Posts Tagged ‘The Caster Chronicles’

February 14th, 2012

Beautiful Creatures Book 4 – Title Reveal

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As our special gift to you, we are revealing the title of the 4th and final novel in the Beautiful Creatures series:

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION

BEAUTIFUL REDEMPTION will be in stores on October 23rd!

Check back next month for the cover reveal.


March 17th, 2011

Beautiful Creatures Foreign Rights: The Ukraine

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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES is going to be published in the Ukraine by Krajin. That makes 39 countries & 28 languages!


March 15th, 2011

The Official Enthralled Cover

We are so proud to share the official cover of ENTHRALLED, the first anthology that will include short stories by each of us. The anthology is edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong, with short stories from lots of our favorite authors. The release date is September 20, 2011.

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Read more on Melissa Marr’s blog HERE.

Stories Include:

Giovanni’s Farewell by Claudia Gray
Scenic Route by Carrie Ryan
IV League by Margaret Stohl
Red Run by Kami Garcia
Things About Love by Jackson Pearce
Niederwald by Rachel Vincent
—  by Melissa Marr
Facing Facts by Kelley Armstrong
Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road by Sarah Rees Brennan
Bridge by Jeri Smith-Ready
Skin Contact by Kimberly Derting
Leaving by Ally Condie
At the Late Night, Double Feature, Picture Show by Jessica Verday
Gargouille by Mary E. Pearson
The Third Kind by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Automatic by Rachel Caine

 


March 4th, 2011

Beautiful Chaos Cover Reveal & Release

Head over to MTV’s Hollywood Crush to see the cover of BEAUTIFUL CHAOS, Book 3 in The Caster Chronicles.

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Then stop by Next Movie for all the movie info.


February 2nd, 2011

From the Real Marian the Librarian: Snow

Most of you know we have our own Marian the Librarian. Her real name is Margaret Miles, and she is a Youth Services Librarian at the New Hanover Public Library, in Wilmington, NC. Here is here latest guest post:

It snowed here last weekend, providing the opportunity to offer an illustrated glossary of useful snow-related terminology as employed on the coastal plain of the Carolinas.

1.  Really cold outside

The temperature is less than 45 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Really cold outside with magnolia.

2. It’s snowing!

It’s really cold outside and somebody just saw something little and white floating down through the air.  (Note that sometimes the little white something turns out to be a flake of ash from somebody’s grill or burn barrel, but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t exciting.  And it MIGHT have been snow, even if it wasn’t.)

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Snowing with dogwood.

3.  It’s REALLY snowing!

a. It’s really cold outside, and a reliable witness, who has checked to make sure there are no grills or burn barrels operating in the vicinity, has seen several little white somethings floating down through the air; or,

b. Multiple people looking out windows or doorways have observed several floating white somethings while waiting for the return of the reliable witness who has gone outside to verify the observations.

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Really snowing, in front of magnolia foliage

4. Heavy Snowing

You can see more snowflakes in the air at one time than you can see fingers on your hands.  Note that this means 10 flakes if you’re wearing gloves, but that the necessary number is usefully reduced to 2 if you choose mittens instead. (Or 4?  Anyway, not 10.)

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Testing to determine possible presence of heavy snow fall, and considering changing to mittens.

Grassroots philosophers are still working on the question of whether, if you can’t see any fingers because you have put both hands into your pockets (remember, it’s really cold outside), it might be possible to identify heavy snow without actually seeing any flakes at all.

5. Accumulation

You’ve seen several snowflakes sitting on something, all at the same time.

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Accumulated snow on camellia leaves

6. Drift

One snowflake sitting on top of another, or at least really close to another.  Admittedly, it takes keen observation and scientific analysis to identify a drift sometimes,  since local drifts can look very much like sand, which is a pretty high percentage of the so-called dirt around here.

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Drift – no it’s not sand – on roots of magnolia

7. Potentially hazardous driving conditions

There’s snow on leaves or foliage on the ground right next to paved surfaces.

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Hazardous conditions developing on the dark brown leaf, center at the edge of the pavement

8. Snow Sillies

(I just made up this term, because we’ve been needing a name for the phenomenon for a while now. )

Snow is affecting automobiles or other vehicles.  This is the point at which natives of the area start canceling events, closing offices, businesses, and schools, and trying to decide whether or not it will be safe to drive to the grocery store to buy white bread and milk, because that’s what you buy when there’s a hurricane coming, so it must be what you’ll need to survive a blizzard, too.  Meanwhile, all the people from Not Around Here are going about their regular daily lives wondering what all the fuss is about.

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Vehicle in snow silly conditions

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See?? SNOW AFFECTING VEHICLE!

9. Blizzard

There is so much snow that the whole ground turns white and you can see your footprints where you’ve walked in it.

We didn’t have a blizzard last weekend, though.  Just as well.  As you’ve seen, we had quite enough to cope with.

