A Guide to Lunar Chronicles Character Traits

Posted on: 31st Jul 2014  /   Categorized: Cinder

I’ve been getting lots of questions lately about what my characters look like—even down to specifics, like how tall they are. For ease of use and to encourage all ye fanartists (and maybe inspire some of you for the Design a Sticker contest!), here are the character profiles that have been living in my Lunar Chronicles folder for many years.


If you notice anything that does not fit with what is written in the books, and you can point to a specific passage that contradicts what I have here, please feel free to mention it in the comments. Some times things change during writing, and it’s been a long time since I compared these profiles to the books.


If you would like to see inspiration photos that I’ve used, check out my Lunar Chronicles Pinterest Board here: http://www.pinterest.com/marissameyer22/the-lunar-chronicles







Birth date/place: Luna; December 21, 109 T.E., Sagittarius

Age: 16

Race: Lunar (mixed ethnicity—Asian/Caucasian?, tan skin, even more tan from walking everywhere)

Eye color: brown

Hair color/style: straight, fine, brunette, just below shoulders; often wears messy ponytails

Build: 5’8”, slender, few curves, almost boyish

Glamour: similar to Channary’s, breathtaking, she’s tempted to hide her cyborg parts but tries to fight it

Style of dress: comfortable and utilitarian

First book: cargo pants, T-shirts, dirty gloves, boots, messenger bag, occasional tool belt

Ball: Peony’s silver dress, Pearl’s white velvet boots that lace over the ankles, stained white silk gloves with seed pearls on hem that Kai gave her Prison: White cotton jumpsuit, bulky and loose, no shoes

Gloves: Cinder wears gloves exclusively for first book, usu. work gloves, but also thinner cotton gloves when not working. Kai gives her above-the-elbow white silk gloves with seed pearls on the hem for the ball


Cyborg characteristics: “Her control panel, her synthetic hand and leg, wires that trailed from the base of her skull all the way down her spine and out to her prosthetic limbs. The scar tissue where flesh met metal. A small dark square in her wrist—her ID chip, the metal vertebrae along her spine, or the four metal ribs, or the synthetic tissue around her heart (two chambers made primarily of silicon mixed with bio tissue), or the metal splints along the bones in her right leg. Ratio: 36.28%.”


Has a latch in the back of her head that opens, revealing control panel beside brain (no brain tissue can be seen behind it).


Can’t blush because it keeps her from overheating, but she can sweat. Can’t cry because tear ducts replaced with prosthetic eyes.


Prostheses: steel in first book. Left leg to mid-thigh (calf includes hollow compartment), left ankle attached via screws and red and yellow (and multicolored) wires; left hand to wrist.


New limbs (beginning at end of book one): new hand and foot. Plated with 100% titanium, fingers include: flashlight, stiletto knife, projectile gun, screwdriver, universal connector cable. Twelve tranquilizer darts are stored in palm.


Mannerisms: She has a nervous tick of fiddling with the hems of her gloves to make sure her metal hand is always covered. She also has a bad habit of pushing her hair out of her face when her hands are filthy, leaving grease stains on her forehead. She is ambidextrous. Often twirling tools in her fingers. Bites insides of cheek.





Birth date/place: New Beijing, Eastern Commonwealth; 7 April 108 T.E.; Aries

Age: 18

Race: Earthen/Asian

Eye color: copper-brown

Hair color/style: shaggy, straight black hair worn past ears, slicked back for formal occasions

Build: 5’11”, slender/borderline lanky

Style of dress: Suits and dress-shirts, although would rather be in jeans and Ts. Probably has a stylist telling him what to wear. For formal occasions, traditional mandarin-style silk shirts with fine embroidery and embellishments. Gray-hooded sweatshirt (incognito).

Physical characteristics: Handsome with angled, sharp facial features and “admirable” lips, smells faintly of soap

Mannerisms: Scratches at neck and ear when tongue-tied; ears turn red first when he blushes; quick to smile (looks for the humor in everything); yanks hand through hair when overwhelmed. Hands in pockets.





