September 24, 2014


This week’s diverse new releases are:

Dreaming in Indian edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick Press)

Book Description: A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

Adrenaline Crush by Laurie Boyle Crompton (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

Book Description: Seventeen-year-old Dyna comes from a long line of risk-takers and is an avid thrill-seeker in her own right, until she takes a terrible fall and shatters her leg. Her life used to be about bike racing and rock climbing; now it’s about staying home, except for attending physical and group therapy sessions at the bizarre alternative healing center her mom has chosen. Dyna’s boyfriend saw her accident and supports her newfound desire for safety, but a young Iraq war veteran she meets at rehab challenges her to think about what she’s really avoiding in her old life and to take chances again—even with her heart.

Silvern by Christina Farley (Skyscape)

Book Description: Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Until the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. She escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it. But Kud is a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper (Little, Brown)

Book Description: Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island’s whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she’s to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane—a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.

Tabula Rasa by Kristen Lippert-Martin (Egmont USA)

“Lippert-Martin’s debut finds life in the oft-seen trope of lost memory—and even a somewhat plausible mechanism for bringing about the amnesia. Plausibility isn’t always the name of the game (the government rarely uses world-class architects for medical torture labs), but this is a very entertaining game for thriller fans. Sarah Ramos, 16, is undergoing focused memory-elimination treatments when her surgery is interrupted by a power outage, followed by an invasion of explosives-wielding commandos who are looking for her.” — Publishers Weekly

On a Clear Day by Walter Dean Myers (Crown Books for Young Readers)

“Myers issues a rebellious call to action that chronicles how seven diverse teenagers respond to injustice in a globalized not-so-distant future. In 2035, giant multinationals control the world’s major resources, engineering positive economic growth by exploiting worldwide social inequity. Change-embracing Dominican computer whiz and Bronx native Dahlia Grillo, the narrator, is one of seven teens who resist. … Readers are left to question what actions are possible, what actions are needed and what actions are right in a world where inaction is an impossibility.A clarion call from a beloved, much-missed master.” — Kirkus, starred review

Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy Book 3) by Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House Books for Young Readers)

Book Description: Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility—and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves most.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse)

“Eighteen-year-old Darcy drops her college plans and moves to New York to revise her soon-to-bepublished novel and start the second one. Meanwhile, in chapters that alternate with Darcy’s NYC adventures, her fictional protagonist, Lizzie, survives a near-death experience to find she has become a psychopomp, responsible for guiding souls to the afterlife. Westerfeld masterfully creates two divergent reading experiences (YA romance and fantasy horror) with two distinct yet believable voices. … this is a busy book, with content drawn from Gujarati culture and Indian religion—this book includes romantic entanglements, a charming lesbian love story, terrorism and justice, and insider references to the YA publishing and literature scene.” — Booklist, starred review

Walter Dean Myers is a genius!

I am on a list with him!

Diversity in YA is so great.

(Also, sci-fi amnesia book, I love a genre convention in another genre, sign me up Tabula Rasa!)

September 23, 2014

My streak of not spoilerering has come to a CLOSE. This is terrifically spoily for Unmade, and so best to have read Unmade or be the kind of person who cares not for spoilers. It’s about two supporting characters, seven years on.

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September 23, 2014

Nick meets Angela. Crossover between the Demon’s Lexicon and Lynburn Legacy serieses, set before either of them. I am gold at this no spoilers thing!

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September 23, 2014

For the first offering in Unmade Request Day, I wrote a weird Demon’s Lexicon AU! So… no spoilers, kind of? Some nasty demonic stuff however! Demons, they do not treat humans well, OVERALL.

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September 23, 2014


To celebrate, the beautiful Cassandra Jean drew me an amazing poster of Team Goodish and Highly Endangered, with an ominous tag line and all!

(From front left: Jared Lynburn, Kami Glass, Ash Lynburn, Holly Prescott, Ten Glass, Tomo Glass, Angela Montgomery, Rusty Montgomery, Lillian Lynburn and Jon Glass.)

Meanwhile… Have you ever wanted me to do your bidding?

Maybe I should rephrase that… to celebrate Unmade Day on my blog, I’m taking requests for wee short stories about ANY CHARACTERS OF MINE you like!

Go here to request:

I hope you enjoy Unmade. I talked about you guys in it. ;)


September 14, 2014
"They were curved together like quotation marks with no words in between"

Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (via wordsfromya)

But who is it?

September 9, 2014

I wrote the start of this story when I was having a tough time writing anything, and it reminded me I love writing, and I continued because I love y’all. I never expected Elliot to be the hero of something that looks alarmingly booklike—I never expected him to be the hero at all—but suddenly like a cranky kraken (a cranken?) from the deeps emerged a cross nerd who had many comments on fantasy adventures: it is terrifying that they gave those Narnia kids swords! What up with the elves? Someone for the love of God bring out the mermaids! ARE WE SAFE IN MAGIC LANDS, AND WHY DO WE KEEP GOING WHEN THE ANSWER IS: NEVER?

Part 12 of The Turn of the Story is now up:

Part 1 began here:

I hope you like the ending to Elliot’s story. ;) If you want more, there is another story out in the anthology MONSTROUS AFFECTIONS, which went onsale today! (If you read that already, thank you for buying it. If you held out so’s not to be spoiled, thank you for your patience. THANK YOU ALL, MY DOVES. Basically.)

September 3, 2014
Turn of The Story, Part XI


' “My cousin saw that I was somewhat downcast after my—misreading and mistreatment of you, and she took me to a place where she assured me that my suffering would be eased.”

Elliot stared. “Serene,” he began. “Are you talking about what I think you’re talking about? Did you go to an elf brothel?”

“I should not talk so in front of a gentleman!” Serene burst out. “It—it may well have been somewhere that there were, ah, men of a persuadable nature—no, that is to say, men of the evening—”

“ELF BROTHEL,” said Elliot.’

The next part of Turn of the Story is now up and it has some mature themes like ELF BROTHELS:

(EDITED TO ADD: livejournal apparently spontaneously deleted the original post, and all the lovely discussion with it. I am greatly sad and weep into my pillow. But I put up the story part again as fast as I could: here it is.)

It is not the last part! I am SO SORRY! I blame this on the fever of my sickness or possibly some sickness I have had since birth. But the next part will be the last part, and it will be up on September the 9th! 

The adventures of the grouchiest and least impressed kid in a magical land ever started with Part I, ONE MILLION YEARS AGO when we were all younger and thought this was a short story:

I rebibblog so that others may have the new link, due to livejournal’s villainous deletion of my old one and allllll my comments. Writing online is a mug’s game!

August 28, 2014

Best ship name ever <3
Holly and Angela are from The Lynburn Legacy by sarahreesbrennan

Angela has such beautiful hair. Holly has such beautiful eyes!
I guess either of them could say…


Best ship name ever <3

Holly and Angela are from The Lynburn Legacy by sarahreesbrennan

Angela has such beautiful hair. Holly has such beautiful eyes!

I guess either of them could say…

August 28, 2014

So I put up an Unmade snippet in honour of mine and Maureen Johnson’s London event tonight, at which exciting things may—probably will—occur! 

And also all my tourinatin’ dates for the year… see you guys in Vegas! Or maybe New York. Or maybe Boston…

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