Monday, April 27, 2015

My TLA (Texas Library Association) Recap / New To My Shelves #186: The TLA Edition & ENTER TO WIN!

Welcome to this week's edition of New To My Shelves (previously known as In My Mailbox (IMM) / Stacking the Shelves (STS) or My Weekly Round Up in the Stacks. You can check out all the goodies that have arrived via my Instagram accountI've been a bit behind on posting my IMM posts each week here on the blog, though I've been posting pics on Instagram

Two weeks was TLA (Texas Library Association) was here in Austin, TX. I love this week long book convention. It's not only a fabulous place to reconnect with book friends, and authors, and meet authors, it's a wonderful place to chat with publishers about upcoming books, and attend some awesome panels. 

This year I was really picky with the goodies I brought home. I received some amazing books to feature on Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids, and some of the arcs I received, I either gave away, or didn't take, as I knew I wouldn't be able to feature them on one of the blogs, or have the time to read. Or if a publisher was giving out an arc I already had on hand, I didn't take it. This is post a mix of books I brought from home, books/arcs I received from the publishers/authors, or books I bought at TLA. 

For Review

Check out my Middle Grade / Children's goodies HERE.

One of the things I loved about TLA, is that you can bring books from home, purchase books at a huge discounted price in the signing line to get signed (if the publisher is selling the books. It's up to each signing if that is happening), or receive a copy of the book or sometimes the arc, from the publisher for free, to get signed. Sometimes if you purchase a book, and the sequel is coming out or the authors next book, you get the arc for free. 

Here are the books I brought from home, received from the publisher at TLA, and purchase while at TLA.

Books I brought from home that got signed:

Purchased from TLA:

My first day at TLA was Wednesday, and an amazing day it was. It was so great to reconnect with book friends, and see some fabulous author friends. Today's highlights included seeing authors: Jenny Martin, Marie Lu, Carrie Ryan, Joy Preble, Cinda Williams Chima, Katie McGarry, and Suzanne Young. If ever get the chance to see these ladies, please do. They are truly amazing, and it is always a pleasure seeing them. 

I also enjoyed catching up with friends, and having lunch with a publicist I've worked with for awhile now. One of the things I love about TLA, is the chance to talk with publicist I've been working with for sometime now, and finally meet them in person. It's so great to get catch up with the rocking publishing house teams who make TLA and all the big book events possible. I love chatting with them about books. I also love how they take the time to talk to kids about books. Both my kids came this year with me, and the rocking people who took time to talk to my kids, authors included, really inspired my kids. They love reading, but after TLA, I think that love of reading reached a whole new level. THANK YOU to all who inspired my kids, and all of us at TLA this year. 

That evening at Book People, I took my kids to an epic signing which included middle grade authors;
Jason Auxier (The Night Gardner), Mac Barnett and Jory John (The Terrible Two), Jon Scieszka (Guys Read), and Tom Angleberger (Origami Yoda series). THIS was one of the best signings I've ever been to. If you ever get the chance to be in the same room with these 5 brilliant writers, and hilarious guys, I strongly recommend that you do. I'm not sure who had more fun that night, the kids or us parents. My kids LOVED meeting them. We brought a few books from home, and also purchased The Terrible Two, which I highly recommend picking up. It's hilarious. 

TLA Day Two: Thursday!AKA my fangirling day. This was my epic day! I FINALLY got to meet Marie Rutkoski, Mary Pearson, A.C. Gaughen, and Becky Wallace! These ladies are even more awesome in person, which I knew they would be. I am so thrilled I finally got to meet them all. I also LOVED seeing Sarah J. Maas again, Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs, and Andrea Cremer. I love these ladies! 