Birth date/place: Rieux, France, European Federation, 17 August 108 T.E., Leo

Age: 18

Race: Caucasian

Eye color: big brown eyes

Hair color/style: curly/unruly ginger-red hair to mid-back

Build: 5’6”, curvy

Style of dress: jeans and a red hoodie that her grandma gave her, clashes with her hair which is part of the reason why she likes it.

Characteristics: full lips, lots of freckles

Mannerisms: tries to make herself look bigger/stronger with folded arms, wide-leg stances, etc. Frank and abrupt, has a tendency to act first and think later.






Birth date/place: Luna, Nov. 4, 102 T.E., Scorpio

Age: 23

Race: Lunar (olive-toned skin—think Middle Eastern)

Eye color: strikingly bright green, thick eyelashes

Hair color/style: messy brown hair that tends to spike in all directions, refuses to be tamed

Build: 6’4”, super muscular

Style of dress: loose gray pants (almost like sweats), plain t-shirts or tanks, barefoot whenever possible, otherwise comfortable leather boots [wears military uniform when not “undercover”]

Other characteristics: tattoo “LSOP962″ on left forearm; sharp canine teeth; covered in scars and wounds, some recent, some faded, including a bad gouge on his left arm from wrist to elbow, and more on his left temple and lips.

Mannerisms: protective stance, tense shoulders like he’s always ready to fight, often flexing fingers and making fists, snarling, trouble holding eye contact, shy around people, high metabolism, fidgety and constantly pacing, always hungry




Birth date/place: Luna, July 18, 110 T.E., Cancer

Age: 16

Race: Lunar (pale skin, Caucasian)

Eye color: bright blue

Hair color/style: honey blonde, insanely long at start of novel: “longest, waviest, most unruly mess of tangled blonde hair imaginable. The golden nest around her head was tied in a big knot over one shoulder, and cascaded in a jumble of braids and snarls, wrapping around one of the girl’s arms before descending out of the screen’s view.” Later cut above shoulders with a knife, so very ragged/blunt throughout Book Three.

Build: 5’0”, petite and slender

Face: sweet, heart-shaped with freckles across nose and cheeks, dimples, giddy smile

Style of dress: worn day dresses in satellite, no shoes (while on satellite)

Mannerisms: Always fidgeting with hair, toys and sucks on it, wraps it around wrists (when long). Tries to make herself smaller/invisible. Would sooner hide than fight. Flighty and nervous around people. Draws strength from overactive imagination.






Birth date/place: American Republic, May 22, 106 T.E., Gemini

Age: 20

Race: Earthen (Caucasian)

Eye color: blue

Hair color/style: short brown hair, usually with product (always wants to look his best), clean-shaven (after free from prison at least)

Build: 6’0”, broad-shouldered and strong, but not as muscular as Wolf

Style of dress: well-dressed, button-up dress-shirts with rolled sleeves or slim-fitting sweaters, vests, loves his leather jacket, prefers the “dressy” military uniforms to the utilitarian ones.

Mannerisms: checking that his hair is okay, admiring every woman he sees, whistling, making light of the situation. Cocky swagger. Flirtation smiles and raised eyebrows. Still labeled a “cadet” in military (though deserter), but insists on being called Captain.






Birth date/place: Luna, 3 January 109 T.E., Capricorn

Age: 17

Race: Lunar (black)

Eye color: golden-brown with flecks of gray around the pupils

Hair color/style: black, tight corkscrew curls, just below shoulder-length, very thick

Build: 5’9”, slender but with enviable curves, extremely graceful limbs, long neck

Face: high cheekbones, full red lips, delicate nose, ridiculously long eyelashes—the kind of face that is difficult to look away from; three scars on her right cheek, like teardrops from the corner of her eye to her chin; known as the most beautiful girl on Luna

Style of dress: sophisticated and conservative, both flowy skirts and pants but always feminine, likes to wear pastels and light colors, silvers, gauzy fabrics, etc.

Mannerisms: gentle and graceful, but crazy, whimsical voice and flighty gestures, almost skips when she walks, has a tendency to wander off, comfortable around people (except Lunar aristocracy) but has a habit of getting into their personal space and making them uncomfortable. Playful.





