My friend linked me to this article, a reading challenge…inspired by The Gilmore Girls (coming soon to Netflix—hurrah!)
A quick scan of the bookshelves in my newly organized office says I'm off to a pretty good start. What about you? How many of these books have you read?
First off, if you follow me on twitter you know how massively bummed I was not to be able to attend the Books Inc. event with Gayle (Forman), Jandy (Nelson), and Nina (LaCour) last night in SF, so to rally, I gathered my tow-headed troops and headed to…THE MALL. (Hillsdale in nearby San Mateo to be exact.) I've only been there once. Traffic would be crazy. But I *had* to see my pal Gayle. And my son had to see this girl. Hit Girl.
So we bribed our miniature hit girl with a trip to Build-A-Bear and left two hours before the event started thinking, oh, we got this in the bag! First 300 in line get to meet Chloe and I'll get Gayle to sign the new books and…oh. Um. Where is this line going? Oh, along this wall? And out this door? And waaaaaaaay down this sidewalk into BFE?? Hmmm. "Kids. New plan. Let's wait by the front and we'll see them go by. Sorry about the autographs, but there's no way we're in the first 300 fans. So we hung out some. Waiting. Chatted. Whined about being hungry (that was all me). Scanning the crowd for super fans….and we found one! Check out this gorgeous pencil drawing of Mia and Adam!
Check out this crowd! Waiting and waiting and then, after a long half hour delay (I told you—traffic! The Bay Area is nuts!) they appeared in the elevator, like Charlie and Willy Wonka and this mall is their Chocolate Factory. The crowd went WILD!
Today I saw this one. I find it fantastic.
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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!
Spellspinners fans! Tonight is the real-deal rose moon Iris tells Lily about in Witch's Brew, and what comes to fruition in Devil's Frost, making this the PERFECT weekend to devour the first three books in Spellspinners of Melas County. I hope we're able to see this phenomena from our modern hotel on the canal in Amsterdam, and that YOU can see it from wherever you are!
Look what author Tiffany Trent stumbled upon:
Hey Heidi--Did you know you were quoted on Free Will Astrology?
"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. ;)
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?????
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.
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.
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.)
Look. I've never claimed to be a scientist. I write fiction for a living.
But my head warlock, the very, very, very wicked Jacob, was on to this before the Harvard scientists. Or maybe the Harvard scientists are The Spellspinners of Melas County fans?
YOU BE THE JUDGE.
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!)
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.
I swear to the Easter Bunny and all things chocolate eggs I did not manipulate this in anyway. I simply pressed the large coffee button, set this china tea cup on the table, and when my friend picked it up to look: voila! Easter Bunny! (Move over, Jesus Toast.)
Back to writing witches and warlocks canoodling on a stolen yacht.
Spell 4, your ending is in sight!
Don't forget to gobble up Witch's Brew whilst its on sale and have a Happy Easter!
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.
My friend Lenka sent it to me. Not sure where she found it, but I like it.
Happy Vampire Diaries night— TGIThursday!
I know this is meant to be funny ? but my words and clothing choices (or lack thereof) are offended.
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:
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.
(adorable gif by TVDaholic.)