The Annual Audiobook Month Giveaway

Posted on: 9th Jun 2014  /   Categorized:

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

Congrats to our winners, Shiela and Alex! You will be contacted shortly.

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June is National Audiobook Month, and we’re celebrating today by giving away – what else? Audiobooks!

The Lunar Chronicles audiobooks are narrated by Rebecca Soler, who does an amazing job at bringing the characters and story to life. I’m so thrilled to be working with her and Macmillan audio! (Even though I didn’t really do anything… except, you know, write the books.)

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You can listen to the first chapter of the Cress audiobook here:


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And now here’s your chance to own it! I have TWO Cress audiobooks hanging out in my giveaway stash, so they’ll soon be going home to two lucky winners.

How to Enter: Easy! Leave a comment to this blog post, answering the below question. Last year I asked why you love audiobooks, and the year before that I asked what your favorite audiobook is. For this year’s question, how about…

If you’ve listened to any Lunar Chronicles audiobooks, which character voice/accent do you love the most? If you haven’t listened to them, which character are you most looking forward to hearing brought to life?

(Open internationally. Two randomly selected commenters will be chosen and contacted on Monday, June 23.)

Important note #1: If you’re reading this on an outside feed, such as Goodreads, please click through to the original post on http://www.marissameyer.com/blog to leave your comment.

Important note #2: Sometimes my web site decides to randomly pick on someone and not let them leave a comment. if you receive an error message, please use the contact link at the top of this page to let me know and I’ll manually approve your comment.

Good luck and Happy Audiobook Month!

Announcing the Lunar Chronicles Fan Video Contest!

Posted on: 19th May 2014  /   Categorized: Giveaways

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I interrupt this blogging hiatus (again) to announce that there are big things a-brewing.

 

This summer, my publisher and I will be making an announcement regarding the Lunar Chronicles and some awesome things that you guys have to look forward to. I am really excited about it and I think you will be, too!

 

(And before you guys get all a-twitter, I will tell you that it’s not movie- or TV-related. But it IS big.)

 

In preparation for the big announcement, Macmillan is hosting their first ever fan video contest!

 

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To Enter: Create a video where you tell us why the Lunar Chronicles is THE BEST THING EVER, who your favorite character is, and why you’ll love them forever. Upload the video to YouTube and submit the link with the rest of your information here to enter the contest!

 

One grand prize winner will receive a Lunar Chronicles-branded tablet filled with Lunar Chronicles goodies, a signed set of CINDER, SCARLET, and a personalized CRESS by Marissa Meyer, and an exclusive sneak peek at book four! (Whoa, even I didn’t know about the sneak peek until I copied this from the contest’s entry page, lol!)

 

Five first place winners will receive a signed set of CINDER, SCARLET and CRESS by Marissa Meyer, and an Iko-branded USB filled with Lunar Chronicles goodies.

 

The rest? You’ll win eternal Lunar Chronicles and Internet glory!

 

The contest deadline is June 13, so be sure to submit your entry by then. GOOD LUCK!

 

Our Big Announcement will come later in June—stay tuned for more info!

 

 

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P.S. I asked my publisher about the age and US-only thing, and here is their response:

 

Anyone over the age of 13 is able to submit a video but only people over 18 and in the US are qualified for the prizing. This is because YouTube doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18 to be qualified for promotions.

We just published a blog post on MacTeenBooks to try and help clarify: http://www.macteenbooks.com/contest-2/lunarchronicles-madness/

We set up a separate giveaway for people 13 and up in the US and Canada to spread the love as far as possible: http://www.macteenbooks.com/giveaways/lcsweeps.php

And the Total Readathon Donation comes to . . .

Posted on: 28th Apr 2014  /   Categorized: Book Love

Huge thanks to Felicia from The Geeky Blogger for inspiring me not only to join the Readathon last weekend but also to read for charity for the first time. I think this is a brilliant idea and I’ll definitely continue it in the future!