JACIN CLAY: royal guard; personal guard and pilot for Sybil.

Birth date/place: Luna, 8 July 107 T.E., Cancer

Age: 19

Race: Lunar (Caucasian)

Eye color: blue-gray

Hair color/style: blonde-white hair that falls in straight locks passed his chin, sometimes pulls into a ponytail

Build: 6’2”, muscular, graceful from combat training

Style of dress: official uniform of Lunar guards

Mannerisms: rigid, tense posture; confident and capable—rarely second guesses himself; makes few hand gestures—always trying to go unnoticed; usually quiet but harsh when he does talk; abrasive personality; will do anything to protect the ones he truly cares about

Day in the Life: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Posted on: 28th Jul 2014  /   Categorized: Day in the Life

Earlier this month I asked Twitter to choose a day for the next Day in the Life blog post, and you guys picked July 23, which happened to be a travel / event day. Let’s see what happened . . .


 6:00a.m.: My husband and I try to maintain some sort of normal routine even on days when we travel, so—wake up! Coffee! Check all the social networks and answer a bunch of emails. Schedule some tweets about tomorrow’s Comic-Con panel and signing.


I take a few extra minutes to read through the newest Publisher’s Weekly newsletter and am excited to see Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein mentioned in their Spring 2015 Children’s Sneak Previews column. I’m really looking forward to this book!


7:30: Get dressed and finish packing. Make sure the house is all in order for our house/cat-sitter.


8:30: What a laid-back morning! With 30 minutes to kill I think, I should probably start filling in some research holes in my historical anthology short story . . . but instead I end up reviewing my baby stuff shopping list and organizing the someday-nursery. Hashtag slacker.


9:00: To the airport!


9:40: We’re minutes away from the airport when it occurs to me that I packed the exact same outfit to wear to Comic-Con that I wore last year to Comic-Con. Well, drat. I do a quick search on our hotel and am relieved that it’s close to a huge shopping center—there goes my plan for a relaxing afternoon spent reading in the hotel!


11:30-2:00: Airports and planes. I’m FINALLY reading Laini Taylor’s Days of Blood and Starlight and wish the flight was a whole lot longer. So. Incredibly. Good.


2:15: Holy cow, L.A., why must you be so hot? Feel like I’m melting as soon as we step off the plane. We take a cab to the hotel.


3:00: I do my hair and make-up in preparation for tonight’s event: the epic Fierce Reads Summer Block Party!  I’m excited to see my tour buddies again.


4:00: Time to go find a new dress to wear tomorrow. We walk over to The Grove shopping center, and discover . . . police. And crowds. And the road is completely blocked off. Turns out Obama is in town! Unable to get to the shopping center even though it’s right there, we detour into a Ross instead. I find a couple of dresses and even my husband picks out some new shorts. Bargain shopping FTW.


5:30: The President and his entourage have come and gone, so we make our way into The Grove’s Barnes & Noble. Having only noshed on a couple of Kind bars on the flight, we grab a quick snack from the café.


6:15: All of the authors and publicists have arrived! We head to the back room to be interviewed by blogger Kate Bond of The Midnight Garden. Easily distracted, we also notice a bowl of star stickers sitting on the table. These quickly become facial decorations.


You’ll soon be able to read Kate’s interview here: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/.


7:00: The event begins, starring Fierce Reads authors Leigh Bardugo, Anna Banks, Ann Aguirre, and myself, moderated by Brutal Youth author Anthony Breznican. It’s a great panel with lots of laughter. I missed these girls!


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We have an awesome crowd and the signing line goes on and on (a fantastic problem to have), and it’s great to see many familiar faces from previous SoCal events. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see us!


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With Shayla, an artistic fan who sewed her own Scarlet cloak!


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One fan’s amazing Lunar Chronicles nails!


10:30: Whew, everyone has gone home! We gather up our stuff and laugh at the fact that we’re all still wearing our star stickers. We head next door to the Cheesecake Factory for a late dinner.


