Mad Hatter Contest: Typeform Issues

Posted on: 10th Aug 2016  /   Categorized:
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Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that the platform that is hosting the type form for entry submissions has been experiencing some minor issues this past week. They seem confident that it will be resolved within the next 72 hours.


If you tried submitting your contest entry and had trouble with the form, please give it a few days and try again. Hopefully that will resolve it!




The Heartless Mad Hatter Design Contest

Posted on: 1st Aug 2016  /   Categorized: Giveaways



As you know, I love encouraging all sorts of fun and creativity, and while in the past we’ve had a number of different graphic-arts related contests, this time I wanted to try something a little different. Because creativity comes in all forms and, speaking from experience, not all of us are skilled in Photoshop!


So this time, rather than designing bookmarks, stickers, or insignias, I’m asking you to make something physical. Three-dimensional. Something you can hold in your hand. Or, to be precise, something you can wear on your head.


That’s right—in honor of Heartless, Alice, and the Mad Hatter, I want you to make your own Wonderland-inspired headwear.






YOUR MISSION: Design and create a real headpiece inspired by Heartless and the world of Wonderland. This could be a hat, hair fastener, crown, coronet, tiara, or any other sort of headwear that strikes your fancy!

I know you guys haven’t read Heartless yet, but the Mad Hatter is one of the characters you’re going to meet—a very fine hatter who is making a name for himself and his spectacular, wondrous, peculiar hats. Some of them are big, gaudy, crazy creations. Some are sweet and elegant. Some are just plain weird.

So channel your inner Mad Hatter and create something fun, whimsical, over-the-top…. or none of the above! Make the hat that you would want to wear if you were invited to a Mad Hatter Tea Party… or, perhaps, for tea with the Queen of Hearts herself.




1. Your final creation must be an actual wearable headpiece—not just a drawing or artistic rendering of one.

2. You can use absolutely any medium or objects to create your headpiece. You can choose to create the entire thing yourself, or to use an existing hat/fastener/headband/whatever and embellish it from there.

3. Open internationally. (Woot woot!)

4. Please submit only one design. If you submit more than one design, your work will be disqualified.



Not sure where to begin your hat-making journey? Check out these exceptional Pinterest boards for inspiration:






Once your headpiece is finished, take a picture of it – either by itself or being worn. You may take multiple photos if it needs to be seen from multiple angles, but you will then have to combine them into one image for submission.

Share your design on your favorite social media platform and (optional) tell everyone how excited you are to read Heartless!

Once your design is finished, USE THIS TYPEFORM to submit your design and contact information. Note: You must upload the design to the typeform in addition to posting it on social media.

All entries must be received no later than midnight PST on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.


Once all entries have been received, they will be uploaded to my Pinterest page so we can all admire them. I will then choose three finalists. Those finalists will be posted on this blog and fans and readers will be able to vote for the grand prize winner!


ALL THREE FINALISTS will receive a Wires & Nerve sampler book, a Fierce Reads coloring book, and a $50 gift card to a bookseller of your choice!


ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive, in addition to the above prizes, a signed ARC of HEARTLESS!

Also (optional) – if the grand prize winner is willing to have their headpiece sent to me, I would be honored to wear it at the Heartless Launch Party in Seattle, Washington, this November.


Happy hat-making, and GOOD LUCK!

San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Schedule

Posted on: 14th Jul 2016  /   Categorized: Events

Are you heading to San Diego Comic-Con next week?


ME TOO!! (And I’ve been planning my Wonderland-inspired outfits all month.)


I actually have the incredible honor of being one of the Con’s special guests this year, and while I’m still not entirely sure what that means, I am so very flattered, and thrilled to be given a whole bunch of opportunities to meet readers, sign books, and talk all things Lunar Chronicles, Heartless, and Wires & Nerve!!


Here’s my complete schedule of panels and signings. I hope to see you there!


Thursday, July 21

4:00 – 5:00 PM: Retellings & Remixes: Updating and Adapting Classic Stories (Panel)

Room: 32AB

Moderator: Sam Maggs, editor at The Mary Sue, and author of Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy and Wonder Women.

