*wonders if she is that author*
Oh, V, darling, everyone knows you are way too busy to have time to always be high.
I can hardly believe I’m typing this, but …
My True Love Gave to Me received its FOURTH *starred* review. Kirkus, Publisher’s Weekly, School Library Journal, and now Booklist:
"Holiday canoodling stories by twelve of the top YA authors? It’s a Christmas miracle! Not since 2008’s Let It Snow … has a compendium of wintry love stories given readers such reason to celebrate. Using her trademark sparkling dialogue, Rainbow Rowell rings in an amorous New Year’s between old pals. Matt De La Peña presents a house-sitter hookup with unlikely results. Jenny Han writes tales of woe and lust between Santa’s adopted daughter and her coworking elves. Stephanie Perkins pairs a tree-lot employee with a shopper who pines for much more. David Levithan’s Jewish St. Nick loves his boyfriend enough to (reluctantly) spread some X-mas magic. Holly Black’s hot Christmas Krampus crashes a swinging holiday soiree. Kiersten White whips up a delicious romance in a struggling Yule-themed diner. And several other big-name writers—Ally Carter, Gayle Forman, Kelly Link, Myra McEntire, Laini Taylor—craft cozy, clever, totally PG tales of good tidings. This is the substantive stuff of dream stockings: a rollicking, blush-inducing, memorable holiday collection of breezy, bite-sized stories perfect a snug evening next to the fire.”
This anthology will be available for purchase on October 14th!
Mark it to-read on Goodreads. Pre-order it from your favorite independent bookstore, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.
It’s a winner, guys. It really is. I loved writing my story, and I super loved reading everyone else’s! Plus, it’s going to be a beautiful book just to hold and look at. So good for a gift. (For yourself, I mean. And I guess maybe for other people, if they REALLY deserve it.)
Come to The Young Elites tour and meet Marie Lu!
Adelina Amouteru is one of the few survivors of a blood plague that swept through her nation a decade ago; it left her with strange markings, and an even stranger power. Adelina manages to break free from her cruel father to seek out a mysterious group of others like herself, but one thing is certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.
Find out more about THE YOUNG ELITES here: http://bit.ly/TheYoungElites
Read a sample of THE YOUNG ELITES here: http://bit.ly/YoungElitesSampler
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OCT. 7 at 6:00 PM
Joint event with ALEX LONDON, author of PROXY and GUARDIAN
Books of Wonder
18 W 18th St
New York, NY 10011
OCT. 8 at 7:00 PM
752 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
OCT. 10 at 5:00 PM
B & L Books
990 N State Road 434
Altamonte Springs, FL 32714
OCT. 13 at 6:00 PM
The Bookworm Omaha
8702 Pacific St
Omaha, NE 68124
OCT. 14 at 7:00 PM
Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd
Beaverton, OR 97005
OCT. 15 at 6:30 PM
Hood River County Library
Hood River, OR 97031
OCT. 16 at 6:00 PM
Face In A Book
4359 Town Center Blvd
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Vancouver International Writer’s Festival:
OCT. 22 from 6-7:15 PM
#26 The Real Deal
Studio 1398 (panel with Robert Paul Weston)
OCT. 23 from 1-2:30 PM
#39 Serial Success
Performance Works (panel with A.M. Dellamonica)
OCT. 25th at 4:00 PM
Pages, a bookstore
904 Manhattan Ave
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
NOV. 1 at 2:30 PM
Children’s Book World
10580 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064
NOV. 15th at 7:00 PM
Once Upon a Time
2207 Honolulu Ave.
Montrose, CA 91020
DEC. 5th at 7:30 PM
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92111
DEC. 6th at 3:00 PM
7812 Girard Ave
La Jolla, CA 92037
Oh do. Marie is splendid.
I adore Marie, and this book is AWESOME. See her if you can!
Kiersten Writes: Six Years Later PSA -
It’s that sucky, sucky time again: My annual PSA on ectopic pregnancy. Please read and share. It could save a life.
Kiersten White's ILLUSIONS OF FATE Inspirations -
While writing Illusions of Fate, I sat out on my patio in the sunshine, huge headphones on, listening to rainstorms.
I dreamed of Pride and Prejudice.
I dreamed of beautiful, ephemeral dresses, pretty shining things used to hide and deceive and manipulate. Dresses as disguises,…
Hee! Some of the things I thought about while writing Illusions of Fate. (The photos are mine, taken in England! A direct quote from my husband: “Are you seriously taking MORE pictures of birds??”)
First Draft: Behind the Podcast -
From July 1 to Sept. 5, I drove more than 6,000 miles and recorded more than 40 interviews with authors for what has become the First Draft podcast series. It was a lemonade-from-lemons desperation project, and one of the most insane things I’ve ever…
Anonymous said: I love your stories. But I'm wondering why Illusions of Fate has a light skinned heroine on the cover?
Hi, Anon! Thanks for loving my stories : )
This is one question I will always address, because my publisher was very aware that Jessamin was a POC when they were doing the cover. I think the issue is threefold:
One, the publishing industry has made some serious transgressions with whitewashing covers in the past.
Two, when describing a character’s skin as darker than everyone else’s on an England-based fantasy country, there is an entire range of glorious color available to the imagination.
And three, that the light/saturation/[whatever fancy term I don’t know] around the teacup is so high, because the teacup is the visual focal point of the cover. So I can see how it would make it look like her skin there is lighter.
Here is a fuller image of the model:
I imagined Jessamin as from an island similar to one of the (many) Polynesian islands, and that’s what my publisher went with. I’m not sure what the specific racial background of the (ludicrously beautiful) cover model is, but I think she was a great choice. Jessamin herself is of mixed race.
However, I can also see how, if you were imagining Jessamin as from an island more like, say, Haiti, you might think “What did they do to her on the cover??”
You are absolutely welcome to imagine Jessamin however you want. (Oh man, imagine a dream cast for an Illusions of Fate film with Lupita Nyong’o! To be fair, though, I’d cast Lupita Nyong’o as anyone/everyone in anything/everything because honestly. But I’d also cast the cover model as Jessamin in a heartbeat.) That’s the one downside to a cover with a model—it might tell you that your imagination is wrong, which is never the right answer. Your imagination always trumps everything! But please rest assured there was no attempt on the part of my publisher to whitewash either Jessamin or her story.