And thanks to everyone who read and posted and commented and donated during the Readathon. Way to be awesome, book people!

Time for Some Dollar Amounts:

 

My Earned Donation: $114.00

 

Donations from other readathonners:
Felicia S. (@thegeekyblogger): $266.00
Lucy @ The Reading Date: $100.00
Vivienne (Muse): $35.00
Melanie Simmons (@MLsimmons): $75.65
Peta @ The Bookling: £50 (= $84.00)
Jenna: $50.00

Equaling $610.65 for a variety of charities!

 

Bonus! Readathonners who read from Lunar Chronicles earned:
Vasilly: Cress for $5.00
Anna: Cinder for $5.00
Laura: 2 Short Stories for $4.00
Lucy @ The Reading Date: 3 short stories for $6.00
Jenna: Cinder for $5.00
Felicia S.: Cress for $5.00
Sarah: Scarlet for $5.00
Nadia: Cinder for $5.00

Equaling: $40.00!

 

ALL FOR A GRAND TOTAL OF…. $764.65!  *high fives*

 

I’ll be making the donation to Reach Out and Read today. Well done, everyone.

 

I now return you to your regularly scheduled blogging hiatus.

Readathon Progress

Posted on: 26th Apr 2014  /   Categorized: Book Love

Good morning and welcome to the 24-Hour Readathon!

 

I’ll be balancing my reading time while also taking part in a massive community garage sale, so… there might not be a whole lot of reading the first part of this day. (Oppositely, it might rain all day, and then I shall Read All The Books!)

 

I am not a fast reader, so I have a fairly light goal for the day of four books. (Which would equal $80.00 for my charity: Reach Out and Read.) Anything extra is bonus!

 

First up: Choker by Elizabeth Woods

 

I’ll be posting my progress right here, and on Twitter, when I can.

 

Progress Report

5:00 a.m.

Now Reading: Choker by Elizabeth Woods  (okay, I’m probably still sleeping, but I will be reading this when I wake up, and get my garage sale underway…)

Hours missed: 0
Books read: 0
Money Raised: $0.00

 

 

5:00 p.m. – half way!

Our garage sale is finally over! Next up: a relaxing bubble bath and book #2.

Now Reading: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Hours missed: 5
Books read: 1
Money Raised: $43.00

 

8:30 p.m.

Two fantastic books so far! I’m switching it up now with a graphic novel that’s been on my list for AGES.

Now Reading: Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon

Hours missed: 5.5
Books read: 2
Money Raised: $68.00

 

10:00 p.m.

I am starting to feel a little sleepy… but determined to meet my four-book goal!

Now Reading: The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski

Hours missed: 5.5
Books read: 3
Money Raised: $88.00

 

 

Midnight – tapping out!

I made it to midnight before my eyes got too heavy. Halfway through The Winner’s Curse and absolutely loving it! But unfortunately I couldn’t make my four-book goal… ah well. Good progress was made, and money was raised!

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My final stats:

Hours missed: 10.5 ($21.00)
Books read: 3.5 ($70.00)
Blog comments: 20 ($20.00)

For a total of $111.00 for Reach Out and Read!

On Monday I’ll total it up with my matched amounts from other read-for-charity readathonners as well and let you know what it all adds up to!

 

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Are you Reading, too?

Leave a comment on this post, let us know what you’re reading, and leave a link to your blog or twitter feed where readers can go cheer you on!

 

Are you Reading for Charity?

Don’t forget to post your total charity amount to my Read for Charity blog post by Monday morning!

 

Not Reading?

You can still help me raise money for my charity by leaving a comment to this blog post. What do you wish you were reading today? Have you ever done a readathon or do you plan on doing one in the future? Or you can comment with general goodwill and cheerleading. (But please, no spamming, even with good intentions.)

 

Every comment earns $1.00 for Reach Out and Read!  

 

And don’t forget to go visit other participants and cheer them on too! Go Team!

