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My beloved blog, I have neglected you too long! I am sorry, I am writing the Demon's Talisman in a state of uplifted madness, hoping to finish the draft before I am away to the Bologna book fair. Soon I promise you contest winners, book reviews, and Strange Adventures in Foreign Places.

For now though, I wish to dazzle you with a beautiful picture! I hope you like it.


The authors in this anthology are, in updated full list: Caitlin Kittredge, Karen Mahoney, Diana Peterfreund, Carrie Ryan, Maggie Stiefvater, Becca Fitzpatrick, Michelle Rowen, Rachel Vincent, Daniel Waters, Daniel Marks, Michelle Zink and Justine Musk. And me.

It is out in August. (Edit: I lied! Out July 27th.)

The theme is Supernatural Romance, and so I HIGHLY anticipate there being a zombie boyfriend story in it.

I also anticipate seeing all the different ways unruly authors can run away in different directions with their stories. In The Eternal Kiss, also edited by the lovely Trisha Telep, very few vampires involved remained unharmed. (I have heard it referred to as the Screw You, Vampires! anthology). But people seem to enjoy it! I enjoyed writing my boyband vampires story, I know that.

My story in Kiss Me Deadly is called The Spy Who Never Grew Up, and it is about Peter Pan in a tux with a dead leaf as a bowtie, the Queen of England, and the captain of a crack team of killer fairies called Ninja Star. My editor, who said 'How about fairy romance?' may come for me at any moment. In which case - livejournal, avenge my death!


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Mar. 8th, 2010 08:57 pm (UTC)

wait, wait, when is this out? ZOMBIES!
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
Oh yes. That is useful information to know! *edits post*

I do not promise zombies. Well actually I do, because Carrie Ryan promised me zombies, but she also promised me not zombie boyfriends. She is so cruel.
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Mar. 8th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Is it only out on in the US or in UK also?
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
The US edition of Eternal Kiss was in UK bookshops, so I think it will be the same deal with this anthology as well.
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Mar. 8th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'm happy you liked the Eternal Kiss story. ;) There will be a story with the same characters in an anthology next year...
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Mar. 8th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Congrats! It looks lovely!

I keep forgetting to pick up The Eternal Kiss, but now perhaps I will remember!!
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Holly Black's The Coldest Girl in Coldtown in Eternal Kiss is one of my favourite short stories in the world, so: recommended!
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Mar. 8th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
Peter Pan in a tux with a dead leaf as a bowtie?

Mar. 9th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:11 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait to read this!!!

(as in, loved the boyband in"The Eternal Kiss," more please!)
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
I am so pleased each time I see a new anthology by all these wonderful YA authors. For so long it seemed as if the short story was on its way out; it's so great to have new life breathed into the genre. Plus, they're great to use to introduce kids to different authors. You guys make being a librarian so easy sometimes :)

And its okay if there are no zombie boyfriends in this one. It won't be too long before Zombies vs. Unicorns!
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
I used to think people didn't read them, but I get a lot of emails about Eternal Kiss that prove me wrong! You librarians make being an author so awesome sometimes. ;)

Zombies vs Unicorns is AWESOME. Though the esteemed editors Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black have strange prejudices about zombie boyfriends. I don't understand them sometimes...
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yay! I can't wait to read your story, Sarah. I've read Carrie's. And mine. And.... that's it. Mine has pretty frocks and killer unicorns.
Mar. 8th, 2010 09:28 pm (UTC)
I cannot wait to read yours, Diana! I love pretty frocks and killer unicorns. (Well you know I love killer unicorns. Though I admit I have dumped Bucephalus for Poe. I'm so fickle.)
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Mar. 8th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hehe! I can't wait to get my hands on it, it sounds very fabulous. I love any story that immediately makes my brain do cartwheels of randomness. Most of what you write does this to me. : )

I am thinking deeply about how a zombie boyfriend would not be unsanitary and gross. There is a logical way to overcome this, and I will find it! *determined face* I do think that it could be a beautiful love story though. Then again, this is the girl that sobbed uncontrollably, age 7, when The Beast turned back into a prince. That wasn't who I fell in love with! I don't want a normal, boring, average prince, I want my Beast back! *hyperventilates*
Mar. 8th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
So very awesome. I loved the Eternal Kiss story--vampire boybands, too things I dislike individually that are magical together--every part of it was brilliant. Really, the whole anthology was pretty excellent.

Though I have to say, unlike most people, I'm pretty sure the best chance for zombie boyfriends in this anthology would lie with Daniel Waters, not Carrie Ryan, considering I'm pretty sure a series involving dating zombies tips probability more than just a series involving the zombie apocalypse.
Mar. 8th, 2010 11:03 pm (UTC)
What a lovely book! And what a tempting collection. How rude of you to taunt us with something that is so far away (even though it will be here soon enough)!
Mar. 9th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Speaking of zombie boyfriends!
Have you ever heard of Zombie Prom? It's a hilarious musical (which was apparently based on a comic book, which I just found out while looking for a link to it) about a zombie boyfriend, and it was turned into a short film a few years ago starring RuPaul. http://www.zombiepromthemovie.com/trailer/zombie_prom_trailer.mov is the trailer, and http://www.zombiepromthemovie.com/music/ has clips from the songs.
Mar. 9th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
Ditto for zombie boyfriends
Just read "I kissed a zombie and I liked it." (forgot the author, of course) Pretty darn good. Of course, any book that has vampires AND zombies, and the girl picks the zombie will have my everlasting love.
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:22 am (UTC)
"....Peter Pan in a tux with a dead leaf as a bowtie, the Queen of England, and the captain of a crack team of killer fairies called Ninja Star."

...that sounds incredibly awesome! Possibly it is the mental images "crack team of killer fairies" inspires.
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:43 am (UTC)
The Spy Who Never Grew Up sounds wonderful! *pines after book*
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