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Eww! Are they brother and sister??

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So we have Witch's Brew chapters up on Wattpad and comments come in from our many readers (almost 500 thousand to date!) 

Today I saw this one. I find it fantastic.

comment on the following section of Chapter 3: Children of Darkness & Light

Logan guessed it was also why a teenager like himself could breathe underwater, a skill no other warlock in modern times possessed.

READER -> Eww! Are they brother and sister...

Ha! I guess you'll have to wait and find out. 

BEAUTIFUL MONSTER, SPELLSPINNERS #4, is coming this Fall!

 

Our Demon Playthings.

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Look what author Tiffany Trent stumbled upon:

Hey Heidi--Did you know you were quoted on Free Will Astrology? 
Scorpio (http://www.freewillastrology.com/horoscopes/)

"We are all searching for someone whose demons play well with ours," writes novelist Heidi R. Kling. That's good advice for you to keep in mind these days, Scorpio. Those little imps and rascals that live within you may get you into bad trouble if they feel bored. But if you arrange for them to have play dates with the imps and rascals of people you trust, they are far more likely to get you into good trouble. They may even provide you with bits of gritty inspiration. What's that you say? You don't have any demons? Not true. Everyone has them."

This is especially timely as I received (excellent) notes from editor and publisher today on the fourth installment of The Spellspinners of Melas County, BEAUTIFUL MONSTER this morning. BEAUTIFUL MONSTER is all about discovering the demon within. Or denying her. Or smothering her, or chasing her, depending on your POV, of course. Thanks for the find, Tiffany! As a lover of astrology, I'm tickled they used one of my quotes and for a Scorpio no less. I know not his birthday, but I'm pretty sure the late great Damon Salvatore is a Scorpio. And our Jude, too. ;) 

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Goodbye, Damon.

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Even though logically I know they *must* bring him back. I mean Damon is the heart of the show, blah, blah, blah—that was simple shocking. The emotional truth of Nina's tears made me sob my brains out. You did it again, Julie Plec, you master of pain, you. Bonus: Alaric! Plus, the handholding scene between Bonnie and Damon, who've always had an intriguing mutual respect, did me in. IS IT FALL YET????? 

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#savesea

Posted on by heidi kling

Incredibly touched by the outpouring of love and support for SEA since I announced it's going out of print in hardcover. Erica Haglund started a campaign, #SaveSea, and readers are tweeting things like:

DJ @LifeinFiction 24m
SEA by @HeidiRKling changed my life and I don't want to see it go away. #saveSEA @PenguinTeen

Kate Treadway @verbvixen 10m
In a community clamoring for diversity, @HeidirKling's SEA is a bright spot in a bland world. #SaveSea @PenguinTeen

Amalie Greenway @amalie_green 7m
@PenguinTeen, don't put SEA by @HeidiRKling out of print! I found it as a teen & have re-read multiple times. One of my favorites. #SaveSEA

If you want to help Erica's campaign, go here. Anybody on social media can help.

http://www.thebookcellarx.com/2014/05/savesea-need-help.html

The irony of the popular #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign as SEA is going out of print is not lost on the YA community, one I'm immensely grateful to be part of. Even if your words don't make a difference on a corporate level, they make a difference to me. They make a difference to Usuluddin Andrea, and I thank you.

Sad news about SEA

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Sad news.
I got an email that SEA, my acclaimed* debut novel about the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, is going out of print in hardcover due to recent lack of sales. I still get emails from readers who adore it, and it has a very high review rating still. It's not for lack of reader love. We're hoping to get our paperback rights back and give it new life at another publishing house. If you don't have your own copy, you better get one soon. Supplies are dwindling.

Thanks so much for all the SEA love guys! Writing and publishing it was a dream come true and an honor to write the story inspired by our friends in Indonesia, particularly Usuluddin Andrea who lost family in the tsunami. Usul, my inspiration for Deni, has gone on to get a Master's degree and is thriving. This is the real gift. He is a true hero as are the groups of volunteers who work tirelessly helping victims of disaster. I've written the first few chapters of a Sea-quel, which we will also try and publish. I will never stop thinking about these kids and their story. Sea and Deni will always be in my heart.

(*SEA was a IndieNext Pick, a Northern California Independent Booksellers Book of the Year Finalist, Scholastic Readers Choice, Gateway Readers Finalist, Goodreads Mover and Shaker and more. Such an honor to share this book with you.)

"Featured Artist" Signing Photo

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Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp, where I used to be a camper and a counselor, chose me as a "featured artist" in their new alumni website. Such an honor! When asked to dig up a signing photo, I found this one, featuring Stephanie Perkins, Gayle Forman and Nina LaCour. All we're missing is Jandy Nelson! (Next time!)

Look how we're signing at an angle! 

Look how we're signing at an angle! 


My friends know me so well.

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Just when you think Facebook is all tortured animals and bizarre political rants, I come home to find this on my wall, a gift from a friend.

And now…I share with you.


How cool is my signed Veronica Mars poster!?

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I may have gasped when I unrolled this sucker on my kitchen table. This Kickstarter event (because really, it was an EVENT) was such fun for the YA lit community. Andrea Cremer in a guest role?? Sarah Dessen as Kristen Bell's premiere date?? And many, many supporters. It's not everyday we have a collective fan experience like this. Thanks for the passion, the dynamically swoony film and the supporter goodies. Fingers crossed for another film, or better yet…another season.

The luminous Kristen Bell kicking A and taking photos 

The luminous Kristen Bell kicking A and taking photos 

My second favorite Logan. 

My second favorite Logan. 

and the creator himself. 

and the creator himself. 


