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As I prepare to jaunt down tomorrow to the Hay on Wye Festival of Books, it seemed an AUSPICIOUS TIME to put up the Holly and Angela snippet I had promised.

Looking forward to seeing you, Walesians! Looking forward to seeing you, town of books and books and books!

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The Turn of the Story, Part VIII

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Not so long to wait this time! Otherwise known as: I have a terrible problem with brevity, which is to say, I don't know how to achieve it. Well, I hope you enjoy--this part has a unicorn!

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I was SO SURE that I could fit all of the rest of fifteen into one part, guys. I was so sure. I was so wrong. But if brevity is the soul of wit, then I am a halfwit.

I am so sorry you guys have been waiting so long for this update!

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As you may have guessed from my lamentation above, not long to wait this time around. The next and last part of fifteen will be along soon!

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Long have I promised an Unmade snippet, and been bribed with kittens and readers’ tears and all the things I enjoy for one, which is much appreciated!

So here it is.

It is hiiiiighly spoilery for the end of Untold. I’m just warning you. It’s also a little… it’s a little bit… it’s not right is what I’m telling you. I’m not right.

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So the Unmade cover has sneaked out, and thus I get to show you guys it in all its glory!


Do you liiike it? I hope so! I like that it has Kami, the Crying Pools, and a SUNSET which implies THE END OF DAYS.

This the back of the book:

Who will be the sacrifice?

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.

This final book in the Lynburn Legacy is a wild, entertaining ride from beginning to shocking end.

Unmade is out September 23rd, and I hope more than anything else that you will like the insides. The end of my second trilogy. Am I a grown-up author now? Maybe. Kind of...?

For those who have already seen the cover, I bring you... a snippet.

Unmade is set a couple months after the end of Untold. This is highly spoilery...

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I have written you a parody, sweet internet, as a belated Christmas gift! I hope you enjoy it. My special thanks go to James, Rachael and Caitriona, who went to see the movie with me, especially for putting up with me declaiming dwarf poetry in public places (both times).

OUR MOVIE OPENS ON: The Prancing Pony, the bar where all exiled royalty go to smoke up & throw down.
THE SCENE: is grim, dark, and damp.
PETER JACKSON: *eats a carrot, grimly and darkly*
THORIN: All I want is to eat some food and admire my own reflection in a tin cup.
GANDALF: Let’s talk about how to combine my two interests: quests & hobbits.

12 MONTHS LATER: on a quest with a hobbit.

BILBO: We’re being chased by orcs, as in the previous movie, and by a giant bear, which is new and distressing. Thoughts? Solutions?
DWARVES: We’re looking at you, Gandalf.
GANDALF: I’m looking unsurprised, dwarves. Okay, we can take refuge in the house of an unpredictable dude I know who might kill us.
THORIN: What I’m hearing is ‘not an elf.’
THORIN: … And I like what I hear.

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The Turn of the Story, Part VI

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Since last we spoke, I finished the Lynburn Legacy series, wrote an article on sexism in the Toast (super excited to be hosted by the Toast, and Malinda Lo wrote an awesome companion article about homophobia as well as sexism), and went on tour round England with Holly Black, and met some of you excellent people. A few of you even mentioned liking Turn of the Story, and I was so pleased.

So… here is more. This part is for Seanan McGuire, because she said she liked it, and because Parasite by Mira Grant is recently out, and it was fabulously awesome and I wish to celebrate it. ;)

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So queen of excellence Holly Black and I have set ourselves up a tour throughout England, for my Untold and for Holly’s amazing, incredible, accept-no-substitutes The Coldest Girl In Coldtown. I am super excited–a tour through England hitting non-London places! New people and their shining faces! Holly is an amazebot. I hope to see you guys there! We start off at World Fantasy in Brighton, where we do a kaffeeklatsch together (as I understand it, Holly says wise things and I throw cronuts at people’s heads with pinpoint accuracy) and then we go on… to ADVENTURE!

Monday 4th November

Dark Mirrors: Gothic Fiction with Holly Black and Sarah Ress Brennan

Where: Foyles, Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB

When: 6.30pm-7.30pm

Tickets: Free, but booking is essential. To book tickets, email or call 020 7437 5660

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Tonight we journey to dark places with two of the biggest names in teen fantasy. The walled cities known as Coldtowns are the hellish creation of Holly Black, author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and now The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Within them, quarantined monsters mingle with humans in a neverending, decadently bloody party, which, in an all-too-recognisable twist, is shown on TV 24 hours a day.

