It seems I'm dropping so many announcements and updates on things lately I'm even boring myself. So in an attempt to organize better here is a little mixed salad of things of interest.
-Inkpop has announced it's latest couple of contests, the latest writing challenge is up. Centered on Laura Ruby's Bad Apple, you have until March 10th to submit a short story, poem etc where the protagonist is righting OR perpetrating a wrong.
Also, a biggie (which has no age restrictions folks), Your Midsummer's Nights Dream Contest, where you could win publication in a short story compilation about A Midsummer's Nights Dream. The challenge sounds fun, reimagine a scene or act of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream from the perspective of the lovers, tricksters, or the faerie royalty—Hermia, Helena, Lysander, Demetrius, Titania, or Puck. As always, great challenges for the aspiring writer in all of you, to spread your wings a bit and practice your mad writing skills. And publication isn't so shabby either!
- More Cassie Clare extras appeared this weekend (what have I said about day ending in Y, huh?). With the release of City of Fallen Angels less than a month away now the Pre-Order bingo has begun, starting with Barnes and Nobles who are offering two things 1- Pre-Order to get a signed copy of City of Fallen Angels and 2- get an exclusive in their special edition copy of the book!
The B&N Exclusive Edition
In City of Glass, Book 3 of The Mortal Instruments series, Jace leaves a letter in Clary's room before he leaves for a life-threatening mission. The content of this letter has been the subject of much speculation among Mortal Instruments fans, but it has never been revealed until now. In the B&N exclusive version of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS, Jace's letter to Clary will be enclosed in the book as a separate piece, designed to look as if it was handwritten on stationery."
Now Canadians, don't get your knickers in a knot,Chapters/Indigo will also be carrying the Special Edition with letter in Canada.
Cassie has also announced her initial release tour, happening with Holly Black. So far it's largely western states and Vancouver. For the full tour check Cassie's blog. And for those of you who will make the tour stops, great news! As usual there's going to be fun extras for coming out - a sort of short story told via postcards between the characters during the gap between City of Glass and City of Fallen Angels.
If you're still not feeling overwhelmed by COFA extras then one last one. Pre-order COFA from Amazon and get an exclusive look at some cut pieces from the original manuscript of City of Glass. Mundie Mom's kindly posted the link.
- Now my good news. Thanks to HarperTeen, today I'm giving away a copy of Lauren Olivers stunning new book Delirium. A cool 133 people entered, so obviously I'm not the only one who was looking forward to it's release. Congratulations to Erin Landrum!