I’m so excited to announce that my first series, the SEKRET duology, is going to be out in paperback in just under a month! To celebrate, I’m going to be hosting a giveaway and releasing a bunch of cool content, including teasers, dossiers, and even–for those who sign up for my newsletter–a new short story from the POV of someone I know you all love. WINK. WINK.
To enter the INTERNATIONAL giveaway:
Tweet, Tumbl, or Instagram anything related to Sekret & Skandal–pictures of the books in the wild, fan art, your favorite quotes, and more–and use the hashtag #SekretSkandal. Brownie points if you also link to my website.
I’ll respond to your post to let you know I’ve recorded your entry for the giveaway. If you don’t hear from me within a couple of days, @ me or contact me privately to make sure I saw it.
Multiple entries from the same person will get you an additional entry but it has to be new content (no reposting).
I’ll close entries on Sunday, April 24th at 11:59pm EDT and select the winner via Randomizer shortly thereafter.
The more entries I get, the more prizes I’ll add to the pack, but it’s starting with THREE signed books (US only) or THREE hardcover books from The Book Depository (Int’l) and some printed artwork, all of which will be revealed in the weeks ahead . . .
From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines.
Crisscross America — on dogsleds and ships, stagecoaches and trains — from pirate ships off the coast of the Carolinas to the peace, love, and protests of 1960s Chicago. Join fifteen of today’s most talented writers of young adult literature on a thrill ride through history with American girls charting their own course. They are monsters and mediums, bodyguards and barkeeps, screenwriters and schoolteachers, heiresses and hobos. They’re making their own way in often-hostile lands, using every weapon in their arsenals, facing down murderers and marriage proposals. And they all have a story to tell.
With stories by:
J. Anderson Coats
Y. S. Lee
I am so thrilled to be part of this wonderful, heartfelt, inventive anthology. When Jessica Spotswood approached me about contributing to an anthology about girls across the span of US history, I was ecstatic. I looked at a lot of different time periods, but ultimately settled on the homefront experience during World War II, about the City of Angels and how it became a city of women while all the men were at war. Evie came to Los Angeles seeking work as a screenwriter, but she finds something else entirely when she gets mixed up with the charismatic, larger-than-life Frankie, another girl at the airplane factory. Between building airplanes and gathering scrap metal for the war effort, they both have much to learn about women’s ever-changing roles in America and about themselves.
I’m still working my way through this anthology, but a few other standout stories I loved:
“Madeleine’s Choice” by Jessica Spotswood, an exploration of the quadroon balls and antebellum New Orleans life for the free people of color
“Rise of the Panthers” by Kekla Magoon, about a farmgirl in 1960s Indiana whose life is forever changed when the Black Panthers come through town
“The Red Raven Ball” by Caroline Richmond, as a debutante would rather hunt for Confederate spies at her grandmother’s fete than hunt for a spouse
“The Whole World Is Watching” by Robin Talley, chronicling a group of protestors taking a stand at the 1968 Democratic National Convention
“The Journey” by Marie Lu, a mystical voyage across pre-American Alaska under the watchful eyes of the Inupiat spirits
Guys, I am so excited. Today marks the series premiere of The Witch Who Came In From the Cold, an episodic storytelling journey several years in the making. When Max Gladstone and Julian Yap, the founder of Serial Box, first approached me about participating in a serialized story, I was already way on board, but then they started describing the particular project they had in mind: Witches. Espionage. Cold War. Secret magical wars. All my happy-makers. “Of course,” they said, “we still need some help shaping the villains . . .”
Fast forward several hundred email brainstorming sessions and one epic, gourmet food-filled weekend encamped in Julian’s condo with Max, Ian Tregillis, and Cassandra Rose Clarke, plus the far-too-cool Margaret Dunlap to help coach me on the showrunning process. I’m absolutely amazed by how well this season has come together. In some instances, we all seemed to go through a mind-meld where we independently converged on the same plot points. In others, each author concocted something truly magical and witchy totally on their own that none of the rest of us could have possibly devised. Max’s sense of worldbuilding and wit; Ian’s precise, devastating language and atmospheric sorcery; Cassandra’s killer dialogue and careful characterizations. I love every single episode, and can’t wait to see where we head with Season 2.
From the creators of some of today’s most ingenuitive fiction comes this online serial in 13 weekly episodes. Lead Writer Lindsay Smith (Sekret and Skandal) brings her experience writing on foreign affairs in DC to bear at the head of the writers’ room comprised of Ian Tregillis (the Milkweed Triptych), Cassandra Rose Clarke (Our Lady of the Ice), Max Gladstone (Bookburners and the Craft Sequence), and Michael Swanwick (Stations of the Tide).
While the world watches the bitter rivalry between East and West fester along the Iron Curtain, the Consortium of Ice and the Acolytes of Flame continue waging their ancient war of magic. Kept to the shadows, this secret contest crosses the lines of politics and the borders of nations with impunity – the intrigues of spies may know clear sides but the battles of witches spill out over all. Tanya Morozova is a KGB officer and the latest in a long line of Ice witches and sorcerers; Gabe Pritchard is a CIA officer and reluctant Ice recruit. Enemies at one turn, suspicious allies at the next, their relationship is as explosive as the Cold War itself.
Blogging can be a real chore, and in the past year or so, I’ve seen many authors and book bloggers lament declining interest in blogs. But sometimes I have Writing Thoughts that just don’t fit my Twitter aesthetic of sarcastic self-deprecation or my Tumblr aesthetic of Soviet architecture and Kylo Ren gifs. And lately I’ve been having craft-related conversations with people that always seem to end with, “Damn. We should have said this all online.”
So, here I am! Low-key blogging about writing and reading and productivity. I’m also going to start hosting Twitter hangouts dedicated toward building a stronger writing community. Even after becoming published, one of my favorite things is to talk about the writing process with authors at every stage, from award-winning multi-published stars to those still finishing their first manuscript. So I’ll keep the conversation going here, share my experiences, and offer glimpses into what I’m working on.
And I’d love to hear from you, too! Tell me in the comments your 2016 resolutions/goals/aspirations related to writing and reading, and I’ll incorporate them into the next post.