Kami Glass’s hometown of Sorry-in-the-Vale, the setting for the new novel by Sarah Rees Brennan, Untold, plays host to an uneasy blend of natural and supernatural. Conflict threatens to bubble over at every turn between the non-magical townspeople and the sorcerers who yearn to rule over them – and seventeen-year-old Kami faces her own internal conflict, as the sorcerer she’s been bound to for her entire life is torn from her.
Join us to find out for yourself how these two inspirational authors create their magical worlds, unforgettable characters and breathtaking stories, and hear their tips for creating a gothic novel of your own.

(Foyles is amazing, so I am excite!)

Tuesday 5th November

An evening with Queens of Gothic fiction, Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan

Where: Waterstones 93-97 Albion Street, Leeds LS1 5AP

When: 6.30pm-7.30pm

Tickets: £4 / £3 for Waterstones Cardholders, available in-store or by calling 0113 2444 588

Join us at this Bonfire Night special with bestselling YA authors Sarah Rees Brennan & Holly Black, who will be discussing their new books, work, inspirations and top tips on becoming a writer! Sarah’s new novel ‘Untold’ and Holly’s new novel ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ will also be available on the night. The evening will include a talk, Q&A and signing session.

(I have never been in England on Bonfire Night before. I hope people will come talk to us and tell us where to go after! Take us to the bonfire, we’re the kind of girls who like that kind of thing! DO NOT PUT ME IN THE BONFIRE, even though I have two different coloured eyes and am clearly a witch. Likewise I have an eleventh toe, but I shall keep it in my purse for decency’s sake.)

Wednesday 6th November

Gothic Fiction with Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan

Where: Seven Stories Children’s Book Centre, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 2PQ

When: 6pm-7pm

Tickets: £3 per person (including admission to the centre). Call 0845 271 0777 ext 715 to book.

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Join teen authors Holly Black and Sarah Rees-Brennan for a fun event talking about all things gothic fiction. Holly Black is the US author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books, including The Spiderwick Chronicles and her new book The Coldest Girl in Cold Town. Sarah Rees Brennan is the Irish author of Unspoken, Untold, and her bestselling Demon’s Lexicon trilogy. Come along to hear all about their books, writing and inspirations – and find out their top tips on how to write a book of your own.

(I went to Seven Stories and I was like, I have to come back and do an event here. What a lovely space, and the lovely people there were like ‘We know you… and we love Kelly Link!’ So they were clearly the best people.)

Thursday 7th November

Meet Teen Authors Holly Black and Sarah Rees Brennan
Where: Waterstone’s Liverpool One, 12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL

When: 6pm-7pm

Tickets: Tickets are free, but booking is essential. Please call 0151 709 9820.

Join teen authors Holly Black (US author of The Coldest Girl in Cold Town and the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series) and Sarah Rees-Brennan (Unspoken, Untold, The Demon’s Lexicon) as they talk about their books, their inspirations and their writing – and discover their top tips for writing stories of your own. Tickets are free but spaces are limited – get yours soon.

(I am EXTREMELY excited about this one, as my mama is from Liverpool, and my grandpa worked on the Liverpool docks with Brian Jacques all his life–not specifically all his life with Brian Jacques, the dude was too busy writing awesome mice adventure novels–and my aunt and my cousins still live there. I have never done an event in Liverpool! LIVERPOOL, I EMBRACE YOU.)


The Turn of The Story, Part 5

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I know, my lovebirds, all I do is shower you in words this week! It is SARAH WORDS WEEK. I hope you will enjoy this and not feel pinned, as if under a giant fallen wardrobe of words. I wanted to finish up Being Fourteen for you while it was still Untold Week. Being fifteen will happen, but not for a little bit.

I hope you enjoy this, and Untold, and all Sarah words.

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A Lynburn Legacy present for you, my petal darlings.

Set the night after the end of Unspoken, before all the action of Untold. You have to keep moving in a Gothic mystery. But sometimes you can take a night to be sad.

Amazon has kindly provided it for reading here!

I hope you guys like it!


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