Just past midnight: Take a cab back to the hotel, wash off my makeup, and fall into a very fast sleep. Not looking forward to our 6:00 a.m. alarm, but definitely excited to head down to Comic-Con in the morning!


. . . zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . .

Announcing the “Design a Sticker” Contest!

Posted on: 21st Jul 2014  /   Categorized: Giveaways

Three things I love:


– book swag

– creativity-based contests

– giving stuff away!



So I decided it was time to host a brand new contest, since it’s been a while since the epic Lunar Insignia Design Contest which was a huge success last year.


The winners of the Design a Sticker contest will not only receive some neat prizes (see below), but their winning designs will also be turned into real stickers that I’ll be giving away at book signings and including in swag packs for the next year.




I decided to host a design-a-sticker contest because, well, I love stickers! I had stickers printed up with the Cinder and Scarlet book covers before and I liked having them not only to use as giveaway items but also for my own purposes, like sealing envelopes. But I stopped having them made up because using just the book covers was so boring.


Which is where you guys come in! I need your help, because you are all so much more creative and artistic than I am. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.


Ready for some details?



YOUR MISSION: Design a Lunar Chronicles Sticker that I can use for promotional swag.




– Your sticker design can be either square, round, rectangular, or oval. I will be printing using stickermule.com, so if you need guidance on dimensions, I recommend looking at their sticker-sizing options.


– Your sticker design may include graphics, text, or a combination of the two.


– You are welcome to use any or all of the book covers in your design, but please do not use copyrighted images. Any artwork or photography should be your own creation or you must have permission to use it.


– Be creative! I’m intentionally not giving you a whole lot of direction because I love seeing what you guys come up with. As long as it has something to do with the Lunar Chronicles, your design will be qualified.


– Remember, I will be using these as promotional items leading up to the release of Fairest and Winter, so ask yourself what kind of sticker you would want to take home and paste everywhere in order to declare yourself a proud Lunartic. Likewise, if you had never heard of The Lunar Chronicles but you saw this sticker on someone else’s e-reader cover (or wherever), what would prompt you to ask about it?





– Please submit ONLY ONE DESIGN. If you submit more than one design, your work will be disqualified.


– Once your design is finished, post it on a public web site. (Pinterest is preferred, but I will also accept Tumblr, DeviantART, Twitter, or Instagram. Please do not use Facebook as it has difficult privacy guidelines. Do not email me your design.)


– Send me the link to your design using the contact form at http://www.marissameyer.com/connect.


– Important: By submitting an entry to this contest you are giving me permission to use your design for future promotional materials at my discretion. You retain all other rights to your work.


– Open internationally.


- All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on August 17, 2014.





I will gather all entries onto a Pinterest board and finalists will be selected through a yet-to-be-determined method. All finalists will then be posted on this blog and put to a Reader’s Choice vote.


ALL FINALISTS will receive a swag pack of Lunar Chronicles goodies.


TWO GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (one Reader’s Choice, one Marissa’s Choice*) will receive a signed book, a limited-edition messenger bag, and more! Plus their designs will be turned into swanky stickers. Yes, I will send you some stickers, too.


* The Marissa’s Choice winner will be chosen from all entries, not only the finalists.




I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Happy designing, and GOOD LUCK!


Upcoming Events

Posted on: 17th Jul 2014  /   Categorized: Events

Here where I’ll be in the coming months. I hope you can come see me!


Parkland (Tacoma), WA
Saturday, July 19, 10:00 a.m.
Summer Camp Writing Workshop sponsored by PY Art Show
For local students, ages 11-18. Registration is required.
For information visit http://pyartshow.com/summer-camp/


Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, July 23, 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble The Grove (189 The Grove Drive)
Fierce Reads Block Party with Ann Aguirre, Anna Banks, and Leigh Bardugo


San Diego, CA
July 24-27
San Diego Comic-Con

Panel: Fairy Tale Remix
Thursday, 7/24/14, 12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m., Room: 32AB
Signing Time: Thursday AA09 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM

Friday, 7/215, 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.
Signing at Macmillan Children’s Booth


