I’m back in the states, jetlagged and just in time to celebrate!
Not only does THE NEAR WITCH come out in paperback TODAY, but, to celebrate its release, “The Ash-Born Boy” is finally up over at Disney*Hyperion’s website!
AND OMG YOU GUYS.
LOOK AT THE SHINY BANNER ON THE HOMEPAGE.
JUST LOOK AT IT.
And the short story now comes with a shiny summary:
Before he came to Near…
Before he met Lexi…
Before they faced the witch…
Who was the boy named Cole?
Follow us to Dale, a city on a hill, where in a matter of days fire will devour everything. Meet the Lord and Lady, and their son, the boy destined to inherit all…until everything turns to ash.
It’s time to learn the truth behind the stranger’s story.
Now, a note.
If you’ve already read THE NEAR WITCH, “The Ash-Born Boy” is guaranteed to change the way you see Cole.
And if you haven’t read THE NEAR WITCH yet, don’t worry, “The Ash-Born Boy” won’t spoil anything!
And if you want to wait and read THE NEAR WITCH first, don’t worry! Cole’s story will stay up on Disney*Hyperion’s website. It has its own page and everything 🙂
BUT I hope you’ll help me celebrate by taking a look!
And if/when you do read “The Ash-Born Boy” I hope you’ll post your thoughts over on Goodreads!
Also! Don’t forget that in the back of the paperback itself, you’ll find the first chapter of my new book, THE ARCHIVED, which doesn’t come out until January!
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY…
Thank you. Thank you all so, so much for sticking with me, for helping me shout and cheer and for being absolutely incredible. You are my sanity and my support and my favorite part of all this madness.
The first paperback secret was that I would be signing at BEA.
The second paperback secret was that the entire first chapter of THE ARCHIVED would be in the pb.
And now, the third and final paperback secret is…
THE ASH-BORN BOY.
What is THE ASH-BORN BOY? Let’s look back almost a YEAR to a convo I had with the awesome folks over at Disney*Hyperion.
*wiggles fingers and makes TARDIS-esque noises*
Publisher: Okay, your next book will come out in Jan 2013.
Me: Yay! But…but that means I won’t have any new work out into 2012.
Pub: You’ll have a paperback release!
Me: But nothing new…
Pub: Well, Jan 2013 is kind of like the 13th month in 2012.
Me: But I feel like I should have SOMETHING new. For readers. You know, a gift. A thank-you for sticking with me…Could I write them a story? We could put it up on the Disney*Hyperion website when the paperback releases on May 15th!
Pub: Sure! But what kind of story do you want to tell?
Me: *mischievous smile* I KNOW JUST THE ONE.
There’s one question I get asked more than any other.
Who was Cole, before he came to Near?
For those who’ve yet to read The Near Witch, there is a stranger that comes to Near. His name is not Cole. The main character, Lexi, gives him that name when he refuses to tell her his, when he refuses to tell her anything about his life before setting foot in her village. Over the course of the book we learn pieces of his past, but so much of it is never told.
And that’s why I decided to write THE ASH-BORN BOY.
“Who was Cole?” people ask me.
And so, on May 15th, when the paperback of The Near Witch goes on sale, I’m going to answer that question. THE ASH-BORN BOY is a novella that will go up on Disney*Hyperion’s website, www.un-requiredreading.com. There’s a note with the link posted in the back of the paperback, too.
THE ASH-BORN BOY will have a permanent URL on the site, but if for some reason it ever comes down, I will make sure it’s always up online. It will remain available. And most importantly, it will always be FREE.
This is my gift to readers. It is my thank-you to everyone who’s found me, shared this journey, stuck with me, cheered for me and for my books. I hope to be able to give you many more, but I know I can give you this.
Oh, oh, and if you’re interested in pre-ordering the paperback of THE NEAR WITCH (since I’m still waiting for final, final word that it will be in B+N…I mean, I think it will, I hope it will, but nothing’s sure and oh the stress it burns), it’s currently up for only $6.74 (!!! 25% off!! Free shipping!!) HERE on Book Depository. And you can of course pre-order it now or buy/order it later from any of your local indie or chain stores. THE NEAR WITCH, like all books, needs your love (ahhhhh it sounds like a phone-a-thon, doesn’t it!? Where are my celebrity callers?). Anyway, NW needs your love, since I hear the author has a narwhal-buying problem. And a book-buying problem. And a cupcake-buying problem…though, really, how can anything involving the purchase and devouring of cupcakes be considered a problem??
I’m so, so excited to be sharing THE ASH-BORN BOY with you!!!!!!
I don’t expect victory, BUT for every 50 votes The Near Witch gets this round I will add ANOTHER paperback to the giveaway. So if this turns out to be The Near Witch’s final round, but it gets 150 votes, then this weekend I will host a giveaway with FOUR paperback winners, etc.
So I was in the car with Carrie Ryan, on our way to a signing, when a friend sent her an email letting her know that the conclusion to her epic trilogy (The Dark and Hollow Places) had made the SIBA long list (SIBA takes in nominations from southern independent booksellers and their customers, then selects the top ones for its long list, and from there selects finalists and a winner). And then Carrie turns around and says, “Hey V, you’re on here, too!” And I was like “?” And so she sent me the link and I was so thrilled to see that Caroline of the incredible Malaprops store in Asheville nominated THE NEAR WITCH!
2. NYCTAF = NEW YORK CITY TEEN AUTHOR FEST.
This thing is epic. And really, what I mean is EPIIIIIIIIC. Except with, like, 100 more I’s, because I think there are about 100 more authors involved. And this year I’m lucky enough to be involved, too!!! To see the FULL list of events (because its epicness is of the scale that would break my blog, go HERE. But below are the events I will be doing!