 TLA Day Three: Friday! Today was the last day of TLA. My sole purpose of coming today was to meet Sabaa Tahir!! She is amazing. My daughter loved meeting her as well. I had planned on going to just her signing, and leaving, but I ended up stopping by a couple other signings, visited with some blogger friends, and oh yeah, I met this cute little guy:

This cute baby monkey needs to be filed under: Things You Don't Except To See At A Book Convention. One of the cool things about sticking around for the end of TLA, is when the publishing booths get rid of their books. This is done by either waiting in lines for awhile (which is totally worth it), to received 1-3 books (publishers choose the number you can pick), for free, while others change a steal of a deal price on books. I rarely stick around to do this, since it gets crazy, but it was totally worth it. I didn't list books my kids got while at TLA, but my daughter was able to get some books for herself, and she was sweet and grabbed some books for her teacher, while I got some for our my kids's school librarian. I loved seeing the boxes of books librarians were buying for their schools. 

Friday Night was a blast, as I picked up friends, D from Good Choice Reading, and Susan from Waster Paper Prose and took them around Austin to site see. Never mind the fact that it had been storming before, during, and after our fun. We had a blast. I can't wait to do this next year!

TLA rocked this year! It ran so smoothly. My only compliant was the signings. They scheduled so many epic authors to sign all at the same time. It was really hard trying to get to see all the authors you wanted to see, because of that. In fact I missed seeing a few, though I'm very grateful I was able to see the authors I did.

THANK YOU to everyone who had a hand in putting TLA together this year. Thank you for all the authors and publishing all the time and energy you put into making TLA so awesome! 

The Giveaway

Since I was so selective with what I took, I don't have a huge giveaway like I have done in previous years. However, I do have a great giveaway featuring a couple signed items I received at TLA, and I'm throwing in an arc I had at home, that I've got duplicate of.

1 lucky winner will receive:
To enter, please fill out the form below: US residents only (If International, you're welcome to enter if you're willing to cover international shipping costs).

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Cassandra Clare Shares A New Snippet: Mundane Monday #240

Happy Mundane Monday! Somehow yesterday I totally missed Cassandra Clare sneaking a snippet onto Twitter. Did you catch it? If not, here's the snippet she shared in response to a fan asking her a question:

Too soon for a snippet?” "Michael let a week pass before asking the question Robert had been dreading."

I look forward to finding out what that question is when this entire story is out.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Recent Book News

It's finally the weekend! I hope y'all have a great weekend in store. Here are some of the the past couple of week's book news, including cover reveals, movie news, book trailers and more. This post is a big one. There have a been a lot of great cover reveals.

Cover Reveals 

Check out these fabulous book covers that have recently been revealed. 

  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell hits shelves this October from St. Martin Press.
  2. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, will be released January 2016 from Tor.

Check out the cover for Becca Fitzpatrick's DANGEROUS LIES, which will be released in November from Simon & Schuster!

  1.  The Vicious Masks by Taurn Shanker & Kelly Zekas, will be released on February 2016 from Swoonreads.
  2. Everything But The Truth by Mandy Hubbard, will be released on 11/17/15 from Bloomsbury. 
  1. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab, will be released on 2/23/16 from Tor. 
  2. Traffick by Ellen Hopkins, will be released on 3/11/15 from Simon & Schuster.

  1. Starlight by Melissa Landers, will be released on 2/2/16 from Disney Hyperion.
  2. The Anatomy of Curiosity by Maggie Stiefvater and Brenna Yovanoff, will be released on 10/1/15 from Carolrholda Books. 
  1. The Keeper by David Baldacci, will be released on 9/8/15 from Scholastic Press.
  2. Alive by Scott Sigler, will be released on 7/14/15 from Del Rey.
  1. Rise by Amanda Sun, will be released on 5/1/15 from Harlequin Teen
  2. The Unquiet Past by Kelley Armstrong, will be released on 9/29/15 from Orca Book Publishers (Canada)
  1. THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow will be released from Simon & Schuster this coming fall. 
  2. SHADES OF DARKNESS by A.R. Kahler, will be out March 2016. 
Check out this awesome cover for Mari Mancusi's SMOKED, which I had the privilege of revealing here on Mundie Moms. This book will be released on 9/1/15 from Source Books.

Also revealed here on Mundie Moms, EVERY LAST BREATH by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which will be released on 7/28/15. Along with it's reveal, I also revealed the newly designed covers for the first two books in the series. 