Seattle, WA
Wednesday, September 10, 7:00p.m.
Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park
With Sarah J. Maas and Mandy Hubbard


Baltimore, MD
September 26-28
Baltimore Book Festival Presentation and signing times TBD.
For more information, visit: https://www.baltimorebookfestival.com/
Fierce Reads Multi-Author, Multi-City Tour
October 7-15
Locations TBD


Chicago, IL
Saturday, November 15
37th Annual Day of Reading Conference
Registration is Required. For more information, visit: http://dayofreading.org/


Don’t see your city listed here? More tour dates will be announced soon for both the Fierce Reads and Fairest tours!

Forthcoming Novels, Stories, and Secret Projects

Posted on: 14th Jul 2014  /   Categorized: Fairest

The last few months spent on a blogging hiatus have not been in vain—I’ve been one busy writer-ess! So I thought I’d clue you all in to what’s been happening behind the scenes and some projects you have to look forward to in the coming years.




FAIREST : As most of you know, my next novel, Fairest, was finally announced a few weeks ago. I am SUPER excited to share with you all the backstory of Queen Levana and how she became Princess Winter’s stepmother and Luna’s power-hungry dictator. After completing my final revisions on Fairest about a month ago, I’m now waiting to receive copyedits.

Release: 27 January 2015


WINTER PREQUEL SHORT STORY : Having written a prequel companion story for each of the first three books of the Lunar Chronicles, I couldn’t stand to leave Winter out! I’ve been brainstorming ideas for a Winter-based prequel and intend to draft something out by the end of this month. I have no idea how or when my publisher will want to release it, but I hope it will be available to readers before Winter comes out next year. Stay tuned!

Release: TBD



WINTER : Most likely your  most anticipated read, Winter, is chugging along! This book has been a long, hard slog, in part because it’s just so darn big and complex. (Four major plotlines? Seriously? What was I thinking?) But it’s finally shaping up and I’m working with my editor and beta-readers to make this the most epic and satisfying series conclusion that I possibly can. At this point I’m waiting to receive notes from my editor before I embark on Draft #5 (hopefully the final draft, but… we’ll see.)

Release: 10 November 2015


HEARTLESS : My Queen of Hearts-inspired prequel is the book I’ve been focused on most the past couple of months, and Draft #2 will be finished by the end of July. It’s only the second draft, so there are still a lot of things about it that I’m not happy with, but so far it’s been a lot of fun to write! I look forward to sharing my version of Wonderland with you all.

Expected release: February 2016


PETTICOATS & PISTOLS  ANTHOLOGY : A few months ago I was invited to partake in my first YA anthology, edited by the lovely and talented Jessica Spotswood! The anthology will be a collection of historical and historical fantasy stories with a focus on strong female protagonists, and there is a super impressive roster of contributing authors! My story will be set in Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, during the Black Hills Gold Rush of 1876-77. I’ve been conducting lots of research these past months and hope to draft my story this week.

Expected release: Early 2016


SECRET PROJECT : My publisher and I are working on something special that I can’t really talk about, but I can tell you that it’s been on my writer wish-list since I was a teenager. I’ve started doing some preliminary brainstorming and research and hope to have news to share with you guys by the end of this year.

Release: TBD, but I would expect early 2017 at this point



A BRAND NEW SERIES! : Last but far from least, I have a burning seed of an idea involving superheroes and supervillains that’s been plaguing me for well over a year now. I hope that, with any luck, I’ll be able to start writing it later this fall. Lately I’ve been brainstorming and doing some preliminary research for the series, and I’ll start outlining it as soon as I can cross some of the fore-mentioned projects off my list. Might this be another NaNoWriMo book? One can hope!

Expected release for Book One: Fall 2016



Whew! So that’s what’s on my plate now, meaning lots and lots of reading fun for the future. No rest for the wicked, right?

Quarterly Reading List: March-June 2014

Posted on: 8th Jul 2014  /   Categorized: Book Love

I’m back from my (sort-of) blog hiatus! I’ll be easing back into the blogging scene with posts once or twice weekly, and I’m planning an update post in the near future to let you all know what exciting things I’ve been working on behind the scenes.