Incestuous H-wood Divergent thoughts (No spoilers.)

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The one thing I found distracting in an otherwise exciting and oh-so-romantic movie, was the casting of Miles Teller as Shailene Woodley's jerky Dauntless nemesis and Ansel Elgort as her brother. Every time Miles T was onscreen I flashed on this:

 

Their rocky relationship in THE SPECTACULAR NOW made it hard to believe them as enemies. Also, I missed MT's spiked Big Gulp.

Their rocky relationship in THE SPECTACULAR NOW made it hard to believe them as enemies. Also, I missed MT's spiked Big Gulp.

And I'm sure I'm not the only one who was thinking about this every time the bro + sis had a convo? 

And I'm sure I'm not the only one who was thinking about this every time the bro + sis had a convo? 

Though both MT and AE did fine jobs in the roles, I'm not sure they added anything to the movie that a TV actor or lesser known newbie would't have? In the end, I'm just glad neither of them was cast as Four, because THIS GUY, who I'd not seen before, was perfection. 


Veronica Mars SCRIPT!

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Like many other YA authors, I flipped out excited when Veronica Mars announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund their movie. I came to the series late, courtesy of my awesome critique partners who forced me to watch as a reward for many words written on retreat. Anyway, one of my supporter "gifts" is a PDF of the official script with my name on every page. Like a good writer, I'm reading the script before watching the film. This is how you make happy fans. TGIF, VMars! :) 

LOOK HOW HE'S LOOKING AT HER. 

PS. A little spoiler-y, but our second favorite Logan* is in Navy whites. See below.

PPS. Warlock Logan might get jealous if I called VMars' my favorite. Plus, I knew mine first.

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Thursday Night Live: TV shows reviewed *spoilers*

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So I can't believe I did it, but I did—I watched them all. Well, mostly. I only made it through part of Reign. Not that it's Reign's fault, per say, it's just that my eyes stung and clamped and I was done with the screen.

30-second reviews of the wildly entertaining and slightly overwhelming Thursday lineup.

Don't worry, Mystic Falls. WE GOT THIS. 

Don't worry, Mystic Falls. WE GOT THIS. 

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: So, we all agree that last week's episode was ridiculous, yes? Our usually bright Mystic Falls gang couldn't quite figure out that Kat was impersonating Elena though it seemed entire obvious to me. Like Elena would EVER lure STEFAN into a motel to make out. Damon, maybe, but it was usually him going after her. Elena don't move that way. RED FLAG, STEF. Anyway, they brightened a tad last night; Damon had the best lines, and the best moves (luring Tyler; eyeball! door blocking!) It wasn't shocking that Nadia died (RIP, poor lost motherless child) but I was NOT expecting Kat scratching her claws on the Salvatore's freshly polished floors ALL THE WAY TO HELL. Major props for that. Looking forward to the "Mystic Gang Goes to Hell" season down the road. Cuz we ALL KNOW people/vamps/ghosts etc. don't stay down for long in MF. GRADE: B

Does this guy have the best cell bed head or WHAT? 

Does this guy have the best cell bed head or WHAT? 

GREY'S ANATOMY: This was mostly a relationship/sexy times episode with a sad cancer story worked in. GREY'S is the only show I can think of that effectively writes long-term couples well. Meredith and Derek particularly. I love their house, first of all, and they feel real. Bonus for Yang sneaking into the love trailer. This show has such loose morals, while at the same time being all about humanity, the importance of friendship and its strong belief in love, and that's what makes it fun. GRADE: A-

PARENTHOOD: OMG, Parenthood, I just love. Let me go ahead and admit my friend and I have a bet on the whole "Will Julia sleep with Ed" thing so I REJOICED when he entered the garden. I loved it when he snapped at that bratty kid and chanted, "GO IN GO IN GO IN" when Julia showed up at his doorstep with Tiki Masala (!) I don't necessarily like Ed, but he mellows Julia out, and SHE likes him. And I always root for that. In the end, I'm sure Joel will move back in, but sometimes things run there course, okay. Bonus: Crosby being HILARIOUS about selling the house; Zeek hiding under his pillow; Jasmine the mediator. Subtractions: Why couldn't Sara go to Africa???? It was only for a week??? Why listen to Hank who makes the worse choices ever (remember when he moved to the state that began with an M? I don't know. It was cold).

How could you? How could you SELL my childhood home? You are SELFISH, Mama. (PS. I'm a 30-something year old man with two kids of my own, just FYI. But I can act like this because I'm Crosby!)

How could you? How could you SELL my childhood home? You are SELFISH, Mama. (PS. I'm a 30-something year old man with two kids of my own, just FYI. But I can act like this because I'm Crosby!)

GRADE: A (because Parenthood rules)

SCANDAL: (Are you dying yet? Can you believe I watched ALL. THIS. TV. I can.)

Oh, Scandal. What can I say about you that hasn't already been said? How about THANK YOU for giving poor Mellie a sorta love story for starters! And I like that guy. Sure, he looks exactly like the doctor trying to whisk Sara off to Africa (is it the same actor? Maybe?) but he LIKES her. And he SAVED her. Can Fritz be a bigger dick??? Why is he always yelling at everyone? I'm kinda hoping Papa Pope kills him to be honest. Love Jake. Loved his rant about how popcorn isn't a food and wine isn't beer. (Did anyone say wine was beer? Wine is never beer.)

Excuse me, Jake. But popcorn IS a food. And I never said wine was beer. 

Excuse me, Jake. But popcorn IS a food. And I never said wine was beer. 

GRADE: B+

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