Monday, February 17, 2014

Blog tour for GRIM, featuring my new story "Figment"!

Next Tuesday, February 25, an exciting new anthology, GRIM, will be released, featuring 17 of my favorite YA authors (including me!). The short stories are Grimm fairytales told with a twist. There's a fantastic variety of tales here, some modern, some historical, some humorous, some creepy.

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My story, "Figment," is a retelling of "Puss in Boots." Just like in the original tale, a third son inherits a cat upon the death of his father (the first and second sons get a house and a car, respectively). But just like in "Puss in Boots," the cat is much more than he seems. Especially since he's a stuffed cat.

No, really. Here's a picture of him:

He's about three inches tall. And it's this little guy, not the seventeen-year-old boy, who narrates the story.

See, a "figment" (a paranormal creature I invented) is kind of a combination imaginary friend/good-luck charm. Figments have existed ever since humans have had imagination. They dwell in material objects, but they themselves are eternal. They are experts in human emotion, but they themselves feel nothing. Or so they claim.

So yeah, writing from the perspective of a character who can't move and has no emotions was a real challenge! Despite this, I think "Figment" is one of the lighter, sweeter reads in this generally dark collection.

(Oh, and the dude who gets the cat is a guitar player.)

Anyway! The GRIM Blog Tour is underway today, running from now until next Friday.

  • At every stop on the tour, the blog will be hosting a contest for a giveaway of 1 copy of GRIM
  • Grand prize: At every stop on the tour, a grand prize package will be promoted, which will include 2 copies of GRIM and a selection of other Harlequin TEEN titles 
PLUS, tomorrow there'll be an extra special something to show you guys.

Here the extra special something!

Grim Blog Tour Schedule (Feb 17-28)

Monday, February 17th - Harlequin Paranormal Blog
•    Post by editor Christine Johnson

Tuesday, February 18th – Stories 1, 2 and 3 - Two Chicks on Books
•    Featuring stories:
o    THE KEY by Rachel Hawkins
o    FIGMENT by Jeri Smith-Ready
o    THE TWELFTH GIRL by Malinda Lo

Wednesday, February 19th – Stories 4, 5 and 6 - Book and A Latte
•    Featuring stories:
o    THE RAVEN PRINCESS by Jon Skovron
o    THINNER THAN WATER by Saundra Mitchell

Friday, February 21st – Stories 7, 8 and 9 - Fiction Freak
•    Featuring stories:
o    BEAST/BEAST by Tessa Gratton
o    THE BROTHERS PIGGETT by Julie Kagawa
o    UNTETHERED by Sonia Gensler

Monday, February 24th – Stories 10, 11 and 12 - Mundie Moms
•    Featuring stories:
o    BETTER By Shaun David Hutchinson
o    LIGHT IT UP by Kimberly Derting
o    SHARPER THAN A SERPENT’S TONGUE by Christine Johnson

Wednesday, February 26th –  Stories 13, 14 and 15 - Bumbles and Fairytales
•    Featuring stories:
o    A REAL BOY by Claudia Gray
o    SKIN TRADE by Myra McEntire
o    BEAUTY AND THE CHAD by Sarah Rees Brennan

Friday, February 28th –  Stories 16 and 17 - Fiktshun
•    Featuring stories:
o    THE PINK: A GRIMM STORY by Amanda Hocking
o    SELL OUT by Jackson Pearce

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Awww Fig!! I love it, can I have him? :P
It's so cute, and the story is just amazing Jeri!!

Posted by: Blogger Gaby Pendragon at 2/18/2014 12:25 AM

Thanks, Gaby! :)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 2/18/2014 4:07 PM

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