Monday, June 28, 2010
But I wanted to give away another signed set of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone, once again in preparation for the July 27 release of Bring on the Night. Last week's winner of the signed copies (plus a copy of Shannon Delaney's werewolf novel 13 to Life) was...Angel!
This week's special feature is a playlist that my Facebook page administrator, Jennzah Morris, made for me after reading an early copy of Bring on the Night. Most of the songs, she says, apply to the series as a whole, but a few are particularly pertinent to the upcoming installment (I won't say which, to avoid giving spoiler-y hints):
I think it rocks, and I'm so touched that she thought enough about the books and their connection to music to make up an entire playlist.
By the way, I am compiling a playlist for Shade made up of reader-suggested songs, including this PERFECT one suggested by a Facebook page "liker." Here are the lyrics to "Postcards" by this wonderful Irish band, The Blizzards.
I'd love to do a similar reader-built soundtrack for the WVMP series. So to enter to win signed copies of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone plus a special bonus prize (see below):
1. Suggest a song for a WVMP series soundtrack (each song worth 3 entry chances, up to 5 songs).
2. Suggest a song for a Shade soundtrack. (each song worth 2 entry chances, up to 5 songs)
3. Tell me which songs make you think of other books or movies. (each song worth 1 entry chance, up to 5 songs)
Prize: signed copies of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone, PLUS a $15 iTunes gift card.
Retail value: $30.98
Deadline: Monday, July 5, 11:59pm eastern.
U.S. Residents only (sorry, it's a legal thing).
Can't wait to hear your suggestions. As they say in radio, thanks for listening!
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Five weeks? Seriously? In some ways, it feels like Bad to the Bone just came out, and yet it's been over a year since the release of the trade paperback original. I think the mass market rerelease in March fooled me into thinking I just had a new WVMP book out. I am insanely curious (and a little nervous) to see what readers think of the new installment.
I also wanted this week to spotlight a brand new werewolf book I think you'll love. I loved it myself so very much, I put my own name on it, on the back cover of Shannon Delaney's 13 to Life, where I said:
Jessie and Pietr's bond is sweet and real, with more than a touch of delicious danger.
So to tie my two wants together, I'm giving away a copy of 13 to Life, as well as signed copies of Wicked Game and Bad to the Bone. To enter, tell me in the comments to this post:
1. Why vampires are better than werewolves.
2. Why werewolves are better than vampires.
You must do both to qualify. I believe in a balanced debate. And hey, in honor of the Eclipse premiere next week, it's highly appropriate! (Team Jacob FTW!)
Deadline: Sunday, June 27, 11:59pm eastern. U.S. residents only.
So think bipartisan (or bi-monsterous) and tell me why vampires and werewolves both rock!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
The bad news is that I have to have it rewritten and back to my editor by July 19, and then have line edits finished by August 2. Yikes! *deep breath* (I can do this, I can do this.)
So you know that RWA Nationals Conference I was going to attend the last week in July? Not so much now. No point in spending money (that I really don't have, anyway) to sit in my hotel room working on line edits. My apologies to readers who were planning to say hi to me at the Literacy Signing Wednesday night.
Instead I'll be doing some fun online launch stuff for Bring on the Night! The party has already started this week at All Things Urban Fantasy, where I talk about how much I hate spoilers, make an important announcement about ARCs, and where you can win one of two copies of Bring on the Night itself.
Oh, and the first two chapters of Bring on the Night are now up! I got permission to post more than one chapter, seeing as Chapter One is only five lines long, and including that alone would just be mean, even for me.
So while I'm waiting for my beta readers to give me heroically fast feedback on Shift, I'm spending this week writing the first draft of a YA vampire short story (due July 15) for an anthology that will be out next year. I'll make the official announcement as soon as it's, well, official. The story will tie into the WVMP Radio series, particularly Book 4 (August 2011), which is now tentatively titled...
Let It Bleed, after the Rolling Stones song and album.
Which I will also officially announce when it's official.
Thursday, June 17, 2010
To celebrate the release of Lifted, Wendy is holding a contest at her website. More details on that at the end of this post.
But first! Here's a bit about the book:
Poppy Browne had never stolen anything in her life before moving to Pleasant Acres, Texas and meeting Mary Jane and Whitney. But when Poppy walks out of the mall with her two new friends and her first pair of stolen jeans, she’s hooked.
Before long, Poppy is lifting whenever she gets the urge—it’s never about the merchandise, it’s always about the thrill. But when her secret gets out, the girls in Poppy’s clique turn on one another. As she watches her life collapse around her, Poppy must decide where her loyalties lie … and how far she’ll go to protect herself.
Many people think Lifted rocks:
Smart, deftly written, and extremely well-observed, Wendy Toliver’s Lifted is so realistic and moving I felt like I was transported right inside Poppy’s world, watching as she struggled to navigate her way through a school where appearances are deceiving and no one is quite what they seem. A hard to put down, compelling read!
--Alyson Noël, #1 New York Times Best Selling author of The Immortals series
Lifted is the story of an imperfect heroine seeking her place not only in school, but in life. Its exploration of the amount of truth behind social and religious stereotypes escalates into a double-dog dare to believe them. A haunting morality tale that will leave you questioning just what it means to be "good." --Aprilynne Pike, author of the #1 New York Times Best-Selling novel Wings
Lifted by Wendy Toliver is an amazing, compelling read, filled with all the realness of being in high school, from humor to love to angst. I haven't met a character so well developed as Poppy since reading Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. At times heartbreaking, at others uplifting, Lifted is a book that I absolutely loved. --James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner and the13th Reality series
Especially well drawn is Poppy’s crush, a quirky, sincere minister’s son, who—as Poppy’s world spins out of control—comforts her with unconditional support: “We all make mistakes. It says so in the Bible, so it’s gotta be true.” Will appeal to all teens interested in wayward behavior. --Booklist
And now, my interview with Wendy!