But first—my quarterly reading list post!


I would just like to point out that for the first time in my entire life, I am on track to read 100 books this year. I’m trying not to get neurotic about making it a personal challenge, but still… it could happen!


I would also like to mention how ridiculously hard it’s going to be to choose my Top 10 Reads of 2014 at the end of this year. 50 books in, and there are already 20+ books that could easily make the list. I don’t know if there’s something in the water or what, but books have been amazing this year! Which is probably why I’ve already hit 50 reads… so many of them I just didn’t want to put down.


As far as some of my favorites from this last quarter…


If you follow me on Twitter you know that I LOVED WITH A GREAT BURNING PASSION Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo. I could not have imagined a more fulfilling conclusion to one of my favorite series of all time.


I also had the pleasure of reading ARCs for two fantastic upcoming books: Firebug by Lish McBride (release date: September 23) and Storm Siren by Mary Weber (release date: August 19).  They both had me smitten from page one and I highly recommend adding them to your TBR pile!


Lastly, I have to mention a book that is a slight deviation from my normal reading list (a.k.a. not YA), but that I found captivating and brilliant in every way. It also had one of the smartest endings I’ve ever read. Vicious by Victoria Schwab. The book takes everything you know about good and evil, heroes and villains, and turns it all on its head. I thought this book was absolute genius!





My entire reading list for 2014 (so far) is below, with many, many more fabulous reads!



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


Second Quarter

22. Firebug, by Lish McBride

23. The Splendor Falls, by Rosemary Clement-Moore

24. Devine Intervention, by Martha Brockenbrough

25. The Wicked and the Just, by J. Anderson Coats

26. Symbols of Love, by Denny Lee and Josh Stoneman

27. Bubbly on Your Budget, by Marjorie Hillis

28. Choker, by Elizabeth Woods

29. The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen

30. Serenity: The Shepherd’s Tale, by Joss Whedon (graphic novel)

31. The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski

32. Vicious, by Victoria Schwab

33. Looking Glass Wars, by Frank Beddor

34. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton

35. Of Neptune, by Anna Banks

36. Hatter, by Daniel Coleman (first publication; to be re-released Fall 2014)

37. Ashen Winter, by Mike Mullin

38. Shards & Ashes, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

39. Dark and Stormy Knights, edited by P.N. Elrod

40. I Heart You, You Haunt Me, by Lisa Schroeder

41. Bad Boys of the Black Hills, and Some Wild Women, Too, by Barbara Fifer

42. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson (graphic novel)

43. Haunted Deadwood: A True Wild West Ghost Town, by Mark Shadley and Josh Wennes

44. Untitled, by Tamara Felsinger (beta-read)

45. Storm Siren, by Mary Weber

46. Enthralled, edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong

47. Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)

48. Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel)

49. Threats of Sky and Sea, by Jennifer Ellision

50. Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo


Introducing FAIREST: Levana’s Story

Posted on: 16th Jun 2014  /   Categorized: Fairest

The news has just been released, complements of USAToday.com. I’ll have a new full-length novel coming out in January titled FAIREST: Levana’s Story, and just like the title suggests, this book will be delving into the backstory of Queen Levana, the wicked tyrant of The Lunar Chronicles.

Read the announcement and notes from my interview on USAToday.com: “Meyer’s Fairest Delves into Evil”

Add FAIREST to your GoodReads lists here.

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story—a story that has never been told … until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from WINTER, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

On sale January 27, 2015.

Yes, this means that WINTER has been pushed back to November of 2015, but it also means that I will have not one, but TWO books releasing next year! (With HEARTLESS to follow shortly after in 2016!)


HAVE QUESTIONS ON FAIREST, WINTER, AND THE LUNAR CHRONICLES? I’ll be answering them during our Google Chat, this Wednesday, June 18, at 9:00pm EST / 6:00pm PST. Hope to see you there!

The Annual Audiobook Month Giveaway

Posted on: 9th Jun 2014  /   Categorized:


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


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.)

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


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!

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