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So on Wednesday I fly away off to America (again! good lord is the woman never at home!). To Kansas City, actually, for the Romantic Times convention, where I can wander about and talk romance novels and young adult fiction and books books books with everyone in sight. ;)


THE TIMES WHEN YOU CAN FIND ME (and my Untold chapter ones!)


The Professional Liar Panel

Moderator: Kelley Armstrong
Panelist(s): Sarah Rees Brennan, Rachel Caine, Leanna Renee Hieber, Colleen Houck, Jeri Smith-Ready, Rachel Vincent
Location: Ballroom Level
Room: Chicago A

(We give away prizes if you can tell we’re lying! Also, reveal awful secrets about our lives. I believe that nobody will ever think I’m lying because whatever terrible thing I’m accused of will seem pretty plausible.)


Stop Wasting My Time

‘We had such a resounding demand for another marketing panel that we’re once again tackling the ever-shifting publishing landscape for YA authors. From e-books and anthologies to group tours and conventions, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of some of these options, as well as the more traditional library and store signings.’

Moderator: Kelley Armstrong
Panelist(s): Sarah Rees Brennan, Heather Brewer, Rachel Caine, Sophie Jordan
Location: Mezzanine Level
Room: Chouteau B

(Other brilliant authors talk about strategy. I will also share my strategies. I will perhaps at some point be quietly smothered by the rest of the panel, for my own good and the good of others.)

And on Saturday May 4, I will be sitting in the Teen Alley hoping people come chat to me, and at the Teen Day Partay!

But I shall not be in America long. I am in fact going to be in London very soon.

On Tuesday the 14 May, at Foyle’s in Charing Cross at 6:30, to be precise!

I am lucky enough to be emceeing for the lovely and talented Rachel Caine, and I shall also be happy to answer any questions and sign any books for me. (And I shall have prizes there also. ;) )


Also, the first of The Bane Chronicles, the series of e-short stories starring Cassandra Clare’s (powerful, immortal, bisexual and snarky) Magnus Bane, is out. What Really Happened In Peru, by Cassandra Clare and, well, me. ;)


Not only is it out, but it hit number four on the New York Times bestseller list.

I have said this elsewhere, but know not what else to say: I am so humbled and grateful, I feel like there should be another word for it. Gratebled. Humbful. ANYWAY. Cassie and Maureen have been fancily bestselling before, for they are beautimously fancy ladies, but this is my very first time on the New York Times list. It is awe-inspiring. Cassie called me to tell me and I screamed down the phone: I maybe took all her hair off with my screech.

I know that I owe this to all the loyal fans of Magnus, and to my lovely Cassie and Maureen.

Moreover, the audiobook of What Really Happened In Peru was read by Cabin In The Woods star Jesse Williams, who did an absolutely fabumazing job, and the audiobook of The Runaway Queen, written by Maureen and Cassie and out in May, is going to be read by Les Miserables and Vikings star George Blagden, who we met at Wondercon and who is a dote.

Who can even cope with all these things? I just put my head down and try to finish Tell The Wind and Fire in a timely fashion, but I did want to say that for all those who come to see me and read my writing, I am truly thankful.

And of course if you have any questions about any of this, I am here. ;)


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Apr. 29th, 2013 08:14 pm (UTC)
This is not a question about this, but it occurred to me that I never told you that I had a dream the other night that what was supposedly your Unspoken (although it really only also involved Gothic manors and village rumors and family secrets and a big wrought-iron gate, and that's about it) was adapted into a musical that starred yourself as the overly-daring girl who let the purple smoke demon out of the box, Mark Hamill as the sensitive love interest who worked in the torture chambers, and Bill Nye as... I have no idea why Bill Nye was there. He was probably playing himself. Trying to approach the whole purple-smoke-demon issue scientifically or something. And then the manor turned into a floating island and sailed off to Pepperland where you had to hang earrings on a ghost or you'd never get home.

You're welcome.
Apr. 29th, 2013 08:28 pm (UTC)
I believe in my bejewelling ghosts ability. ;)
Apr. 29th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Planning to swing by Teen Alley to find you! Alas, finances and schedule both say no to coming in to KC for more than just the book fair portion of the event.
Apr. 29th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Hurrah, I look forward to seeing you. ;)
Apr. 29th, 2013 09:39 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the excitement and NYT list! I've been really excited for you lately because I know your reader base is going to keep getting bigger as things like The Bane Chronicles and Mark Reads Unspoken/The Demon's Lexicon trilogy keep happening. As I go about my day, I keep coming across the Internet saying, "Here is some attention for SRB" and every time I cackle gleefully because everything is going according to plan. (The plan is Maximum Amount of Sarah Rees Brennan Writing Available To World, which of course has the prerequisites of Large Numbers Of People Read Sarah Rees Brennan and also Sarah Rees Brennan Makes Enough Money Writing That Other Work Need Only Be Undertaken For The Purpose Of Joy.) I'm rooting for you!
Apr. 29th, 2013 10:37 pm (UTC)
Aw, that is so kind, thank you. Mark Reads has given me so much joy. ;)
Apr. 30th, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Random note about how we think about actors--he's totally Grey's Anatomy Star Jesse Williams to me.
Apr. 30th, 2013 01:40 am (UTC)
Admittedly I was at my book club and everyone went 'DOCTOR AVERY??????' at me, so you may be in the right of it. ;)
Apr. 30th, 2013 01:48 am (UTC)
i mean he gets to be tied to either a Joss Whedon movie or a Shonda Rhimes show.