You can find out more about the covers here

I'm saving the best for last! Hopefully fans have already seen this awesome cover for NOTHING BUT SHADOWS by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan. It's the next installment to Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy, and it will be out on 5/19/15. Find out more about it here

Book Trailers

Check out the book trailer for Amanda Hocking's ICE KISSED! This is such a great book series.

Books To Movie News

Warner Brothers won the film rights to The Selection!!! Check out the exciting news here.

Books To TV Series News

Catch up on the latest news for The Shadowhunters TV Series here. Just in case you somehow missed it, we have a JACE! Read all about it here

Book News

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir releases this coming Tuesday, but you don't have to wait to read an excerpt from it. Head over to here and read an excerpt now!

Jennifer Armentrout announced to fans that they can read her newest novel, THE DEAD LIST, for free! Find out more about the novel, and where you can read it at here

Friday, April 24, 2015

THIS WEEKEND ONLY Get Marie Lu & Sarah Dessen Books for $2.99 Each! @PenguinTeen

Marie Lu and Sarah Dessen fans, now is your chance to get caught up with their books. This weekend ONLY! Fans can purchase Marie Lu's Legend series for $2.99 per book! Sarah Dessen fans can purchase four of her novels *featured below* for $2.99 each! Marie's books will be on sale on Saturday, and Sarah Dessen's books will be on sale on Sunday. You can not go wrong with getting a book for $2.99! Fuel your love of reading and add these series to your e-reader. Hurry, you don't want to miss your chance to get these books at a steal of deal. Get more details below:


The Truth About Forever:
Lock and Key:
Along For the Ride:
Just Listen: 

Fan Art Friday: Recently Shared TMI/TID/TLH Fan Art from Cassandra Clare

Happy Friday! 
Check out some of the latest Shadowhunter fanart that Cassandra Clare has shared.

Cassandra Clare shared these most recently posted, The Last Hours flower cards, here
She had this to say about them:

Carstairs in the time of The Last Hours: Alastair and Cordelia.

Cassandra Clare share this picture of Lucie, which I love, here
Lucie Herondale~ 

Character © The Last Hours, cassandraclare
Aegisdea! We’ve missed you.

Cassandra Clare shared this fan art of an older Jace and Clary, here. I love getting this glimpse of them in the future. Cassie had this to say:
Bedroom of warrior and artist. Jace and Clary
(Looking at other artists on tumblr made me feel like a terrible creature who needed to draw more backgrounds.)
Love it! A real “"what their life might be like when they are older.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015

ROOK by Sharon Cameron; Blog Tour: Spotlight / Enter To WIN!

Hello and welcome to today's ROOK blog tour stop. This is a two stop tour today. The first stop is a spotlight featuring debut author, Sharon Cameron's book. Along with today's spotlight you can check out the book trailer, and enter to win!! The second stop is my review for Rook, which will be out next Tuesday. Trust me, you'll want to add this book to your TBR lists.

About The Book 

By: Sharon Cameron
Published by: Scholastic
To Be Released On: 4/28/15
Pre-Order it from: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Add it to: Goodreads
History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy’s arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. 
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
This is a book I'm so thrilled to have the chance to feature on the blog. It's fabulous! My review will be featured here on the blog shortly. In the mean time, check out the book trailer below, and be sure to enter to win!

Book Trailer:

About Sharon:
Sharon Cameron was awarded the 2009 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for her debut novel, The Dark Unwinding. When not writing Sharon can be found thumbing dusty tomes, shooting her longbow, or indulging in her lifelong search for secret passages. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Giveaway
5 winners will receive a finished copy of ROOK courtesy of Scholastic. 
US Only.
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The Shadowhunters TV Series: Cassandra Clare Answers Questions About The Series

