In which I can finally announce NEW BOOKS!!!!!!

“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
“Seen what?”
Her smiled widened. “Everything.”

~A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

You guyssssssssss.

I’ve been waiting to write this post for MONTHS. Like, 8 months, to be exact.

I come with NEWS! Of the BOOK variety!! This just ran in Publisher’s Weekly:

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*FLAIL*

I started writing ADSOM a little more than a year ago. It all started with the image of a  young man walking through a wall and colliding with a girl. He was wounded and fleeing, with something very dangerous in his possession, and she was a pickpocket, and instantly stole the thing he was fleeing with. That was the seed, and a year later I’m so excited to announce that the book, now known as A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC will be the first in a new fantasy series at Tor!

I’ve been teasing this book online for AGES now–this is “pirates, thieves, and sadist kings”–and I’m so excited to finally shove this book out of the shadows and into the light!

And even more exciting? A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC is DONE! It went off to copyedits a week or so ago, and right now it’s scheduled to release early next year! Somewhere between January and March, we’re still nailing things down, but that is soon!

A short list of things in ADSOM:

–Magic

–Cross-dressing thieves

–(Aspiring) pirates

–Londons (plural)

–Sadistic kings (and queens)

–A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness

–More magic (blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic, etc. etc.)

–Epic magicky fights scenes

–Angst!

–And coats with more than two sides.

I thoughts it might be fun to take a short stroll through the life of ADSOM so far (through the eyes of Twitter).

The first time I worked up the nerves to post a snippet:

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The first tweets I made after ADSOM sold to Tor:

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In the throes of revisions:

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With the end of revisions in sight!

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And now I suppose I better start working on the sequel!!

Grab THE ARCHIVED for only $0.99!

Hey lovelies!

I’m in LA, getting ready to do an event at the LAPL with five AMAZING ladies (Gretchen McNeil, Margaret Stohl, Anna Carey, Robin Lafevers, Mel de la Cruz) but I wanted to let you know about something AWESOME that’s going on right now.

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The folks at Disney*Hyperion have dropped the price of the ebook across ALL platforms to $0.99, but only for a few days.

$0.99.

That’s less than a cup of cheap coffee. Less than the change in most pockets or purses. And you can use it to grab the whole book (*and* the first chapter of the second).

If you’ve been on the fence, holding out, or just haven’t gotten around to trying out this series and you want to (or if you just want to show support and pick it up in another media), this is your chance!

And I hope you’ll spread the word. To be honest, I’ve already been completely overwhelmed by the response. The deal went live yesterday and as of my typing this, the kindle version is ranked #153, and the nook is ranked #56. I am so grateful, and simply hope that this promotion helps more people to discover a series I care about so very much.

Links for USA:

KINDLE.

NOOK.

KOBO.

Link for Canada:

ITUNES.

THE UNBOUND is finally HERE!

Hi, lovelies!!

The day has come! The Unbound is finally on shelves.

There was a point in this book’s life when I feared that would never happen.

It’s been such an uphill journey, and I’m just so relieved to have made it here, to the point where the book stops being mine and starts being yours.

From the loss of an editor and in-house champion to a massive crisis of confidence and a sense of creative purgatory, this book has put me through the ringer, but I’m so proud of where it ended up, and I so hope you enjoy it <333

In the vlog I talk about the roller coaster of emotions, and reveal the giveaway winners!! And most of all, I say thank you (I will never say enough thank yous).

Oh and my dog totally hijacks my moment of feels.

Thank you, as ever, for being my rock, my walls, my cheering section. <3

In which V cannot stop touching her hair oh and also a new UNBOUND teaser!

The title pretty much says it all.

As per usual, leave a comment to enter!

THE UNBOUND teaser #6 + OMG FINISHED BOOKS!!!!!!

Deadline hangover.

New video.

Finished books.

Much flail.

You know the drill, lovelies.

Comment to win!

THE UNBOUND teaser #5!!

Hello, lovelies! Happy New Year!

Not only can I say that THE UNBOUND hits shelves this year. I can say it hits shelves this MONTH!

And as we count down to release, it’s time for another teaser!!

You know the rules. Leave a comment below or on the youtube page, and one lucky person will win a signed hardcover of THE UNBOUND!

Cheers, lovelies.

~V

1 Month till THE UNBOUND!!! Announcing the Epic Pre-Order Prize Pack.

Lovelies!!

My editor just sent me this photo!

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Do you know what that means? THE UNBOUND IS ALIVE MWAHAHAAHAHA.

*clears throat*

And since it’s hitting shelves in exactly ONE MONTH, I think it’s time to announced the Epic Pre-Order Prize Pack.

Everyone who pre-orders THE UNBOUND from any retailer–local, chain, online, hardcopy, digital–and sends proof/confirmation to viciousveschwab at gmail dot com, will 1. receive signed UNBOUND bookmarks…

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…and 2. be entered to win the epic prize pack containing:

–$75 to the local bookstore/chain bookstore/online retailer of your choice
–A signed hardcover of THE ARCHIVED
–A signed bookplate for your copy of THE UNBOUND
–A key necklace
–An ARCHIVED tote bag
–A signed US hardcover or UK paperback of VICIOUS

Simple, isn’t it?!

Allons-y!

2013: My strange, wonderful, heartbreaking, surreal year in review

Wow. What a year. I’m doing this post as much as a reminder to myself as an update for my readers.

This has been an absolute roller coaster of a year.

In 2013…

–My second book, THE ARCHIVED, hit shelves.

