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Archive for September, 2010

Vote for the HUNGER cover!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Great news! The HUNGER cover has been nominated at Bitten By Books for Best Cover of October 2010! There’s only one way for it to win: if people vote for it.

To see the HUNGER cover and vote for it, click here.

(And look for the spiffy HUNGER ad in the sidebar — it’s one of a few rotating ads, so you may need to refresh the page.)

Updates coming, including more Post Mortem interviews and a HUNGER giveaway! Stay tuned.

RAGE cover sneak peek

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Well, because Goodreads has the cover for RAGE posted — and because it’s official — I figured that it’s time to share the cover here on my blog.

Cover to RAGE

I absolutely love it!

Now, I just received my author copies of HUNGER…and I have to say that the final cover, with all its gorgeous artwork and fonts and foil, is even more spectacular than the cover on the ARC, or the still image seen at places like Goodreads and online bookstores. So I’m positive that the final cover to RAGE will be even more phenomenal than this sneak peek.

Like with HUNGER, the cover art for RAGE is (c) Sammy Yuen.

(Now I have to go back to freaking out over HUNGER hitting the shelves in just over three weeks.

Speak Loudly

Sunday, September 19th, 2010

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about how a professor wrote an opinion piece in a Springfield, MO, newspaper about how Laurie Halse Anderson’s novel SPEAK is, and I quote, “soft-core pornography” because there are two rape scenes in it. Here is Laurie’s response, including various actions you can take if you so choose. And here is A.S. King’s response. And here is my response:

SPEAK is not a pornographic book; it is a powerful novel that shows the horror of rape and one victim’s struggle not just to survive but to slowly learn how to live again. Rape. In other words, “any act of sexual intercourse that is forced upon a person.” This is not pornography, which is defined as “writings, pictures, films, etc, designed to stimulate sexual excitement.” Anyone who thinks rape is synonymous with pornography is horribly stupid.

For an educator to claim that rape is synonymous with pornography isn’t merely horribly stupid; it’s dangerously stupid. As A.S. King points out in her blog post, 1 in 4 women will either have survived rape or attempted rape since their fourteenth birthday.

1 in 4. That’s utterly terrifying.

Books such as SPEAK help raise awareness of the reality of rape. It’s a brilliant novel, one that is poignant and raw. And it should be required reading. If you think otherwise, go back to the 1 in 4 article link above and read further: 1 in 5 high school students report that they’ve been raped — and 50 percent kept silent about the attack.

This is not entertainment. This is reality. Books like SPEAK let victims know they’re not alone. Books like SPEAK remind victims that what happened is not their fault. Books like SPEAK provide teens and adults a vehicle to discuss issues that impact so many (1 in 4).

For an educator to ever encourage banning a book is, frankly, despicable. All banning books does is encourage silence. And keeping silent about horrific issues such as rape doesn’t magically make those things go away.

Don’t keep silent.


Signings and readings

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

I’m brushing off the sand — not from some exotic location, but instead the sand that my head’s been buried in — to officially say YOW, I’M CRAZY BUSY. Good busy, but yow!

HUNGER hits the shelves in just over one month! **races around in a circle** If you’re in the Albany, NY area, I’ll be doing three local events:

Best Western Sovereign Hotel – Albany

1228 Western Ave
Albany, NY 12203
(518) 489-2981
6 pm panel: Not A Vampire
12 noon panel: Vampires: Sparkling or Bloody?
1 pm signing (not HUNGER, I’m afraid; still too soon!)
5 pm OR 7 pm (TBD) reading (HUNGER, I promise — and maybe RAGE too)
12 noon panel: Sex & Gender in Spec Fic

Flights of Fantasy
381 Sand Creek Rd
Albany, NY 12205-2712
7 pm – Reading, Q&A, signing (all for HUNGER)

The Little Book House
Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Ave
Albany, New York 12203-3520
2 pm – Signing (HUNGER)

I’ll also be doing tons of blog tours all throughout October. More on that as we get closer.

Meanwhile, I have RAGE page proofs to read and LOSS to write. The Post Mortem interviews will start up again soon.

I hope everyone’s been having a terrific September (holy cats, is it really halfway done already? Yow…)