 

 

 

24 Hours of Reading… for Charity!

Posted on: 24th Apr 2014  /   Categorized: Book Love

I interrupt this self-imposed blog hiatus to announce a really cool reading challenge, and your chance to spread some good cheer while burning through your TBR list!

 

WHAT: The Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon

THE CHALLENGE: Read for 24 hours. Straight. Too intimidating? That’s okay – just read as much as you can!

WHEN: This Saturday, April 26. (It officially kicks off 8:00 am EST / 5:00 am PST. See what that means for your time zone here: http://24hourreadathon.com/start-times/)

WHERE: Encouraging blog posts and challenges will be featured throughout the day at http://24hourreadathon.com. You’re also encouraged to post your progress on your own blog, Facebook, or Twitter accounts.

 

This will be my third time participating in the readathon, though it’s been a few years since the last time I did it. I’m not sure I’ll hit all 24-hours (okay, I’m relatively certain that I won’t…), but I’m going to give it a shot all the same!

 

And this year, I’ve been inspired by Felicia at The Geeky Blogger to add in a new twist.

This Saturday, I’ll not only be crossing some books off my teetering TBR stack. I’ll also be Reading for Charity.

Specifically, I’ll be donating to Reach Out and Read: “Reach Out and Read is an evidence-based nonprofit organization of medical providers who promote early literacy and school readiness in pediatric exam rooms nationwide by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud.”

 

How does Reading for Charity work? Check out Felicia’s blog post for the full details, and to see how she breaks down her charitable giving/reading goals.

My personal donation goals are:
– $20.00 for each book I read
– $2.00 for every hour I miss
–  $1.00 for every comment left on my Saturday readathon blog post (not to be confused with this blog post)

 

On top of that, I thought – what can I do to encourage other people to join in the Readathon and also Read for Charity? Which gave me this idea:

I will personally match the donation amounts that other read-a-thonners donate, AND include an additional donation for every Lunar Chronicles book or short story that is read during the day!

So, okay. That all sounds super complicated, but I think it’s going to work out pretty well.

 

Want to participate? Here’s how!

Step 1. Sign up to be a reader here: http://24hourreadathon.com/2014/03/31/april-2014-reader-sign-ups/

Step 2: Choose your charity. Don’t have a favorite charity? Check out http://www.charitynavigator.org/ to find one that fits your philanthropic spirit. Or you’re welcome to join me in supporting Reach Out and Read.

Step 3: Assign dollar amounts to your specific goals. You can assign any amount that you’d like, for any achievement you like! Blog comments, challenges completed, audiobooks listened to… it’s up to you! See Felicia’s suggested breakdowns here.

Step 4: Wake up early on Saturday morning, start yourself a pot of coffee, and read your little heart out! Don’t forget to follow http://24hourreadathon.com to be a part of the readathon community throughout the day.

I will also blog about my progress sporadically on Saturday. Feel free to stop by and leave a comment and link to your own blogs so that we can all cheer each other on!

Step 5: At the end of the readathon, tally up your success, and make your donation to your charity of choice.

Step 6: Leave a comment ON THIS BLOG POST with your grand total. And feel free to brag about your readathon successes and let us know what books you conquered during the event!

Please leave your comment by Monday at 9:00 a.m. PST.

Bonus: If you read a Lunar Chronicles novel or short story (Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Glitches, The Queen’s Army, or The Little Android) during the readathon, list them in your blog comment as well! I will donate an additional $5.00 per novel and $2.00 per short story for each one read during the event.

On Monday, I’ll tally up all the donation amounts and match your totals in an additional donation to Reach Out and Read.

 

Now I’m off to prioritize my book stack…

Temporary Blog Hiatus (and a Call for Questions)

Posted on: 14th Apr 2014  /   Categorized: Real Life

I’ve been attempting to drum up my enthusiasm to return to blogging ever since the Cress launch, but I feel my energy slipping more and more each week, as I try to balance Winter and Heartless and a brand new series (!) plus a couple other secret projects (!!), PLUS my husband and I working through the process of adopting our first child and building a writing studio and all sorts of fun and wonderful and exciting things.