Authors: Marissa Meyer (SDCC Special Guest 2016), author of The Lunar Chronicles, and the upcoming Heartless, Renee Adiah, author of The Rose and the Dagger, Colleen Houck, author of Recreated, Anna Todd, author of Imagines, Jodi Meadows, My Lady Jane, Colleen Oakes, Queen of Hearts


6:00 PM: Panel Signing

Autographing Area #9



Friday, July 22

2:00 – 3:00 PM: It’s the End of the YA Series (Panel)

Room: 29AB

Moderator: Kami Garcia

Description: Join us to hear Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Minds series, Passenger series), Marissa Meyer (The Lunar Chronicles, Heartless), and Mary E. Pearson (The Jenna Fox Chronicles, The Remnant Chronicles) discuss the perils, promises, and joys of ending a series.



Saturday, July 23 

9:45 AM: In-Booth Signing

Mac Kids Booth #1117

Giveaways: WIRES & NERVE chapter sampler (100) + poster (150)

Mysterious Galaxy will be selling the Lunar Chronicles


5:00 PM: In-Booth Signing

Mac Kids Booth #1117

Giveaways: HEARTLESS galleys (100) and vinyls (150)

Mysterious Galaxy will be selling the Lunar Chronicles



Sunday, July 24

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Spotlight on Marissa Meyer

Room 24ABC

Moderator: Petra Mayer, NPR Books Editor

Description: #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles, sits down with NPR’s Petra Mayer to talk everything from the explosive success of The Lunar Chronicles, the power of YA fandoms, her first Lunar Chronicles graphic novel, to what fans can expect from Heartless, this Fall’s most-anticipated young adult novel.


11:30 – 12:30 Autographing Area Signing

Autographing Area Table 9


The Cinder Litographs Goodies Giveaway

Posted on: 15th Jun 2016  /   Categorized: Cinder

Who remembers the Litographs Contest that resulted in this gorgeous Cinder artwork by Snigdha Chaya Saikia?


Well, the resulting Cinder Litographs merchandise has been available to purchase for a while now, but I’m finally getting my act together and hosting a Cinder Litographs Giveaway!

(And the crowd goes wild.)

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Eight winners will receive either a T-shirt or poster. Fill out the form below for your chance to win!

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Open internationally.

Can’t see the form? Click here.

Heartless Tour Announced

Posted on: 13th Jun 2016  /   Categorized: Events

We’ve just announced details for the Heartless tour, happening this November! We’re in big party-planning mode, and these stores are all gearing up for some fun “royal ball” or “mad tea-party” shenanigans. I look forward to meeting lots of Lunartics and Alice fans alike!





Seattle, WA
Details to follow!


Provo, UT
Provo City Library


New York, NY
Barnes & Noble Union Square


Saratoga Springs, NY
Northshire Books


Naperville, IL
Anderson’s Bookshop


Parma, OH
Cuyahoga County Public Library


Decatur, GA
Little Shop of Stories


Nashville, TN
Parnassus Books


Times and ticketing information to be determined. Stay tuned!

Introducing a new anthology… Because You Love to Hate Me

Posted on: 3rd May 2016  /   Categorized: Anthologies

What happens when YA Authors and YA Booktubers join forces?

A ridiculously cool new anthology, that’s what!

I am so thrilled to announce that I am one of thirteen authors contributing to the forthcoming short story anthology:


…where the theme is all about the evil, the wicked, the downright crazy… or, perhaps, the vastly misunderstood. That’s right: it’s an entire anthology dedicated to VILLAINS.

Though I can’t tell you who my villain is, I can say that you definitely know who they are, and I loved getting to tell a bit about their story.

What else can I tell you?

Why – the full list of amazing contributors, that’s what!


Renée Ahdieh
Soman Chainani
Susan Dennard
Sarah Enni
Marissa Meyer
Cindy Pon
Victoria Schwab
Samantha Shannon
Adam Silvera
Andrew Smith
April Genevieve Tucholke
Nicola Yoon


Ben of Benjaminoftomes
Catriona of LittleBookOwl
Christina of ChristinaReadsYA blog and TheLushables
Christine of polandbananasBOOKS
Jesse of JessetheReader
Raeleen of padfootandprongs07
Regan of PeruseProject
Samantha of Thoughts on Tomes
Sasha of abookutopia
Sophia of thebookbasement
Steph Sinclair + Kat Kennedy of Cuddlebuggery blog and Cuddlebuggery channel
Whitney of WhittyNovels
Zoe of readbyzoe




For more information, check out this Publisher’s Weekly article on the anthology, including an interview with our brilliant editor, Ameriie.