1. What's the weirdest tidbit of research you've ever incorporated into a book?
I went onto the internet and found a discussion where teenagers were giving shoplifting advice. I changed up the details but used some of their experiences as a basis for my story.
2. Let's say there's a TV show, movie, or recording artist that has a cult of you. Which is it? (i.e., what do you like that no one else you know likes)?
I like horror movies. Like The Ring, The Grudge, Drag Me to Hell, Saw. Those kinds. It’s not my favorite kind of movie, but I like being scared and sometimes even grossed out when I’m watching a movie.
3. What's your earliest memory?
One of my earliest memories is walking a few blocks with my little sister and our piggy banks to buy a kitten. She was an adorable half-Siamese, half-Himalayan ball of fur that we named Lucy Bell.
4. Do you have any phobias?
I’m afraid of being entirely alone. On a lighter side, I’m afraid of getting too far behind on laundry.
5. Which author, living or dead, would you most love to collaborate with?
I think it would be a hoot to collaborate with Oscar Wilde.
Great answer! *makes mental note for next time someone asks me which dead person I'd love to have dinner with*
Wendy is running a contest on her website, www.wendytoliver.com, the entire month of June. Simply click on the “contact” button and send her a message including the word “contest,” your name, and your U.S. mailing address. (If you’re under the age of 14, please get permission from your parents/guardians first.) She will be giving away gift cards to Border’s, signed copies of Lifted, as well as other fun prizes. One entry per person, please.
Wendy can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and Simon & Schuster.com. She blogs regularly at Teen Fiction Cafe, Simon Pulse Romantic Comedies, and Books, Boys, Buzz. And does it well! Seriously, I don't know how she does it all. I'm in awe.
The next GCC tour will be in two weeks, when we'll welcome Jennifer O'Connell to the blog. See you tomorrow for my first installment of Fact Check Friday, when I post about some of the odd tidbits I come across during my book research.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Our dog Meadow herniated another disc, so she's been on crate rest for the last four weeks. If all goes well, she only has another four weeks to go and can then start going for walks again and totally avoid surgery. (When I say "crate rest," she's actually in a pen created by a baby gate on one side, the TV on another, the coffee table and the wall on the other two sides. It's quite cushy and not at all jail-like.)
Because it's hot now, she prefers to be in the basement, and finds the television soothing. So I've gotten sucked in to watching World Cup soccer. I never enjoyed the sport before, and would often mock it as dead boring. But now, for some reason, I find it mesmerizing. Or at least, I like to have it on in the background while I write. I can't wait for the U.S.'s match against Slovenia Friday morning. They need a win to advance to the next round.
Meadow's tenth birthday is tomorrow. I won't say how her condition is, because the last two times I trumpeted that she was doing great, she took a turn for the worse. But I will say she's being a very good patient. A very patient patient.
A couple of Shade giveaways are going on right now:
Candace's Book Blog is giving away a signed copy (it's already signed and in her hands, so it won't be personalized) that you can enter until June 29.
YA author Sydney Salter is giving away an unsigned copy to go with my slightly embarrassing and mostly nonfictional "breakup story" guest blog. Deadline is tonight at midnight.
My own giveaway of the UK version of Shade continues until Thursday. Details at last week's TV option announcement blog post.
So how's your summer going so far? Are you watching the World Cup? Have the vuvuzelas driven you crazy or deaf yet?
Friday, June 11, 2010
But this came up in this morning's Publisher's Marketplace:
TV: Jeri Smith-Ready's SHADE, to ABC Family with Andrew Gunn Films producing, by Holly Frederick at Curtis Brown, on behalf of Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown.
So what does this mean? It means that film producer Andrew Gunn (who according to his IMDB profile has almost the same birthday as me, so how perfect is that?) read Shade last year and got ABC Family to "option" the book for a television series.
So what's an option? In practical terms, it means a stated time period (usually a year) during which the studio (in the case of films) or network (with TV) can explore the possibility of turning the material into a movie or TV show. During that period, no other studio or network can do the same.
That's all it means, practically speaking. It doesn't mean that a TV show will ever get made. It just means that as long as that option is in effect, no one but ABC Family can develop Shade. The vast majority (and when I say "vast" I don't mean 51%--I mean much higher) of books optioned for film/TV never get made.
So the chances of Shade become a TV show are pretty small. I want to be clear about that.
I also don't really know much about the progress of Shade through the development process. I have absolutely no input into who would be cast, if a cast ever even exists (which it probably won't). Most authors don't.
THAT BEING SAID...it doesn't mean we can't have fun. It's not every day this happens, right?
If you've read Shade, hop on over to Storycasting.com and tell me who you think should play the main characters. I'm setting up an author account, which has to be verified by a retinal scan or something, so I'll put up my own ideas soon. But I want to see your thoughts first! If you don't feel like setting up a user account on Storycasting.com, just tell me in the comments.
(NOTE: Storycasting.com seems to be having a little trouble keeping their site up today, so if you have no luck, try again later.)
Have a question about the TV deal or film/TV options in general? Ask me in the comments and I'll do my best to answer if I can. If I don't know the answer, I'll ask my lovely agent and get back to you.
Everyone who comments will be entered to win a signed copy of the UK version of Shade, something you cannot buy in US bookstores and won't even be able to buy in the UK until September 2. You can see a comparison of the two covers at this fun Wondrous Reads blog post.
Deadline: Thursday, June 17, 11:59pm eastern.
International entries: Yes!