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If you follow me on social media, you know we quickly went from a sleepy summer to a WTF fall. In a really, really good way. But suddenly, there's so much happening that people are getting lost, so I'm going to try to break things down as simply as I can but still give you all the info you need to keep up. Let's dive into all the questions I've been getting:

1. What is your next book?
It's called Soundless. It comes out November 10 (that's less than 2 weeks away!). It's a standalone--so it is NOT part of any series. The first 30 pages are here, and this is its sweet cover:

2. What is Soundless about?
It takes place in a fantasy world inspired by ancient Chinese myth. The heroine, Fei, lives in a remote mountain village where no one has ever been able to hear. One morning, she wakes up with her hearing mysteriously restored and must risk becoming an outcast to save her people from a dark threat. Oh, and she has to do it with her ex. I mean, did you think I'd make it easy for her? It's like you don't know me at all.

3. Are you going on tour for Soundless?
Yes. I will be signing in Seattle, WA; Raleigh, NC; Fairhope, AL; Charleston, SC; Coral Gables, FL; and Santa Monica, CA. Stores, times, and signing policies are here.

4. What's after Soundless?
In April 2016, I have a brand new series coming. It has nothing to do with Soundless or Vampire Academy or anything else I've done. It's called The Glittering Court, and you'll go crazy when you read it. The description is here, and this is its sweet cover:

5. What's the big Soundless pre-order deal that involves The Glittering Court?
If you pre-order Soundless from a select independent bookstore, you will get a limited edition copy of Soundless that's autographed by me and has a fancy translucent cover wrap over it. You'll also get a special sampler that includes the FIRST ELEVEN CHAPTERS of The Glittering Court. The whole deal looks like this:

6. Which stores are doing this? What if none of them are in my city or even in my country?
This deal is ONLY available through the independent bookstores listed in this link. If there's no indie store in your town, it's okay. Most of them let you order online or over the phone, and then they'll ship it to you when it's available. Many of them will ship internationally, but you'll have to contact individual stores for cost and policy.

7. Can I get this deal if I pre-order Soundless from Amazon or Barnes and Noble?
No. You'll get a standard copy of Soundless, which is still cool, but it won't have the fancy cover wrap, autograph, or The Glittering Court chapters. By the way--that is my actual autograph in all those limited edition ones. I signed 10,000 copies this summer.

8. I'm going to one of your November book signings! Sweet! It's at a store that's offering the special Soundless pre-order. What should I do?
Pre-order it to make sure they don't run out. Then still come see me the night I sign, and I'll personalize the copy to you. Right now, they just have my signature, but I'll write something like, "To [your name], thanks for being awesome!"

9. Have you forgotten about Age of X #3?
Nope. It's still in the works. And it's pretty cool. But I have to answer to a larger publishing schedule that dictates when and what I write. If it makes you feel better, I think there's going to be a #4. But that probably didn't make you feel better.

10. Why aren't you writing more Vampire Academy stuff?
I can't speak for all authors, but I write because I have more ideas than I can keep inside me. I want to write them all. They keep me up at night. If I'd only ever written the first story idea I ever had, I never would have written VA--or, actually, any of my books that are out. I love the VA gang, and I love that you guys love them too, but I don't plan on writing only VA books for the next sixty years. I would definitely love to revisit those crazy kids one day, but right now, I've got to get some of these other ideas on paper. Trust me: when you start reading TGC next year, you'll be hooked into another series. And who knows? Maybe I haven't even written your favorite book yet. <3

Adrian's Diary #2

Date: ~November, the year VA takes place

I don’t get why people are so touchy. When I told Dinah Drozdov that I wanted to keep things casual and still date other people, she was fine with that. When I told her sister Aly the same thing, she was fine with that too. But for some reason, when Dinah found out Aly was one of the “other people,” she flipped out. And when Aly found out about Dinah, she really flipped out. I guess there’s some special rule about dating two sisters at the same time. Like that you aren’t supposed to do it. But then things got really bad when their dad found out. He started going off about how I was going to suffer in new and terrible ways I’d never dreamed possible. When Aunt Tatiana found out, things got really, REALLY bad. I guess Lord Drozdov is critical to some motion she’s trying to get passed, and he threatened to pull his support because of me. Aunt Tatiana was pissed, to put it mildly. I still don’t really understand these aura things I keep seeing, but hers was deep red, and that just didn’t seem like a good sign. Neither was her screaming at me. Usually, she lets me get away with anything, but this crossed a line. She told me I couldn’t stick around Court for Christmas, not with Lord Drozdov  there too. She needs to smooth things over, and me sitting next to him at Christmas dinner might throw that off. So now I have to go spend the holidays at some crap ski lodge in Idaho. I hate skiing, but what I hate even worse is finding out my dad is coming along. Two weeks on “vacation” with Nathan Ivashkov? Looks like I really am going to suffer in new and terrible ways.

Soundless Tour!

Soundless Tour

If Richelle isn't coming to your city, click here to find out how to order a limited edition signed copy of Soundless from your local indie bookstore with a super cool embellished cover! (You can also pre-order one from a participating store she's appearing at -- contact them for more information!).

