Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Sunday Link Salad

Oh my, I readathoned yesterday, and surprisingly I feel AMAZING!  Even though I only had six hours sleep.  I'm guessing all the recouping I've been doing for the Shingles has paid off.  However, it has made me late to the linking mega salad, so let me get your news to you before all your free time is eaten up by work again!

-There's been a lot of announcements again this week.  Starting off with Julie Kagawa who's announced The Immortal Rules has been optioned!  I really loved this book, and although it's technically out until this week it has been spotted in the wild all over the US and Canada.  If you're looking for a good old fashion tough-ass heroine then look no further.

-Then Cassie Clare and Holly Black had a myriad of exciting announcements centring around a new Middle Grade fantasy series (5 parts), that they're co-writing together, and which is set to release in 2014.  As if that's not exciting enough, they've already sold the film rights.  Um, excited much?  For more info on the book and the main character check out the little Q & A Holly posted on her blog, with herself.  It sort of sounds awesome, I'm just saying.

-If like me, you've recently read The Book of Blood and Shadow and can't get enough, then I have a couple of links to chats for you.  Random Buzzers has a quick run down of some of the highlights and then links to several forums they ran in the past few weeks with Robin.  Eve's Fan Garden had a fun live chat the other night with Robin, you can revisit it on their blog.

-Aprilynne Pike has posted more teasers for her forthcoming Destined. And the second one.

- Have you been following The Bloggess's release week fun?  You should be.  Also you should be reading her outstandingly funny and touching book Let's Pretend This Never Happened.  But I'll start you small, check out her interview with BlogHer.

-I know I pointed you over to the YouTube video interviews Barry Lyga and Libba Bray did together a week or so ago, but I have to lead you back, because now there are outtakes too!  Speaking of Barry Lyga interviews, PW has a good one as well (no outtakes sadly).

-This past week Time magazine picked the 200 moments that changed the world.  Harry Potter made the cut.

-This past week was an amazing celebration of Diana Wynne Jones's life.  There were many things posted around the web including this very touching letter from Maggie Steifvater.  Through some bizarre missing link in my childhood, I didn't stumble upon Diana Wynne Jones until a few years ago, at which point it was the hubby who picked her up first.  And he passed it on to me, and then we blitzed through almost everything she's written (some of it is a bit hard to get these days, hopefully it will reprint now that all the love is in the air).  We were both crushed when we heard she was sick, and even more so when we heard she had died.  She was an astounding writer, and I'm ever so glad her books will always be with us so that everyone can have a small, magical piece of her.

-Speaking of Maggie, she's on the road right now with two other Pintz nominees, so make sure to catch them if they hit a hood near you.

- Speaking of signings, the BEA schedule is starting to take shape, a smattering of author signings have been added recently (check out the planner), but most notably the Meet the Apocalypsies event has been announced.  Put together by Lenore of  Presenting Lenore, it has a huge list of up and coming debut authors and should be immense fun.

-Speaking of debuts, Shannon Messengers signing for the BEA has been listed!

-I'm sure you've heard, unless you've been on a deserted Island somewhere perchance?  The director for Catching Fire has been announced.  He did Constantine which I really liked, and Water for Elephants which I haven't seen but looks like eye candy.  Hopefully he can pull off the quality we all now expect with the greatly reduced time limits the production company wants.

-Finally, I have some Cassie Clare bits and bobs for you!  First is a Will scene about why he hates ducks.  And lastly a COLS snippet, which is very ominous.

Now off with you all!  Go forth and Sunday on as if you've never Sundayed before!

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