Release Party with Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

via Mysterious Galaxy

7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. #302, San Diego, CA 92111
858.268.4747

April 4th 2011 10:00 pm

You are cordially invited to the Midnight Book Launch Party for Cassandra Clare and Holly Black on Monday, April 4. Please note that in the spirit of the party, pajamas are optional, and there will be a prize for the cutest nightwear, as well as for some thematic trivia games.

Cassandra Clare’s City of Fallen Angels is the fourth in her Mortal Instruments series, and promises “Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge.” Readers should note that in addition to tying into that series, characters from Clockwork Angel, the first novel in the Infernal Devices trilogy, make an appearance.

Holly Black’s Red Glove finds Cassel Sharpe still coming to terms with both his criminal family heritage and his ability to work curses of transformation on people and objects – an ability that makes him desirable to powerful agents on both sides of the law.

While Mysterious Galaxy’s party will begin at 10:00 PM on Monday, April 4, please note that Holly and Cassandra’s new books will be strictly held until their on-sale date of Tuesday, April 5, starting at 12:01 AM. Arrangements can be made for those who can’t stay past Midnight. See below for how to RSVP to be eligible for awesome prizes.

If you want to attend please RSVP:     midnightparty@simonandschuster.com

Please let S&S know that you’re going (just include your name. And the names of anyone coming with you so they can make a list of names). You don’t need to RSVP in order to attend; you can just show up. HOWEVER, if you do RSVP, you get entered in a drawing to win a prize: two limited-edition short stories – one by Cassandra, one by Holly, signed; the letter from Jace to Clary, signed; a piece of jewelry expressly designed by Hebelmet for City of Fallen Angels, a hand-designed stele and other goodies, all in a gangster-style briefcase that can be handcuffed to your wrist for maximum security.

PLEASE don’t RSVP unless you’re attending. You have to actually *be present at the event* to win the prize. They will have two names of winners and a list of backup names and just keep going down the list until we get to someone who is actually present to win the prize. You can’t win if you don’t show up, so be nice and don’t RSVP unless you’re actually going to be there!

Holly Black, Red Glove Cassandra Clare, City of Fallen Angels

March 29th, 2011  at 9:00 pm

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2011 RITA Award Finalists Announced

The Romance Writers of America announced the finalists for the 2011 RITA awards today. The RITAs honor the best romance fiction published in 2010. More than 1,100 novels and novellas were judged in 12 categories. The finalists/categories that are most likely to appeal to PB readers appear below. For a complete list of nominees please visit the RWA site.

Best First Book
Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard
Firestorm by Kelly Ann Riley
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Pieces of Sky by Kaki Warner
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells
A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer

Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
The Baby’s Guardian by Delores Fossen
Case File: Canyon Creek, Wyoming by Paula Graves
To Catch a Killer by Kimberly Van Meter
A Cop in Her Stocking by Ann Voss Peterson
Meltdown by Gail Barrett
The Moon That Night by Helen Brenna
Perfect Partners? by C.J. Carmichael
Renegade Angel by Kendra Leigh Castle

Novel With Strong Romantic Elements
Blood Vines by Erica Spindler
The Dead Travel Fast by Deanna Raybourn
Killbox by Ann Aguirre
On Folly Beach by Karen White
The Search by Nora Roberts
Stormwalker by Allyson James
Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts
Welcome to Harmony by Jodi Thomas

Paranormal Romance
Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard
A Highlander’s Homecoming by Melissa Mayhue
Immortal Sea by Virginia Kantra
Marked by the Moon by Lori Handeland
Rebel by Zoe Archer
Sins of the Heart by Eve Silver
Unchained: the Dark Forgotten by Sharon Ashwood
Water Bound by Christine Feehan

Romance Novella
“Blame It on the Blizard” by Jennifer Greene in Baby, It’s Cold
“A Dundee Christmas” by Brenda Novak in That Christmas Feeling
“Friendly Fire” by Jill Shalvis in Born on the 4th of July
“Love Me to Death” by Maggie Shayne in Heart of Darkness
“Mistletoe Magic” by Sandra Hyatt in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe
“Mountain Rose” by Cheryl St. John in To Be a Mother
“Shifting Sea” by Virginia Kantra in Burning Up
“The Wrong Brother” by Maureen Child in Under the Millionaire’s Mistletoe

Young Adult Romance
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
The Clearing by Heather Davis
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles
The Summer of Skinny Dipping by Amanda Howells

 