Tuesday, November 10th  at 7:00pm – Seattle, WA
University Bookstore - 206-634-3400
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Wednesday, November 11th at 7:00pm – Chapel Hill, NC
Flyleaf Books - 919-942-7373
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Thursday, November 12th at 6:00pm – Fairhope, AL
Page & Palette - 251-928-5295
32 S Section Street
Fairhope, AL 36532

Friday, November 13th & Saturday, November 14th – Charleston, SC
Details forthcoming - please check the YALLFest website for schedule and tickets to Richelle's keynote

Sunday, November 15th at 1:00pm – Miami, FL
Books & Books - 305-442-4408
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Thursday, November 19th at 7:00pm – Los Angeles, CA
Barnes & Noble Santa Monica - 310-260-9110
1201 3rd St
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Signing Guidelines:
-Richelle will sign three books per person, one will be personalized and the other two will just have signatures (have a friend bring three more books!)
-You may bring books from home
-Pictures will be allowed if time permits
-Many bookstores have perks for buying Soundless from them, like going to the front of the signing line. Check back here or contact your store to find out any other details, such as line policies or tickets.

Adrian's Diary #1

If you follow me on social media, you'll know that yesterday I supported a fundraiser for Save the Children (which you can still contribute to) and told people if that goal was surpassed, I'd write up some entries from Adrian's diary. Well, that goal was met (and then some), so as promised, here we go. I'm also working on a totally new, non-VA project right now, so I can't spend too much time in Adrian's head or else it'll throw me off. So, you just get one today. I'll try to do another next week.

Because the VA/Bloodlines series takes place in no specific year, I'm just generically dating these around the books they're taking place in.

Date: Springtime, sometime during the year Vampire Academy #1 takes place

Well, I did it. I finally quit college. Again. I should’ve known better after the first time, but Mom kept pushing me to give it another shot. After half a semester, I knew I was done. Again. Dad said I didn’t try hard enough to make it work, but I think the university didn’t try hard enough to make it work for me. Like, on the first day of class, my watercolors professor kept going on and on about how we needed to express ourselves. But when I told her a couple weeks later that homework wasn’t really an expression of the powerful emotions burning within my soul, she said I was going to fail her class. Hypocrite. At least I was doing good in Intro to Women’s Studies. My professor wrote “Good effort – please rewrite” on one of my papers, which I think is pretty solid. I also got six girls’ numbers, which is more than the only other two guys in class managed to do. But I don’t really need to get up early and sit through a lecture to get phone numbers. I can do that anywhere. Dad asked me what I’m going to do with my life, now that I’m a second-time college dropout. I told him I’m going to do what I’ve always done. Be awesome. Be Adrian Ivashkov.

Dallas Signing!

Just wanted to stop by and let you know about an upcoming signing, in case you haven't heard. I'm currently in Dallas at the RT Convention and will be signing tomorrow (May 16) at their giant book fair from 11am-2pm with hundreds of other great authors. We're at the Hyatt Regency on Reunion, so please com see us! :)

Coming up next in book signings!

First off, thank you so much to everyone who came out to see me on The Ruby Circle tour. I met hundreds and hundreds of people and loved talking to those who've loved and supported my books. That same support got The Ruby Circle on to many bestseller lists, and I'm grateful for that too.

So what's next? Well, first things first, I've got to get back to writing books! When I'm on tour, I'm not writing, so that's definitely something to remedy. But, I've still got other places to visit, and here's what's on deck for this spring:

Chicago, IL (Naperville) - March 27, 2015 - 7pm
Anderson's Books
123 W. Jefferson Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
Richelle will answer questions, sign books, and take pictures (time permitting). Three books signed per person (get Mom or your BFF to carry more). You may bring books from home, but please purchase at the store if there's something you don't have! Those who purchase The Ruby Circle from Anderson's get to go to the beginning of the line!

YALLWest - Santa Monica/Los Angeles, CA - April 11-12, 2015
Ever heard of YALLFest, the colossal book festival in South Carolina? Well, now it has a sister event on the West Coast! I'll be appearing here with a gazillion other authors. My day will be Saturday, April 11, and I'll be talking about various book things on panels and also signing. All the panels I'll be on are free, but there are some cool events that aren't that you'll need to buy tickets to. I'm told those tickets are almost sold out, so you can check out what those are here. If you don't get tickets to those, you can still come see me.

Cavalcade of Authors West - Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA - May 2, 2015
This an event put on by the libraries of Pierce County, WA and features me and some other great authors teaching writing workshops to middle and high school students. If you live in Western Washington, pass this website onto a teacher or librarian to get you registered.

Romantic Times Book Booklovers Convention - Hyatt Regency in Dallas, TX - May 12-17
This is a massive convention put on every year in various places around the country (Las Vegas next year!). Tons of authors come, and if you register for the full convention, you'll have access to a lot of parties and panels. BUT if you don't have the time or money for all that, here are some simpler ways to meet me:
--Giant Book Fair - May 16 - 11am-2pm
$5 admission will get you into the book fair where a few hundred authors will be signing. I'll be there, and you can bring your own books or purchase them there.
--Teen Day - May 16 - 11am-7:30pm
If you love YA books, THIS is the event you don't want to miss--and you don't have to be a teen. Along with the giant book signing, you get to attends panels with your favorite YA authors and hang out with them at a party where you'll get a bunch of loot. Tickets are $30 and includes chaperone admission if you're under 18. Get all the details here.

