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.
Your votes have been cast and tallied, and we have a winner!
The grand prize winner for the Cinder Litographs Contest is… SNIGDHA!
Snigdha’s design is absolutely breathtaking and so full of eye-catching detail. I cannot wait to see it realized as a piece of Litographs art. I will carry my new Cinder tote bag everywhere!! As our grand prize winner, Snigdha has won a $500 cash prize from Litographs, a signed set of all 5 Lunar Chronicles titles, and, of course, her design will be featured on Litographs merchandise.
Best of all, I’m told that the Litographs products featuring Snigdha’s design will be available to purchase by the end of next week!! Just in time for the holidays! I will keep you posted once it’s up on their site.
Additionally, our six finalists will each receive a $50 Litographs gift card and a signed copy of either Cinder or Winter! You will all be contacted soon with information on claiming your prize.
I want to say thank you once again to Litographs for allowing my Lunartics to take over this important first step of their design process, and thanks so much to everyone who entered. There were so many designs that I would have been proud to see turned into Cinder merchandise, and I was once again reminded that I have the most talented and creative readers in the galaxy.
As always, you brilliant, talented Lunartics did not disappoint! We received 90 entries for the Cinder Litographs design contest and they were absolutely amazing. Litographs and I really struggled narrowing it down to these seven finalists!
But—narrow them down we did, and now it’s up to you to choose your favorite. Remember, on top of some phenomenal prizes, the grand prize winner will have their design turned into Litographs T-shirts, posters, and tote bags!
You’ve seen the finalists… now cast your vote using the form below.
Voting will end at midnight PST on Thursday, December 10. Good luck to all the finalists!
(Having trouble viewing the form? Click here.)
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.