 



 

 

 

 


December 30th, 2010

From the Real Marian the Librarian: Random Jottings

Most of you know we have our own Marian the Librarian. Her real name is Margaret Miles, and she is a Youth Services Librarian at the New Hanover Public Library, in Wilmington, NC. Here is here latest guest post:

The title comes from the journal of Tycho Bass, the mysterious and magical character from Eleanor Cameron’s Mushroom Planet series.  I’m interested to note that there are several blogs out there registered under that title, so clearly I’m not the only person-of-a-certain-age with fond memories of those books.  Too bad the (comparatively) recent reprints only got as far as the second book in that series, since the fifth one, Time and Mr. Bass, was far and away the best of them with the possible exception of The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet.

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If you hide behind your hands and then open them to look at a baby, what do you say?

When my Dad does it, it’s “Peep-eye!”1

I have the feeling this must be a distinctive Southern regional expression, but through a cruel quirk of fate our public library owns partial sets of two different multivolume dictionaries of American slang/regionalisms:  the first two volumes of a three volume set and the first three volumes of a five-volume set.  Guess which letter Vol.2 of the former and Vol.3 of the latter end with?

Yep.  Got it in one.  “O.”

I did finally find that logging on to Amazon’s listing for the Dictionary of American Regional English, Vol. 4 P-Sk let me into extended “See Inside the Book” content which included their entry for peep-eye, which they do cite as chiefly South and South Midland.

(1We will bypass as possibly embarrassing the fact that for most of my childhood I thought it was “Pee-pie,” since you probably won’t believe me when I hasten to add that “pee” as a term for Going Number One2 wasn’t an expression  I used at that age or was familiar with, and so although that was what I thought the words were, THAT wasn’t what I was thinking.  It’s true, though.)

(And for anyone whose mind is running toward the Smallest Room in the House, and would like to pick up a few words in Spanish, let me heartily recommend Susan Middleton Elya’s delightful and instructive picture books, Oh No, Gotta Go! and Oh No, Gotta Go #2.)

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One way to know if you might as well give up and become a librarian, whether or not you are already:  someone mentions wanting to locate a poem of which she remembers a few lines, and by the time she’s halfway into the first line you’re quoting several lines back because you remember where you first read it and what the picture on the next page looked like, and you look up rather more than the requester really was trying to find out simply because you keep being led onward to just one more fact you didn’t know before.

The latest manifestation in my life started with “Backward, turn backward …”

“… O time in thy flight/Make me a child again, just for tonight.”  That was the very sad song that a very well-dressed  town lady sang at a Literary meeting during the winter in De Smet in Little Town on the Prairie, and everybody in the room teared up and brought out their handkerchiefs.

(That one you can look up on Google Books if you want to, via a galumphing huge URL that will jump you to the text page right before the illustration.)

If I’d been really on form, I would have remembered that the lady’s name was Mrs. Bradley, which I didn’t, though I did clearly recall the pleated ruffle around the bottom of her skirt.

It turns out the full poem is “Rock Me to Sleep” by Elizabeth Akers Allen and it was not only tremendously well-known in the mid-19th century but also the center of a plagiarism controversy.  It’s even commemorated on her gravestone.

It also turns out that Laura slightly misquoted the second line, which was originally “O time in your flight”  — a cheering reflection to the rest of us who have been known to take the occasional mild skid while trying to quote something.

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“I always have a quotation for everything.  It saves original thinking.”  — Lord Peter Wimsey

(If similarly quotation-addicted see here.)

 


November 24th, 2010

Video: Inside The Caster Chronicles – Graveyards

We spend a lot of time in graveyards — more than any living people should. On our recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina, Kaleb Nation followed us into a few of our favorites. Find out why we love graveyards so much & which ones remind us of His Garden of Perpetual Peace.

Here are a few of our favorite shots from another cemetery in Beaufort, North Carolina — The Old Burying Ground.

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Copyright Kami Garcia 2009. All rights reserved.

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Copyright Kami Garcia 2010. All rights reserved.

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Copyright Kami Garcia 2009. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 


March 3rd, 2010

Announcing Beautiful Creatures Books 3 & 4

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Lots of you have asked how many books will follow BEAUTIFUL CREATURES.  We are excited that we can finally share the answer with you.  Little, Brown will be publishing all four books in THE CASTER CHRONICLES series, so you will have three books to look forward to after you read BEAUTIFUL CREATURES!

From Publisher’s Lunch (March 1, 2010):

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s third and fourth books in The Caster Chronicles series, continuing the story of Ethan Wate and Lena Duchannes as they are pulled deeper into the haunting Southern gothic world first introduced in the bestselling Beautiful Creatures, again to Julie Scheina and Jennifer Hunt at Little, Brown Children’s, for publication in Fall 2011 and Fall 2012, by Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company (NA).

We want to thank  all the authors, bloggers, tweethearts, and readers who have embraced BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and us.  This is all because of you.


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