Bookcon (BEA) - Javits Center in New York City, NY - May 30 & 31
BookExpo of America is a giant convention in NYC, and now they've got Bookcon added to it--a special part that's open to the public. I'll be appearing on Saturday, May 30. I don't yet know my schedule, but if you're interested in seeing me that day (or other great authors), get your tickets here.

That's all I've got for you right now! If a certain place isn't on my schedule, I either have no clue if I'll ever be there or else it's not something that can be released to the public. If I get more news, I'll let you know!
Just a quick note to let my Colorado readers know that sadly, we have had to cancel my Denver and Boulder events this weekend due to weather and flight issues. I'm so sorry I won't be able to see you guys and talk about The Ruby Circle. These events will almost certainly be rescheduled, but it will be a while before it happens (or before I even have any info on it). Thank you so much for understanding!

I will still be signing at Book People in Austin this Sunday, February 22, at 2pm as planned. All the details are here.

This tour has been amazing so far, and I'm so grateful to everyone who's turned out in all the other cities these last couple weeks. You all rock! And thank you also to everyone who's gone out and bought The Ruby Circle. Thanks to your support, it's made it to the New York Times, USA Today, and Australia's bestseller lists.


THE Ruby Circle post you need to read!

If you've been following me on social media, you may know all this. If not, here's a summary of everything you need to know about my latest book, which comes out next week and will bring us the epic finale to the Vampire Academy and Bloodlines world!

The Ruby Circle is almost here!
After eleven books set in the world of Moroi and dhampirs, the saga is coming to a close on February 10! As Sydney and Adrian race against the clock to protect their love and their lives, they're joined by old and new friends--including Rose and Dimitri--to uncover a secret that changes everything they thought they knew about their world! Read the first five chapters at the official Ruby Circle website.

Want to meet Richelle?
I'll be meeting fans and signing books during tour stops and conventions this spring!
February 10 - San Francisco, CA (Kepler's Books)
February 11 - Seattle, WA (University Book Store)
February 12 - Portland, OR (Powell's Beaverton)
February 13 - Salt Lake City, UT (King's English)
February 17 - Las Vegas, NV (Barnes and Noble)
February 18 - Phoenix, AZ (Changing Hands - Tempe)
February 20 - Denver, CO (Castle Rock Library) -- CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
February 21 - Boulder, CO (Boulder Book Store) -- CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
February 22 - Austin, TX (Book People)
April 11 - Los Angeles, CA (YALLWest Festival)
May 16 - Dallas, TX (RT Booklovers Convention)

Click here for more details on locations and times for my appearances!

TRC-120Want to buy the book? Want to buy it SIGNED?
If I won't be touring near you this spring, you can order an autographed copy of any of my books from University Book Store (they ship internationally and ordering THIS week will help ensure your TRC copy ships out on release day!). You can also pre-order The Ruby Circle or find it locally at any of these bookstores when it comes out on February 10, 2015.

What's next? Stay tuned!
More exciting news and appearances are coming this year! Even if you follow me on social media, I STRONGLY urge you to join my announcements mailing list and get updates sent straight to your inbox so that nothing gets missed! And of course, here are the other ways to stay informed:

Twitter: @richellemead
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/richellemeadfanpage
First up, I want to remind Seattle peeps that I'm signing in Bellevue, TOMORROW, November 1, and reading a sneak peek of The Ruby Circle! Details are here, so please come if you can!

Now, as a Halloween treat, I want to address some things from Silver Shadows that readers have been wanting to know about. It involves giving away some MAJOR things from SS, so if you haven't read that book, I'd really advise you against reading the rest of this post. In fact, I'll create a cut here to further hide some of those things.

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Upcoming Seattle-area Events

Hey, Seattle peeps! I've got a couple of local events coming up this month. So if you're in the area, want to get some books signed, and ask some questions -- stop on by! I'll be having more signings in 2015, with stats on those dates and cities later this year. Keep checking back or sign up for my mailing list to get notifications right in your inbox!

Saturday -- November 1 -- Bellevue, WA
Barnes & Noble Bellevue -- 2pm
626 106th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA

Since this is a "between new releases" book signing, I'll make things extra exciting...and read a sneak peek from The Ruby Circle (being released February 2015)! Feel free to bring books from home, but if you haven't bought one of my titles yet and want to, please buy it at the store to support them. Signing limits: one personalized and three plain autographed per person (so if you've got more than four books, bring a friend to carry your other ones in line!).

Saturday -- November 29 -- Seattle, WA
University Bookstore -- 2pm
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA

Small Business Saturday! A variety of authors will be in the store for talks and panels. I'll be part of the sci-fi panel at 2pm and available to sign books afterwards. It should be a super fun day! You can see the full lineup of authors on the schedule here.

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