Renegade Angel, Kendra Leigh Castle Stormwalker, Allyson James The Dead Travel Fast, Deanna Raybourn Water Bound, Christine Feehan Immortal Sea, Virginia Kantra

Love Me to Death, Maggie Shayne, Heart of Darkness The Iron King, Julie Kagawa Enemy Within, Marcella Burnard Marked by the Moon, Lori Handeland Shifting Sea, Virginia Kantra, Burning Up

Rebel, Zoe Archer Sins of the Heart, Eve Silver Clockwork Angel, Cassandra Clare Unchained, the Dark Forgotten, Sharon Ashwood A Highlander's Homecoming, Melissa Mayhue

 

March 25th, 2011  at 6:20 pm

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Teen Choice Book of the Year

Children’s Book Week is May 2-8, with the Children’s Choice Book Awards being held during the annual launch gala in New York City on May 2nd. Voting is currently under way and extends through April 29. Kids and teens can cast their votes for their favourite books, author and illustrator at bookstores, schools, libraries and online at www.BookWeekOnline.com.

Awards will be given in six categories, of which the Teen Choice Book of the Year and the Author of the Year may be of particular interest to ParanormalBites readers. The finalists in these two categories, as determined by more than 16,000 children and teens, are:

 

Teen Choice Book of the Year
Burned (House of Night, Book 7) by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
Fang (A Maximum Ride Novel) by James Patterson
Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3) by Suzanne Collins
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5) by Richelle Mead
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Author of the Year
Cassandra Clare for Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)
Suzanne Collins for Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, Book 3)
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth
Stephenie Meyer for The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Rick Riordan for The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)

 

Congratulations to all of the finalists!

 

Previous winners in these two categories include:

2010

Teen Choice Book of the Year – Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Author of the Year – James Patterson for Max (A Maximum Ride Novel)

2009

Teen Choice Book of the Year – Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
Author of the Year – Stephenie Meyer for Breaking Dawn

2008

Author of the Year – JK Rowling for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Children's Choice Book Awards

Cast Your Vote!

March 16th, 2011  at 12:13 pm

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Amazon Top Book Lists of 2010

Amazon has posted several Top Book Lists for 2010 already and they listed separate categories for Editor Picks, Customer Picks and eBooks for most lists.  Funny how different most of the Editor Picks are from the Customer Picks.  I’m not quite sure what one might infer from these differences but I find them interesting just the same.  Of course, I haven’t examined every list; just the ones that I believe may be relevant to Paranormal Bites readers – the overall Top 100, Kindle eBooks, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Romance, and Teen.  Here are some of my findings (**Note: The entire lists are not reproduced here, just the paranormal titles)…

Top 100 Books – Customer Favorites

3. Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3), Suzanne Collins
4. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), Charlaine Harris
7. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella (Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
18. The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1), Rick Riordan
27. Burned (House of Night), P.C. Cast
38. Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12), Jim Butcher
40. Lover Mine: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, J.R. Ward
62. Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Volume 1 (The Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
66. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5), Richelle Mead
100. The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel), Michael Scott

Of these ten books only Charlaine Harris’ Dead in the Family managed to make the Editor’s Pick list, coming in at # 80.

Top 100 Kindle eBooks: Customer Favorites

Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3), Suzanne Collins
Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), Charlaine Harris
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
Wicked Appetite, Janet Evanovich
Burned (House of Night), P.C. Cast
The Lost Hero (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 1), Rick Riordan
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5), Patricia Briggs

For some reason the top eBooks were not numerated but the above titles made the cut.

Top 10 Books: Science Fiction & Fantasy – Customer Favorites

1. Dead in the Family (Sookie Stackhouse, Book 10), Charlaine Harris
3. Changes (Dresden Files, Book 12), Jim Butcher
4. Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson, Book 5), Patricia Briggs
5. Bullet (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 19), Laurell K. Hamilton
6. Flirt (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 18), Laurell K. Hamilton
7. Side Jobs: Stories From the Dresden Files, Jim Butcher
8. Black Magic Sanction (Rachel Morgan, Book 8), Kim Harrison

Top 10 Books: Romance – Editor’s Picks

2. Burning Lamp (An Arcane Society Novel), Amanda Quick
3. Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark, Book 7), Kresley Cole
4. Sin Undone (Demonica, Book 5), Larissa Ione

Top 10 Books: Romance – Customer Picks

2. Lover Mine: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, J.R. Ward
6. Burning Lamp (An Arcane Society Novel), Amanda Quick
7. Dark Peril (Carpathian), Christine Feehan

I don’t know what the heck happened with the Romance category… The Editors were dead on for a change with Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione but I’m shocked that they didn’t make the Customer Picks.  And – Hello – Where is Gena Showalter’s Darkest Passion and Darkest Lie???  I totally agree with JR Ward and Christine Feehan making the list but Gena, Kresley and Larissa should definitely be there as well.  Amazon obviously didn’t poll PB readers when compiling this list!

