Saturday, May 21, 2011

Saturday Link Salad

Ah the Saturday before the BEA! Our house is abuzz with activity, money exchange, laundry, prepping the cats for their stay cation with my good friend in reading, Jenna, and of course all the packing etc.  But it's also been a hugely busy news week, so let me get to it!!

-It's the lead up to book three, Passion, in the Fallen trilogy by Lauren Kate (due out June 14th),  and in great teaser tradition a small excerpt has been released to wet our palates.  I was super excited because instead of being about Luce, as I suspected the whole book would be (ugh), the excerpt was about Shelby and Miles!  Read on and enjoy!

-Speaking of teasers! There have been four this week from Cassandra Clare.  First off, Mundie Mom's had some great one liners for their City of Fallen Angels not so Mundane Moments event.  From City of Lost Souls (if you've missed some of the previous one liners like me, check out the Mundie Moms forum):

“Well, hello there, Mother,” Sebastian said in a voice like silk. “Surprised to see me?”                                               and
"Is he happy like this? Really happy? And if he is, what are you saving him from?"
Then there was this tidbit for Clockwork Prince:
"Knowing Jem would arrive next, Tessa stepped away from Will hastily, though nothing improper had transpired between them at all." 
finally the big one this week was the second Clockwork Prince teaser for May, from Cassie:

Tessa pushed the carriage curtains aside. Outside she could see the gaslights going by in a yellow blur; two children were slumped in a doorway, leaning against each other, asleep. Temple Bar flew by overhead.
“Have you ever thought of transforming yourself into one of your parents?” Will asked. “Your mother, or father? It would give you access to their memories, wouldn’t it?”
She turned to look at him. “I have thought of it. Of course I have. But I have nothing of my father’s or mother’s. Everything that was packed in my trunks for the voyage here was discarded by the Dark Sisters.”
“What about your angel necklace?” Will asked. “Wasn’t that your mother’s?”
Tessa shook her head. “I tried. I — I could reach nothing of her in it. It has been mine so long, I think, that what made it hers has evaporated, like water.”
Will’s eyes were dark blue in the shadows. “Perhaps you are a clockwork girl. Perhaps Mortmain’s warlock father built you, and now Mortmain seeks the secret of how to create such a perfect facsimile of life when all he can build are hideous monstrosities. Perhaps all that beats beneath your chest is a heart made of metal.”
Tessa drew in a breath, feeling momentarily dizzy. His soft voice was so convincing, and yet — “No,” she said, sharply. “You forget, I remember my childhood. Mechanical creatures do not change or grow. Nor would that explain my ability.”
“I know,” said Will, with a grin that flashed white in the darkness. “I only wanted to see if I could convince *you*.”
Tessa looked at him steadily. “I am not the one of us who has no heart.”
It was too dim in the carriage for her to tell, but she sensed that he had flushed, as he did when startled or upset, across the tops of his cheekbones. To her surprise, he reached out a gloved hand for her. It just brushed the edges of her curls, the kid leather smooth against her cheek — and the carriage wheels came to a jerking halt. They had arrived.
-An explosion of chatter went up the other night with the leak of the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly magazine.  It's cover? none other than Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss.  As usual, the best info always comes from the Hob where they talked a little about the article and interview that goes along with the cover.  For all the pictures etc, grab your copy of EW, it went on sale yesterday. 

-While we're on the subject, they officially started filming on The Hunger Games this week! Which is both exciting and worrisome, of course.  Again, the most regular updates are over on the Hob.  But there's also a local reporter in NC who's tweeted some pic's while on set.

-As I've been mentioning endlessly, the BEA quickly approaches.  For newbies like me there's equal parts apprehension and excitement (mostly crazy excitement).  To put me at ease I've been reading endless tips posts!  I Just Want to Sit here and Read has posted a good one, and included her posts from last year as well as links to a couple other comprehensive tip posts.  Red House Books an La Femme Readers has also posted a handy one, it also has a part two with Q & A, in case you still have some niggling worries.

-There have been more public events announced for the New York Book Week (in conjunction with the BEA).  Check their sites for all the listings, there are some pretty incredible ones!  NYC is literally going to be crawling with Authors!

- For those of you who aren't going to make it this year, the Armchair BEA has announced their Agenda.  Sounds like fun, and if there were two of me I would totally partake in it as well!  

-The latest Inkpop challenge is up!  And it's based on Darkest Mercy, which is pretty cool since Melissa Marr will be at the BEA.

In Melissa Marr's DARKEST MERCY, conflict is escalating in the Dark Court. A missing King, an emerging war and a mistake that could cost one brother his life. Darkest Mercy is a novel embroiled in conflict. As every good author knows with conflict comes resolution. 
Write a short story or poem that displays good conflict resolution. While the end results might always be fair to all those involved, your writing should seek to bring peace to the troubles at hand. 
It seems like an excellent challenge and maybe more difficult then it would seem. Stretch those writing wings!
- Finally, keep your eyes peeled for my mega-stupendous BEA giveaway running in conjunction with the BEA and part of the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop.  Running May 25th to May 31st at midnight I promise to be sharing some of the BEA goodness for those who couldn't make it with multiple exciting prizes!

Happy Saturday!!