And now a CC/SRB book.

Does he have a death wish? A misery wish?
Apr. 30th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
I live in Kansas City and am planning to come meet you Saturday!
Apr. 30th, 2013 10:56 am (UTC)
I look forward to it. ;)
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Apr. 30th, 2013 10:57 am (UTC)
Thank you!

I admit I am a bit short on sleep. Tell me more of these 'naps'...
Mirette El Rafie
Apr. 30th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)
Yay, you're finally coming to London! I'll definitely be there :) Congratulations on the New York bestsellers list! Though it was only a matter of time really, and I'm sure you will be on it many more times. How could you not?

Edited at 2013-04-30 03:47 pm (UTC)
Apr. 30th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
Aw, you are too kind! See you in London. ;)
Apr. 30th, 2013 04:04 pm (UTC)
Ooh, Kelley Armstrong is moderating? I went to a writing workshop she was speaking at last spring, it was great. She's a lovely lady. She gave me an autographed copy of one of her books! Have you read any of hers?
Apr. 30th, 2013 09:43 pm (UTC)
I am a very big fan (http://sarahreesbrennan.tumblr.com/post/42397442572/oh-man-i-love-kelley-armstrongs-derek-in-her) ... and she's blurbed mine. ;) She always has smart and funny things to say!
May. 1st, 2013 01:12 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine mentioned the RT convention two days ago because of the 200 years of P&P talk. Apparently, since I love dancing the period dances and have just recently taken up teaching them, I must go to the talk... And on an ordinary day, sure, I'd listen and see what they had to say. But I have a ball to attend that night (I don't think the new dress I'm working on is going to be finished... *sigh* Stupid poufy sleeves are always my downfall), and if I'm going to be rushing my prep time, I really hope it's worth it. What I always loved best about Austen was her humor, so I'm hoping they capitalize on that (instead of chocolate, which the description keeps mentioning for some reason. Not a fan of chocolate). So, anyways, I was browsing through the author lists, wondering if I knew any of them... and stumbled on your name. I don't how much I trust myself to start up a conversation with someone I admire for her way with words, and when it comes to me and babbling... well, I should manage "hi," at least. And as long as I can keep my foot out of my mouth, all is good.
May. 1st, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to it. And we can always talk Austen. ;)
May. 4th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well, on the plus side, I didn't say enough to put my foot in my mouth. Ah, well. It was nice to meet you.

What are the responses you get for favorite Jane Austen characters?

The author I mentioned who makes you work for your happy endings: Elizabeth Chadwick. She puts her characters through quite a lot before she finally lets them have their happy ending. Read several of her books over ten years ago, and stumbled onto one of her books again a few months ago.

And now that the grocery shopping is done, I am going to collapse in exhaustion and see if I can recover a little before I have to get up and run around like a headless chicken again. Dinner guests are arriving at 6:30, and I have to seem like I didn't wake up at 3am and never fell back asleep.
May. 6th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Oh, Emma, Elizabeth, Darcy. I was glad to get a Fanny Price. ;)

Hope you rested up!
May. 5th, 2013 01:44 pm (UTC)
OMG, my friend crocheted me gloves for my birthday! little delicate tea gloves! I feel so spoiled. And I'm terrible with birthday presents and have been wracking my brain thinking "what on earth do I get her?" (our birthdays are a week apart) and then I thought of the Mansfield book you recommended. She reads all those Austen sequels, so that might be about perfect. Joan Aiken, right? How does her Emma book compare? (My friend's favorite book is Emma). Or is the Mansfield one so much better? Perhaps that and one of my favorite mysteries... maybe Murder with Peacocks.
May. 2nd, 2013 05:00 pm (UTC)
My friend and I are planning to make a road trip to Kansas City to see you on Saturday, and we will most likely be attending the Giant Book Fair. If we are allowed to buy Teen Day passes, we will also do that. (We are not teens, alas.)
May. 2nd, 2013 08:07 pm (UTC)
It is for all those teen at heart. ;)
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