–I traveled and promoted, and got to panel with Veronica Roth, Lissa Price, and Lauren Oliver at LA Times Festival of Books, which was an absolute highlight of my promo year.

–I lost two dogs very close together. I’d had Mitzi since I was 8 years old, and the absence of her was devastating. Sam I’d had since I was 16. Needless to say, both left holes in my heart.

–I spent more than a month in Europe, including two weeks in Scotland that reaffirmed my decision to live there, and two weeks traveling through Europe doing research for a future book.

–I felt abandoned.

–I wrote PIRATES, THIEVES, AND SADIST KINGS (not real title).

–I got to announce my middle grade series with Scholastic.

–I filmed a video advertisement for Scholastic.

–I wrote the second book in the middle grade series, Everyday Angel.

–I felt lost.

–I got to sign ARCs of VICIOUS at BEA to a group that started lining up two hours in advance. And I got to do it with my incredible editor at my side.

–I wrote my first ever short story, “Warm Up,” and had it published on Tor.com.

–I got to sign both VICIOUS and THE ARCHIVED at New York Comic Con.

–I got to write a series of essays about one of my favorite books (STARDUST) by one of my favorite authors (Neil Gaiman), and he read them.

–I felt frustrated.

–I learned to play tennis.

–I watched all 5 seasons of Breaking Bad in less than a month.

–VICIOUS hit shelves.

–VICIOUS racked up a humbling array of “Best of” lists as well as a PW star.

–VICIOUS sold movie rights to an incredible team of producers.

–I felt hopeful.

–I sold books.

–I had books rejected.

–I made some incredible new friends, both within the publishing sphere and without.

–I got accepted to graduate school in Scotland.

–I said yes to the offer.

*breathless*

This has been a strange, wonderful, heartbreaking, surreal year. I don’t know what 2014 holds, but I hope there is balance and hope, and a bit of magic.

And of course, I hope there is adventure.

The VICIOUS movie deal: what happened, what it means, and what it doesn’t.

Hello, lovelies!!

So, yesterday, after months and months of hope, development, and waiting, this went up on Deadline Hollywood:

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Before I go any further, allow me to get this out of my system: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Okay. Deep breaths. Onward. As many of you have guessed, this is the reason (or at least a large portion of the reason) I flew out to LA this past October.

The deal was already underway, and while I was out there, I had the immense pleasure of meeting not only my film agent (the incredible, and incredibly patient-with-V, Jon Cassir) but also EVERYONE involved on this deal.

Ridley Scott’s company, Scott Free, have been absolute champions of VICIOUS from the very beginning. They were one of the first producers to vie for the project, and have fought for it at every single stage so far.

Getting to meet Allison, my acquiring producer, has been an absolute highlight of my journey so far. You guys, when the article says that Allison “brought in the book” that is an understatement. She discovered VICIOUS, and she championed it in-house with infectious excitement, and none of this would be happening without her. She is hungry and she is brilliant and I want to draw hearts on her picture. These are my feelings.

And Story Mining. Story Mining itself may be new on the block but it’s made up of powerhouse players. I got to have brunch with Jeffrey and Evan in the penthouse of an extraordinarily posh building in Beverly Hills and I still haven’t fully recovered. These gentleman are savvy, passionate, and smart, and getting to sit across from them and nervously eat a croissant while they talked about my book–my characters, my world–is something I can’t even describe. They GET IT.

Everyone involved GETS IT and while I’m obviously over the moon to have a film deal, I want to try and stress how important it is to have people on board who aren’t just making a power play, or collecting a project “just in case”, but are well and truly committed to the narrative. In that respect, I feel incredibly blessed.

Now, the down and dirty.

VICIOUS has been optioned. What this means is that the involved producers/production companies have essentially bought the exclusive right to make the movie for the next couple years. If they need more time, they can buy more time.

For those who don’t know, a film option does NOT mean VICIOUS will necessarily be coming to a theatre near you. There are still so. many. doors. to unlock, to pass through. Screenwriters and scripts and directors and casts and such. And none of those doors are in my control. This door wasn’t either. All that I have done–all that I could do–was write the book.

What it DOES mean is that a team of producers believes in the project enough to take the first and vital step in that direction. As with book publishing, there are many, many doors a project needs to get through, but this is the first one, and having the opportunity to cross this threshold is immense, to say the least.

One of the coolest parts of this deal is that it’s not with a studio. It’s with a financier. Often producers pair up with studios (Fox, WB, Lionsgate, etc) and while that’s awesome, the fact is that studios are huge, and take on a massive amount of content, and then the vast majority of that content simply, well, sits. Waiting.

But having a financier attached, and specifically an amazing, energetic financier like Story Mining (these are the guys behind the upcoming Outlander tv series!), means that VICIOUS has a better chance of progressing through the next few doors. It still means we need green lights, but it also means that VICIOUS can be sold to a studio before production OR after, which is an immense luxury. Scott Free and Story Mining have a unique partnership…that is to say, they came together FOR this project. And that’s a great thing.

Will VICIOUS become a movie? I don’t know. I like to proceed with extreme caution where these kinds of hopes are concerned (see: things out of my control). But while I can’t tell you what will happen next, I can tell you that everyone attached to VICIOUS believes in this project. They are passionate about the story, and about Victor and Eli, Sydney and Serena, and I could not ask for more.

If you have any questions, comments, etc. leave them below!

The Unbound teaser #4 (+ giveaway)!

You know the routine, lovelies! A new week, a new vlog, a new giveaway!

Watch the teaser, leave a comment either on the youtube page or down below!

Also, wrack up extra entry points by RTing on Twitter or reposting on Tumblr!

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