAY!

 

I could not be any more excited. I truly love this book and am so proud to be crossing another childhood dream of mine (write a graphic novel!) off my list. It was immense fun for me to be able to revisit the TLC world and all my old Rampion friends, as well as to be able to give Iko a much-deserved tale of her own.

 

I sincerely hope you will all love it as much as I do!

 

Read more about the book and order your copy here. 

 

If you’re in the Tacoma/Seattle area, I hope you can come to tonight’s launch party – 7:00 at the Tacoma Public Library!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scenes #9

Posted on: 27th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #9

 

And here we are, the very last of the deleted scenes! I’ve saved the best for last – at least, this is my personal favorite, and one that I fought so hard to keep in some form or another in the books, but ultimately determined that it just wasn’t going to work out.

 

A little backstory…

 

As many of you know, I wrote the first drafts of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress during NaNoWriMo 2008. My goal for that month was to hit a total of 150,000 words. Well, on November 30th, with only hours left, my well was dry. I only had a few thousand words left to hit my goal, but I’d exhausted all my outlines and plans and my brain was mush, but there was one scene I had in my mind that, even at the time, didn’t fit anywhere into my plan for the story, but it just seemed like so much fun to write, so I decided to throw it in and see if I could make it fit later.

 

So I wrote the scene in the hours leading up to midnight, and it was weird and crazy and a little silly, but I loved it, and it became my favorite thing that I wrote that entire month. I also hit my goal, clocking in at 150,011 words.

 

Though originally I thought the scene would end up in Cress, at various points in the revision process I tried to make it work in both Scarlet and Winter. Of course, it didn’t work, but here – FINALLY – I get to share it with you guys anyway.

 

Enjoy!

 

From: Cress, 1st draft

 

Featuring: Cinder, Wolf, Scarlet, and Thorne (who was named Woods in this early draft)

 

Helpful set-up: As per my note above, this scene didn’t really fit anywhere into the story, so it’s a little difficult to place in the timeline of what ultimately happened. But, generally speaking – this would have taken place after Wolf and Scarlet joined the crew of the Rampion. Thorne is blind, but Cress is missing… I’m not entirely sure how they got separated from her, or where she is.

Not really important to this scene, but they also didn’t yet know who the Lunar Heir was… largely because, in those early drafts, *I* wasn’t sure who it was! I had arguments in my head for it being Cinder, Scarlet, or Cress, and had decided to figure it out for sure after the drafts were written.

 

* * *

 

*** PLEASE NOTE: I’m calling this scene PG-13, for language and suggestiveness. ***

 

“You know what this crew needs,” said Woods, dragging his spoon through the bowl of oatmeal, topped only with a bit of cinnamon, “is a cook.”

Cinder raised her eyebrow at him. His eyes were still unnerving to look at, their utter blankness filled her with pity.

“Well don’t look at me,” she said, then gasped.

Woods’s empty gaze shifted in her direction. “Hardy har har.”

“I didn’t mean that… I just… Anyway, I used to have to cook for my stepmother when the maid android was broken, and I always hated it. I’m not going to take it up again.”

(more…)

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #8

Posted on: 20th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #8

 

Technically you get two scenes today, since they’re short and they sort-of go together. You’re welcome!

 

From: Winter, 1st draft (or possibly the 2nd…)

 

Featuring: Scarlet, Thorne, Wolf

 

Helpful set-up: In the early drafts of Winter, there were a LOT of people getting captured and taken to the Lunar prison. In fact, one of the major revisions I had to do to the plot was trying to make it less repetitive with all those arrests!

So in this scene, Wolf has already been arrested (I don’t remember how/when), and now Thorne and Scarlet have been captured as well…

 

* * *

 

There was no sadness or worry or even fear as Scarlet stood between two Lunar guards in a dimly lit elevator descending down into the palace’s sublevels. There was only anger. Seething, boiling, simmering anger that had her face burning and every muscle ruthlessly taut.

Thorne, standing not two steps in front of her so that she could only see the side of his face, was holding in his emotions much better than she was. His expression was bordering on bored—complacent. He looked as though he expected to be taken on an afternoon stroll before being given milk and cookies and tucked into bed. Scarlet sucked in her irritation through her nose, almost envious at Thorne’s ability to appear so relaxed. It was certainly a gift.

(more…)

Two Weeks to Wires & Nerve!!

Posted on: 18th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Events

WiresandNerve_cover

 

We’re just two weeks away from WIRES & NERVE hitting bookshelves and I couldn’t be any more excited!!!

 

If you haven’t been following the serialization, get caught up here.

 

LAUNCH PARTY INFO

Though I won’t be going on tour for this book, I hope to see lots of people at the launch party in Tacoma, WA.

Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm

Location:
The Tacoma Public Library Main Branch
1102 Tacoma Ave S, Tacoma, WA 98402
(253) 292-2001

Details: 

I’ll be talking about the inspiration behind Wires and Nerve, and a little bit about my process for writing my first graphic novel and how it varied from writing a novel. Q&A and a signing to follow.

There will also be a costume show (SO DRESS UP!!), a face painter, a raffle, and a TLC coloring book station. Fun for the whole family!

Important: To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of Wires & Nerve from our awesome bookseller, King’s Books. Beyond that, however, I will sign all the books, so feel free to bring your whole set!

Are you coming? Let me know at https://www.facebook.com/events/1624209201207629/ !!

* * *

Can’t make it to the launch party?  You can still order a signed book! King’s Bookstore is happy to ship it to you! Order here or call 253.272.8801.

* * *

In other news, I am so jealous of the Wires and Nerve designer, who got to travel to the printer to see it coming off the press. Check out this super cool behind-the-scenes video and join me in the vicarious living!

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #7

Posted on: 13th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #7

(Part 2 of 2)

 

From: Winter, 1st draft

 

Featuring: Almost Everyone

 

Helpful set-up: This scene takes place immediately after Deleted Scene #6. Definitely read that one first!

 

Also, an interesting note about this scene – you’ll notice that I left notes for myself to describe Levana in a later draft. The reason is that, when I wrote this in 2011, I still didn’t know what she looked like under the glamour! In fact, I didn’t finally figure out Levana’s true appearance until I wrote Fairest nearly two years later.

 

 

* * *

 

 

Cress’s heart leaped when Captain Thorne’s voice filtered through the ship’s speakers, ordering the doctor to report to the pod dock immediately. Her knees gave out with relief and she sank onto a nearby crate, her immediate fear slipping away.

The captain was alive. He had returned.

But new fears quickly moved to take their place.

Who was in need of a doctor? What had happened on Luna?

Was Cinder gone, for good now?

(more…)

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scenes #6

Posted on: 6th Jan 2017  /   Categorized: Winter

I’ll be posting a new deleted scene or excerpt from The Lunar Chronicles every Friday through January 27, spanning the releases of The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book on December 6 and Wires and Nerve, vol. 1 on January 31.

 

SPOILERS WARNING: Even though this scene was ultimately deleted (or heavily altered), it still contains information and references to things that did make it into the book. I strongly encourage readers to enjoy the published books before proceeding!

 

Before we get to today’s scene, here’s a timeline…

A few questions have come up regarding the timeline of writing these drafts, so I thought I’d give a little timeline. As far as I can remember, the writing of this series went something like this:

Late 2008: Wrote the first drafts of Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, all at once, back to back.

2008-late 2010: Revised Cinder; sold Cinder to publisher.

Early 2011: Wrote the first draft of Winter. (I was seriously paranoid about the first book publishing before I’d “completed” the series, in case I discovered something that I wanted to go back and change.)

Early to mid-2011: Completed final revisions on Cinder, with editor’s input. Note: She was the one who suggested that maybe, possibly, I wanted to keep Iko around? Clearly, she was right! However, I only wanted there to be seven crew members by the time Winter joins the group (a la Snow White and the Seven Dwarves!), so if I was keeping Iko, that meant someone else had to go at some point… (Hence, the death at the end of Cress.)

2011-early 2012: Revised and turned in Scarlet. Iko rejoins the crew in second draft.

2012-early 2013: Revised and turned in Cress. It is virtually unrecognizable from first draft.

Early to mid-2013: Keep getting stuck trying to revise Winter.

Late 2013: Write Fairest. Learn a lot about Levana!

2013-early 2014: Revise, revise, revise Winter and finally turn it in after what seemed like AGES.

The end.

 

Lunar Chronicles Deleted Scene #6

(Part 1 of 2)

 

From: Winter, 1st draft

 

Featuring: Almost Everyone

 

Helpful set-up: This scene took place after Deleted Scene #5, in which Princess Winter had just joined the crew of the Rampion. Since then, Levana has learned that Winter is with the crew, and has offered a trade: Jacin, in exchange for Cinder. (DUN DUN DUN.) Cinder, being Cinder, agreed to the trade, and she and Thorne have left to meet with Levana and make the exchange.

 

Oh, and at some point Jacin tried to make a run for it and cut his hair in an attempt to disguise himself. That’s not really important, but I didn’t want all the fanartists to worry.

 

 

* * *

 

There was a sense of agitation in the ship. Winter could feel it not only in her own squirming stomach and humming nerves, but in all her new companions as well. No one had said much in the two hours since Cinder and the captain had debarked, leaving them all to wait with bated breath to see if the captain would return.

There was little hope he would be coming back with Cinder, and though that filled with Winter with anxiety—Princess Selene! Their one hope!—her thoughts turned more often to Jacin.

Jacin, beaten and bruised and in pain, tortured and treated like a criminal, like a traitor, all because of her.

(more…)

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