Thursday, March 29:
The NYC Big Read – Brooklyn (Brooklyn Public Library, central branch, Grand Army Plaza)
Matthue Roth Victoria Schwab
Friday March 30
Symposium (42nd Street NYPL, 2-6)
3:50-4:40: No Ordinary Love: How to Create a Satisfying Love Story and a Satisfying Supernatural World at the Same Time
Melissa de la Cruz
Jeri Smith-Ready Victoria Schwab
moderator: Barry Lyga
Sunday April 1
Our No-Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (Books of Wonder, 1-4)
Melissa De La Cruz (Lost in Time, Hyperion)
Alyssa Sheinmel (The Lucky Kind, RH)
Jennifer Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Little Brown)
Jeri Smith-Ready (Shift, S&S)
Jon Skovron (Misfit, Abrams) Victoria Schwab (The Near Witch, Hyperion)
Mark Shulman (Are You Normal?, National Geographic)
Margaret Stohl (Beautiful Chaos, Little Brown)
Arlaina Tibensky (And Then Things Fell Apart, S&S)
Siobhan Vivian (The List, Scholastic)
Melissa Walker (Small Town Sinners, Bloomsbury)
K.M. Walton (Cracked, S&S)
John Corey Whaley (Where Things Come Back, S&S)
Alecia Whitaker (The Queen of Kentucky, Little Brown)
Maryrose Wood (The Unseen Guest, Harper)
Natalie Zaman and Charlotte Bennardo (Sirenz, Flux)
You guys, that little signing list above is like 1/5 of the number of authors that will be at BoW.
I’m going to have to go save all my money. And then make some more money, so I can buy ALL THE SHINY BOOKS. *digs under couch cushions for change*
3. THIS SONG.
It’s like a lullaby for my bones.
4. IT’S MARCH.
Like, THE THIRD MONTH IN 2012.
I just needed to get that off my chest.
But March is cool, yo. And on the 15th, I’ll be able to share my second NW paperback secret!!
I guess that’s all I have to share today.
I was going to finish up this post here, but I felt like it could use a little more cowbell. But when I looked up photos, all I got was Will Ferrell in a too-short shirt, so I thought I’d give you this instead…
I’m writing this from SLC airport while I whittle away a layover writing guest posts and answering email and trying to stay awake after the crazy, wonderful Boise trip (some pictures below).
And you guys, I don’t know if you noticed this, but it’s October!!! I LOVE October. The shifting leaves and the smell of fall and the candy and the promise of cold…and this year, the weekend trips (Auburn, Nashville, DC, San Diego), and the fact that Halloween knows how to rock some witches, and being the proud owner of a witch book, it’s a great excuse for me to GIVE STUFF AWAY.
I’m also planning to dress up as a narwhal for Halloween.
As of tomorrow, The Near Witch will have been on shelves for TWO MONTHS, so it will definitely be a giveaway day on Twitter, and as the month goes on, I’ll be throwing lots more stuff at you from my corner of the internet.
Now let’s have some Boise pictures! And then I have to go get on another plane Boo planes.
THE EPIC DAY OF EPIC IN BOISE:
Every crazy day must start with tea…
Then it was off to South Junior, to talk to a bunch of fabulous junior high students in the library…
A picture with the kids who already had their own copies of the book…
Then it was time to sign stuff! Books and bookmarks! And then, somehow, binders, glasses, cell phone cases, shoes…
And then it was off to Hillside Junior High, to speak to an assembly!
And sign more bookmarks, binders, hands…
And, um, a face (ONE girl asked me to do it, and then four more appeared out of nowhere and demanded it, assuring me that *I* wouldn’t get in trouble, *THEY* would)…
I got to have lunch with a group of students who loved reading, and had all read the book!
From there, we went to Timberline High, and I spoke to the student book club…
After that, all that remained was the bookstore signing…
I don’t know if you been following YALLFEST on Twitter and/or Tumblr, but it’s an amazing book festival happening this November in Charleston, SC.
Authors are being announced/leaked 1-2 at a time, and OH MY.
The list SO FAR?
Melissa de la Cruz
Sarah Rees Brennan
Can we have a moment of EEEEEEEE?
I am so, so excited to finally announce that I’ll be at YALLFEST!!! I was invited early this year, and have been bouncing in my seat ever since.
ALSO! This is random but very, very cool. The Near Witch is one of the top 5 #fridayreads! And it’s tied with, get this, THE HELP. Let’s all laugh and shake our heads and say “Silly little NW.”
And now, my dears, I’m off to Decatur Book Festival! If you’re looking for me, I’ll be the kid in the corner.
1. You could eat a cookie. You might not know this, but the author of that silly little book loves cookies so much that she can SENSE when someone is eating a cookie in her book’s honor, and it’s ALMOST as pleasant as if she’s eating it herself.
2. You could take the book on a date and snap a picture of you walking on the beach, or sharing a glass of wine (mind the cover) or watching a roller derby match.
3. You could write a review and post it to any number of sites, including your own, Amazon, Goodreads, LibraryThing, etc. etc.
4. You could tell and/or hug the author. I hear she’s a bit silly, and divides her time between rocking in the corner, and working on her next book.
6. You could tell OTHER people about the book, since the author might not be as receptive because of the corner and the rocking and such. Suggested people: your friends, your teachers, your librarians, bookstore owners, their publisher, random people on the street…
7. Other…it’s still early, and I haven’t had my tea…
NOTE OF EPIC IMPORTANCE:
THIS LIST CAN AND SHOULD BE APPLIED TO *ANY* BOOK YOU READ AND LOVE.
EVEN THOUGH NOT ALL AUTHORS CAN SENSE WHEN YOU EAT COOKIES.