Sadly, something had to go, and social networking / blogging seems to have become that thing. So I’ve decided to make it official.

 

This post marks the start of a TEMPORARY blogging hiatus. I plan to be back in July, with lots of fresh ideas!

 

In the meantime…

Please use the comment section of this post to let me know what topics YOU would like to see covered in the future.

Writing tips? Things you’d like to know about the Lunar Chronicles? Thoughts on the daily life of a writer? Promotion and publicity? More giveaways and contests? Be specific!

 

Thanks so much for understanding, and know that while I may be quiet on here, all that energy is going toward new projects coming soon to a bookstore near you!

First Quarter Reading List, 2014

Posted on: 3rd Apr 2014  /   Categorized: Book Love

You know how sometimes you hit a reading lull, where no book that you pick up manages to hold your interest and everything you read feels just…. BLAH. But then, other times, you find yourself on a reading streak, falling in love with every book you pick up and wondering what could possibly top it, only to fall in love again with the next book, and the next.

Well, this last quarter was definitely the latter. SO MANY great books. AMAZING books. Many have already become perennial favorites.

But as I have to choose my #1 favorite read of the year so far, I think I have to go with the very first book that I read, which even three months later is hanging around me:

PLUS ONE by Elizabeth Fama
When I heard that Elizabeth had a new book coming out, I instantly begged my editor for an advance copy (we share a publisher), as I loved her last book, MONSTRUOUS BEAUTY, so very much.

The ARC came.

I started reading that day, and couldn’t put it down.

The next day I emailed my editor again and asked if she could ask Elizabeth’s editor if I could maybe possibly blurb it, because I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

This was the first blurb I’d written in over a year.

So I’ll just paste here what I wrote for that blurb, because it pretty much sums up my feelings:

PLUS ONE enthralled me from the first sentence as gutsy, quick-witted Sol Le Coeur launched herself into an adventure filled with political intrigue, family dramas, and a romance that gives a whole new meaning to “star-crossed.” The finale left me in the best sort of book daze. This book spares no emotion, and Sol’s story will linger long after the last page is turned.

Okay. Enough gushing. *deep breaths*

Plus One will be out in THIS TUESDAY, and you should all go buy it. That’s all I wanted to say.

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I also wrote a blurb for WINTERSPELL by Claire Legrand last quarter, a book that is a dark and haunting retelling of “The Nutcracker Ballet,” so I wanted to share that one too. This one doesn’t come out until September, but you should definitely add it to your GoodReads list now. I think Lunar Chronicles fans are really going to love this one.

What a mesmerizing whirlwind of a story! I was simultaneously horrified and enchanted by the land of Cane, with all its passion and mysteries, magic and mechaniks. Claire Legrand’s writing has the grace of a ballet, but this is definitely not your grandmother’s Nutcracker tale.

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And… and….  I really want to just rave about every YA book that I read in the last three months, because they were all just brilliant. There isn’t one on this list that I wouldn’t recommend. So if you’re in need of recs, go forth!!

My full reading list follows:

First Quarter
1. Plus One, by Elizabeth Fama
2. The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis, David Cross, and Wendy Lyons Sunshine
3. Fool, by Christopher Moore
4. Fangirl, by Rainbow Rowell
5. Winterspell, by Claire Legrand
6. Star Cursed, by Jessica Spotswood
7. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
8. Splintered, by A.G. Howard
9. Revolutions for Fun and Profit, by Ryan Shattuck
10. Under the Never Sky, by Veronica Rossi
11. Through the Ever Night, by Veronica Rossi
12. Into the Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi
13. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
14. My Life as an Experiment, by A.J. Jacobs
15. Passionate Persuasion, by Rosemary Clement-Moore
16. Also Known As, by Robin Benway
17. Writing and Illustrating the Graphic Novel, by Daniel Cooney
18. Baby’s in Black: Astrid Kirchherr, Stuart Sutcliffe, and The Beatles, by Arne Bellstorf (graphic novel)
19. Zahra’s Paradise, by Amir & Khalil (graphic novel)
20. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige
21. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness

 

What have YOU read and loved so far this year?