And keep an eye out for the book, publishing July 2017!

The Spring Fierce Reads Giveaway

Posted on: 28th Apr 2016  /   Categorized:

I am delighted to be a guest author at next Tuesday’s Fierce Reads event in Seattle! If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come see me, along with fab authors Marie Rutkoski, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, and Cecelia Ahern.

When: Tuesday, May 3, 7:00pm
Where: Third Place Books at Lake Forest Park, Seattle, WA
Who: Marie Rutkoski, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Cecelia Ahern, and me!
What: Talking books. Signing books. Geeking out over books.

See the full list of events for the Spring Fierce Reads Tour here.

And for everyone who can’t make it to any stops on this awesome tour… and, okay, even for those who can – I’m hosting a giveaway where you could win books from all four of us!

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One winner will receive:

– An ARC of THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
– An ARC of FLAWED by Cecelia Ahern
– A hardcover copy of THE WINNER’S KISS, the final book in the Winner’s Trilogy, by Marie Rutkoski
– And… an ARC of HEARTLESS! My first stand-alone novel, releasing this November

Ends May 15. Open internationally. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

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(If you are reading this blog post on an outside feed, such as through Goodreads, please kick through to my web site to see the Rafflecopter form.)

Camp NaNoWriMo

Posted on: 31st Mar 2016  /   Categorized: Gatlon

Welcome to April, and… the start of Camp NaNoWriMo 2016!




I decided to take on Camp Nano this year for the very first time. Though I’m an old NaNo pro, I’m excited to be doing a new challenge, and at a time of year when I might be able to get some work done while sitting on a blanket in the grass beneath the warm sunshine… which is slightly optimistic given the Pacific Northwest springtime rainy season, but… never stop dreaming!


If you’re not familiar with Camp Nano, it’s put on by the same folks who bring us National Novel Writing Month every November. But rather than being supplied with a writing goal (a 50,000 word novel in 30 days), you get to choose your own goal, plus you can join private cabins where you and eleven other Nano-ers can root each other on.


My Camp Nano Goal: To complete an outline for the first book of my Gatlon (superheroes) trilogy, knock out a bunch of early research, and compile character and setting sketches for all three books.


If you’ve been following me for a while, you might be thinking… ummmm, didn’t you already write the first book of the Heroes trilogy…?


To which I would say: Hush up, you stalker!


(Just kidding.)


I would actually say: Yes, indeed! I wrote a draft of this book during NaNoWriMo 2014 (holy cow, where does the time go?) – but then I got caught up in finishing Winter, Stars Above, Heartless, and two graphic novel scripts, and when I went back to review the draft I wrote all those months ago… I was supremely dissatisfied.


Which is neither uncommon nor unexpected. In fact, this has happened with the first draft of just about every book I’ve written, and I’m beginning to realize it just might be the way my brain functions. At least I know I’m not alone, given how many writers talk about scrapping their first drafts and starting from scratch on a regular basis!


I never think of these first drafts as wasted, though. For me, that first non-draft has to happen before you can move on to the first real draft. It’s like, your brain is cluttered with all the boring, cliché, and expected ideas and you need to scrape off that layer of drivel before you can get to the goldmine underneath.


And now it’s time to roll up my sleeves, grab my shovel, and start digging up the real story.


Huh… that’s actually not a bad analogy.


Anyway, so I’m back at square one, but I’m also excited to dive back into this world and start molding it into the awesome trilogy I believe it can be.


Wish me luck this month! Or better yet, wish me plenty of inspired, lightning-bolt ideas…


Are you doing Camp Nano this month? Feel free to post about your April goal or root each other on in the comments. And though I already have a cabin, feel free to use this blog post to seek out Lunartic cabin mates for yourself! 





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