1. Cover Reveal. Stars Above: A Lunar Chronicles Collection is coming out on February 2, and yesterday we revealed this stunning cover. I LOOOOOOVE IT!
2. Table of Contents. There will be nine stories in the Stars Above collection… including FIVE that are brand new! Here’s the complete list:
(NEW!) The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.
Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….
The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.
Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.
(NEW!) After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.
(NEW!) The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard…
The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.
(NEW!) The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.
(NEW!) Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…
(That’s right. We said wedding.)
3. Brand New Excerpt. Want a sneak peek at one of the new stories? We revealed an excerpt from The Keeper which can be read here.
4. Book Tour Schedule. And last in Stars Above news, I’m going on tour again! Here is the schedule of tour stops.
5. Livestreaming. Can’t make it to any of these events? I am delighted to announce that we are working with Books & Books to livestream the event on February 9 so that all Lunartics can be included in the fun! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information.
And in Non-Stars Above News…
6. The Cinder Litographs Contest. Entries are posted and they are so incredibly gorgeous! Voting will start later this week, but for now you can see all the entries here.
7. EMOJI KEYBOARD OMG. And last, but by no means least…
HAVE YOU SEEN THE TLC EMOJIS YET???? Because they are THE BEST THING OF ALL TIME.
Now available on iOS and Android, just search for them wherever you get your apps. (Warning: Once you download these, you will feel compelled to send emoji-filled texts to everyone on your contact list. It’s a pretty drastic side-effect.)
I know, I know, we’re all still super buzzed about the WINTER release (I hope you’re all loving it!), and now I have yet more fantastic news!
Over the last four years, I’ve hosted a number of design contests and Lunar Chronicles fans have blown my mind time and again. You’ve made bookmarks, stickers, the official seal of Luna, flags for the six Earthen nations, and you’ve even carved amazing Cinder pumpkins!
And now I am SO THRILLED to announce our most exciting contest yet!
THE CINDER LITOGRAPH DESIGN CONTEST
WHAT IS A LITOGRAPH?
Litographs is a company that makes art from books. Their designs are inspired by the stories themselves, then they stream the book’s text in place of the original pixels, so that the image is composed of the text itself. The result is a work of art you can actually read, and they are stunning.
That art is then printed onto T-shirts, posters, and tote bags for readers and book lovers to enjoy!
Check out www.Litographs.com to see examples of their work.
And now I’m working with them on an original line of merchandise inspired by Cinder, and you—yes, YOU, Lunartics—are going to help us come up with a Cinder-inspired design that will be turned into a line of Litographs products, including T-shirts, tote bags, and posters!
YOUR MISSION: Create a design to be used as the base for the original Cinder Litographs line of merchandise.
– The winning design will be used as the main art for the release of Cinder T-shirts, tote bags, and posters.
– Your design should be inspired by Cinder and/or speak to a key theme, or plot point, in the book. In other words, we want to be able to recall the book from your design. Note that your design should be Cinder specific, not general Lunar Chronicles. (I definitely recommend checking out their other literary lines for ideas and inspiration!)
– Your design should include graphics only. No text please (as the background will consist entirely of text!).
— Please do not use copyrighted images. All artwork should be your own creation.
– Open internationally. (HOORAY! Cheers and Fireworks!)
—Your design must fit the size and style qualifications as in the style guide below. That said, please do be creative!
HOW TO SUBMIT
– Please submit only one design. If you submit more than one design, unfortunately your work will be disqualified.
– Share your design on any social media of your choosing and (optional) tell everyone how excited you are about seeing Cinder represented on some awesome Litographs merchandise!
– Once your design is finished, USE THIS TYPEFORM to submit your design and contact information. Your design will later be posted to my Pinterest page.
– Important: By submitting an entry to this contest you grant rights to use this design in forthcoming merchandise, and in display and promotional materials. Please read the terms of service within the typeform for more information.
– All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Friday, November 27, 2015.
VOTING AND PRIZES
Once all entries have been uploaded to my Pinterest page, Litographs and I will select the seven finalist (Likes and Repins from fans will be taken into account). Those seven finalists will be posted on this blog and fans and readers will be able to vote for the grand prize winner!
6 FINALISTS will each receive a $50 Litographs gift card. This can be redeemed for posters, T-shirts, tote bags, laptop decals, temporary tattoos, and other great literary goodies, including those soon-to-be available for Cinder! Plus, a signed copy of either Cinder or Winter!
ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $500 cash prize from Litographs, a signed set of all 5 Lunar Chronicles titles, and have his or her design featured on Litographs’ Cinder T-shirts, tote bags, and posters to be available at www.Litographs.com and indie bookstores around the country!!!
I am so, so, so excited to see what you all come up with, and cannot wait to have my own Cinder Litographs tote bag!!!
Happy designing, and GOOD LUCK!
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. )