Day in the Life: Monday, March 24, 2014 (Writing Retreat!)

Posted on: 1st Apr 2014  /   Categorized: Day in the Life

I’d meant to do a “Day in the Life” post from when I was on the Cress book tour but kept forgetting about it, so I’ll try to remember to do one later this fall, because tour days really have no comparison. They are fun and hectic and exhausting and rewarding and this totally bizarre mix of both my favorite and least favorite parts about being an author, all rolled into one whirlwind week (or, in the case of the Cress tour, 3.5 weeks).

 

In the meantime, here is a Day in the Life from one of the greatest job perks there is: Writing Retreats! Starring my Pacific Northwest writing buds – Gennifer Albin, Martha Brockenbrough, and Lish McBride – as we trekked up to the lovely seaside town of Port Townsend for some productivity and fun.

 

 

A Day in the Life

 

7:30: Wake up sans alarm clock (blissful!) and spend some time marveling over the gorgeous antique-inspired quilt in this adorable Victorian hotel. I make a note to go quilt shopping one of these days…  and narrowly resist hunting for one on Etsy. This is a writing retreat! Must not get distracted!

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7:47: Make some coffee, eat a protein bar, send my husband a “coffee isn’t the same without you” text (because we’re gross like that), and start checking my emails.

 

8:06: The Fierce Reads authors have been announced! Share on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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8:32: Time to take stock of my epic writing retreat to-do list and make a plan for the day. This is the first full day of the retreat, and I have big ambitions!

 

Today’s goals:

– Answer emails for at least 90 minutes (I’m still not caught up from when I was on tour, and I’ve been home for a month!!)

– Get though all my revision notes on [Secret Project redacted]

– Transfer my Heartless manuscript into Scrivener

– Make progress on the profile book my husband and I have to complete for our adoption

– Read one graphic novel (for research, I swear!)

– Write this blog post

 

8:40: Start on my second cup of coffee and proceed to answer some of those emails.

 

9:20: Time for breakfast! I meet Lish and Martha in the hotel lobby and we head out to find some grub.

 

With Lish and Martha

 

11:10: Breakfast took a lot longer than expected… I’m feeling a bit like a retreat slacker. But we’re back at the hotel now, chilling in one of the parlors. Time to get some work done! I open up [Secret Project redacted] and start pouring over my revision notes. Genn arrives and we all chat bookish stuff for a while.

 

 

1:42: Sweet! There were fewer revision notes than I thought, and I knock them out in record time. Bam. Tomorrow I’ll conduct one more full read-through and ship it off to my editor, but for now, it’s time to answer some more emails…

 

2:26: Made good progress on the inbox, and scheduled about a gazillion upcoming Skype visits. The decision is made to move to the café down the street. Pack, pack, shuffle, shuffle.

 

2:42: Iced hazelnut latte in hand, time to work on Heartless!

 

5:19: Heartless is in Scrivener and all my preliminary revision notes are compiled. I’m feeling much better about this work day, and spend the next hour working on the family profile book for our adoption agency.

 

6:27: We head back to the hotel for a home-cooked meal of slow cooker chili and Martha’s delectable cornbread.

 

7:50: More emails!

 

9:17: Good heavens. I’ve cut the total number of emails in half today. *fist bumps self* Time to go sit in bed and read that graphic novel: Baby’s in Black by Arne Bellstorf, which tells the story of Stuart Sutcliffe, the “lost Beatle.” It’s enticing and beautiful and sad.

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11:00: Happy to go to sleep after a very productive day of writing-retreat. Dreamy sigh.

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