Friday, November 14, 2014

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

Well, this is weird and cool to finally do: ta da! this is the cover of Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures, coming out 4/28/15. I co-wrote it with my friend Jackson Pearce, a process more fun than work has any right to be. But also: this is the first book I’ve ever illustrated. Way back when I was a starving artist, I dreamed of being a children’s book illustrator, and years and years ago, the first business cards I ever made said BLUE GRIFFIN ILLUSTRATION on the top. It seems revoltingly fitting that my first book illustration credit should be for a blue griffin.

Here’s the description: Pip is a girl who can talk to magical creatures. Her aunt is a vet for magical creatures. And her new friend Tomas is allergic to most magical creatures. When things go amok—and they often go amok—Pip consults Jeffrey Higgleston’s Guide to Magical Creatures, a reference work that Pip finds herself constantly amending. Because dealing with magical creatures like unicorns, griffins, and fuzzles doesn’t just require book knowledge—it requires hands-on experience and thinking on your feet. For example, when fuzzles (which have an awful habit of bursting into flame when they’re agitated) invade your town, it’s not enough to know what the fuzzles are—Pip and Tomas also must trace the fuzzles’ agitation to its source, and in doing so, save the whole town.

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And if you’d like to win two of my original pieces, all you have to do is share the cover and then post the link of where you shared in the rafflecopter.

Details for that here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

AH!
 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Focus Features to Develop The Scorpio Races

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Ah, man, I've been sitting on this news for so, so long.

 More than any of my books, this is the one I long to see on the big screen, and it’s also the one that has had the most aggressive interest since publication. Fingers crossed that it makes it to filming. Double, triple, quadruple crossed.

Full story at the Hollywood Reporter here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue is Out

So, it’s finally that day: Blue Lily, Lily Blue’s release day. It has been a little over a year since The Dream Thieves came out, and what a year it has been.

Readers, thanks for allowing me another year of hunting for Glendower and Cabeswater all over the mountains I love.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

2014 Events!


I’ve finally updated my event info for the rest of 2014.

10/16: Aberdeen, MD (I’ll have Blue Lily, Lily Blue bookplates here)
10/25: Arlington, VA (first event after BLLB releases)(I will be bringing the remainder of the Sinner sunglasses to this one)
10/28: Decatur, GA
10/30: Charlotte, NC
11/10: Kansas City, KS (with Tessa Gratton & Brenna Yovanoff)
11/16: Toronto Book Fair (with Deborah Harkness)
11/22: Miami Book Fair (days/ times TBA)

Here are the full details.
Here, as always, is the Shy Introvert's Guide to Book Signings.

Also, I drew three Raven Cycle tarot cards and now I've been pleasantly coerced into doing the rest of the Major Arcana by the end of the month. We'll see if I can pull it off.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue contest

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My publisher surprised me today by mailing me a box of Blue Lily, Lily Blue ARCs — I had no idea such things were going to exist, nor that I was going to get them, but now I intend to give them away. Here's how: Just post on your blog (blogspot, Tumblr, wordpress, whatever), Twitter, or Facebook one reason why you enjoyed reading the Raven Cycle, and then post the link to the status update (if you don't know how to do this, Google is your friend) into the Rafflecopter contest thingy.

THIS THING:

 a Rafflecopter giveaway

Because these ARCs were provided by my US publisher, they have to be sent to U.S. addresses. So you can enter if you're international, but only if you have a friend in the U.S. who can accept it for you. Posts on forums don't count, and you can only enter once. It's going to run for a little over 24 hours only. Is that it? Yes. I think that is it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Blue Lily, Lily Blue Excerpts

Behold! I'm revoltingly pleased to be able to share an excerpt from Blue Lily, Lily Blue. There's two ways to experience it. You can listen to the prologue, read by Will Patton. 

  
Or you can read the prologue and the first chapter here.
   
And a reminder that you can get special things, such as doodles & custom bookplates, if you pre-order before October 21st from certain bookstores. Info on that here.

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bookplates for Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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Okay, I've finished the art for the Blue Lily, Lily Blue bookplate.

I try to make art every year to thank the readers who support me book after book, so please know that all of these pencil marks are my wordless (and now wordful?) appreciation.

The signed bookplates will go into every copy of Blue Lily, Lily Blue pre-ordered from Fountain Bookstore before the release date of October 21 (http://www.fountainbookstore.com/autograph-maggie). They'll also come with this skull doodle.

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UK readers can also get a signed bookplate with every copy of Blue Lily ordered from Seven Stories.

Canadian readers can order them from Mabel’s Fables.

And if you're an Australian indie who would like to take part, please let me know.

 If you've already pre-ordered from Fountain, you don't have to do anything special to make certain this will appear in your book.

Again, thank you!
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