Cassandra Clare took to Tumblr yesterday to answer fan questions about the Shadowhunters TV series. I love that Cassie takes the time out of her crazy busy writing schedule to answer fans questions about the TV series, even though she has NO say or anything to do with the TV series. Believe me, if Cassie had any say with the TV series, there would be no worries as to how the TV series will be written, and featured. Here is the Q&A Cassie shared yesterday here

nephilimdaughteroftheangelraziel said: Hi Miss Clare! I just want to say that I am a dropdown fangirl of TMI/TIF etc, basically all your books! I just wanted to ask, have they started sign ups and auditions for Clary? B/c I mean now that we were all freaking out about Dom, we are probably even more anxious about who’s going to play the female role that helped all of us find out about the Shadow world. Thanks for the updates (most especially towards Dom! Aaah! *heart attack at age 14*)
If you follow McG’s twitter, (  )which I strongly suggest you do if you’re interested in Shadowhunter TV updates, they’re doing auditions for Clary this week. Which means it is unlikely we would find out who is cast until next week at the earliest.
Achinglove said: I really like Dom, he’s a great actor. But Cassie, please, tell me they’ll dye his hair blonde.
I’ve no idea. I’d ask McG, really, he might know, he’s the executive producer.  I don’t know about contacts either, and I won’t be the person making that decision. 
For what it’s worth, I agree that dying his hair blond is the right idea. (I don’t actually agree about the contacts. I think they affect people’s acting and look weird. I think it has never mattered that Ian Somerhalder, on the Vampire Diaries, has blue eyes instead of black, or that Daniel Radcliffe didn’t have green eyes.) But I think that hair dye is such a small gesture toward faithfulness to source material that unless there’s a pressing reason not to do it, it ought to be done. I think it’s very hard to win over a fanbase if you don’t seem like you’re willing to go even that far. And Dominic is already blondish. 

emk3rd said: Do you have any part in the making of the TMI TV show? Forgive me if this is a stupid question.
It’s not stupid. It’s complicated. I have no official role whatsoever in the making of the TV show. I am not a producer, or an executive producer. I am not a consultant. I am the person who wrote the source material the TV show is based on. They can consult me if they want to, and not consult me if they don’t want to. For how all this works, Ally Carter’s post on how movies happen also applies to TV.
a-sarcastic-cactus said: Hi, Cassie! Could you tell us if we’ll be able to view Shadowhunters in the UK when it airs?
I’m sorry, I have no idea. I don’t know how entertainment foreign rights work, especially not for TV. It’s a thing that doesn’t involve me even a little. When it’s picked up in the UK, you’ll hear about it from the media.
The film was perfect  what influenced me to buy your books (besides the story) was the actors jamie campbell and Lily. When I heard about the series I’d be more than happy, because I would be able to see jamie and lily and also be able to enter the world of shadows. But I heard recently that Jace will not be played by Jamie campell, then as a big fan and your target audience I ask you to continue with the film’s cast. Jamie campbell bower has to be Jace and Lily have to be Clary! This is a sincere request.
I believe you that you are sincere! And while I understand that you only heard this recently, it’s been public knowledge pretty much since they announced the TV show. People are reacting to it now because the casting of the TV show is actually happening.
This is not a recast. A recast would be if they were continuing the movies, but had decided to cast all new actors in the parts for City of Ashes. As far as everyone involved in making the film and the TV show are concerned, studio, network, production, everyone, the film and the show are two completely different franchises. They are different stories, the characters are characterized differently, they are being made by different people. They are going to look different and sound different. And as far as the people making this (who are not me) are concerned, asking them to cast the movie cast makes as much sense as asking them to cast the cast of Snowpiercer. It is just how this stuff works.
Casting is complicated. It is a mix of director’s visions and studio/network visions and availability and scheduling. If you think someone is the perfect and only person for a part, okay, but you do have to keep in mind that no one involved in making this thing is going to be moved by that. They spend too much time being involved in the practical realities of the business. If there was really only one actor for any part, ever, then movies and TV shows would stop being made: there would never be a big enough chance that the actor you hire is the Only Right One to make it worth it. 
And I really hate having to be the one to explain this, because it makes it sound like this has something to do with me. It doesn’t. I have nothing to do with any of these decisions. I just have a background in entertainment business, is all. Look, you can not watch the TV show because you like the film cast, that’s your right, but it’s not a gesture of loyalty toward them any more than it’s a gesture of loyalty toward the cast of Snowpiercer for not all being cast in the TV show of Shadowhunters. It is, however, your decision!