Top 10 Books: Teens – Editor’s Picks

5. Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story, Adam Rex
6. I Am Number Four (Lorien Legacies), Pittacus Lore
7. Extraordinary, Nancy Werlin

Top 10 Books: Teens – Customer Picks

1. Mockingjay (Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3), Suzanne Collins
2. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Twilight Saga), Stephenie Meyer
3. Burned (House of Night), P.C. Cast
5. Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5), Richelle Mead
8. Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1), Cassandra Clare
9. Linger (Wolves of Mercy Falls, Book 2), Maggie Stiefvater
10. The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Shadow Souls, L. J. Smith

November 5th, 2010  at 1:40 pm

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Teen Lit (YA) is NOT Children’s Lit

I wanted to give my readers an example of why I think that it is ridiculous for teen literature to fall under the children’s literature publishing umbrella (see previous post).  The following is the “Bestsellers Children’s Fiction” list for October 11th 2010:

  

1. TormentLauren Kate; Age Range – YA; Topic – fallen angels, demons, reincarnation and deception; “equal parts romance and thriller”

2. The Red PyramidRick Riordan; Age Range – 9 to 11; Topic – estranged siblings struggling to cope with their mother’s death battle ancient Egyptian gods after their father accidentally awakens them

3. Clockwork AngelCassandra Clare; Age Range – YA; Topic – a teen girl finds love amongst vampires, demons, shape shifters and more but is torn between saving her brother and saving the world

4. FalloutEllen Hopkins; Age Range – YA; Topic – teen siblings trying to survive abuse found in foster homes, a drug addict mother, rapist father, and their own addictions

5. The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak; Age Range – YA; Topic – a young girl learns how to read and hone her book thieving skills during the holocaust

6. The Adventures of Ook and Gluk, Kung-Fu Cavemen from the FutureDav Pilkey; Age Range – 7 to 10; Topic – the adventures of two young cave boys

7. Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not So Popular Party Girl – Rachel Renee Russell; Age Range – 12 and up; Topic – middle grade romance and rivalry

8. RadianceAlyson Noël; Age Range – Conflicting – Listed both as YA and as 9 to 12; Topic – deceased middle grader becomes a Soul Catcher tasked with helping other souls to move on

9. RecklessCornelia Funke; Age Range – YA; Topic – dark magic; “few child characters, and veiled sexual innuendo and violence make this edgier fare”, “blood and violence, betrayal”

10. LingerMaggie Stiefvater; Age Range – YA; Topic – the relationships of two young human women and the male werewolves that they love; “spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love – the light and the dark”

11. FallenLauren Kate; Age Range – YA; Topic – unrequited love at reform school; “dangerously exciting and darkly romantic … the ultimate love story”

12. Monster HighLisi Harrison; Age Range – YA; Topic – “a fresh twist on high school, romance, and the horrors of trying to fit in”

13. HaloAlexandra Adornetto; Age Range – YA; Topic – a 17 year old angel falls for a mortal boy

14. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman Alexie; Age Range – YA; Topic – “the struggle to survive between the grinding plates of the Indian and white worlds”

15. ShiverMaggie Stiefvater; Age Range – YA; Topic – “a lyrical tale of alienated werewolves and first love”

  

The above information is from Publishers Weekly and BarnesandNoble.com.  Of the 15 books on this list only 3 are clearly written for children, while a 4th book is under contention.  That means that the remaining 11 or 12 books are not intended for children at all but are written for a teen audience.

There are several paranormal related books on this list, which I am fine with (obviously considering the overriding topic of this blog), but in my opinion as a parent and former elementary school teacher, the romantic relationships, substance abuse, sexual innuendo, and violence that occur in the majority of books on this list (and in a great number of other YA titles) does not belong in the children’s publishing category or in the same immediate retail space.  Certainly as a retailer I would distinguish YA literature from children’s literature and merchandise and market them as separate entities.

Clockwork Angel Dork Diaries Fallout Halo

Three of these things belong together
Three of these things are kind of the same
Can you guess which one of these doesn’t belong here?
Now it’s time to play our game (time to play our game).”

Fallen Linger Kung-Fu Cavemen Reckless

October 22nd, 2010  at 8:00 am

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