Thursday, October 24, 2013

New in Teen Fantasy: Christopher Paolini Anniversary and Brandon Sanderson #fantasychat

CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, author of ERAGON (Knopf Books for Young Reader / On Sale October 22, 2013 / Ages 12 up)
From self-published obscurity to international sensation, Knopf celebrates 10-year anniversary of ERAGON

Christopher Paolini was 15 when he began writing ERAGON, Book One of the Inheritance cycle.  Now, nearing 30, he enjoys a success that is as magical as the fantasy novels he writes.  His Inheritance cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr and Inheritance) has sold over 35 million copies worldwide and is available in 125 countries in 49 languages.  His journey has been extraordinary.

This fall, Knopf is celebrating the 10th anniversary of this worldwide phenomenon with the release of a collector’s edition of ERAGON. This faux-leather bound edition features gold-foil line art on the cover and six glossy, full-color original illustrations on the interior by award-winning artists who inspired Paolini—John Jude Palancar (the Inheritance cycle cover artist), Michael Hague, Donato Giancola, Ciurelo, and Raoule Vitale—as well as Paolini himself. Christopher’s large, diverse and intensely devoted fan base—including many parents who thank him because ERAGON turned their reluctant readers into book lovers—are sure to add this special edition to their bookshelves.

BRANDON SANDERSON, author of STEELHEART (On sale September 24th / Delacorte Press / Ages 12 up)
STEELHEART, the #1 New York Times bestseller, is the first book in a new, action-packed thrill ride of a series!

Ten years ago calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary people extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics were no friend to man. With their incredible gifts came a desire to rule. And to rule man, you must crush his will. Now, in what was once Chicago, an astonishingly powerful Epic named Steelheart has installed himself as emperor. Steelheart possesses the strength of ten men and can control the elements. It is said that no bullet can harm him, no sword can split his skin, and no fire can burn him. He is invincible. Nobody fights back… nobody but the Reckoners.

A shadowy group of ordinary humans, the Reckoners spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. When Steelheart came to Chicago, he killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David has been studying, and planning, and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. He has seen Steelheart bleed—and he wants revenge.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Shannon Hale: The Interview

Author Interview Questions Shannon Hale

Describe your book in 5 words
                Boarding school for children of famous fairytales

Best writing tip you ever received?
                People remember a story for its characters.

What one young adult novel do you wish you had when you were a teen? Why?
                The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart. It’s smart, engaging, and discusses so many things I was struggling with.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
                I have 4 kids (including identical girl toddler twins). My husband likes to wear masks and hide around the house to scare me. I like to read while lying on my belly. I love the sky. I’m not a very good speller.

What are you working on now?

                The third Princess Academy book.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

Unbreakable: New From Kami Garcia: An Interview with the Author

Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this action-packed paranormal thriller, the first book in a new series from New York Times bestselling author Kami Garcia.

I never believed in ghosts. Until one tried to kill me.

When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn’t know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Not until identical twins Jared and Lukas Lockhart break into Kennedy’s room and destroy a dangerous spirit sent to kill her. The brothers reveal that her mother was part of an ancient secret society responsible for protecting the world from a vengeful demon — a society whose five members were all murdered on the same night.

Now Kennedy has to take her mother’s place in the Legion if she wants to uncover the truth and stay alive. Along with new Legion members Priest and Alara, the teens race to find the only weapon that might be able to destroy the demon — battling the deadly spirits he controls every step of the way.

Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.

What one thing do you need to have when you write?
I need three things: my laptop, my headphones, and Diet Coke.
Describe your book in 5 words
Paranormal. Ghost-hunting. Intense. Romance. Secret Societies.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
1. I don’t know how to ride a bike. 2. I used to be an artist (a painter). 3. I won’t fly without my huge charm necklace that I believe will keep the plane from crashing. 4. I believe in ghosts. 5. Every time I write a book, I worry that everyone will hate it.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the second book in the Legion Series, the sequel to Unbreakable. Like Unbreakable, the sequel is very intense and has plenty of paranormal elements. But I think it’s even more romantic and surprising than the first book.
What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?
My favorite genre to write is definitely urban fantasy/paranormal romance. I love to read paranormal, but I am also a huge fan of horror, crime fiction, high fantasy, and science fiction.

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